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Jesus Christ it’s multiplying!

Here we have Going Rogue‘s doppelganger, Ominous Storm Cloud Dust-Jacket Going “Rouge.” It is a bunch of totally bold essays about how terrible Sarah Palin is, written by Dahlia Lithwick, Katha Pollitt, Hanna Rosin, Matt Taibbi, Michael Tomasky, Rebecca Traister, etc. etc. i.e.  all “the good ones” at Slate and the Nation and whatever other publications that are identical to Slate and the Nation that we’re forgetting.

Ominous Storm Cloud Dust-Jacket Going “Rouge” is coming out on November 17th, which is precisely the EXACT day when OG GR is coming out. Anyway, they will both make terrific holiday gifts for showy ironists of all ranges of self-seriousness.

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113 comments

  1. hobospacejunkie

    My mother always said it’s better to ignore people like this than to give them even more attention. She was referring to people going to Kkklan rallies to protest, but the same applies to Snowbilly. Not that she’ll go away if the slightly left-of-center press ignores her, but she might be reduced to a mere echo in the wingnut chamber.

  2. queeraselvis v 2.0

    An ARC of this has already landed on Oprah’s bedside table. Meg Stapleton will not be pleased.

  3. freakishlystrong

    Oh shit, the librul media is going to have a field day with this. Doucheborough and Buchannan will concern troll for hours about how ugly it’s getting “on both sides”.

  4. magic titty

    This will be awesome when all the Palinites buy it accidentally from the YoutUbez.

    And whoever pointed out a few weeks back the font on the cover is an EXACT MATCH for the font on the cover of the novel American Psycho…spot on.

  5. charlesdegoal

    In most civilized countries, red (or rouge, or any variation thereon)in politics means communist. Also, liberal means free-enterprise conservative. What’s with you guys and your red states that are everything but and your liberals who are socialists?

  6. user-of-owls

    precisely the EXACT day when OG GR is coming out.

    First they came for the MAGOG, and I did not speak out—because I was not a MA;
    Then they came for the GOG, and I did not speak out—because I was not a G;
    Then they came for OG—and there were no letters left to speak out for me.

  7. colbycakes

    To be fair, most of our liberals, at least at the elected level, AREN’T socialists. If they were, we’d be a lot less bitchy around here.

  8. stratonike

    [re=440423]Naked Bunny with a Whip[/re]: And not at all because Palin’s book was introduced on national television that way by some talking head with dyslexia.

  9. dekko

    Anyone else planning a Barnes & Noble outing on November 17th to do a little covert cover-switching? It’s the only way nobody will be happy. Except possibly me.

  10. thehelveticascenario

    The best part: the thousands of bitters unable to spell “rogue” who will buy the wrong book.

  11. Extemporanus

    [re=440430]magic titty[/re]: I actually mocked-up an American Whacko cover when Psycho was mentioned, and it’s pretty dead on.

    It’s in my other computer pants, but I’ll upload it when I get home.

  12. thefrontpage

    College of the Ozarks is selling copies of Sarah Palin’s book autographed by Palin, her wayward husband, all of the children, Levi Johnston, Pat Robertson, Billy Graham and Ernest Angley.

    Apparently, Robertson, Graham and Angley, it turns out, all used to date Palin when she was a sportscaster, and all of them are on the Board of Trustees at the College of the Ozarks.

    It was Robertson, Graham, Angley and the Palins who drafted the college sex guidelines for the school–as a joke, done during alcohol- and pot- and cocaine-fueled all-night party binges in the “Administrator’s Building” on campus! Students often wondered by Hooter’s girls and local strippers were seen entering the building late at night every weekend.

    Robertson, Graham, Angley and the Palins are apparently still holding their secret late-night parties on campus, and they’re all looking forward to a huge “Homecumming” weekend when Palin visits the campus soon!

    Also, the book was ghost-written by Ernest Angley.

    That’s the real story behind the book and the college.

  13. shadowMark

    I have heard yeah that’s it heard that sometimes on business trips a person finds themselves staying at the same hotel as somebody they may never have expected to meet and sometimes they bump into that person at the hotel bar and sometimes one thing leads to another and the next thing you know you’re waking up the next morning with the person you never expect to meet sleeping with their head on your shoulder. If that ever happens to anybody here with Sarah Palin I hope they won’t let common decency or any kind of post-coital shadows of affection prevent them from posting the cool details of the encounter. I’m curious about, for instance, if Sarah is one of those women who smells like soap or perfume. And also if she shaves down there into any pattern…

  14. SayItWithWookies

    Going Rouge is the best they could come up with? She’s not even known for makeup — how about Blowing Vogue? She is, after all, squandering her undeserved popularity.

  15. DoctorCulturae

    Since the bitterz don’t read (they only buy iconography) the lib response should have an audio version too, maybe with the voice of Pee Wee Herman or a sampled treatment by Ted Kennedy?

  16. RoscoePColtraine

    How long will it take for Sarah Palin to accuse liberals of trying to infringe upon her rights of free speech with these exercises in satire? Hilarious threat of lawsuits soon to come!

  17. Violenza

    Her real book cover is so 40 Year Old Virgin-esque, but with fleece with gross extensions. Same look on her face though.

  18. DoctorCulturae

    [re=440463]ALIVE![/re]: Their stock response should be “Please, learn to read.” Voilà, a teaching moment.

  19. V572625694

    [re=440439]ChernobylSoup v2[/re]: Second the Dahlia Lithwick kudo. Just the name is wonderful, and too good for Slate, which has become a sucky service-journalism outlet in the last coupla years.

  20. CycloneArmageddon

    [re=440437]rmontcal[/re]:

    A dead moose, a Texas attorney, and a quail are nailed halfway up the trunk of a fir tree. Dick Cheney is up in the tree, an unopened Yuengling in one hand, a shotgun in the other.

    He’s screeching, “Watch this.”

  21. SmutBoffin

    Meh, I’m waiting for Meg Stapleton’s book to come out. It’s called “Adventures in Strategic Communications for a Dipshit”.

  22. Rev. Peter Lemonjello

    I’ll save myself the $60 for both books and just watch a marathon of The Hills while punching myself in the genitals.

  23. DoctorCulturae

    SayItWithWookies: I liked ‘Glowing Hogue,’ but they are going for a closer simulacra here. Baudrillard, if he ever smiled, would now. Of course Tina Fey will need to promote it, yes?

  24. Larry McAwful

    Few presidential candidates could campaign more strongly in Oklahoma and Mississippi than Sarah Palin. Luckily, if she gets the Republican nomination in 2012, they’re actually going to need a candidate who can campaign in those states, unless the Republican party would be content to win fewer than 45 states that year.

  25. Larry McAwful

    I read somewhere that “going rogue” is actually a British idiom for unprotected anal sex. It was written by this English guy I know on the internet who wants to get people to believe that so much that they start repeating it and it eventually becomes a global idiom for unprotected anal sex.

    So, anyway, I heard that “going rogue” is actually a British idiom for unprotected anal sex.

  26. RoscoePColtraine

    In case “Rogue/Rouge” isn’t clear enough, you can always make sure you have the correct version “happy sky/angry sky.” Only problem is, christards tend to pick up things with depictions of angry sky. Because God lives up there, and he’s always angry.

  27. AnnieGetYourFun

    [re=440425]hobospacejunkie[/re]: I’m still of the impression that if you mock people enough, they will stop thinking that they are so fucking awesome. Isn’t that why we are all here? Or is it just the collective alcoholism thing?

  28. AnnieGetYourFun

    [re=440480]DoctorCulturae[/re]: Gouge Groin. It’s an anagram, AND it’s what I want Republicans to do to themselves.

  29. hobospacejunkie

    The reason liberals here have become confused with socialists is down to The Great American Alzheimer, ronnie raygun. He spat out the word as if it were poison, and clowns like poppy “sick puppy”bush & later limbaugh ran with it. Liberal was once a descriptive rather than pejorative term. Most Americans are too stupid to remember the difference, if they ever knew it. And typically spineless Democrats have allowed others to define it so they’re stuck with this particular burning tire around their neck.

  30. CycloneArmageddon

    [re=440484]Larry McAwful[/re]: Interesting.

    BTW, I heard “going rogue” is a British idiom for unprotected anal sex.

  31. avoidinggradingpapers

    [re=440425]hobospacejunkie[/re]: I know, there is something to that…but she is just so USEFUL in pointing out the complete inanity of what she represents. She is self-marginalizing, all the while being entertaining as hell. I vote we keep her flitting in and out of our A.D.D. spotlight for at least a little while longer…

  32. Larry McAwful

    [re=440491]CycloneArmageddon[/re]: I heard that, too! There must be something to this, that “going rogue” is a British idiom for unprotected anal sex.

  33. AnnieGetYourFun

    PS, Anal Hair
    Gouge Groin
    A Mainline Farce or Fear Maniac Line or Iran Menace Fail or Inane Faecal Rim

    Bless you, anagram server.

  34. norbizness

    [re=440487]AnnieGetYourFun[/re]: That’s so sweetly naive, and stands in stark opposition to the reality-based “reactionary, solipsistic dumbfucks take liberal mocking and disapproval as badges of honor.” As for the community, I worry more about TMZ-ization, stagnation, stagflation, and repeating my own bad jokes.

  35. american mutt

    I understand all the palin bashing. am i the only one who finds her uninteresting and completely non-threatening? she’s a light weight who has a lot of appeal with a niche audience. who cares. she could never, NEVER win independents and that’s the most important thing to know. THE END.

  36. Larry McAwful

    [re=440522]american mutt[/re]: No, you’re not. Apart from the easy target shooting, I find her completely uninteresting, too. It reminds me of when I was a kid and would take firecrackers and stick them in anthills. The ants would panic, run around and immediately start fixing their hill again. Then I’d repeat the whole mess until I got bored. It’s kind of like that.

  37. Capricatony

    What’s with these wingnuts and their hilarious obliviousness to current slang? Don’t they know what santorum, teabagging, and going rogue mean? (Going rogue is like british slang for unprotected anal sex.)

  38. CycloneArmageddon

    [re=440497]Larry McAwful[/re]: Hi Larry. This isn’t Cyclone, I’m just a British friend of his using his account which he left open.

    I can confirm that the vast number of people reporting that “going rogue” has a specific sexual meaning are correct.

    Cheers,

    Quentin McBiscuit

  39. TGY

    [re=440522]american mutt[/re]: Yeah, well, actually many people thought an Austrian tramp with delusions of grandeur and a 4th-rate party of kooks couldn’t make it in German politics. Just sayin’.

  40. Poo Flinger 69

    They take her picture like I do with my cat — I dangle a fur ball attached to a string and say smile!

  41. Extemporanus

    [re=440474]magic titty[/re]: [re=440451]dekko[/re]: Home is where the cardboard box is.

    Regarding the cover switching:

    In the Palin book cover Blingee thread from a couple weeks ago, I mentioned that I might do the same thing with pre-printed copies of the Cumming Rogue cover.

    All other Fight Club members are invited to do the same.

  42. Mustang

    [re=440519]El Pinche[/re]: Nice. Remember how they used to put a whole bunch of rouge on Reagan to make it look like he was alive and functioning, but it just made him look like a cheap whore?

  43. Chickensmack

    This is like Google-bombing, only with books… there’s going to be some very surprised rednecks who will:

    1) mis-type the title when purchasing Going Rogue at Amazon.com
    2) identify the wordage correctly (because spelling isn’t their best suit)
    3) identify the photo, given that they’ve already seen the galley in HD on Fox
    4) purchase that book
    5) have sex with it when it arrives by the postman
    6) fail to read the goddamn thing anyway.

  44. Larry McAwful

    [re=440539]CycloneArmageddon[/re]: Thanks, Quentin! I can tell you’re British, because you used all proper British spellings. Dead giveaway.

    I’m glad to have this confirmed by an actual Brit. How do American politicians get themselves mixed up in these things, anyway? Don’t they do their research?

  45. One Yield Regular

    [re=440430]magic titty[/re]: Ah, the gentle art of subversion. That font was no doubt selected by a graphic artist who knew exactly what he or she was doing. It’s sort of like when the orchestra hired for the 1992 Republican National Convention, at which Pat Buchanan made his famous speech railing against the gays, decided to strike up Jerry Herman’s “The Best of Times” from “La Cage Aux Folles.”

  46. Decker

    [re=440437]rmontcal[/re]: I think it’s her graduation picture. Good that she finally got her GED!

  47. Chickensmack

    [re=440522]american mutt[/re]: let me sum this up: There are people on the right side that we can’t win over, and murdering them is still illegal. She may have those people. Fuck ‘em.

    For everyone else, we don’t want the the political landscape continually mauled by The Alaska Attention Whore. She speaks on things she doesn’t understand, and her world-view is too frightening to speak of. She’s a confusing figure, like Glenn Beck.

    But at least Glenn gives you disclaimers, and courteously admits he’s a fucking fraud.

  48. steverino247

    [re=440437]rmontcal[/re]: She’s looking at a picture of herself, of course. Read up on Narcissistic Personality Disorder and see what you think.

  49. Zadig

    [re=440581]Larry McAwful[/re]: Honestly, anyone preparing to publish a book should first do an urbandictionary search for the title, subtitle, and basically all discrete word pairs on the cover. After taking this step, Rick Santorum should kill himself.

  50. Scooter

    “Kh’mer, Rouge. Dance on your Pol while we smoke some Pot.”*

    *This is the sort of remark that passes for comedy around here. Others may find it offensive.

  51. problemwithcaring

    When one of the highest paid staffers in your campaign Vice President of the United States is the make-up artist from So You Dance on TV and she doubles as your “communications consultant,” you are more than a woman. You are The Tattoo-ed Lip Future.

  52. TeddyS

    The last half of Moose Barbie’s book is blank, because loyal republic readers do not deserve a lame-duck book.

  53. friendlyskies

    Uhhhhhhng I can already see the Drudge headline, comparing sales of both titles. When will we libs learn that to compete in the mass media sweepstakes, we need to watch more TV and buy more crappy books we won’t read.

  54. snideinplainsight

    In my life, we made common-sense conservative choices to reduce hundreds of millions of dollars in new spending today for fiscal responsibility tomorrow. We took the dairy business out of government hands and put it back in the hands of responsible free-market hands, where it belongs, for abundance. We gave the oil and drilling industries, a bypartizoid effort, the opportunities to develep and oversee safe development of Alaskan’s resources because they were created to be used to better our world. This was groundbreaking. We protect the environment and Alaskans (the resource-owners) foremost with our policies. Working as intended! Some of those dollars would harm Alaska and harm America, but it’s better to be right than being popular.

  55. Georgia Burning

    [re=440463]ALIVE![/re]: don’t worry too much, 3/4 of the buyers won’t read it, they just buy books like this to impress their friends and piss off their children.

  56. problemwithcaring

    [re=440484]Larry McAwful[/re]: Yikes, I don’t want to even think about the sexual connotations of “going rouge.”

  57. Potater

    It has PICTURES, you guys! And in black AND white! I wonder if it’ll be Color-By-Numbers so the wingnuts won’t find buying the wrong book a total loss.

  58. Rutherfraud B. Hayes

    If Sarah Palin played for the Edmonton Eskimos, going Rouge would be worth exactly one (1) point.

  59. WesternCorrespondent

    [re=440522]american mutt[/re]: Yes, you are (the only one who finds Palin…unthreatening).

    You should probably read Leah Burton’s compilation of dominionist activity in her blog “TheoPalinism” and her follow-up blog “God’s Own Party”. Sarah Palin is a dyed-in-the-wool dominionist (they believe in bringing their theocratic beliefs into American politics and military, and have succeeded pretty much “undercover” up to this past year’s election). She has been guided by every stripe of dominionist, even to the whacko Kenyan witch doctor who exorcised the devil from her in a ceremony at her church.

    It’s all on the ‘Net and YouTube — Google any of these topics.

  60. Gracie debour

    I heard via the grape vine that Ms. Christian Lynn Right-wing wrote both versions of the book.

  61. MonaLisa65

    [re=440592]Harmless[/re]: Neither, actually… but since ‘Going Rogue’ is a British idiom for unprotected anal sex, all the wingtards won’t be able to find the book anyway, since they’ll be… (ahem)… ‘erroneously’ stocked in the international erotica section.

    Real Americans don’t buy furriner pr0n!

    (No offense to Quentin McBiscuit. Though while you’re here, may I call you Mr. Cookie?)

  62. Gracie debour

    This was just posted on HP as reported by ADN:

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Sarah Palin isn’t the only member of her former administration planning a book.

    The Anchorage Daily News reports that Frank Bailey, a close aide to the former Alaska governor, is writing his own book, titled “Renegade: Sarah Palin’s Hatchet Man.”

    Bailey was embroiled in Troopergate, the investigation of Palin’s firing of her police commissioner over allegations he wouldn’t fire a trooper who went through a bitter divorce from Palin’s sister.

    Bailey quit state government shortly after Palin resigned as governor in July.

    A publisher for Bailey’s book hasn’t yet been determined.

  63. clydedog

    Regarding her book. I will borrow one from a HP comment. “I could eat alphabet soup and shit out a better book than that”.

  64. Frumious Canbrasnatch

    I believe it’s not just actually British slang for unprotected anal sex, but *with a transsexual*, also.

  65. Sabre_Justice

    The latest City of Heroes expansion is going to be called Going Rogue, and has repeatedly been mixed with Going Rouge.

    Palin, you’ve ruined my favourite game.

  66. EdgarAllanPoo

    Some of my best friends are stupid but they know the difference between rogue and rouge, so back off. They aren’t going to be fooled. (Rogue is what you put on your face, right?)

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