Saturday, September 27, 2008

Maybe I'm Just Paranoid

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While Sarah was stopping for a cheesesteak in Philly, a man identified as "Temple graduate student Michael Rovito" approached her with the question that is on every cheesesteak-eating American's mind:

"What's going on over there, like Waziristan?"

Waziristan, for those of you who may not be quite as familiar with Central Asian geography as the average cheesesteak eater, is a province of Pakistan near the Afghan border. Like most of the border, it is largely out of the control of the Pakistan government and there have been incidents in the region involving American troops engaged in cross-border raids.

Nothing in particular wrong with the question. Sort of out of left field. Has a bit of a gotcha-feel to it... Sort of praying that she'll say, "Waziri-where?" or something similarly quotable. Still, whatever.

Here's the thing though... And here's where the paranoia sets in... Michael Rovito is apparently a Temple University grad student. Michael Rovito is also a reporter with the Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman... The newspaper from Wasilla, Alaska.

Now, it could be a coincidence... Two people with the same name... Still, "Michael Rovito" isn't exactly "John Smith." Isn't it more than a little coincidental that a guy why just happened to be buying a cheesesteak has the same, somewhat unique name as a reporter with Sarah Palin's hometown newspaper?

Why did I look into this? Because it seemed strange that someone in line for a sandwich in Philadelphia would be passionately concerned with the situation in Central Asia. I also don't trust the way in which the media describes people. They will describe someone as a waitress, for instance, when she is actually an activist with ACORN.

Like I said, it could be a complete coincidence. If you believe in coincidences.

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