Tuesday, February 22, 2005
FEAR AND LOATHING AND SADNESS IN LAS VEGAS AND IN COLORADO ... AND EVERYWHERE THAT THINKING PEOPLE LIVE
For the whole story, check out "Hunter S. Thompson, Outlaw Journalist, Is Dead at 67" in the New York Times.
Below, my favorite Thompson quote.
"The slow-rising central horror of Watergate is not that it might grind down to the reluctant impeachment of a vengeful thug of a president whose entire political career has been a monument to the same kind of cheap shots and treachery he finally got nailed for, but that we might somehow fail to learn something from it. Already - with the worst news yet to come - there is an ominous tide of public opinion that says whatever Nixon and his small gang of henchmen and hired gunsels might have done, it was probably no worse than what other politicians have been doing all along, and still are.
"Anybody who really believes this is a fool - but a lot of people seem to, and that evidence is hard to ignore. What almost happened here - and what was only avoided because the men who made Nixon president and who were running the country in his name knew in their hearts that they were all mean, hollow little bastards who couldn't dare turn their backs on each other - was a takeover and total perversion of the American political process by a gang of cold-blooded fixers so incompetent that they couldn't even pull off a simple burglary ... which tends to explain, among other things, why 25,000 young Americans died for no reason in Vietnam while Nixon and his brain trust were trying to figure out how to admit the whole thing was a mistake from the start."
From The Great Shark Hunt
We'll miss you, Hunter, you delusional bastard.