Monday, February 21, 2005

Hunter S. Thompson

Although his passing was a mere blip for many in the country it's tough to find another writer with a more original voice and a talent for being dead on with what they chose to write. Reading any of his work is like taking a little journey into his world where he would set up the background so you felt you were right there when he made his observations. He wasn't afraid to assume the worst, most cynical thoughts about those in power and he was usually pretty close.

I was reading some of his past columns at ESPN and was amazed at what he wrote on September 12, 2001. The man nailed exactly what was about to happen better than anyone else I've seen.

"The towers are gone now, reduced to bloody rubble, along with all hopes
for Peace in Our Time, in the United States or any other country. Make no
mistake about it: We are At War now -- with somebody -- and we will stay At War
with that mysterious Enemy for the rest of our lives."

"It will be guerilla warfare on a global scale, with no front lines and no identifiable enemy. . . We
are going to punish somebody for this attack, but just who or what will be blown
to smithereens for it is hard to say. Maybe Afghanistan, maybe Pakistan or Iraq,
or possibly all three at once. Who knows"?

"This is going to be a very expensive war, and Victory is not guaranteed -- for anyone, and certainly not for anyone as baffled as George W. Bush. All he knows is that his father started
the war a long time ago, and that he, the goofy child-President, has been chosen
by Fate and the global Oil industry to finish it Now."

I guess it isn't surprising that a man notorious for his drinking and drug use with a love of guns would eventually die a violent death but it is dissappointing. This country and this world will miss his honesty and willingness to say what needed to be said, especially with the current situation. I could post plenty of his quotes but this is one that really gets to the heart of how he felt about things right now. It's scary and sad to think how right he might actually be.

"We have become a Nazi monster in the eyes of the whole world--a nation of
bullies and bastards who would rather kill than live peacefully. We are not just
Whores for power and oil, but killer whores with hate and fear in our hearts. We
are human scum, and that is how history will judge us...No redeeming social
value. Just whores. Get out of our way, or we'll kill you. Who does vote for
these dishonest shitheads? Who among us can be happy and proud of having this
innocent blood on our hands? Who are these swine? These flag-sucking half-wits
who get fleeced and fooled by stupid rich kids like George Bush"?

"They are the same ones who wanted to have Muhammad Ali locked up for
refusing to kill gooks. They speak for all that is cruel and stupid and vicious
in the American character. They are the racists and hate mongers among us--they
are the Ku Klux Klan. I piss down the throats of these Nazis".
"And I am too old to worry about whether they like it or not. Fuck them".

HST said some interesting things about how journalism stopped working when it started trying to be objective.

"Objective journalism is one of the main reasons that American politics has
been allowed to be so corrupt for so long. You can't be objective about
Nixon. How can you be objective about Clinton?"

RIP to the Good Doctor. You'll be missed.

Tuesday, February 08, 2005

war and the super bowl

I got pretty tired of the constant tributes to war and patriotism in the pregame and halftime ceremonies and apparently I'm not the only one. It's not that I don't like the USA but I don't feel it necessary to wave the flag around or drape myself in red, white, and blue to defend myself (why conservatives and warmongers need to do this is another topic). Why can't the Super Bowl just be about football instead of celebrations of the United States' military might? Dave Zirin wrote a good column on this.

Monday, February 07, 2005

the old blog

Hey, as Jim Anchower says in his Onion article it's been a while since I rapped at ya. Let me catch you up on the changes in my life. Well, there aren't any.

I'm still dating Veronica and things are great there. I'm still working at BASF with the corn and that is still the worst part of my week. Spending eight hours staring at corn is even more mind numbing than you might think it would be. Since most of the bosses that care if we work have been gone I pretty much read the Daily and talk to Jake and the others for the rest of the day. I probably do about an hour of actual work.

Next weekend is going to be a blast and the old gang is coming back for the Texas Tech game. We've been saving our D batteries to throw and Bobby Knight when he comes in. It may be a shock to some but there will probably be some serious binge drinking when this group gets together. We just might get the chance to add to the many stories that begin, "Swany and I were drinking one day....".

Ugh, I just read what I wrote here today and it's awful, just awful. I'm sorry loyal blog reader. First, I don't post forever and then when I do post it's a brutal "here's what's going with my life" post. You deserve better.