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Tuesday, February 22, 2005

RIP HST


Hunter S Thompson is dead.

The Rude Pundit has a very good post about it all.

And the Liberal Avenger reminds us of the power and clarity of Thompson's words with his post "Hunter S. Thompson on Nixon's Death"

Also a great interview with HST done by Jay MacDonald of Bankrate.com.

Bankrate: Yet you say Nixon pales in comparison to George W. Bush.

Hunter S. Thompson: Oh, yeah, he looks almost like a liberal. You look at the Clean Air Act and several others back then. Nixon was a crook but at least he operated off of an individual base. But this yoyo, this stupid little … It's cheap opera. Take a look at your pocket. Take a look around you. It's a hold-up, a looting of the national treasury, and that's what they're doing. The combined spending of the Kerry campaign is far less than $5 million for advertising. Five million dollars, that's like a goddamned Susan Anthony dollar compared to $60 billion that is just routine going out to Halliburton. We might lose if we went to war with Halliburton.


And the classic Salon interview with Thompson before the 2004 election.
It's a disaster of unthinkable proportions -- part of the downward spiral of dumbness. Civil liberties are black and white issues. I don't think people think far enough to see the ramifications. The PATRIOT Act was a dagger in the heart, really, of even the concept of a democratic government that is free, equal and just. There are a lot more concentration camps right now than Guantanamo Bay. But they're not marked. Now, every jail, every bush-league cop can run a concentration camp. It amounts to a military and police takeover, I think.


And here's a google search for all HST's interviews.

We shall miss you Mr. Thompson.




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