Friday, November 30, 2012

This Day In Snookland...Paging Dr. Gonzo.


Below is a passage written by an elderly Hunter Thompson.

It's from 'The Kingdom Of Fear'  and Thompson was, by then, almost done.

And yet....

It is a clear-eyed and unflinching comparison of two American politicians who did their best to ruin that country at the bookends of two full generations, with a figurehead and an oil-spook posing as a daddy figure that came in-between.

But here's the thing...

Imagine (purely as a thought experiment, of course), if you were to flip out the characters in red in the passage below and replace them with a couple of the characters who have been prominent in Lotuslandian politics for a quite some time now.

Would it ring even remotely true?

"Let's face it, the yo-yo president... knows nothing. He is a dunce. He does what he is told to do, says what he is told to say, poses the way he is told to pose. He is a fool.....

To say this goofy child president is looking more and more like Richard Nixon in the summer of 1974 would be a flagrant insult to Nixon.


Did I say that? Is it even vaguely possible that some New Age Republican .... false president could actually make Richard Nixon look like a (real) Liberal?...

The Boss was a certified monster who deserved to be impeached and banished. He was a truthless creature....a foul human monument to corruption and depravity on a scale that dwarfs any other public official in American history. 

But Nixon was at least smart enough to understand why so many honorable patriotic U.S. citizens despised him. He was a Liar. The truth was not in him."

Please Note: I Did a little snipping between the lines at the in Thompson's passage...Even I couldn't quite bring myself to go full-blown Conradian (times a billion) with some of the descriptors...'The Horror' and all that....If you get my drift...
Please Also Note: Even dunces can be 'pugnacious'....



persey said...

"Even dunces can be 'pugnacious'...."

As evidenced by the lede on Gary Mason's article in today's G&M.

(Smile). I don't know if this was deliberate or a remarkable coincidence.

Danneau said...

There is no appropriate place for this, but it might be of passing interest to the Busketeers:

Grant G said...

RossK said...


Confederacies and coincidences abound!

And, ftr, Marky-Mark was wurlitzering that bit on the Twittmobile like it was a good thing...I guess when you are in the dunce-pushing business all press is good press.

(and I see how you wrote that word 'lede')

Thanks Danneau!

All things Buskateering are always appropriate 'round here.

And as to the person who opened that thread (Bluegal)....She has a wicked weekly podcast with her husband (and former Newsblog/Gilliard denizen) Driftglass, here.



The McMaher duo seem to have blown things wide open (again)....Meanwhile, the proMedia hordes in the Center-Of-The-Universe will continue to waste precious time, column inches and barrels of pixels on the Brothers Ford saga of nothingness.