Friday, January 05, 2007

Thoughts on Hunter Thompson's Death

"For every Democrat there are two closet Republicans complaining about what they are about to vote for again. I'm not an expert on American politics or, for that matter, English politics, but I have a sixth sense about people and their 'terminal anxiety'--that last-minute decision in the privacy of a polling booth. Why change in mid-stream? Better to see this one out in case they have a master plan. Sure, I can scream for one leader, support him/her, but not now, not yet. Which is exactly what happened when George W. Bush, a certified halfwit, got re-elected in 2004. That was the thinking process that really killedHunter S. Thompson. That broke his spirit. That was it. Not even Gonzo could cut through that Gordian knot."


-- Ralph Steadman, The Joke's Over: Bruised Memories: Gonzo, Hunter S. Thompson and Me 2006

Thursday, January 04, 2007

Whining Republicans

"Thirty-one-year-old Rep. Patrick McHenry (R-N.C.) is not a large man, standing perhaps 5 feet 3 inches tall in thick soles. But he packed a whole lot of chutzpah when he walked into the House TV gallery yesterday to demand that the new Democratic majority give the new Republican minority all the rights that Republicans had denied Democrats for years."

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"Omitted from McHenry's plea for fairness was the fact that the GOP had ignored Pelosi's 2004 request -- while routinely engaging in the procedural maneuvers that her plan would have corrected. Was the gentleman from North Carolina asking Democrats to do as he says, not as he did?
"Look, I'm a junior member," young McHenry protested. "I'm not beholden to what former congresses did."
Anne Kornblut of the New York Times asked McHenry if his complaint might come across as whining.

"I'm not whining," he whined."


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