Hunter S Thompson, gonzo journalist, is dead. It is claimed that he committed suicide by shooting himself. Personally, I have my doubts.
“In a nation run by swine, all pigs are upward-mobile and the rest of us are f*cked until we can put our acts together: Not necessarily to Win, but mainly to keep from Losing Completely.”
From: The Great Shark Hunt
“Let’s face it–the yo-yo president of the U.S.A. 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. This is never an easy thing for the voters of this country to accept. No. Nonsense. The president cannot be a Fool. Not at this moment in time–when the last living vestiges of the American Dream are on the line. This is not the time to have a bogus rich kid in charge of the White House. Which is, after all, our house. That is our headquarters–it is where the heart of America lives. So if the president lies and act giddy about other people’s lives–if he wantonly and stupidly endorses mass murder as a logical plan to make sure that we are still Number One–he is a Jackass by definition–a loud and meaningless animal with no fundamental intelligence and no balls. To say that this goofy child president is looking more and more like Richard Nixon in the summer of 1974 would be a flagrant insult to Nixon. Whoops! Did I say that? Is it even vaguely possible that some New Age Republican whore-beast of a false president could actually make Richard Nixon look like a liberal?”
- From Kingdom of Fear, Simon & Schuster, 2003
“Today, the Panzer-like Bush machine controls all three branches of our federal government, the first time that has happened since Calvin Coolidge was in the White House. And that makes it just about impossible to mount any kind of Congressional investigation of a firmly-entrenched president like George Bush. The time has come to get deeply into Football. It is the only thing we have left that ain’t fixed.
-From ESPN “Hey Rube” column
“Kerry will win this election, if it happens, by a bigger margin than Bush finally gouged out of Florida in 2000. That was about forty-six percent, plus five points for owning the U.S. Supreme Court — which seemed to equal fifty-one percent. Nobody really believed that, but George W. Bush moved into the White House anyway. It was the most brutal seizure of power since Hitler burned the German Reichstag in 1933 and declared himself the new Boss of Germany. Karl Rove is no stranger to Nazi strategy, if only because it worked, for a while, and it was sure as hell fun for Hitler. But not for long. He ran out of oil, the whole world hated him, and he liked to gobble pure crystal biphetamine and stay awake for eight or nine days in a row with his maps & his bombers & his dope-addled general staff. They all loved the whiff. It is the perfect drug for War — as long as you are winning — and Hitler thought he was King of the Hill forever. He had created a new master race, and every one of them worshipped him. The new Hitler youth loved to march and sing songs in unison and dance naked at night for the generals. They were fanatics. That was sixty-six years ago, far back in ancient history, and things are not much different today. We still love War. George Bush certainly does. In four short years he has turned our country from a prosperous nation at peace into a desperately indebted nation at war. But so what? He is the President of the United States, and you’re not. Love it or leave it.”
“Fear and Loathing, Campaign 2004” by Dr. Hunter S. Thompson in Rolling Stone
“We were angry and righteous in those days, and there were millions of us. We kicked two chief executives out because they were stupid warmongers. We conquered Lyndon Johnson and we stomped on Richard Nixon – which wise people said was impossible, but so what? It was fun. We were warriors then, and our tribe was strong like a river. That river is still running. All we have to do is get out and vote, while it’s still legal, and we will wash those crooked warmongers out of the White House.”
“Ugly, Tasteless, Terrifying and Wild… Count Me In!”
“The Kansas-Syracuse game was barely over when I learned to my horror that the United States Marines were killing journalists in Baghdad. Three journalists have died in Baghdad so far, and not one of them was killed by Enemy Fire. They were shot down like dogs by U.S. military personel, killed and wounded and mangled by Americans, who drive American M1 Abrahms battle tanks and eat all-American pie, just like the rest of us. American troops are killing journalists in a profoundly foreign country, under cover of a war being fought for savage, greed-crazed reasons that most of them couldn’t explain or even understand.”
From “A Sad Week in America,” ESPN
“Last month, after the Drudge Report linked to a recent Hunter S. Thompson article (“Let’s Go to the Olympics,” May 18, 2004) an editor at ESPN asked that an inflammatory statement be removed. “Not even the foulest atrocities of Adolf Hitler ever shocked me so badly as these [Abu Ghraib] photographs did,” Thompson’s sentence read, before eventually being scrubbed. Though Thompson was merely stating opinion, ESPN recognized the controversy behind the quip and changed it. “Hunter can go too far sometimes,” the editor reportedly said.”
From “Hunter S. Thompson, George W. Bush and the Free Republic” by Maureen Farrell, June 16, 2004
UPDATE: Updated April 6
An update: March 7, 2005, O’Collegian
Excerpted from “Mysterious deaths weaken the ‘left-wing media’ myth” by Brent Battle
“Those ascribing to the “liberal bias” myth believe the press will take any attempt to tarnish the President and other right-wingers credibility and reputations. If this were so, surely they would’ve picked up on the suspicious suicides of people pointing fingers at our government leaders — Hunter S. Thompson, Gary Webb, Terrance Yeakey and Margie Schoedinger. Ironically, all four lives ended before evidence could be presented calling out the political heads involved in corruption and scandals.
The night before Thompson’s death, he told his friend at the Toronto Globe he had been working on a book regarding the Sept. 11 attacks being a controlled demolition — strategically placed explosives. He claimed “hard evidence” gathered proves the buildings were not brought down by planes and was afraid he might be “suicided.”
Oklahoma City Police Officer Terrance Yeakey was one of the first responders to the Murrah Building bombing on April 19, 1995. He was working on presenting evidence to the public about the bombing being a government cover-up, but he was found dead in a field in El Reno. The report claimed he slit both his wrist, stabbed himself in both sides of the jugular, then walked from his car a mile and a half and shot himself. “The bullet entered the upper temple on the right side and exited below the upper jaw bone on the left side, meaning the gun would have been pointed in a downward angle – a most unlikely way for a person bent on suicide to hold a gun,” according to the Spotlight, an Internet news source.
Gary Webb, who died last December, was working on a book about the government cover-up of CIA drug smuggling in the 1980s. His findings will be highlighted in the film “American Drug War” by Alex Jones. The clip he will use is from a special by MSNBC on the drug-smuggling featuring Webb. Following Webb’s mysterious death, no follow-up story has been made by MSNBC. The only hole in the story noticeable on the surface was how Webb managed to shoot himself in the head twice.
Like Thompson and Yeakey, Webb’s friends and family saw no indication he was a man about to end his own life. In addition, none of them left suicide notes. In fact, Thompson, Yeakey and Webb were working on something monumental.
The most interesting death thus far is the alleged suicide Margie Shoedinger, the only woman who has accused President Bush of sexual assault. After Shoedinger died on Sept. 22, 2003, the only news organizations to run this story were the one in her local town and the “New Nation” in London, a very small circulated paper. The story has gone virtually unnoticed, completely blacked out from the public eye.
One would assume if the media in this country hates Bush and Republicans so much, they would run more stories like these. But that is the lie being spread on television and radio — that a “liberal media” bias truly exists.
“They’re gonna make it look like suicide,” Thompson told his friend at the Toronto Globe. “I know how these bastards think.”