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Name: William Rivers Pitt
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He Was A Crook: Hunter S. Thompson on the Death of Richard M. Nixon, 20 Years Ago Today

FROM: DR. HUNTER S. THOMPSON
SUBJECT: THE DEATH OF RICHARD NIXON: NOTES ON THE PASSING OF AN AMERICAN MONSTER.... HE WAS A LIAR AND A QUITTER, AND HE SHOULD HAVE BEEN BURIED AT SEA.... BUT HE WAS, AFTER ALL, THE PRESIDENT.


"And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird."

---Revelation 18:2

(snip)

If the right people had been in charge of Nixon's funeral, his casket would have been launched into one of those open-sewage canals that empty into the ocean just south of Los Angeles. He was a swine of a man and a jabbering dupe of a president. Nixon was so crooked that he needed servants to help him screw his pants on every morning. Even his funeral was illegal. He was queer in the deepest way. His body should have been burned in a trash bin.

These are harsh words for a man only recently canonized by President Clinton and my old friend George McGovern -- but I have written worse things about Nixon, many times, and the record will show that I kicked him repeatedly long before he went down. I beat him like a mad dog with mange every time I got a chance, and I am proud of it. He was scum.

(snip)

Nixon's spirit will be with us for the rest of our lives -- whether you're me or Bill Clinton or you or Kurt Cobain or Bishop Tutu or Keith Richards or Amy Fisher or Boris Yeltsin's daughter or your fiancee's 16-year-old beer-drunk brother with his braided goatee and his whole life like a thundercloud out in front of him. This is not a generational thing. You don't even have to know who Richard Nixon was to be a victim of his ugly, Nazi spirit.

He has poisoned our water forever. Nixon will be remembered as a classic case of a smart man shitting in his own nest. But he also shit in our nests, and that was the crime that history will burn on his memory like a brand. By disgracing and degrading the Presidency of the United States, by fleeing the White House like a diseased cur, Richard Nixon broke the heart of the American Dream.

The rest: http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/1994/07/he-was-a-crook/308699/

Got back from Boston about an hour ago.

Drove in on Sunday to be there for the Marathon today. I've been doing Marathon day my whole life, and I've never seen more runners or spectators. It was a 26-mile party, and while the police presence was certainly evident, it was in no way overwhelming. I walked the last four miles of the course to the finish line, and all I saw was happy people having a great time.

Took these:



Engine 33, Ladder 15 a few blocks from the finish line. These guys were among the first responders after the bombing last year, and lost two guys in a terrible Beacon Street fire a couple of weeks ago



Newbury Street, one street over from Boylston. What you're looking at is a sea of people from Mass Ave. all the way down to the Public Garden.

A million spectators six deep at the rails along the whole 26-mile course cheering on 36,000 runners, and a perfect day. The Hoyt's ran their 32nd and final Boston Marathon, there were two proposals at the finish line, and after a long year, Marathon Day is ours again.

It does not get better than that.

Speaking of Easter, I give you Bill Hicks.

This costs about $10...and this costs about $10,000

Michael C. Ruppert Suicide Note Released

https://cherispeak.wordpress.com/2014/04/16/michael-c-ruppert-suicide-note-released/

The greatest idea of all time.

Regarding the guy who dropped fake backpack bombs in Boston yesterday (UPDATED)

When I first heard about this, I wanted to drive back to Boston and beat him with a chunk of sidewalk pavement.

Then I checked out his Facebook page:

http://deadspin.com/heres-the-guy-charged-with-leaving-bags-at-boston-marat-1563656475

https://www.facebook.com/kayvonedson

...and in his videos, he makes mention of trips to McLean Hospital in Belmont, one of the foremost mental institutions in America.

I think the Artist had a manic episode. He won't be going to jail. He'll be going back to the hospital. McLean = pretty serious issues.

My guess after some consideration: the run-up to the anniversary was profoundly emotional for everyone in that city. I think this kid spent all day listening to the church bells chiming mournfully, the bagpipes playing on Boylston, the rain of tears in the TV coverage, and lost it. Had a bad bipolar manic episode. Better people than this kid cracked yesterday. Combine that with his condition, and you get this. Just a guess, but I think I'm pretty close to the mark.

It's pretty clear from his Facebook page alone that he is not well, which sucks for him twofold: he's sick, and later on, when he regains control of himself, he is going to regret this for the rest of his life.

I'm not usually one to preach pity for someone making Marathon bombing jokes, especially when it's this extreme. In this case however, I recommend not taking his actions too much to heart. He's pretty clearly not well.

UPDATE: his brother has released a statement regarding this guy's multiple mental disorder diagnoses. Suspicion apparently confirmed.

http://boston.cbslocal.com/2014/04/16/wakefield-man-charged-in-bomb-scare-at-boston-marathon-finish-line/

This one's for you, Boston.



A Love Supreme.

See you soon.

This Year, Thousands of Men Will Die From Stubbornness



Speed Checked By Radar



So so so so so so stupid, but I need a cheap laugh today.
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