Monday, February 21, 2005

RIP: Hunter S. Thompson

Our country lost a great man yesterday. Hunter S. Thompson, the pioneer of 'gonzo journalism' killed himself Sunday at his compound in Colorado. He was 67 years old. Dr. Thompson is most known for his novels, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas--which was made into a movie--and Fear and Loathing: On the Campaign Trail ’72.

I have never read much of Thompson but I know he fervently opposed the Bush Administration and was a friend of John Kerry. Hunter once compared another four years of Bush to four more years of having syphilis; this alone makes him a good man in my book.

I made a promise to myself, and to him, that the next book I read will be one of his.

Rest in Peace, and thank you friend.

MSNBC Article on his death

Here is an article in which people leave tributes to Hunter

Thursday, February 10, 2005


Watching Countdown on MSNBC right now. Turns out the 9/11 Commission report was censored by the White House. And what did they leave out? They left out intelligence that indicates the FAA had many warnings in 2001 that a terrorist group was planning on using hijackers as suicide bombers to create catastrophic consequences. The intelligence also indicated that the attack would occur on the domestic front more than likely.

August 6th memo what? That memo has nothing on this.

Here is the article from the NY Times:

As an aside, Olbermann just said "Do you report under a different name? Do you work for a fake news organization? Then you too, can be a White House correspondent." Apparently Jeff Gannon is the number 4 story on Countdown tonight.

Olbermann is god--Thank you Keith!

Wednesday, February 09, 2005


Oh the irony of my life! It was a few weeks ago, and I remember hearing a comment from President Bush's recent press conference in which a reporter asked Dubya how can he possibly work together with the Democrats when the Democrats are so "out-of-touch with reality"--they think the economy is bad and claim Social Security isn't in a crisis. Here is the full quote:

"Thank you. Senate Democratic leaders have painted a very bleak picture of the U.S. economy. [Senate Minority Leader] Harry Reid [D-NV] was talking about soup lines. And [Senator] Hillary Clinton [D-NY] was talking about the economy being on the verge of collapse. Yet in the same breath they say that Social Security is rock solid and there's no crisis there. How are you going to work -- you've said you are going to reach out to these people -- how are you going to work with people who seem to have divorced themselves from reality?"
After hearing this I had to laugh a little on the inside about how much of a total moron the guy who said this was. I eventually told the story to my dad when we were discussing politics and the media. I said to him that I wondered how in the hell he could even get away with making such a ridiculous statement at a press conference. I apparently did not need to wonder for very long...
As my dad and I were watching Countdown today, we happened to see a story about "reporter" "Jeff Gannon". It turns out that Jeff Gannon isn't really a journalist at all--nor is his name Jeff Gannon--but somehow he had White House press credentials. The story continues and they started to show questions (really propaganda) by Jeff Gannon. The very first "question" they showed was the comment from Bush's press conference that I had heard earlier. I laughed and said that is the guy I was talking about dad, and quickly it all made sense how Jeff got away with it.
They showed many other clips of Mr. G and his ridiculous statements/questions and I think it is fairly obvious that Scott McCellan called on Jeff when Scott wanted to change the subject because the Bush Administration were starting to venture into "hot water". If you don't believe me you can see read some of the scenarios for yourself over at
Also--as a guest on Countdown pointed out--Scott McCellan KNEW that Jeff Gannon wasn't the man's real name. In order to get a press pass you must tell them your real name. I sincerely believe that Jeff Gannon is a "plant" by the Bush Administration. Hopefully the media will pick up on this story because of the blogs just like they did with Memo-Gate.
And so, let the unraveling begin! Onward Gannon-Gate!