Thursday, March 06, 2008

HST 

"I hate to advocate drugs, alcohol, violence, or insanity to anyone, but they've always worked for me." --Hunter S. Thompson

"[Thompson's] analytical method of comparing political campaigns to drug trips is perhaps the most profoundly accurate insight in political science." -- YRHT


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One of the funniest HST images that lingers in my mind is the military report of him taking a jeep without a muffler and driving in a random direction (off-road) to get away from Eglin Air Force Base MP's. (I think HST was at Eglin during the late 50's, about the same time John "Ace" McCain was in nearby Pensacola, learning how to crash aircraft.)

Here's an account of Thompson in New Orleans, sampling hors d'oeuvres.

Dr. Morris recalls the time he undertook a great Gonzo hunt. Salut!

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Thanks for the plug. Glad you enjoyed the story!

By Anonymous Nola, at 10:33 PM  

Learning how to crash aircraft?

Keep fighting your war there Oyster. Maybe one day you'll what . . . win?

Just please spare us your outrage when people of the other stupid party say stupid things about your stupid candidates (or mispronounce a word). You all act exactly alike, you and your political enemies in this war of yours. It's hypocritical, anti-intellectual and fucking dull.

By Anonymous Buford von Puffinstuff, at 11:31 AM  

Yeah, yeah, yeah. I'm sure it's all equivalent in your eyes. A parenthetical reference to Mac's record as pilot is exactly the same as, say, the wingnuts' treatment of Kerry. Can't wait to see McCain get "swiftboated" by the Dems. That'll happen, um, never.

By Blogger oyster, at 12:06 PM  

Well, since Puff brought it up:

John Sidney McCain III was even more pathetic than Bush as a pilot. The only reason McCain's wings never got pulled was because his daddy (John Sidney McCain II) and grandpa (John Sidney McCain I) were both admirals, and little Johnny was expected to follow in their footsteps.

Fast forward to 1980. McCain's Naval career had stalled out at captain; he was never going to make admiral. He wanted to go into politics, but even a Congressional campaign required money. Enter Cindy Lou Hensley, heiress to the Hensley beer distributor fortune. Yeah, McCain was still married at the time to his first wife Carol, but he soon fixed that. Two years later, he had both Cindy and his Congressional seat.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:23 PM