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I read Matt Taibbi's article in full, and posted yesterday.

I have had some more thoughts about it.

It was published by Rolling Stone.

40 years ago Hunter S. Thompson was political affairs editor for Rolling Stone, and was publishing, chapter by chapter what was later to be compiled and published as Fear and Loathing on theCampaign Trail '72

Soon after I became a Hunter Thompson fan, and to some extent I still am.

However, I have come to realize, that although Hunter Thompson had a kind of genious, and ability to explain things to a receptive audience, that his "Gonzo journalism" had to seem, to all not already largely accepting of his counterculture views, to be "obscene, horrid, repellent" and not at a persuasive or even responsible work from the standpoint of trying to persuade a scepticle or hostile audience. His works was and remains a disaster from the standpoint of political rhetoric.

I am very grateful that the present Taibbi article maintains the tradition of Hunter Thompson's strengths, and has gotten past his counterproductive weaknesses. One can present Matt Taibbi's article to those of contrary persuasion, and while it may not convert, it is unlikely to alienate in counterproductive ways.

Thank you Matt Taibbi for your article.
Posted by existentialist | Sun Feb 26, 2012, 05:42 PM (0 replies)

State Democrats asked my neighbor to run for state legislature.

The sate Democratic Party has asked my neighbor to run for the State legislature.

She's thinking about it. She may have a reasonable chance. The districts have been redrawn, and there is no incumbent running.

She's been pretty apolitical so far as I could tell until now. She got drawn into a fight over the governor's education bill which she strongly opposed, and wrote an article that was published in several newspapers, and then she testified before the legislature.

The present Senate has 30 Republicans and 5 Democrats.

The present House has 50 Republicans, 19 Democrats, and 1 Independent.

The district she would be running is a relatively Democratic district--more so than our present district (used for the 2002 through 2010 elections), and that's good because our present Senator and both Reps are Republicans.

I don't know what to tell her, but if she decides to run my wife and I will do our best to support her. (I spoke with my wife about this--I'm NOT speaking without authorization!)
Posted by existentialist | Tue Feb 14, 2012, 11:56 PM (4 replies)
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