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vices/addictions There he goes.
by banuaba
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(lol@keke.rofl) on Feb 21, 2005 10:43:18 PM

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One of God's own prototypes--some kind of high powered mutant never even considered for mass production. Too weird to live, and too rare to die.
 
Sunday night Hunter Stockton Thompson killed himself. He was the closest thing that I've had in my life to an inspiration, and now he's gone. I'm not usually affected by the deaths of celebrities, but this one really has me bothered.

It is because Hunter was--hell, he still is--the personification of the American Dream. He spent his life doing exactly what he wanted to, nothing more, nothing less, and along the way he managed to gain fame and fortune. He found the Dream, grabbed it by its scrawny neck and throttled everything he could from it. He watched and commented on 8 presidents, giving them what they deserved--somehow gaining the respect and trust of the straight press along the way.

What bothers me, I think is this: if Thompson was the American Dream, is this how the dream ends? This isn't how things are supposed to end.

I feel less confident in myself, in my future and in my country, thinking that the American Dream ends in suicide.


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    Jesus Christ, thumbs downpoopduncemr yukmr yuk
    by TheChisa(come@me.bro)
    gfd messages
    on Feb 22, 2005 07:24:16 PM
    (#17690)
    you're a self-centered prick.

    You wanna idolize Hunter? GET A GUN AND FOLLOW SUIT.
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      I give you a 2 for reading comprehension, and a 1 for cleverness gold starcrybaby
      by banuaba(lol@keke.rofl)
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      on Feb 22, 2005 11:21:15 PM
      (#17691)
      I didn't say that I idolized Thompson, I said I was inspired by him.
      And--if I was 67, had lived an awesome life and was facing the rest of my life spent being stuck in bed or a wheelchair--I probably would get a gun and follow suit.

      But I suppose that would make me a self-centered prick.
      [Reply to this comment]  [Parent]
        Look, cleverlips, thumbs downpoopcrybaby
        by TheChisa(come@me.bro)
        gfd messages
        on Feb 23, 2005 05:04:03 PM
        (#17692)
        Thompson found the American dream before YOU were a squirt in your daddy's Fruit of the Looms -- it was a burned out, blackened motel that would have been condemned to be demolished if anyone gave half a shit about it.

        Now YOU come along and try to appropriate the pain for your own pathetic, hardly as well written ends. There's absolutely nothing in your pithy, half-assed "eulogy" to make me believe that you have any fucking CLUE what Hunter was really about -- you, who have never gazed into the Abyss, who fear the darkness and it's soul searing power, have no right whatsoever judging a man who's smoked DOPE with Charon on the banks of the river Styx.

        You're not the solution, son -- you're the PROBLEM. Get thee back to your living room couch and watch Dr Phil "tell it like it is!"

        (notice: this comment was truncated by request)
        [Reply to this comment]  [Parent]
          So of course thumbs upcrybaby
          by kraken
          gfd messages
          on Feb 23, 2005 05:11:51 PM
          (#17693)
          all that makes YOU worthy, eh? Fuck off Chisa, he wasn't judging HST, he was lamenting his passing.
          [Reply to this comment]  [Parent]
            Yawn. pooppooppoop
            by TheChisa(come@me.bro)
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            on Feb 23, 2005 07:26:47 PM
            (#17695)
            Get laid.

            Look at the world around you, champ. That's why Hunter pulled the trigger -- CNNion and company have reduced this planet to such a mockery of itself, that satire such as Thompson's has become irrelevent. Go on and sling a few more pot shots at me. Tag the comment bars with dunce hats and piles of shit. I have no fear of weak-necked code-pushing fruits like you.

            Lament not the passing of the last Tyrannosaurus Rex. Lament the slow, boring death of your own small, fur-bearing selves.

            And frankly: yes, I AM WORTHY.

            (notice: this comment was truncated by request)
            [Reply to this comment]  [Parent]
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            (#35626)
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          by banuaba(lol@keke.rofl)
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          on Feb 23, 2005 11:01:43 PM
          (#17699)
          So the fact that you were 2 or 3 years old when Thompson took his savage journey to the heart of the American Dream somehow qualifies you to comment and decide? Wow, those 4 years you have on me sure makes you a better person.

          The fact that you live with some stupid cunt who has met him qualifies you?

          I don't think so. As far as I'm aware, you've got about zero knowledge of what my life has consisted of, if I've actually seen the abyss or not, and that makes you pretty unqualified to pass judgement on...well I guess on anything about me.

          Furthermore, this was not a eulogy, dumbass. It was not in praise of Thompson or his life, it wasn't reminiscing on his deeds and accomplishments. It was an open inquiry into the current status of the American Dream.

          As for 'hardly as well written', I'll give you a pass on that one, as you're surely correct that I can't write nearly as well as Thompson. Or was I supposed to be insulted by that? I'm not entirely sure.

          It's fine that you actually have put a cute little eulogy in your own internet weblog and all, but your writing style isn't nearly as good as HST's, either--and you don't know how to properly format your em dashes.

          Seems to me that you thinking you've got some sort of mythical gonzo street cred because you're currently shacked up with someone who's met Thompson and because you're a whole four years older than me.

          That reeks of the PROBLEM. Sounds like you need to get some couch time in, maybe learn how to stop swinging your e-penis.
          [Reply to this comment]  [Parent]
            You bore me. duncedunceduncedunce
            by TheChisa(come@me.bro)
            gfd messages
            on Feb 23, 2005 11:44:14 PM
            (#17700)
            I'll tell you what I tell all the other internet ninnies: meet me at a time and place of your choosing and we'll see who has the problem.

            To date, every one who has had the opportunity to face me has been REAL goddamn nice about it.

            How 'bout you, smiley?
            [Reply to this comment]  [Parent]
              You're pretty fucking pathetic gold stargold stargold star
              by banuaba(lol@keke.rofl)
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              on Feb 24, 2005 06:47:19 AM
              (#17701)
              You challenge people to internet fights?

              WHOA INTERNET TOUGH GUY COMIN' THROUGH!

              Like I said, spend a little time on the cough, sweetheart, tell the doc you need to learn how to stop swinging that e-penis, maybe learn how to develop a cogent argument instead of trying to be an internet tough guy.

              Just a thought, smiley.
              [Reply to this comment]  [Parent]
              If you gave half a shit
              by Spanker(munsterinthedark@hotmail.com)
              gfd messagesAIM
              on Feb 24, 2005 01:42:53 PM
              (#17702)
              you wouldn't be wasting your fucking time with this shit. Regardless of who has any point, its sadly ironic, and incredibly contradictory to any form of respect, honor or reverence for Hunter Thompson you claim to have.
              Let him take Thompson's death the way he wants, as he lets you take it the way you want.
              You're turning his death into a battleground.
              Dick.
              [Reply to this comment]  [Parent]
                Sigh. pooppoop
                by TheChisa(come@me.bro)
                gfd messages
                on Feb 24, 2005 03:34:43 PM
                (#17704)
                (this comment was removed by request)
                [Reply to this comment]  [Parent]
                  You tart heart
                  by Spanker(munsterinthedark@hotmail.com)
                  gfd messagesAIM
                  on Feb 24, 2005 07:36:59 PM
                  (#17706)
                  "whiny white geeks and their expectations of entitlement."
                  Gee, duh?
                  What is it that anyone on this post expected? You're the one who expects to be taken seriously, you think you deserve our time, you think you deserve a voice, which you use to berate people with. You stupid fucking whiny bitch.
                  PS- My father new Hunter Thompson, and I can honestly say I don't know shit about him. Your logic sucks, and your friend can get fucked, even if (s)he is right.
                  [Reply to this comment]  [Parent]
                  We can't stop here.
                  by kko
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                  on Feb 28, 2005 08:38:59 AM
                  (#17714)
                  This is bat country.
                  [Reply to this comment]  [Parent]
              You lose! heart
              by qasr(qasr [at] qasr [dot] mine [dot)
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              on Feb 25, 2005 12:16:25 PM
              (#17708)
              Automatic disqualification by The Thwack Rule, thanks for playing.
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      by nub(don't mail me)
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      on Mar 6, 2005 03:39:20 PM
      (#17808)
      Get a clue. Everybody is a self centered prick. "Human beings are supremely selfish beings." To deny that your own life is centered on yourself is even more selfish than you can imagine. Not only are you bitching about your own problems, you're claiming that since you're so concerned with everybody else's well-being, it's all THEIR fault. I have no idea who the fella is that committed suicide, but I felt robbed too when one of my idols was shot a couple of months ago. Does that make me selfish? You bet. I lost a lot of motivation in pursuing what I wanted to do because that guy died. This, too, makes me selfish. Goddamned right it's about me. I'm the one I have to deal with every day, beating myself up for shit I did 10 years ago.

      Yeah, the OP is selfish. So am I. At least we're selfless enough to admit it.

      edit: fixed quote.
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    whoa
    by keepright(keepright@oh.ok.co.uk)
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    on Feb 25, 2005 12:35:48 PM
    (#17710)
    GFD is so, like, totally gonzo.
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    by brightmeadow(peregrine13820@yahoo.com)
    gfd messages
    on Feb 28, 2005 06:42:44 AM
    (#17712)
    I know nothing of Mr. Thompson so I can't comment.

    I can comment on this conversation though. You are all being played for the Chisa's ammusement.

    (And that is a Eulogy. Eulogy can mean a lot of things. Dictionary.)
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