"THE SYPHILLIS PRESIDENT"

Fear and Loathing, Campaign 2004: Dr. Hunter S. Thompson sounds off on the fun-hogs in the passing lane

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KERRY WINS GONZO ENDORSMENT; DR. THOMPSON JOINS DEMOCRAT IN CALLING BUSH “THE SYPHILLIS PRESIDENT”
“Four more years of George Bush will be like four more years of syphilis,” the famed author said yesterday at a hastily called press conference near his home in Woody Creek, Colorado. “Only a fool or a sucker would vote for a dangerous loser like Bush,” Dr. Thompson warned. “He hates everything we stand for, and he knows we will vote against him in November.”

Thompson, long known for the eerie accuracy of his political instincts, went on to denounce Ralph Nader as “a worthless Judas Goat with no moral compass.”

“I endorsed John Kerry a long time ago,” he said, “and I will do everything in my power, short of roaming the streets with a meat hammer, to help him be the next President of the United States.”

urinating into a storm sewer

Today as I was standing across from the Express Bus Terminal waiting for a bus to take me back to Itaewon, I saw a young boy of about five or six urinating into a storm sewer with the assistance of his grandmother. I was immediately reminded of the time I was in Eungam Station and I saw a young boy of about five or six urinating into a paper cup with the assistance of his mother. Oh, and I was also reminded of the time I saw a retarded woman taking a crap on some stairs leading into a pedestrian underpass near Jongak Station, unassisted.

in the final sense

“Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired, signifies in the final sense a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed.” –Dwight D. Eisenhower, 4/16/53

$136B

Bush Signs $136B Corporate Tax Cut Bill

…for those of you who need more evidence of the corporate takeover of our “democracy.”

Korean movies

It has become clear to me that I am probably not going to finish writing about my trip to Tokyo. I say probably because there is still an outside chance, but it grows slimmer every day. It was a fun trip, especially on the last day when those aliens took me for a ride on their spaceship and we went back in time and I got to witness my own birth. That was totally cool.

If anyone is sitting on the edge of their seat wondering what happened during my last two days in Tokyo, leave me a comment and maybe I’ll put some shit together, special-like.

I have been downloading and watching Korean movies lately. The Korean film industry is riding quite the wave lately, and has been in the relative spotlight ever since Oldboy won the Palm D’or at Cannes earlier this year. It is a bit surreal watching these films simply because most of them were shot in Seoul, and as I watch the films I recognize places — places in Seoul. It was strange enough for me to watch American Splendor last year and recognize places in Cleveland, recognizing places in South Korea is almost enough to make my ears start bleeding.

Thus far I have watched:
Oldboy
If You Were Me
The Contact
Please Teach Me English
Taegukgi
My Sassy Girl

The problem I had with most of these films (with the exception of Oldboy) is that they start off really well but eventually self-destruct into a pool of overwrought nostalgia and sap. Even Taegukgi — an extremely violent film about the Korean war — becomes almost overwhelmingly sap-laden about halfway in. Koreans enjoy lots of overt melodrama, apparently… I don’t judge, I just don’t like.

Please Teach Me English was an interesting film that was loosely based around the Korean English teaching industry. One of my friends — Desiree — plays a very significant extra in it, as well. It’s very strange to see someone you know in a film with subtitles, dancing with an old Korean man.

Because of the success of some of these films, and because Americans generally are too lazy to read subtitles, a few of them have American versions in production. American versions which will probably be much worse than the originals, and which most Americans will watch without any idea that they were originally Korean films, and probably without any idea that Koreans actually make films.

(Abridged)

The Real (Abridged) Republican Convention

Still

Bush Supporters Still Believe Iraq Had WMD or Major Program, Supported al Qaeda

Peroutka & Baldwin in '04!

I got my absentee ballot today…

Ballot

…Peroutka & Baldwin in ’04! I like that Peroutka fella — he’s got guff, and his favorite food is pepperoni pizza (just like me!). I like a president that I can relate to.

This presidential race, this very important American presidential race, appears to be in a dead heat. Rather than be surprised at the fact that so many people still apparently support and intend to vote for George Bush, I am disappointed (and a bit embarassed) by it. I try to understand, but the only way I am able to understand is by accepting the fact that many Americans are ignorant and politically uninformed, and thus cast their vote for the candidate who talks tough and walks with a swagger, or who shares their religious beliefs, or who has folksy charm. I generalize, yes, but I have spoken and emailed many Bush supporters over the last few months and none of them have been able to explain in a convincing way why they are voting the way they are.

At this point I could go into a discussion of issues, but there are no issues anymore, there is just spin spin spin. The mainstream American media — the CNN, the MSNBC, the FoxNews, the CBSNBCABC — have failed, have become vehicles for this increasingly oligarchical system to promote and sustain itself.

Democracy is a wonderful idea — a government for the people, by the people. The problem is that capitalism and democracy don’t mix, capitalism slowly and silently destroys democracy. The realization, if it comes at all, comes too late, the damage is already done, and we are left with a system run for the powerful corporations, by the powerful corporations. Open your eyes, look at America (or at Korea, for that matter), and tell me that this isn’t true. Remember how Bush campaigned in the Enron jet?

Bush is a hard-core capitalist, and his record clearly reflects this — the environment, the Iraq reconstruction contracts, the tax cuts, the energy policy… he is not representing the people who (sorta) elected him, he is representing the companies that funded his campaign. While I understand that this is typical behavior for many on the right and the left, the extent to which Bush has taken it is frightening.

I find it embarassing and inexcusable that the wealthiest and most powerful country in the world still has citizens who can’t afford to buy food, who live in the streets, and who don’t have access to medical care. Meanwhile, the Bush administration is spending $200 billion in Iraq, $30 billion on missile defense, and $6.5 billion on nuclear weapons. When did our priorities get so skewed? Where is the voice of the underprivledged in our “democracy?”

I vote for Kerry because (among other things) I think that he will slow the capitalist consumption of the world, I vote against Bush because in four years he has sped it up significantly. The unfortunate nature of the American system is that the choice we are left with is between “eh” and “ugh” — I’m voting for “eh,” but I really wish there was an “ahh.” (Nader was an “ahh” in 2000, but he has turned into a “what the fuck are you doing?”)

Thus, Land of the Anxious Dog firmly endorses John Kerry for President of the United States, and I urge my readers to vote for him as many times as possible. Please. Thank you.