In the past week Lithuania has declared that Russian goods that are sanctioned as a result of the current Ukrainian conflict will not be permitted transit through Lithuanian land. Belarus and Russia have made several threatening statements in response.
The car that stopped for me was decidedly funky, old and beat up. A beach cruiser, we used to call them in Hawaii. I fearlessly threw my pack in and jumped in the back seat. In the front seat, two rastas sporting huge wild dreadlocks looked at me with expressions bordering on disbelief.
Ok, back to news. Google the word “news’ and I get… Guns, COVID, abortion, Trump hearings, China nuclear buildup, Sarah Palin leads in polls for special election… wait, really? I’d almost click on that, but it’s the New York Times.
Craig Murray, the brave Scotsman who among other things covered the Julian Assange hearings in the UK, calls the Jubilee “daft pomposity.” Love it.
The crowd was into it. They appreciatively applauded, hooted, and even danced, capering in sheer joy. Especially to songs they knew, like “Magic Carpet Ride” by Steppenwolf.
Madden was, in brief, tremendously entertaining. Just hearing him doing tv commentary or seeing him bursting through fake walls in commercials selling beer put me in a good mood.
The marvelous achievement of Hunter S. Thompson and Ralph Steadman was that they were able to build on Kerouac’s feverish road dream of something bigger beyond the horizon and flip it…
What an illustration of the Law of Unintended Consequences. Toss the dude out of your house and two years later he goes iconic, and four years after he becomes a superstar he dies and becomes legendary.
It is simply extraordinary to read these missives over a half century later. Take note of HST’s phrasing, which point the way to Fear and Loathing. Enjoy his outrage, which crackles off of the page like dry lightning in a tinder dry forest.
From Pittsburgh to Philadelphia, and all the small towns in between, Pennsylvania is crucial to both campaigns, so much so that I’d go so far as to call Pennsylvania the new Florida on the 2020 Electoral College map.