09/07/2004: Thought for the Day:
I've read Hunter S. Thompson's Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail '72 a couple times, and I always found myself growing nostalgic for the era when political conventions actually meant something. I know both parties like to trot out their celebrity endorsers and try to prove to the opposition how much more they love America, but there's a reason the damn things aren't more widely covered on TV. With both contenders chosen months ago during the primaries, the only purpose the conventions serve is to further confuse the addled 5% of the populace who don't already know for whom they're voting, and to annoy the rest of us who decided on November 8, 2000.
I guess that's more then one reason. Curse my flip-flopping.
More importantly, after seeing coverage of last weekend's protests, can I humbly suggest to the organizers that they come up with some original music for the damn things? If I have to hear one more variation of "Hey Hey Ho Ho" or "What Do We Want? Something! When Do We Want It? A Time Frame of Relative Immediacy!", I'm going to hunt down Country Joe McDonald and force feed him about 25,000 mics of brown acid.
Joan Baez is still alive, right? Or what about Ian MacKaye?
--Pete Vonder Haar
Len on 09.07.04 @ 06:35 AM CST