The darkness has come
   by John Tully of the Los Angeles Sun for

Last year the oily and corrupt House leader Congressman Tom Delay personally used the Department Of
Homeland Security to track down and locate members of the Texas State Legislature who had fled to Oklahoma
after Mr. Delay tried to redistrict his home state into illogical shapes that were straight off of a sushi plate.

This week Mr. Delay subpoenaed a brain-dead woman to Capitol Hill to score political capital from the religious
and rigid right and distract from his vast legal problems including the illegal use of campaign funds and his current
successful attempt to literally change the House's ethics rules, written in secret. Texas, of course, is where they
execute retarded people and adolescents.

Irving Kristol's son Bill, the neo-conservative dreamer and top propagandist for the Iraq invasion since his founding
of The Project For A New American Century, had his expert say on Fox News the other day. He claimed that one
of the neurologists who had examined the medically dead woman said: " She can recover substantially if she gets the
proper rehabilitation. "

It almost makes you long for the days of uninterrupted Atlanta courtroom-killer news and video.

There are approximately eight point eight Billion dollars missing in Iraq, completely unaccounted for, according to the
U.S.-led Coalition Provisional Authority. Never one to miss an opportunity for irony, President Bush nominated yet
another chief architect of the Iraq invasion, Paul Wolfowitz to run The World Bank. That's a perfect triangle of failure
with a Secretary of State who did a miserable job advising the President on National Security and an Attorney General
who tried to find legal loopholes in torture laws.

A recent document uncovered Halliburton's newest overcharge of 108 million for Jordanian and Turkish fuel
- "The cost data did not reconcile to KBR's (Halliburton subsidiary) accounting" - and added to countless overcharges
totaling close to two billion dollars. Meanwhile, Congress decides to investigate steroid use in professional baseball.

They must not know that Chandra Levy is still missing.

The media swine scoffed and smirked at veteran journalist Dan Rather's final plea for courage as they ripped apart
Michael Jackson for wearing pajamas and blanketed the airwaves with coverage of Martha Stewart. It's always hard
to figure out week in and week out who the biggest media weenie is. George Will and David Brooks both could hardly
wait to make immediate cheeky/mealy-mouthed references to France in discussing the Syrian mess in Lebanon. Everyone
in the cool kids media club was praising the President for his bold leadership, though almost two months have gone by
since the Iraqi election, the many sides are still fighting and the country is a bloody mess.

Or is it the three-headed liberal weenie, The Evan Thomas/ Howard Fineman/ Chris Matthews Monster with their newest
shtick, the just-so-wacky-it-might-work: " George Bush is an idiot-genius who had to lie to America to get us into a war to
bring freedom to the Middle East." Subtitle: " We won't know for fifty years"

Talk about mission creeps.

In fact, all three men were performing it brilliantly last week, after about twenty minutes of adolescent discussion of Mr. Jackson's
wardrobe and Ms. Stewart's homecoming, on radio legend Don Imus' program. That hardly left the them any time to discuss the
brand-new appointment of America's chief diplomat to the United Nations, Mr. John Bolton. The little coverage and criticism the
media did give the truly absurd nomination usually referred to a bad joke that Mr. Bolton had once told about cutting off the top
floors of the UN building- and it not mattering. But the consistently undiplomatic Mr. Bolton once seriously asserted that "
We (United States) are the Security Council" One of the few reporters left in D.C., Mark Shields, remarked that the nomination
was " like naming Howard Stern as your Chief of Protocol or Mary Baker Eddy as your Surgeon General."

Back in the middle of 2003, before Jon Stewart was a big star, Mr. Matthews was on The Daily Show and was asked about the
Presidential election and the long list of Democratic candidates. The war that Mr. Matthews had passive-aggressively cheer leaded
had not been going well. The questions that he had failed to ask the politicians and leaders about the preparation and planning for
the war were coming home to roost. With all his experience in "Wershington" as he calls it in his Pennsylvanian drawl, working for
the late, great Thomas P. "Tip" O'Neill - among others, this would be a perfect opportunity to educate the young people about the
issues on a cool T.V. show and discuss the politics involved with them.

But Mr. Matthews tried to be hip and irreverent and summarized the whole field of candidates by giddily telling Stewart that
Congressman Dick Gephardt had big eyebrows.


Tip O'Neill was probably rolling in his grave that summer night and just about the same time out in Colorado, an old salty dog
named Hunter S. Thompson was stewing about the sorry state of affairs in America.

The journalist and author fumed: " It is genuinely incredible. The U.S. Treasury is empty, we are losing that stupid, fraudulent
chickencrap War in Iraq, and every country in the world except a handful of Corrupt Brits despises us. We are losers,
and that is the one unforgivable sin in America."

"Beyond that, we have lost the respect of the world and lost two disastrous wars in three years. Afghanistan is lost, Iraq is a
permanent war Zone, our national Economy is crashing all around us, the Pentagon's "war strategy" has failed miserably, nobody
has any money to spend, and our once-mighty U.S. America is paralyzed by Mutinies in Iraq and even Fort Bragg."

"The American nation is in the worst condition I can remember in my lifetime, and our prospects for the immediate future are
even worse. I am surprised and embarrassed to be a part of the first American generation to leave the country in far worse
shape than it was when we first came into it. Our highway system is crumbling, our police are dishonest, our children are poor,
our vaunted Social Security, once the envy of the world, has been looted and neglected and destroyed by the same gang of
ignorant greed-crazed bastards who brought us Vietnam, Afghanistan, the disastrous Gaza Strip and ignominious defeat all
over the world. The Stock Market will never come back, our Armies will never again be No. 1, and our children will drink
filthy water for the rest of our lives."

The day after Thompson killed himself, the beat-up, piled-upon and tired-looking Mr. Rather declared simply and dramatically: "Gonzo is dead"

This fact was immediately evident upon watching the cable news channels.

CNN's Judy Woodruff introduced two young women at computers who were reading weblogs to gauge the reaction to the sad news.
One of the women stated that Mr. Thompson had basically pioneered the practice of Gonzo Journalism. Mr. Imus' producer stooge
Bernard McGuirk and sports stooge Sid Rosenberg just could not, for the life of them, figure out what all the fuss was about regarding
Mr. Thompson's death. "What did he 'eva do" chortled the pool-ball headed producer; "Who is this guy?" laughed Mr. Rosenberg.

But their questions would soon be answered by the newsbunnies at MSNBC who were broadcasting Live from the studio with
In-Depth coverage of the Top Story:

The darkness had indeed come.

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