Friday, February 20, 2009

Doom and delusional - US Expat rants and ravs

The below text and post was posted by Terry Hallman(A.k.a. US Expat)

It is a copy of a delusional rant and rave (Common for Mr Hallman) where he write to "Vice-President John Edwards" in 2004 No doubts had John Edwards received such a letter he would have either clicked on the delete button or forwarded it to the FBI for investigation.

Notably Mr Hallman is lamenting the passing of Hunter S Thompson, another self deluded substance abuser who had taken way too many drugs, We leave it up to you to decide if this is the writing of a delusional US citizen or not...

Doom and Revolution
Posted by: US expat
Date: February 20, 2009 06:38PM,68850

This is a reprint of a tribute to Dr. Hunter S. Thompson, on the 5th anniversary of his checking out of Hotel Earth. Herein readers may, for whatever weird reasons or lack thereof in this dust particle we live on (infect), find something strikingly similar to a blueprint for the 2008 US preznit race on the Dem side.


Doom and Revolution

February 25, 2005
Kharkiv, Ukraine

I hadn't much intention of doing anything with the following letter except keeping it stored on my near-decrepit hard drive, still with me faithfully after all these years and now in Kharkiv, Ukraine. That's more than I can say for some women I know, who as I understand it are deservedly wretched now.

Then, Hunter S. Thompson checked out five days ago.

This letter would likely have remained deep inside information `for eyes only' of a privileged few in the US otherwise.


"US expat"
North Carolina, USA
Kharkiv, Ukraine

Vice-President John Edwards
Washington, DC

September 27, 2004

Re: Predators, parasites and weasels in the US White House; straight talk; Turning Point

Dear VP Edwards:

A few weeks ago, near the end of the Democratic National Convention, I received messages first from President Clinton, then the next day from you. Both invited me to contribute something to the campaign, be it cash or other. In that I've already offered up my life to fire up the poverty `issue' for you, along with the pending question of economic rights in America, and in that both of you should know better than to ask me for input if you don't want serious input, I am responding accordingly. Look at this from a gonzo perspective for best view. As far as I can tell, gonzo pretty much sums up the current state of the US nation at this point, in the weirdest version of America to date. If you don't know what gonzo is, ask Dr. Hunter S. Thompson. He is a professional, after all.

Here we go.

First, one thing clear: this isn't intended to be polite, but merely effective. Right about now, I figure effective counts for far more than polite anyway. You're in a tight race which, for the life of me, I cannot understand why it's so tight. Or at least I couldn't until I forcibly sat myself down and thought about it. The answer struck me fairly quickly, but I've had to think about it for a few weeks to be sure I have it right. Fortunately for you, President Kerry and President Clinton, I'm almost always right about everything, so we needn't worry too much about the veracity of all of this. President Clinton knows that, or at least he knew it at one point. Maybe he remembers. I expect so. He has a mind like a steel trap.

You're in a campaign that should be a hands down, slam dunk win for us Democrats. It shouldn't be closer than 8 points in our favor at this point, but, polls say it's pretty much tied. We even have to worry about the pathetic Nader Factor!

I can tell you have Gore's campaign team at work for you. Fortunately for me, I'm in exile, by Absolute Necessity or I'd have suffered completely to death in the US by now. Credit due and payable to Brit friends who saw fit to keep me alive when almost nobody in America saw the same. I'm eight time zones east of the US just now, in the former Soviet Union to be precise, so if America goes to hell in a handbasket by way of another Bush theft plus Democratic incompetence, I've hedged my meager bets insofar as possible. If Dems in the US can't fend off this Cheney/Bush cabal, I don't know what to do except maybe surrender and concede that we Dems are all hopelessly, terminally stupid. That's a distinct possibility.

But, I'm not quite ready to concede that point. Tempted, yes. Ready, no. Which, of course, is why I'm writing this.

Here's the way I see things: hoodlums versus good guys, us being the good guys. Again, fortunately, I'm in the former Soviet Union, and am therefore quite more familiar on a daily, routine basis with the crisp distinction between hoodlums and good guys than are most Americans. In fact, I'm deeply concerned that nearly half of the American populace have gone mad, as evidenced by polls indicating that almost half of US voters apparently want Bush as US president.

Thinking back over US history, I realize that the Constitution was created more than 100 years before the advent of modern psychology via William James. Thus, our Founding Fathers had no basis by which to anticipate that a significant portion of the US voting populace might be clinically insane at any given point in time.

Nobody is perfect, I suppose.

And here's what I see wrong with the current campaign, and why we're not up by high single digits or low double digits: you and President Kerry tend to wait for the Bush side to attack, slander, lie, mislead, and generally twist reality beyond recognition, and then you respond defensively to try and put things right again.

Too late!!! It's ALWAYS too late in such a case, because the bad guys got the upper hand and everybody sees it, which in turn makes our intelligence and capability suspect. And rightly so. It becomes difficult to distinguish us Dems from blithering idiots. We already have one of those in the Oval Office. So why change? Nearly half of US voters apparently can't see why either at this point. And so the polls show a dead heat, a tie, and a real chance that the Bush cabal just might prevail, after all. If we can't fight off these guys, even knowing for certain what they'll do, how they operate, who and where they are, how can we be expected to fight off nebulous international terrorists?

Whatever happened to taking the first shot against bad guys who we know are out to get us? There is the danger of running a campaign on the high road: our opponents LIVE on the low road, that's all they know, it's their genetic predisposition, and that is therefore all they can do.

Did you know that?

Take the first shot, from now to November 10 to be on the safe side. Preemptive warfare is risky foreign policy, but useful and pragmatic US domestic election policy because it's kept only in our own backyard - not something we want or need to export, but a messy little slice of necessity nonetheless. The Bush side has already figured that out, in spades, but they use it domestically and internationally. If they get their way on the goofy and deadly-expensive political distraction of the Mars mission, it's almost certainly the first thing they'll ship out, bombing rocks and dirt if nothing else is found.

Keep the high road, but that doesn't mean not kicking those dogs where they live. They just don't know any better than to do what they do, to say what they say, and to twist the Truth beyond all recognition even after DNA analysis. On our side, American voters are mostly figuring that if we Democrats don't know this, or some brilliant or at least capable Democratic minds can't figure it out, then we don't deserve the US White House. And they're absolutely right, of course, even if nearly half are insane at this point. Good Lord, the current state of affairs is enough to drive anyone crazy!

This election should go down in a landslide in our favor as Dems because the Bush side has so much negative baggage as to make them not only untenable but nauseating. How can this have not come to light by now? Who the hell are you paying to run the campaign aside from the previous Gore miscreants? We Dems are right and the other side is wrong, and if you don't believe me, ask Jim Carville. He knows. Where is he, anyway? God forbid he's come under the thumb of his dear Republican other half. More likely he just isn't able to care any more, and has already conceded that we Dems have become hopelessly, helplessly stupid. I know the feeling. Maybe he's right. But, again, I'm not ready just yet to concede that point.

Here's what to do, which you're NOT doing already: hammer hell out of the opposition and keep them on the defensive instead of the other way around. We've got crooks, scumbags, sociopaths, psychopaths, and thieves - a.k.a. predators, parasites, and weasels, and I'm being charitable - in the US White House, and you're sitting around waiting for them to do what we all KNOW they're going to do - lie, deceive, distort, and generally malfunction - and then we put up a pansy defense, on grounds that we're trying to maintain the moral high ground by not attacking them the way they so richly deserve and require in the minds of manly, red-blooded US voters and their families.

Think blitzkrieg times two. Hit hard, fast, repeatedly, incessantly, two more strikes while they're seething and scurrying like rabid rats from the last one.

Bombs away! The bad guys should be on the defensive, constantly and then some and then some more, NOT US, so get it right! Damnation, John, this isn't rocket science.

If your paid staff can't figure out the necessary details FAST (48 hours maximum), flog all of them, bring me in, and we'll all be happy on November 2 and beyond. Or, bring me in, I'll flog them for you, and we can all then proceed toward our well-deserved, manifest destiny win in November. Whatever it takes. You can all thank me later by meeting my demands, and my demands will be to cut poverty in the US in half during your first four years, plus implementation of international terrorism prevention through programs of development assistance for promising, emerging democratic communities. I have an almost uncanny knack for spotting them, even in the USSR remnants. Waiting until they misbehave and then bombing them is too late, again. I have a business/game plan already worked out during seven months in London and Prague this year, it's already passed first muster in London, and it will work. That's my price. Otherwise, with another Cheney/Rove/Bushie term, America is finished. If your `official' campaign staff can't figure that out, have a hard reality check with them, and bear in mind that we're all doomed otherwise. Don't be shy, but discreet is acceptable.

Listen: there's a huge difference between the moral high ground and pest control. In fact, not identifying and removing vermin is unhealthy and unsanitary. Stop being so damned nice! MOST (not all) US voters know the cut of Bush/Cheney's cloth, and if YOU're not hammering that point effectively, we/they (voters) have to conclude that there's something seriously and sufficiently deficient and deranged in your/our analysis of the current egregious and outrageous state of US affairs that spells America 2004 such that the Cheney/Bush cabal might just as well continue in the White House. What's the difference?

Are you hammering them already, or do you think you are? If so, the hammer must be a bit spongy, or maybe Styrofoam.

Alternately - and there's only one alternative, believe me - challenge Cheney for your part to demonstrate one - just ONE - bit of evidence that he has any concern whatsoever for anything or anyone in America not directly connected with looting the US treasury for his own benefit and those in his cabal. Can you think of anything? I've tried, honestly, I have. I can't think of anything, I can't find anything. The only humane, positive efforts from the current White House that I can think of - and not from Cheney, mind you - are faith-based initiatives touted by Bush. And even those aren't original , they're embedded in the Welfare Reform Act of 1996, which as I recall Clinton and Kerry both supported, and Clinton pushed over the goal line.

God knows I've tried to coach you - and nobody else, only you - against Cheney, since 2000, far in advance of where you find yourself against him now. But at least I had that suspicion and foresight. Who else? No one I ever heard of. And we both should understand by now that Cheney is a complete waste of oxygen, kept alive like a Frankenstein monster by a relentlessly reliable pacemaker.

The guys in the White House now are there for One Reason: to feed at the Public Trough. There's no more to it than that. Mon dieu, it isn't even complicated! Hammer them on that, they can't possibly prove otherwise. They can't show anything they've done that hasn't or doesn't line their own pockets and isn't in their direct personal private interests and those in their cabal. Everything else has weakened, harmed, and rotted America in only four years to the point that American citizens can barely even think straight anymore. In our heart of hearts, most Americans know it's true, but our side hasn't just come right out and said it. Make that theme our New Mantra, and play and play and play it, incessantly. It's easy, because it's so obvious. And, it's True. If we can't see it, say it, and bring it to glaring light, voters have no business voting for our side. And even so, nearly half are already going to vote for us Dems! That means they already know it's True.

What happens when Cheney/Bushites feed themselves to the point of collapse of America? Nothing, for them. Absolutely nothing. They're fat enough to breed and prosper for generations to come, and the demise of America is irrelevant for them. The rest of us are expendable pawns.

Moreover, as they trash the economy and run up lethal public debt, how do we afford to fight terrorism? Answer: we don't. We can't. We're approaching end game, and no one in the current White House has any reason to care about that, nor is there any indication that they do or should. They're okay, regardless. And our side is not sounding the alarm loudly, clearly, in the light of day for all to see and hear, when we're the only people who can possibly do it.

Hammer the @#$%& on that point alone, and you'll get more traction, poll points, and votes in the end. Trust me on this. I haven't steered you wrong yet, and I'm not about to start now.

These guys have pissed off half the world and alienated the other half, minus only those of the US populace and a very few Cabal Fellows around the world who still think the Bush cabal is a good idea. Here in Ukraine, for just one example, West-friendly Yushchenko might now lose the Ukraine presidential election because his wife has an American passport! Only three years ago, having a US passport was considered a badge of honor, an item of envy surpassing even a Ferrari or new Corvette. Now, it's an albatross for the poor guy because of the New Reputation of Bush/Cheney Incorporated's version of USA, Inc. We are now seen as a country far beneath what we were before Bushites stole the previous election - and we are coming under scrutiny and observation of the international community for the first time in history, so they can check if B/C Inc. steals another one. Well, `elections' get stolen all the time around the world, or are so laughable as to be useless in the first place. So why should we be any different in the US?

Because we were - but are no longer - THE champions of humanity and THE standard bearers of democracy. If we can't get it right, who will? And, if we Dems lack the collective wherewithal to correct the Bush cabal's takeover and destruction of the US, America has no chance to continue as a great nation. None, zero, nada, zip. We risk becoming a ragged has-been, indebted to foreign nations to the point of being crushed to second-rate status. And that's optimistic, I think. Our fat military can't protect us, because there comes a time in the court of international public opinion - which most Americans arrogantly sneer at just now - when military might and hubris are viewed as borderline or full-blown authoritarianism. How to square democracy with that? Simple. It can't be done, and everybody knows it. The more we answer conflict with military response, and of course dilute and weaken our military capability in the process, the weaker we become, not stronger. We can spend ourselves completely to death or irrelevance. Half a trillion a year for defense? That alone proves we've seriously screwed the pooch on foreign affairs and relations. What the hell are we thinking? Has anyone in DC seriously questioned why so many people want to destroy us? It isn't because we're free and democratic, it's because we've demonstrably become @#$%&.

No nation ever believes such a thing as demise or falling to second or third tier can happen to them, until it does. Then, it's too late. It always is, after the fact. Nobody is ever that smart in advance. But maybe, just maybe, this time could be the exception. I'm just telling you in advance, in the hope that it matters this time and will make a difference for us, and for all of those whom we love and care about so deeply, both at home and abroad.

We are the world's best and brightest hope, and we're fading fast.

Depending on the competence, or lack thereof, of your current campaign staff, I remain available for call-up and duty as needed, no funding required on your end except for travel costs to and fro, same as for any other US warrior. Food and shelter would be nice, but, I'll camp out if necessary and eat what I can find, not unlike the care and concern currently given to many of our current combat forces and their families, and a few tens of millions of Americans living on death's doorstep in poverty. We're brothers and sisters, after all, just with different weapons and ordnance. Our combat forces have to use metal and explosives, whereas mine are words, ideas, good will and what I hope might be Common Sense in a 2004 rendition of Tom Paine.

We'll see which are more effective, I reckon.

As I told you a little over a year ago, the Halliburton puzzle and the US economy are the two key factors to winning this election. Polls now say it's terrorism and the economy. But: with a decaying economy, crushing and misspent defense expenditures to bomb recalcitrant communities rather than supportive humane assistance for positive but struggling communities around the world (of which there are hundreds, and I'm in one now), US defense, foreign and economic policies are fundamentally misguided - unless you think of them in terms of a private cabal without regard to the best interests of US citizens or anyone else in the world outside said cabal.

That cabal has a wide spread, and America is expendable.

You've pretty much figured out the Halliburton puzzle: it is the Cheney/Bush cabal, with Halliburton being the most visible, obvious and egregious symbol. The cabal has methodically and deliberately trashed the robust Clinton economy. Know why the economy hit a downturn when Clinton was leaving office? Mainly because Clinton was leaving office, and America merely paused to see what might be coming next. Simple! We all knew what it had been before our beloved Economic Genius was elected, and we all doubted what might become of us after His departure. Now, we have our answer. Bush's so-called `plans' are specious nonsense and @#$%&. He's still running on the remaining momentum of Clinton's genius, and that momentum is not intended to endure much past the next election if the Bushites get their way. They don't care for anyone but themselves, and again I say we are ALL expendable toward their ends.

Tell THAT to Bush and Cheney. There's no way they can defend it, and it's true enough prima facie to strike a loud, broad, deep and resonant chord in the American psyche just about now. And that will get poll points and votes, in the hope that votes aren't stolen or misplaced this time around.

Diebold has apparently promised otherwise. Look out.

Nail these @#$%&, John. Hammer them, nail them, no mercy. A positive campaign has to include spraying parasites and pests when necessary, just as in any healthy household, and that's where we are now. Get me there with you to help guide things if necessary, since no one seems to be doing it so far, just get this election done and won, take my advice fast from afar or as near as you need, and we'll all be better off for it. We need you and Kerry in the White House. That is my singular focus in life at this point, because I love America, I love my fellow citizens, even most insane Republicans, I love the rest of the world, you and President Kerry do too, and the Bushites do not and cannot.

The distinction now is between evil/greed and positive/progressive. We can't get the latter without bashing the former in the teeth. It's the only thing they understand and respect, and the American public are sitting like spectators in a Roman coliseum awaiting the insight, wisdom and correct response of would-be leaders. Same as it ever was, same as it ever was...

Just get into the White House where you belong, and let's go from there. I see Kerry/Edwards through the next eight years, and Edwards/whomever (Hillary's chomping at the bit...) for another eight, so stay fit and do plenty of push-ups.

America cannot continue to exist in the bowels of the current Beast. Four more years of the current cabal means fatal US public debt and foreign policy that guarantees increased terrorism, and that's that. We wait in the crosshairs, with less and less resources to defend ourselves because they were and continue to be borrowed and then misspent on bad, fatal policy.

In the end, which can be near, it matters not at all to the Bush cabalists. They're fat and sassy in any case. For America, we end not with a bang, but a whimper, quite like the former USSR. It can happen to us, too. So it goes. I'm sure you understand.

You think we have friends in this world who won't let us sink? Think again. It all changes once credit comes due and we can't pay up, and we're now only one or two more stiff recessions from irretrievable tailspin. And Herr Greenspan has already warned that we can no longer expect to honor our social security commitments, to which all American workers have paid in good faith, and who will now be robbed. And, unfortunately, he's right, thanks to the Cheney/Bush cabal. This was not in question when Bush stole the last election, just four long years ago.

Let's make this take-no-prisoners hard-assed hard-edged clean-up and pest control attitude OUR little October surprise. God alone knows what the opposition has in store, but whatever it is, it's sure to be mean and very, very nasty. Letting through another attack would all but seal the election for them. Remember, as FDR said, we have nothing to fear but fear itself. Our opponents know that, so, they supply plenty of it, to hold their position.

Keep in touch. I am with you 110%, and will come to your side quietly and discreetly, at your sole discretion, any time you want.

With best wishes,

"US expat"

Kharkov, Ukraine


Don't be afraid of us mavericks. We're not the same as loose cannons. Don't forget, it was us mavericks who created the US to begin with. No regrets, it's been a good run. You have a real chance to keep it going.

For now, just think of me as something like a Lee Atwater, without the brain disease - as far as I know. He, you, Clinton and I are all from the same neighborhood, but Atwater's dead now and long gone. Maybe there is a God.

And: ask Colin Powell to stay on as Secretary of State. He's one of the good guys. He just might accept.

Peace, love, and hard whoop-ass on the bad guys.

Yours in service, balls to the wall,




John Edwards, and by default JohnKerry, at least took most of my advice, the part of fighting, attacking, hammering the opposition. The record will show that attitude took root and started full bore around the first of October, a few days after my letter first hit Edwards' Senate office. But they lacked the courage to hammer the Bush cabal and say right out in front of God and the whole world - and especially US voters - who and what those people really are and what they're really doing. Nor did the feckless Edwards/Kerry campaign summon the good sense and insight to get me on board the campaign so I could goad, cajole, and generally irritate the living hell out of them on a daily basis. But I would have done it, because it was a Good Cause. And, we would have won. But they decided to play it cautious, safe, and be more polite, against the Dark Side. They refused to see the doom that awaited, and were just too afraid to point it out.

Unless maybe some on the Dem side are also part of the Bush cabal. It's not a strict partisan thing, after all. Anybody can go rotten and join in, red or blue.

The cause was lost. Just like I told them. But I still feel sick as hell about America's pending doom. It was a hard loss, and I don't think there's a snowball's chance in Hell that US Dems are going to figure out what went wrong. It was this: they/we failed for lack of courage to Tell The Truth to US voters. All the Truth they needed was in my letter, and I was surely not the only person to point it out one way or another. I figure I was probably more terse and succinct about it. Dems have run out of courage, our spine has collapsed from some dark strain of cowardice and cynical message calculation. How damned hard can it be to just stand up and tell the Truth, rather than tailor it a thousand different ways for how it will play to this, that or the other audience of voters on hand? God forbid, common consensus seems to be that US voters concluded that Cheney/Bush, among the lowest forms of human life, are more decent and moral than Kerry/Edwards. And all Edwards wanted, and wants, is for America to be a decent place for all Americans to live and call home sweet home. I still don't know what the hell Kerry wanted, exactly, but he's a good, decent man and one of the finest human beings ever to grace the Washington, DC cesspool. But, the Dems allowed exactly what I warned against, letting the Bush cabal twist and distort Truth beyond all recognition. If Dems had just told the Truth themselves, ALL of it, things would have worked out just fine.

Edwards went on to become head honcho at University of North Carolina's new Center for Poverty, Work and Opportunity. Good, because I personally lit a fire under his ass about poverty in the US in November 2003, while languishing stateside in Chapel Hill. So there's a nice synchronicity. He stormed out of the gate with a sudden passion and fury about poverty and One America the following month, December 2003. Passion and fury are what he lacked. His campaign suddenly caught fire, and he ended up being the only serious competition for anybody-but-Bush Kerry. So be it.

Colin Powell, the only good guy in Bush's administration, went on to resign immediately after the election. Good luck and Godspeed, Sir.

Yushchenko went on to win the Presidency in Ukraine, because that was the righteous outcome to the Orange Revolution that demanded integrity, honesty, fair play, and an end to corruption. History is witnessing the emergence of a Great Man in Viktor Yushchenko. He survived poisoning by still only God knows who (but evidence is pointing to Russian conspiracy) and a massive propaganda campaign against him at the hands of one-sided government-controlled media, to emerge victorious by way of the hearts and minds of millions of Ukrainians who had the innate good sense and courage to know, and stand up for, right versus wrong, Truth versus lies, integrity versus corruption. Yushchenko had the courage to stand up in front of God and the whole world and tell the Truth. If US Dems had the same courage and moral compass, US history would have gone a very different course. Now, the US will be lucky to survive the Bush cabal, and a very decent man in Viktor Yushchenko will have to deal with men in US power who are just as bad and ruthless as the opponents he just displaced in Ukraine. Possibly Yushchenko will rub off on Bushites and somehow, to some degree, set them somewhat straight. It would be a bona fide miracle.

I went on to get back to Ukraine in time for their Presidential election, which as I told a British friend in London one year ago had a real chance of turning into a revolution. I knew this baby from the inside out, via ways and means just too dark, vile and complicated to go into here. That's another story. The revolution unfolded magnificently. Ukraine's Orange Revolution stood in stark contrast to America's malaise and pending doom. Millions of people - people, ordinary citizens! - in a country of 48 million stood or camped in freezing weather for 19 days to refuse a stolen, rigged election, to insist that their voices, their votes, their will, be heard and recognized. Ukrainians got it right, at least enough to be headed full speed in the right direction in something near to real democracy. I have an uncanny knack for spotting these things, after all. I never even considered Iraq, and still don't, where people are dropping as often as shrapnel in the midst of war they didn't want, over democracy they don't really want, that all happened as a result of Cheney/Bush Inc. lying through their teeth about reasons for doing it to begin with. They finally came up with democracy as the real reason, when all other lies had failed.

Is it possible to impeach an entire administration for lying to Congress and the American people? That could be America's last-ditch saving grace.

The phrase "Nader Factor" went on to become a buzz phrase in print media, and therefore easier to marginalize and dismiss - along with Nader's campaign for truth, honesty, and integrity in US politics. He's a heretic, of course.

Hunter S. Thompson, who had to be mentioned in the opening salvo of the letter in order to set the only possible context for any intelligent assessment of the 2004 election season, went on to check out entirely on February 20, 2005. I know the feeling. America has become too mildewed, dank, dark and foul to contain HST any longer. At some point, enough had to be enough, and I figure he knew better than anyone just when that time had arrived.

Somehow, I'm thinking of a canary in a coal mine.