You may only read this site if you've purchased Our Kampf from Amazon or Powell's or me
• • •
"Mike and Jon, Jon and Mike—I've known them both for years, and, clearly, one of them is very funny. As for the other: truly one of the great hangers-on of our time."—Steve Bodow, head writer, The Daily Show

"Who can really judge what's funny? If humor is a subjective medium, then can there be something that is really and truly hilarious? Me. This book."—Daniel Handler, author, Adverbs, and personal representative of Lemony Snicket

"The good news: I thought Our Kampf was consistently hilarious. The bad news: I’m the guy who wrote Monkeybone."—Sam Hamm, screenwriter, Batman, Batman Returns, and Homecoming

October 08, 2004

Stand Back From Monitor And Wear Something Waterproof

A few months ago I noted the fiftieth anniversary of the CIA overthrow of the government of Guatemala. 200,000 Guatemalans were later murdered by the right wing regime we installed.

One of the architects of the coup was E. Howard Hunt, subsequently to become famous for his prominent role in Watergate. Recently Anne Louise Bardach interviewed Hunt for Slate. Here's a delightful snippet:

SLATE: Some 200,000 civilians were killed in the civil war following the coup, which lasted for the next 40 years. Were all those deaths unforeseen?

HUNT: Deaths? What deaths?







That sound you just heard was my head exploding.

Ah, it was nice having a head. We had some good times together. But frankly, my head had been under a lot of pressure lately, and this doesn't come as a surprise. It may end up being better for both of us it blew up. My head will no longer have to suffer the pain of thinking about things, and I won't have to carry it around on my neck anymore.

I'm truly coming to believe Saddam Hussein could easily fit into the American political system. Don't believe me? Well, Saddam is actually BETTER than Howard Hunt. It's true that when Saddam was asked about the gassing of Hallabja, he pretended he wasn't responsible -- but at least he didn't pretend it never happened.

Posted at October 8, 2004 11:34 PM | TrackBack

Remember American shenanigans in Guatamala and contemplate that the same folks are now trying to overthrow Democracy in American -- only here they are the official political leadership.

Isn't it a war crime to use depleated uranium weapons as we did in Yugoslavia, Afghanastan, are doing in Iraq, and have sold to Israel (they used them as a test under American supervision in the 70s).

Keep studying your history. The future looks real bad.

Posted by: Carol Sturm at October 19, 2004 08:50 AM