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Hornswaggle is an alternate spelling of hornswoggle, an archaic word that means to bamboozle or hoodwink. I take my pronunciation from the late Harvey Korman in "Blazing Saddles" --

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Wednesday, February 23, 2005

Letter to the Weekly Standard Part II

I've written a second letter to the editor in response to Stephen Schwartz's hate-filled attack on Hunter S. Thompson:

"Conservatives pride themselves on being civil and eschewing personal attacks. But in publishing a bitter diatribe in place of an obituary for Hunter S. Thompson, The Weekly Standard has violated one of the fundamental rituals of civilized society: Respect for the dead and the grieving. I suspect Hitler himself received kinder obituaries than the one accorded Thompson by Stephen Schwartz, who evidently felt a violent compulsion to micturate on the deceased writer's grave.

This transgression of civilized norms led me to ask: What could prompt such blind, spittle-mouthed hatred? And then it hit me. Schwartz must be a Nixon man. In addition to his buttoned-up horror at the excesses of the '60s counter culture, it must be Schwartz's long-standing bitterness over Thompson's attacks on Richard Nixon that motivated this classless and clueless article.

In my passion for politics I can become as loudly partisan as they come, but I would never even consider writing something so hatefully disrespectful if someone on the other team, like George Will or Robert Novak, were to die. Schwartz should be ashamed for writing this article, but he can no more be blamed for his actions than a gorilla can be held accountable for throwing its feces at a crowd at the zoo. The Weekly Standard should be more ashamed for publishing it. The standard in your office is manifestly quite low."

.: posted by hornswaggler 10:06 AM

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