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Friday Fun Facts, but on a Monday!

Hey everybody, it’s been a little while since I rapped at ya. Don’t worry though, I’ve been doing alright. I’ve been on a Hunter S. Thompson kick lately, who most of you probably know as the author of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.  Today we are going to cover the interesting case of his campaign in the 1970 run for the sheriff of Pitkin County, Colorado on the Freak Power ticket. While you may not agree with many of his policies, you gotta admit that he ran a very straight forward, honest campaign, and in the end Democrats and Republicans actually worked with one another to defeat him. Here is a summary of his agenda if elected:

-Rip up all the streets and replace them with sod. All cars would be confined to parking lots on the outskirts of town.

-Change the name Aspen to Fat City, to prevent developers from commercializing the town.

-Legalization of drugs. Although he did promise he would not eat mescaline while on duty.

-He shaved his head and referred to his crew cut having, ex-army, Republican adversary as “my long haired opponent.”

-Any building tall enough to obstruct the view of the mountains would be knocked down.

-In the end, the Repubs dropped their candidate for sheriff in favor of the Democratic entrant, while the Democrats dropped their man for County Commisioner in favor of the Republican competitor to prevent a three way race. They ended up narrowly defeating Thompson. See, it is possible to work together!

Today’s blong is from Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros. I believe that it harkens back to a simpler time, plus I’m a big fan of anything with whistling. But I get the vibe that someday this whole band will be found dead in a barn somewhere after drinking poisoned kool-aid, but for now they are making good music.

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