I have to say this is one passing I will not mourn. I thoroughly disliked senator Jesse Helms.
A nastier fighter for the right never existed once a Helms campaign commercial showed a white fist crumbling up a job application, these words underneath: “You needed that job … but they had to give it to a minority.”
He opposed every step forward the US ever tried to make. Sorry but I don’t mourn for Jesse Helms.
Years ago I was on a blog and debating a topic I have long since forgotten. However during the comment conversation, one participant noted that Arthur C Clarke was not much of a writer and was likely dead so we shouldn’t be expecting any new Sci Fi from him. I had follow Mr Clarke’s career for some time, and of the Sci fi genre he was one of the best so I responded in defence and noted that he was still alive and living in Sri Lanka.
Shortly after this I got an Email from Mr. Clark that read “thanks for defending my humble works, and yes you are correct I am most definitely NOT dead.” (Roughly quoted as I can remember it) I checked the ISP and it was from Sri Lanka.
That said Unfortunately Mr Clark has now passed away at the age of ninety in his adopted home of Sri Lanka.
Jerry Laymon Falwell, Sr. , the evangelical minister who founded the Moral Majority, the Christian right political movement, in 1980 died Tuesday at age 73.
Although I have said many hateful things about Mr Falwell over the years I have ridiculed and made fun of his faux pas and been fairly and unfairly critical of his policies. I admit to being thoroughly repulsed by his theology and politics.
All that said, I admit that the Moral Majority (ick I hate that name) has lost its loudest voice. Although his beliefs are to many of us repugnant at least he lived spoke and acted in accordance with them. The criticisms levelled at him of promoting hatred were generally unfair. Even though his beliefs and the beliefs of the moral majority would create a world where hatred might flourish, he never promoted hatred, but intolerance which most of us know is the root cause of hatred. So it is with mixed emotions we say good bye to the Reverend Jerry Falwell.
If I was to describe a person as a self destructive, chain smoking, deliberately bizarre social critic, religious skeptic and freethinking humanist, who would “say anything to be funny, often in the most horrible situations,” You might think I was describing the biggest lunatic on the planet.
You know you may just be right and likely he would have taken that as a compliment. The above described is one of my favourite authors, even though on a personal level I disagreed with him often his works made people think and laugh at the same time.
The best way I can describe him is the most seriously funny novelist I have ever read.
Kurt Vonnegut, the author of “Slaughterhouse-Five” and “Cat’s Cradle,” and 17 other great novels died Wednesday. He was 84.