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Tom Clancy has died.
« on: October 02, 2013, 12:08:08 pm »
Tom Clancy has died in a hospital in Baltimore. Cause of death has not been revealed yet, therefore I wish to be the first to claim that this was an assassination by a clandestine agency. It's not that there is any evidence for that but it seems appropriate.

I actually liked some of his books and the Harrison Ford movies were pretty good.

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/03/books/tom-clancy-best-selling-novelist-of-military-thrillers-dies-at-66.html?hp&_r=1&
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Re: Tom Clancy has died.
« Reply #1 on: October 02, 2013, 12:23:28 pm »
Tom Clancy has died in a hospital in Baltimore. Cause of death has not been revealed yet, therefore I wish to be the first to claim that this was an assassination by a clandestine agency. It's not that there is any evidence for that but it seems appropriate.

I actually liked some of his books and the Harrison Ford movies were pretty good.

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/03/books/tom-clancy-best-selling-novelist-of-military-thrillers-dies-at-66.html?hp&_r=1&

I'll second that, except that the assassination was actually arranged by Clancy himself, because he thought it would be an appropriate way to go out. The agency in question has no idea.
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Re: Tom Clancy has died.
« Reply #2 on: October 02, 2013, 01:52:10 pm »
Wow, that's sad to hear. He was quite talented.
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Re: Tom Clancy has died.
« Reply #3 on: October 02, 2013, 02:38:21 pm »
Tom Clancy has died in a hospital in Baltimore. Cause of death has not been revealed yet, therefore I wish to be the first to claim that this was an assassination by a clandestine agency. It's not that there is any evidence for that but it seems appropriate.

I actually liked some of his books and the Harrison Ford movies were pretty good.

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/03/books/tom-clancy-best-selling-novelist-of-military-thrillers-dies-at-66.html?hp&_r=1&

I'll second that, except that the assassination was actually arranged by Clancy himself, because he thought it would be an appropriate way to go out. The agency in question has no idea.
And somehow Communists were involved a la The Hunt for Red October, Red Storm Rising, etc. etc.

The one thing I do remember about the man, besides his books being incredibly tedious reads, was that he had this to say on The O'Reilly Factor a week after 9/11:

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The political left, they deal in symbols rather than reality. The general difference between conservatives and liberals is that liberals like pretty pictures and conservatives like to build bridges that people can drive across. And conservatives are indeed conservative because if the bridge falls down then people die, whereas the liberals figure, we can always build a nice memorial and make people forget it ever happened and was our fault. They're very good at making people forget it was their fault. Alright? The CIA was gutted by people on the political left who don't like Intelligence operations... and as a result of that, as an indirect result of that, we lost 5,000 citizens last week.

Yup, liberals indirectly caused 9/11. Right.

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Re: Tom Clancy has died.
« Reply #4 on: October 02, 2013, 02:39:05 pm »
That sucks, I like a lot of his books and the games based off those books.

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Re: Tom Clancy has died.
« Reply #5 on: October 02, 2013, 02:45:11 pm »
Well he did make some really blatant strawman-liberals as sissy villains in his books. But for someone who likes gun- and tech-porn his books were a pretty good timewaster.

But if were gonna disown writers based on their personal beliefs and politics, Clancy was much better than Card or Heinlein for example.
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Re: Tom Clancy has died.
« Reply #6 on: October 02, 2013, 03:23:34 pm »
I can't remember, exactly how many Tom Clancy novels were ghostwritten by guys who knew utterly nothing about the subject at hand?
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Re: Tom Clancy has died.
« Reply #7 on: October 02, 2013, 03:43:51 pm »
Well he did make some really blatant strawman-liberals as sissy villains in his books. But for someone who likes gun- and tech-porn his books were a pretty good timewaster.

But if were gonna disown writers based on their personal beliefs and politics, Clancy was much better than Card or Heinlein for example.

HP Lovecraft was pretty bad when it came to his personal beliefs. Not that it bothers me any more than my grandfather's political and social views.
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Re: Tom Clancy has died.
« Reply #8 on: October 02, 2013, 04:02:21 pm »
Well he did make some really blatant strawman-liberals as sissy villains in his books. But for someone who likes gun- and tech-porn his books were a pretty good timewaster.

But if were gonna disown writers based on their personal beliefs and politics, Clancy was much better than Card or Heinlein for example.

HP Lovecraft was pretty bad when it came to his personal beliefs. Not that it bothers me any more than my grandfather's political and social views.
Well he did write the single most racist poem I've ever read.

But if were gonna disown writers based on their personal beliefs and politics, Clancy was much better than Card or Heinlein for example.
It's not just that for me. Sure he was a smug, know-nothing who blamed everything bad on liberals, but I also thought his books were dry as hell. If you like his stuff, more power to ya. But for me, I just can't find any redeeming qualities in his career. At least I enjoy the Cthulhu Mythos.

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Re: Tom Clancy has died.
« Reply #9 on: October 02, 2013, 04:25:25 pm »
link to the poem since I would have said White Mans Burden by Kipling

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Re: Tom Clancy has died.
« Reply #10 on: October 02, 2013, 04:39:46 pm »
The Marquis de Sade could turn a mean phrase.  And he had interesting ideas.  Warning: a lot of it seems to be written in French.
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Re: Tom Clancy has died.
« Reply #11 on: October 02, 2013, 04:58:22 pm »
The Marquis de Sade could turn a mean phrase.  And he had interesting ideas.  Warning: a lot of it seems to be written in French.

Oh yes, the man that wrote 120 Days of Sodom. I once heard someone say "you do not read Sade, you endure Sade". Here's some perspective, his name is where words like sadism and sadistic come from.
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Re: Tom Clancy has died.
« Reply #12 on: October 02, 2013, 07:13:17 pm »
Well he did write the single most racist poem I've ever read.

Which poem be this?

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Re: Tom Clancy has died.
« Reply #13 on: October 02, 2013, 07:23:42 pm »
I've read "The Hunt for Red October" and saw the movie as well. I've read a few of Clancy's books and yes some of them were quite dry but they were good.

I want to know of this racist poem that he wrote.

MadCat, thanks for some new reading material.


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Re: Tom Clancy has died.
« Reply #14 on: October 02, 2013, 07:35:48 pm »
Ive read a 120 days of sodom, eventually de sade got tired of writing dialogue and a general story, and just listed various tortured.

I tried to read clancy, i just found it too dry and tedious. Guns guns random american army company more guns!
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