I Shall Be Like That Tree, I Shall Die at the Top

Bummer. I had wondered what happened to Jon Swift–no, not the 18th century Irishman but the 21st century blogger. His blog, which was written in the pure satiric fashion of his namesake, hilariously supported conservative buffoonery in a way that Stephen Colbert would appreciate. As his tagline read:

I am a reasonable conservative who likes to write about politics and culture. Since the media is biased I get all my news from Fox News, Rush Limbaugh and Jay Leno monologues.

Well, he suddenly stopped writing on the blog a year ago and for a long time no one said or knew anything. I periodically checked to see what was up and nothing changed. Weirdly, the final post he made was about another blogger’s tragedy. Now, a year later, we find out that Jon Swift, aka Al Weisel, died at the age of 46 on the way to his father’s funeral. Young man. Sad. He was a truly talented writer. I didn’t know him, obviously, but have linked to him in the blogroll for a long time and appreciated his work. So long, Jon Swift.

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