Molly Ivins, 1944-2007

Molly is a spirit. A big, boisterous, joyful, irreverent, hell-raising, fun-loving, muckracking, uninhibited, maverick spirit.

As such, she lives.

I first encountered her in 1970, when she exploded from the pages of the Observer like a supernova. She was full of wit, smarts, and sass, grabbing readers by their hearts, minds, gonads, and funnybones. Damn, I thought, no human can write like that! She could knock you over and lift you up in the same sentence. It was her spirit coming at you.

For forty years or so, Molly, wrote, spoke, taught, and agitated all across America, rallying progressive souls with the expressive force of that spirit to stand a little taller, get a little noisier, help whack some pompous plutocrat or asinine autocrat right in the snout — then go have some beers and an uproarious laugh.

In my years of knowing her, I found her to have five passions: (1) good, solid, and brave investigative Journalism (with a capital J); (2) the Bill of Rights — I think she spoke to more ACLU meetings than any president of that organization; (3) progressive politics, aggressively populist, putting the corporate structure and the money powers right in our sights; (4) underdogs; and (5) the merry combination of good friends, good drink, and good fun (she orchestrated many a wild game of charades in her home, playing it as a full-body, contact sport).

In my last dinner with her, Molly turned to me and said out of the side of her mouth: “This has been a hell of a ride.” She meant the months of trying to stay atop the cancer bucking within her, but it could also sum up her 62 years in this life. Molly came to us as a spirit, lived with us as such… and has now left you and me infused with her spirit. She did her part — and our happy task is to carry it on, breathing the fiery, loving, laughing essence of Molly.

NEW! Check out The Hightower Download

We’re proud to announce the launch of a brand-new media enterprise, called The Hightower Download!

Every week, we’ll be releasing a new video animation featuring Hightower– and our first episode is a must-see: “Bush’s Backfire.” Is there that sums up the stubbornly disastrous administration of George W better than the Iraq debacle? Especially in light of last week’s announcement on upping the number of troops deployed to the civil war that Bush himself created!

You can also sign up to get sneak previews of each week’s episode– which means you’ll get to watch a day before the rest of the world does. So then: what’re you waitin’ for? Head over to The Hightower Download and get on board!

Check out Hightower in “The Big Buy: Tom Delay’s Stolen Congress”

You know you loved that smiling mug shot of Tom Delay as much as we did, but hey — the fight to save democracy from his kind of politics isn’t over yet. What kind of politics? Well, the stealing of a Congress, of course!

Check out the latest from Brave New Films, “The Big Buy: Tom Delay’s Stolen Congress,” to learn more about the shenanigans this guy and his cronies pulled — and how the whole nation has to live with the aftermath. Hightower himself is featured throughout the film; here’s a couple of clips to get you started:

Gerrymandering Texas

On Tom Delay (with Molly Ivins)

The 5 Vote Margin

Buy your copy of “The Big Buy” today, or check out a screening near you… no screenings in your town? Host your own!

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