RIP, Al Weisel

The blogger who posted as the always hilarious Jon Swift has died.

He had so many funny posts that it is hard to choose one, but this take-down of Mark Noonan ranks near the top.

56 replies
  1. 1
    Ash Can says:

    How tragic. Condolences to his friends and family.

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    Cain says:

    My condolences to the family. Especially considering having lost their father and a son all at the same time.


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    CaseyL says:

    Oh, I’m incredibly sad to hear that. He was a wonderful writer.

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    geg6 says:

    Wow. Tragedy upon tragedy here. My condolences to his family and friends.

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    calipygian says:


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    NobodySpecial says:

    Aw man.

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    Silver Owl says:

    that sucks. I loved his posts. His poor family.

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    Leelee for Obama says:

    I only read Swift occasionally, but he could be coffee-out-the-nose funny and also, correct. What a shame for his family and for those who loved him.

    Makes you realize, with great clarity, how important it is to let people know you love, admire or just plain like them.

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    PaminBB says:

    Sad news indeed.

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    bayville says:

    One of the true legends.
    Terrible news for those who laugh out loud.

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    Bubblegum Tate says:

    Very sad news. His blog was freakin’ hilarious and always a good read (and yes, that takedown of Noonan is pure, uncut classic material). All the best to his family and friends.

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    Loneoak says:

    He really was one of the funniest writers on the tubes and will be missed. I always wished he had a higher traffic spot to blog in, like BJ or S,N!.

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    JenJen says:

    Rest in peace, Jon Swift/Al. Such a great blogger, and for my money the funniest, too. Such a tragic circumstance surrounding his death. His poor mother..

    Our own Libby Spencer has a nice eulogy up on her site, here.

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    Anne Laurie says:

    RIP, ‘Jon Swift’ and Mr. Weisel. For once, to say that this cruel world broke a great heart goes beyond the metaphoric.

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    JGabriel says:

    Compounding the tragedy, Weisel was on his way to his father’s funeral. His mother and siblings must be devastated.

    My condolences to the family.


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    Wilf says:

    His blog was one of the first that I read, and always brought a laugh.

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    Zifnab says:

    That’s terrible. He was easily one of my favorite bloggers when he was posting.

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    DougJ says:

    That sucks. I loved his blogging.

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    ACS says:

    That’s too bad, he was one of the funniest writers out there.

    Just take a look at his second to last post (about Bristol Palin). When you get the real conservatives (in this case, NR’s Lisa Schiffren) taking your ridiculous arguments at face value, you know you’re doing satire right.

    He’ll definitely be missed.

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    neill says:

    a great writer, original wit, with a brilliant imaginative style…tragic loss.

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    Steve says:

    Wow, that’s terrible. He was a true genius.

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    Violet says:

    Very sad, especially losing both a father and son at the same time. He was a wonderful voice.

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    Loneoak says:

    I just noticed a PayPal link up on his site. I sent a little money his way, so maybe his family will realize how much we loved his writing.

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    Sophist says:

    And yet Jonah Goldberg is still alive and posting.

    Fuck you, Universe!

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    Jody says:

    I still get upset about Gilliard and now this.

    There is no fucking justice.

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    Alan says:

    My heart goes out to his mother for losing both her husband and son at practically the same time.

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    BombIranForChrist says:

    An aortic dissection from his heart to his pelvis? Jesus Christ. As a parent, my thoughts and prayers are with his mother and family. I would lose my mind if I lost one of my children.

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    bayville says:

    Great eulogy, Monsignor.

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    Tom Hilton says:

    Oh my god…that’s just awful. He was a real talent, and a very generous promoter of the littler folks in the blogosphere.

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    Mike Kay says:

    why couldn’t have been sally quinn!

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    scarshapedstar says:

    Fuck no… :(

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    Jon’s last post was in regard to me, I’m sorry that also got his mother’s announcement in the comments. I’d vastly prefer the last show cased his wit and humor.

    He was a particular friend to the small blogger, I want his family to know how much I appreciate them sharing him with us.

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    Warren Terra says:

    I read him rarely, but enough to recognize his talent and to admire the humanity that underlay his satiric pose. A tragic loss, doubly under the circumstances of his father’s funeral.

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    WereBear says:

    I’m so sorry. I always loved popping over and catching up.

    He was a wonderful writer.

    It’s a terrible thing all the way around.

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    dr. bloor says:

    Jesus Fucking Christ. Someone like Al–and his family–has this happen to him/them, and scumsucking shitheads like the Cheneys continue to slime the Earth. There is no God.

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    Svensker says:

    Condolences to his family and friends. What a terrible tragedy.

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    Objective Scrutator says:

    This is really sad. Al inspired me to write parody articles. When he quit writing, I kind of lost interest in blogging altogether.

    I could have sworn that Colbert plucked some of Al’s quotes for his own usage.

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    Batocchio says:

    I just got the news a while ago. It’s a tremendous loss. Condolences and best wishes to his family and friends.

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    Leelee for Obama says:

    There is no God.

    On the other hand, maybe God likes better company. Admittedly, it’s selfish, but I’d pick someone who made me laugh over someone who made me vomit.

    Just sayin”

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    SGEW says:

    I’m sad now.

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    Cris says:

    @Chuck Butcher: Jon’s last post was in regard to me

    Which prompted me to re-read your post about your son, still as heart-rending as it was a year ago. You expressed your pain and resignation so fully, so clearly, yet without ever resorting to cliches or sentimentality.

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    RedKitten says:

    What a terrible, terrible tragedy. I hope that his family can find comfort and strength in the days ahead.

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    pixelpusher says:

    He was the kinder, gentler Stephen Colbert.

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    Lit3Bolt says:

    He was a giant wit, a superior blogger, and dedicated comic. He brought so much laughter and joy to me for years for free and I feel shamed to learn of his death after the fact.

    I hope all of us remember compassion in the days ahead and that there are real human beings who live lives and have families beyond the words they post on the magical glowing rectangle. Godspeed, Al.

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    Mark S. says:

    My heart goes out to his family. Losing two loved ones like that must be terrible.

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    Zuzu's Petals says:


    I just sent a request to join the “Friends of Al Weisel Unite!” Facebook page his mother cited. Looks like it was set up while he was still in the hospital, so am guessing there might also be a way to donate there.

    What a very sad loss for his family and friends, and his readers. Rest in peace indeed.

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    Hugh says:

    Ah Jesus. So sad. He was very, very funny.

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    LiberalTarian says:

    Oh shoot. I recall when he was guest blogging/hosting at Crooks and Liars.

    Rest in peace JS, and may your family find comfort in the knowledge that you touched many.

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    someguy says:

    I’ll miss him. He had the right idea about how to beat the Rethugs. Reduce ’em to caricature, dehumanize ’em, then ridicule the shit out of them, and be funny along the way. Wish we had more like him.

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    Betsy says:

    What a loss. Most profoundly for his family and friends, of course, but also for the world at large. We NEED a wit like his, deployed the way he did, to make this world better.

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    Jon was a part of the community who helped support us through something very difficult, I owe him. It may not seem quite right that blog comments can help in a tragedy – they do. I suggest that leaving word on Jon Swift would be appropriate. Particularly in light that the announcement was made in comments to “Sometimes There Are No Words.” There aren’t, but we do our best and that counts because the recipients know this.

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    slag says:

    Just tragic. A great blogger, that Jon Swift. Even though he hadn’t posted for almost a year, I still checked in on his blog periodically. If he came back, I didn’t want to miss it. Now that I know it won’t be coming back, I’ll be combing the archives along with everybody else. He made the world a better/funnier place.

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    And yet Jonah Goldberg is still alive and posting.
    Fuck you, Universe!

    Goldberg, Riehl, Lowry and let’s not forget about Dick Cheney and Limbaugh. Proof that there is no God, only blind idiot chaos or perhaps Satan.

    The piece Swift wrote about the death of Tim Russert is my favorite. Although I just discovered his Why McCain Will Win piece which is one of the most devastatingly brilliant pieces of satire I’ve ever read.

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    RIP Al, your an inspiration.

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    Comrade Sock Puppet of the Great Satan says:

    Very sad, a great wit: let’s hope Fafblog stays healthy.

    I have A Modest Proposal: let’s throw a BBQ in Jon Swift’s honor. Where can we get Papistburgers?

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