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The Tragedy of George Carlin
Just A Guy blog ^ | February 5, 2009 | Dana Jacobson

Posted on 02/05/2009 10:20:43 AM PST by jagusafr

Last night, I watched the Kennedy Center show honoring (posthumously) George Carlin. A truly brilliant, insightful, funny comedian, Carlin's bits over his 40 year career in standup were introduced by a number of comedians and I thoroughly enjoyed the chuckles down memory lane.

Until the next-to-last presenter: Bill Maher, the smirking, rabidly liberal former funnyman who is not only a professed atheist, but virulently anti-religious.


TOPICS: Miscellaneous; Music/Entertainment; Religion; Society
KEYWORDS: antichristian; antitheist; atheist; atheistsupremacist; carlin; liberalbigot; maher; religion

1 posted on 02/05/2009 10:20:44 AM PST by jagusafr
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To: jagusafr

Well by this stage Carlin has learned if he was right or if he was wrong.


2 posted on 02/05/2009 10:23:42 AM PST by Non-Sequitur
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To: jagusafr
Until the next-to-last presenter: Bill Maher, the smirking, rabidly liberal former funnyman who is not only a professed atheist, but virulently anti-religious.

George Carlin said that Christianity was a mental disease.

3 posted on 02/05/2009 10:24:00 AM PST by pgkdan
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To: pgkdan

I credit that eight years of grammar school with nourishing me in a direction where I could trust myself and trust my instincts. They gave me the tools to reject my faith. They taught me to question and think for myself and to believe in my instincts to such an extent that I just said, “This is a wonderful fairy tale they have going here, but it’s not for me.”
— George Carlin, in the New York Times, August 20, 1995


4 posted on 02/05/2009 10:25:00 AM PST by dblshot
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To: pgkdan

“George Carlin said that Christianity was a mental disease.”

He also passed a remark that Republicans and conservatives always talk about rights for the unborn and then don’t “give a sh*t” about children after they are born.” He used to make me laugh BEFORE he got political.


5 posted on 02/05/2009 10:26:40 AM PST by LottieDah (If only those who speak so eloquently on the rights of animals would do so on behalf the unborn)
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To: jagusafr
I saw it last night too ... what really upset me was when Bill Maher said at the beginning that we finally had a president in office who could speak coherently and articulate sentences .... he had no right to say that at a memorial to Carlin ... outright stupid!!!!
6 posted on 02/05/2009 10:26:42 AM PST by SkyDancer ("Talent Without Ambition Is Sad, Ambition Without Talent Is Worse")
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To: jagusafr

I always found Carlin to be a hypocrite, but a very funny one.

As for Bill Maher...he was a D list stand up comic. Now, he’s just a coward that requires three liberal ‘backups’ with him when he brings one (1) Conservative onto his cable show.


7 posted on 02/05/2009 10:27:17 AM PST by Badeye (There are no 'great moments' in Moderate Political History. Only losses.)
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To: jagusafr
Interesting article.
I particularly enjoyed this bit:

If there's a nugget here, it's this: to paraphrase General George S. Patton: "You're always on parade." People who seek the limelight need to be prepared to face the consequences of their poor decisions...

8 posted on 02/05/2009 10:27:34 AM PST by Publius6961 (Change is not a plan; Hope is not a strategy.)
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To: jagusafr; bootyist-monk

“No, I never was a bad Republican. But I am now a good liberal.”

9 posted on 02/05/2009 10:29:33 AM PST by RichInOC (No! BAD Rich! (What'd I say?)...R.I.P.)
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To: Non-Sequitur

Carlin never recovered from losing his wife to cancer. That is when he turned ugly. I will not argue someone’s faith or lack thereof. But Carlin was never as arrogantly in your face about it as Maher is.


10 posted on 02/05/2009 10:29:47 AM PST by Hildy
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To: LottieDah
He also passed a remark that Republicans and conservatives always talk about rights for the unborn and then don’t “give a sh*t” about children after they are born.”

Speaking of mental diseases...
Of course he meant other people's children! And other people's money as evidence of caring.

I wonder how many neglected little bastards he supported?

11 posted on 02/05/2009 10:30:11 AM PST by Publius6961 (Change is not a plan; Hope is not a strategy.)
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To: Publius6961

As far as I know Carlin had only one child.


12 posted on 02/05/2009 10:31:18 AM PST by LottieDah (If only those who speak so eloquently on the rights of animals would do so on behalf the unborn)
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To: dblshot
"They taught me to question and think for myself and to believe in my instincts..."

George, I have known in my life alcoholics, drug users, and mental patients. If we apply this "believe in yourself" New Age nonsense to every individual, the unsaid question has to arise..."What if your instincts suck, and your are a moron to begin with? Pocessing no outside standard higher than 'this is my plan and I believe in it' you arrive at a Paris Hilton if you are unexceptional, and Adolph Hitler if you are hugely charismatic.

13 posted on 02/05/2009 10:32:30 AM PST by 50sDad (No Irish May Apply: Tell me I haven't been discriminated against.)
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To: Hildy

How dare they call Maher a funnyman. That’s an insult to comedians everywhere.


14 posted on 02/05/2009 10:34:57 AM PST by VA_Gentleman (I will not vote for the GOP until they show some spine.)
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To: Hildy
Carlin never recovered from losing his wife to cancer. That is when he turned ugly.

An understandable response. However, character never comes into play as importantly as in this example.
CS Lewis had similar grief in his life and, during his grief, which few can understand, he called God the cosmic sadist." Obviously, he got over that, as do most others similarly touched by fate.

15 posted on 02/05/2009 10:35:38 AM PST by Publius6961 (Change is not a plan; Hope is not a strategy.)
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To: jagusafr

I put it on but the moment I saw Bill Maher walk on stage, I changed the channel to Fox News.


16 posted on 02/05/2009 10:36:07 AM PST by theDentist (Qwerty ergo typo : I type, therefore I misspelll)
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To: Badeye

Don’t dump so hard on poor Bill Maher. He has suffered his entire life from acute sophomorism.


17 posted on 02/05/2009 10:36:33 AM PST by Senator John Blutarski (The progress of government: republic, democracy, technocracy, bureaucracy, plutocracy, kleptocracy,)
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To: LottieDah

Me too. In the late 70’s he was funny. I just heard some of his later schtick a couple of weeks ago and he just sounded angry.


18 posted on 02/05/2009 10:37:02 AM PST by stevio (Crunchy Con - God, guns, guts, and organically grown crunchy nuts.)
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To: Badeye
To be fair to Carlin, he did often attack Liberals as much if not more than he did Conservatives.

Bill Maher was pretty funny when he was Libertarian leaning, once he went left he lost it in more ways than one.

19 posted on 02/05/2009 10:38:20 AM PST by qam1 (There's been a huge party. All plates and the bottles are empty, all that's left is the bill to pay)
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To: Senator John Blutarski

I once did an investigation related to a now dead atheist down in Texas. Its always been my view that just as she was being murdered she screamed out ‘Oh God, No!’.


20 posted on 02/05/2009 10:39:35 AM PST by Badeye (There are no 'great moments' in Moderate Political History. Only losses.)
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To: qam1
To be fair to Carlin, he did often attack Liberals as much if not more than he did Conservatives.

You're exactly right. Some of his funniest (and angriest) stuff was directed at namby-pamby politically-correct "liberals."

21 posted on 02/05/2009 10:40:29 AM PST by JennysCool (Internet Powerhouse)
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To: qam1

Carlin was amusing, no denying it. But he was also a first class hypocrite.

Maher never was that funny, the only reason he got out off the ‘Yuk Yuk’s laugh bar’ circuit was because of who he knew, not because of his stand up talent.


22 posted on 02/05/2009 10:41:44 AM PST by Badeye (There are no 'great moments' in Moderate Political History. Only losses.)
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To: LottieDah
As far as I know Carlin had only one child.

But the point is that as a good liberal hypocrite, and exactly like an evil "conservative," he was not referring to his (or others') own children in that monumentally stupid statement.

23 posted on 02/05/2009 10:43:33 AM PST by Publius6961 (Change is not a plan; Hope is not a strategy.)
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To: Hildy
But Carlin was never as arrogantly in your face about it as Maher is.

Madalyn Murray O'Hair wasn't as in your face about it as Maher is.

24 posted on 02/05/2009 10:52:56 AM PST by Non-Sequitur
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To: Senator John Blutarski
He has suffered his entire life from acute sophomorism.

Take that back - it is an insult to all sophomores! Maher exists to show that even Al Franken can be very slightly funnier than someone else (occasionally and rarely)!

25 posted on 02/05/2009 10:53:35 AM PST by SES1066 (Cycling to conserve, Conservative to save, Saving to Retire, will Retire to Cycle.)
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To: jagusafr

Stick a fork in George Carlin; he’s done.


26 posted on 02/05/2009 10:56:38 AM PST by Ge0ffrey
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To: Non-Sequitur
Madalyn Murray O'Hair wasn't as in your face about it as Maher is.

A common fault of converts to a new religion, they get really fundamentalist about it! ... And yes the idea of calling Bill Maher a FUNDAMENTALIST really is FUN!

27 posted on 02/05/2009 10:56:53 AM PST by SES1066 (Cycling to conserve, Conservative to save, Saving to Retire, will Retire to Cycle.)
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To: jagusafr
I almost gagged when I saw the author's name. I had to check to make sure it wasn't this Dana Jacobson.
28 posted on 02/05/2009 11:20:11 AM PST by JZelle
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To: JZelle

I know - pisses me off that she gets all the press, and it’s all BAD! At least I got www.danajacobson.com before she did!


29 posted on 02/05/2009 11:46:32 AM PST by jagusafr ("Bugs, Mr. Rico! Zillions of 'em!" - Robert Heinlein)
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To: jagusafr
Psalms 14:1, "The fool hath said in his heart, there is no God".

Carlin was a fool according to that verse of scripture, but Maher is simply a hateful, no-talent wannabe according to anyone who has ever listened to his asinine schtik for more than 10-15 seconds.

30 posted on 02/05/2009 11:56:15 AM PST by epow (If God is your co-pilot, swap seats.)
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To: LottieDah
He also passed a remark that Republicans and conservatives always talk about rights for the unborn and then don’t “give a sh*t” about children after they are born.”
It is true about the pro-life movement; they do not care what happens to the unborn once they are born.
31 posted on 02/05/2009 12:12:09 PM PST by dbz77
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To: dbz77

they do not care what happens to the unborn once they are born.

For example..?


32 posted on 02/05/2009 12:39:56 PM PST by waverna
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To: Non-Sequitur

wow!! i haven’t heard that woman’s name since i got out of high school. the gentleman who taught our government class was inclined to bring up her name in such a way that it sounded like a swear word. oh yes mr. hannah really did not like that woman. we need more teachers like mr. hannah.


33 posted on 02/05/2009 12:48:21 PM PST by madamemayhem (Auntie Em: hate you, hate Kansas, took the dog. Dorothy)
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To: dbz77
It is true about the pro-life movement; they do not care what happens to the unborn once they are born.

Uh...what?

34 posted on 02/05/2009 12:51:57 PM PST by Trailerpark Badass (Happiness is a choice!)
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To: JennysCool

Yes, he also did one on Global Warming that was quite funny.


35 posted on 02/22/2009 8:02:39 PM PST by Soothesayer (The United States of America Rest in Peace November 4 2008)
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To: dbz77

That’s not true. The pro-life movement has a hard time taking care of children after they are born because the government does everything in its power to screw those in the foster care system.


36 posted on 02/22/2009 8:05:56 PM PST by Soothesayer (The United States of America Rest in Peace November 4 2008)
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