Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

Comedian George Carlin dies in Los Angeles at 71
Yahoo ^ | 6-23-08 | Yahoo

Posted on 06/22/2008 10:11:46 PM PDT by jmc813

click here to read article


Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first previous 1-5051-100101-150151-200 ... 251-266 next last
Man...this thread went to sh!t fast.

The guy died...he was a cultural mouthpiece during, and after, some very trying times for America (Viet Nam). It doesn't matter if you agreed with everything he said or all of what he said...He made people LAUGH.

To paraphrase SFC Hulka...Lighten Up You Bunch of Francises!
101 posted on 06/23/2008 12:36:17 AM PDT by Tainan (Talk is cheap. Silence is golden. All I got is brass...lotsa brass.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 98 | View Replies]

To: Reagan Man
Truth is, Carlin hadn’t been funny for a quarter century. And his attacks on God, Jesus Christ, people of the Christian faith, along with conservatives and most everything else to do with traditional American values, was sickening.

I absolutely agree with you.

My point is simply that I can't judge him and you can't judge him...Only our all-loving and all-forgiving God can judge him.

May he rest in peace.

102 posted on 06/23/2008 12:39:04 AM PDT by fagin62 (Deo Vindice)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 98 | View Replies]

To: windcliff

ping


103 posted on 06/23/2008 12:39:19 AM PDT by I Drive Too Fast
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: My hearts in London - Everett
I disagree with one point. He did know Christ in his youth, and rejected him as he grew up, which is even worse.
104 posted on 06/23/2008 12:39:46 AM PDT by Neoncon (I am disrespectful to Socialism! Can you see I am serious?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 97 | View Replies]

To: Reagan Man
Grow up!

Ha ha ha!!!

105 posted on 06/23/2008 12:41:05 AM PDT by period end of story (Goodness inside)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 100 | View Replies]

To: fagin62
>>>>>My point is simply that I can't judge him and you can't judge him...

Sure I can! I can judge him in life. What I can't do, is judge him in death. I'll leave that up to a higher authority.

106 posted on 06/23/2008 12:42:17 AM PDT by Reagan Man ( McCain Wants My Conservative Vote in November --- EARN IT or NO DEAL !!!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 102 | View Replies]

To: fagin62

I’m not saying for certain that he is damned, but we shouldn’t be posting all this hagiography saying he was a great guy. The man was a jerk.


107 posted on 06/23/2008 12:43:54 AM PDT by Neoncon (I am disrespectful to Socialism! Can you see I am serious?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 102 | View Replies]

To: Neoncon
Yes, much of Carlin's early humor came from growing up in the Catholic school system. Class Clown was full of such stories.

-PJ

108 posted on 06/23/2008 12:44:44 AM PDT by Political Junkie Too (Repeal the 17th amendment -- it's the "Fairness Doctrine" for Congress!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 104 | View Replies]

To: Reagan Man

With all due respect...who are you to judge anyone? In life or in death? Shall you cast the first stone??


109 posted on 06/23/2008 12:46:00 AM PDT by fagin62 (Deo Vindice)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 106 | View Replies]

To: fagin62

You’ve got to be joking! LOL


110 posted on 06/23/2008 12:47:37 AM PDT by Reagan Man ( McCain Wants My Conservative Vote in November --- EARN IT or NO DEAL !!!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 109 | View Replies]

To: Neoncon

He may have known “of” Christ, but he never “knew” Him if he could reject Him so completely.


111 posted on 06/23/2008 12:48:30 AM PDT by My hearts in London - Everett ("Some people are alive only because it is illegal to kill them.")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 104 | View Replies]

To: fagin62

With all due respect to you - you are friends with everyone you meet in life? The thieves, the adulterers, the abusers, not to mention the just plain not nice people? We all make judgments about people every day. Don’t pretend otherwise. I taught my daughters that you’re judged by the company you keep therefore choose your friends wisely. We do not know where George Carlin’s soul is tonite. We can only speculate by the life he lived and what he outright told us. Like I posted prior, he could have made his peace with God at the very moment of death. Who knows?


112 posted on 06/23/2008 12:55:18 AM PDT by My hearts in London - Everett ("Some people are alive only because it is illegal to kill them.")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 109 | View Replies]

To: Reagan Man

No, I’m not.

Are you without sin? I know I’m not. So what gives us the right to judge anyone??


113 posted on 06/23/2008 12:56:09 AM PDT by fagin62 (Deo Vindice)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 110 | View Replies]

To: My hearts in London - Everett
You're talking about recognizing evil here on earth...of course we can, and should, do that...What I was referring to, in my response to Reagan Man, was our ability to judge the soul of a man.
114 posted on 06/23/2008 1:03:18 AM PDT by fagin62 (Deo Vindice)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 112 | View Replies]

To: fagin62

We humans judge our fellow humans all the time.

What I don’t do, is run around pushing anti-Christian liberalism, or defending people who do. Carlin was famous for his attacks on everything that was decent in America.


115 posted on 06/23/2008 1:04:41 AM PDT by Reagan Man ( McCain Wants My Conservative Vote in November --- EARN IT or NO DEAL !!!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 113 | View Replies]

To: Reagan Man

Believe me, brother, I am NOT an anti-Christian liberal...far from it. I just believe it’s up to God to judge the man...that’s all.


116 posted on 06/23/2008 1:07:26 AM PDT by fagin62 (Deo Vindice)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 115 | View Replies]

To: fagin62

It sounds like George Carlin himself made the state of his soul pretty clear in his own words for the whole world (or at least his audience) to know. He judged himself in a very public way.


117 posted on 06/23/2008 1:08:33 AM PDT by My hearts in London - Everett ("Some people are alive only because it is illegal to kill them.")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 114 | View Replies]

To: fagin62
"it’s up to God to judge the man"

And tonite He has.

118 posted on 06/23/2008 1:10:57 AM PDT by My hearts in London - Everett ("Some people are alive only because it is illegal to kill them.")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 116 | View Replies]

To: fagin62

By his own words, Carlin didn’t lead a spiritual life. His morals were in the toilet. His humanity was in question.

In death, its God who will judge his soul. Not me.


119 posted on 06/23/2008 1:14:20 AM PDT by Reagan Man ( McCain Wants My Conservative Vote in November --- EARN IT or NO DEAL !!!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 114 | View Replies]

To: Reagan Man
In death, its God who will judge his soul. Not me.

That's all I'm saying...So shouldn't we pray that he finds his way into the arms of our all-loving and all-forgiving God?

120 posted on 06/23/2008 1:22:43 AM PDT by fagin62 (Deo Vindice)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 119 | View Replies]

To: jmc813
I always liked him, but as I aged and found Jesus myself, I finally heard the bitterness and rage he felt towards Christianity. That took the humor off his schtick for me. I guess he's explaining himself right now ... although it's waaaay too late. ~sigh~
121 posted on 06/23/2008 1:24:05 AM PDT by ExSoldier (Democracy is 2 wolves and a lamb voting on dinner. Liberty is a well armed lamb contesting the vote.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: fagin62

This Christian doesn’t believe in praying someone into Heaven. If he rejected Christ in this life, God is not “all-forgiving” now that he’s on bended knee before Him now. The time to gain forgiveness from God ended when Carlin took his last breath here with us. God is not “all-loving” either. He hates sin. He turned His face from His own son at the cross.


122 posted on 06/23/2008 1:31:41 AM PDT by My hearts in London - Everett ("Some people are alive only because it is illegal to kill them.")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 120 | View Replies]

To: jmc813; Reagan Man
George Carlin Besides, there is nothing wrong with the planet. Nothing wrong with the planet. The planet is fine. The PEOPLE are fucked. Difference. Difference. The planet is fine. Compared to the people, the planet is doing great. Been here four and a half billion years. Did you ever think about the arithmetic? The planet has been here four and a half billion years. We've been here, what, a hundred thousand? Maybe two hundred thousand? And we've only been engaged in heavy industry for a little over two hundred years. Two hundred years versus four and a half billion. And we have the CONCEIT to think that somehow we're a threat? That somehow we're gonna put in jeopardy this beautiful little blue-green ball that's just a-floatin' around the sun?

The planet has been through a lot worse than us. Been through all kinds of things worse than us. Been through earthquakes, volcanoes, plate tectonics, continental drift, solar flares, sun spots, magnetic storms, the magnetic reversal of the poles...hundreds of thousands of years of bombardment by comets and asteroids and meteors, worlwide floods, tidal waves, worldwide fires, erosion, cosmic rays, recurring ice ages...And we think some plastic bags, and some aluminum cans are going to make a difference? The planet...the planet...the planet isn't going anywhere. WE ARE!

We're going away. Pack your shit, folks. We're going away. And we won't leave much of a trace, either. Thank God for that. Maybe a little styrofoam. Maybe. A little styrofoam. The planet'll be here and we'll be long gone. Just another failed mutation. Just another closed-end biological mistake. An evolutionary cul-de-sac. The planet'll shake us off like a bad case of fleas. A surface nuisance.

You wanna know how the planet's doing? Ask those people at Pompeii, who are frozen into position from volcanic ash, how the planet's doing. You wanna know if the planet's all right, ask those people in Mexico City or Armenia or a hundred other places buried under thousands of tons of earthquake rubble, if they feel like a threat to the planet this week. Or how about those people in Kilowaia, Hawaii, who built their homes right next to an active volcano, and then wonder why they have lava in the living room.

The planet will be here for a long, long, LONG time after we're gone, and it will heal itself, it will cleanse itself, 'cause that's what it does. It's a self-correcting system. The air and the water will recover, the earth will be renewed, and if it's true that plastic is not degradable, well, the planet will simply incorporate plastic into a new pardigm: the earth plus plastic. The earth doesn't share our prejudice towards plastic. Plastic came out of the earth. The earth probably sees plastic as just another one of its children. Could be the only reason the earth allowed us to be spawned from it in the first place. It wanted plastic for itself. Didn't know how to make it. Needed us. Could be the answer to our age-old egocentric philosophical question, "Why are we here?" Plastic...asshole.

So, the plastic is here, our job is done, we can be phased out now. And I think that's begun. Don't you think that's already started? I think, to be fair, the planet sees us as a mild threat. Something to be dealt with. And the planet can defend itself in an organized, collective way, the way a beehive or an ant colony can. A collective defense mechanism. The planet will think of something. What would you do if you were the planet? How would you defend yourself against this troublesome, pesky species? Let's see... Viruses. Viruses might be good. They seem vulnerable to viruses. And, uh...viruses are tricky, always mutating and forming new strains whenever a vaccine is developed. Perhaps, this first virus could be one that compromises the immune system of these creatures. Perhaps a human immunodeficiency virus, making them vulnerable to all sorts of other diseases and infections that might come along. And maybe it could be spread sexually, making them a little reluctant to engage in the act of reproduction.

Einstein said the following on the subject of the existence of God and I think it fits rather well here:

"If people are good only because they fear punishment, and hope for reward, then we are a sorry lot indeed."

Someone can be agnostic/athiest and still not run rampant murdering people. Just because they don't fear godly retribution doesn't change their motivation to be good, well-meaning members of society... they just find that imperative from a different internal place. The same goes for belief in anything, really. George Carlin had a God given talent...He was but the clay...just as you and I are.

123 posted on 06/23/2008 1:42:15 AM PDT by KDD (Bob Barr for President.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: My hearts in London - Everett

I must respectfully disagree with you. I do believe that God is all-forgiving and all-loving. Guess I just don’t buy into the “my way or the highway” view of Christianity (i.e. the Inquisition and all that sorta thing)...Reckon I prefer the “Judge not that ye be not judged” and the “Love thy neighbor as thy love thyself” form of Christianity as preached by Jesus Christ Himself.


124 posted on 06/23/2008 1:50:39 AM PDT by fagin62 (Deo Vindice)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 122 | View Replies]

To: KDD

We are clay to be molded. Unfortunately, Mr. Carlin didn’t allow God into his life to mold him into anything more than the lump he started out as. Yes, he had a God-given talent and he wasted it instead of using it to glorify God which is the purpose of any talent God sees fit to bless us with.


125 posted on 06/23/2008 1:51:58 AM PDT by My hearts in London - Everett ("Some people are alive only because it is illegal to kill them.")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 123 | View Replies]

To: fagin62
Quite all right. I don't mind that we disagree. But Christ is the One who said that the gate to heaven is narrow, wide is the way that leads to destruction. Matt 7:13 ;~)
126 posted on 06/23/2008 1:58:06 AM PDT by My hearts in London - Everett ("Some people are alive only because it is illegal to kill them.")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 124 | View Replies]

To: My hearts in London - Everett
You are arrogant to presume the will of God or to even begin to understand his works. Paraphrasing God

"Where were you when I laid the foundations of the World"?

If you know in your bible where that comes from then read the chapter...and ponder on it. Hyper judgemental religious ideologues find not the wisdom in God's words that Job did.

127 posted on 06/23/2008 2:03:07 AM PDT by KDD (Bob Barr for President.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 125 | View Replies]

To: KDD
Where did I presume the will of God or to even begin to understand his works in any of my posts? If you would be so kind as to point it out to me?
128 posted on 06/23/2008 2:12:32 AM PDT by My hearts in London - Everett ("Some people are alive only because it is illegal to kill them.")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 127 | View Replies]

To: LouAvul

He was just as miserable and bitter as a young man.

One of the things he said that I liked — “It’s easier to put on fuzzy slippers than to carpet the whole world.”

R.I.P. George


129 posted on 06/23/2008 2:18:21 AM PDT by Judges Gone Wild
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 81 | View Replies]

To: MassRepublicanFlyersFan

"Oxymorons will never be the same."

Later today, in his memory, I might have some jumbo shrimp.

130 posted on 06/23/2008 2:19:07 AM PDT by Mila
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 76 | View Replies]

To: Political Junkie Too
"He turned bitter after his wife died."

I noticed that too. I think he always had an edge, but it got much sharper and more cynical after her death.

131 posted on 06/23/2008 2:22:15 AM PDT by Mila
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 85 | View Replies]

To: Mila

Saw the man years ago in Rochester, NY. My side hurt from laughing so hard. He was brilliant!!


132 posted on 06/23/2008 2:23:22 AM PDT by Sacajaweau (I'm planting corn...Have to feed my car...)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 130 | View Replies]

To: MHGinTN

Carlin’s voice carried influence; he knew that. He also knew that he had a bad heart that could pop at any time.

Such acts are judged appropriately.


133 posted on 06/23/2008 2:26:28 AM PDT by Loud Mime (Free the Refineries! - H.R. 2279 Must Become Law!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 43 | View Replies]

To: fagin62
"My point is simply that I can't judge him and you can't judge him...Only our all-loving and all-forgiving God can judge him. "

Your above statement sums it up perfectly.

134 posted on 06/23/2008 2:27:29 AM PDT by Mila
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 102 | View Replies]

To: jmc813

Rest in peace Al Sleet. You made me laugh many a time. I even bought your early records.


135 posted on 06/23/2008 2:57:46 AM PDT by 4yearlurker ("Give them Watts boys!!")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Blogger
Unless he repented, he is in torment tonight.

Good to know we have the Psychic Soul Weatherman on board this thread......what's his forecast for tomorrow?

More torment with intermitent pangs of remorse?

136 posted on 06/23/2008 3:03:42 AM PDT by ninonitti
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 49 | View Replies]

To: Reagan Man
Truth is, Carlin hadn’t been funny for a quarter century. And his attacks on God, Jesus Christ, people of the Christian faith, along with conservatives and most everything else to do with traditional American values, was sickening.

Read these words: George Carlin Dead.

Do you feel better now or still sick?

137 posted on 06/23/2008 3:11:06 AM PDT by ninonitti
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 98 | View Replies]

To: jmc813
I always thought he was a brilliant comedian.

His material about food had me laughing for days.

"I don't have any beliefs or allegiances. I don't believe in this country, I don't believe in religion, or a god, and I don't believe in all these man-made institutional ideas," he told Reuters in a 2001 interview. Carlin told Playboy in 2005 that he looked forward to an afterlife where he could watch the decline of civilization on a "heavenly CNN."

Strange, and sad. I wonder who he thought created the afterlife where he could watch this "heavenly CNN."

Poor guy.

138 posted on 06/23/2008 3:18:33 AM PDT by SkyPilot ("I wasn't in church during the time when the statements were made.")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Mila

LOL thanks Mila. That hit what for me was the man’s essence- he listened to language, he slowed the tape down and really paid attention to what we do and say on a daily basis without a second thought about what’s really going on.....he saw the man behind the curtain.


139 posted on 06/23/2008 3:20:55 AM PDT by ninonitti
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 130 | View Replies]

To: Rastus; sofaman
He wanted to offend people, so nasty commments (and, the comment above was not nasty) are the tribute he would want.

Funerals, memorials, and tributes are for the survivors, NOT the deceased. Though some believe it's for them to pontificate: See Fred Phelps. Let's not try plumbing the depths, the way they do on the Huffington Post or DU.

Mark

140 posted on 06/23/2008 3:28:27 AM PDT by MarkL (Al Gore: The Greenhouse Gasbag! (heard on Bob Brinker's Money Talk))
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 30 | View Replies]

To: Walkingfeather
He Believes in God now.....

And you know this... How?

Mark

141 posted on 06/23/2008 3:33:21 AM PDT by MarkL (Al Gore: The Greenhouse Gasbag! (heard on Bob Brinker's Money Talk))
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 56 | View Replies]

To: jmc813

In Baltimore, it will always be 6:15.


142 posted on 06/23/2008 3:33:26 AM PDT by Thrownatbirth (.....Iraq Invasion fan since '91.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: fagin62

One of the problems with our society is that we are not allowed to judge people, and I think that is a serious flaw. This has created all kinds of problems for us.

Plus, it is what Liberals strive for-they know that if you have no values, you cannot be accused of hypocrisy, which to them, seems to be the worst crime. A very Roussouian outlook, that each of us should be able to do WHATEVER we wish without any interference or judgement from others.

I haven’t found Carlin to be funny since I was a teenager, and the last few times I saw him, it saddened me more than it angered me. I hope he has found peace, since he had a lot of demons haunting him.


143 posted on 06/23/2008 3:41:06 AM PDT by rlmorel (Clinging bitterly to Guns and God in Massachusetts...:)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 109 | View Replies]

To: Sacajaweau
Saw the title of this thread and thought I'd come in and read some funny tributes to Carlin...boy was I wrong!...the man was a comedian...if he didn't make you laugh why listen to him...perhaps in real life as in cyberspace we need an "ignore" button huh?...I'll let God be the judge of Mr. Carlin and I'll remember him as the comedian that he was who gave me many many laughs through the years...Nobody on this board knows if Mr. Carlin made his peace with God before he passed away or not...if he did, great...if not, it's George that will have to deal with it...RIP George.

"I'm not concerned about all hell breaking loose, but that a PART of hell will break loose...it'll be much harder to detect"...George Carlin

144 posted on 06/23/2008 3:42:57 AM PDT by ~Vor~
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 132 | View Replies]

To: Blogger

True reason for mourning his death. Unless he repented, he is in torment tonight.
_________________________________________
Do not presume to know the mind of God, wingnut.


145 posted on 06/23/2008 3:48:30 AM PDT by soupcon
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 49 | View Replies]

To: jmc813
Ah George. Thanks for the laughs.

I recall hearing that George once walked out on stage and told the audience he'd forgotten his notes, then just basically stood on-stage for 5 or 10 minutes, said 'Thank You' and walked off.

146 posted on 06/23/2008 3:50:04 AM PDT by theDentist (Qwerty ergo typo : I type, therefore I misspelll.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: toldyou

Uh oh!

The thread police!


147 posted on 06/23/2008 3:51:04 AM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 10 | View Replies]

To: Darth Tokarev

I’m “shell-shocked”. Or is it “battle fatigue”?


148 posted on 06/23/2008 3:51:53 AM PDT by pleikumud
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: jmc813; All
A little known fact about George Carlin is that for a few years (within the past 10 or so), he provided the narrator's voice for a very popular children's program 'Thomas the Tank Engine' (Thomas & Friends), I happened to be flipping the channels and discovered it quite by accident, I thought "that voice sounds familiar" and at the end of the program, sure enough: "Storyteller's Voice: George Carlin" and he was quite good at it.

http://www.thomasandfriends.com

Rest in Peace George. Don't use those 7 dirty words up there, ok?
149 posted on 06/23/2008 3:54:29 AM PDT by mkjessup (Obama-flakes! = Little suntanned Jimmy Carters with twice the empty rhetoric , from DNC cereals!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Liberty2007
I sure hope he accepted Jesus before he died.

Me too, let's hope for the best for him.
150 posted on 06/23/2008 3:57:08 AM PDT by mkjessup (Obama-flakes! = Little suntanned Jimmy Carters with twice the empty rhetoric , from DNC cereals!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 60 | View Replies]


Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first previous 1-5051-100101-150151-200 ... 251-266 next last

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson