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George Carlin, American Radical
The Nation ^ | 23 June 2008 | John Nichols

Posted on 06/25/2008 4:30:49 PM PDT by Publius

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To: P-Marlowe
He was a vulgar man who made himself rich by ridiculing all that was good in America.

He also ridiculed what was bad in America.

51 posted on 06/25/2008 5:35:37 PM PDT by Publius (Another Republican for Obama -- NOT!!)
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To: metesky
was more the grating whine of a political loser.

I think that sums him up. He had a little insight but was basically a whiner.

52 posted on 06/25/2008 5:38:51 PM PDT by normy (Don't take it personally, just take it seriously.)
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To: Sgt Joe Friday 714

I saw him in the early 80’s in a theater in the round and he went non-stop for an hour and a half. Not a pause or a stumble, and no cards or teleprompters in sight.


53 posted on 06/25/2008 6:07:57 PM PDT by Magic Fingers
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To: normy
These actors and comedians and politicians who don't actually work but make huge sums of moneyt could vow to live on 50 or 75,000 a year and donate the rest.

First, let me say that I am asking this in good faith...not trying to start a fuss. But, who would they donate their money to? The "poor"? Then we continue the cycle of dependance. Programs to educate the "poor"? We've spent billions on those programs and we keep being told that it is not enough. The truth is, it will NEVER be enough.

I'm not a rich guy. Far from it. But, I believe that everyone should be able to sell their talents or products for whatever the free market is willing to pay.

God Bless the rich! I hope to be among them someday. And in this wonderful free society, I actually have a shot at it (if I am willing to WORK for it.)

I guess that I am just saying that I don't know where the rich could donate their money where it would not do more harm than good.

54 posted on 06/25/2008 6:18:02 PM PDT by gubmint cheese (Long haired, maggot infested Conservative dittoes)
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To: gubmint cheese
I don't actually care if the donate or not but for them to bitch so much about the poor while they are very wealthy is absurd. I give and I am very middle class. If I made 20 million a movie I wouldn't use my fame to push for the government to fund causes I believed in, I would fund them myself and get my peers to help fund them.
55 posted on 06/25/2008 6:24:40 PM PDT by normy (Don't take it personally, just take it seriously.)
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To: gubmint cheese
By the way, the rich and actors/slash comedians who berate America are the ones I am talking about. Give where you want to or not at all for all I care.
56 posted on 06/25/2008 6:26:13 PM PDT by normy (Don't take it personally, just take it seriously.)
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To: ElPatriota

I also agree with you. Could never stand the guy. His comedy (even without the vulgarity) was mediocre at best.


57 posted on 06/25/2008 6:53:43 PM PDT by mtg
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To: mtg
I also agree with you. Could never stand the guy. His comedy (even without the vulgarity) was mediocre at best.

Yes, but he was anti-environmentalist, anti-global warming, so he wasn't all bad.
58 posted on 06/25/2008 6:55:31 PM PDT by aruanan
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To: Publius

I found him intriguing.


59 posted on 06/25/2008 9:01:38 PM PDT by television is just wrong
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To: Publius
When Richard Nixon, who Carlin described as a member of a sub-species of humanity,...what a warm, compassionate, equitable man he was......
60 posted on 06/25/2008 9:26:20 PM PDT by Intolerant in NJ
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To: Publius

btt


61 posted on 06/25/2008 9:31:47 PM PDT by Cacique (quos Deus vult perdere, prius dementat ( Islamia Delenda Est ))
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To: dragnet2
"wealthy celebrities"

It would be difficult to say that Oprah Winfrew with her billion dollars has no power. Wealthy celebrities exert a powerful influence on the political process. It's not rich corporate interests who are behind the wacko environmental laws that are dragging the country down. There's all sorts of pressures put on politicians. Corporate interests are just part of it.

62 posted on 06/26/2008 12:59:59 AM PDT by driftless2
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To: Publius

I found some of his stuff to be funny in the ‘80s, but the last thing I saw from him—I think it was “You Are All Diseased” from 1999—was just plain pathetic. This man, reputed to be the most cutting edge of any comic, stood up there and said, “The last time someone proposed school uniforms, they said it in German.” I had seen this years before on a bumper sticker! Pretty sad state of affairs for the man.

That whole show was just terrible. He went on and on about the joys of picking scabs from his head and eating them. And then there was the charming bit about parents having a child do the answering machine recording, and how he’d say, “Hello, little Brittany! First, I’m going to **** you up the ***, then I’m going to kill your parents and skin them to make a binding for a book!” It was more detailed and deranged than that, but I knew I was done with him. Even his usually reliable “stupid things people say” segment was stale. “Lock him up and throw away the key. Well, what if you throw it close to the cell and he can get out?” Stupid.


63 posted on 06/26/2008 1:22:35 AM PDT by Rastus
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To: driftless2
Oprah? lol

Let me tell ya something, Ya see all those private jets parked at places like Santa Monica, LAX etc? You think those belong to celebrities?

Answer: No.

The majority of them belong to corporations who rent them out to celebrities, and politicians too. Whats she make 260 million a year? Net worth about 2b including her furniture and shoes? No biggy compared to large corporations, that churn that out around the clock. Not in a life time.

Some corporations make that every quarter or less. lol...

Fact is the wealthy elite, those that own and operate these corporations, own D.C. It's not really a secret or some newly acquired revelation. It's not rich corporate interests who are behind the wacko environmental laws that are dragging the country down.

That's eye candy for the stupid. What, you think these hippies have any real power? The government is right in bed with those phonies and the ruling wealthy elite play them both like a fiddle.

There's all sorts of pressures put on politicians.

Yeah, like where is that $1000 dollar an hour hooker that was paid for by Fat Corp?

64 posted on 06/26/2008 7:30:35 AM PDT by dragnet2
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To: dragnet2

The fact is the Dem Party is beholden to wacko environmental groups, Marxist feminists, homosexual weirdos, and minorities. Corporations have little to do with them. I’d rather the government be influenced by what’s good for corporations than wacko leftists anytime.


65 posted on 06/27/2008 1:13:43 AM PDT by driftless2
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To: Morgan in Denver
I'm glad to read your post. After all the negativity about Carlin, I was glad to see that someone "got" him.

Once you got past the vile language, the vituperation and the nihilism, George Carlin got to the core of some very nasty truths about American society and -- especially -- politics.

66 posted on 06/28/2008 5:34:40 PM PDT by Publius (Another Republican for Obama -- NOT!!)
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To: norraad

Good point!
Kind of like another dude in the same vein of truth telling named Richard Pryor.


67 posted on 06/28/2008 5:42:52 PM PDT by Riverman94610
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