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Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Goodbye George Carlin by John Tognolini

I remember the first joke I heard from George in the early 1990's. It was on video showing his live performances in the US. It was just after George Bush Snr. bombed Iraq into the the stone age in the first Gulf War. I can't remember the exact words but he said basicially,

"When was the last time we bombed any white people? Oh the Germans right. And why? They wanted to rule the world. Now that's the US's job."

It take couraqe to to be a comic, particulary when you expose the unchallenged political power of wealthy elites and George Carlin had that.

And we should praise that. Even better, copy his example and go for the wealthy and the bigots. Make them and their politics targets for laughter and satire. George Carlin had both the moral and physical courage to do that.

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