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heard the news today….oh boy.

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Sad. Everybody needs to see The Sting at least twice before they also die. Cool Hand Luke, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, The Verdict, Hudsucker Proxy, Color of Money…. much sad n awesomeness…

a good time to remember a short tale from history about a buddhist monk of high regard who was walking with a student in the forest one day. he asked that when he die, his body be left on the ground. the student asked whether he would not rather be buried, to which he replied, “why favour the worms over the birds?”

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September 28, 2008 at 1:46 am

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George Carlin RIP, damn it.

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Just read this on Huffington and got to say that it has saddened and surprised me. There’s no point in comparisons, but George Carlin always sort of struck me as something like the bastard child of Bill Hicks and an alcoholic truck driver, only without the finesse and with ruptured haemmorhoids. Which wouldn’t make sense. Because he was older than Hicks. But the haemmorhoids would explain his infinite grouchiness.

For all his gruffness he must have had a heart, certainly one big enough to propose turning all golf courses over to public housing. And whatever disagreement other people may have had with his style and sass, they must at least acknowledge that Carlin, at least until Sunday June 22, 2008, was one of the only living American comedians of his generation – of most American generations, actually – who was both generous enough to point out that Mickey Mouse’s shorts are big and red simply to help hide his colostomy bag and wise enough to know what that meant – both symbolically and for his career.

Great life history of the man here at HuffPost. And Rachel Sklar has compiled a wealth of links to obits elsewhere in world and US media here as well as posting a fully transcribed interview with Carlin right here.

Full transcriptions are both a labour of love and a guarantee of readworthy answers so check it out.

Here’s a few good moments.

for a start, Carlin on Death

Carlin on Tyranny Americana

On needed upgrades for The Ten Commandments (hope these worked out for him)

On Countdown just last year in October with Keith Olbermann (the discerning newsviewer’s big-balled over-coiffed angry guy of choice)

And, of course….

Hard to choose some videos that do any kind of justice to his work and make them fit on one 15″ screen. Go and explore if you’re not familiar with the big fuckhead or if you’re remembering – either way, take your patient mouse and check these pages out.

RIP

*shakes head*

*sighs*

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June 24, 2008 at 1:11 am

US media: John Howard, Bush’s “veritable bootlicker”

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O my lord – how good are the opinion pieces at Harpers? Scott Horton has written a great piece, “The Bush Touch: turning friends into enemies“. Here’s an excerpt tracking the increasing sway held over foreign politicians by the charismatic visionary.

One by one the leaders on the world stage who put their faith in Bush and thoughtlessly did his bidding have fallen in disgrace, usually rejected by their own voters. The first to go were Italy’s Silvio Berlusconi and Spain’s José María Aznar. Then Britain’s Tony Blair was forced to surrender 10 Downing Street to his Chancellor of the Exchequer, to give Labour a fighting chance to hold a majority in the next election. In the last week, Jarosław Kaczyński, a conservative ally in Poland fell, and over the weekend, Bush’s most faithful follower in the entire pack, the veritable boot-licker John Howard of Australia. In each case, the association with George W. Bush was electoral cyanide to voters back home.

Horton has written extensively about the politics and human rights abuses of the Iraq invasion and is one of a number of journalistic voices warning against an attack on Iran, which will be dressed up under the justification ‘preemptive’. He is a lawyer, specializing (I believe) in human rights. He may also be a Jedi.

And although it sort of raises the cartoon bar foreverl out of reach, I had to repost this one by Mr. Fish because it’s just bogglingly good on so many levels.

Stigmata and a machine gun. Swoon. Something else I just realized – since Howard officially lost his seat today, he can now be officially compared to the only other Australian Prime Minister to suffer such ignominy: Stanley Bruce in 1928. 29? Whatever.

Point is, analysts have drawn the parallel that Bruce also pushed for unpopular industrial conditions for workers, with the difference being that his economy was in a shambles, while Howard’s going out with the numbers looking healthy. But check this out – I don’t think that there has ever been an Australian Prime Minister with two first names who hasn’t ended up getting their face stomped by the Australian people.

Stanley. Bruce. John. Howard. Sacked. Bye. Think about it.

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