"The wealthy, not only by private fraud but also by common laws, do every day pluck and snatch away from the people some part of their daily living. Therefore, when I consider and weigh in my mind these commonwealths which nowadays do flourish, I perceive nothing but a certain conspiracy of rich men in procuring their own commodities under the name and authority of the commonwealth.

They invent and devise all means and crafts, first how to keep safely without fear of losing that which they have unjustly gathered together, and next how to hire and abuse the work and labor of the people for as little money and effort as possible."

Thomas More, Utopia

Monday, June 23, 2008

George Carlin 1937-2008

Dennis Perrin sums up this loss pretty well I thought. Carlin was simply one our best social commentators period. And, like Perrin, I too would put him in a class with Richard Pryor or, as the late comedian Bill Hicks used to say of himself, Noam Chomsky but with jokes. I'll miss this kind of stuff:
Update: George Carlin's final interview.

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hey Coldie!

Been watching EuroCup 2008 by chance?

"leftisthebest"

Coldtype said...

No I haven't seen it. I'll have to check it out.

Coldtype said...

By the way, who is broadcasting it?

Anonymous said...

The games, I mean matches, have been on ESPN. The championship is Sunday, but I am not sure if ESPN or ABC will broadcast.

I love football. You Yanks call it soccer, I believe. LOLOL

dna-unk-gfy! said...

Thanks C.T. for the viddy-clip-

Gonna miss Georgie! We salute you Mr. Carlin... He indeed left us "a little something" for Coldy to show us! It was difficult to see him visibly fading away in his last couple of HBO specials... I love the way he turned around that tired old "you don't have the right to complain" if you don't vote the way all the righties trot that blather out...

We need LOTS more of his stripe in the public eye "holding up the mirror" to us, the "great unwashed beast". We do have the power to change what is wrong, if only we could put down the toys and get going!

Gotta support Al Franken in his run for office in Minnesota. He's saying get OuTta Iwreckq/invest HERE at home in this ad- You should see all the haters whining about Franken on Topix.com! (Saw it via a trib story... these righties really show their lack of humor when a comedian schools them!)

You GO Al Franken, and G_dspeed Mr. Carlin!

- ydahS ;=}

Coldtype said...

I know exactly what Franken will be up against because as far as the reactionary clowns now running the show are concerned, everything is just peachy.

Anonymous said...

Hey Coldie:
check out this article saying Obama supporters are asking him to reverse his stance on Bush's telecommunications law. I will check out and try to find out any big "media corporate" money he received.

"leftisthebest"


www.nytimes.com/2008/07/02/us/politics/02fisa.html

Coldtype said...

That's to be expected Lefty, I knew this moment wold be inevitable. This is the part where the Barockstar "tempers the expectations" of the faithful. Imagine the shock, shock of the Obamaniacs should their Messiah gain the election and turn out to be just another shill for corporate and other elite interests. IOZ, Dennis Perrin, and A Tiny Revolution among others on my blog roll have been all over this.