The Great George Carlin – @GeorgeCarlinSez

Dear Reader,

I have mentioned George Carlin on diablog a few times before, here and here and here.

And all the while I was thinking: “Somebody should put up a collection”. Now, usually you don’t write this online. Because it means, you are just to lazy to do it yourself and you are hoping for others to pick up the ball.We all dislike the “sombody should do something about it” line.

But this time we all got lucky. Somebody did something about it. And here is a link to some of Gearge carlin’s great pieces:

You can find the stuff with links on twitter:

or you can go directly to the source:

Enjoy America’s best and smartest stand-up comedian.
Engine Room

Real Time with Bill Maher

Dear Reader,

It is Sunday, do you have time for a slightly longer post?

Recently, to my big surprise, Glynsky posted on diablog a piece with a video from Real Time by Bill Maher.

Side note, Bill Maher’s intro:

is the second best I know. Absolutely brilliant. And for as long as I owned a TV, Bill Maher was what I considered “must see TV”.

Bill Maher is controversial. He is a comedian in line with the often mentioned George Carlin. Like Carlin, Bill Maher is not PC as in politically correct. His previous TV show actually was called Politically Incorrect. It got canceled, because it wasn’t PC enough.

His current show is 60 minutes long. Maher starts with a stand-up comedy segment about current affairs. Then he interviews a guest, and I really mean interviews, not just delivering cues for sound bites. Then he hosts a panel, which always includes people with controversial opinions. He regularly invites the intelligent, right-wing Ann Coulter. And finally comes a funny segment called “New Rules”.

Why else do I like Bill Maher?

He favors freedom over security, I agree.

He is against the current inequality in wealth distribution, I agree.

He thinks religion is bullshit, I agree.

And there are issues, where I disagree with Bill Maher. For example he is a pothead, I am not. Maher is in favor of the death penalty, I am not.

And Bill Maher has been wrong continuously, when it comes to the internet. After his 60 minutes show, he continues with something called “Overtime”. There, the panel discusses questions send in via the internet. And it is published on the internet.

Yet for as long as he is on air, Bill Maher has been against the internet. He and his TV station, HBO, are violently trying to keep his show off the internet. And then he joins Youtube. This is how Bill Maher promotes his channel:

Bill Maher has been defending the old media business and its fat cats for ever. And he does not see the cognitive dissonance in using the internet at the same time.

For years, people would upload recordings of his show for people without HBO. And Maher and HBO in a rat race issued DMCA take-down notices to get the files deleted. What a farce.

I stopped watching Bill Maher. Because in this case, he thinks he can have the cake and eat it. His support for the MPAA, which should be called MAFIAA, is plain stupid. How stupid? Have a look.

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American Humor – contd.

Dear Reader,

For a change Glynsky is impressed with something American and writes about it here.

Now, he claims to have done so “by remote control”. But isn’t that the norm, this being the internet? Doesn’t Glynsky complain usually, that everything internet is too distant? That he prefers face-to-face conversations and things offline?

Maybe the gentleman needs a few lessons in physics, electronics, computer science, … If you have a few years of spare time, and the patience, please apply for the unpaid ‘teaching Glynsky how to internet 1 on 1″ position. Desperately awaiting applications.

Anyway, since American stuff seems to be permitted again, let me continue the American humor posts. The first few, a while back, mostly dealt with the late George Carlin.

Here now is someone who admits, that George Carlin – and Woody Allen – were his inspiration. Ladies and Gentlemen:

Steven Wright

 

Steven Wright is among the top in deadpan humor. Here are a few of his quotes:

I’d kill for a Nobel Peace Prize.

Borrow money from pessimists – they don’t expect it back.

82.7% of all statistics are made up on the spot.

A clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory.

All those who believe in psycho kinesis, raise my hand.

If everything seems to be going well, you have obviously overlooked something.

When everything is coming your way, you’re in the wrong lane.

Depression is merely anger without enthusiasm.

Ambition is a poor excuse for not having enough sense to be lazy.

I intend to live forever … So far, so good.

If Barbie is so popular, why do you have to buy her friends?

I installed a skylight in my apartment … the people who live above me are furious!

Here is a Glynsky special:

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American Humor

Dear Reader,

This post has “no shit, Sherlock” written all over.

According to Glynsky, we Americans do not have a sense of humor. And my all time favorite comedian, George Carlin, whom I mentioned earlier on Diablog, isn’t funny. As an American he isn’t subtle, he is too much in your face, at least for Glynsky’s liking. No shit, Sherlock.

Today we say good bye to another great American comedian, John Pinette.

As an American he was obese – no shit, Sherlock, talked a lot about food and restaurants – no shit, Sherlock, didn’t like salad or vegetables – no shit, Sherlock, didn’t appreciate nouvelle cuisine and loved Italian food – you get it.

Unforgettable lines include:

Salad isn’t food. Salad is a promissory note of something good to come.

and:

Vegetables are just steamed salad, I don’t like it.

Following please find an hour and a bit of great American stand-up comedy:

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You c**t say c**t in the UK anymore, back to medieval times

Dear Reader,

It has been a while, since we handed out an Idiot of the Day medal.
No, there is no shortage on potential recipients, we were just busy, I guess.

But there is a judge in the UK, who truly deserves one. And it cannot be postponed.

She declared a man guilty for using the word “cunt” on twitter and has sent him for sentencing. You can read the full story here or here.

I am no big fan of swear words. From time to time they are useful to emphasize something or to just let off steam. But the main point here, of course, this judge thinks she can rule and limit free speech. And this a line in the sand. Freedom of speech isn’t challenged by stuff we like. It shows it’s importance, if and when we don’t like, what we hear or read.

Since the Judge obviously needs a lesson in history, besides our medal, here is a great piece by the late George Carlin, about what you could and could not say on TV:

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mr. magoo and blind pugh too…

Dear diablog,

There comes a time in all relationships where one one realises that the assumptions made at the start are not necessarily as one thought.

For once, Smiles and I believed that a peaceful weekend was the agenda and both looked forward to it.

In march
and
The whole essence of the written word, as opposed to speech, is to read it (read: to comprehend the meaning of something written or printed by looking at and interpreting the characters shown – Collins English Dictionary).
What could be less contentious – the description of a moving and beautiful scene in Central London. Please re read it.
Did Smiles or I glorify, condone, trumpet war? Did either say ‘more please’, ‘this is right’, ‘do it again’ …