Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Over & Out, George

From Paul

R.I.P. George Carlin:
Of all the George Carlin's routines over all the years, "I'm a Modern Man" is my favorite. It's not political; it could hardly offend anyone. It's just a marvelous bit of wordsmithery. Poetic. Funny. Smart. See it on You Tube here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gm93FwZXhVg


I'm hanging in;
There ain't no doubt.
And I'm hanging tough;
Over and out.

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Heat Wave: Yikes, it was hot in L.A. this past weekend. Triple-digit hot. People flocked to the beach. Here they are.
No, wait! That's Coney Island in 1940. But you get the idea.
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We're not the only dimwits: You thought Americans were stupid just because we can't find Iraq (or Nebraska) on a map: Sorry, Jacqueline, but Brits are dim, too. A recent poll revealed that nearly one quarter of Britons surveyed thought Winston Churchill was a fictional character. More than half believed Sherlock Holmes was real. Congratulations, then, to the fiction writer who penned:

"Never give in! Never give in! Never, never, never, never -- in nothing great or small, large or petty. Never give in except to convictions of honor and good sense."

Paul

5 comments:

  1. Yes, we lost a great thinker when George passed. As a boy I had all his albums; but there was only one I could listen to if my Mom was around. It was Face On/ Face Off....a pre Occupation:Foole album.....Some feel that George had become more caustic, and in an embitter life sort of way, over the last decade. Some may think his comedy is too depressing. Nay, I say. From Wonderful Wino to the Over and Out diddy you posted, George was there to keep "them" from dummying ourselves down.....to think outside the box [long before that was some catchy "new" idea]. His humour is and will be enduring. He and his comedy always made you think. BRAVO for that.

    My favourite Churchill quote is really one I try to embody and live by daily, "We make a living from what we get. We make a life from what we give."

    Thanks, George, for all the laughs you've given to so many.

    Jon (Genoffski....spelled S M I T H)

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  2. patty smiley6/24/2008 9:01 AM

    I loved his 7 words routine, but even funnier were the two "two-way words." I saw his recent interview on Keith Olbermann and was struck with how grandfatherly he looked.

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  3. James O. Born6/24/2008 2:57 PM

    Winston who?

    Jim

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  4. I'll miss old George, but at least he left words we can all go back to and marvel at. Same goes for Winston. And I'd like to know where the 1/3 who think he's fiction actually come from and how old they are. However, I am now walking round in shock - you mean Sherlock Holmes was a made-up-in-someone's-head guy? Oh, sad, sad hot little day. Time to go to the beach and hang.

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  5. Ah, the great thinkers of the world... Plato, Adam Smith, Einstein, Carlin...

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