Tag: Humor

George Carlin’s brutally patriotic criticism

September 17, 2011 | By | 1 Reply More
George Carlin’s brutally patriotic criticism

The First Amendment isn’t worth a damn unless it is actually being used. If it is not being used, then politicians and their rich and powerful keepers will continue to utter long and loud streams of nonsense to financially screw the ordinary working people of America in dozens of ways. They will continue to feed us unending misinformation in order to justify their urges to wage unnecessary wars to help them retain their power. They will continue invading our houses and and minds thanks to their many stenographers in the commercial media.

Those of us who have resisted drinking much of this country’s spiked elixir of Judeo-Christian-consumerist-warmongering-bigotry know that most of what we hear our authority figures uttering, even those authority figures who we want to believe to be on our side, is flawed. Much of it substantially untrue and quite a bit of it is absolute bullshit.  I hate to be writing these words, but I’ve lost a lot of faith in the United States in the past ten years.  Misinformation pours into the living rooms and cars of Americans every day, where it too often takes root, perhaps because it is uttered by people wearing fancy suits and flag pins.

Americans need an antidote to this unending poison. They need the kinds of people who can effectively challenge these messages and messengers–someone who not only can challenge this propaganda but can do it with sharp fast pinpricks that deflate this bloviation on the spot.  They need much more than “news” reporters who don’t have the tools, courage or motivation to challenge all the BS. They need someone who is old enough and thick-skinned enough that he/she doesn’t give a shit about being criticized for being unpatriotic. In fact, this type of person, of whom we actually need many, feeds on the criticism aimed at them by the powers-that-be and even gets even better under attack; he/she feels compelled to speak truth to power because it is the right thing to do, it’s in the blood and it’s the patriotic thing. The types of patriotic people we need to deliver this blitzkrieg criticism also need to be excellent entertainers in order to maintain the attention of large numbers of Americans. As comedians, they can hone their messages into comical memes that their audience members will pass around in viral fashion long after the original message was delivered. To the extent that these funny social critics portray themselves as jesters, they will have more access to the mass media, enabling them more effectively put their verbal swords in and out of those who own and run this country. Many conservatives consider this iconoclastic feedback to be unpatriotic.

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Tim Minchin

July 22, 2010 | By | 3 Replies More
Tim Minchin

I’ve recently discovered a new comedian and I would like to share. He’s an Australian, Mr. Tim Minchin. I forget now where I stumbled upon him, but he is a delight.

For one he’s a musician/composer, and, as a keyboard player myself, I have to admit to being envious of his chops. But his comedy…ah, this is something special. I urge everyone to go to YouTube and see all of the videos.

He is a skeptic. This video gives a fair example.

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How BP is handling the spill

June 9, 2010 | By | 2 Replies More
How BP is handling the spill

How is BP handling the Gulf oil spill? This video nails it.

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An existentialist firefighter

May 27, 2010 | By | 4 Replies More
An existentialist firefighter

For the other philosophy geeks here, the Onion has got another humorous story you’ll enjoy, rooted in existentialist themes:

In an ultimately futile act some have described as courageous and others have called a mere postponing of the inevitable, existentialist firefighter James Farber delayed three deaths Monday.

“I’m no hero,” Farber said after rescuing the family from a house fire on the 2500 block of West Thacker Street, and prolonging for the time being their slow march toward oblivion. “Like any other man, I am thrown into this world, alone and terrified, to play a meaningless role in an empty life. In my case, that role happens to involve charging through towering blazes to pull helpless individuals from a sea of flames before they suffocate or are burnt alive.”…

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Intergalactic proselytizing

April 18, 2010 | By | Reply More
Intergalactic proselytizing

Graham Sale’s imagination is active at Salon.com, where he explores the long game of proselytizing.

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Rich man feels left out.

April 1, 2010 | By | Reply More
Rich man feels left out.

The Onion reports on a rich man who is feeling left out of the recession.

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American culinary specialty: the hot pocket

March 15, 2010 | By | Reply More
American culinary specialty:  the hot pocket

Comedian Jim Gaffigan explores a distinctly American food: the “Hot Pocket.” It’s a two-minute video:

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The Onion presents the formula for bullshit stories

March 13, 2010 | By | Reply More
The Onion presents the formula for bullshit stories

A few weeks ago, I posted on a terrific video on a tried-and-true formula, “A Standard News Report,” used by television “news” stations to package non-stories in order to present them to the public as “news.”

Now, The Onion has presented its own version of packaging used by television “news” stations for presenting non-stories as “news” stories. Quite funny, yet serious and well-concocted. The Onion’s video looks like a news story about non-news stories, yet it presents a topic that is certainly newsworthy.


Breaking News: Some Bullshit Happening Somewhere

Speaking of The Onion, check out a new written Onion story on bigotry. Here’s an excerpt:

A coalition of the nation’s most fervent bigots convened in Washington Monday to address growing concerns that the production of hateful new racial slurs has failed to keep pace with the rise in mixed-race births.

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Onion: Children oppose readily available health care

November 6, 2009 | By | Reply More
Onion: Children oppose readily available health care

The Onion reports that Children clearly oppose health care:


Study: Most Children Strongly Opposed To Children’s Healthcare

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