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George Carlin Dead of Heart Failure

CmdrTaco posted more than 6 years ago | from the true-original dept.

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ashamanq was one of many who noted that comedian George Carlin has died of heart failure. Most famous for his "Seven Words You Can Never Say On TV" routine which resulted in a landmark supreme court ruling, he was a true voice against censorship, and also one of the funniest men ever. He was 71.

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Smiling down. (5, Funny)

davidpack01 (580365) | more than 6 years ago | (#23902033)

I think he's up there now, smiling down at us.

Re:Smiling down. (4, Insightful)

suso (153703) | more than 6 years ago | (#23902043)

Um, I think you mean. May his body decay into the earth as nicely as fucking possible.

Anyone who mentions "up there", "god", or "soul" in this article should be modded down.

Re:Smiling down. (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23902177)

I assumed the GP had tongue firmly in cheek.

Re:Smiling down. (5, Funny)

Gordonjcp (186804) | more than 6 years ago | (#23902181)

Obviously, his soul is smiling down from Joe Pesci's roof, where it got stuck.

Re:Smiling down. (5, Informative)

cayenne8 (626475) | more than 6 years ago | (#23902189)

"Frisbeetarianism is the belief that when you die, your soul goes up on the roof and gets stuck."

--George Carlin

Re:Smiling down. (1, Troll)

GeffDE (712146) | more than 6 years ago | (#23902257)

I mean, I know most /.ers wouldn't read Playboy (ha ha), but in 2005, he said that he "looked forward to an afterlife where he could watch the decline of civilization on a 'heavenly CNN.'"

Mod George Carlin down.

Re:Smiling down. (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23902283)

I guess you prefer it if we state:

  He's probably looking up at us from down there and saying, but it's a dry heat.

Re:Smiling down. (3, Funny)

Pvt_Ryan (1102363) | more than 6 years ago | (#23902337)

He is officially an Ex-Carlin

Re:Smiling down. (3, Informative)

davidpack01 (580365) | more than 6 years ago | (#23902349)

I guess you haven't seen his last HBO special "It's Bad For Ya". 1:30 - ~2:35 http://youtube.com/watch?v=FvImP6P_czc [youtube.com]

Re:Smiling down. (4, Informative)

sorak (246725) | more than 6 years ago | (#23902387)

Um, I think you mean. May his body decay into the earth as nicely as fucking possible.

Anyone who mentions "up there", "god", or "soul" in this article should be modded down.

Hey, George Carlin has a bit about that phrase. GP's reference is not disrespectful.

Re:Smiling down. (4, Insightful)

thegrassyknowl (762218) | more than 6 years ago | (#23902059)

Excepting for the fact that he would have called you a fucking moron for even suggesting that there is an "up there".

Re:Smiling down. (4, Funny)

cayenne8 (626475) | more than 6 years ago | (#23902107)

I just heard about this....man too bad. I spent much of my youth memorizing his records.

I've only got 7 things to say about this tragic loss of one of my favorite guys for humor and social commentary:

Shit......piss, fuck, cunt, cocksucker, motherfucker....and tits.

R.I.P. George.

:(

Re:Smiling down. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23902217)

*whoosh*

Re:Smiling down. (5, Funny)

TapeCutter (624760) | more than 6 years ago | (#23902151)

"I think he's up there now, smiling down at us."

And God is patting him on the back saying: "Thanks for trying to clear up the 10 commandments thing".

Re:Smiling down. (4, Insightful)

HungSoLow (809760) | more than 6 years ago | (#23902169)

We need a '-1 Dumbass'

Re:Smiling down. (3, Interesting)

cashman73 (855518) | more than 6 years ago | (#23902211)

Having just watched his March 2008 HBO Special, he's certainly not, "smiling down at us." I think he's got better things to do now,...

Jeebus, though! Tim Russert is barely in the ground and then the greatest comedy legend of all time goes belly up! This is turning into a lousy month!

Carlin was certainly one of the best. I can remember seeing him at ODU back in the early 1990s ('93 or '94?). He was as funny then as his recent tours today. The world will be a different place without him. R.I.P., funnyman!

Re:Smiling down. (5, Funny)

Verteiron (224042) | more than 6 years ago | (#23902409)

Smiling? I bet not, but if he's got that kind of view, he's probably doing something on us.

Sure wish it'd stop raining.

Re:Smiling down. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23902455)

Don't forget about Bo Diddley. :(

de mortuis nil nisi bonum but ... (1, Interesting)

Potor (658520) | more than 6 years ago | (#23902215)

I admire Carlin's serious attitude toward the social power of comedy, but Lenny Bruce certainly broke more ground than Carlin, plus Bruce was funnier. And once we add Bill Hicks and subtract "Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure," Carlin's historical balance is not looking so good. Of course, I am speaking only of him as a performer and artist.

Carlin's classic material tended to rant about things he hated, with the implication that he - and those who agree with him - are superior. I don't find that a particularly excellent trait for an artist. From Bruce and Hicks I get a much greater sense of social critique. I am prepared to defend the qualitative difference between the rants of Carlin and those of Hicks, but I should stay on topic.

Flame on ...

Re:de mortuis nil nisi bonum but ... (4, Insightful)

0xdeadbeef (28836) | more than 6 years ago | (#23902457)

Carlin's classic material tended to rant about things he hated, with the implication that he - and those who agree with him - are superior.

Only the insecure feel the need to apologize for other people's inadequacies.

Re:Smiling down. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23902299)

Flamebait? Mods, crack, etc. I love how the joke gets 0, Flamebait while the posts explaining the joke get 5, Insightful. Further proof that the mods suck have no sense of subtlety.

In the immortal words of George (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23902035)

he said it best:

first post

well, actually:

the Earth isn't going anywhere. We are.

Stern (1)

Soporific (595477) | more than 6 years ago | (#23902053)

There are some interesting stories about him on the Stern show today. He was a bit cynical in his later years but apparently was a really nice guy.

~S

Re:Stern (4, Interesting)

Sooner Boomer (96864) | more than 6 years ago | (#23902163)

"He was a bit cynical in his later years...".

I thought he was funny 20 years ago when he was topical. In his recent stuff, I just saw him as a bitter old hippy, taking cheap pot shots at the Republican establishment. I saw no humor or insight, just a bunch of cursing, whining, and hypocrisy. The early stuff, the routines that made his reputation, were outstandingly funny.

Re:Stern (4, Insightful)

Soporific (595477) | more than 6 years ago | (#23902219)

I think when his wife died it really changed him and his routines. I still found him funny, but he came off very angry.

Re:Stern (5, Insightful)

elrous0 (869638) | more than 6 years ago | (#23902321)

The last 8 years have made a lot of us angry. He's hardly alone.

Re:Stern (3, Insightful)

Verteiron (224042) | more than 6 years ago | (#23902221)

I think he discovered he could make just as much money by making fun of government (which, let's be honest here, doesn't take much effort) and rehashing his best bits as he could by writing tons of new material at considerable effort. And I think he was just cynical enough to laugh at that fact, and exploit the hell out of it.

If I were in charge of the networks (5, Interesting)

0100010001010011 (652467) | more than 6 years ago | (#23902235)

I'm tired of television announcers, hosts, newscaster, and commentators, nibbling away at the English language, making obvious and ignorant mistakes. If I were in charge of America's broadcast stations and networks, I would gather together all the people whose jobs include speaking to the public, and I would not let them out of the room until they had absorbed the following suggestions. I'm aware that media personalities are not selected on the basis of intelligence. I know that, and I try to make allowances for it. Believe me, I really try. But still ⦠There are some liberties taken with speech that I think require intervention, if only for my own sake. I won't feel right if this chance goes by, and I keep my silence.

The English word forte, meaning "specialty" or "strong point," is not pronounced "for-tay." Got that? It is pronounced "fort." The Italian word forte, used in music notation, is pronounced "for-tay," and it instructs the musician to play loud: "She plays the skin flute, and her forte [fort] is playing forte [for-tay]." Look it up. And don't give me that whiny shit, "For-tay is listed as the second preference." There's a reason it's second: because it's not first!

Irony deals with opposites; it has nothing to do with coincidence. If two baseball palyers from the same hometown, on different teams, receive the same uniform number, it is not ironic. It is a coincidence. If Barry Bonds attains lifetime statistics identical to his father's it will not be ironic. It will be a coincidence. Irony is "a state of affairs that is the reverse of what was to be expected; a result opposite to and in mockery of the appropriate result." For instance:

        * If a diabetic, on his way to buy insulin, is killed by a runaway truck, he is the victim of an accident. If the truck was delivering sugar, he is the victim of an oddly poetic coincidence. But if the truck was delivering insulin, ah! Then he is the victim of an irony.

        * If a Kurd, after surviving bloody battle with Saddam Hussein's army and a long, difficult escape through the mountains, is crushed and killed by a parachute drop of humanitarian aid, that, my friend, is irony writ large.

        * Darryl Stingley, the pro football player, was paralyzed after a brutal hit by Jack Tatum. Now Darryl Stingley's son plays football, and if the son should become paralyzed while playing, it will not be ironic. It will be coincidental. If Darryl Stingley's son paralyzes someone else, that will be closer to ironic. If he paralyzes Jack Tatum's son that will be precisely ironic.

I'm tired of hearing prodigal being used to mean "wandering, given to running away or leaving and returning." The parable in the Book of Luke tells of a son who squanders his father's money. Prodigal means "recklessly wasteful or extravagant." And if you say popular usage has changed that, I say, fuck popular usage!

The phrase sour grapes does not refer to jealousy or envy. Nor is it related to being a sore loser. It deals with the rationalization of failure to attain a desired end. In the original fable by Aesop, "The Fox and the Grapes," when the fox realizes he cannot leap high enough to reach the grapes, he rationalizes that even if he had gotten them, they would probably have been sour anyway. Rationalization, that's all sour grapes means. It doesn't mean deal with jealousy or sore losing. Yeah, I know you say, "Well many people are using it that way, so the meaning is changing." And I say, "Well many people are really fuckin' stupid too, shall we just adopt all their standards?"

Strictly speaking, celibate does not mean not having sex, it means not being married. No wedding. The practice of refraining from sex is called chastity or sexual abstinence. No fucking. Priests don't take a vow of celibacy, they take a vow of chastity. Sometimes referred to as the "no-nookie clause."

And speaking of sex, the Immaculate Conception does not mean Jesus was concieved in the absence of sex. It means Mary was conceived without Original Sin. That's all it has ever meant. And according to the tabloids, Mary is apparently the only one who can make such a claim. The Jesus thing is called virgin birth.

Proverbial is now being used to describe things that don't appear in proverbs. For instance, "the proverbial drop in the bucket" is incorrect because "a drop in the bucket" is not a proverb, it's a metaphor. You wouldn't say, "as welcome as a turd in the proverbial punchbowl," or "as cold as the proverbial nun's box," because neither refers to a proverb. The former is a metaphor, the latter is a simile.

Momentarily means for a moment, not in a moment. The word for "in a moment" is presently "I will be there presently, Dad, and then, after pausing momentarily, I will kick you in the nuts."

No other option and no other alternative are redundant. The words option and alternative already imply otherness. "I had no option, Mom, I got this huge erection because there was no alternative." This rule is not optional; the alternative is to be wrong.

You should not use criteria when you mean criterion for the same reason that you should not use criterion when you mean criteria. These is my only criterions.

A light-year is a measurement of distance, not time. "It will take light years for young basketball players to catch up with the number of women Wilt Chamberlain has fucked, "is a scientific impossibility. Probably in more ways than one.

An acronym is not just any set of initials. It applies only to those that are pronounced as words. MADD, DARE, NATO, and UNICEF are acronyms. FBI, CIA, and KGB are not. They're just pricks.

I know I'm fighting a losing battle with this one, but I refuse to surrender: Collapsing a building with explosives is not an implosion. An implosion is a very specific scientific phenomenon. The collapsing of a building with explosives is the collapsing of a building with explosives. The explosives explode, and the building collapses inwardly. That is not an implosion. It is an inward collapsing of a building, following a series of smaller explosions designed to make it collapse inwardly. Period. Fuck you!

Here's another pointless, thankless objection I'd like to register. I say it that way, because I know you people and your goddamn "popular usage" slammed the door on this one a long time ago. But here goes anyway:

A cop out is not an excuse, not even a weak one; it is an admission of guilt. When someone "cops a plea," he admits guilt to some charge, in exchange for better treatment. He has "copped out." When a guy says, "I didn't get to fuck her because I reminded her of her little brother," he is making an excuse. If he says, "I didn't get to fuck her because I'm an unattractive schmuck," he is copping out. The trouble arises when an excuse contains a small amount of self-incriminating truth.

This one is directed to the sports people: You are destroying a perfectly good figure of speech: "Getting the monkey off one's back" does not mean breaking a losing streak. It refers only to ending a dependency. That's all. The monkey represents a strong yen. A loosing streak does not compare even remotely. Not in a literary sense and not in real life.

Here's one you hear from the truly dense: "The proof is in the pudding." Well, the proof is not in the pudding; the rice and raisins are in the pudding. The proof of the pudding is in the eating. In this case, proof means "test." The same is true of "the exception that proves (tests) the rule."

An eye for an eye is not a call for revenge, it is an argument for fairness. In the time of the Bible, it was standard to take a life in exchange for an eye. But the Bible said, No, the punishment should fit the crime. Only and eye for an ey, nothing more. It is not vindictive, it is mitigatory.

Don't make the same mistake twice seems to indicate three mistakes, doesn't it? First you make the mistake. Then you make the same mistake. Then you make the same mistake twice. If you simply say, "Don't make the same mistake, " you'll avoid the first mistake.

Unique needs no modifier. Very unique, quite unique, more unique, real unique, fairly unique, and extremely unique are wrong and they mark you as dumb, although certainly not unique.

Healthy does not mean "healthful." Healthy is a condition, healthful is a property. Vegetable aren't healthy, they're dead. No food is healthy. Unlesss you have an eggplant that's doing push-ups. Push-ups are healthful.

There is no such thing or word as kudo. Kudos is a singular noun meaning praise, and it is pronounced kyoo-dose. There is also a plural form, spelled the same, but pronounced kyoo-doze. Please stop telling me, "So-and-so picked up another kudo today."

Race, creed, or color is wrong. Race and color, as used in this phrase, describe the same property. And "creed" is a stilted, outmoded way of saying "religion." Leave this tired phrase alone; it has lost its usefulness. Besides, it reeks of insincerity no matter who uses it.

As of yet is simply stupid. As yet, I've seen no progress on this one, but of course I'm speaking as of now.

Here's one you can win money on in a bar if you're within reach of the right reference book: Chomping at the bit and old stomping ground are incorrect. Some Saturday afternoon when you're getting bombed on your old stamping ground, you'll be champing at the bit to use this one.

Sorry to sound so picky, folks, but I listen to a lot of radio and TV and these things have bothered me for a long time.

Re:If I were in charge of the networks (4, Insightful)

Yewbert (708667) | more than 6 years ago | (#23902397)

And exactly why the Mark Twain award is so fitting for George - Twain has long been for me the model for precise usage of language - and Carlin was a modern example.

I'm sad to see him gnoe - one less funny (and wise) fucker in the world.

Re:Stern (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23902267)

"He was a bit cynical in his later years...".


I thought he was funny 20 years ago when he was topical. In his recent stuff, I just saw him as a bitter old hippy, taking cheap pot shots at the Republican establishment. I saw no humor or insight, just a bunch of cursing, whining, and hypocrisy. The early stuff, the routines that made his reputation, were outstandingly funny.

You've just about summed up about how I feel on the matter. Except the part about me feeling old seeing another person I grew up listening to and watching and laughing with kick the bucket.

Mod parent up (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23902287)

Carlin was a man who didn't know when to quit or who wasn't allowed to quit.

Re:Stern (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23902453)

20 years ago you railed against the establishment. Today you are the establishment. Guess the establishment has trouble laughing at itself.

Sad News, George Carlin Dead At 71 (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23902459)

Sad news, George Carlin dead at 71. I just heard some sad news on talk radio - writer/comedian George Carlin was found dead in his Maine home this morning. There weren't any more details yet. I'm sure we'll all miss him, even if you weren't a fan of his work there's no denying his contribution to popular culture. Truly an American icon.

Those seven words... (3, Informative)

sakdoctor (1087155) | more than 6 years ago | (#23902063)

Shit, Piss, Fuck, Cunt, Cocksucker, Motherfucker, and Tits.

Tits is now depreciated.

Re:Those seven words... (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23902091)

speak for yourself buddy...

_I_ still appreciate tits.

Re:Those seven words... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23902249)

__|__ you too buddy

Tits are cool. (1)

antdude (79039) | more than 6 years ago | (#23902503)

I appreciate those tits [wikipedia.org] , especially when they fly. [grin]

Re:Those seven words... (5, Funny)

suso (153703) | more than 6 years ago | (#23902099)

Tits is now depreciated.

Only your mom's are.

Re:Those seven words... (1)

rizole (666389) | more than 6 years ago | (#23902247)

But she's great in the sack!

Re:Those seven words... (3, Funny)

this great guy (922511) | more than 6 years ago | (#23902103)

Oh shit you beat me to it motherfucker. Fuck. I am really pissed. Your mom is a cunt with big tits.

Oh yeah I almost forgot: Cocksucker!

Other words... (5, Funny)

cayenne8 (626475) | more than 6 years ago | (#23902159)

"Tonight's forecast...........dark, continued mostly dark throughout the evening with widely scattered light in the morning.

Temperature at the airport is 73......which is stupid 'cause I don't know anyone that lives at the airport..."

Re:Those seven words... (1)

Thelasko (1196535) | more than 6 years ago | (#23902213)

Tits is now depreciated.
Probably due to George Carlin. He makes an argument for its depreciation in his routine.

Re:Those seven words... (3, Funny)

cayenne8 (626475) | more than 6 years ago | (#23902291)

"Tits is now depreciated.

Probably due to George Carlin. He makes an argument for its depreciation in his routine."

"And tits shouldn't even be on the list..I mean, it sounds like a snack!!

New...Nabisco TITS!!

Cheese tits....onion tits....TATER Tits!!

Re:Those seven words... (1)

failedlogic (627314) | more than 6 years ago | (#23902407)

George is one of the few people who could really use swear words to make them funny, relevant and never use them in anger. That's talent!

I always piss my self-laughing when listening to his routines. I'll miss you good friend!

Let me be the first to say... (-1, Redundant)

this great guy (922511) | more than 6 years ago | (#23902067)

Shit, piss, fuck, cunt, cocksucker, motherfucker, tits.

I bet I am going to get modded flamebait.

Re:Let me be the first to say... (1)

phoenixwade (997892) | more than 6 years ago | (#23902179)


I bet I am going to get modded flamebait.

I'm guessing no-mod or redundant. The latter being more accurate.

I'm still working on a "Stuff" reference, though, so I guess I can't talk....

many of us still alive. (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23902069)

which is somewhat topical, considering all the murder & mayhem we've allowed to transpire under our watch. the lights are coming up all over now. conspiracy theorists are being vindicated. some might choose a tin umbrella to go with their hats. the fairytail is winding down now. let your conscience be yOUR guide. you can be more helpful than you might have imagined. there are still some choices. if they do not suit you, consider the likely results of continuing to follow the corepirate nazi hypenosys story LIEn, whereas anything of relevance is replaced almost instantly with pr ?firm? scriptdead mindphuking propaganda or 'celebrity' trivia 'foam'. meanwhile; don't forget to get a little more oxygen on yOUR brain, & look up in the sky from time to time, starting early in the day. there's lots going on up there.

http://news.google.com/?ncl=1216734813&hl=en&topic=n
http://www.nytimes.com/2007/12/31/opinion/31mon1.html?em&ex=1199336400&en=c4b5414371631707&ei=5087%0A
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/05/29/world/29amnesty.html?hp
http://www.cnn.com/2008/US/06/02/nasa.global.warming.ap/index.html
http://www.cnn.com/2008/US/weather/06/05/severe.weather.ap/index.html
http://www.cnn.com/2008/US/weather/06/02/honore.preparedness/index.html
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/06/01/opinion/01dowd.html?em&ex=1212638400&en=744b7cebc86723e5&ei=5087%0A
http://www.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/06/05/senate.iraq/index.html
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/06/17/washington/17contractor.html?hp

is it time to get real yet? A LOT of energy is being squandered in attempts to keep US in the dark. in the end (give or take a few 1000 years), the creators will prevail (world without end, etc...), as it has always been. the process of gaining yOUR release from the current hostage situation may not be what you might think it is. butt of course, most of US don't know, or care what a precarious/fatal situation we're in. for example; the insidious attempts by the felonious corepirate nazi execrable to block the suns' light, interfering with a requirement (sunlight) for us to stay healthy/alive. it's likely not good for yOUR health/memories 'else they'd be bragging about it? we're intending for the whoreabully deceptive (they'll do ANYTHING for a bit more monIE/power) felons to give up/fail even further, in attempting to control the 'weather', as well as a # of other things/events.

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http://video.google.com/videosearch?hl=en&q=video+cloud+spraying

dictator style micro management has never worked (for very long). it's an illness. tie that with life0cidal aggression & softwar gangster style bullying, & what do we have? a greed/fear/ego based recipe for disaster. meanwhile, you can help to stop the bleeding (loss of life & limb);

http://www.cnn.com/2007/POLITICS/12/28/vermont.banning.bush.ap/index.html

the bleeding must be stopped before any healing can begin. jailing a couple of corepirate nazi hired goons would send a clear message to the rest of the world from US. any truthful look at the 'scorecard' would reveal that we are a society in decline/deep doo-doo, despite all of the scriptdead pr ?firm? generated drum beating & flag waving propaganda that we are constantly bombarded with. is it time to get real yet? please consider carefully ALL of yOUR other 'options'. the creators will prevail. as it has always been.

corepirate nazi execrable costs outweigh benefits
(Score:-)mynuts won, the king is a fink)
by ourselves on everyday 24/7

as there are no benefits, just more&more death/debt & disruption. fortunately there's an 'army' of light bringers, coming yOUR way. the little ones/innocents must/will be protected. after the big flash, ALL of yOUR imaginary 'borders' may blur a bit? for each of the creators' innocents harmed in any way, there is a debt that must/will be repaid by you/us, as the perpetrators/minions of unprecedented evile, will not be available. 'vote' with (what's left in) yOUR wallet, & by your behaviors. help bring an end to unprecedented evile's manifestation through yOUR owned felonious corepirate nazi glowbull warmongering execrable. some of US should consider ourselves somewhat fortunate to be among those scheduled to survive after the big flash/implementation of the creators' wwwildly popular planet/population rescue initiative/mandate. it's right in the manual, 'world without end', etc.... as we all ?know?, change is inevitable, & denying/ignoring gravity, logic, morality, etc..., is only possible, on a temporary basis. concern about the course of events that will occur should the life0cidal execrable fail to be intervened upon is in order. 'do not be dismayed' (also from the manual). however, it's ok/recommended, to not attempt to live under/accept, fauxking nazi felon greed/fear/ego based pr ?firm? scriptdead mindphuking hypenosys.

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"If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land."

meanwhile, the life0cidal philistines continue on their path of death, debt, & disruption for most of US. gov. bush denies health care for the little ones;

http://www.cnn.com/2007/POLITICS/10/03/bush.veto/index.html

whilst demanding/extorting billions to paint more targets on the bigger kids;

http://www.cnn.com/2007/POLITICS/12/12/bush.war.funding/index.html

& pretending that it isn't happening here;

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/us_and_americas/article3086937.ece
all is not lost/forgotten/forgiven

(yOUR elected) president al gore (deciding not to wait for the much anticipated 'lonesome al answers yOUR questions' interview here on /.) continues to attempt to shed some light on yOUR foibles. talk about reverse polarity;

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/environment/article3046116.ece

Sad :( (5, Insightful)

TimeForGuinness (701731) | more than 6 years ago | (#23902071)

A philosopher who was funny...he will be missed. (lifts glass) Cheers, TFG

We'll see him again (5, Funny)

Nursie (632944) | more than 6 years ago | (#23902077)

He's just gone into the future to the time when the Wyld Stallyns music forms the basis of society.

Rufus! (1)

hansamurai (907719) | more than 6 years ago | (#23902165)

He never even told them his name, but yet the Chosen Two knew it. Incredible.

Re:Rufus! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23902313)

Wibbly-Wobbly Timey-Whimey stuff... Oh wait, that's the guy that uses the police box, not the phone booth.

Re:We'll see him again (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23902305)

God made rock and roll for you
Put it in your soul for you
Made rock and roll ol for everyone

RIF (rest in future) Mr. Carlin. Wish your family the best.

I have this to say (-1, Redundant)

bmongar (230600) | more than 6 years ago | (#23902081)

"shit, piss, fuck cunt, cocksucker,motherfucker, and tits"

Haha! The jokes on him !! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23902083)

I wonder if he got it ??

$2.52 !!

Screaming up. (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23902087)

The way he lived and what he said, there's no way he's in heaven. Unless he was saved, which his life didn't show it, he's in Hell.

A great man is lost (5, Insightful)

thegrassyknowl (762218) | more than 6 years ago | (#23902089)

We held a little ceremony here before. Carlin was a truly great man. A voice against censorship and generally against rampant stupidity as well.

May his memory live long and someone crop up and continue on in his great tradition of telling the 'system' to go fuck itself.

1 of 7 (0, Redundant)

Mz6 (741941) | more than 6 years ago | (#23902097)

Fuck!

Best Summary of Religion (5, Insightful)

copponex (13876) | more than 6 years ago | (#23902111)

You will be missed, pal.

"In the Bullshit Department, a businessman can't hold a candle to a clergyman. 'Cause I gotta tell you the truth, folks. When it comes to bullshit, big-time, major league bullshit, you have to stand in awe of the all-time champion of false promises and exaggerated claims: religion. No contest. No contest. Religion. Religion easily has the greatest bullshit story ever told.

Think about it. Religion has actually convinced people that there's an invisible man -- living in the sky -- who watches everything you do, every minute of every day. And the invisible man has a special list of ten things he does not want you to do. And if you do any of these ten things, he has a special place, full of fire and smoke and burning and torture and anguish, where he will send you to live and suffer and burn and choke and scream and cry forever and ever 'til the end of time!

But He loves you.

He loves you, and He needs money! He always needs money! He's all-powerful, all-perfect, all-knowing, and all-wise, somehow just can't handle money! Religion takes in billions of dollars, they pay no taxes, and they always need a little more. Now, you talk about a good bullshit story. Holy Shit!"

-George Carlin

Re:Best Summary of Religion (5, Insightful)

elrous0 (869638) | more than 6 years ago | (#23902273)

One of the few comedians who stayed completely relevant over the span of many decades. He was also able to reinvent himself on several occasions, and each time very effectively. In the early 60's he was part of a vanilla Lewis and Martin-type comedy team, in the late-60's/early 70's he became a cutting edge counter-culture comic, and in the 80's he became a great comic actor. Truly amazing.

I was watching him in Dogma [imdb.com] just this weekend. That opening with him introducing the "Jesus Wow!" campaign still cracks me up.

He'll be missed.

Re:Best Summary of Religion (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23902351)

That's actually just Christianity, to be specific. Other religions spew forth different bullshit. But yes, point taken!

Re:Best Summary of Religion (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23902427)

The thing is, he looks stupid himself for saying something like that. It isn't [insert_god_here] that wants/needs the money and that isn't what they say.

If you're going to ridicule something it's wise to at least know a little something about it first.

He will be missed (1)

JerryLove (1158461) | more than 6 years ago | (#23902115)

And with that, a great humorist and satireist passes from the Earth, and we are all a little diminished for it.

I will be watching the inevitable marathons on HBO.

Sad day (1)

Elisanre (1108341) | more than 6 years ago | (#23902121)

After "discovering" him in Jay & Silent Bob Strikes Back he has been a constant search topic on youtube for me. Sad to see him go.
May the forces of evil become confused on the way to your house.
- George Carlin

Joe Pesci (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23902123)

Although he was an atheist, I'm sure he prayed to the sun and/or Joe Pesci shortly before his death.

The Seven (-1, Redundant)

HaloZero (610207) | more than 6 years ago | (#23902133)

Shit, piss, fuck, cunt, cocksucker, motherfucker, and tits.

Semantics (4, Interesting)

Darth_brooks (180756) | more than 6 years ago | (#23902135)

"Get 'on' the plane, get 'on' the plane..."

"Fuck you, I'm getting *IN* the plane."

I started listening to "Class Clown" in 3rd or 4th grade. I always liked his insight, even if he did seem to get quit bitter over the past few years. I always liked his take on growing up in Morningside Heights. He always said that saying you were from a place like Morningside Heights would get you beat up, so he liked to say he was from "White Harlem."

His routine on "Shell Shock vs. Post Traumatic Stress-Disorder" rings very true.

Re:Semantics (5, Informative)

Alzheimers (467217) | more than 6 years ago | (#23902255)

Good choices, though I was always a fan of the Baseball vs. Football [baseball-almanac.com] routine.

And he's right on about Hockey: [boredatuni.com]

Hockey comes to mind. People think hockey is a sport. It's not. Hockey is three activities taking place at the same time: ice skating, fooling around with a puck, and beating the shit out of somebody.

RIP man.

Re:Semantics (4, Funny)

Praxx (918463) | more than 6 years ago | (#23902411)

His airplane bit is a classic.

"I listen very carefully to the safety lecture, especially that part where they teach us how to use the seat belts. Imagine this, here we are, a plane full of grown human beings, many of us partially educated, and they're actually taking time out to describe the intricate workings of a belt buckle."

"'In the unlikely event of a water landing...', Well, what exactly is a water landing? Am I mistaken, or does this sound somewhat similar to crashing into the ocean?!"

"Which brings me to terminal - another unfortunate word to be used in association with air travel. And they use it all over the airport, don't they? Somehow I just can't get hungry at a place called the Terminal Snack bar. But, if you've ever eaten there, you know it IS an appropriate name."

The great thing about Carlin is that it's obvious when he goes overboard for comedy's sake, so his comedy about the obviously overboard is always relevant. Rest in peace, George.

He's gone to help jumpstart... (1)

i_want_you_to_throw_ (559379) | more than 6 years ago | (#23902139)

"Catholicism WOW!" with the Buddy Jesus [osministry.com]

Re:He's gone to help jumpstart... (1)

cayenne8 (626475) | more than 6 years ago | (#23902223)

""Catholicism WOW!" with the Buddy Jesus"

I guess he'll finally find out if someone is still doing time in limbo on a meat rap...

Cardinal Glick (1)

airos4 (82561) | more than 6 years ago | (#23902147)

Hey, maybe he'll get to meet Buddy Jesus and see how that Catholicism Wow campaign really played out.

More info for those of us who aren't in the US... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23902155)

Here: Seven dirty words [wikipedia.org] and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Carlin [wikipedia.org] .

Just in case like me you were live outside of the USA and were thinking who/why should I care etc.

Re:More info for those of us who aren't in the US. (1, Interesting)

houghi (78078) | more than 6 years ago | (#23902243)

Hey, you can sat fuck on tv in some countries. OK, sometimes only after 21:00.

The other 6 words are also often allowed. In many countries after 21:00 nudity is even allowed and I have seen it before 21:00 when it was a preview.

So apart from the very funny man, we will not miss his insight, because many people outside the USofA don't need it.

That said, many will still be interested, so thanks for the links.

Re:More info for those of us who aren't in the US. (5, Funny)

Ogive17 (691899) | more than 6 years ago | (#23902463)

Here is a cookie.

Heart Faiure? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23902157)

I didn't know he had one.

Bye Bye Mr. Conductor! (1, Troll)

filesiteguy (695431) | more than 6 years ago | (#23902167)

Now how am I ever going to watch Thomas The Tank Engine without a tear in my eye??

Re:Bye Bye Mr. Conductor! (1)

idontgno (624372) | more than 6 years ago | (#23902289)

For those of you too young to remember or too old to have noticed, linky [wikipedia.org] .

RIP George. I'll cuss up a storm today at work in your memory.

God Damnit! (4, Interesting)

squarefish (561836) | more than 6 years ago | (#23902195)

I had to convince my girlfriend a few weeks ago that we should get tickets because he's one person I would really like to see before he, ahmen, dies. So we spent ~$160 for great ticket to see him at the Chicago theater on Oct. 11. I have no more words for this.

Re:God Damnit! (4, Funny)

_PimpDaddy7_ (415866) | more than 6 years ago | (#23902285)

There are two words, as George would tell you...
"You're fucked"

RIP George...

Re:God Damnit! (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23902341)

> I have no more words for this.

I can think of 7

A moment of silence... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23902199)

We all should have a moment of silence in memory of Carling. No, fuck that. Let's have a moment of profanity instead. I think he'd appreciate that more.

In vein of the man himself... (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23902203)

With nothing but contempt for modern humanity and politics, I highly doubt he'd want anyone to mourn.

So I'll tell it like it is.
Today an great man died.
He was a foul-mouthed rat-bastard hippy conspiracy theorist.
May his soul be blessed by whoever gives a damn.

George Carlin Taught Me How To Say "Fuck" (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23902225)

. . . in a about a million fucking different ways. RIP George, you fucker.

Well shit (1)

mobby_6kl (668092) | more than 6 years ago | (#23902229)

So maybe swimming in raw sewage isn't so good for you after all. There goes my plan to live forever.

And don't forget his favorite cheer: (3, Funny)

badfrog (45310) | more than 6 years ago | (#23902233)

Rat shit, bat shit, dirty old twat.
Sixty nine assholes tied in a knot.
Hooray, lizard shit, fuck!

Age (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23902281)

You know who else is 71? John McCain, that's who.

Bon Voyage (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23902293)

All I can say is good riddance! One less Kucinich liberal in the world, all for the better!

Bill & Ted (0)

crispi (131688) | more than 6 years ago | (#23902311)

As those most esteemed gentlemen would say:

BOGUS!

Most non non non non non non heinous.

Cock-Sucker (3, Insightful)

pcguru19 (33878) | more than 6 years ago | (#23902323)

Well fuck. Who's going to call everyone on their bullshit now?

Re:Cock-Sucker (5, Funny)

oahazmatt (868057) | more than 6 years ago | (#23902377)

Well fuck. Who's going to call everyone on their bullshit now?

And suddenly, Jon Stewart feels millions of expecting gazes turn towards him, as he mutters unto himself "Oh, fuck."

Re:Cock-Sucker (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23902435)

There's plenty of idiots to pick up where Carlin left off.

AtlasAxe (2, Funny)

AtlasAxe (977318) | more than 6 years ago | (#23902359)

So who gets all his stuff?

I'm gonna miss George (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23902389)

I had the chance to meet him twice once in Kalamazoo, Mi and once in Las Vegas. For all his fame, and wit he was really down to earth. Even though our meets with him five years a part he remembered me.

I'm sure he will make good fertilizer of the grass.

What are they going to do with his stuff??n/t (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23902405)

Nothing here to see, just some useless stuff

Official? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23902433)

Does netcraft confirm it?

He was funny...when I was 12 (1)

Henry V .009 (518000) | more than 6 years ago | (#23902461)

Moving the argument from "shall we censor political speech" to "shall we censor dirty words and smut" doesn't really help much in the fight against censorship.

RIP: George Carlin (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23902475)

Many slashdot readers are outside US, you can see his work at youtube, especially 'Religion is bullshit' video:
http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=George+Carlin&search_type=&aq=f

I wonder if he got his two-minute warning? (5, Funny)

wcrowe (94389) | more than 6 years ago | (#23902479)

"Two minutes... get your shit together..."

May he rest in peace.

You will be missed (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23902485)

Good bye George You will be missed.
Somehow the Universe isnt as funny a place anymore.

Camaaaaaaan with the tags (1)

Kirgin (983046) | more than 6 years ago | (#23902497)

This guy is one of the comic geniuses of our times...We have to pay homage with some appropriate tags. morestuff,7words ....
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