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A Public Service Announcement

By Patrick Van Roy On May 21st, 2019

Adult Content only grown ups can watch. 

49 Responses to “A Public Service Announcement”

  1. Thanks for posting this. Carlin is superb. One of his points is that it is arrogant for people to think they can control nature. In the great scheme of things people are minuscule and almost irrelevant compared to the grand processes of the universe. He also suggests that many so obsessed with things like climate change are really egotists reacting to their own imminent mortality; as Carlin says, the planet will be here long after all the people are gone. Climate change bores will pick tiny holes in Carlin’s thoughts, but Carlin is surely right about the big picture.

  2. hear hear

  3. //as Carlin says, the planet will be here long after all the people are gone//

    Nobody disputes that, and if people like Carlin are listened to, that situation will arise sooner rather than later.

  4. More from George.

    https://youtu.be/8r-e2NDSTuE

  5. but he loves you Dave

  6. Carlin didn’t into any dogma or ism

    If you tried to claim him, he would rip your head off

  7. no he was a perfect commentator he stayed neutral on everything and delivered great common sense humor.

  8. did you ever get to see him perform Phantom?

    I got tickets as a birthday present when he was doing the AM/FM Album tour.

  9. No

    I wish I had

    He had a very good run And he is still as relevant as it was decades ago

  10. he had a great eye for viewing situations and pointing out the ridiculous that was right in front of us.

  11. I missed this piece yesterday

    They devised a plan to turn the Mueller report into a TV show, accessible to millions of viewers who have not read even a page of the report itself. They would call key witnesses to give dramatic testimony in televised hearings that would build support for possible impeachment.

    So far, the strategy has not worked. The White House, which provided Mueller testimony and documents that might easily have been withheld as privileged, has not been so forthcoming with Congress. We gave the criminal investigator, Mueller, what he needed, the White House said, but we are not obligated to do the same for Congress.

    https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/columnists/byron-york-mueller-changed-everything

  12. VDH

    The Wolves Turn On Each Other

    Now we turn to the real unspoken question: how did it happen that the top machinery of the U.S. government meddled in an election, and sought to sabotage a presidential transition and early presidency?

    Note well: none of the leveraged targets of Robert Mueller turned state’s evidence to accuse Donald Trump of “collusion,” the object of the special counsel’s investigation, although to have done so would have mightily helped their cause and given them John Dean iconic status among leftists. In contrast, we have scarcely begun to investigate wrongdoing at the intelligence and justice departments and already the suspects are fingering each other.

    James Clapper, John Brennan, and James Comey are now all accusing one another of being culpable for inserting the unverified dossier, the font of the effort to destroy Trump, into a presidential intelligence assessment—as if suddenly and mysteriously the prior seeding of the Steele dossier is now seen as a bad thing. And how did the dossier transmogrify from being passed around the Obama Administration as a supposedly top-secret and devastating condemnation of candidate and then president-elect Trump to a rank embarrassment of ridiculous stories and fibs?

    https://amgreatness.com/2019/05/19/he-did-it-not-me/

  13. https://www.tvguide.com/news/george-carlin-hbo-special-9-11-available-now/

    I have not seen the HBO special that he did on September 10 2001, which was shelved for years because of its shocking nature After what happened the following day

    Soon

  14. The special is, per the Carlin tradition, a no-holds-barred airing of his thoughts, which care little about societal taboos: the whole premise of the work is about him enjoying disaster footage on TV.

    The New York Times calls the special unhinged from his usual tight logic at times, and yet at the same time a kind of precursor to post-Sept.11 comedy. Carlin, of course, was always ahead of his time, a fact he makes evident with his joke about exploding a plane with his flatulence: “You know who gets blamed? Osama bin Laden. The F.B.I. is looking for explosives. They should be looking for minute traces of rice and bok choy.”

  15. The American obsession with free speech often confounds friend and foe abroad, even those, like our British cousins, who should know better. The Europeans say they cherish free speech, and guarantee the expression of it, but what they mean is that their governments guarantee the free expression of government-approved speech. That’s a distinction with a definite difference.

    This is relevant, as always, and important to keep in mind this week when the Trump administration declined to sign the “Christchurch Call,” designed to be a pledge, nonbinding at the moment, to “take action” against the spread of extremist views on the Internet. It’s the brainchild of Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern of New Zealand in the wake of the deadly shootings in Christchurch by a deranged, or more likely evil, young man who published a long, rambling, barely coherent white-supremacist diatribe about why he was doing it. He livestreamed the gruesome spectacle on Facebook.

    Miss Ardern and President Emmanuel Macron of France convened a summit in Paris, attended by Prime Ministers Theresa May of Britain, Scott Morrison of Australia and Justin Trudeau of Canada, to do something about all the free speech floating on the air, causing violent mischief around the world. Representatives of Twitter, Facebook and YouTube signed up, too. (Nobody turns down a trip to Paris to make mischief.)

    https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2019/may/16/freedom-of-speech-is-absolute/

  16. Phantom, on May 21st, 2019 at 1:34 PM Said: Edit Comment
    https://www.tvguide.com/news/george-carlin-hbo-special-9-11-available-now/

    I have not seen the HBO special that he did on September 10 2001, which was shelved for years because of its shocking nature After what happened the following day

    Soon

    I gotta search for this today…. thank you.

  17. //what they mean is that their governments guarantee the free expression of government-approved speech//

    Whoever wrote that has never looked at ATW.

    BTW, I don’t suppose you Americans ever saw Spitting Images on TV?

    Here’s its send up of the Prime Minister of the day. It’s carricatures of the Royals were almost embarrassing to watch they were so good.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R1jY5fYjV-U

  18. I don’t think the nation of Joe McCarthy gets to be uppity about free speech.

  19. McCarthy was right everyone he said was a no good commie bastard.

    People always leave that part out. His methods were atrocious, but he wasn’t wrong.

  20. Did you know McCarthy was god father to jfk’s kid. The Kennedy’s loved him.

  21. If the man who made Citizen Kane and The Third Man and many others was one, then America today needs far more no-good commie bastards.

  22. “McCarthy was right everyone he said was a no good commie bastard.”

    Doesn’t matter if he was right. It was still government intrusion into free speech.

  23. On that i’d agree Noel.

  24. McCarthyism was more a suppression of a murderous ideology than it was a restriction on speech

  25. “McCarthyism was more a suppression of a murderous ideology than it was a restriction on speech”

    Which is also what Patrick, or the author of the Washington Times piece, is complaining about. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern of New Zealand has called for the suppression of a murderous ideology. And how even murderous ideologies have their right to free speech and how this would never happen in ‘Murica.

  26. she declared war on wrong thought you can’t do that.

    You let every idiot say what they want hell give them a microphone. Then you just ridicule their idiocy. You are much better knowing the stupid things people think than not. So you let everyone speak…. you guys on that side of the pond just don’t get it.

  27. “So you let everyone speak…. you guys on that side of the pond just don’t get it.”

    The nation of Joe McCarthy doesn’t get that either.

  28. McCarthy died over 60 years ago

    I’m not sure what point is being attempted here

  29. join the 21st century ya backward euroeweeni

    You have a quaint view of America as if formed through a cheap pulp fiction noir.

  30. Slavery used to exist in the US

    Based on above comments I imagine that these guys think that slavery still exists in them oul cotton fields

  31. So are you saying that America’s fondness for free speech is a recent development?

  32. “I’m not sure what point is being attempted here”

    Largely I’m challenging the bogus nature of American exceptionalism. That somehow America is a case apart from the rest of the world, when in reality the same issues for example that are debated elsewhere (including free speech) is debated in America.

  33. I’d say that there are no unlimited rights, that the US has never been perfect, and there is no denial that free speech is more alive and well in the US than it is in say the UK / EU

  34. Largely I’m challenging the bogus nature of American exceptionalism.

    ROFLMAO……

    Thank you for the laugh, that was great.

  35. “I’d say that there are no unlimited rights, that the US has never been perfect, and there is no denial that free speech is more alive and well in the US than it is in say the UK / EU”

    I don’t recall the Taoiseach, or the Prime Minister, or the President of France, or the Chancellor of Germany, effectively ordering (unsuccessfully I might add) employers to fire workers for their speech.

  36. “ROFLMAO……”

    A man of your age and health shouldn’t be rolling around on the floor. You’ll break a hip. And we all know what the state of healthcare is in your country.

  37. You guys hanged Lord Haw Haw for his speech

  38. “You guys hanged Lord Haw Haw for his speech”

    Not us. The other guys. You guys hanged William Mumford for taking down a flag.

  39. I’d say that there are no unlimited rights, that the US has never been perfect, and there is no denial that free speech is more alive and well in the US than it is in say the UK / EU

    Are you suggesting that free speech as a concept doesn’t exist in the US but rather is curtailed to a lesser degree in the US than in Europe? Isn’t that like saying that someone two months prehnent is less pregnent than someone six months pregnent?

  40. Every country curtails free speech. And every country should curtail free speech. Unless you are also fine with child pornography and actual in the moment incitements to commit violence. Unlike pregnancy, which is an absolute state (one is either 100% pregnant or 100% not pregnant), free speech is not an absolute state (or at least 100% free speech is likely unattainable) and probably subject to graduations.

  41. Unlike pregnancy, which is an absolute state (one is either 100% pregnant or 100% not pregnant)

    Which is precisely the point I make. Free speech as a concept either exists as an absolute or it doesn’t and it’s then a matter of degrees of curtailment.

  42. I’m waiting the way my luck goes in that arena a hips the next thing……

  43. “Free speech as a concept either exists as an absolute or it doesn’t and it’s then a matter of degrees of curtailment.”

    I’d disagree. Absolute free speech is impossible (again without legalising child pornography and incitements to violence). Free speech is an argument of how much speech is free, not a totality. In a free speech is absolute argument a totalitarian state with total limits on speech is the same (free speech wise) as a democratic state with bans on child pornography. Neither of those has absolute free speech. One has broadly speaking free speech.

  44. “I’m waiting the way my luck goes in that arena a hips the next thing……”

    Sadly it seems to be one of those things that comes with age. My aunt had a double total hip replacement a few years ago.

  45. Seamus, I’m making the point that free speech doesn’t exist as an absolute but only in degrees of curtailment of the freedom and using the absolute state of pregnancy as an analogy to that fact.

  46. Apologies. I think we are both arguing the same thing if I’m correct.

  47. Pat, could you check your mail please.

  48. Patrick Van Roy.

    but he loves you Dave

    I know Patrick, but he always wants money!

  49. lol