Posted by Steven Hayward
Rated R for language, as usual, but worth a listen anyway. RIP.
Hahahaha that was amazing.
Carlin was complex and always happy to be a controversial contrarian, but he was hardly a Limbaugh/Claremont-style conservative. He had a mischievous nihilist streak, for sure.
"The Earth is Fine" - Reminds me of the summaries of these - everything is perfect, and getting better every day! If you could've gone on tour together to promote the climate change denial video, you would have had to warn him not to reuse this bit, though:
"Oh Beautiful for smoggy skies, insecticided grain,
For strip-mined mountain's majesty above the asphalt plain.
America, America, man sheds his waste on thee,
And hides the pines with billboard signs, from sea to oily sea."
He's also known to have said this (as part of his "Life is Worth Losing" show):
"I look at it this way... For centuries now, man has done everything he can to destroy, defile, and interfere with nature: clear-cutting forests, strip-mining mountains, poisoning the atmosphere, over-fishing the oceans, polluting the rivers and lakes, destroying wetlands and aquifers... so when nature strikes back, and smacks him on the head and kicks him in the nuts, I enjoy that. I have absolutely no sympathy for human beings whatsoever. None. And no matter what kind of problem humans are facing, whether it's natural or man-made, I always hope it gets worse."
Rush Limbaugh also swooned over Carlin's "Earth is Fine" bit, as he probably felt it was similar to his own convenient we-couldn't-destroy-Earth-if-we-wanted-to declarations. If you listen carefully to the entire Carlin bit though, it appears that he envisions mankind as doomed from his own stupidity (and if you know Carlin, that won't be anything like a Revelations rapture), and the Earth will bounce back after a time.
And be sure not to check out Carlin's views on Ronald Reagan and his administration, patriotism generally, and the Moral Majority and Christian conservatives.
Here's Carlin on Countdown last October declaring that "this country's finished," and I don't think he's referring so much to the arrogant environmentalists in this one.
A sure sign of desperation in the lunatic party: citing George Carlin. I've been a fan of Carlin since he appeared with Lenny Bruce. Certainly not a person to support the causes of the NLT folks. His routines on abortion and fat arrogant republicans were priceless.
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