REST IN PEACE, GEORGE CARLIN - 5/12/37-6/20/08
"The whole problem with this idea of obscenity and indecency, and all of these things - bad language and whatever - it's all caused by one basic thing, and that is: religious superstition. There's an idea that the human body is somehow evil and bad and there are parts of it that are especially evil and bad, and we should be ashamed. Fear, guilt and shame are built into the attitude toward sex and the body. ... It's reflected in these prohibitions and these taboos that we have."
That was George Carlin in an interview in 2004. Sadly, he died yesterday of heart failure at age 71. He has been a hero of mine since the early-mid 70s. Amidst much of the likely cheering from the humorless, prudish kookballs it will be difficult to hear the silent tears from some of us, but I say our country needs more people like George.
I am definitely going to miss this guy.....
"When you're born you get a ticket to the freak show. When you're born in America, you get a front row seat. "
"Frisbeetarianism is the belief that when you die, your soul goes up on the roof and gets stuck. "
"I'm always relieved when someone is delivering a eulogy and I realize I'm listening to it. "
"Death is caused by swallowing small amounts of saliva over a long period of time. "
"You know an odd feeling? Sitting on the toilet eating a chocolate candy bar."
"Always do whatever's next. "