Monday, June 23, 2008

George Carlin Dead


George Carlin's not dead.

Thanks to our fear of death in this country I won’t have to die — I’ll ‘pass away.’ Or I’ll ‘expire,’ like a magazine subscription. If it happens in the hospital they’ll call it a ‘terminal episode.’ The insurance company will refer to it as ‘negative patient care outcome.’ And if it’s the result of malpractice they’ll say it was a ‘therapeutic misadventure.”’

I have only seven words to say about that.

Three interesting items about race and politics over the weekend:

  • You know that phrase "grandfather clause" that we casually throw around for, well, retroactive immunity? That's got a Jim Crow origin: you couldn't vote unless your grandfather could.

  • Guess who the Illinois Nazis are rooting for in the presidential election? Yep, Barack Obama. How does Illinois Nazi logic work?
    "Obama for president paves the way for David Duke as president," said Duke. "This is finally going to make whites begin to realize it's a necessity to stick up for their own heritage, and that's going to make them turn to people like me. We're the next logical (sic) step."

  • The inimitable Mudcat Saunders satirizes that mindset in a piece on Obama and The Appalachia Problem: "The Grand Dragon has scaled the weekly program back a bit. We were planning on burning seven crosses tomorrow night, but with gasoline prices being where they are, we can only afford to burn two."
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