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George Carlin, 1937-2008 : The “Class Clown” Theory

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by Treadmarkz

I read the news today that George Carlin, comic, philosopher and First Amendment antagonist had died (I won’t say “passed on” because George wouldn’t like that). I have been a devoted fan of his since I was about 18. I didn’t always agree with him, but I was always entertained. When I watched his most recent HBO Special back in March, I thought that he didn’t look well, and it got me wondering how many more of those Specials he was going to be able to give us. He spoke of death in his last Special, but he spoke of death a lot. Any good comic does. But what I will never forget about Carlin is how he would take an issue, usually a really juicy one, and put a twist on it, stripping it right down to the core of the matter. And after George’s take on it, if they still were unable to see it from a new perspective, well…George did what he could. But that was the best part of his act, how he could take an issue like National Security, Nuclear War, drugs, or the death penalty, or even disabilities, and turn them inside out and make them look silly.

Carlin once said “I think it’s the duty of the comedian to find out where the line is drawn and cross it deliberately.” Sound’s good to me. Somebody’s gotta do it.

My favorite George Carlin routine is “Football and Baseball” because I love baseball, but George forced me to see the ridiculous side of the game. If you listen to him without judging he may help you see at least a glimmer of silliness in all that you hold dear. So I am going to post it here.
I think about Carlin sometimes when I am writing about real subversive subjects like handicapped bathrooms, or the word “cripple” or comments people make to me about my disability, and I think “What Would Carlin Say?”.

What I’ve learned from Carlin is what I would call the “Class Clown” theory: They can’t laugh at you if they are laughing with you. And if they laugh enough, they can’t help but agree with you, or at least try to see your side of the story, because laughter, somehow, seems to make this world make a whole lot of sense. And that is what made George Carlin great. Not just any comic can do it the way he did.

Thanks, George

Bloggers Unite For Human Rights!

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by Treadmarkz

You may have noticed that I write as often as I can about human rights, equality in society, etc. I have been especially concerned with those with disabilities. In short, I am a proponent of human rights. So when I received an email from BlogCatalog.com, I decided that I was going to post it. May 15 is a few weeks from now, but here is something to be thinking about until then. It will be a great way for us bloggers to come together and agree on something for just one day.

P.S. – Blogcatalog.com is a great resource for any blogger to commune with other bloggers, see what others are doing, and get your blog publicized. If you haven’t seen it, check it out.

Read the text of the email that I recieved from Blogcatalog.com below, then click the Bloggers Unite sign on the right for further details:

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Join Bloggers Unite For Human Rights On May 15!

Thanks to you, May marks the first anniversary of Bloggers Unite and this time we’re launching an awareness campaign chosen by BlogCatalog members. On May 15, let’s unite for human rights and make a statement that all people are born with basic rights and freedoms – life, liberty, and justice!

On May 15th 2008, let’s come together and all blog about Human Rights. There are dozens and dozens of human rights issues that you can write about. The one you choose is up to you.

Topics to Consider

  • The wrongful imprisonment of journalists covering assemblies.
  • Governments that ignore the plight of citizens left tot he mercy of gangs.
  • The censorship of the Internet in order to prevent freedom of expression.
  • Harsh punishments that include torture, forced labor, and starvation.
  • Sexual assault against women by members of military or militia.

Learn More About Human Rights

There are many organizations that promote human rights and work to protect people. We’ve picked three to help you learn more and find breaking topics.

  • Amnesty International (http://www.amnesty.org/) is a worldwide movement of people who campaign for internationally recognized human rights for all. They work to improve human rights through campaigning and international solidarity.
  • Human Right Watch (http://www.hrw.org/) is dedicated to protecting human rights of people around the world. They stand with victims and activists to prevent discrimination, uphold political freedom, protect people from inhumane conduct in wartime, and to bring offenders to justice.
  • Youth For Human Rights (http://www.youthforhumanrights.org) is an independent non-profit that educates people about the Universal Declaration of Human Rights so they become valuable advocates for tolerance and peace.

We have an entire group discussion dedicated to Bloggers Unite (http://www.blogcatalog.com/group/bloggers-unite) where you can add more organizations that you think are worth including.

How To Join Bloggers Unite!

To join, simply visit the Bloggers Unite page (http://unite.blogcatalog.com/) to get more information. Then, on Thursday, May 15th, write a blog post that shares awareness about human rights.

Your blog post could:

  • Have the title “Bloggers Unite For Human Rights” (or some variation).
  • include an example of human rights so people can learn about it.
  • Explain the importance of human rights and how it applies to everyone.
  • Link to one of the sites we’ve listed or the most suitable site for your country.
  • And add a link to our BlogCatalog Community Human Rights Awareness Campaign page so we can give you and your blog credit for being part of it.

If you have any questions, please e-mail bloggersunite@blogcatalog.com. And please, don’t forget to tell your friends to blog about this too. Together, I know we can raise awareness and prove bloggers can do good!