obit: George Carlin Has Died
and Humanity Is Doomed
According to the all-knowing web, the iconoclastic comedian and social commentator of Irish-American wit and way-with-wordage George Carlin has taken his final bow today at 6PM in Santa Monica. His comedy bit “Seven Words You Can Never Say On Television” helped shape the way Americans look at censorship and the power of the FCC. ~RR
From http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/25322638/ :
In the 1978 case, Federal Communications Commission vs. Pacifica Foundation, the top U.S. court ruled that the words cited in Carlin’s routine were indecent, and that the government’s broadcast regulator could ban them from being aired at times when children might be listening.
Carlin’s comedic sensibility often came back to a central theme: humanity is doomed.
“I don’t have any beliefs or allegiances. I don’t believe in this country, I don’t believe in religion, or a god, and I don’t believe in all these man-made institutional ideas,” he told Reuters in a 2001 interview.
A mugshot from a 1972 arrest:
A more recent photo: