I wonder if you're like me and think we might be living in some kind of crazy alternative universe where the inmates have taken over the asylum. And perhaps that's why the only people who seem to be making sense these days are our comedians. I mean really, have you watched one of the so-called morning "news shows" lately? You don't have to take a digital trip over to the likes of Malkin or Drudge or Fox News to feel like your head is spinning with the crazies. Because,
while the current occupation in Iraq continues and Cheney has his sites set on Iran,
while the best Dems can do on healthcare reform excludes even legal immigrant children from coverage,
while the Dem-contolled congress gets ready to pass yet another bill approving spying on US citizens,
while global warming threatens to destroy the planet,
while the Supreme Court continues to uphold the concept of executive priviledge,
while New Orleans residents contine to either suffer at home or remain in the diaspora,
while we continue to legalize torture and strip habeus corpus of any meaning,
while our economy teeters on the brink of disaster, and
while one of the biggest "growth industries" is prisons for the marginalized in our society (be they brown immigrants or black youth)...
we get fed lines of dribble lately about the importance of the most inane "news" stories one could ever imagine. Frankly, sometimes I feel like I'm loosing my mind. And were it not for the blogs where I can touch base with other "crazy folks" and the television comics like Stewart, Colbert, Black, and Maher, I'm sure I'd be locked up by now. Here's a prime example of one of my links to sanity:
This is the line that sent me over the edge:
I'm not comfortable with any idea that can't be expressed in the form of men's jewelry. If it takes more than two cufflinks to say it...you lost me. Now that's some funny (oh, but only because its so heart-breakingly true).
Thursday, October 11, 2007
Comedians as My Link to Sanity
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I so agree with you NL. I had to step back from all the political antics and the non-news news because it was making me crazier than I already am.ReplyDelete
What little "news" I do hear is from the BBC now, apparently they still know what news is.
I love the comedians, they are such a welcome step into sanity.I just spent a day last week watching Ellen Degeneres' two (older) stand up routines for HBO. It was great relief and fun. Sometimes I forget how really good she is at her craft. Talking just about everyday things that we all relate to and making them so laugh out loud funny.
I'm convinced that laughter has never been more important in my life than it is right now. I've been thinking alot lately about the bits and pieces I've heard about "court jesters." I finally understand why that role is so important.