Archive for June, 2015

2007 flashback: My interview with George Carlin (1937-2008)

June 23, 2015

Radio and TV Talk

LAS VEGAS, NV -  JUNE 13: Comedian George Carlin pose for cameras at the screening of The Aristrocrats during Cinevegas 2005, at the Palms Casino on June 13, 2005 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Bryan Haraway/Getty Images) LAS VEGAS, NV – JUNE 13: Comedian George Carlin pose for cameras at the screening of The Aristrocrats during Cinevegas 2005, at the Palms Casino on June 13, 2005 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Bryan Haraway/Getty Images)

By RODNEY HO/ rho@ajc.com, originally filed June 22, 2015

Seven years ago today, legendary comic George Carlin passed away.

I got to talk to one of the most iconic stand-ups in history in the fall of 2007, about eight months before his death, when he made his last appearance at the Fox Theatre. I was honored to converse with him and in retrospectc, he was one of my favorite people to talk to ever.

He was considerate, quotable and just plain fun to interact with. And he sounded content even when he was being Carlinesque cynical.

When he couldn’t think up the name of a particular author, he called me back later to ensure…

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The Dunbar Martyrs

June 8, 2015

Aletho News

“March of shame” and incarceration at Durham Cathedral

On September 3rd, 1650 Scottish defence forces suffered a terrible defeat at the hands of Oliver Cromwell’s invading English army at the Battle of Dunbar. Cromwell went on to ruthlessly ransack Edinburgh and other Scottish towns and cities and take control of the country south of the Highlands.

Immediately after the battle, Cromwell’s forces rounded up around five thousand Scottish prisoners and embarked on the ‘march of shame’. You will hear little about this in the history books probably because it marks a profound disgrace in the annals of English military history. The battle weary Scots were brutally forced on an eight-day, 118 miles march south to the English cathedral city of Durham with virtually no rest (the first 28 mile stage to Berwick being undertaken non-stop and through the night) and with no food or water other than what…

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What happens now #carmichaelmustgo

June 1, 2015

The Orkney Vole

petitioners inside 4 The four petitioners signing the paper work on Thursday night

Well folks, due to the overwhelming support of all of you, I was able to travel down to Edinburgh yesterday and lodge the petition to hold the electoral court at the Court of Session – it was a hair raising day – the papers had to be accepted by close of business or we would not have been in time – so I was on the early flight and it was delayed by two hours. Talk about timing!

Whilst I was in the airport, a certain MP of this parish walked past but did not recognise me – I don’t think he will be doing that again.

A word in praise of the legal team

Nothing could have happened without the sheer courage of our legal team. I met them all yesterday for the first time – and they were…

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What happens now #carmichaelmustgo

June 1, 2015

What happens now #carmichaelmustgo.