Author Kamuela Vance

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Another one gone. George Carlin, philosopher, sage, wise man, one of the great social and political commentators of our time. No doubt he’ll join the other comedic legends of his genre. The likes of Lenny Bruce and Bill Hicks. As the days after his death passed by I couldn’t go on without saying something about this innovator of comedy.

Born May 12, 1937 in New York City. George Carlin was just 21yrs. old when Elvis first started out. Carlin lived through the 50’s Rock n’ Roll era. In 1957 he was discharged from the Air Force and went to work at a radio station. He’d go through the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, 90’s, and into 2000 entertaining us.

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It had been six years since I left my home. I had packed up and left my wild and wicked ways behind me. The town of Makawao on the Hawaiian island of Maui would be a much safer place…or would it? I had left the country life for the big city. I had to get away. I had to escape the madness of small town, strung out druggies, ignorant hicks, small minded, but big mouthed people. These people are everywhere, don’t get me wrong. I love my hometown, but the time had come for me to move on, or to be stuck there for the rest of my life. Anyway, it was time for me to revisit the past people and places who made me who I am today. (Now that’s a scary thought.)

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It’s almost election time again, and there’s really no one I really care to vote for. Seems that all the Presidential candidates have skeletons in their closets and/or ties to big business and big money. What it really comes down to is what puppet you want to elect, the puppet on the left or the puppet on the right. Who’s lies are you more willing to accept?

The current state of world affairs are in turmoil. We’ve got global warming, floods, fires, earthquakes, famine, and last but not least, terrorist attacks. What color threat level are we up to now? Aqua, Magenta, or something like that.

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Today, the Writers Guild of America continued their workers strike for residuals from online sales. Picketing writers displayed signs saying, “We told you Leno needed us” and “You thought T.V was bad, now it’s worse.” A writer we spoke with told us, “We’re in this for the long haul. We want our share of the industry, so get ready for lots of re-runs if this doesn’t get resolved soon.” He then added, “Can I get paid for this interview?”

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Today, officials at The Department of Homeland Security announced their plans to police international skies starting December 24, 2007 at 12:00 a.m. to December 26, 2007 at 12:00 a.m. The Federal Aviation Administration is working closely with other U.S. and international agencies as well.

This was brought about after C.I.A. officials were informed by The Department of Immigration that five little people dressed in elf costumes were apprehended at the Canadian border.

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I turned on the T.V. the other night, something I seldom do anymore. Unless it’s to watch something on PBS or on the History channel. There’s so much crap on T.V. that I’d rather spend my time writing, reading, or talkin’ smack about the government on Myspace.

If I watch anything else, it’s cop shows like Hill Street Blues or N.Y.P.D. Blue. I don’t know why I’m drawn to those shows. I guess it’s the nostalgia I feel while watching it, as a kid I watched these programs and wanted to be a good guy. Just like the good cops I saw on T.V. It was as I grew older that I found out real life was completely different. Most cops I encountered were assholes. There are very few who are helpful, and who don’t carry their ego around with their badge.

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Well, once again tax time has come and gone. Each year we get our W-2s in the mail and, like good peasant merchants, we handed some of our hard-earned income over to the syndicate racketeers. . . er, sorry, I mean our government.

After doing my taxes, I was to receive $546 from the Feds, while I owed the State $847. Once I “took from Peter to pay Paul,” as they say, I would be in the red, owing the difference of $301.

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So, I went to this little hole in the wall place that I frequent often. It’s an old school video store, the kind you never see anymore. They’ve got over 8,000 videos in their selection, most of them on VHS some of the movies available aren’t even on DVD yet.