December 10, 2003


"What Iraq looks like on TV, and what Iraq is like for the 130,000 troops living here, sometimes feels like two different realities," reports Tara Copp:

Every time [Army Civil Affairs captain Kent] Lindner checks in on the group of young, deaf Iraqi seamstresses at their factory here, the women swarm him with admiration. "I love you!" one of them writes in the dust on Lindner's SUV.

Such small-time adoration is not the stuff of headlines against the backdrop of a country painfully and often violently evolving from war. So on this day, when Lindner and his fellow soldiers are cheered as they fire the deaf workers' boss, a woman who has been locking the seamstresses in closets, holding their pay and beating them, the lack of TV cameras on hand is no surprise.

And in other no surprise developments:

Antiwar comedians raising campaign cash for Democrat Howard Dean last night blasted President Bush as a "piece of living, breathing s - - -"at an angry X-rated fund-raiser in New York.

"We have to get this piece of living, breathing s - - - out of the office," said comedian Judy Gold whose performance - like those of Janeane Garofalo and David Cross - was liberally larded with the F-word.

Hey, lardy liberals? Fuck you.

Posted by Tim Blair at December 10, 2003 09:46 AM

I bet she'll vote against him.

Posted by: Amos at December 10, 2003 at 10:08 AM

New bumper sticker:

Janeane Garofalo thinks I'm a dick.

Posted by: Brian Jones at December 10, 2003 at 10:11 AM

The more that they degenerate into this kind of behaviour the bigger will be Bush's victory next year. Hate like this might get them off but the point is to convince the swing voters to come over and vindictive crap like this aint gonna do it.

Posted by: Rob at December 10, 2003 at 10:17 AM

We've had unfunny pillocks doing the same schtick about John Howard for about 7 years here; a resounding success if his upcoming fourth term is anything to go by.

Posted by: Habib at December 10, 2003 at 10:26 AM

Guide to gaining employment from ABC/SBS comedy-
Use the tyerms "fuck" and "John Howard" in the same sentence at the interview.
Guaranteed two series contract.

Posted by: Habib at December 10, 2003 at 10:27 AM

Lining Breathing piece of s==T You sure they were't talking about Hillary???

Posted by: Richard at December 10, 2003 at 10:33 AM

Habib - what if the sentence is - "I would like to fuck John Howard, if his wife is ok with that."?

Posted by: Razor at December 10, 2003 at 11:47 AM

Judy Gold? She's so ugly I wouldn't fuck her with Janeane Garofalo's dick.

Posted by: iowahawk at December 10, 2003 at 02:00 PM

Figures, given the sheer number of comedians whose jokes rest on spraying expletives rapidly. They stagger or swagger or both onto the stage, trembling - the shakes high on milkshakes, stutter, mutter, roll their eyeballs and then utter an f... or a bu. or bas. and, the bloody audience laughs.Then the comic exits,stumbles off stage.

I can see the point, if you can muster the bottle to appear before 20 bodies equally witless or on a television extravaganza, as well as the SBS mini-comic series, one might say, and can mutter audibly then say fuck, you qualify for a taxpayer kept performing arts grant with or without an overseas `study ' tour attached.Your qualifications are of the first rank if you can join up expletives with Howard or Bush, particulary if you can throw in `baby-killer'.

Hmm, this jogs the memory, recollect listening to such `comedians' for all of 20 seconds before switching over.

Posted by: d at December 10, 2003 at 02:43 PM

Hmmn, a correction , unfortunately: not SBS but some obscure station operating in Melbourne.

Posted by: d at December 10, 2003 at 02:45 PM

Razor- you would get a grant from the Australia Council to develop a script for a feature film.

Posted by: Habib at December 10, 2003 at 03:20 PM

I've seen Judy Gold on that "Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn" show. Easily the most unfunny comic there, I'm not suprised she has to resort to hysterical abuse in place of comedy.

Posted by: gaz at December 10, 2003 at 03:26 PM

While I definitely don't agree with Gold about Bush, I've seen her HBO special, and it was very funny. She was funnier *and* cuter (if you can deal with Ian Thorpe feet) than you'd realise from "Tough Crowd", which isn't exactly a comedy show anyway. In fact I get the impression she'd rather be anywhere else than on that show.

Posted by: Craig Mc at December 10, 2003 at 07:10 PM