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dear readers,

what about when you know its time for a laugh, but you’re not sure you remember how?  that’s when comedy gets all temple, gets all church on you, mosque on you, and now you down on your knees praying to the gods for rebirth.  it is such an honor to do comedy.

so netflx’d russel peters new one, red white and brown.  been rewinding it, studying it like a katt williams cut, like the latin kings of comedy, or pryor live on sunset strip.  and i copped john stewart’s new book, “earth.”  the premise of the book: it’s an encyclopedia about earth and human life for aliens, who’ve unfortunately found earth too late to catch our greedy species before we self-combusted.  the shit had me laughing shamelessly all over brooklyn, in the park, in the station, by the boathouse, on the bike lane.  here’s a couple lines, and i’ve only just begun.

the section on “natural disasters,” in the part on “hurricanes,” reads: “Aka, ‘typhoons’ or ‘cyclones,’ depending on ethnicity of victims.  Characteristic damage: Perfectly good names, tarnished forever.”

um.  depending on ethnicity of victims…hell. no.  and also, it’s so true about the names, like, for real, who’s going to name their baby girl katrina, now?  no one, that’s who.

the section on the continent of asia, reads: “Nickname: Tiny.  Asia was our biggest continent…Nearly two-thirds of us lived here, many in our two most populous countries, India and China, which contained over a billion (cheap workers) human beings.  Much of Asia’s southwest was paradoxically called the Middle East.  It is a hot, sandy, unlivable wasteland, and people died by the millions to keep possession of it.”

why is this passage hilarious?  first, doesn’t the actor who played deebo on friday, go by “tiny?”  second, the lighthearted way he talks about modern day slavery in India and China.  third, the fact that geographically the middle east is in the southwest region of asia is too cute.  our maps are so damn imperialist oriented.

i recently heard stewert’s interview with terry gross at the 92Y, and i have to say, i dig the guy for his political stance.  and i feel so thankful to him that he does his art, every damn day.  what an inspiration.

more lates,






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a fight will always get our attention: john stewart takes on cnbc and the cb/rihanna saga

dear readers,

a fight will always get our attention, won’t it?

take rihanna and chris brown, for example. folks who can’t pay attention in class to save their lives are riveted, detail by detail to this saga:

tmz leaked a picture of pummled rihanna! new pics of “chri-anna” tryna make good in diddy’s villa! ellen talked to diddy like she’s the police: why did you give them the keys to your house, thats my house i’ll give my keys to whomever i want! oprah raises the “dating violence” issue for the second time on her show yesterday! college workshops on domestic violence spring up around the nation! chris brown drops out of nickolodeon music awards show in response to outraged parents!, and now, rumors that rihanna and brown are in the studio working on a song together! about the challenges of love!

i can’t lie, fights get my attention too. especially when winning means something.

john stewart, of the daily show on comedy central, brought his verbal war with jim cramer to a head last night by bringing cramer onto last night’s show. jim cramer anchors “mad money,” a non-traditional, entertainment based financial news show on cable channel, CNBC. last night cramer came on the daily show and essentially admitted he had made some mistakes, missed some signs.

stewarts been critiquing financial cable channel, CNBC, for consistently missing the chance to tell its viewers the truth about wise investing and a collapsing economy. why call it news, asked stewart, when its real name is lies?

cramer and cnbc say stewart is a comedian and should stick to telling jokes.

stewart is a comedian. he is a smart comedian with a wildly successful premise: report on the media. some say stewart has no grounds to challenge the credibility of cnbc. i say, we all have that ground. but we don’t all have stewart’s platform.

look, there are three branches of government in this country. the judiciary, the executive branch, and the legislative branch. aka, the supreme court, the president, and the congress. but there’s a fourth branch called media. the modern day democracy relies on this fourth branch at least as much as its lauded three branches.

the u.s. civic narrative makes a big to-do about checks and balances. which simply means, that the court can check congress if congress is acting too bossy. congress can check the president if the prez is acting too bossy. and so on. but there are few, if any, meaningful checks and balances on the fourth branch, the media.

john stewart and comedy central are giving the public something we need, checks and balances on the media. one corporate media platform checking another sounds like a fair fight to me. social justice media watchdog groups like FAIR (fairness and accuracy in reporting) and free press do incredible work, but their reach is so limited, comparatively.

the fact is, no one person is responsible for the capitalisms trip and fall. ceo’s have been shitting marbles onto the smooth marble bank floor for years, pulsing with greed on their way to gimme, gimme more, gimme more. just like britney, the system was bound to trip and fall.

stay tuned for more from political poet,
roopa singh

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