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Day 251 - Friday Bull

Friday, August 07, 2015

Last night we watched the final performance of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. After 16 years, he was feeling "restless" and needed a change. I don't fault him for that, although I found him to be inspiring and thought-provoking. Jon is a liberal/progressive, but that never stopped him from satirizing both sides of the aisle and any and all news media that spewed falsehoods and misinformation. His analysis of the newsmakers and givers was nearly always spot-on, and he did it in a more entertaining way that Mr. Trump.

He encouraged his "correspondents" to have their own opinions and develop them, and he encouraged us all to not rely on the 24-hour news cycle for information, but to gather the news from multiple sources and then use our intelligence to interpret it, rather than just swallow our favorite network's point of view. Jon didn't even care if we agreed with him. He just wanted to provoke us into the magical world of thinking.

Last night's show wasn't much of a new satire show as it was a lovefest to Jon's tenure and legacy. He has discovered amazing talent in his 16 years in the chair, and nearly all of them returned to bid farewell. Stephen Colbert had the kindest words to say to his former boss, “You were infuriatingly good at your job.”

Jon did leave us with one final charge: to call "bulls---" if you see it (or smell it, in his words). His speech really summed up his time on the show perfectly. You can read and see the speech here:

UPDATE: Viacom blocked the video on the other website, but you can watch the video on the authorized website here:

I was quite surprised that Comedy Central didn't bleep him. I applaud them for letting his words come unfiltered.

After watching Jon's last show, Steve watched the first part of the GOP presidential debate. I get stomach pains whenever I hear some of those guys talk, so I tried to stay away. As long as Republicans stay focused on social issues like marriage equality and women's health care, as well as claim that tax breaks for the wealthy create jobs, I can never vote for them. But from what I overheard, it was as comical as Jon's last show, although mostly for the wrong reasons.

Have you encountered any bulls--- lately? I will always do my best not to BS you. That's a promise.
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    You are right, Mr Stewart will be missed.

    And I have encountered bulls*** every day of my life. From that little voice inside that tells you that you are not good enough, that you can't lose the weight, that people will never love you. that you must have chocolate top be happy, that healthy food tastes like armpits, that you will never be able to run in the City To Surf.

    Sometimes we have to call BULLS*IT on ourselves as well emoticon
    2029 days ago

    Comment edited on: 8/9/2015 4:21:34 PM
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    Love Jon Stewart too. Thanks for the link.
    2029 days ago
    I could not agree more with you about the GOP and with Jon Stewart. Stewart took a small comedy show and made it a "must watch" event. His comedic timing made even the most lame segment funny. He made watching and caring about this country cool again, and we all should be grateful. Apathy is contagious, and he made activism matter.

    His session with the idiots at Crossfire was one of his finest moments. Watch it sometime.



    As far as the GOP goes, THEY are bulls**t. Trying to roll back all the strides this country has made for women, all gay rights, climate change, and so many other things, would all be gone under a tea party leadership. The top 1% of the people in this country control 25% of it's wealth. And, most of them are not paying their fair share of taxes. ENOUGH. I just cannot abide by that.

    I actually hope Donald "hairball" Trump succeeds. We will annihilate him in the election.

    Have a wonderful weekend.
    2030 days ago

    Comment edited on: 8/8/2015 1:47:37 PM
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    I LOVE Jon Stewart and am already going through Daily Show withdrawal! I'm with you, can only stomach GOP rhetoric in VERY small doses. My daughter will be old enough to vote in the next election, although I'm a liberal/progressive, we've had many discussions about educating herself about topics that are important to her and where to go for real answers. She's a smart kid!
    2030 days ago
  • no profile photo CD5500762
    2030 days ago
    Me, too. No BS - tell it as it is...
    2030 days ago
    Amen and Amen!
    You are spot on...
    2030 days ago
    politics can be annoying!
    2030 days ago
    I've always liked Jon Stewart. He's so freakin' SMART! And has such an eye for talent.

    I'm with you on the debates - doesn't really matter WHICH side. 99.9% of the politicians disgust me. We have ONE state rep that I've known for years (way before he ran for office). If he keeps the integrity he's always had, that would be great. Unfortunately, the 'real world' is too much like Mr. Smith Goes to Washington.
    2030 days ago
    Guess I'm going to have to wait until later to view the video. Won't run on the device I'm using at the moment. Did not watche the debates ... Was out watching some local minor league baseball.
    2030 days ago
    I watched he debate and I thought it was hilarious. Irrespective of ones political leaning, I was amusingly entertained.
    2030 days ago
    If you ever need a good laugh and can tolerate it Steve, watch Trump! God help us and I am not very religious either…hugs.
    2030 days ago
  • no profile photo JEANNETTE59
    emoticon I tried to watch both debates (lower tier and upper tier) couldn't sit through much of either.

    Sadly, Viacom has blocked the video!
    2030 days ago
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