Stephen Colbert, who took over for David Letterman on The Late Show last week, is an iconoclastic comedian. But he is also a devout Catholic. When he was 10 years old, he lost his father and two brothers in a plane crash. He talks about his faith and how he handled that tragedy–also J. R. R. Tolkien and how gratitude points to God– in an interview with GQ Magazine, excerpted after the jump. [Read more…]
The Washington Post had a feature story about the difficulties parents are having in helping their children with their homework, thanks to the new approach to math required by the Common Core educational reforms. Instead of teaching children to learn to calculate by applying math facts like the multiplication table, the new curriculum rejects memorizatio and nmakes children solve math problems by making charts and diagrams.
The story, worth reading in its entirety, includes a funny story of a frustrated parent by way of Stephen Colbert. Read it after the jump, along with my thoughts on the matter. [Read more…]
David Letterman, the late night talk show host on CBS, announced his retirement the other day, as of 2-15. And now we learn that he will be replaced by satirist Stephen Colbert. That would mean the end of the Colbert Report on Comedy Central, which has been the bane of conservatives though a very funny bane. Reportedly, when he takes over Late Night, Colbert will set aside his faux-conservative persona that he used to such withering effect.
I’ve got mixed feelings about this. What do you think? [Read more…]
To his great credit, Stephen Colbert is an equal opportunity satirist. A tip of the hat to Bruce Gee for alerting me to this interview with two Occupy Wall Street protesters. The thing is, they, being stone-cold serious, are much more funny than Colbert being humorous! But here is his interview with the “female-bodied” human named Ketchup, in which you can also learn the Robert’s Rules of Order equivalent for running a meeting by consensus (something you all should adopt for your church meetings).
Jon Stewart keeps insisting that his “Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear” that he and Stephen Colbert are putting on next Saturday is not going to be a liberal or progressive partisan event. It sounds designed to be more like a postmodernist-style meta-rally, a rally making fun of rallies. And yet lots of liberals and progressives are taking it seriously.
Arianna Huffington is offering free transportation from New York to her Huffington Post minions. Oprah Winfrey is paying for a bunch of her followers to be there. The Democratic Club at the University of Pennsylvania is busing in college students. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals will be there in force. So will the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws. President Obama has been pushing the event and might show up. More than 200,000 people have posted on Facebook that they will attend.
Never mind that the weekend before the Tuesday election is the most important time for actually campaigning for the people you want elected. From the Washington Post:
Many conservatives have watched smugly as liberal activists have become caught up in a gathering that will probably resemble a circus more than it does a serious political event and that is taking place on a prime day for campaign volunteers to help get out the vote.
Brendan Steinhauser, spokesman for the “tea party”-affiliated Freedomworks, is a fan of Stewart’s show and recently appeared on “the Colbert Report,” but he said he will be in West Virginia on the day of the rally, knocking on doors for Senate candidate John Raese (R).
“I’d rather have as many liberals in D.C. that weekend as possible, because I don’t want them out doing the phone calls and get-out-the-vote,” Steinhauser said.