Wednesday, January 12, 2005

KQRS, Monty Python, Michael Palin and all that

So I was listening to KQRS this morning (I don't know why I bother, yesterday they compared prison conditions in Iraq and Afghanistan to conditions at Catholic school - I have yet to hear of allegations of glowstick abuse at Catholic schools, but I could be wrong, and I don't particularly want to run the search and see what comes up) and Tom Barnard gave a short little history of how the Monty Python troupe had criticized too-soft interrogations thirty years ago in their Inquisition skit. Now I can't point to all of the members' politics, but I'm pretty sure that they weren't saying that there wasn't enough real torture in the world.

I don't think Terry Jones likes George W. Bush and his policies much at all, in fact (or those of Tony Blair), and if you've never read his story about "I'm losing patience with my neighbors Mr. Bush", you're missing a fine piece of satire. He writes frequent columns for The Guardian, that alone makes him so far left most conservatives would stick to the other side of the street when they see him.

Graham Chapman is dead, but he was gay, so at best he would have been a Log Cabin Republican, which in the last election would have put him directly at odds with the President.

Eric Idle isn't particularly a friend of the Administration either - I quote Wikipedia.
In June 2004 he released the "FCC Song" on the Internet, which became quite popular. The song critizises the US Federal Communications Commission and the George W. Bush administration.

John Cleese: Well, I don't want to shell out 27 Pounds to find out John's politics (sorry), but he was an atheist for a while, doesn't like the Church of England, turned down membership in one of the royal orders, and is famous for using the word "fuck" in a eulogy, not exactly values the right embraces. He did not write the article about the Axis of Just as Evil, but he may have left a comment on William Gibson's blog to the effect of...
"How many Bush administration officials does it take to change a light bulb?None. There’s nothing wrong with that light bulb. There is no need to change anything. We made the right decision and nothing has happened to change our minds. People who criticize this light bulb now, just because it doesn’t work anymore, supported us when we first screwed it in, and when these flip-floppers insist on saying that it is burned out, they are merely giving aid and encouragement to the Forces of Darkness."

And Michael Plain - well, I just don't know - he's a little more difficult to pin down. If you can find something, leave me a comment.

1 comment:

Steve Eck said...

I can't listen to the KQ92 morning show anymore. It has always been up and down, but a number of years ago it really took a big drop-off and has never really recovered. IMHO at least.

BTW: The link to William Gibson's blog is broken.