John Cusack Falls Off the Turnip Truck, Lands Hard

Steve Martin used to do a recurring bit on “Saturday Night Live” called “Ork of York”. I can’t find any clips, being an NBC show it might be on Hulu but I couldn’t find it. In any case the gag was that Ork was a medieval guy doing something really stupid, and then he would stop and speculate on the possibility of some modern enlightenment- the scientific method, sanitation, surgical anesthesia, something like that- and then say “Naaahhhh” and go back to the way he was doing it.

Martin was lampooning, or course, the difficulty that people have in making insights into their habits or behavior and then making constructive changes. Insight is a difficult thing, and people prefer to avoid it. Nonetheless it has a way of sneaking up on you, and liberal actor John Cusack toys with the realization Obama may just be another creature of the establishment.

Well, obviously he is, or he never would have gotten into the position he has. Kerry and Bush II were both Yale and Bonesmen, which was noted but quickly forgotten to avoid thinking about what that really meant. Progressives thought Obama would really do certain things very important to them, and since he was one of them, it wasn’t too crazy to think that would happen. Liberals have less experience being disappointed and lied to by their politicians, but it does happen.


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I like fast cars, fast women and southern-fried rock. I have an ongoing beef with George Orwell. I take my name from a character in Plato's "Republic" who was exasperated with the kind of turgid BS that passed for deep thought and political discourse in that time and place, just as I am today. The character, whose name means "fierce fighter" was based on a real person but nobody knows for sure what his actual political beliefs were. I take my pseudonym from a character in an Adam Sandler song who was a obnoxious jerk who pissed off everybody.
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5 Responses to John Cusack Falls Off the Turnip Truck, Lands Hard

  1. Ryu says:

    High fFdelity, 16 Candles, I remember him. Better be careful – too many questions and he’ll end up like Mel Gibson, a black sheep.

  2. Heil Hizzle Mein Nizzle says:

    Here’s a socially acceptable position to take on the subject of Obama if you are a liberal under the age of 50: it was not embarrassing to be sucked up into the phenomenon of Obama as a transcendence figure who would heal us of our racial ills and would develop a humane foreign-policy. He deceived us, but that deception notwithstanding, he is still preferable to the ancient warmonger he beat in 2008, and the Mormon machine that he is facing in 2012.
    Among older white liberals it gets more complicated. With the exception of John F. Kennedy and the mythos of Camelot, they are required to despise the politicians they vote for only a little bit less than their Republican opposition. There was a moratorium on this rule for short while during Bill Clinton’s rain but that ended in the interregnum between his sax solo on the Arsenio Hall show and is the regulation of the Glass-Steagall act. At some point the liberals who could think [small group, I know] realize that Clinton was a piece of shit, but that he was still preferable to people who didn’t like abortion and believed in God.

    On the other hand this same group of older liberals has been propagandized since the 1960s that black people are infallible, superior to whites, and that any and all of their misbehavior can be attributed to their victimization at the hands of evil whites. So while a younger celebrity like Matt Damon can get away with saying “Obama misinterpreted his mandate” the older liberals, who would like to dislike the politician they voted for, also realize that he is black, and so he will be able to coast on that with this aging demographic for the next four years, assuming he gets reelected, which I believe he will.

  3. oscar the grinch says:

    You couldn’t find the Steve Martin sketch because that’s not what it’s called. It’s called “Theodoric of York: Medieval Barber/Judge/etc.” I’m pretty sure the Barber one can be found on youtube, or maybe at the NBC/SNL site, not sure about the others. It holds up surprisingly well, Martin in his prime had one of the most original and fresh comic tones in the business (he was somehow capable of simultaneously being both the straight man AND the wiseguy, a neat trick), and to see him playing off of Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray, AND the great Belushi is pure delight; despite their rebel attitude towards showbiz, they were still skilled craftsmen, working within a tradition that was conscious that it HAD a tradition; a reminder how far this culture has fallen.

    [Belushi enters the barber/surgery, as a hunchback.]
    MARTIN: Say, you look familiar. Don’t I know you?
    BELUSHI (completely blithe): Yeah, you worked on my back.

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