Poverty Comedy is soooooo funny

Posted in Culture of Lickspittle, The Corporate Bund, WhiteManistan at 3:49 pm by George Smith

I don’t see Stephen Colbert much anymore except in clips like these. I’m long past the idea that the best journalism, via satire, is done at Comedy Central because the likes of Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert do things the enfeebled mainstream media can’t.

Big whoop. It’s journalism or comedy for what’s left of the middle and upper middle classes, the servants of the top who haven’t yet had their heads put on the chopping block.

In other words, entertainment for the people who did nothing a couple weeks ago. Yeah, laugh, laugh, Colbert is sooo funny. But he and Jon Stewart haven’t changed a damn thing after a decade of broadcast. Instead, we got the lowest voter turnout in my lifetime and the installation of even more old Purity Party fascists from WhiteManistan.

In the linked segment Colbert goes on in his usual way about “salvage markets” where you can buy expired food at cut-rate prices. (I had it as an embed and it autoplays, another reason Colbert & Co. deserve to be hit in the face with bricks. See the line on bull-whipping below.)

I suppose it would be almost funny if I haven’t used one of Pasadena’s city food banks bread programs. Much of what is laid out on the couple of tables is expired product from the local chains. Differing from the “salvage stores” shown above, it’s FREE.

No one makes a profit from it. In fact, all the local food banks in Pasadena are free, as you are tipped to when you arrive at the point.

What does expired bread taste like? It’s as you think, often hard almost to a rock-like state, or stale. Of course, you can always put it in the microwave with a little water to humidify the stuff.

Yes, you can use your limited SNAP dollars to buy “expired food” as opposed to the fresh food it’s supposed to buy in the supermarket. Stretch the account.

But how about a law that prevents the local businesses from profiteering on it by disallowing diversion of expired food to markets set up for the purpose of selling it? Or requiring business that do such a thing to send 150 percent of an equivalent of unexpired food to a free food bank or conduct sale of it to SNAP card holders within their own business at 50 percent off?

Nah, of course not.

The awkward awfulness of Stephen Colbert is that he gets his million dollar salary off mock yucks of this nature.

Yes, isn’t it great that horrid predatory behavior in the corporate dictatorship provides great journalism and laughter for Comedy Central! They deserve a bull-whipping.

I don’t see any people laughing at the 99 cent store when I’m there.

H/t to Frank at Pine View Farm, where first I saw it. (In other words, this is a comment rescue/reprint operation.)

You can also get some laughs on life in the corporate dictatorship from Loud Folk Live. It’s a hell of a lot cheaper than Stephen Colbert, orders of magnitude so and it’s not patronizing. It’s also not for Colbert or Jon Stewart’s Comedy Central audience of white-bread nothings and evening pearl-clutchers, which just about all alone makes it entirely worthy of attention.


  1. Ted Jr said,

    November 20, 2014 at 9:48 am

    And of course you highlight the lack of empathy that same media has managed to instill in nearly everyone as a result of an intensive 50 year agenda. Watch a 1960’s TV program and then watch something equivalent from 2014. The difference is shocking.

  2. George Smith said,

    November 21, 2014 at 10:08 am

    Coincidentally, the food stamp benefit here is called CAL-FRESH, not CAL-EXPIRED.

  3. Tom Paterson said,

    November 25, 2014 at 5:37 am

    I own an expired bread factory. We bake the bread as normal. Then we subject it to an accelerated drying process before exposing it to the spores of Rhizopus stolonifer. Finally we package and stamp it with the day before yesterday’s date. Our slogan? *Remember, the poor must never have anything nice.*

  4. George Smith said,

    November 25, 2014 at 2:17 pm

    Not bad.

  5. Tom Paterson said,

    November 25, 2014 at 5:00 pm

    It’s the reductio of this process of insanification.
    Next, bringing Fallujah’s Shake & Bake to the projects.