This is getting to be a habit; bemoaning the loss of someone known to many.
I find it difficult to consider following the ebb and flow of the current presidential election campaign without Tim Russert.
Likewise, I now am saddened by the prospect of no longer hearing George Carlin's take on politics and the social order. Carlin was an intelligently funny man. He was facile in his ability to cut through the crap and get down to the base hypocracy and ludicrousness of political shenanigans and social mores.
My current "stand up" heros are Carlin, Robin Williams and Lewis Black. Of the three, Carlin was again, in my opinion, the most intelligent and most on target with his often scathing commentary. I hate like hell that he is gone.