Outrageous Carlin doesn't apologize

Comic will speak his mind at the Lyric.

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April 24, 2003|By Bill Sulon | Bill Sulon,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Warning: This preview of comedian George Carlin's Saturday shows at the Lyric in Baltimore doesn't contain any of the seven "filthy words" that evoked the wrath of the Supreme Court nearly 25 years ago. It does, however, feature snippets of Carlin commentary that probably won't please the more than seven in 10 Americans who have been in favor of the U.S. war in Iraq.

It's safe to say Carlin doesn't care.

Want controversy? Forget Bill Maher, who lost his job at ABC's Politically Incorrect after making politically incorrect comments about 9/11. (He suggested the U.S. military was cowardly for its actions before the attacks, and that the hijackers were "not cowardly" for "staying in the airplane when it hits the building.")

And forget Dixie Chicks' singer Natalie Maines, who last month told a London audience she and her colleagues were "ashamed the president of the United States is from Texas."

Maher backed away (but lost advertisers and ultimately his job, only to resurface on HBO), and Maines apologized (though the Dixie Chicks are persona non grata in the country-music community).

Carlin, who will turn 66 next month, is still the king of political incorrectness and not the kind of guy who says he's sorry for what he believes in.

In his 2001 best seller, Napalm and Silly Putty, Carlin took aim at the U.S. role in its first gulf war, in 1991.

"Naturally, you can forget all that entertaining fiction about having to defend the model democracy those lucky Kuwaitis get to live under," Carlin wrote. "And for the moment you can also put aside the very real, periodic need Americans have for testing their new weapons on human flesh. And also, just for the fun of it, let's ignore George Bush's obligation to protect the oil interests of his family and friends."

So don't come to the Lyric expecting the touchy-feely Carlin who 12 years ago portrayed Mister Conductor on the children's show Shining Time Station. And don't expect him to say something contrary to his prior anti-war statements, no matter what most Americans say about the U.S. role in the current conflict.

"You see, I've got this real moron thing I do. It's called `thinking,' " Carlin said. "And I guess I'm not a very good American, because I like to form my own opinions; I don't just roll over when I'm told. Most Americans roll over on command. Not me."

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