Things younger than Republican Presidential candidate (oh, and did I forget to mention war hero?) John McCain

Am I being “age-ist”? Maybe. But maybe not. The world is a pretty complicated place right now and I’m thinking that it’s not such a great time to elect our oldest President ever. So sue me.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Cleavon Little.

Cleavon Little is (was) younger than John McCain.

Blazing Saddles was, hands-down, the funniest movie ever made. I’ve seen it more times than John McCain can count and, while it’s nearly impossible to pick a favorite line, the following one is right up there:

Bart: Are we awake?
Jim: We’re not sure. Are we… black?
Bart: Yes, we are.
Jim: Then we’re awake… but very puzzled.

(I wonder if there’s anyone else out there who’s similarly puzzled…)

I’m also partial to when Taggart and his men discover a tollbooth (in the middle of nowhere!) and he announces that “Someone has to go back and get a shitload of dimes.”

Funny, funny stuff.

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posted by admin at 9:01 am  


  1. C’mon, now YOU’re showing your age……. :-)

    A rough calculation from the U.S. Censes Bureau shows that some 60 million voters were born after that movie was made. (Sorry, I never heard of the movie. I had to look it up….)

    BTW, approx 91% of the population is younger than McCain.

    Comment by Nigel — July 30, 2008 @ 10:06 am

  2. You never heard of that movie????

    Oh man, I do feel old! Do yourself a favor and buy/rent/download it soon – and then report back once you stop laughing!

    Comment by admin — July 30, 2008 @ 10:10 am

  3. Don’t worry about feeling old. I’m 23 and LOVE Blazing Saddles.

    Besides, if you ever start feeling too old, just remind yourself that you’re part of the 91% of America that’s younger than John McCain. You might feel old, but he is old. :)

    Comment by Angie — July 30, 2008 @ 11:53 am

  4. Don’t worry, I’m pretty sure it’s atypical for someone to not be familiar with that movie. I’m 21 and have loved Blazing Saddles/Mel Brooks for most of my life. I couldn’t find the exact quote but I love the part where the woman brings him a pie and says “You’ll of course have the decency not to tell anyone I spoke to you.” But the “Are we… black?” part just might be the best in the whole movie.

    Comment by Heather — July 30, 2008 @ 12:29 pm

  5. 4,

    …which is a great set-up to the whole “these are plain people… you know, morons.” line that gets me every time.


    Comment by admin — July 30, 2008 @ 12:35 pm

  6. i was too young to see it when it came out, but i have seen it. heck, i refuse to watch the remake of In-Laws. i REFUSE!

    Comment by pansypoo — July 30, 2008 @ 4:38 pm

  7. This was an interesting choice. I’m far younger than this film, but I still love it. The quote “Somebody’s gotta go back and get a shitload of dimes!” made me laugh out loud. One of my favorite parts.

    Comment by Rusty Shackleford — July 31, 2008 @ 3:22 am

  8. Even though I’m Republican, I get a kick out of this site. Ya gotta be able to laugh at yourself, ya know? Seeing this post about Cleavon Little reminds me of a story I once heard Mel Brooks tell about the funniest line in “Blazing Saddles”. According to Mr. Brooks the studio made him cut it out. At the end of the scene with Bart and Lily von Schtupp in her room (“Sorry, baby, 13 is my limit on Schnizengruben”….ANOTHER great line) Lily turns out the lights and tries to find out if what she’s heard about black men was “twue”. Lily eclaims “It’s twue!! It’s twue!!” to which Bart replied (and MB had to cut) “But, baby, you’re sucking on my arm”. Freaking classic.

    Comment by Rob — August 3, 2008 @ 6:11 pm

  9. All those are great lines. I never miss that movie when they rerun it on cable. But for me, this line is great too:

    >>>Taggart: What do you want me to do, sir?

    Hedley Lamarr: I want you to round up every vicious criminal and gunslinger in the west. Take this down.

    [Taggart looks for a pen and paper while Hedley talks]

    Hedley Lamarr: I want rustlers, cut throats, murderers, bounty hunters, desperados, mugs, pugs, thugs, nitwits, halfwits, dimwits, vipers, snipers, con men, Indian agents, Mexican bandits, muggers, buggerers, bushwhackers, hornswogglers, horse thieves, bull dykes, train robbers, bank robbers, ass-kickers, shit-kickers and Methodists.

    Taggart: [finding pen and paper] Could you repeat that, sir? <<<

    I was sad when I heard the actor that played Hedley passed away recently.

    Comment by Dances With Books — August 5, 2008 @ 10:27 am

  10. I’m 17 and I love Blazing Saddles. In fact it was on cable today. I’m partial to the scene where the guy punches the horse. Or the scene with the indians. So we made our own circle.

    Comment by VictorV — August 7, 2008 @ 1:44 am

  11. the scene with mel brooks as the governor playing with the paddle game is pretty awesome, too…

    Comment by admin — August 7, 2008 @ 8:01 am

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