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Jon Stewart

These celebs are pretty vocal about their Trump allergies.
And simultaneously shows that yes, you can write something heartfelt with the woods "dung lung."
So, to take a page from The Daily Show -- to tickle and kibitz rather than hammer and yammer -- I choose to assume a courtside seat and appraise some of the tens of thousands of words being dribbled over Stewart's departure this week.
The Canadian news media are again proving to be a PR bonanza for a smart satirical comedy show south of the border. Comedy Central, HBO and others have learned that all you have to do is insult Canada in any way and you're guaranteed free publicity from coast to coast to coast.
It's clear that despite all the convincing research demonstrating how guns make us less safe, not more safe, Americans are still very much enamoured with their guns. They rationalize, justify and explain away each tragedy, whether an accidental death by a handgun or a mass shooting of innocent people by rifles or automatic weapons. It's not a logical argument; it's an emotional one, and until we can address the complex psychology at the root of the desire to own guns, we aren't going to convince people to give them up.
There will be others after Stewart, just like there have been others during Stewart. But it's not enough to be an activist, or to be annoying, or to be loud, or to just only occasionally hit the nail on the head, or whatever. Stewart was often left of someone on the right, often right of someone on the left.