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“What Is Broken Here?” When My Modern Life And History Collide

Townsends is a YouTube channel on the life and the minutiae of the 18th Century that he has been hosting for 12 years.

Jas. Townsend & Son Inc. is a manufacturer and retailer of quality reproduction 18th and early 19th Century clothing and personal accessories. We service the living history community, historic sites, museums, and theatrical, motion picture, and television production companies.

Meanwhile…. in the aftermath of the late, not-so-great 20th century… “Everything is amazing and nobody’s happy.”

“How quickly the world owes him something he knew existed only 10 seconds ago”.

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  • Scullman May 4, 2021, 8:03 AM

    “ Yeah, Conan, I mean come on dude, there was a time in this country when you could yank your pickle in front of a chick working for you, and she didn’t go all MeToo on ya’ right? Sheesh.

  • Dirk May 4, 2021, 8:04 AM

    Unhappy? Being a Stoic, life’s good, no it’s fantastic. Why do folks worry about issues they have zero power to change. Other then a few “ minor health issues” we seem to have gotten life right.

    Life is about the choices we make as younger men and women, about our role models, those whom influenced us to save, work hard sometimes go without stuff. These United States are indeed the land of opportunity. We followed a conservative path, frankly we have a hard time with exactly how much!, we prepared for a future of unrest, do monthly, we landed on this mountain in 87, refugees from calif, haven’t looked back.

    Rolled up our sleeves and contributed where we could. Raised our children as we were.

    Strangely enough we’ve been rewarded with children who work hard never complain, are raising their children via the same models our grandparent taught our parents, who taught us via example.

    CK, got it half right, life is fantastic, and we are happy as clams on a secluded beach!

    God Bless America!.

    Village Idiot

  • greg May 4, 2021, 8:06 AM

    And to think somebody so brilliantly funny was canceled for choking his chicken one to many times.
    Maybe he was not wicked, only weak?
    “Sin will take you farther than you want to go, keep you longer than you want to stay, and cost you more than you want to pay. –”

  • Vanderleun May 4, 2021, 9:24 AM

    He was weak.

    His recent efforts at relaunching his stand-up are without edge and his fear of taking a misstep ruins his timing.

  • Jack May 4, 2021, 11:09 AM

    That guy’s ‘comedy’ never did much for me. He hates women, spews gross profanity and dwells on scat. Sure, that’s entertaining to the majority of people but I’m not in any majority.

  • ghostsniper May 4, 2021, 11:46 AM

    Never seen video or heard audio, but the first time I saw a pik of that dood I knew he was a punk.

  • Kevin in PA May 4, 2021, 11:49 AM

    Gerard said: “…his stand-up are without edge and his fear of taking a misstep ruins his timing.”

    I tend to think most practitioners of the stand-up comedy bit have been frightened out of business with all the woke-ness going on. John Cleese has spoken about it a number of times.

    Bottom line in all of this woke shit is that the purveyors of it can’t take a joke…any joke…ever. They are laugh less souls. The world should really not take them so seriously, because of the very fact that they take themselves and their own lunatic ideas so seriously. Laugh at them. Mock them. Tell them if they scowl like that for too long their face may stay that way permanently.
    Comedians should be relentlessly ridiculing them for the stupid whining. It will either end your career as a stand-up or it will make you the new Lenny Bruce, or Richard Pryor. Really. Someone needs to mock these people and the clown bus in which they travel.

  • Richard May 4, 2021, 12:17 PM

    Meanwhile…. in the aftermath of the late, not-so-great 20th century… “Everything is amazing and nobody’s happy.”>>>

    I had some very difficult, unpleasant medicine forced on me back in the nineties, in what should and would have been my prime-time earning years. Enough interaction with lawyers to last five lifetimes. Had to learn to make do with less. This, in turn, taught me- by necessity- that enough is as good as a feast. Not for everyone to be sure, but I’ve been copacetic with it.

  • Sid V May 4, 2021, 4:59 PM

    Unless you have serious health issues, or perhaps stuck in a terrible relationship, there is absolutely no reason for one to be unhappy. We all live in the single greatest country that has ever existed in the whole history of the human race, we’re still mostly free (for now), we have abundant, safe food everywhere, all kinds of food from every corner of the planet, and most of it at an reasonable price. Any question, any curiosity, any quest for knowledge can be satisfied within a millisecond thanks to a simple web search. And we can travel to every corner of the planet in just a few hours. It frankly doesn’t get any better than this. I try to thank God every single night for the life I have – knowing that billions of people throughout human history – literally 99% of people who have ever lived – had a short, terrible, miserable, existence.

  • BJM May 4, 2021, 6:07 PM

    I’ve been a fan of Townsands for a while and read very little outside the historical genre. Escapism? Probably, but the current culture is sooo boring.

    There’s a doc on the streamers (Prime, Apple TV) “Reclaiming the Blade” https://youtu.be/tK61ghYqfkY
    that features The Society for Creative Anachronism…Brits, of course.

  • EX-Californian Pete May 4, 2021, 6:25 PM

    The guy is literally nothing more to me than a Liberal jerkoff. (like there are Liberals who AREN’T?)

    One thing he said that will always be a reason for me to consider him as a subhuman was when he said “People who don’t vote for Hillary are pieces of sh*t.”
    That pretty much defines his severe lack of character and intellect for me.

    So he said a few true things in the video above… “broken clock syndrome.”

  • julie May 4, 2021, 8:22 PM

    The first video was interesting. Never heard of the guy before, but I’ll look at his channel, if for nothing else than to have a good example of historical life to show the young’uns.

  • Sisu May 5, 2021, 6:49 PM

    I needed to ponder this “post”. Then it occurred to me, possibly …

    “What is Broken Here … ?” … 60 years ago the federally chartered banks first started sending unsolicited credit cards to “select neighborhoods” (“approved (“go spend it …”), plastic money (‘unsecured credit’), for the masses”; this type of “credit” did not previously exist). My father, a veteran who worked for a utility (steady, could not readily be ‘terminated’) cursed and “cut up” seemingly a card-a-day. …

    Relevance ? … “Instant Gratification.” … The genesis of the “Throw-away ‘Society'”. … “Shop class” where ‘youths’ were taught how to use tools to manipulate and repair physical objects (tools and machines) were about to become obsolete.

    JFK (not to be respected) was a threat to a then increasingly entrenched government “Class”. Albert Shanker was promoting the “teachers’ union”, Jimmy Hoffa was rising through the ranks of the “teamsters”, NYC and Philadelphia each had a “harbor” (and “stevedores” a la “On the Waterfront”), … police and fire unions went on violent strikes (more so than “pressman” or “telecom” unions) … Everyone wanted “MORE” … “NOW !”. …

    Even today a $300 0r $1,000 or … more expensive bottle (Demi is great, Standard most can handle, … a Solomon will give all an insufferable (if not fatal) hangover of wine).

    Most born after ’60s are “winos”, knowing nothing other than “immediate gratification” … yet their “enablers” are dead or dying.

    I am beginning to “HATE” this “land”. … Yet, my grandparents (both sides) arrived around 1900 with such “hope”.

  • Bear Claw May 8, 2021, 4:41 AM

    CK is a pos but his statements are correct.

    A little 18th century throw back living for the woke would make them realize this, those were hard times and hard men but they in general took care of their own and each other. Now most want the goober mint to take care of them, and we know what trading for a little security causes.

    Even when Madison was creating the constitution there were people on the other side still wanting centralized government but we outlasted them until 1913 when we lost control of money creation and accelerated it in 71 going off the gold standard.