In his New Rule segment of his HBO show “Real Time,” Bill Maher takes Special Counsel Robert Mueller to task for not holding Trump accountable for his crimes. No one is above the law.
Tag: Real Time
Oct 11 2011
Former Congressman and now congressional candidate from his old Florida district, Alan Grayson was a guest on Bill Maher’s Real Time on HBO along with former humorist PJ O’Rourke. When the subject turned to Occupy Wall Street Grayson gave O’Rourke a priceless lesson in basic economics.
Thanks to Crooks & Liars for both the video and the transcript.
O’Rourke: Get your shoes off, get a bongo drum, forget where to go to the bathroom and it’s yours.
Grayson: If I am the spokesman for all the people who think we should not have twenty four million people in this country who can’t find a full time job. That we should not have fifty million people who can’t see a doctor when they’re sick. That we shouldn’t have forty seven million people of this country who need government help to feed themselves. And we shouldn’t have fifteen million families who owe more on their mortgage than the value of home, OK, I’ll be that spokesman..
What Yves Smith said
One of the intriguing things about the commentary by the media and political operatives on OccupyWallStreet is how often they try to denigrate it, usually via ridicule and attacks on the appearance or presumed demographics of the participants. The underlying message is that the protestors are slovenly unproductive losers and hence have nothing in common with respectable middle class people. That flies in the face of the evidence on the ground, where the crowd in Zuccotti Park has gotten to be both older and more mixed ethnically than it was at its inception, and many of the Occupy demonstrations in other cities have solid representation of the middle aged and retirees.
Alan Grayson spooke with Rachel Maddow about the litany of economic grievances that are behind the Occupy Wall Street movement sweeping across America.
If you watch the video at Maddow’s site there is a transcript
Jun 14 2009
This is not getting the job done. The incrementalist bullshit, the bi-partisan compromise with people with bad ideas who hope that America fails just long enough for their own benefit, the whole idea that we can push a little here and a little there in a nine sided chess game to fix the clusterfuck just right.
I am glad Obama is President but the audacity of hope part is over. Right now, I am hoping for a little more audacity.
Though I don’t entirely agree with everything Bill Maher says, I agree with his point. We need drastic reform for health care, our economy, issues regarding the rule of law and the role of the Executive branch that was abused during the previous criminal administration.
A little at a time is not enough.
So, if not now, when?
If we are not going to stand up now to the banks, the insurance companies, the MIC, the status quo, then when?
By criticize Obama when he is wrong we give him a reason to act differently. If we only praise him he has no reason to court our interests.
I think a side effect of the GOP being as far out as they are is that it gives Obama and the Democrats leeway to be just as bad but seem better by comparison. It is like their corruption is less offensive when compared to the lunatic rhetoric of secessionists, fear mongers, torture advocates and “reverse racism” concern trolls.
I think the only way to be heard anymore is to raise hell, or rather, yell louder.
The party is doing everything they possibly can to ensure that you’ll get re-elected. The Republican party.
Speaking of which, speaking of the Republican party, if you can’t shove some real reforms down their throats now, then when?
Barack Obama needs to start putting it on the line in the fights against the banks, the energy companies and the health care industry.
And I couldn’t agree more.
You want change now, or later?
I, for one, will not trade a bird in the hand for two in the bush. Especially not after fighting like hell to get it in the first place.
Or was “Change We Can Believe In!” supposed to be a second term issue?
May 31 2009
“Greed isn’t good.”
“Americans will do anything to each other for money.”
When Bill is good, he is great. In this weeks show, though, he really out does himself. Every issue gets nailed, from torture to empathy on the Supreme Court, to gay marriage and health care. In my opinion, this is one of the, if not the best episode ever.
This week, Bill Maher had on Michael Pollan in a great exchange about food and what type’s of food are evil. That exchange was worth an essay alone, and can be viewed here.
You can view the other segments of this episode on Youtube as well.
This weeks guests were Fmr. Ambassador John Bolton and Fmr. Rep. Heather Wilson (R-NM). When faced with a 2 on 1 disadvantage, Bill hits the ball out of the park on every issue. Bill calls John Bolton out for being part of the Bush Cabal, he demands that America tortured to justify Iraq-Al Qaeda link and trick us into war. The whole episode is available on YouTube but I thought I would post the best segments right here.
Watch Bill at his best here. Some pundits would fold and play nice if they were outnumbered ideologically by a 2 to 1 margin. Not Bill. He attacks these two Conservatives on the issues and moves the direction of the debate into his frame. If only other pundits and non-Conservatives could learn how to do the same.
Bill dares both of these GOPosaurs to choose on the spot between Rush and Colon Powell. He nails single payer, health care, the MIC.
I will say this about John Bolton, he is a war criminal through association, but at least he is competent at his job. Bill Maher and his two guests have a very in depth conversation on North Korea, all of which is included in the videos. The summation is that North Korea is flat out crazy, and as dangerous as a bear trapped in your garage.
Hill Harper, who is a friend of President Obama, joins the panel in the sixth part of the show, and the conversation moves over to the Sotomayor controversy amongst shitheaded Conservatives, and watching Hill Harper destroy John Bolton is a very enjoyable experience.
The fact is that the Supreme Court should be a body that is representative of the people, not the Corporations and Special Interests that own the people.
May 23 2009
I usually really like Bill Maher, but today I think he is confused. Tonight on the “New Rules” feature of Real Time, he started off his final new rule by saying that we can’t solve our problems by electing superheroes. Spiderman, he said, punches bank robbers in the balls, while Obama just writes them a check. And he went on to give a really terrible rant about governmental reform that was just dead wrong.
Crossposted at Dailykos.com