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Old 04-27-12, 10:15 PM
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I agree with this, and I'm an atheist.
That has to be interesting living in SLC.
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Isn't SLC a pretty liberal place?
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Isn't SLC a pretty liberal place?
I dunno, when I was there it felt like I was in the Twilight Zone. I've never been to a place with such nice people.
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Re: Real Time with Bill Maher (2012)

Originally Posted by Mr. Cinema
Maher lines up with the Democrats on many issues, but he routinely criticizes them on his show. Something the stooges on Fox don't have the balls to do. Bill identifies himself as a Libertarian.
Bill used to self-identify as a Libertarian, but that was back in the 1990s when all Libertarians seemed to talk about was ending the drug war and removing troops from everywhere overseas. That was when Libertarians were entirely a 3rd party counter to both main political parties. But most people who call themselves Libertarians nowadays aren't like that anymore, basically having morphed into an anti-government branch of the current Republican Party that's more concerned with deregulating any and all business practices, even fraudulent ones, and not at all concerned with shrinking the bloated military industrial complex. Bill has even said on Real Time that he is not a Libertarian.

Now Bill Maher definitely is an Anti-Republican (which is not the same thing as being a Democrat). However, that's the current Republican Party he hates because he has said that he would like the old pre-1980 Republican Party to return, before it was basically taken over by the right-wing radicals and the religious right.
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Arsenio Hall is so talented...I could listen to the guy talk for an hour and not get bored. Why on earth no one is offering him another talk show (maybe he just doesn't want it?) is beyond me. I think he blows anyone else doing it currently (Maher, Leno, Letterman, Stewart, O'Brien, etc.) out of the water.
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Arsenio Hall is so talented...I could listen to the guy talk for an hour and not get bored. Why on earth no one is offering him another talk show (maybe he just doesn't want it?) is beyond me. I think he blows anyone else doing it currently (Maher, Leno, Letterman, Stewart, O'Brien, etc.) out of the water.
I was shocked when his show was canceled in 1994. Still wondering what happened there......the ratings couldn't have fallen off THAT much.

He could do stand up again too, but he doesn't seem to do much of anything these days.
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The ratings actually did drop quite a bit after he had Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan on. I've also enjoyed Arsenio, though he does have his issues. The first thing I ever saw him on was an Eddie Murphy (he was friends with Eddie too, not just Magic Johnson) sponsored comedy special called Uptown Comedy Express (HBO). That was before even the Joan Rivers show (which led to him getting his own show). I was quite sad when we had a flood here and I lost my VHS copy of that special (it never made it to DVD).

He has a son he's raising but I don't think that's the whole situation. He has done other stuff. He was on Martial Law and I think a game or contest show of some sort. Still, you'd think he'd at least be able to get a show on BET. He actually made a quick comment about the environment not being conducive to it these days. Maybe he should have approached HBO. I still think there's a place for what he brought to the table on nighttime TV.
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Now Bill Maher definitely is an Anti-Republican (which is not the same thing as being a Democrat). However, that's the current Republican Party he hates because he has said that he would like the old pre-1980 Republican Party to return, before it was basically taken over by the right-wing radicals and the religious right.
I know it's part of the left's "the right has become extreme!!" talking point, but what policy positions did the '80's GOP hold that the GOP of today does not?
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Originally Posted by wmansir
I know it's part of the left's "the right has become extreme!!" talking point, but what policy positions did the '80's GOP hold that the GOP of today does not?
Well, for one, "Obamacare" is essentially the same health care plan Bob Dole came up with when Bill Clinton was President.

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/12/he...cy/12dole.html

http://www.dolekemp96.org/agenda/issues/health.htm

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Old 05-07-12, 07:04 AM
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Re: Real Time with Bill Maher (2012)

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I know it's part of the left's "the right has become extreme!!" talking point, but what policy positions did the '80's GOP hold that the GOP of today does not?
That taxes might actually serve a purpose?
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Well, for one, "Obamacare" is essentially the same health care plan Bob Dole came up with when Bill Clinton was President.

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/12/he...cy/12dole.html

http://www.dolekemp96.org/agenda/issues/health.htm
I didn't realize the '80's lasted until 1996, but did you actually read the Dole healthcare platform? It's a hell of a lot closer to current GOP proposals than Obamacare.
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I know it's part of the left's "the right has become extreme!!" talking point, but what policy positions did the '80's GOP hold that the GOP of today does not?
Reagan raised taxes 11 times.
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Reagan raised taxes 11 times.
Yes, after he cut income taxes across the board by 23% in his first year (and for the first time automatically adjusted tax exemptions and deductions for inflation) those cuts were reduced over his two terms. I'm sure several of those 11 were counted from the '86 tax act which lowered income tax rates but raised corporate taxes and eliminated some loopholes. While it did "raise taxes", Reagan promised to veto it unless it was revenue neutral.
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Also, pointing out an exception to the pattern of harm caused by religious nuts is not an argument against the harm that is caused by religious nuts. We're all very happy that not every bad thing that's happened is the result of religion, but that doesn't mean that a lot or most of it isn't a result of religion.
???? So you would call all of the hospitals, universities, charities, civil rights movements, and millions of acts of kindness toward strangers "an exception"? Wow. That qualifies as the understatement of the decade.

It's one thing to say that "a lot" of bad things have been the result of 'religion' (since "a lot" isn't very specific and could mean almost anything), but to say that "most" bad things have happened because of religion is simply indefensible and absurd. Trotting out the 'usual suspects' over and over isn't very convincing.

How about listing all of the evil things you can think of that are reported in your local newspaper and then explain how "most" of those things were caused by "religion". I see reports of theft, drug abuse, child neglect and abuse, domestic abuse, murder, vandalism, fraud, etc., etc., etc. but don't recall any causal links to "religion". If your premise were true, then the defendants would be using this argument in court to blame their 'religious' background as a mitigating factor.

I deal firsthand with many of the problems cited above, and I can assure you that in almost every instance there is a LACK of 'religion' in the perpetrators' lives, not an overabundance. Most have never darkened the door of a religious institution since they were a small child (if then).

Also, to absolve atheism of blame because it doesn't have any 'dogma' is equally absurd. It's the LACK OF DOGMA that makes atheism so dangerous. As your own words indicate, an atheist can theoretically do anything he or she pleases and justify it from a "moral" standpoint (for lack of better term) since "morality" is determined by that person alone. Otherwise, he or she has simply substituted 'Human' for 'God' (if he follows established rules taught by someone else). Unless an atheist develops his/her 'moral compass' independently of other humans (such as parents, teachers, etc.), then he/she is not merely following their own instincts regardless of what they may say. Everyone believes in a "god" when it comes to morality. Otherwise, people would be truly schizophrenic in their every action regarding morality (today theft is wrong; tomorrow it's okay, the next day it's up for grabs).

Put it this way: How can an atheist tell anyone else that anything is 'wrong'? An atheist can only speak for himself and act for himself unless he is willing to admit that there is a set of moral absolutes that must by followed...and then the atheist must explain the source of those 'absolutes'. If he says that they are innate and ingrained in our DNA, he must explain why different societies adopt different rules of behavior and why different individuals have different standards of 'morality'. If I am a religious person, I can say that the standards come from a higher authority. If I am an atheist, I can only say that the standards are those adopted by a majority of the society in a given place at a given time and may completely change tomorrow. Therefore, atheism represents the most dangerous threat to life since it has absolutely no higher authority to which to appeal other than mob rule.
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I think that has more to do with the fact that it's a TV show and, thus, is on a schedule. He can't spend the whole hour on one topic, and he doesn't necessarily have all the information right at his fingertips. Topics frequently get revisited on the show, so it's not a big deal. Unless you only watch one episode a year and write a huge rant about it.
You miss the point. If the show is simply to provide quick sound bites to buttress his own opinion and not to delve further into a topic which MAHER himself brings up, why watch? Then it becomes a comedy routine for bashing conservatives and religious people, in which case, why invite a "panel" of "experts" expect to act as set-up people for Maher's jokes?

No one is asking Maher to spend "the whole hour" on the topic (although, what's wrong with that? Is the audience too stupid to listen to a WHOLE HOUR...woooooooo....on topics such as health care, racism, gun control, climate change, etc.)?

And why shouldn't Maher have information "at his fingertips"? If someone can produce an entire movie on a subject, write books, MAKE A LIVING talking about these subjects, have an entire staff of writers/researchers, etc., why shouldn't he know more about these subjects than YOU or I??? And why should the audience have to watch every week for a topic to be 'revisited'? When I watch a debate, I don't want to see somebody pull a Robin Williams and jump from topic to topic without any resolution.

Face it...Maher dodges topics which he can't refute, and he displays an ignorance for many of the topics about which he blathers on while offering strong opinions. When he goes on a talk show with an informed person...such as his appearance with George Will in which Will made him look like an uninformed child...then Maher can't keep up.

Presumably, you're saying that "Real Time" doesn't actually provide answers or useful information unless one wants to take notes over an entire season and then try to collate the information to come up with some useful overview of the topic. Unlike those who only watch "one episode per season", I watch frequently enough to hear the SAME opinions offered repeatedly (usually without being challenged), the SAME predictable audience reaction (Democrats GOOD, Republicans BAAAAD), and the SAME Sarah Palin jokes (the last refuge of a liberal scoundrel). I expect more...so sorry that you are willing to accept pablum and act as those it's a tasty treat for the brain.

And having to resort to having Ed Schultz on a panel is really desperate, even for Maher.
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I know it's part of the left's "the right has become extreme!!" talking point, but what policy positions did the '80's GOP hold that the GOP of today does not?
When I say "pre-1980", you do understand that means before 1980?
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I didn't realize the '80's lasted until 1996, but did you actually read the Dole healthcare platform? It's a hell of a lot closer to current GOP proposals than Obamacare.
The individual mandate part or something else?
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Looking forward to this week's show, although I wish Richard Clarke was on the panel.

Top-of-show will be Richard Clarke, former White House Advisor and author of Cyber War.

Mid-show will be actress and activist Eva Longoria, one of the stars of ABC's "Desperate Housewives" and a 2012 Obama Campaign Co-Chair.

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Margaret Hoover – CNN Political Contributor and author of American Individualism.
David Cay Johnston – Reuters Columnist, author of Free Lunch, and Professor at Syracuse University College of Law.
Grover Norquist – Founder for Americans For Tax Reform and co-author of Debacle.
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I'm late to the party but Maher's diatribe on tax cuts for donations to religious organizations was amazing.
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With Norquist there I'd hope Maher is just going to rip him to shreds over his pledge he keeps having Republicans sign.

But he'll just let the audience boo him instead once Norquist finds easy ways to insert his foot in his mouth.
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I'm late to the party but Maher's diatribe on tax cuts for donations to religious organizations was amazing.
Totally agreed.
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With Norquist there I'd hope Maher is just going to rip him to shreds over his pledge he keeps having Republicans sign.

But he'll just let the audience boo him instead once Norquist finds easy ways to insert his foot in his mouth.
That's why I'm not nearly as fond of the show as I used to be. If you can't nail Grover Norquist to the wall, you're wasting my time.

No politician from any party should be making promises/signing pledges to people or organizations before or during their time in office.
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HBO's Real Time with Bill Maher hosts roundtable guests former NJ Sen. Bill Bradley, reporter Michelle Caruso-Cabrera and journalist Jeremy Scahill; news anchor Dan Rather and columnist Joel Stein are interview guests.
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The part in this week's (May 18th) Overtime segment about chewing Khat (also spelled Qat) in Yemen was interesting. I never heard of that drug before and didn't know it was so popular in the Middle East region.

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