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September 15, 2010

In case you missed it – Bill Maher!

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Ranjan Kar   September 15th, 2010 12:13 pm ET

One of the best interviews on LKL . It covered so many issues. Bill Maher was outstanding with his analysis and comments . Wish more people can see and appreciate his viewpoints.


Cajazz76:24:8   September 15th, 2010 1:03 pm ET

I certainly enjoy Maher's humor in correlation to political comportion as it applies during the previous 19 months of a current Washington administration in relation to the party of ' NO ' How many electors will go to the polls and present their anger issues, based on their disappointments?

That is the relevance of people like Maher being so prominent and appreciated, since humor allows the enrichment of insight and, above all, tolerance...caj


Angela Savage Austin   September 15th, 2010 2:06 pm ET

The Smoking Gun....Teapartiers are the bullet aimed at more than the government, they are masked as independents but really are radical Republicans...and possibly something worse. I can't erase the images of President Obama being displayed as less than human, during their rallies, which errily created flashbacks of the 60's in my mind. I believe than both the GOP and Tea Baggers are working in alignment to further divide and confuse Americans. Sure it may be infiltrated with decent Americans with legitimate concerns which must be addressed, but the granite that they stand on is pus filled racism, awaiting its rebirth. They call themselves "born again" conservatives in the name of Christianity, but there is nothing "Christ-like" about their platform, views or fears. It is said , "If A Child Forgets It's Past, It Remains A Child"....Racism is still in its infancy here in America and only the clothes of deception has changed, not the hearts or minds of these extrememists. I pray that America opens theirs eyes to this deception before we all become vulnerable to collapse from within as a people united. If we examine "From Whence We Come:...history teaches us that all great empires fell from within. It would be great that out of the ashes of Racism...Love, Peace, and Harmony would prosper instead of hate, fear, greed and corruption.


Rose   September 15th, 2010 2:07 pm ET

Bill Maher stated on LKL that in keeping with American rights and laws, the Muslim Center should be built at the proposed site (although he opposes all religion). Our rights and laws are the basis of our nation. He also wisely said not to alienate moderate Muslims in the US, as they are the key to successfully curbing radicalization. Moderates are behind the New York "ground zero" Muslim Center.

Imam Feisal Rauf in 1997 founded an organization to promote a more positive integration of Muslims into American society. As reported in the Huffington Post : "The ground zero mosque Imam helped the FBI with their counter-terrorism efforts".

Rosaleen Tallon, who tragically lost her fire fighter brother on 9/11 is a strong opponent of the proposed center. Her rationale is disturbing. She said on a CNN interview that the Muslim center "may" have individuals entering the site who "may" have sympathies for the terrorists. For this reason she does not want the center near ground zero.

The logical extension of this would be to screen all individuals who may wish to visit the memorial at ground zero in the future, or who may enter any of the facilities to be built there, to be questioned re: their "ideology". Should an "ideology-police" then determine who can and cannot walk on ground zero? Tallon's argument is not sound yet is used as an excuse to oppose the center.

The scruntiny placed on this particular project is a phobic reaction. Why are certain leading US evangelical leaders exempt from equal criticism when they support Israeli actions that often results in severe violence? Pastor John Hagee displays the Israeli flag at his church/TV show more pronouncedly than the American flag. Rev. Pat Robertson, who lobbied in Washington for war criminal Pres. Charles Taylor of Liberia is another example. Their funding, political ideology wrapped up as "freedom of religion", promotion of violent regimes – are all passed as "okay" in the US. Glaring double standard in effect.

Bill Maher's important point of not using the US Army to solve problems is vital. Heavy handedness and alienation of fellow Americans based on perceived and projected "ideology" is dangerous as it defies the basis of our hard fought rights. We reduce ourselves.


Grace, Santa Monica, Ca   September 15th, 2010 2:47 pm ET

I personally don’t understand why CNN and some other news media will not do what Bill Maher did on Larry King Live, and just admit that the Tea Party, and some other White’s and Republicans are just upset because the U.S. has a Black President.

To have people like David Grogan, and Wolf Blitzer seemingly acting clueless and not admit the reason’s for the rise of the Tea Party is an insult to Blacks and others who know exactly what the Tea Party is about and why it has become popular with some White’s. While they do not want to admit it, it has been very clear to Blacks and other minorities what they are about since they came into existence and for your network to continually act as if that is not an issue for it’s rise is just irresponsible and very bias, and unfair journalism. For people like David Grogan and Wolf Blitzer to try and legitimize the Tea Party by blaming President Obama and the economy for their rise is an insult to Black’s who know the truth. Do you think Blacks and other’s are stupid, and believe the commentaries of these so called journalists?

If more of your journalist would admit the truth like Bill Maher, I could respect your network more, but to continually blame President Obama, the economy and his policies for this make it sound as if your network is prejudice as well and working for the Tea Party. Where was the Tea Party and all of these critics when President Bush was in office and ran the deficit up? It is just ridiculous that you would blame President Obama for this when he is trying to correct what was done before he came into office. I never knew what racism was because of my age and not having to go through the 1960’s but I can clearly see the racism in this country today that really emerged when he came into office and for your network to have people like these who suppose to be journalist helping to spread and legitimize that racism is a disgrace.

I thought your network was neutral and not like Fox News, but some of your so called journalist’s like Wolf Blitzer, David Grogan, and Candy Crowley are clearly Republicans and in my opinion possibly prejudice themselves. While they try to hide this, it seems as if it sometimes come through by their very bias views questions, and criticisms that seem to insult President Obama and blame him for everything.

Bill Maher was right in every aspect of what he said about the Tea Party and the Republican Party on Larry King Live. I wish more whites and people of the Republican Party would face the truth as well, instead of trying to legitimize a party that is clearly against President Obama and everything he does. People outside of the U.S. and a majority inside the U.S. are laughing at the U.S. and news media for even thinking about taking Sarah Palin seriously. She is a disgrace to the U.S and for you and others to try and legitimize the Tea Party is an insult to Blacks and others.


Joe G. (Illinois)   September 15th, 2010 4:23 pm ET

Somebody should update the dictionary definition of “Racist” so that all the intelligent, well read productive American people like Bill Maher and the rest of them can give Borak Obama the 100 percent of the votes he needs, and in one accord move this nation forward. We all know that Borak Obama being president isn’t enough! He needs world wide assistance, agreement and coordination to do what he does when he does it "When he makes change."


CindyM   September 15th, 2010 6:43 pm ET

Can anyone think of anything on which Bill is not an expert?


Rose   September 15th, 2010 7:52 pm ET

What is the rationale behind the protests of the ground zero Muslim center? "Sensitivities" is shouted. "Move it elsewhere" is demanded. Collective Punishment is the true answer.

Grasping at each and every straw to make their point, the protestors blame Muslims "in general" for 9/11. "They" were the people who are somehow responsible for the attacks. Protestors foolishly assuming that proximity to ground zero would somehow propagate terrorism, but a mosque further away would not! Negativity is measured by block-radius status. . .a new low standard.

This manifestation is truly very un-democratic and un-American in nature. This behavior is: Collective Punishment. This punishment (attempting to deny Muslim American citizens of their rights) occurs when a group of people (Muslims) are punished together as a result of the behavior of one or more other individuals (19 terrorists). The punished group has no direct association with the responsible individuals nor has any direct control over their actions.

This is why the protests are so detrimental to the liberties inherent in America. The grasping at straws to question the Imam behind it, the alleged accusations that other American religious leaders are not subject to. Protestors even questioned the Imam's personal private property as being neglected. What does that have to do with this issue?

Imam Rauf was an advisor to GW Bush and was sent by the State Department on several speaking tours in the Middle East to assist his Administration. Rauf also attended the US – Islamic World Forum with close Bush adviser and then Under-Secretary of State, Karen Hughes.

The protestors should explain how Imam Rauf got past the intense and required screening to be a Bush advisor if he was "pro-terrorist".

The hate crimes against innocent Muslims in the US and the protests are reflective of that ugly term: Collective punishment. Those who claim to be "true" Americans and defenders of their realm are indeed contributing directly to its demise and are too ignorant to even recognize it.

Fortunately many other Americans have extended an open hand to Muslim communities and welcomed them without prejudice (many doing so as decent Christians or decent Americans) – thus extinguishing to a great extent, the evil of the collective punishment mindset.


Charles   September 15th, 2010 9:12 pm ET

It's amazing that so many racists seem to want to believe or suggest no white man or woman ever voted for President Obama.


Marlene   September 15th, 2010 9:55 pm ET

Bill Maher said on your show last night that he was an athiest. I recall him saying on a previous show of yours that he was NOT an athiest. He probably does not recall saying that but I'd sure like to hear him comment. And I also agree with Cindy. Is there anything that he is not an expert on? The man knows almost as much as God!!!


Mike Murphy   September 15th, 2010 11:41 pm ET

I was a little surprised by some of Bills comments, but he had a truthful and sincere demeanor, he was candid, and I think he hit it on point. I thought he was great. I have supported conservative thinking for most of the last 20 years ; but after getting my bachelors degree as a middle aged student, I have learned to become a free thinker and I think more people, especially conservatives should experience that instead of being a prisoner to outdated ideology.


karen   September 16th, 2010 12:25 am ET

bill maher's appearance on LKL last nite was on target.
he had the facts right and was thoughtful in his responses.
very thought-provoking.


Angela Savage Austin   September 16th, 2010 3:12 am ET

I would like to see Wolf Blitzler on the Bill Maher Show...or vice versa.....


LKK   September 16th, 2010 9:38 am ET

Bill Maher is a true patriot. He always speaks his mind and his comments are always appropriate. I am a great fan!
Unfortunately, Bill Maher's comments are not very easy to grasp by your average "Joe" (remember him, Palin's mascot?). Same reason why president Obama's answers to interviews by the media may be too complicated to be understood by people with less than a 10-year educational history.
This is a very sad reality and the reason for the germination of bad seeds like the tea partiers. It is scary to see more Sarah Palins with the same kind of limited inteligence and what's worse: no ability to convey it. Yet, these people are gaining the support of angry uninformed americans that cannot even define the word politics.


Rose   September 16th, 2010 10:09 am ET

@ Joe G. (Illinois)

Don't worry about "dictionary definitions". Many others bloggers have commented that you need to get the name of our President correct. Your intentional and long term misspelling of Pres. Obama's name is definition enough of your attitude, let alone the word "racist".


LM   September 16th, 2010 10:33 am ET

Bill Maher is a true patriot. He always speaks his mind and his comments are always appropriate. I am a great fan!
Unfortunately, Bill Maher's comments are not very easy to grasp by your average "Joe" (remember him, Palin's mascot?). Same reason why president Obama's answers to interviews by the media may be too complicated to be understood by people with less than a 10-year educational history.
This is a very sad reality and the reason for the germination of bad seeds like the tea partiers. It is scary to see more Sarah Palins with the same kind of limited inteligence and what's worse: no ability to convey it. Yet, these people are gaining the support of angry uninformed americans that cannot even define the word politics.


Jean, Toronto   September 16th, 2010 5:44 pm ET

Bill Maher is correct. GOP does not want a black President. It is obvious that they were shocked that Barack Obama won the US presidency. It was something that they did not expect that a black man would win over John McCain. They are jealous. It has been noted that they have done their utmost to make President Obama's presidency difficult for him, always objecting and rejecting his proposals which will benefit America and its people.
For instance the Health Care Reform. I am an avid CNN viewer. I heard one of the Republicans state on CNN that they will make it difficult for him. Is this something that someone, be it that he is in the opposition should state? They have projected their disdain for President Obama. Their day will come.
Consider if McCain was elected US President. How proficient would he and his republican members be as US President and the ruling party?
I do wish that people would not be so gullible to pay heed to what those Republicans as well as the newly-formed Tea Party – T-Party as in T-Shirt as I refer to them are saying. They are inciting divisions and hatred as well.
Americans should put on their thinking cap and note what is happening to them through the Republicans and that Tea Party. Please mark my words, the worst may be awaiting you if these two parties win and are also in the majority. It will be a punishment for America for not appreciating what President Obama has done for America and wants to do for America and its people.


Rob   September 16th, 2010 5:50 pm ET

Bill Maher is the new Mort Sahl, well-read,articulate and thoughtfull.


tom obrien   September 16th, 2010 8:18 pm ET

Everyone knows Bill Maher is an athiest unless they have been living in a cave like osama.. Bill is intelligent, well versed and obviously interested in many subjects that can be researched on various media available to most people(you should try it some time). Most of his comments are opinion based on observation and reading(again, you should try it sometime) Just because you don't agree with his opinions doesn't mean he knows it all and your best response should be to counter it with a well reasoned response.. Are you up to the task??


Nana   September 16th, 2010 8:37 pm ET

Bill Maher is one of the best interviewers on any show especially Larry King. Larry should keep away from Trumpiting Trump and O'Brian . Trumpeter has an inflated ego and O'Brian is much to hostel and angry and needs schooling in Journalism before she goes on air. Bill Maher always right, the American voters need to take charge of America as the Republic party have been sabotaged by Tea Braggers and the Pailens.It's lots of fun to laugh at all the Sara Pailen's, Glen Beck's of America but no one is thinking of the Republican Party. The Republican Party needs so desperately to face truth for the sake of America instead of wasting time with trivial nonsense. Do America care about America ? We will be soon the third world and no one will be laughing then except Sara Pailen with her fat bank account. In all honesty Sara Pailen very funny, we get hysterical seeing her but she is not on comedy central is she? May be she could have a show with Bill Mahar. [ sorry Bill I was just kidding] When mothers who are not capable of taking care of there children, teenage daughter's and her handicap baby she lacks the wisdom to be looking out for us Americans. What is going on with the Republican party are you on Pot?


Cajazz76:24:8   September 17th, 2010 12:04 am ET

Rose

You have to understand that Joe G. Ill-noise is breaking bad habits. He just hasn't go to the most critical and difficult of all to kick. They are the ones he learned since birth..caj


Cajazz76:24:8   September 17th, 2010 2:11 am ET

I can't wait for the PALIN look-alike jokes from Maher regarding Christine O'Donnell.. She is a drone clone, for certain...caj


Jerjol   September 17th, 2010 10:26 am ET

@ Joe G. Ill-noise I read in one of your blogs that you had found GOD

Can you tell me, when you found him, was he black or white??

Many theologians say that Jesus was actually of mixed race black and white, much like your President, Barack Obama

When you found GOD did he tell you that racism was wrong??

Do you talk to GOD every morning like the former President G.W.B. claims he did??

Please explain.

Thank you.


genierae   September 17th, 2010 12:01 pm ET

Thank you Bill Maher! And thank you Larry King for having this man on. He is an American original, a truly unique individual, and he helps to redeem America's bad reputation since 9/11. Keep telling your truth, Mr. Maher, and we will keep listening to it. Bless you!


b   September 17th, 2010 5:07 pm ET

can someone please tell me what Newsweek issue he is referring to? I can't find it online...


Scott   September 17th, 2010 10:47 pm ET

Tea partiers are not – repeat, NOT – racist. Bill Maher does nothing but lie and lie and lie about conservatives.


nina1fox   September 19th, 2010 8:00 pm ET

Bill, keep up the good work. Your view is not liked by many; however, it is one of the most realistic viewpoints I have heard thus far.

The tea party pundit leaders are conservatives in disguise. What better way to gain power then using another party's reputation and name. I must admit the Republican Party strategizes like none other.

Supporting 700 – 800 bases around the world, not including Iraq or Afghanistan, at the dismay of many governments, I wonder how long it will take before our treasury can no longer print up paper money? Eisenhower, Chalmers Johnson and others have warned us about the “Industrial Military Complex”

Bush increased the size of our government. How you might ask? Because that administration created a whole second Defense Department; known as the Department of Homeland Security!!!!


R   September 21st, 2010 8:52 am ET

I like his view on Islamic center in New York. Any way, this view is well expected from genius like him.


Angela Savage Austin   September 21st, 2010 3:58 pm ET

TIRED >BUT NOT DEFEATED.. Instead of blaming President Obama for this economic mess, ...Why not ralley and protest around all the large corporations that have profited at our exspense yet are not hiring. Lets gather their profits and gains information, with signs and banners, expose that information at the rally to "...GET OUR JOBS BACK" directly from the sources responsible? TRANSPARENCY RIGHT AT THEIR DOOR!


Ellis Justan   September 21st, 2010 10:18 pm ET

"The Smoking Gun....Teapartiers are the bullet aimed at more than the government, they are masked as independents but really are radical Republicans...and possibly something worse. I can't erase the images of President Obama being displayed as less than human, during their rallies, which errily created flashbacks of the 60's in my mind. I believe than both the GOP and Tea Baggers are working in alignment to further divide and confuse Americans. Sure it may be infiltrated with decent Americans with legitimate concerns which must be addressed, but the granite that they stand on is pus filled racism, awaiting its rebirth. They call themselves "born again" conservatives in the name of Christianity, but there is nothing "Christ-like" about their platform, views or fears. It is said , "If A Child Forgets It's Past, It Remains A Child"....Racism is still in its infancy here in America and only the clothes of deception has changed, not the hearts or minds of these extrememists. I pray that America opens theirs eyes to this deception before we all become vulnerable to collapse from within as a people united. If we examine "From Whence We Come:...history teaches us that all great empires fell from within. It would be great that out of the ashes of Racism...Love, Peace, and Harmony would prosper instead of hate, fear, greed and corruption."

The only hatred that has to do with the Tea Party is from individuals such as this. I have been to several tea parties, and there has never been any examples of racism, or hatred. If you want to see hatred, check out the above post, or what many have said about the Tea Party. You could also check out the anti-war movement who regularly compared Bush to Hitler if you want to see real hate. The tea party has worked to remove many candidates that it doesn't agree with on an ideological level. If it was a racist movement, I highly doubt it would target Bob Bennett of Utah for example.

Calling people a "teabagger" or "racist" for expressing their point of view isn't just hateful, but it is childish and shows how many on the left would rather slander their opponents than debate them or discuss real issues. For all the hatred directed at the tea party, I have seen no hatred inside of it. Fortunately the slander by Bill Maher and others hasn't been successful as Republicans will pick up plenty of seats in the house, and some in the Senate as well.

There is a reason Bill Maher and Keith Olbermann don't get high ratings. Hatred and lies don't sell with most people.


Jssgarden   November 12th, 2010 4:20 am ET

oh wow, race card again. Will you ever get tired of bringing up the race card whenever our Pres messed up?


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