February 28, 2010

Tonight on Larry King Live!

Posted: 02:00 PM ET

The one and only Bill Maher sits down with Larry!

You can't miss this conversation...

He’s ready to take on…EVERYONE!!

He’ll tell us what he really thinks about President Obama, Sarah Palin and the elected officials in Washington!

His thoughts on Leno and Conan…the John Edwards sex scandal…the response to the earthquake in Haiti

Tonight, NOTHING is off limits…

Plus! Success expert Harvey Mackay with advice on getting your foot in the door, and getting a job.

So we want to hear from you (and so does Bill)…



Sound off below!

And tune in at 9pm ET / 6PM PT to hear Bill’s response…

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A. Smith, Oregon   February 16th, 2010 8:10 pm ET

Bill Maher, what do you think of France's decision to pay nuclear test compensation. Nearly 40 years after the first of its 210 nuclear tests, France is preparing to compensate people affected by the fallout. The move leaves the UK isolated in its policy of rejecting liability for illnesses suffered by test participants.

Shouldn't the US begin compensation to the ten's of thousands of servicemen, test site workers and the residents of Montana, Nevada, Washington and New Mexico where Atomic Tests and heavy fallout exposed those people to high levels of radiation and high levels of 18 distinct types of cancer some 30-40 years later?

Bill Maher, what do you think of Rev. Pat Robertson blaming the Haitian Earthquake disaster on the Haitian people's Benin, Africa religion known in Haiti as Voodou?

Bill Maher, do you think the accomplice to the Nigerian bomber in the Amsterdam airport that spoke for the bomber at the security gate and helped the Nigerian bomber bypass the security checkpoints and onto his Detroit flight was a CIA employee or other US Govt. agency worker?

Dodie   February 16th, 2010 8:53 pm ET

Bill Maher, I always enjoy someone who is willing to speak his mind regardless of unpopularity! So, let it rip~~~~~

I would like to hear your take on Washington, our Enormous debt and continued loss of life due to (2) no-win, unnecessary wars! Afghanistan, the ultimate ‘black hole’ for other country’s military! What will it take for us to wake up? How much blood will it take to stop the wars?

My perception is every person at the government level is on the ‘take’ with the GPO in congress at the front of the line and the Democrats right behind. You would think this is the Mafia!!!! Our country is now involved in 2 wars with more wars peeking right around the corner, not to mention we might as well file bankruptcy as we owe 8 trillion dollars. My great great great grandchildren will still be paying for our debt. All you have to do is turn the US over and you will find made in China carved in stone!

Americans are dying every day due to lack of adequate health care. Our Educational system is 3rd world status, our infrastructure is a mess. The Banks and Wall Street are completely unchecked with enormous bonuses. The mega corporations have all outsourced and provided nice economy through slave labor in other parts for the world, while the Americans are loosing their homes, their businesses and their life style has all but been flushed down the toilet! Even the World Bank may toss the American dollar in the gutter as it will be worthless and find another currency! Let me see... have I missed anything?

Good God, Bill! where do we even begin?

Looking for something positive..... hmmmm..... Bill, Have A Nice Day!!!

mrt   February 16th, 2010 9:02 pm ET

Why do people Bill Maher think you're so knowledgeable? Did you major in political science? I for one do not think you are the intellect you think you are!!

Joanne Wozniacki   February 16th, 2010 9:07 pm ET

Mr. Maher, do you think its "Socialism" for the government to take over health care to make sure every legal American can afford to have it?

James   February 16th, 2010 9:24 pm ET

What do you tell people who dwell on the negative all day long. Unlike you, they are unable to have a personal life, manage their finances, take time to exercise and watch their diet, or spend quality time because they are obsessed with everything that is wrong and find nothing that is right. Can you offer these people some sound advice?

Julie Mathias   February 16th, 2010 10:02 pm ET

With polls showing lowest ever voter support for incumbant candidates, finally is it time for the "call" for a term limit amendment to the Constitution?

Infonsal Steigler   February 16th, 2010 10:02 pm ET

Dear the King and Mr. Maher,

My name is Infonsal, and I like to report to you HBO is not going green. Their new online community is designed with a format unfit and unnecessarily energy consuming for participants. Can you shape them up a little?

michael armstrong sr. TX.   February 16th, 2010 10:07 pm ET

The countrys utility bills are out of sight and people are unable to pay the high price of electrcity and it will only go up and all this global warming stuff has been prooven to be none fiction with Obama creating more nuke wast whats worst fossile fule or nuke wast and when will the bills ever go down .

LANA TURNER   February 16th, 2010 10:08 pm ET

My dear friend Bill you can't blame a man for trying to be bipartisian
You should commend him for that. He will get better just don't stop backing him up

dave schwartz   February 16th, 2010 10:12 pm ET

As a Jewish American, I find it outrageous the manner in which you denegrade those who choose to find their soul by embracing religion and the teachings of the ten commandments which were passed down over the past 200 yrs as words to live a civil life through. How are you to judge others treatment of others when you embrace prostitution, illicit drugs, and immoral acts as your credo????

michael armstrong sr. TX.   February 16th, 2010 10:12 pm ET

What do you think the chances are that Jeff Bush will be our next president .

Infonsal Steigler   February 16th, 2010 10:13 pm ET

The King: How do you feel about Dick Cheney?

Mr. Maher: Fortitude, perseverance.


Eddie   February 16th, 2010 10:13 pm ET

It is clear that "our" generation will not fix the country's problems. Do you think the college-aged young people will turn our madness around?

Riaz Ansary   February 16th, 2010 10:13 pm ET

It took almost 3 decades to cause all this mess today starting from mistakes during cold war in the united states strategy in Afghanistan. How can anyone expect Obama to fix all in just one year? Obama's policy and knowledge is a great base for a good start To fix all this mess and a bright future for the world.

I am the son of former afghan ambassador after 9/11 my parents has all the time been deeply involved in politics from start so people that they are deeply involved knows what really is going on and that this is not an easy task.

Gretchen   February 16th, 2010 10:14 pm ET

@Bill,you are so right.Just like the hypocrisy of Cheney saying we are less safe under Obama,what a joke.We have had more successful strikes against the taliban and alqueda in one year than all the eight years of Bush.Now we have one of the to[ taliban leaders.Have anyone noticed how that's being played down in the media.We are finally kicking the talibans butt,and really no press?

James   February 16th, 2010 10:14 pm ET

"Good riddance to Bayh." Yea, good riddance to a decent man with a voice of reason. Washington is the last place someone of that ilk is welcome.

Darin Stahl   February 16th, 2010 10:15 pm ET

Come on Bill, how else do you suppose we chase terrorist groups??? Sit and wait for them. It is easy to Armchair...

Robert   February 16th, 2010 10:16 pm ET

How do we establish real checks and balances in this government again?

Mitchell   February 16th, 2010 10:16 pm ET

Do you think we should just fix the current healthcare system ? Make Medicaid the national healthcare and call it Americaid ?

Jack Cashin   February 16th, 2010 10:16 pm ET

What does Bill think of outsourcing?

When are we going to start making things here and generate some revenue for the government and put people to work?

Alex   February 16th, 2010 10:17 pm ET

How do you call yourself a libertarian when you favor more government?

Gretchen   February 16th, 2010 10:18 pm ET

Also why do the right say they are based in christanity,and yet they don't want everyone to have health care.Didnt Jesus want to heal the sick,feed the hungry etc., again Hypocrisy at it's highest.

Mike   February 16th, 2010 10:18 pm ET

Bill, do you think Harry Truman was a great president?

joe smithers   February 16th, 2010 10:18 pm ET

Did I hear Bill Mayer say that americans are not smart enought to know the issues, but they just want someone to take a position and be committed and strong in their belief? Bill, why are Americans not as intelligent about the issues as you? Please respond?

LANA TURNER   February 16th, 2010 10:18 pm ET

Bill would you ever consider running for office? What ever happened to the gentleman who stated "If Obama cured world hunger they would say he took jobs away from people"?

Vanessa Graham   February 16th, 2010 10:18 pm ET

We are in trouble in Texas...Have you seen what we have to choose from? Have any ideas?

Joe N   February 16th, 2010 10:18 pm ET

Excuse me......I am not bright enough to understand the issues.....who do you think you are? Excusing me for having a life...

Andy   February 16th, 2010 10:18 pm ET

Question for Bill: Did you consider that Obama might be playing nice with the Republicans so he can say "see, I tried" when he decides to be tough?

Alex   February 16th, 2010 10:18 pm ET

Would you debate Michael Savage on your show?

Justin Boyer   February 16th, 2010 10:19 pm ET

Is there some reason we as americans have been denied access to Mr Obama's birth certificate and place of birth. This seems to be a secret. Why?

quest   February 16th, 2010 10:19 pm ET

i like this guy.. didnt like his religious movie (so boring and yawn...)
for sure agree with his thoughts and explanations to hard questions. he explains things better than obama. for some time obama has been beating around the bush and speaking the same thing over and over again. frustrating ....

axlerod was great stratergist pre election time. post election obama needs guys like bill.. rahm emanuel needs go out...

Robbie Capps   February 16th, 2010 10:19 pm ET

Do you believe that an economy closer to that of Norway or Sweden's would be better for America?

Jeannie B   February 16th, 2010 10:19 pm ET

What makes you think you are any smarter than the average American in America?? Have you ever considered that a majority of people think you are NOT !!!
But of course, their measly simple minds can't possible be on par with yours.
So sad.

Debbie Niemeyer   February 16th, 2010 10:19 pm ET

Why don't you bother to discuss the other issue with our economy, the minimum wage laws? Huh, Bill? Why not? Did you forget?

A 37 year old homeless college grad who works at the Gap.

kim   February 16th, 2010 10:20 pm ET

You say that President Obama should tell Congress to just pass the House bill. How can he do that? Do he just walk into a room a command them to?

quest   February 16th, 2010 10:20 pm ET

after his interview today willing to check out his shows. i religiously follow anderson cooper and john stewart daily show..add him in my podcast right away

Erika J   February 16th, 2010 10:20 pm ET

Q: i dont think that terrorism really exists, what do you think about all the evidence out there on a currupt self government??

STEVE G   February 16th, 2010 10:20 pm ET


Rob   February 16th, 2010 10:20 pm ET

Ok Bill, show your palms!

george eger   February 16th, 2010 10:20 pm ET

Is it possible to start a mass firing or mass impeachment of the senators
and congressmen who continue to stall progress ?

Sanjay Sukhrani   February 16th, 2010 10:21 pm ET

Hi Bill / Larry,

My Boss a Republican described President Obama's problems being a result of him spreading himself a mile wide and an inch deep. Taking on too many issues at the same time dissipating energy on too many initiatives.

What do you think he should have done in his first year in office.


Jesse from Indiana   February 16th, 2010 10:21 pm ET

Great job Larry, say Bill, what do you think about the Tea Party??

michael armstrong sr. TX.   February 16th, 2010 10:21 pm ET

CNN edits out comments if it dosnt suit there objective Larry King is the only blog that tells all sides .

john duran   February 16th, 2010 10:21 pm ET

bill, you act like you are so are a comedian!

brad byers   February 16th, 2010 10:21 pm ET

Bill –
I think you laugh too much while you do your stand up comedy. It destroys your rhythm.
Your thoughts are better delivered in a one on one situation like Larry King.

Lois Whitman   February 16th, 2010 10:21 pm ET

I've seen Liz Cheney on the Sunday news programs. Do you think she has the knowledge to say or do anything of meaning?

quest   February 16th, 2010 10:22 pm ET

there was a more devastating earthquake in gujarat 10 years ago where more than 250,000 people died. haiti gets more attention .. i am curious...scartch !!! is that because its near USA.


even tsunami didnt get this much attention

jason   February 16th, 2010 10:22 pm ET

Bill, What could you say or why waste your time speaking about """""MS PALIN""""". She is a DISGRACE to us Republicans. We will never vote for a """"""JOURNALIST"""""" FOR ANY OFFICE. She sounds SICK everytime she opens her mouth. Texas Republicans

colleen parker   February 16th, 2010 10:22 pm ET

Why don't we consider federal, state, city, teacher, railroad worker, et al, retirement funds going with social security instead? Wouldn't that be more fair for the general population?

Jene Jacoby   February 16th, 2010 10:22 pm ET

Bill will you run for president in 2012 and will Larry be your vice? I think we need real leadership so its time to plan for real change and real action.

quest   February 16th, 2010 10:23 pm ET

can you ask him questions regarding how can we fix the imigration. his thoughts would be much appreciated.. kudos bill and larry.. great show

Mitchell   February 16th, 2010 10:23 pm ET

What was with Palin and the writing on her hands ? Did she confuse the phrase with, "The writing's on the wall" ? or was she auditioning to be the spokesperson for Palmolive dishwashing liquid ? (Hey, your soaking in it)

mavis malone   February 16th, 2010 10:24 pm ET

Bill, I love you! I'd vote for you if you ran for president. To bad telling the truth will not get you elected.
What do you think about Evan Bayh deserting a sinking ship?

Jeremy Buckingham   February 16th, 2010 10:24 pm ET

Mr. Mahr,
I don't really know all your views, but so far I think you're right on the mark. I've heard your views on other topics, such as religion, are similar to my own...but I need to read up.

Keep up the pressure...especially as it relates to politicians being "corporatists".

Yonas Tesema   February 16th, 2010 10:24 pm ET


Can you please talk to one of the top people in President Obama's administration. How can we make them strong? How can we convince this administration that no matter what they do the Republicans are not going to cooperate with Obama. Never. They do not want him to have a second term. Thet is the final goal period.

Bob   February 16th, 2010 10:24 pm ET

How would you react if the government were to consider taking over the Bill Maher program or its affiliates? Why not ? How much money would the people save and you lose?

Jenny   February 16th, 2010 10:24 pm ET

From Raleigh: Don't tell us about Obama; tell Obama and his cabinet about Obama.

We enjoy your views!
We saw you in Raleigh,NC and you were awesome!

Erica   February 16th, 2010 10:24 pm ET

Love Obama........but.............Bill Maher for President....."He defintely gets it"............You're here to get the job done, not to be like.........

A. Smith, Oregon   February 16th, 2010 10:24 pm ET

Evan Bayh's links to mega health care corporations were previously proven weren't they? I echo Maher's remark, Good Riddance to Bayh, don't let the door hit you in the backside as you slither out of Congress.

Joy   February 16th, 2010 10:24 pm ET

Finally, someone who is ready to tell it as it is. Mr. Maher, you are someone we desperately need in the US senate!

Dale   February 16th, 2010 10:24 pm ET

Bill, The one thing that I know for sure about the Rush Limbaughs, Sean Hannity's and Glen Becks is this: they will never compromise and they are not interested in any points of views but thier own. So why do Democrats insist on believing these people can be won over with reason or just plain common sense? I think you have it right, people judge like and dislike by percieved strenth whther false or not. I am disappointed!!!!!!!!!!!!

April   February 16th, 2010 10:24 pm ET

My question is for Bill-

Have you ever consider to run for an office? If not why?

Roxanne   February 16th, 2010 10:25 pm ET

I absolutely agree with Bill Maher regarding the media's inability to balance the news. They overdose us with one subject and then move on to the next. The Haiti tragedy is not a sprint. It is a marathon. If the media covers it in small doses, the audience will not be overdosed, and hence they will perhaps be more interested to learn more this evolving situation through out the longer term.

Mike   February 16th, 2010 10:25 pm ET

Bill what would you do if you were in your twenties in this country?

Said Muhammed   February 16th, 2010 10:25 pm ET

YES!! Thank you Bill. I am so sick of this "Breaking Story" "Developing Story" where "reporters" pretend to be giving us usefule news when they really have about 3 minutes of facts on the story. There are 192 countries in the world and I for one (perhaps because I'm from a country other then the US) would like to know about the War in Congo, The month long power blackouts in Zanzibar, South American politics that dont have anything to do with illegal immigration etc etc.. You call in "disaster porn" I call it LAZY reporting on all the stations!

Scott   February 16th, 2010 10:26 pm ET

Dear Bill,

Do you think the pharmaceuticals are over diagnosed for mental disorders? That mental disorders are over diagnosed to sell pharmaceuticals? That the American mind is being ever more diminished by pharmaceuticals?

Ti Canipe   February 16th, 2010 10:26 pm ET

We saw your live show at Raleigh North Carolina. It takes a strong stomach to watch you. We agree with most you have to say. We believe that the economy is still struggling because people listen to rush bimbaugh and he scares everyone to death. The economy is not striving because bimbaugh keeps people with money scared to death to spend!!! Do you agree??????????????

heidi Pesterfield   February 16th, 2010 10:26 pm ET

Question for BM: What will it take to begin legalizing marijuana in this country? Will it ever happen & if so, what will be the benefits & downfalls?

Jacques   February 16th, 2010 10:26 pm ET

If the Republicans wants the underwear bomber to be treated as an enemy combatant, he would be a prisoner of war and protected by the Geneva Convention, therefore giving me more rights than a civilian criminal. Please explain.

Sushil Adhikari   February 16th, 2010 10:26 pm ET

Question for Bill Maher:

What do you make about Glenn Beck comments regarding India's physicians medical education?

Chuck K   February 16th, 2010 10:26 pm ET

Mr. Maher you have such a good grasp of all the major issues facing many Americans, why don't you run for one of the Senate seats being vacated. You have a naturally intelligent approach to all of the issues.

Debbie Eades   February 16th, 2010 10:26 pm ET

I agree with Bill that Haiti is OVER covered in the media. Why isnt anyone on CNN talking about the devastation on the Cheyenne River Indian Reservation in South Dakota? These are AMERICANS suffering horrible effects from an ice storm in January and they need 90 million in aid. WHERE IS THEIR TELETHON?

Mike Barry   February 16th, 2010 10:27 pm ET

How do republicans get away with now being deficit hawks? After all, Ronald Reagan taught us that "deficits don't matter." And the GOP spent the last eight years spending without paying for it. Obama runs up a deficit to try to avoid another depression and he gets labeled as not caring about deficits. How do Democrats recapture this issue?

quest   February 16th, 2010 10:27 pm ET

cant say.. palin might get elected i see people who are so ignorant and blindly believe republicans.

Nell   February 16th, 2010 10:27 pm ET

How can the President be doing a bad job if the Senate are the ones rejecting all the changes he said he would make? He needs 2/3 votes to pass anything he propose. Without them, NOT HIM, his changes would be fulfilled.

Gretchen   February 16th, 2010 10:27 pm ET

Did anyone watch Family Guys jokes about down syndrome? and why sarah said nothing about it,again hypocrisy,she won't demand a firing on the fox network

Nina   February 16th, 2010 10:27 pm ET

Mr. Maher,
You contribute to the quality of television programming like very few in today's media do.

I think the reason why the President has had as you call "bad freshman year" is because he didn't really expect to be gunned down by "friendly fire" from the party that he is supposed to be leading!
Do you think that ultimately the reason why the Democrats feel they are allowed to act this way lies in the remnants of racism?

On the "summit" President is holding on health care, I think we may be surprised with what a good convener can do when the people around the table have to obey the rules. I still do hope!

Sylvia   February 16th, 2010 10:27 pm ET

Bill: I get that people are upset about the economy, but do you you think most Americans really want to start another Republican majority beginning with the mid-term elections? Have they forgotten the Bush years already? What can the President do or say to rally support again for the Democrats? After all the $$ Bush poured down a rat hole, why do many balk at spending tax dollars on the recovery?

Kevin Rose   February 16th, 2010 10:28 pm ET

Bill Maher,

Hey Bill,
I think you are right on on just about every issue, from the sheeple of this country, the weak Dems, the Republicants, and the corprate run political sytem which opresses us all. I think it would be the coolest to hang with you, my wife and a few friends and converse about the topics i will make the steaks and provide the wine. One topic i believe you should consider backing off on is religion. I am no religiuos nut or anything like that but i think we can agree that religion serves the world a great service. more on this topic she you respond. Love to hear from you!

Michael in Alabama   February 16th, 2010 10:28 pm ET

Why can't all elected officals have term limits like the President ??? It just might Stop the B.S. in Washington D.C. after 8 years Right !!!

Tony Tangier   February 16th, 2010 10:28 pm ET

Dear Mr. Maher and the King,

Do you feel President Obama's smart power is working around the world?

Edwin   February 16th, 2010 10:28 pm ET

I am delighted to hear Bill Maher highlight the plight of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Indeed, we stand in solidarity with the people of Haiti at this time of need. But why has the world turned a deaf ear to that conflict thats been running on and off since 1998...untold millions killed or displaced...
Lets not lose the bigger picture of UNTOLD sufferings around the globe. Thank you Larry!

Katie   February 16th, 2010 10:28 pm ET

Thank you Bill! Everytime there is a disaster, the TV/press follows it 24/7 to the exclusion of everything else. PLEASE treat us like adults, you don't need to drop everything else that is going on in the world and devote 24 hours for the next 2 weeks to the disaster!

Maureen   February 16th, 2010 10:29 pm ET


Up until this evening, I was a Bill Maher's fan.

His disregard for Haiti, and the effort s of CNN, in my mind is inexcusable. I believe that you were conflicted and uncomfortable in managing the conversation. His willingness to talk abiut Sarah Palin and other pundit's demonstartes his shallowness.

I think you shld have kicked him to the curb.


Anne Dee   February 16th, 2010 10:29 pm ET

@A. Smith,
I grew up in Indiana, worked for Evan Bayh's uncle and know his father. I have to say on this one, you really have no idea what you are talking about. It is true that he does not fit your needs as he is not a far left liberal; he is a moderate. He did a great job as governor and was highly respected as a Senator. Sorry, but you cannot be the expert of everything.

Based on your comment, how in the world can James Carville be respected by you and the Democrats when his wife is so clearly connected to the Republican party?

quest   February 16th, 2010 10:29 pm ET

till date i ve been thinking mc cain was a hero. thanks for the info. rich kid very obvious .. with connections .

Ron   February 16th, 2010 10:29 pm ET

Comment on the situation regarding John Edwards. I know you thought very highly of him during the democratic primaries in 2008.

keith wood   February 16th, 2010 10:30 pm ET

Gee bill seeing you be so smart an we dumb americans dont no stuff ,run for office and fix it so we can all live under your all mighty all knowing prowess.I see rushmore in your future.

Nikki Reynolds from Indiana   February 16th, 2010 10:30 pm ET

Bill, can you explain why after every tragic catastrophe, celebrities become the center of the story? And why does the media cater to this?

Startes Rights advocate in La   February 16th, 2010 10:31 pm ET

Do you think the Obama administration will follow the Clinton and Bush administrations in utilizing federal tax revenues to lobby for/against state ballot initiatives?

Homero   February 16th, 2010 10:31 pm ET

Will Bill Mahr ever go on the Fox O'Rielly show? I would love to see him debate O'Rielly

Cajazz76:24:8   February 16th, 2010 10:31 pm ET

@Bill Maher

Every consider a 'liberal punditry hour' to fill the gap of Leno's abandoned time slot? The compensation package should be rather appealing and lucrative for NBC, as well. Your audience would be expanded and your weekend shows in Tahoe and Vegas would be sold-out, if you don't sell your soul to the network elite.

Remember the world will not long remember any impact of your shtick of years past. A sense of humor has been emerging to blanket this nation and keep us from crying behind the redoubts erected over our freedoms in the previous 8 years.

Jerry   February 16th, 2010 10:31 pm ET

If Americans elected George W. Bush (once), Sarah Palin can definite get into the white house. She is disturbingly ambitious, in my opinion.

Diane guerrant   February 16th, 2010 10:31 pm ET

You have insightful and (in my view) accurate
criticisms of our government. What do you suggest to fix the mess we're in?

Rashawn   February 16th, 2010 10:31 pm ET

Will the president rein-act the Fairness doctrine? And if he does will it help?

Brett Hall   February 16th, 2010 10:31 pm ET

Bill, What do you think the chances of the President and the Democrats in congress taking charge and passing some kind of health care reform are, and how long do you think it will take?

Rich   February 16th, 2010 10:31 pm ET

Why does the rest of themedia care whether Palin allows any media into her closed speeches? All of them, except FOX News, already knows we are so sick of hearing about her.

Phillips Evans   February 16th, 2010 10:32 pm ET


Please implore Bill to not pollute his brilliant, witty commentaries by pandering to the lowest common denominators in public taste by his insistence on badly simulated sex acts and gratuitous obscenities.

John Young   February 16th, 2010 10:32 pm ET

Why isn't anyone talking about the economy being a giant ponzi scheme?

Gretchen   February 16th, 2010 10:32 pm ET

The fact that the tea party paid sarah palin over 100,000.00,for her hopey,changey remarks speaks volumes about the tea party noyt her.Most people would ride that train until the wheels come off. She's dumb,but not stupid.,

Bruce from Lake Charles, LA   February 16th, 2010 10:32 pm ET

You say Sarah Palin is not to be reckon with! That's fuzzy math! I felt the same way about Bubba (GWBush) against Al Gore! This airline stewardess is George W Bush in a skirt. My mom lovers her.. She's a nut case.. I'm scared why not you???

brad byers   February 16th, 2010 10:32 pm ET

Will middle America ever understand that they just aren't as educated as those from larger cities?

Brandon   February 16th, 2010 10:32 pm ET

I think what he is saying represents what many American's think and feel.

Michelle Schuyler   February 16th, 2010 10:32 pm ET

Do you think we will see an uprising, a revolution (if you will) in our lifetime? Or are the American people too anesthetized by cable tv, the internet, recreational drugs, texting, cinema, etc????

Jessica May   February 16th, 2010 10:33 pm ET

Good evening Larry and Bill,

I would like to ask Bill if he believes as many others do that Afghanistan is turning into an extension of America's War on Drugs considering the efforts put into drug eradication and the DEA's involvement now ?

Wouldn't it be smarter and less dangerous to simply trace the money and freeze those accounts and arrest those connected to terrorist?

(sorry, that's two questions)


lucy   February 16th, 2010 10:33 pm ET

In light of the recent supreme court decision, allowing for unlimited campaign funding, I have a position. I believe that all candidates should be forced to wear patches on their clothing like race car drivers do from their sponsors. What do you think?

rufus   February 16th, 2010 10:33 pm ET

my comment is that the war is too long l feel is time that all the commernders and general that has been managing this two war should be releaved of their post

Mitchell   February 16th, 2010 10:33 pm ET

Bill, do you think it would benefit the country of we could open Ellis Island again ? Would we have better control at monitoring immigrants ?

Paul Hooker   February 16th, 2010 10:34 pm ET

Bill Maher is completely right. I'm surprised if you don't lose viewers because a lot of people won't like to hear the plain truth about themselves. If atheists get a vote, cast mine for Bill Maher as god.

quest   February 16th, 2010 10:34 pm ET

with all due respect religion is just a way to scare people and another form of money making corporate establishment. kevin my friend please dont be blinded by religion. look just across the atlantic pope is investigating molestation and rape charges by the religious leaders all over the world.

religion is nothing but a set of superstition. take any religion for that case.
christinaity, hinduim, islam , jew ....etc etc.. all were created my man so its going to be imperfect and just work for the few religious leaders on top

religion is the cause of all world problems.
lets keep it simple there are only 2 kind of people good and bad no other differences

sara   February 16th, 2010 10:34 pm ET

ask bill maher why does the president talk down to people and seems
like he is a king . not for the usa. the people why did his pastor dam our country
thank you

Justin Boyer   February 16th, 2010 10:34 pm ET

I am also a small business owner who is struggling hard in this economy. The SBA has no interest business loans for small businesses that are struggling. There are at least 18 pages of forms and questions that only an attorney could answer!!! But we can give AIG and the auto makers millions and millions. I'm betting they didn't have all of those forms to fill out. But then again they do have a team of attorny's.

SUSAN SQUIRES   February 16th, 2010 10:34 pm ET

Sarah Palin needs to go back to Alaska and look for Russians from her front porch.

Brandon   February 16th, 2010 10:34 pm ET

@Mitchell not ones from the south....and that's where our biggest issues are when it comes to Immigration....(Cuba, Mexico....)

Mark Ostrovsky   February 16th, 2010 10:35 pm ET

Mr. Maher. I've heard that Democrats are a party of no ideas and Republicans are a party of really bad ideas. Can you please comment on this? Thanks.

Todd K   February 16th, 2010 10:35 pm ET

Please go back to the filibuster rule. Why aren't the democrats making more noise about the abuse of the filibuster? Rachel Maddow is making this an issue, but I don't understand why the democrats aren't exposing the Republicans on this?

Lesley from Toronto   February 16th, 2010 10:35 pm ET

We need you in Canada our politics are more laughable then the States that being said have you seen the movie Zeit Geiust?

BTW Our education here: A child can not fail a grade EVEN if he deserves to incase it might "humiliate him" yes, I'm deadly serious

gerald joyner   February 16th, 2010 10:36 pm ET

I'd like to know your view about the health care debate. I just want to know why regular americans can't have the same care as the congress? We pay their salaries, yet they have better care than we do. Is it socialism for govt. workers,military, etc to have this care and we dont?

Rohit   February 16th, 2010 10:36 pm ET

Hey Bill

If democracy is mob rule then what is left for ppl?

Carmella   February 16th, 2010 10:36 pm ET

Bill is so real in his opinion.

Tim   February 16th, 2010 10:37 pm ET

Hi Larry and Bill, excellent show! How do you feel about criminal charges being brought against Cheney and Bush?

Marilyn   February 16th, 2010 10:37 pm ET

Sen. Bayh has left us Hoosiers up a creek without a paddle. If he wasn't going to run why didn't he make his decision two months ago, then the democratic candidates would have had time to be registered. Bayh could care less about Indiana. I ageee with Mr. Maher good riddance to Sen. Bayh.

len lisewsky   February 16th, 2010 10:37 pm ET

Larry – you ought to be ashamed of yourself for letting Bill M. sit there on your show and question McCain's millitary flying ability – followed by Bill half jokingly questioning the time he got shot done. Question his politics! But Bill crossed a line here – as did you by not drawing the line for him.

marne   February 16th, 2010 10:38 pm ET

bill, I saw you in Ithaca, you seem to always speak with such anger, I wish you would be more in the moment.

Rodney Ridley   February 16th, 2010 10:38 pm ET

I think you are great Bill, but why do you think our President Obama can just tell the Congress what to do about health care or any other issues. If he could rally the Democrats to vote in lock step for health care, jobs, or any other issue don't you think it would already be done?

Let's emphasize fillibuster reform or elimination of the fillibuster.

Let's show our youth that public service is honorable and worthy of a career choice.

If you can't answer on-air, please have Larry King comment later.


Rodney Ridley

M. McArthur   February 16th, 2010 10:38 pm ET

I just hope J Biden don't ever go hunting with D. Cheney. He would shoot him for sure. Dick Cheney is off his rockers. Bill is that you in the commerical. It sure does look like you.

Sid Cole   February 16th, 2010 10:38 pm ET

Keep it up with Palin.... Remember how stupid Reagan was!

Carmen   February 16th, 2010 10:39 pm ET

Bill what's your opinion of Kevin Smith being removed from his flight for being overweight/obese?

Carmella   February 16th, 2010 10:39 pm ET

Bill keeps it simple, why can't congress keep it simple everything is always so complicated. That's why they can't get anything done.

Ruben Chavez   February 16th, 2010 10:39 pm ET

I think Obama should put a five tax on gasoline with public transportation and trucking exempt. That way everyone gets health care, American ingunity will wake up, people will car pool, ride the bus, walk, ride a bike, health in general will improve and the deficit will go down, hard medicine, but Obama needs to do it excutive order and the numbers will tell the story, Iran and other terror supporting countries will be out of action, the planet will begin to heal. one last thing, allow congress members only two terms, and strip there health insurance, A merica will unite, the rich will b-h, but whats new. By the way I live on disablity and worrk part time. You tell like it should be, Rush is on pluto trying to report with a naked eye

Ruben Chavez

quest   February 16th, 2010 10:39 pm ET

well said .. there are zillion tv channel. coco could have switched to another..coc fans need to stop crying

"John in Virginia" John Creamer   February 16th, 2010 10:39 pm ET


A comment and question for Bill:

Bill, First thanks for citing the media for not doing justice to the stories that really count. I lived in Europe for 20 years watching their news broadcasts and never felt so stupid about world affairs as when I would visit my parents in Boston for 2 weeks at Christmas. Also, I agree with you about the lack of real knowledge most Americans have about most issues.

Now the question: I'm not pruish at all - quite the contrary, but why do you cheapen your shows (series and stand-ups) with the gratuitous
references to sex, when you're making your points? I understand a certain amount of "advocatus diaboli" in getting the audience riled up, but I believe your opinions would be accepted by more without these gratuitous remarks/actions, in your last HBO special, which is now airing.

venise berry   February 16th, 2010 10:40 pm ET

Why not pay for universal healthcare by taxing beer, liquor and wine?

michael armstrong sr. TX.   February 16th, 2010 10:40 pm ET

What about global warming and all these scar tactics to drive up utility bills when are the people going to be held acountable for fraud .

james   February 16th, 2010 10:40 pm ET

Question to Bill Maher
Do you think that Tea Party mouvement has some racism aspect in It?

len lisewsky   February 16th, 2010 10:40 pm ET

yeah – yeah – shot down not shot done

lt@como   February 16th, 2010 10:41 pm ET

merican people are not smart enough to figure out what's going on. Maybe he needs to wake up. Larry too.

C. Campbell   February 16th, 2010 10:41 pm ET

I think B. Maher is right on target on every subject he commented on tonight. He really made me smile and clap. Thank you for your honesty. Yes, sometimes the media spends too much time on one item–enough already...and Palen...absolutely. I am laughing right along with you Bill. Thanks for inviting him Larry.

Gretchen   February 16th, 2010 10:41 pm ET

Bottom line if anyone cares Jay,Conan,and D Letterman are all rich guys.Oh how I wish I had Conans troubles boo hoo

Paula Quam   February 16th, 2010 10:42 pm ET

I know the outrage over oil prices has quieted...for now. But do you really believe nobody can come up with better energy-saving technology that what we've got? Do you think Uncle Vinny is wacking some leggs? (or best case, paying them off?)

Dewayne   February 16th, 2010 10:42 pm ET


I would like to know what your views are on making people under retirement age that recieve welfare and food stamps take a drug test. I have to take one to keep my job that pays the taxes that distribute the funds so why don't they have to pass one to recieve it?

Erik   February 16th, 2010 10:42 pm ET

Jay Leno gave up his seat as the tonight show host to Conan only to take it back 7 months later. Why take it back? Are you not rich enough. Your old. Your done. Move on.

venise berry   February 16th, 2010 10:43 pm ET

Taxing beer, liquor and wine (bad for you) the same way cigarettes are taxed (also bad) make too much sense.

Randi Robinson   February 16th, 2010 10:43 pm ET

We've all had to make cut-backs. Why doesn't the government? Elim inate multiple representatives from states. 1 from each for the House and Senate. Look at all of the money we'd save on salaries, benefits. Let's see how they'd react if they were suddenly unemployed!

Douglas Scott   February 16th, 2010 10:43 pm ET

Hey's a question for Bill; Do You think there could be a sinister agenda the government is hiding from the public? It just seems like we're all being lied to as well as distracted with headline overkill.

Laura Hawley   February 16th, 2010 10:44 pm ET

Bill Maher, I love you very much I have done everything in my power to ensure that I watched your show and shows that you have been on as a guest . However, as a haitian woman, I disagreed with your comment about the coverage on Haiti. You have not done your work on Haiti's issue, by comparing five million death in Congo due to civil war and 230 million dead people in Haiti due to a disaster is just plain stupid. I don't think you realized how many haitian that are residing and are investing in this country. A little history, do you know that haitian helped American fought the war with the British it was haitian soldiers in the French army. Do you know haiti's vote was needed for Israel to be an independent state.

ariel   February 16th, 2010 10:44 pm ET

hey mr Bill Maher what do you think about a immigration reform dont you think it would help the economy in some way

Jason   February 16th, 2010 10:45 pm ET

I never really watched bill b4 I caught his show a few times but after tonite I AM A BIG FAN he's so real n what he said tonite I completely agree with..genius Larry you should have him on more often to bring everyone back to reality..I really think he should run for a gov position..he's so real im glad someone came out n blasted dems n reps ON THE REAL PLAIN ISSUES..I like Obama I voted for him but I'm with bill...RUN BILL RUN

venise berry   February 16th, 2010 10:45 pm ET

Why not tax beer, liquor and wine in order to pay for universal healthcare?
Taxing beer, liquor and wine (all bad for you) the same way cigarettes are taxed (also very bad) makes too much sense.

michael federico   February 16th, 2010 10:45 pm ET

I can't help but wonder why there has not been more uproar about the radical froup known as "The Family out of DC? Bill had Jeff Sharlet, the Family Author, on his show. This group is dangerous and is now infiltrated into the US military. They believe once one is saved you can never be held accountable for anything ever again!!!

How about Super Churches being built on military bases?

The Family alumi are like a who's who in the House and Senate.

THey don't call themselves Christians but refer to themselves as
followers of Christ!!

Lesley from Toronto   February 16th, 2010 10:46 pm ET

NO there are 50 Americas it's called the UNITED STATES of AMERICA and it's anything but! State laws vary from State to State and that's just ONE example how how many "Americas" there are.

Scott   February 16th, 2010 10:46 pm ET

Why are left-wing comedians so full of hate?

Tony Tangier   February 16th, 2010 10:46 pm ET

Dear Mr. Maher,

There it is, the comments on John Edwards are the Real reason why this audience will follow Mr. Maher.

Camille   February 16th, 2010 10:46 pm ET

What does Bill think about gay marriage?

Gretchen   February 16th, 2010 10:47 pm ET

@Michael ,get some manners.

brad byers   February 16th, 2010 10:47 pm ET

Bill –
What will it take for the republicans to respect climate change?

Joanne   February 16th, 2010 10:47 pm ET

I hear so much about health care that I'm wondering why the subject has never been brought up regarding Senator/Representatives paying for their own health care. Wouldn't this help pay for the health care plan instead of putting more burden on taxpayers. Don't get me wrong I'm all for gov't health care. It's getting out of hand and something needs to be done. Premiums are as much as a car payment and getting less coverage and higher deductibles each year. Just wondering why this issue is never brought up. Seems like a plan to me.

michael armstrong sr. TX.   February 16th, 2010 10:47 pm ET

Dang I finaly got edited on larry king and I deserved it .

Lesley from Toronto   February 16th, 2010 10:48 pm ET

venise berry That and Cigarettes is what pays ours, it's called a "sin" tax our Gas pays ours too

David D. McEvoy   February 16th, 2010 10:48 pm ET

Considering Hilary Clinton's stand on numerous issues during the debates, in hindsight, do you think we would have been better served had she been elected President in 2009?

rhoda d   February 16th, 2010 10:49 pm ET

Stick with comedy. The last thing I need is to hear you tell me how to vote. You are in show business. If you wanted to be in politics, you went the wrong direction. Celebrities think because they are in the public eye that we all believe their views. I have a mind of my own and i do not need you sitting at Larry's desk telling me I am too stupid to understand. Who do you think you are? Larry, why do you let your guests talk unsensored, Bill O'Reilly at least, disagrees when someone calls the general public idiots. Come on. Larry! I am changing the channel.

Anne Dee   February 16th, 2010 10:49 pm ET

Leno did not give up his seat to Conan. He was told Conan would be taking his seat.

David Scott   February 16th, 2010 10:49 pm ET

Science is what scientist say it is, History is what the historians say it is, Politics what the politicians say it is, so does Bill actually know anyone who is not stupid?

Gretchen   February 16th, 2010 10:49 pm ET

John Edwards did more than just cheat.He cheated on his terminally ill wife,he hurt his children and lied to his supporters.That's more than being "Horny"

peggy beattie   February 16th, 2010 10:50 pm ET

My doctor of ten years I was visiting and asked her what she thought of Sarah Palin. She said: " I just love her – I hope she will be elected PResident".. I found a new doctor the next morning. HOWEVER: We elected George B. TWICE NOT just once.

If you listen to Rush, and it is very difficult. You can tell that he thinks his audience are a bunch of morons.

john   February 16th, 2010 10:50 pm ET

bill, you are so smart! i wish i was you.

lucy   February 16th, 2010 10:51 pm ET

Whats the deal with the reception tonight CNN. I can't hear twenty five percent of what is being said on your show. Is it you or my cable company.

michael federico   February 16th, 2010 10:51 pm ET

Bill can you talk more about "the family."
They are way too powerful and going relatively unnoticed.
Does the average american think having a government run by
men who don't believe in any accountqability is smart?

Building super churchs on Military Bases?

Need to expose more on thse guys!!

Anne Dee   February 16th, 2010 10:51 pm ET

I think you speak exactly to the point. He wanted to serve Indiana. Some just want to make sure his position is filled by a Democrat.

John   February 16th, 2010 10:51 pm ET

Bill Maher – Simply gifted , an ideal mixed of common sense and intellect not unlike Obama but profoundly polictically incorrect ,unapologetic yet not mean spirited.

Dorothy   February 16th, 2010 10:52 pm ET

the government taxes and criminalizes things they don't want us to do, right? smoking, drinking, recreational why isn't shipping jobs overseas a bad thing, why isn't it taxed, or penalized? I know "globalization" , we compete with countries that pay their citizens 2 cents an hour. How is that not a threat to our national security? So my question is, would a little more "nationalism" be so bad?

Tony Tangier   February 16th, 2010 10:52 pm ET

Dear Mr. Maher,

Sitting in front of the King of the media on CNN, can you tell us how do you REALLY feel about MSNBCs and FOXs feud.

Chance   February 16th, 2010 10:52 pm ET

I loved Bills Fashon show at the end of his special.

Zachary   February 16th, 2010 10:52 pm ET

curious about Bill's comparison of Olbermann/Maddow to Beck/O'Reilly/Limbaugh?

Mallorye Payne   February 16th, 2010 10:53 pm ET

How would you rate the president since he has been in office?

A. Smith, Oregon   February 16th, 2010 10:54 pm ET

Evan Bayh not only followed the corporate money, it appears Bayh sold his political soul to corporate funding. And it certainly appears those same corporations told him what to vote for and what to obstruct!

Again, I echo Bill Maher's remark, good riddance Evan Bayh, you are a insult to the Democratic party and all voters that are Democrats.

* Between 1997 and 2006, Bayh received eight contributions from the American Bankers Associations Political Action Committee (BANKPAC), totaling $20,000. No wonder Bayh supported bankruptcy legislation in 2005. It’s also noteworthy that Bayh received a $2,300 contribution from the Bank of America Corporation Federal PAC on January 8, 2008.

* Between 1998 and 2004, Bayh received 12 contributions from the General Dynamics Voluntary Political Contribution Plan (GDVPCP) totaling $17,000. General Dynamics is a notorious war profiteer and Bayh voted in favor of our disastrous war in Iraq.

* Between 1997 and 2005, Bayh received 16 contributions from the General Electric Political Action Committee (GEPAC) totaling $17,000. GE is not only a war profiteer but also the parent company of NBC.

* Between 1999 and 2005, Bayh received five contributions from the Citigroup Inc. Political Action Committee-Federal (Citigroup PAC-Federal) totaling $12,000.

* Between 2000 and 2006, Bayh received six contributions from the Capital One Financial Corp. Assoc. Political Fund, totaling $11,000. What’s in your wallet Senator Bayh?

* Between 1997 and 2005, Bayh received eleven contributions from the AFLAC Incorporated Political Action Committee (AFLACPAC), totaling $11,000. I’ve always admired the AFLAC “duck” from their commercials. AFLAC also provides helpful supplementary coverage to your garden variety HMO plan. Nonetheless, real comprehensive healthcare reform would render AFLAC irrelevant. So once the battle for healthcare reform is joined, you can be sure their duck will not be quacking on your side.

* Between 2001 and 2003, Bayh received five contributions from the Aetna Inc. Political Action Committee totaling $8,000. Aetna is an insidious component of the medical industry complex favoring profit over wellness and gouging Americans at every opportunity.

* Between 1997 and 2005, Bayh received six contributions from the Action Fund of Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. totaling $5,500. No more need to be said about that.

Again, I echo Bill Maher's remark, good riddance Evan Bayh, don't let the exit door hit you in the backside on your way out!

michael armstrong sr. TX.   February 16th, 2010 10:55 pm ET

I had fun tonight Larry you should bring Bill back more often .

David Fleisher   February 16th, 2010 10:55 pm ET

Mr. Bill Mahr and Mr. Larry King,
What would you do if you had an issue that was so important and was tantamount to life and death and you had to reach Bill Mahr or Larry King?
How would you make contact? If you did, what would say to the person who’s duty it is to screen out those who, like me, do not have a famous name, a recommendation from someone well known or any other credentials but do have an extremely important message?
Perhaps one of you could give us viewers some helpful tips on how to do this ang look for some form os feedback that we have really made contact? I have been trying to contact you for quite a while, now, and am running out of time and about out of patience.
With respect,
David Z. Fleisher

Lorraine Jill Hariton   February 16th, 2010 10:55 pm ET

How should the US react to the rise of China

AJ   February 16th, 2010 10:56 pm ET


Do you think the GOP and the Tea party are engaging in Racial Bloc voting by not supporting the President, not confirming his appointments and refusing to vote positively on a issues that they supported previously?

Anne Dee   February 16th, 2010 10:57 pm ET

@A. Smith,
Spewing facts is something we all can do. Respond to the question of logic pertaining to James and Mary.

Perhaps you are not aware, but most healthcare companies contribute to both parties.

Gretchen   February 16th, 2010 10:59 pm ET

Bill you are hilarious lol. but think of that mans feelings,hoe he must have felt being put off that plane.I'm glad not to have a weight issue,but policy is policy and maybe they should use more tact.

Dodie   February 16th, 2010 11:00 pm ET

Thank You Bill for bring that out. The senators are not centrists… they are corporatists! You have clarity of thought! I always enjoy your presence, wit, humor and discussing the unpopular issues! “Nood-Nick from Alaska when discussing Palin is just priceless!

Thank You so very much Larry King! Wonderful Show. Thanks for having Bill Maher on your show! He always has me laughing!

Nancy   February 16th, 2010 11:00 pm ET

Love Bill Maher – he is so funny and astute –

Janice   February 16th, 2010 11:05 pm ET

Larry & Bill great show; The two-some should have a show of your own. Larry couldn't stop laughting.
You got to love Bill, he's great entertainment for Larry.
Have Bill more often.
Keep up the great job.

H.Ford in SC   February 16th, 2010 11:20 pm ET

Dear Mr. King,
I have watched your show on many occasions and I have not always agreed with your guest. However I have never been more offended and disturbed by any of your guest as I have been by Bill Maher.

Mr. Maher,
Who do you think you are?? Just because we choose to Believe in something other that our "government" you feel it makes us "bad" people! I am baptist and proud and I choose to say I am a CHRISTIAN!!!!! To bad you never had someone to show you what we are really about. If your so educated then you should do some research and learn that what comes out of your mouth is filth and smut. No self respecting person would choose to listen to you at all!

Cajazz76:24:8   February 16th, 2010 11:39 pm ET


Last blog on Afghan site...would you be so kind to respond? Your expertise is in dire need on the rebound to James, I am to weak from laughter and cannot raise my arms above my knees....mail, as well.

Benny Hicks   February 16th, 2010 11:41 pm ET

Question for Bill Maher ;

You seem oblivious to the fact that you come off like a counterpart to right wingers such as Rush Limbaugh and just like Rush, you dont get anything done but the griping.

I'm amazed that you keep on and on about what is wrong but never seem to present a solution to the problems you see others causing.

I am a secular person and have never been able to vote for someone
for President that I could see as "ONE OF MY PEERS ".You are in a perfect position to do something "FOR" those of us who dont have faith in divinity. How about doing something besides just making accusations and griping about right wing policy in this country.

Start a political party such as the "TEA PARTY " and simply call it the American Secular Party. We could probably get together more folks named Steve than the tea party conjurs up , if you would just get it started. I'm sure there are at least two outstanding secular people out there somewhere that would love to run for the office of President and Vice President. You probably already have them in mind.

I"m an old (69) ex marine and very fond of the phrase "OFF YOUR BUTT AND ON YOUR FEET, THIS AIN'T NO OLD LADIES REST HOME ",****SO****, Gripe if you want to, but get something done .We are waiting ! You are the man and you are in the perfect position to start this party for us.

Respectfully ,

Joanne Wozniacki   February 16th, 2010 11:47 pm ET

You're right on the money, Mr. Maher. Tonight on Larry King Live Bill Maher said it's unpatriotic for some Americans to oppose healthcare reform while 45,000,000 people don't have it and some die because of that. He also said a government run health care system to insure every American can afford healthcare is not Socialism.

Bingo! I hope all the flag-flying hypocrites and all others that are fighting against healthcare reform watched the show. Not that I think it will change their minds, but it's good to hear it come from Mr. Bill Maher, who obviously doesn't need healthcare reform for himself, but wants it to pass for the millions that do need it. That's true patriotism.

Alan   February 17th, 2010 12:06 am ET

This question is for larry king...

I think your ratings drop everytime you have Bill Maher on your show. JUST like what happened to OPRAH when she endorsed OBAMA.

WHAT do you think Larry?

Jackson   February 17th, 2010 12:15 am ET

@ Muhammed
Haiti has been a long overdue story that needed to be told. However You'd think that the tragedy that took place would provide the media the opportunity to tell the true story of Haiti 's glorious and tragic history and why the country is so impoverished . But that hasn't been the case, where the coverage has now leaned on the side of sensationalizing the story.

The media is a corporate entity that are interested in ratings. They are not there to educate but to entertain. If you want real news you have to research it yourself otherwise you will stay in the dark.

Unfortunately ,the public has been conditioned not to tune in anything international unless it's sensationalized. If the press were to talk about the Congo, Rwanda, Dafur and Haiti they would have to implicate themselves and tell the public the truth as of how the global community chose to look away while these suffering going. Because all these misery and wars that are going on worldwide are man made.

Jack   February 17th, 2010 12:16 am ET

Bill maher is self-important, and he is a comedian, period. Is he ultra-wealthy, and has all the time in the world to read for his profession? yes. Does the average hard-working person in america have the luxury of time to read that he has? No... Why? Because those people are too busy building one of his cars... or fixing one of his expensive refrigerators... or catering to his exclusive party... or delivering the newspaper he uses to make jokes condescending to the intelligence of the average american hard working good people. Bill, you are not important. I happen to be wealthy, but thank goodness, I am not another Bill Maher.

Cajazz76:24:8   February 17th, 2010 12:27 am ET

@ Dodie

I am LMAO, still..even more so. Dead on...I think he was trolling with compassion, well passion. I just would have gone too far, you have that tender touch only you can surrender. You probably gave a good crew cut and lowered his ears a bit and his nose alike..

Joanne Wozniacki   February 17th, 2010 12:36 am ET

Alan, many will disagree with you, and you are also dead wrong. Bill Maher was great tonight on the show, and it's not true that Oprah's ratings dropped after having Obama on the show. After George Bush ruining the country for 8 years, his major screw-ups, trillion dollar deficit, destroyed economy, and wrongful Iraq war that killed 5,000 American lives, President Obama is a dream come true.

A. Smith, Oregon   February 17th, 2010 12:37 am ET

Larry King, thank you again for having the every enjoyable Bill Maher on your program providing his wit, humor and razor sharp political insights for the viewers and audience tonight.

I certainly agree with Mr. Maher's comment of 'Good Riddance Evan Bayh' although for unknown reasons that was deleted on the AC360 program and not permitted to be posted in the nightly blog.

I did however slightly disagree with Mr. Maher's comments regarding the 'entire' Supreme Court which he stated was entirely corporazied. The majority 5 Supremes certainly appear to side time after time with corporate interests over American citizens health, safety and monetary settlements. However the 4 Supremes that often decent are not siding with those 5 Supremes. With continued Democratic control of the White House, perhaps the Supreme Court makeup can be changed by two more retirements and re-appointments.

James   February 17th, 2010 12:45 am ET

I agree with much of what you are saying. But you will notice if you tune in most nights that it's the same rhetoric night after night by some; nothing positive to say about the US, and not one ounce of business acumen. Often times I think it might be some of those you are supporting with your job and taxes. Good evening.

mrt   February 17th, 2010 12:46 am ET

Mr. Maher it is so easy to criticize or add negative comments when you don't have anything to lose!!!! He's into comedy & satire. I would like to see him deal with foreign countries who aren't his friends. Doesn't everyone who plays couch critic have all the answers. When your in charge & everyone is against how is anything to be accomplished.

Dodie   February 17th, 2010 12:50 am ET

@ Alan

Well at least I am very delighted that you are reading my blogs! Good havens man, as I shake my head… don’t you have better things to do than whine about someone else's blog???? You have no idea how much I am laughing right now at YOU!!! With your comments, it’s not even worth my time to challenge your statements. The only thing I can say is… how much time and thought process did you use up?

You are just too much!

Cajazz76:24:8   February 17th, 2010 12:58 am ET


WoW! Hey, we have a fairly well written constitution, there are better. But, in the last eight years two conflicts began, without the constitution we bind ourselves, ever reviewed. We are not at war. Last declared war began Dec. 11, 1941 and ended in mid November of 1951. Although it took 4 days following an attack on a U.S. territory, not a state at the time, it took 6 years beyond the surrender of those who attacked, to stop it.

You would think one would coil at the words 'world dominance', but the U.S. outspends the world in maintaining that posture. You stated that we are entwined globally and American ideas and objectives should not end at our borders. Please explain that.

War is going to be inevitable in America's future, Everybody wants to bring us down. Why?

I have all night to respond, and I give you credit you freely expressed yourself. I am a bit confused, I need further explanations. I am not fast, just half-fast, so let's take it one paragraph at a time.

I need all the history lessons I can get, since I want to be a citizen of some place., .

James   February 17th, 2010 12:59 am ET

Right on. Some just spew ignorant comments. Then when challenged they fold because they are unable to go further. Really just have sympathy for them. That's kinder that the good laugh that usually comes to mind first.

chance   February 17th, 2010 1:01 am ET

did you not hear Barney Frank so elquently speak the truth the far left liberals are info sourcing the internet and far right conserves are getting theirs from talk radio. open your minds and see it all as just someones opion period not fact. Truth is a poor competitor in the world of ideas. what ever you surely you don't want truth to confuse facts as you would perceive them

Dodie   February 17th, 2010 1:02 am ET

@ Alan

You are not worth the bother or effort! That is where I place you!

Cajazz76:24:8   February 17th, 2010 1:05 am ET


Over 200 blogs already, everybody loves a COMIC!

chance   February 17th, 2010 1:06 am ET

hey I'm 70 yrs old and maybe you will say not qualified to have inteligent thoughts but the uninformed do not have right to an opionion

James   February 17th, 2010 1:08 am ET

Don't take it personally. She uses the word "moron" daily. That's about as sophisticated as it gets.

Dodie   February 17th, 2010 1:08 am ET


Thanks Bob, I see you got my phone call! Have a wonderful evening. It must be killing you reading some of this garbage!

jack   February 17th, 2010 1:14 am ET

Bill Maher is intelligent , witty , and a very needed progressive voice. He, I feel, is correct in calling Bayh out for being a corportist. It is Blue Dog Democrats like him that should just join the Republican party, and quit pretending they are Democrats. I notice Bill draws a big viewership, and he generates a lot of interest on here. Please bring him back as often as possible. Great show tonight.

chance   February 17th, 2010 1:16 am ET

bill is my hero he has no political agenda he surly can afford whatever health care he wants but he still speaks up for you, unless your just another fat cat who listens to talk radio

Lisa Victor   February 17th, 2010 1:17 am ET

BILL MAHER IS ABSOLUTLEY RIGHT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Lisa Victor   February 17th, 2010 1:18 am ET


Steve Voorhees   February 17th, 2010 1:18 am ET

Why don't you get off the fence. You have a platform, what problem would you pick will help fix the problems, and run that side of the fence.

luckybee   February 17th, 2010 1:19 am ET

Can you tell me why the democrats ,withhold the fact that Barrack Hussein Obama was a moslim?Even the time that he has spent in Jakarta as Barry Sutoro,Is completely deleted.nearly every trace to it is gone?But I bet they knew the facts of Obama being a moslim.

suzy diamond   February 17th, 2010 1:19 am ET

Bill Maher, you seem SO unhappy with everything and everybody in this country, why live here? Why not live in some perfect country in say, Europe somewhere. Oh, but then you'd have nothing to say and would be out of work! Get over yourself, please!

Lisa Victor   February 17th, 2010 1:19 am ET


roger   February 17th, 2010 1:20 am ET


u should be a candidate for president, we need strong man there with opinion and educate people with truth.

MD Concern   February 17th, 2010 1:20 am ET

We talk about massive expansion of Medical and Medicaid while having 21% pay cut for physician on top of removing consultation code for Specialist. Most specialist stop taking new Medical patient as it will not cover their expenses. What is your take on this situation?

Summer   February 17th, 2010 1:22 am ET

Please accept this with as much humility as you think anyone in a position of power listens to and/or considers your opinions and views...that would be nice

Edwin Vallejos   February 17th, 2010 1:23 am ET

Bill Maher for President. A breath of fresh air.

Thanks. Good show, Larry.

chance   February 17th, 2010 1:23 am ET

you are my second best hero I have never heard an office seeker be so honest or unbiased as bill you don't have to agree with him but he sure makes you think, my favorite thing, thinking with the will to seek out the other point of view (be informed) then you get credability

marcus walker   February 17th, 2010 1:24 am ET

bill maher...when will u run for president so this country can get back on track?

Kimberly Santagati   February 17th, 2010 1:24 am ET

Larry I can't believe you didn't say something to defend your audience and the American people when Bill Maher said "the people aren't bright enough to understand the issues" In face, I believe you chuckled..... how insulting.....

Alan   February 17th, 2010 1:24 am ET

Because they are probably terrorists! They have been infiltrating our government and now have what it takes to destroy this great country.

cam   February 17th, 2010 1:25 am ET

Hi Bill,
what do you think about Iran?

Dodie   February 17th, 2010 1:25 am ET

@ Jack and Chance

Well thought out blogs! Nice to see some people positive!

jack   February 17th, 2010 1:28 am ET think CNN is communist...that is absurd. Most main stream TV news media has right wing bias. Not saying that CNN is like Fox "news," but iit certainly is not communist, or even left for that matter. I suppose you will give your social security and medicare back , since those are "socialist" programs. I can't believe the amount of political misconception around these days.

cam   February 17th, 2010 1:29 am ET

Hi Bill/Larry,

What do you think about Iran and Green movement??

Angel   February 17th, 2010 1:29 am ET

President Bush did NOT have the same choice to have the terroist tried in Military Tribunal – DO YOUR RESEARCH (IM TALKING TO YOU LARRY)!!! President Bush was fighting ligiation from the left against civil trials for seven years!!!

Isn't the reason that Obama cannot pass healthcare is because the people are threatening to vote them out if they pass the 2500 plus page bill that is out there? Don't you believe that a simpler bill would be easier to get all of us American idiots behind?

Do you believe that anyone who disagree's with you is just stupid and they need to be educated so they will see it from a "better" left perspective? Name one thing Sarah Palin has ever said that was actually "stupid" or that was just against your point of view.

You continue to bring down Sarah Palin but you an others like you never tell us anything actually "stupid" that she says. You use her viewpoints and values against her which is what turns people out in support of her. Laughing at those crude jokes really brings Larry down.

If her supporters are so few how come if Larry King had her on the show she would bring in higher ratings than any show that Bill or Larry has EVER DONE!

Collin   February 17th, 2010 1:31 am ET

Is the troop surge in afghanistan a smart move in President Obama's foreign policy? Do you feel that this is going to be a add hark (one time) or a on going struggle?

Jim Adams   February 17th, 2010 1:35 am ET

Thank god for Bill, I think we could easily tax all theses blow hearts like Bill Oreilly,Rush etc. i think if all you add to society is your views should be given a luxury tax of 75%. Since they add nothing to society , and provide a constant reflux of garbage. Lets Tax them off the air.


barry   February 17th, 2010 1:35 am ET

i would like to see all federal employes take pay cuts to get them on the same scale as the private sector

Alan   February 17th, 2010 1:35 am ET


GIVE it back??? will i even have the chance to get it??? wait a minute, is it not my money to begin with? That's right its my money I am putting into it!

gas   February 17th, 2010 1:36 am ET

I know from my 45 years socialism life, what is socialism in essence..
It is so sad and pity for the americans as common people to be manipulated by their leaders, senators, and politicians about socialism in USA....under Obama's presidency....

So I would propose that Americans should have more smart people like Bill Maher who I think he always talks "reason" and tell us the bitter truth of the life USA

cam   February 17th, 2010 1:37 am ET

@ Alan,

so you think Oprah and Larry are loosing by briniging smart people to their show?? Wrong my friend, Wrong!
you need to read more and educate your self my friend!

jack   February 17th, 2010 1:38 am ET

@Dodie and Chance...Nice to see people on here that recognizes a credible, insightful person such as Bill Maher. If our politicians would listen to some of his suggestions, we could make tremendous strides toward advancing America. He expresses things so honestly, and with great humor. Sure he complains, but he doesn't cry to push rightist corporate propaganda like Rush, Sean, Beck and others on the far right.

Jason   February 17th, 2010 1:40 am ET


What do you think of the uber-conservative mentality going through the Texas courts right now regarding the contention that greenhouse gases are, in fact, not harmful to people? Please give me a real reason to respect my home state of Texas because I'm running out of reasons to defend the Lone Star State.

Idzan Ismail, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia   February 17th, 2010 1:41 am ET

Why does America have too many left-wing comedians?.
Should you take them seriously??
All of them talk like they know how to run the country better than President Obama..

Alan   February 17th, 2010 1:41 am ET

@ james

there is not a free clinic for their mental issues, that why they are desperatly tryin to pass this health care bill so they finally get help!

Jason   February 17th, 2010 1:42 am ET


What do you think of the uber-conservative mentality going through the Texas courts right now regarding the contention that greenhouse gases are, in fact, not harmful to people?

Anne C.   February 17th, 2010 1:45 am ET

Bill, no one can say it better than you do. I'm looking for something to disagree with you on. I want President Obama to stick to his gunns and stop waiting on the Republicans as though they will come around. We voted for him because his beliefs were ours. You're right about Jay Leno, wasn't it his job first anyway. Oh, I did find one thing to disagree with you about. Everyone might be sad about Haiti except Rush.

Cajazz76:24:8   February 17th, 2010 1:46 am ET

@ All

Beyond the smell of the overheating circuitry of my computer, I smell the fragrance of healthy debate, its bouquet like a vintage Lafitte Rothschild Bordeaux...cest ce bon ce bon! ! !

Dodie   February 17th, 2010 1:47 am ET

@ Jack & chance

Its people like you and others that gives this country hope! We all must look at the issues so we can make changes. If we are not even willing to look at them, nothing will ever change. Thank You

mike tiller   February 17th, 2010 1:48 am ET

I saw a film of the JFK murder that I've never seen in any account of that
dark day in America's history. It was only about 18 seconds in length and
I have hesitated to bring it to our nation's attention since I viewed it in 1975. It was sold to to Life Magazine for a reputed $12,000.00. It shows a view of the motorcade from the left side of the motorcade in contrast to
the Nix Zapruder right side of the motorcade. I am reminded of this event
with the new release of JFK's arrival at Love Field in Dallas. I viewed this
film with a group of other person's In the Boardroom of Bonanza International Inc. It was shown in privacy by the son of the film maker.

jack   February 17th, 2010 1:50 am ET

@Alan...We do have socialism...but it is mostly for the wealthy. When the wealthy get huge tax subsidies, it is promoting capitalism, and it all trickles down to the rest of us...haha. When the poor get a few crumbs back , when they are down on their luck, then that is terrible socialism. That is what the propagandists are promoting, an absurd view of reality, that stands truth on it's head. People need to listen to political thinkers like Bill Maher, and get a clue. He presents his opinions in an entertaining manner, but his insights are so perceptive.

Idzan Ismail, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia   February 17th, 2010 1:50 am ET

I would love to see Bill Maher getting married.
How about marrying Ann Coulter, Mr Maher?
If it does happen, I hope CNN will carry it live.

James   February 17th, 2010 1:51 am ET

Brilliant; I think you are right. Let's all get behind the bill so they can get some help.

Alan   February 17th, 2010 1:51 am ET

Bill Maher is my Savior! If I had it my way Bill would be the president and OBAMA the first lady. Actually I'd make them KING and QUEEN and have them rule the land of america hand n' hand skipping galantly! Dictatorship is what we need. I need someone to protect me from myself! We need regulation because I am to stupid to see when I could get taken. SCREW survival of the fittest, I just want to be me and receive what everone owes me for being poor! IT is the big corporate tonado's that have kept me down, resulting in utter no self-confidence!

Dodie   February 17th, 2010 1:52 am ET

@ Idzan Ismail, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Good afternoon!

The comedians help us to take a breath from the problems this country is facing. We need a balance between seriousness and laughter! They help us laugh while discussing difficult and issues..... as you can see on this blog..... that do NOT want to be discussed or even addressed.

Luis B Rosario   February 17th, 2010 1:57 am ET

@Larry King
Despite our own classification, or placement, Bill Maher is
not the average comedian like Jay Leno and others . This man
is an intellectual, a philosopher, a professor of religion, politics
race and entertainment. He is incredible. His wealth of knowledge
and dissectation of information is greatly appreciated, whether
you are a fan or an adversary, he can dish it out. Is he perfect and
beyond reproach. Nobody is except God. Good riddance.
Salute to Bill Maher.

jack   February 17th, 2010 1:58 am ET

Idzan Ismail, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia @

That would be a stranger marriage than Carville and his wife. I think there would just be far too much bickering if Maher and Coulter were to marry. And besides, we like Bill too much to wish such an ill fate on him.

jack   February 17th, 2010 2:02 am ET

@Luis B Rosario...Exactly, and what a difference in understanding and depth between someone of Maher's great intellect and humor, and the crazy rantings of Beck, Coulter, Limbaugh, and so many other far right propagandists.

Dodie   February 17th, 2010 2:03 am ET

@ Luis... Well stated and thought out blog

@ Jack... Yes, I would say the exact same thing. They are polar opposites! It would be a catastrophe!

Bill Maher is the man! excellent perceptions!

Tim   February 17th, 2010 2:05 am ET

Larry, the government did not bail out Ford Motor Co. Ford did not ask or need to be bailed out. I think they should be applauded for being responsible and controlling their own destiny.

jack   February 17th, 2010 2:17 am ET

I do not know if Bill Maher has any political apirations. But , he is among a small, select group who , I think, would be an intelligent, fair, and Constitution-minded President. But if he continues to get his brilliant opinions to a wide audience, he will be of great help as a strong positive influence. He helps us see errors. and in a witty , humorous way offers needed advice to correct them.

jack   February 17th, 2010 2:25 am ET

@Alan... I know you are sincere in your beliefs about the survival of the fittest. But, I wonder how many people such as yourself and others , who advocate this position could actually survive that lifestyle. Think about it, a lot of the amenities you have taken for granted would no longer be there. Can you picture yourself living in a cave and being a hunter- gatherer? Would you start writing on the cave walls instead of using your computer? Listen to Bill Maher, and he could set you straight on a number of important issues. : )

Luis B Rosario   February 17th, 2010 2:33 am ET


Thanks .
Thanks, some more.
" I try my best but sometimes I may make a mess.'

ruben   February 17th, 2010 3:08 am ET

Don't you think they should be more specific with the health care bill? If they tell the insurance companies that they can't deny coverage because of preexisting conditions, it doesn't mean that they can't raise the premiums so high that people won't be able to afford it. If they don't put more regulations on it they will find the loop holes just like the credit card companies have.

Chance   February 17th, 2010 3:22 am ET

We feel like the minority only because ( we think we are) the far right and the far left can no longer identify the middle, this is no way a criticism of thinkers it is a testiment to the burden those of us who see it as it is and realy know what the middle of the road realy means. In that I mean that truly compasionate people do not use politics or (save us all) religion as leverage to impose their idealizim on everyone else's beleive in "god" or lack of, or don't, that is what freedom is all about so institute for instance no beer sales on sunday where is the seperation of church and state in that. you are imposing on me your religious beliefs on me, not that drink, I don't, but if that is not soacialism what is. I do have friends that drink and they tell me that the ones who got those laws thru buy booze like crazy on sat. nite. probably a lame rumer.

Cajazz76:24:8   February 17th, 2010 3:30 am ET


I just heard a replay of an earlier broadcast of Anderson Cooper where you stated."I think Sarah Palin would be a 'great president' .

You also mentioned you felt because of a debate you entered into, prior to your Thanksgiving Day Dinner, nearly cost you a seat at the dining table for dinner that day.

Now you have re-announced your run as a Republican for a Senate seat in the state of Kentucky this coming November.

I have two ducks that are beginning to grow teeth, so anything is possible. Neither of them swim, but both walk on water. They both speak French, as they both migrated here from Canada via Alaska two years ago. They each are crack shots and love the taste of moose meat, which I cannot afford to feed them.

They love being filmed when they speak and both read teleprompter, though in French only.

They both can tell the difference between deer poo, moose poo, elk poo, and even horse poo.

My question is, can you? If you can't do you think you are qualified to run for the Senate? I ask you simply because it is becoming quite apparent you don't know scat!!!!

Luis B Rosario   February 17th, 2010 3:34 am ET

True statements.
I know a lawyer who specializes in DUIs prosecution, but
he drinks himself enough to dry a deep well. I heard of
of a lady member o f MADD (mothers against drunken driving),
who drinks more than an elephant on a hot summer day."

Cajazz76:24:8   February 17th, 2010 3:40 am ET

@ Chance

You have got your ducks in a row. I like your comments and wish the world was made up of more like you. You take care and please visit on these sites often.

Cajazz76:24:8   February 17th, 2010 3:42 am ET

@ Luis B.Rosario

Just a quick hello, it is gracious of you to respond in kind to Chance's blog. He like yourself have it together.

Christopher   February 17th, 2010 4:36 am ET

Larry, I am a well-educated, dual bachelors-degree holding viewer of your show. Loved Bill Maher's Politically Incorrect. I work at a bar that only allows me to watch re-runs or what I DVRed. So, as much as he digs Rush, or digs republicans, or digs democrats; to call the American public, his viewers, his reviewers, the downfall of democracy...where's the right? The public listens to what he says...they listen to what CNN says. Should he stop promoting the American public as an idiocy? Love to hear your thoughts. Great interview.

Pat park   February 17th, 2010 4:49 am ET

Bill maher is an idiot.

ALLAN   February 17th, 2010 4:52 am ET


Alfred   February 17th, 2010 4:53 am ET

Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it, if that's the case why are we such a broken record.

Randy Johnson   February 17th, 2010 5:02 am ET

Hey Larry King or Bill Mahr, let's get the truth out of you both. My question is, and in parts,naturally , we haven't had a production steel mill up and running for how long now? And why. Is it because noone in the united states needs lobs,DUH,and maybe,just maybe put people to work making us a strong country again? When we get in a bind(and we will) wouldn't it be the " bomb" to be able to get out of it with our own recources, because with all the things we do have in our control ,shouldn't our own destiny be our choice.The people's choice. Stop out sourcing.It's not about the money,because we are the borrowers and we should be the borrowies.Congress can't seem to get there head out of there wallets. I'd like just one time stuff there faces in my wallet and let me take there's and see in comparison the smart spender.You people have no clue what's at the bottom of the pile.Your BACKBONE,US.We build this country and you tear it down. It's a vicious cycle that our "President needs to fix. How you ask?Great Question.Steel mills, natural gas plants, drill for oil again, No more monumentally stupid big bank bonuses. Hell, give that money to established bisness men who are willing to nut up make our nation strong again.STEEL,NUCLEAR, No Brainer. Don't listen Congress, like was predicted, we're going down because of YOU. Do you speak Russian, or Chinese,stimulate yourself back to school, you're giving us away,because of your greed. selling us out.Well Bill,LarryWTF.

Cajazz76:24:8   February 17th, 2010 5:07 am ET

@Luis B Rosario

Well said Luis, I am still laughing..I hope you watched Anderson Cooper tonight. I didn't believe he, Rand Paul, said Palin would make a great president...How mundane to reality can one become? From my gut, Palin, in her 40's, presents herself like an 8th grader in bobby socks with the hot's for attention. I apologetically am not subscribing that teenagers or 8th graders today are of that low a caliber. I am referring to her in the context of her generation, and yes, they were less smart than those of today. But I feel strongly that Palin was in a class of her own. Let the poo fall where it might.. Luis, Rand Paul is the son of Ron Paul, in case your not familiar with him.

ALLAN   February 17th, 2010 5:09 am ET




Randy Johnson   February 17th, 2010 5:19 am ET

We as a nation can do this in one session. People from different classes of montary value. It's so simple , I regard our government as being lost. When a Government gets to this level I am shameful.All these leaders with all this education can't put Humpty Dumpty together.Gravely shameful. Yet so simple.Pitiful, just shamfullypitiful.

Dan Jones   February 17th, 2010 5:54 am ET

To: Larry King Live on CNN
Dear Larry King and Bill Maher,

About 20 minutes into your program with Bill Maher on Tuesday Night,(2-16-2010)you played a clip from REALTIME with Bill Maher, and there was a line by Bill Maher jokingly mimicking Rush Limbo and saying "Mexicans-Ughhhh, Socialists-Ughhh, Dan Jones-Ughhhh. I don't even know who that is!" It sounded like the 3rd remark was about someone named Dan Jones. I happen to have the name, Dan Jones and I do dislike Rush Limbaugh immensely, and might have emailed him and said some negative things about his opinions, so I could believe that the Dan Jones Bill Maher referred to in mimicking Rush Limbaugh was actually me. I DVRed the segment mentioning my name, and do recall actually seeing that episode of Realtime with Bill Maher when it originally aired and might have thought I heard Bill Mahers comment at that time but guess I figured I misheard it or something like that, and never took note of it until last night when I heard it again on Larry King Live. Just wanted to mention that since Bill Maher, in mimicking Rush Limbaugh said "I don't even know who that is" in reference to someone named "Dan Jones", thought I'd volunteer in taking credit for being the Dan Jones Bill was referring to, as I happen to be a great supporter of Bill Maher's views and love his comedy and watch Realtime with Bill Maher, regularly, and also watch Larry King LIve regularly. Thanks!

Dan Jones

Gert Mul   February 17th, 2010 6:59 am ET

Thank God I am not an American. Well, considering the things Maher said.

Americans are all ignorent, yes plain stupid, according to what Bill Maher said today at Larry King.

According to this ´person´ (by lack of an other permitted term for it) Americans lack the intelligence to understand the issues, but act like animals `sensing strength and weekness`, `they can smell it on you.`

Further, President Obama `doesn´t get it`. and a large number of Maher´s fellow Americans are `crazy teabaggers, not knowing what they want.`

Well, Bill, for what its worth (I guess you'll say "Nothing!" but I dont care about THAT either) I am still a great fan of President Obama. Being Dutch living in a country that always has been kind of sceptic about US policies, I still do believe Barack Obama is the closest thing to a messiah that mankind had in 2000 years, one that doesn't lack guts, unlike your insinuations.

I just don't get where he gets off. What attitude!

Liam Staudt   February 17th, 2010 7:02 am ET

Americans are used to quick fixes, they underestimate the issues that affects the nation.
For a visionary president like Mr. Obama, Seems that Americans are not ready for. The recession ripped though America, causing havoc. Obama is doing damage control. Give a chance to the guy!

meg   February 17th, 2010 7:19 am ET

I may not be impressed with you but since this country has freedom of speech–you're allowed to say what you want. You do not allow that same privilege to anyone whodisagrees with you. If a person says they are religious they're wrong. If one states they believe in God-you mock them. If one agrees with the Tea Partty idiots. Whether you like Sarah Palin or not-she's polarizing. Take a look in the mirror-just because you disagree with me –you are not allowed to put duct tape on my mouth. Imean figuratively–not literally. You have a platform so,it is sd easy for you to spout off. I think (God forbid) if you ever were in office in Wasington you would be no different than the majority of the typical politicians. Presidents don't have free rein to rule.

lou   February 17th, 2010 7:27 am ET

Bravo Bill Maher, living in Africa we don't get his show, but we do get Larry King! Bill Maher always brings a smile to my face with his honest and great views of America. He hit the nail on the head about the American medical system or lack off.... Wake up America, it should be your God given right to free health care, we have medicare in Australia, and are not considered as a Socialist country, Michael Moore, sums it up in his doco "Sicko"
Also, please America get over the sex scandals, you impeach a President for offenses relating to sex, and the said Presidents actions, yet you re elect a President who lied about reason to go to war,? If he had been a European head of state, he would have got a medal. And finally Bill's remakes about Haiti. There is a thing called compassion fatigue, yes it was a terrible thing what happened, but misery, death, disease, poverty, etc affect many countries, and as an Ozzie living in Africa I see it on a daily basis. share the help.

John Safran   February 17th, 2010 7:48 am ET

Larry loses all credibility as an interviewer when he allows a guy like Maher, who is armed with no facts to support anything it says, to get away with no follow up questions on some of his ridiculous statements. My favorite is when Maher claims that health care reform will save the country money. Easy question to follow up with would be, "what government agency actually saves money you douche bag?! Everyone knows Maher is a clown. I honestly thought he was dead. If he is still on TV, less people much watch him than Olbermann. Probably because he has nothing to back up anything he says on his show either.

nkem chima   February 17th, 2010 8:01 am ET

I write from Nigeria. I watched the LKL show with Bill Maher after it was recorded. Consider his position that the media is over reporting Haiti! What a disaster. Has he considered the CNN daily news content on islam and the middle east? When last I checked virtually each news programm on my CNN for 1yr now has a 50% Islamic content. Why did he not swith off on the media for daily bugging us with news from Afghanistan and Iraq or even radical Islam?
He is a bright guy but he profits from using his anti black man and anti- christian stance to retain his followership. He said he once castigated a US senator for believing in the Bible Creation story – that a snake could talk to a woman. Then he burst out laughing. He said he believes in an evolutionary process that removed the fore and hind limbs that the snake 'once' had. Question: if evoluton were true, why does he not think that the same force that removed those limbs from the snake could have as well removed its speech ability? In any case it was not even Charles Darwin that first told us that snake once had limbs. It was the bible that first told us so 'upon thy belly shall thou NOW walk'.Gen 3:14
So before inviting these celebrities please review the truth in their ideas. As brilliant as they sound some lack the basic beginning of wisdom because they do not fear God.

Donald L Allen   February 17th, 2010 8:55 am ET

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Idzan Ismail, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia   February 17th, 2010 8:56 am ET

Yep. Bill Maher did make me laugh. I read John Savage's book The Savage Nation. He too made me laugh.
I agree with Maher's take on Sarah Palin.
I think Palin should run for President of All America Home-Makers Club.
What say you A. Smith Oregon?.

Who knows? Maybe it will be a marrigae made in heaven.
I think Maher can tame Coulter a bit, haha.
James Carville and Mrs may be an odd couple to you.
But they are happily married.
i kinda like Carville especially his Kojak head.

ALANNA BORDERS   February 17th, 2010 9:14 am ET

Finally, a lot of u all news networks need to take ur ques from chris mathews hes finally saying what u all have been afraid to admit that racism is alive and thriving in america and Barack brought it to the forefront no more denials the news is so biased and racist now i used to live for it now i runnnn for everything that Barack has done to prevent the collapse of america, its hard to see it highlighted but negative is more than abundant he should be getting praised right now can u imagine what america would be like now if mccain had won i would be a slave again bush tried to make it a reality but Barack prevented it thank u Barack President Barack has every race in his family which means he has an american family why would he destroy it kill off his own family com on Son

Bob   February 17th, 2010 10:12 am ET obviously speak from the left hip...without truely understanding the subject(s) that you throw your opinion on...and leave it to Lefty King to put your BS on TV......americans don't have the intellect to understand the issue's? You are an idiot.

Maggie   February 17th, 2010 10:15 am ET

Thank you Larry for having Bill Maher on last night.. It was a extremely entertaining and intelligent show. He's so right on with the subjects of interest using comedy to allow us to enjoy every minute of the truth.

I'd like to see the Republican's filibuster till they turn blue in the face. We need to get things passed and until we see that bipartisan isn't working it's going to say the same.

Jack   February 17th, 2010 11:43 am ET

@ all who respect and admire BM:

i'm pretty sure the lot of you can also be sold a refrigerator for your igloo too...

Bill Maher is nothing but a comedian who takes himself and his fame and his "importance" way to seriously... in short, he's a guy with a mouthpiece who coincidentally had to read alot to be a successful comedian... he made the mistake the minute he began to think he has it all figured out... wake up bill...guess what... none of us do... especially us "uninformed ignorant people who can smell fear."

Claire Tardif   February 17th, 2010 11:59 am ET

I love Bill Maher – he's intelligent, impartial and hilarious. But I do have to disagree with him on the issue of CNN overly exposing the Haiti disaster. The world will never be informed enough of this natural disaster and its horrors. Merci, merci, merci to Sean Penn, Anderson Cooper, Dr. Gupta and everyone involved in this story. And thank you, Anderson, for letting us know how little Monley and other children are fairing. Keep this story alive – Haiti are our neighbors – their courage and resilience serve as a lesson to mankind.


Maureen Harding   February 17th, 2010 12:21 pm ET

Hi Larry,
Your book was a delight to read,you made me smile,giggle and cry,it was so well written,thank you for sharing your life with me.
I have watched you for as long as I can remember,I think my best shows are when you have Bill Maher on ,I so enjoy how he makes you chuckle,I chuckle along with you,,,,,I would love to be able to hear you both at commercial breaks,,,,laughter is a wonderful thing to share,,,,in this so sad of a world,,,we need laughter..........
Thanks again for The Journey and the many laughs to come.
Maureen Harding,,,,,,Cape Breton,,,Nova Scotia,,,,Canada.

mrt   February 17th, 2010 2:10 pm ET

Since Bill Maher says CNN is overly reporting Haiti--maybe he should go to Haiti–do some Humanitarian work-he might have a change of heart. Is he afraid to get his hands dirty .

Tom R   February 17th, 2010 2:48 pm ET

Bill was his typical self – vapid, without substance, and full of laughs. It may have been a good standup routine, but it suffered because he was sitting on his brain at the time.

lex   February 17th, 2010 4:36 pm ET

barack obama was born in the US so evrybody shut up about it hes our president so deal with and hes black and dats wats rite

PAT BARTH   February 17th, 2010 5:06 pm ET

Question for Bill Maher:

Has Mr. Maher have any ideas or suggestions on to correct the high unemployment rate in this country.

Luis B Rosario   February 17th, 2010 8:08 pm ET

@Cajazz 24.76.8
I saw Anderson Cooper 360. I heard Rand Paul endorsing
Sarah Palin for president 2012. I continuously crticize
Ms Palin as a candidate for president but I see that the
majority of CNN Republican anaylists contributors love
her to death. Is that is the case and if they can bring nothing
else to the " wow" (celebration), let the party begin. All these
ultra conservative scholars talking big politics and all they
have is Sarah Palin to show. Unless they pick Michael Steele,
the " queen of discord will attempt to supplant John McCain
in 2012. All the Democrats have to do is unify instead of
of splittng and disintegrating like the senator candidate
for Massachussets and now Sen. Bayh, Indiana, who chose
to run rather than fight when 7 Republicans ambushed him
on the debt reduction bill and quit the bill after they sponsored it.

Tom   February 17th, 2010 10:07 pm ET

Dear Bill,

My Mom met you some years ago at a party that Michael Bay had at his home. She said that you seemed like a pretty nice guy and I have tried contacting you through your assistant Jennifer about a year ago. I feel I have a topic that may be of interrest to you for one of your shows. It is not about the war but I do think of it as political topic since it does involve our courts.

My father passed away in 2008 and left me everything in his will. I am his only child. His second EX WIFE now divorced 10 years from my father found some lawyers and has had me in court trying to take everything my father has left me. People ask how is this happening but it is. I am a gay male in Los Angeles. The case is taking place in the midwest where my father lived and passed away. I have been told that I will loose before this Judge, I beleive he is biased. The Courts will keep pushiing you to the point of exhaustion or until your money runs out. The lawyers are nothing more than legal theifs. I am told to try to make a deal with the ex. She deserves nothing, but I have tried to make a deal with her which was more than fair. This is nothing but legal extortion by the courts.

There are books out about inheritance highjacking. This needs to be exposed more to the public. You need to do a show about this. If the public knew what this Judge was doing to me it would not have gone as far as it has. Maybe you will see this post Bill. Was wondering if Jennifer ever mentioned this to you.

Carrie   February 18th, 2010 1:11 am ET

Larry King, let's have some reporting on the Redistribution of Wealth to the Rich....the fleecing of the shareholders by corporate exec's giving themselves outrageous compensation...and at same time the same corporations are laying off U.S. workers and outsoucing jobs to India at a record pace. HEADLINES..... India, TaTa corporation to add 30,000 jobs in 2010 and 2011. ...thanks to U.S. Corporations. Let's report on those corporations, so we the American taxpayers know not to do business with them.

Dodie   February 18th, 2010 12:07 pm ET

@ Chance

Chance February 17th, 2010 3:22 am ET



Chance, you are a wise man. Excellent, thorough and knowledgable!

Reporting facts of our country is not being negative if that is the state of our country. No change will ever happen untill we pull our head out of the sand and look at the situation

I personally could see this mess years ago and have created a path in which I will always have good income and health care regardless of the mess in this country. My concern and passion is not for myself; but, for my fellow American who is not as fortunate as I.

Chance   February 18th, 2010 4:50 pm ET

You know reading is a good thing, that is where the information is. Maybe some of us could benifit from Bill's lead, you know be informed, and when I say that it means in reality all sides and views. How will you ever identify the middle if you don't know where the right side and the left side are. Everyones middle is adjusted by what their perspective is, the more I read the more I adjust, in no way do I mean you don't do the same just that it seems prudent to do it with an open mind.

Chance   February 18th, 2010 4:54 pm ET


Thanks You also do you homework and I read all your input. You go Girl

Luis B Rosario   February 18th, 2010 7:46 pm ET

" That is why I like you." (song) Not only because you like me but
because you love your country and your wasted days and wasted
nights (lyrics from a song) writing blogs are not really wasted.
It only takes one person to take note that what you
write is attempting to give solutions for our problems, not to
show off boasting and clamoring , tale telling about your personal
life. I sincerely appreciate your input . It is my opinion.

Jack   February 18th, 2010 8:02 pm ET

chance, i couldn't agree more, but i was more making a point of his judgment of those who don't read as much as he thinks they should... it just happens to be his job... he is lucky... i would guess if it wasn't his job, and if he wasn't ultra rich to have the time to read that he does, then i think he might be writing a letter like this to some other self righteous celebrity, which is exactly what i think he is- ignorantly self-righteous. bill maher has no patience for the "ignorant" voting public and does not stop to think about his good fortune, and that most, again do not share his luxuries, nor his podium. in short, if you compare him to the working man who don't have the time to read nearly as much, then he appears "great" by that comparison. he is not as "great", in this light, as he appears.

Joanne Wozniacki   February 18th, 2010 8:28 pm ET

access to a podium, etc. However, he does see the other side of America, the poor, the uninsured, and the suffering from the economy. He has no patience for the "ignorant" voting public because they are hurting millions with their one-sided, self-serving views. Bill Maher is great in that he wants all Americans to be better and have the help they need to do that, not like half the people in this country who are on the right and don't give a damn about other Americans, as long as their little worlds are doing OK, and their children have access to affordable healthcare. Bill Maher may not be a saint, but he doesn't mind paying higher taxes for the better of America, doesn't see it as Socialism, and isn't just another selfish pig. And I agree with him when he said "...That's not patriotism" referring to people who oppose healthcare reform. He's human and he has a heart.

luckybee   February 19th, 2010 12:28 am ET

To change the USA means it will change to an evil Amerika. Return to the will of the grounders of the USA.God wil be with you then.

Jack   February 19th, 2010 9:12 am ET


I couldn't disagree more... Bill Maher, just like Obaba, is one great salesman... it is not the substance that is how the lack of substance is PRESENTED that makes it believable. For a good read... "How To Make Statistics Lie"... it was required reading when I majored in Economics. It will open your eyes to those like Barrack Obama and Bill Maher who appear to say all the right things, I guarantee it. Often times it is not what is said that is is what is not said...

The other point I think you are missing is that Bill maher, (as you are, and as we all are) is the epitomy of the one sided, self-serving opinion... that's what subjectivity yields... again, glass houses etc... the problem is many find it hard to admit they are onesided or self-serving... they want to appear to be more "virtuous"... once they try to put on this costume, they have inadvertantly painted themselves into a very deadend and narrow-minded corner.

Chance   February 19th, 2010 11:56 am ET

@ Jack

I see your point. I do work full time and long hours but although I don't have the luxurey of a staff like Bill has I do make an effort to try to be informed and not let myself be forcefed the adjenda or one sided input of one point of view.
Thank you for you responce

Joanne Wozniacki   February 19th, 2010 5:27 pm ET

Jack, you see Bill Maher and President Obama as complete frauds. I don't see that at all, nor do I agree with that. At least Maher isn't another wealthy republican trying to deny a better America for the less fortunate. As for President Obama, he's trying to keep all his campaign promises and give us the change the voters asked for. That's not a fraud. He's relentless and must deal with all the opponents who just don't care about all Americans and want status quo, even though status quo doesn't work for millions.

Jack   February 19th, 2010 6:01 pm ET


I think if you read the book i recommended, you would not defend either Bill maher or Barrack Obama. You would see my point.

Also, progressives often make the same mistake of thinking that any change at all, whether effective or detrimental, is better than status quo. This, I beleive, is because most progressive liberals never ask about the change itself, as in discerning the change as a critical thinker... what a concept... I believe that a good conservative is one who says no to detrimental change, which is being done now, and have been so labeled as "obstructionists"... sticks and stones etc...

By Obama's condescending air with the republicans of late he has alienated almost all chances of any bipartisanship that he is now too late trying to develope. He has made his bed with the republicans. In short, he has inadvertantly told the republicans, "do not cooperate with me"...he is either young and naive, or he is getting bad advice, or both. Either way, we will pay for this administration's ineptitude. As far as bill maher, and except for his fame and wealth, he's just another guy at the bar, who sells a good piece of real estate in florida. and he sells it very well... until you look at the swamp closely.

Jack   February 19th, 2010 6:20 pm ET


You and I may not agree on everything, but you seem to be a critical thinker. That is all we can ask of ourselves. "I would rather lose with my eyes open, than win with them closed."

Joanne Wozniacki   February 19th, 2010 8:56 pm ET

Jack, no. 1, I would suggest that book would be only the opinion of the author. No. 2, the change progressives want includes affordable healthcare, which is desperately needed by millions of Americans asap. Some of those are very sick, and some die. Status quo doesn't work anymore when human lives are at stake. It would not be detrimental change, it would be a necessary change for the uninsured. No. 3, Obama's condescending air with republicans is due to their unwillingness to work with him to help Americans in trouble and their uncaring attitude toward their fellow Americans. And No. 4, the administration of ineptitude was the Bush Administration, which lead us to where we are today, destroyed the economy, ran up a trillion dollar debt, and waged a war we never should have entered.

Jack   February 19th, 2010 9:31 pm ET


You have a right to your opinion.

Never accept what's in a book because it is written. But never refrain from reading a book because it is what an author believes. That would will keep you from not using your ability to think critically. Your first comment there shows me your mind is closed.

Once your mind is closed, and I believe your head is in the sand, your items #2,3 & 4 would be easy for any one to buy. I believe you have bought the swamp.

If you do begin to think more critically, I believe your ability to be so easily persuaded, as well as your adoration for a lot of dishonest, but very slick, politicians and salespeople will cease.

Try focusing on what is inside the wrapping, instead of the pretty ribbon on top... and inspite of what Frank Morgan said... pay FULL atention to that man behind the curtain... He's the real one...

Joanne Wozniacki   February 19th, 2010 9:51 pm ET

I'm not looking at pretty ribbons. I'm looking at devastation across the country. I see people losing their homes, their jobs, their savings, and their health insurance. I saw a president lead us to this over an 8-year president. Then I saw hope and a promise of change in President Obama. My mind is not closed. I see what I see, and my eyes are wide open. I wish my head was in the sand sometimes, so I wouldn't have to watch and listen to the criticism and degradation of our President (for the whole world to see by the way) when he's only trying to fix the mess he inherited. Maybe I will read the book. I do read books a lot. My point was that was ONE person's opinion.

Jack   February 19th, 2010 10:29 pm ET


For whatever it's worth, don't take my word for it on the book. All I can tell you is that one person's opinion was a required text book for at least 1000's of university students over more than a decade, to help them think critically... And this was only at my school. (I wouldn't be surprised if it wasn't used across the country back then, and possibly now, though i don't know this). It was used only to help the student use more scrutiny when examing/ discerning the validity of statistics in Economics. However, the book, I believe, helps a person way beyond Economics or statistics, to not just see the tip of an ice berg... to not just see what is presented, shown or described to be true...but instead, to search deeper for the actual truth. It helps the reader to see bs coming a mile away... but only if it makes sense to the reader, not because it is made alot of sense to me, and most of the others in my class, i can say.

I too want a change in the healthcare system, but I couldn't in good conscience pretend that the government could hope to manage even a portion of the healthcare system, after their mismanagment of the programs they've ever attempted to manage, including social security and medicare, both of which fade in comparison to the size of a national healthcare system. It is my opinion that it would be a disaster...heaven on paper, but hell in reality. In short, a detrimental change. With all due respect, I hope it is dead, and we start over, with both sides checking eachother, and not trying to ram it down either's throat.

Lastly, I will not defend President Bush at all...He was a terrible president, but that does not excuse Obama. Obama and the rest need to drop the finger pointing more than a year backwards in time...Because we all know it is only when we stop blaming others that we begin to take responsibilities for our own is only then that we can begin to move on... Obama thinks he has done B+ work...until he fesses up, without excuses, this fight in congress, which is BOTH party's fault, will continue to strangle our country's chances to move on in a positive direction. If he ever did fess up, he would show humility that Bush could not. That is true virtue, I believe anyway.

Joanne Wozniacki   February 19th, 2010 11:04 pm ET

I don't want to argue with you because you are obviously an intelligent and very respectful person. But I detect we are coming from two different economic levels so there is no way we will ever agree because we see things from where we are. I worked all my life, never took government assistance, lost my job a year and a half ago, haven't been able to get another job for the same pay, nor one that offers health insurance. I have medical problems and can't go to a doctor or get any testing. I needed health reform YESTERDAY. Every plan I look into privately either has an unaffordable monthly premium or an unaffordable deductible (like $3,000). This is an atrocity in America. Social Security seems to work so I don't know why a government run healthcare plan wouldn't work. Other countries do it successfully. It seems to me, without the government taking it over, IT DOESN"T WORK AND GETS MORE EXPENSIVE EVERY YEAR. Health coverage shouldn't be a luxury only available to the wealthy. As far as the book, yes I will read it.

Jack   February 19th, 2010 11:30 pm ET


I am fortunate, as i have good health insurance. But although I was told at a young age to "count my blessings", and always get some strange solace out of the fact that there are less fortunate than myself...I never agreed with that, mainly because I never felt better that there were less fortunate... I felt a little bad about it actually...bad for the people who were less fortunate... and not good for me being luckier or whatever. As a result, it may be my only honest virtue, that I do care that other people should also be entitled to affordable healthcare, inspite of the fact that i already do have it myself, etc.

We can agree to disagree, Joanne. But since we do disagree, it does not mean that I don't feel passionately about this... I know you don't feel the same way I do, but for a moment, try to understand my anger about the situation today...

Imagine a goodlooking, well-spoken confident, charismatic young man becoming our president and telling a country who needs healthcare in the worst way, that he can provide it... now, just imagine for the sake of argument, that that man cannot actually do this, and he knows it... but he promises it anyway to get elected...and it works in part... he gets elected...

i know you don't agree, but if you can imagine this...then you can imagine my anger... to think that people who need it so badly like yourself are being duped (i know i own opinion)... it's like holding a cookie out, and when the child tries to take's taken away...

Joanne Wozniacki   February 19th, 2010 11:45 pm ET

Obama's good looks and charm had nothing to do with my support of him. It was his beliefs, his plans for the direction of America, and his strength. I don't feel duped at all. I don't think President Obama promised healthcare reform just to get elected. I think he wants to pass it and the republicans in Congress won't let him do it because the majority of them just don't give a damn about those that don't have it. Period. If they cared, they would have come up with an alternative plan that would WORK quickly, as some of us can't wait around for years. Some of us will be dead by then.

Jack   February 20th, 2010 12:27 am ET

Fair enough. Good luck, Joanne.

Joanne Wozniacki   February 20th, 2010 1:02 am ET

And good luck to you too, Jack. We disagree, but I like you.

Luis B Rosario   February 20th, 2010 2:33 am ET

Barack Obama was not elected only because he is good looking
and young. He was elected because he was a Harvard graduate.
How many past presidents were Harvard grraduates. " That does
not make him a bad person." Just because he is Harvard
graduate still does not guarantee that he will a good president
but it should at least he should have the mind, the wisdom
and the professionalism to deal with trouble makers from
Republican troublemakers and confused double-crosser
Democrats. He has to set his foot down and deal with rebel
"NITWITS" FROM BOTH PARTIES. He was elected with a
mandatte and he should rule with assertion and determination
without been preocupied or disrupted by the will of the few.
This is the only country where the president is elected by a large
majority and yet he has to defer to the 60 vote rule. Since I
went to elementary school, I thought that more 51 percent means
the majority rules. Where this 60 vote rule came out from. I
believe that this rule was instuted by a lame Congress which
did nothing in the White House but get paid and reap the
benefits of stature while the constituents are suffering the
The Republican Party candidate lost the elections in fair
voting. When this happened, it meant the president elect is
not a Republican and all this means is the new party rules. If
Pres. Obama the alows internal wars to continue between
the two parties, it will be a decision that he will regret for the
rest of his days and chaos and anarchy will be the rule rather
than the exception in the White House.

Luis B Rosario   February 20th, 2010 3:10 am ET

If anyone was dishonest and slick was former Vice-Pres. Dick
Cheney; he was the real "salesman," (of oil), intrigue and deception
revealing Wilson( the CIA operative) and manipulating the White
House while taking advantage of Pres. Bush's friendship. Yet,
Dick Cheney was in the White House for eight(8) years. No good
book could explain that miscarriage of politics.

luckybee   February 20th, 2010 8:05 am ET

Huuuuh? He has tarnsform the war from our country to the moslim countrie's. They all are hero's Just immagine that all the collateral damages were our own people, if we have to fight them at home.They're will be much more deads as soldiers only.

hideaki nagano   February 28th, 2010 5:28 pm ET

Do you think pearl?wishful crystal.

Joe G. (Illinois)   February 28th, 2010 7:54 pm ET

Bill Maher, Ophra Winfrey, Daily Lama.. You know!! People like that very philosophical.. Some of them might even think been their own gods

lola   February 28th, 2010 8:13 pm ET

Why is this blog on Bill Maher repeating? He isn't worth being on here once, let alone twice.

A. Smith, Oregon   February 28th, 2010 8:43 pm ET

The Republican speak 'word' is Bankruptcy and they continuously hammer the American public for expanding domestic government programs which directly aid's and helps all Americans.

Yet, Republicans line up to support enormous US Military spending and Military expansion around the entire world. Well over 700 Military bases which suck up an enormous amount of taxpayer dollars which should be placed into domestic programs and help for American citizens here at home.

Republican tea-baggers routinely tout we don't have any money and the country is going belly up. What they don't tell you nor want you to know is that Republican lawmakers ALWAYS finds funding for US Military expansion and keeping 700 Military bases running and fully staffed around the entire world.

What about all the talk on 'Broken Government'?

Democrats want to curtail US Military expansion, shut down both Middle East Wars and place that spending directly into helping the States and citizens here at home.

Republicans want to continue gutting domestic spending to further pay for US Military expansion, continue the war in Afghanistan and fund numerous US Military contractors with hundreds of billions of dollars.

Democratic lawmakers need to find their courage and spin to take those funds away from the US Military and the Republican lawmakers who oppose that re-direction on America's future.

Democrats have a majority in both the House and Senate with a Democratic Administration in the White House, Get it done!

utawk2mch   February 28th, 2010 9:17 pm ET

Stick around, Bill. If Bill Moyer is going to retire, you're the only one I
have left to watch. Just as I predicted from the beginning, the old gray white men in the gray suits have circled the wagons to destroy the young upstart in the White House. Signed, 86 year old white woman who has seen it all.

Irineo Amagsila   February 28th, 2010 9:18 pm ET

Mr. Meher, your social economic and political views reveal your humanity and I love this part of you. However,your missing a very important truth of being. If you will go deeper into yourself, you will discover that the splendor of your humanity springs from the transcendent Source that explains even your existence. I hope that you will eventually attain the fullness of your humanity.

Idzan Ismail, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia   February 28th, 2010 9:38 pm ET

Mr Maher
Do you think Americans are too harsh and mean on Obama? Do they expect too much from the President who has just been in office for more than a year/

AlphaPoe1   February 28th, 2010 9:42 pm ET

Bill, you were fantastic, and I'm glad the see the blog again. You really have a good grasp on the plight of Middle and Lower America, and selfishness, greed, and unpatriotic behavior of the republicans.

AlphaPoe1   February 28th, 2010 9:50 pm ET

Idzan, I don't know what Mr. Maher would answer, but half of America is blatantly "too harsh and mean on Obama". President Obama has been in office only 1 year, and he inherited a disaster created over 8 years, the worst recession since the Great Depression, tens of millions out of work and with no health insurance, etc. It will take years to get America back, but he's on the right track. I only pray he gets a second term. The last thing we need is another republican in the White House to pick up the failing and destructive policies of George Bush.

Dayle Ellis   February 28th, 2010 10:11 pm ET

Do you ever offer anything constructive – or solutions. All you do is rip people which is cowardly.

Amy M.   February 28th, 2010 10:17 pm ET

I am SO sick of Bill Maher saying that the average American is stupid. We are smart enough to understand the issues and make our own decisions. I don't watch his show anymore, because I was tired of him calling me stupid–Get him off my favorite news channel!!

mark   February 28th, 2010 10:18 pm ET

I'd like Bill to once again explain how ignorant "Americans". He certainly managed to insult me and no doubt, many more of your listeners. He represents no one and is a blatherskite.

Ted Leidy   February 28th, 2010 10:18 pm ET

Why is it that Republicans always talk like they represent all Americans.They take these so called polls, where I never had a vote, that say Americans don't want health care reform. Americans don't want change. Where are they getting off speaking for me. I do want these things and I will stick by my President no matter what choices he makes. That is me speaking as part of an American. You know, one of the millions that voted him into office.

Aliou, Jacksonville, FL   February 28th, 2010 10:20 pm ET

you talk as if you and I have been talking together for the past year.

1)How do you bring Obama back to the business we elected him for, i.e. Healthcare reform with strong public option?

2)HOw do my make President Obama to quit begging republicans and earn my next vote?

3)How do you organize the "real We the people" i.e. the majority who voted for Obama 53% of voters to wake up and stand up to the tea party?

Bill if Obama can't do it, you will be our next president to get the social democrat agenda passed.

gabriella   February 28th, 2010 10:20 pm ET

Hey Bill
I admire you very much.
So why don't you just run for president and solve the whole economy and war and health care?
The world needs more people like you.

Navi   February 28th, 2010 10:20 pm ET

Bill, is there anything in the Healthcare Bill you do not like?

INOV8TN   February 28th, 2010 10:21 pm ET

Instead of equivocating USPS=socialism=Obamacare... Please tell us how Obamacare isn't a massive increase of socialism.

Dan Cline   February 28th, 2010 10:21 pm ET

PLEASE PLEASE TALK ABOUT HOW EVIL AND MISLEADING THE MINORITY LEADERS ARE , BILL! PEOPLE NEED TO KNOW! they trust them for some reason, do you know why? bcus i don't!

Flo   February 28th, 2010 10:22 pm ET

What makes Bill Maher think he is any smarter that the average American. He isn't smarter than anyone. He only has opinions like we all do. What makes him you an authority.

John   February 28th, 2010 10:22 pm ET

Question for Bill

How do you give 30 Million people health coverage and not raise costs? According to you that's what the Senate health care Bill is proposing.

Orfisim Zhang   February 28th, 2010 10:22 pm ET

Amy, you have to admit he is correct. After all, Americans are screaming that the health care is socialistic! That is so outrageous... So I assume, Americans do not understand Socialism or they would not be screaming this...

Yasmine, Tampa   February 28th, 2010 10:22 pm ET

Are the democrats focusing too much on the polls? And is that why they're indecisive?

Sharma   February 28th, 2010 10:22 pm ET

Bill, I agree with you that not trying 9/11 terrorists in NYC for the reason that they will mock us is cowardly and the republicans have without a doubt done that.
I do however worry about the sense in spending 200mn in security costs for a trial. Does that bother you?
Btw saying republicans are not fiscally responsible either doesnt justify being fiscally irresponsible.

g.mensah   February 28th, 2010 10:22 pm ET

It was great to hear someone finally express our inability to match or request with realization. We can't request things that are opposites to what we are willing to pay or cut back on.
Thanks Bill.

kathleen   February 28th, 2010 10:23 pm ET

I want to ask Bill Moyer

What do you think of Ron Paul's winning the straw vote at the
RPAC??? Is he a Republican or an Independent.?

patrick   February 28th, 2010 10:24 pm ET

larry the behaviour of the republican party shows that
those senators are too old to make a sound decision. The
senate seat should have a term limit.

Yaya   February 28th, 2010 10:24 pm ET


I have a quick question for John McCain and his colleagues. If they want to start over on health care bill, do Americans have the right to ask them to return or repay all the salaries and benefits they were paid for that whole year? I mean, they are after cutting waste and so the nation. They don't deserve to be paid for the whole year if they can admit to havent done anything as they did. Can you imagine, wasting a whole year!

Paul Chang   February 28th, 2010 10:24 pm ET

ask Bill ablut the Dalai Lama and Obama meeting

Steve   February 28th, 2010 10:24 pm ET

I am a strong proponent of national heath care. It strikes me as "odd" or somehow lacking that there has not been substantial issues and comparative commentary about how national health care works in all of the other developed, industrialized countries in the world. Seems like this would be good stuff for the American people to hear in regard to the debate.

Jimi Mankins   February 28th, 2010 10:24 pm ET

Bill, would you ever have a problem with the government taking over hollywood and setting everyones salary, including yours?

Vance C. McDaniel   February 28th, 2010 10:25 pm ET

Bill you are so right. the media does a poor job is so many ways. What ever happened to unbiased informative reporting? Why have we moved into the tabloid era of reporting?

Roger   February 28th, 2010 10:25 pm ET

Bill Maher is really intelligent. I know this because he is constantly telling us how intelligent he is. To date there is no there is no tangible evidence of it, so we'll just have to take your word Bill.

Yes we have elements of socialism in this country. Thanks to the Democrats we now have Fascism as well (see General Motors). And "all modern democracies are socialist". And they are all going broke.

"There are some things only an intellectual is stupid enough to believe." To think a few bureaucrats in Washington can come up with better solutions than millions of Americans in every state is the height of stupidity and arrogance. That's why I would trust the free market over the government. The Federalist Papers and Ayn Rand would be a good read for you Bill.

Any problems we have with respect to health care is because of the laws and regulations dreamed up by the very government Bill would embrace.

Yes, I'm sure the NYPD could do a good job getting the Taliban to turn over Al Quaeda. Stupid. But, what to expect from an Obama voter.

greg hartman   February 28th, 2010 10:25 pm ET

just wondering bill if i can call you bil why the hell dont you run for some political office. i love your thoughts and ideas and your balls to speak up like you do. we need someone with a tough shell to stand up in congress and tell these fat cats in office to get off their asses and start working for the people who got them their jobs. this in fighting between the reps and dems is ridicoulous none of these politicans are worried anymore about the people. they only care about how long they can stay in their office and get all the perks these politicans get. all these special ear marks is costing us american tax payers billions each year. bill your good we need someone like you in a high political office. give them hell.

ted   February 28th, 2010 10:25 pm ET

why can't the american public buy health insure on a national level
so that insurance companies can compete on a leval playing field?


Martin in Louisiana   February 28th, 2010 10:25 pm ET

it seem as if finally that we get some one with some sense. thanks for saying it like it is

bernie kairis   February 28th, 2010 10:26 pm ET

the republicans keeps stating that the US has the "greatest" health care in the world while it is ranked 37 worldwide. all the other 1st world nations cover all their populations. why is this "greatest" not refuted.

Tazic   February 28th, 2010 10:26 pm ET

(Autism) – meant down syndrome

An individual concerned with political/Public relations.
Where are my lobbyist!

Orfisim Zhang   February 28th, 2010 10:27 pm ET

Sara Palin is ...... a woman who sees Russia from her home??? You have to be kidding me. A woman who quits Governor of Alaska....

I agree Bill, she is completely unqualified. What ever happened to her gray matter?

Pam Reiter   February 28th, 2010 10:27 pm ET

Bill is right. All the networks over-cover big stories like the recent earthquake. We need all the news everyday – not just the big story. I found myself checking CNN & the other networks periodically – when I saw the same story looping, I went back to watching old movies. The so called news networks need to shape up or many of us will stop watching and, instead, go to our computers and pick the news we want to see.

You're great Bill, my husband and I are big fans.

Pam in Orange County, CA (a lonely Democrat)

Margaret Perritt   February 28th, 2010 10:27 pm ET

Bill has hit the nail on the head. The Television screen is so full of over-exposed sensationalism that the American public has lost touch with reality. Instead of thinking things through, the vast majority of people accept as fact skewed information which they circulate on the internet as truth–this stirs up anger and is one of the main reasons that the country is not pulling together to work our way out of the mess we are in.

Barb   February 28th, 2010 10:27 pm ET

Hi Bill,
I love you for speaking the truth. The republicans don't see themselves how foolish the look and think. They put a 100 people in a room and say that the american people are upset about the govt. They are not polling the american people who voted for Obama to change the status co. His approval rating is closer to 100% than 49%. They are polling on the republicans who face look like they are dipped in pickled juice saying no to everything the President is trying to do for us the non working poor.

Anne   February 28th, 2010 10:28 pm ET

I am discouraged that Bill Maher is so blase about the current health care bill(s)......clearly health insurance reform is needed, but no one in their right mind can understand the absurd 2000 plus pages of garbage in this bill. If Congress cannot put something together that is intelligible, why in heavens name would you want to commit future generations to the debt in this atrocity?

Is Bill aware that one of the ways Obama wants to help pay for all this additional access to medical care, is by huge Medicare payment cuts? What do you think will happen to the availability of general physicians/internists/family practioners/oncologists who are crushed under the current compensation and onerous reporting and paperwork?" A 21% cut goes into effect tomorrow. We are not talking about the luxury plastic surgeons.............Already many general physicians are planning to leave the Medicare enrollment, and will be forced to not accept any more Medicare patients.

Please, Bill, just this one element alone is unworkable in the current bill. There are many other items that are equally absurd.

Robert   February 28th, 2010 10:28 pm ET

Bill, would you agree that we are now have substituted "terrorism" for "communism" in our war against idealism, and this allows the US to do business with Communist China?

peggy sue   February 28th, 2010 10:28 pm ET

Mr. Maher, I would like to respond to your statement about Pres. Obama having a "love fest" at the table to discuss healthcare. Mr. Maher, you seem to be very intelligent, that being said, its common sense to know that in order to get anything done, with opposing sides, you have to come together and put everything out on the table and deal with it and come to a solution to fix the issue.

Orfisim Zhang   February 28th, 2010 10:29 pm ET

Bill: perfect name for Sarah Palin. Noodnick from Alaska! Maybe we can call her Noodnick Palin!

Ari M, from NYC   February 28th, 2010 10:31 pm ET

Dear Bill Maher,

Do you think Mother Teresa should officially be a saint?

margaret Lowry   February 28th, 2010 10:31 pm ET

This man is to be pitied – he is so warped , he makes
Sara Palin look good (and i thought she was warped)
He is such an unhappy person and it shows the min he opens
his foul mouth. Get a life, Bill !!

dan   February 28th, 2010 10:31 pm ET

Does bill think ,if we wern't at war with these terrorsit children,are armys . would be of better of use in like chili or hatie helping these poor people??.From just an american demicrat no republican no nothin!

frank   February 28th, 2010 10:31 pm ET

Another typical condescending Liberal who thinks he and they are smarter than all of us dumb Americans and if we would just listen to him we would all become enlightened too. What a pig head. Americans like me do not care what this guy thinks or says. He is just a comedian and not a very funny one at that.

Natalie   February 28th, 2010 10:40 pm ET


SUsie FaNtuZZi, San DiegO   February 28th, 2010 10:31 pm ET

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How sad for the state of Kentucky.
How SAD for ALL of US.
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Roger   February 28th, 2010 10:32 pm ET

Bill, envy is a mortal sin.

I'm sorry Rush has millions more listeners and a hell of a lot more intelligence than you. That has to grate, doesn't it?

Jimi Mankins   February 28th, 2010 10:32 pm ET

My wife and most other woman I know in Texas love Mrs Palin and look up to her. You can try to make jokes about Texas to change the statement, but everyone knows people are flocking here from California and New York because our Republican State is doing something right. We have less taxes and offer tons of tax breaks for business' to come here. We have the same beliefs as Mrs Palin and it works for us. By the way where did you graduate from college and what was your degree in? Thanks

Teresa   February 28th, 2010 10:33 pm ET

What does Bill think of the Unemploymentissue?

Martin in Louisiana   February 28th, 2010 10:33 pm ET

I agree with everything you said. Please make an effor to go outhere and speak out agains the political gain that go on in our country because it seems as if the avergage American do not have any common sense of their own. Obama must move on health care with or with out Republican support

Insurance companies are never going to regulate themselves as Republican want to make us believe


Sarah in Birmingham   February 28th, 2010 10:33 pm ET

Mr. Maher, you are wrong. As a conservative Christian Republican, after hearing the President speak at the health care forum this week, I am considering becoming a Democrat and hoping to convince my fellow Republicans to support the President's health care plan. It is you, sir, and your derogatory remarks about Republicans who have turned me away from the Democratic Party. I greatly respect the President for reaching out to all Americans, Republicans and Democrats alike.

steve   February 28th, 2010 10:33 pm ET

I keep hearing that sosial security and Medicare is in jepardy. What isn't congress's pensions in jepardy?

Roger   February 28th, 2010 10:34 pm ET

Bill clarification: " tea bagging" is what you do.

The good Americans protesting high taxes and excess spending are called "Tea Partiers".

Ruark   February 28th, 2010 10:34 pm ET

Do we need a third party? Perhaps, the People's Party.

dan   February 28th, 2010 10:34 pm ET


Natalie   February 28th, 2010 10:34 pm ET

Bill maher has got to be the most arrogant man alive. He disgusts me. He speaks as though he actually knows something, when in actuality he is ignorant. Someone needs to shut him up.

Patti Morgan   February 28th, 2010 10:35 pm ET

Who gives a rat's rump what Bill thinks. What makes him think that he is more intelligent than most of the American public. He is arrogant and obnoxious and most American's could care less what he thinks. Heaven knows, how did we all manage without him.

Hannah   February 28th, 2010 10:36 pm ET

Will the healthcare reform slash the doctors' throats???
what does this mean for doc reimbursements??? will they stay the same improve or take a nose dive???

Mark Regan   February 28th, 2010 10:36 pm ET

Perspectives are interesting to hear and Bill Maher's is no different. His comment about anyone who who agrees or acribes to Sarah Palin's positions are unreachable. Not that I am a fan of Sarah Palin, although I agree with many of her ideas, I would honestly say that anyone who agrees with Bill Maher and his leftist and liberable mindset as the way this country should be going is unreachable as well.

Voalb   February 28th, 2010 10:36 pm ET

Is there a better time to think about adjustments in the capitalist system in itself and an update to democracy as notion?

Nelson G. Goodman,MD   February 28th, 2010 10:36 pm ET

As a family physician who practiced internal medicine for 40 years and a board member of a coalition seeking health insurance for everyone in my state, I must say that Bill Maher is right on. One of the worst things in a physician's practice is to have patients who cannot afford to go to the hospital when necessary, who cannot afford their medicines when prescribed, and who stay away in the first place because of costs.
Medicare and Medicaid were a blessing. We hoped President Obama would finish the job. I hope he is listening to Bill Maher and gets the idea of bipartisanship out of his way. His responsibility is not to the Republicans or the Democrats. It is to the people who were depending on him to get these programs passed.

mike neaton   February 28th, 2010 10:37 pm ET

Haiti has an elected president that the people support. It is avoided in all the news coverage that the present government is a result of an armed coup. And theis armed group is highly suspected to be connected to the elite of the haitian country and tied to the US.

Pat Mc Aleer   February 28th, 2010 10:37 pm ET

Bill Maher The Rush Lembaugh of the left. just not as smart

grayfoxes56   February 28th, 2010 10:37 pm ET

Hi Larry & Bill, I think all the politicians should stay in place until our soldiers are brought's not fair to ask them to stand by their orders from our legislative body and have to feel like everyone is taking off. no matter how bad they say things are up there, they should man up and deal with it and see these soldiers complete their missions and come home...after that everyone can go in whatever direction they want..what do you say

Kathy Ransom   February 28th, 2010 10:38 pm ET

I am just concerned as to Bill Maher, how can he be such a wonderful and an intelligent man, to be so stupid as to be an atheist ....

SUsie FaNtuZZi, San DiegO   February 28th, 2010 10:38 pm ET

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Good Luck, 'frank'
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Tom Mount   February 28th, 2010 10:38 pm ET

Bill: What do you think of bringing back the "Fairness Doctrine" to control the impact of the right and left wing media?

I am most concerned over the impact of AM Talk radio on numerous Americans who never bother to check the facts. .

Don Maroncelli   February 28th, 2010 10:39 pm ET

Bill, How would one begin a 50 state petition to put on a national ballot, mandatory term limits? Retroactive? Also, repeal the outrageous pay raised from the last 10 or 15 years to realalistic salarys? More like the average Americans? Enough is enough of screwing We The People for their own wallets and power. Thank you, Don Maroncelli

Dave In Menominee Michigan   February 28th, 2010 10:39 pm ET

You remind me of a man I love. Frank Zappa was a guy many people thought as ahead of his time. You seem to have the same sneer of Zappa when it comes to your social observations. Are you a Zappa fan?

kevin lincoln kennedy martin   February 28th, 2010 10:39 pm ET

message to bill i met you once in adams morgan washington dc in a jazz bar we talked for awhile you were very drunk your satirie almost got your head knocked off by a big muscular dude who was too stupid to understand your jokes i stepped in because you are smartest man on tv and i want your voice of reason on the air broadcast to the world thankyou larry king for giving him exposure but you to do to do more than just talk you need to make the american people who are not as intelligent as you understand that the president is trying to help them you have to make it clear to them that health insurance is not what they want they want health care if you stop talking about health insurance you could fix the healthcare problem tommorow i garuntee have me on panel i will explain exactly how to get health care for every single american all you have to do is teach and all your problems are solved i will talk live on phone 3014556395 if my message is heard by anyone with a voice the healthcare problem is solved i am only trying to help i have credentials

Steve   February 28th, 2010 10:39 pm ET

To add to my earlier post; the point is: National Health Care has been in effect for a minimum of (at least) 14 years in most all of the developed countries in the world. We do not hear discussion of how it has worked out for them. I don't hear of these countries having become "bankrupt" due to the fact they have national health care.

Randy   February 28th, 2010 10:39 pm ET


You are my favorite person on TV and in the movies. Thanks for supporting us Gays, we need all the help we can get.


SUsie FaNtuZZi, San DiegO   February 28th, 2010 10:40 pm ET

frank MEeT Patti, a MATCH MADE iN HEAVEN
Yeeee Haaaaaaa
Oh Dear America, Oh Dear . . .

Dan Cline   February 28th, 2010 10:40 pm ET

steve, either u are foreign..or......God i hope ur foreign

Idzan Ismail, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia   February 28th, 2010 10:40 pm ET

Agree with you totally. It's too early in the day for him to undo past mistakes of the previous administration.
Please give him 8 years to make America great once again.

ibsharkbait   February 28th, 2010 10:40 pm ET

What an insufferable horse's patooty

Doug   February 28th, 2010 10:40 pm ET

If THE BILL includes any cost for me whatso ever or in any way requires a MANDATORY requirement or a FINE for opting out I will organize Join and support any and all efforts to replace any elected official which supported the reconciliation process.
God help us from such totalitarian, socialistic RULE.

frank   February 28th, 2010 10:41 pm ET

Joanne, if this Obamacare plan is so urgent, why does it not start for 4 years after the bill passes? Or did you not get that memo? Hope you're still around in 4 years to see if the plan worked.

Kathy Ransom   February 28th, 2010 10:42 pm ET

If you are an antheist, why does it matter if you die or not.....just curious....

AlphaPoe1   February 28th, 2010 10:42 pm ET

No one is more condescending than the republicans. They think they are better than those less fortunate than themselves, have no compassion for desire to help Americans in trouble from the economy, nor any intention of helping the tens of millions of Americans who can no longer afford healthcare, many of whom are dying without it. They are also condescending toward the President of the United States by degrading and ridiculing him for the world to see when he is trying his best to repair the country and help all Americans, not just the more fortunate ones. Bill Maher is a comedian, but he is also a caring person and sympathetic to those less fortunate than he.

Jennifer   February 28th, 2010 10:42 pm ET

I love watching your show. Which guest have you had on that you believe was the most brilliant guest, and who was the most ridiculous?

Nancy Lewis   February 28th, 2010 10:42 pm ET

Now that the media has finally noticed that the government is broken, does it make sense for those guys down there in Washington to keep spending all our money killing people in order to cram this failed, Godless system down the throats of the rest of the world?

frank   February 28th, 2010 10:44 pm ET


It is so nice to see a Malaysian so interested in the well-being of America. Four years will be enough though. Hopefully he cannot destroy our economy in that time as you just might wish him to do.

Sharon Day   February 28th, 2010 10:44 pm ET

I would like to know what Bill thinks of the Jessie Ventura show, Denver Airport, Bilderburg, infraguard, Harp, Etc?

Teresa   February 28th, 2010 10:46 pm ET

What does Bill think of Unemployment?

ivy chan   February 28th, 2010 10:47 pm ET

Bill Mahrer is wrong. John Edwards is a monster. The hurt that is has inflicted on his wife, children, staff and even his mistress can only be done by a monster. Horny is not an excuse.

Larry Rood   February 28th, 2010 10:47 pm ET

Why don't the smartest people run for office more often, such as yourself, Phil Donahue, Alan Alda. You all seem to have so many of the answers to our problems. Please run!


Frank Bertram   February 28th, 2010 10:47 pm ET

Larry, is it so hard to get guests on your program that you must have Bill Maher. He is an arrogant big mouth that knows nothing but pretends to know everything. He dislikes everything and everone. He has not been able to accomplish anything in his life. Why burden your viewers with the likes of him. Please have anyone on except Bill Maher. Thanks.

Keith   February 28th, 2010 10:49 pm ET

What does Bill think about the media as a part of the distraction tactics to kill any legislation health care for example . It seems obvious that health care was the issue and after the earth quake no show like never happen help the American People focus . This bill will help and if the republicans were bright they would make it look good and use it for their benefit , after all the people will buy any crap they are told..KEH

Troy Mikels   February 28th, 2010 10:50 pm ET

Why do we keep pushing for people to go to college or Tech schools when there are no jobs? Also, isnt it ironic that people are trying to cash in on the unemployed? (money, money, money!)

kevin lincoln kennedy martin   February 28th, 2010 10:51 pm ET

take the profit out of healthcare all your problems solved yes the government should take over but goverment who is informed of the facts so they can decide you must explain to every american that they are the government !!! all you have to do join together i stop arguing over wrong subject health insurance started as a crime and will always be a crime it is racketeering
get healthcare not insurance
if any one with access to public will tell the american people that they want access to healthcare nobody wants to pay money for no reason only to get dropped when they use it
that is a fact with all insuranse companies it is a crime racketeering

frank   February 28th, 2010 10:57 pm ET


Sorry, you're right. If people cannont afford healthcare let's just give it to them, and if they can't afford a house, let's give them one, and if they can't afford a car, let's give them one, and if they can't afford an education, let's give them one, and if they.................... . I for one, am tired of paying for the lazy, entitled minority of people who should get off their butts and get a job. Then look what happens. They get healthcare and they can afford a car to get to the house that they can then afford. True there are some who are truly down and out and need more help. We conservatives do not want to deny them their due. We support giving them a leg-up and a helping hand to get them going. To help them become productive. Oh so many though, have made Medicaid a career. This needs to stop. We can no longer afford to carry all that dead weight.

John Dafney   February 28th, 2010 11:03 pm ET

hmm jobs head in the door. Hope you not have a criminal record large or small No job for you. I

AlphaPoe1   February 28th, 2010 11:06 pm ET

We're not dead weight. We are tens of millions of Americans who worked all our lives and contributed to the country, we did not take government assistance or looking for FREE anything. We are looking for affordable healthcare. Many of us are older, but too young for Medicare. Many of us lost our jobs due to the economy and have not been able to get another job for the same salary or one that offers health insurance. The present system and costs DON'T WORK for all Americans.

frank   February 28th, 2010 11:17 pm ET

Ok alpha,

let me get this straight, you worked hard to get where you got, lost your job, now feel justified in Not working to get more, but getting something nonetheless. I do empathize, but just cannot agree with you. You worked hard your whole life, then work hard now. There is always a way forward. Our constitution promises right to a pursuit of happiness. It does not unfortunately promise happiness as a right. The pursuit, however is always there for you and me. I had to move from PA to NC to maintain my way of life. I left friends and family behind, but found a way. It was not easy and I am not complaining. I have also worked hard for nearly 45 years and am now in my 50's. There are many solutions though that do not include massive government programs spending money that we do not have. We can only print so much before all the paper becomes totally worthless.

Idzan Ismail, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia   February 28th, 2010 11:29 pm ET

Of course w are interested.
The well-being of America means well-being for the world.
Please give him a chance.
Why not when you can give Bush two-terms?

luckybee   February 28th, 2010 11:30 pm ET

Only with the sweat on you'r for head You will earn you're dayly bread, that is what god told us once.It is still valid now a days.

luckybee   February 28th, 2010 11:43 pm ET

Dear Idzan Ismail, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; don't forget de moslims has attacked Amerika when Bush was president;and he has boomeranged the war back to dar Al Islam, what is wrong with that?Who saw wind ,will harvest a hurrycan.And that's what the moslims got over them,by attaking the twintowers and the Pentagon.

Donald Allen   March 1st, 2010 12:25 am ET

no elects-hen or not about ween you get in there you get to rule the world if you or there four your own good then way run it not what it about it like this if you or not elected to help the country than way run in the first place and ween I say I don,t work four OBAMA I mean he work four me I,M the one that has the right to say he work four me if it one way or the other see it the way I do I think it is that way see you LeeBot Donald L Allen PS I no the way Business is and it well be the way I say you see it a part of life

Donald Allen   March 1st, 2010 12:27 am ET

well broke has it all wrong you see I,M the one that is over what I,M doing see it like I do and youll have it wright see you Donald L Allen

AlphaPoe1   March 1st, 2010 12:31 am ET

In case you haven't noticed yet, Frank, there aren't many good paying jobs available for the over 55 group. No I don't feel justified not working now, it wasn't my choice, and no, my first choice isn't government run healthcare. However, when millions of Americans can no longer afford healthcare nor find a job, something isn't working and something needs to be changed. If it's the government stepping in, so be it. Whatever works for America. THIS WAY DOESN'T WORK.

luckybee   March 1st, 2010 1:05 am ET

dear Idzan Ismail, The moslims has the audacity to attacked a country build with the help of God him zelf. (pilgrim Fathers).Now moslims kill each others for having done such autrocitie's, against God..

rodney   March 1st, 2010 1:12 am ET

i live in indiana and wow, are you ever correct about evan bayh and in reference to working for the people, i live in terre haute and union hospital just expanded spending a ton of money and in the meantime, no funds are left to hire health care workers and therefore the facility is being way underused and on top of that, we have a crow problem in the city and the facility was built with nothing but windows that now cost $10,000.00/week for the meantime, we havent seen any road improvements whatsoever and so many people are out of work and nobody here really raises a fuss and so therefore the politicians of indiana can skate and again, nobody talks about it so thanks for putting indiana in the spotlight...

David Roy   March 1st, 2010 1:12 am ET

The health care summit was embarrassing!

We need some type of health care reform. My company has down sized from 250 employees to 150 and only 78 employees can afford the insurance.

Employees have bee laid off and out of work for 16 months. Stop the bickering between parties and starting working for "US" the American people, your boss!

Disgusted in FL

David Roy   March 1st, 2010 1:17 am ET

Bill, you think we are not smart enough, thanks for the insult!

We're listening and we get the fact the the government not the people is the thing that is broken!

Greg   March 1st, 2010 1:18 am ET

Did Sarah Palin reveal the Republican strategy of getting a second term by suggesting President Obama should start a war with Iran?

Marshall Britt   March 1st, 2010 1:19 am ET

Bill, I am a fan of your show, as well as the majority of your outlooks. However I have always questioned your alignment with Ingrid And the PETA folks.. I think animals are great companions and I am not a hunter, I just think their views are far too extreme and dangerous. Do you think it is possible that they have gone too far and become an extreme leftist and outrageous group?

B Gamel   March 1st, 2010 1:21 am ET

Every time I see Bill Mayer I think: who is this self important empty suit?

Jason   March 1st, 2010 1:21 am ET


On the subject of taxation... What tax system does Bill support? What does he think of the flat tax? What is the "correct" percentage for each income range?

I'm sick of people criticizing one side or the other, people need to come out with their exact stance on subjects such as this. Numbers, please.

-J, in Michigan

Bud Manchester   March 1st, 2010 1:21 am ET

Bravo Bill Maher, we finally get the truth. I am a lifelong real democrat and believe we won't have real healthcare reform until we have a single payer system and eliminate the bloodsucking middleman insurance companies. What are your thoughts on this....Once again thanks for voicing what a lot of us think.

Marshall Britt   March 1st, 2010 1:22 am ET

Bill, Do you think President Obama has any intentions on decriminalizing marijuana, and beggining the end of the outrageously expensive "drug war"?

Jimmy Israel   March 1st, 2010 1:22 am ET

Is there a World conspiracy of wealthy people to control the rest of us?

noel   March 1st, 2010 1:26 am ET

Don't you think Obama wanted US POPLE to have a chance to watch the Republicans in action? I'm sure that's why he wanted the Healthcare Summit, not because he thought he would create bi-partisan cooperation.

Carolann E. Candy   March 1st, 2010 1:26 am ET

Just have to tell Bill that you look great, you are still right on the money, never ever have I been so in love with someone's mind. You say it like it are often times 100% on the mark with it too. When you say it, there is such a non plussed attitude in the delivery...and ya know it's really not rocket science's really very basic and for the most part...a lot of those in positions of power are there...and they rarely if ever truly get it! Run for office for God Sake and when you do, make it in CANADA. We would most surely welcome your candor. We need to learn that. C.Candy

Toye Okediji   March 1st, 2010 1:30 am ET

I love Bill Maher's statement this evening about president’s bipartisan approach that Republican will not allow to work. The president should just follow the programs highlighted by him and his party and push them through and implement them. Republican does not want the president to succeed. The president should know that he will be accountable to the people. There is no way the administration will not spend money to get the country moving towards recovery. Freezing all spending will not solve the problem. He should be more focus on his programs. He should not be distracted.

Jean   March 1st, 2010 1:30 am ET

Bill, tonight you have called a number of people, including Americans in general, stupid or crazy. I just would like to know what are your credentials? What makes you the expert?

keith neblett   March 1st, 2010 1:30 am ET

Can you ask Bill what he thinks about Kare Rove, not showing up for congress. And why do's no one talk about that anymore? Did he really get away with it?

Carolann E. Candy   March 1st, 2010 1:30 am ET

To B. Gamel, someone you would do well to listen to, then judge. You may be surprised, you may be enlightened, you may be unimpressed, however...Bill is worth listening to, very, very much on the mark and more concisely, right to the point!!! C. Candy

Mark   March 1st, 2010 1:32 am ET

Are we Americans so desperate for someone to be on our side that we value the serious opinions of a comedian? I don't take Sarah Palin as a serious presidential candidate. Does anyone care about my serious opinion? Oh wait, I'm not a comedian, of course no one cares what I think.

Novella   March 1st, 2010 1:33 am ET

I completely agree with you on the media's priorities and coverage, Bill. I know recently when the quake hit Chile, CNN and several other stations spent hours watching the apparently calm and miniscule waves at Hawaii.
Earthquake? What earthquake? We might grab a miniature tidal wave on tape!
The moment the warning was lifted, thus commenced the limited sidestory of Chile's misfortune.

Armen   March 1st, 2010 1:33 am ET

When Bush needed money to go on Iraq, republicans supported it unanimously. when the question comes to help Americans to get covered by insurance, they are talking about debt? How dare are they to talk about national debt and confuse their own people? I'm not Democrat, neither Republican (God forbid), But I lost my respect to that party and what I think, They all are confused and do not know the difference between Capitalism and Corporate governed system system, which does not have a name yet.

Markee   March 1st, 2010 1:37 am ET

I have been a fan of Mr. Maher work for years. And I would like know why he continues to degrade us the american people, by making comments such as we are not bright enough to understand policy. We the people are not the problem are we?

r.flynn   March 1st, 2010 1:40 am ET

dear mr. question cheney's intelligence...i think u need to question his sanity..the nazis were highly intelligent.

Robert Sud   March 1st, 2010 1:41 am ET

What if any, action oriented response have you seen or received from your fabulous film "Riligulous" ?

Timm   March 1st, 2010 1:41 am ET

Bill Maher, I'm not an American, when I went the first time to the video store in the US I was surprised to find your show and other movies like Fahrenheit 9/11 running under Comedy. Are you aware of this? Do you consider yourself a comedian? I think most of the themes are way too serious to be "comedy". You're way better as a political commentator.

Rick   March 1st, 2010 1:43 am ET

Would it be more beneficial to ignore guy like Rush, Glen Beck et co.?

B Gamel   March 1st, 2010 1:44 am ET

To Candy: I've heard him for years, dear. There's nothing remarkable about him or his pseudo-intellectual B.S. except it sadly wreaks of "Hollywood" and the ever present job and popularity paranoia in that town. You don't think like 'em you don't work.

Mike   March 1st, 2010 1:44 am ET

I was shocked to hear Bill Maher talk about The Tonight Show.

"It is un-American to say Jay Leno is greedy." I'm very interested in why its ok for competitiveness in Hollywood and if he feels the same about all other industries and aspects of life. Does he realize we instill the lack of "unfairness" of life with scoreless soccer games for kids and quotas, etc.
None of which are conservative points of view.

ron   March 1st, 2010 1:46 am ET

first time bloger Bill Maher need to stop calling americans stupid and qiut calling use tea baggers. he is nothing but a comedian. sorry but he admitted he voted for Obama

Darcy   March 1st, 2010 3:17 am ET

Why does everyone think this man is so intelligent. He & Ann Coulter had a relationship. People think he would be a good politician-–please tekll me why. Is it because he's a comedian.. He'd be no different. Talk's cheap when it really doesn't matter. If he was Pres. -could he get anything more done than Obama-I think not-not when you have the senate & congress constantly slamming the door in your face!!! He's just a satirical comedian-I know he thinks he's intelligent & important.

buzzzerd   March 1st, 2010 4:21 am ET

Will Maryjane kill big pharm?

Randy   March 1st, 2010 5:24 am ET

Bill Marr love it. I would like to sit down with him. lot's of question's, your very fotunate. But mackay have we went to { can I sell my product } really! Larry where is your wake up!!! Wake up America!!!!

PROF Dave W. Dawson   March 1st, 2010 5:27 am ET

This is where the Right Wing crushes anything in its' path.
I hit my local UK NHS nuthouse with a list of priorities this morning(appropriately Saint David's Day).
1) Have a cigarette before anyone complains.
2) Rescue any Damsels in distress(before anyone complains).
3) Work for a Living(before anyone complains).
4) Keep the Boss happy(before anyone complains).
** This SUREFIRE approach will wake the World up to the TRUE STRENGTHS of Conservatism I tell you.

Denise Pardini   March 1st, 2010 6:34 am ET

Yay Bill Maher! You are one of the only rational voices that gets in to the media. Probably only because your rationality seems outrageous in this world that is addicted to junk medial. Yes – disaster porn on every channel! It was asounding that Larry thought CNN has been doing a great job on Haiti and completely missed the point that CNN is ALSO a perpretator of disaster porn, maybe no. 1 after the whole Haiti and now Chile thing. Bill is right, on just about every score. Larry you are drinking too much of your own kool-aid!

Sithuwam   March 1st, 2010 10:54 am ET

Bill, if you are serious about your recent comment on Buddhism, "Buddhism is a crock and outdated", I want to know if you can list "Four Noble Truths" and "Eight Fold Paths." By the way, what is the "Middle Path" according to Buddhism? Have you ever heard about "Kalama Sutra."?

Thank you!


lori   March 1st, 2010 12:59 pm ET

Bill Maher is a freak of nature!

Luis B Rosario   March 1st, 2010 1:51 pm ET

I have read numerous complaints regarding Bill Maher: "He is
only a comedian whose main topic is anti-American rhetoric, "
therefore a subversive individual who is always saying bad things
about Americans. I believe that you are wrong. Bill Maher is
one the few comedians or political commentators in the U.S.
media that tries to protect the general public from bad -ill
intentioned polticians like Newt Gingrich, Rush Limbaugh and
White House Senate GOP leader Bonner. These represent
the epitome of true anit-American rhetoric in which nothihng
gets done unless it is their way.
Bill Maher is the American Robin Hodd or Captain America,
or any other superheroe of the comic strips that most of admired
and pay big money to see them in film. He is constantly reminding
us of the treachery , the villairns, the arrogance and the ineptitude
of politicians and high powered business brokers (banks
and big business) whose agenda is to keep the little man down,
poor and subservient. There are plenty of those in America
and I believe that Bill Maher addresses those who have carved
our mountain of wealth to divert it to their own self-interest
causes leaving in us near bankruptcy.
I agree that Bill Maher language is salty, spicy and obscene
at times but this is his trademark. Unless you( the complaininants)
belong to high class Americans and big business crooks
he is not talking about you. Maher never attacks the minorities,
the establishment as a whole , and proclaims that he is not
American and that he is going to move out of the U.S.A. and
buy a palace abroad , now or when he retires from entertainment.
(Correct me if I'm wrong). He just continues to pound on
the subject(with positive or negative reinforcement) that since
the year 2000 the U.S. Government, the banking community,
investor and speculators, in the oil industry, and real estate; and
the ill fated post invasion of Iraq tactics and poor planning
to secure the country and protect our soldiers . It is all a big
mess that I believe most bloggers agree will take long years
to fix.
Bill Maher may want to use the big picture when he says
Americans are this and that but I believe that his vile and his
venom are reserved for the opressors , the unpatriotic and
the thieves, namely the ones I mentioned who stole our
peace, our dreams and our stability. You see the banks are
in "business as usual." Before Obama's implementation
of new rules for banks dealing with credit cards , and mortgage
loans, the president allowed the banks to honker in and prepare
for the onslaught. Just like Afghanistan commanders did with
the ongoing invasion of Marja and Kandahar.; they sent fliers,
they put the message in the media, and they left the main door
open so the terrorists and their top leaders could escape
before engaging them in the war front. The U.S. and NATO
say that this tactict will save lifes. I say " bull." The militants
were allowed to escape with their weapons. They will regroup
somewhere else and come back stronger to create havoc.
(They already did, blowing up a foreign guests hotel and
three other buildings in Kabul). It is the same thing happening
all over when Bin Laden was allowed to escape.) If the strategy
was to prevent civilian and military casualties why didn't the
commanders order a seige of Marja and wear out the militants?
The same goes for President Obama's plan for the banks.
They changed the wording on Mortgage applications and froze
most applicants out of eligibility by making it more difficult to
qualify for a loan, even for first time buyers who have good credit
and the means to make monthly payments. The banks are now
mainly dealing with "cash" buyers to sell foreclosures. They
don't care where the money comes from (even laundered money
from drug trade). You bring the cash money and there will be
no questions ask. Most mortgage applications on short sales
and foreclosures are not entertained and if they do the applicants
bid for a house must be at least $5,000.00 over the asking price.
Credict cards APR was increased beyond the usury limits at
36% percent(Usury used to be a crime at 25%). In the 70s and
80s lending at more than 25% was a crime (a misdemeanor/
felony) until the banks found a way to go around the law Now it
is up to 36% and rising. Soon if you borrow money with a credit
card you will never be able to pay back theprinciple in your lifetime.
It is the same thing with gambling. Indian reservation casinos
sprouted like dandelliums on state highways. There is no
winning possiblity for most gamblers going to these Casinos.
Even casino owners from India are becoming rich in America
and dragging more Americans to perdition and poverty.
The 3 numbers used to be against the law. Lawmakers claimed
that the numbers racket was controlled by Mafia mobsters and
the persecution began arresting low level pick 3 numbers game
who everyday made someone happy with $50 or more winnings
on a .$50 cents bet. On the street where I used to live in the slums
at least one person hit every day. from $20 to $1000.00 on a
$1 bet. How much are the odds now to win on pick 3 , pick four,
fantasy 5, mega , lotto and powerball. The average is
1 in every 18 million to hit the jackpot and many times a month
it the jackpot rolls over. Nobody(I mean nobody can hit 5 or
6 numbers-why-why. Lotto machines are rigged by legitimate
Mafia worst than the old Mafia(much worse). Most people now
play $5 to $10 a day, by-passing other debts , looking for the
jackpot. It has drivfen most of us into Lotto addiction. ( I for one
never played the pick 3 , the horses or dogs in the old days).
Now I ply $ 5 to $10 a day and if it the powerball jackpot reaches
$50 million or more then I double the bet. I never win anything
and I seldom match 1 number out of 6 playing 5 or 6 tickets
containing 5 numbers each. Imagine of 25 to 30 numbers out
54, I'm unable to hit 1 number. It is all rigged brothers and sisters.
It is just big crime committed by white collar criminals blessed
by the states, and the federal government.
I hope that I don't get that label either for trying to call the colors

Nurse in Atlanta   March 1st, 2010 2:54 pm ET

We need to put pressure on Democrats sitting on the fence! Why aren't we having a million man march of those who have lost insurance coverage along with those who are negatively affected by our present health care system? We need our Congressional leaders to see that, yes, the public wants this. All we are hearing is the negative and manipulative Republican spin that has frightened voters. Get someone to organize a huge march, get people out there, get the press covereage and make Congress accountable!

Thank you,
A retired nurse in Georgia.

AlphaPoe1   March 1st, 2010 5:01 pm ET

You're exactly right Nurse in Atlanta. The twisted and manipulative republican rhetoric, and the gullible followers who buy it, are hurting Americans and America. When so many millions can no longer get affordable healthcare, THAT COMES FIRST. Human lives come before other considerations and opinions about whether to pass this bill and QUICKLY. Your idea of a huge march is excellent. Bill Maher was partially correct when he said we are "stupid". It wasn't his best choice of words, but the STUPID are the Americans who buy and agree with the republican scare tactics and putting MONEY before PEOPLE. They could find themselves in the same situation tomorrow with a change of circumstances in their lives. Then they will be looking for help getting health insurance real FAST.

Cajazz76:24:8   March 1st, 2010 5:33 pm ET


So it was YOU who saw Maher with his freak on...or off? You are an whom, I don't know.

markp   March 1st, 2010 7:12 pm ET

I love how Bill Maher called all Larry's listeners (at the least the ones that can vote in US Elections) ignorant and incapable of understanding the issues. How's it feel lefties to be called dumb by your hero? As if "He and only He", can rise above the plebeians and endow us with his otherworldly insight. Sorry, don't want to hear it, I believe he adds nothing of constructive value to the dialogue, and should just shut up and be a comedian. (if he can be). He's nothing but a left wing version of Rush Limbaugh or Glen Beck that has much lower audience share than either of the other fellows. Shame on anyone fooled into believing he or they are anything more than entertainers ... Sorry folks .

Jim Carroll   March 1st, 2010 7:26 pm ET



Rose   March 1st, 2010 8:25 pm ET

I'm a big fan of Bill Maher but take exception to his comments about Buddhism re: "It's a crock and outdated". Maher has an attitude of "life sucks and then you die". He is free to think that HOWEVER as an atheist, who doesn't believe in religion/God, he should be aware of the following concerning Buddhism:

Buddhism does not believe in a personal God or a divine being, it does not have worship, praying to, or praising of a divine being (although some sects do.) It offers no form of redemption, forgiveness, no heavenly hope, or a final judgment to those practicing its system. Buddhism is a moral philosophy, an ethical way to live for the here and now of this world to gain the ultimate state. It believes in peace, non-violence and values life.

Maher should re-think what he said. From what I've heard him say, he will agree with many Buddhist teachings. I agree with his issues re: Christianity and its anthromorphic God-man, strikingly resembling previous savior-gods in myths. But Bill, if you're out there, please read this:

– Christianity (C) teaches: Heaven is real. Buddhism (B) teaches Nirvana is the ultimate state = nothingness.
– C teaches personal eternal life. B teaches extinction of self.
– C teaches Savior is Christ. B teaches Savior is One's Self and one's works.
– C teaches God is a personal being. B teaches impersonal force, No God.
– C teaches Moral absolutes (judgement upon others). B teaches no moral absolutes.
– C teaches Sin is the problem. B teaches "Ignorance" is the problem.
– C teaches God is salvation, is with us. B teaches about the Enlightened One.

So Bill, with your many comments criticising religion (which I agree with mostly), I think you may turn out to be a Buddhist-minded person afterall.

Rose   March 1st, 2010 8:56 pm ET

Bill Maher would want Buddhist philosophy to be applied to our right wing religious leaders and some politicians in the US.

In Buddhism, the law of Karma, says: "for every event that occurs, there will follow another event whose existence was caused by the first, and this second event will be pleasant or unpleasant according as its cause". In other words, you get paid back for what you have done (good or bad).

I would love to be there when Bush, Cheney et al, Rev. Pat Robertson with his gold mines in Liberia, past CIA supporters who caused the murder of millions in other nations, the coup-creators, the exploiters, the war promoters, the moral majority who seek to take away others' rights and cast judgement by being high and mighty with their abuse of religion – are all in line for their Karma-Payback. No express elevator to heaven in the "Rapture" for them. Bill Maher would agree with this form of justice.

AlphaPoe1   March 1st, 2010 9:55 pm ET

I don't think Bill Maher should have called anyone "stupid", however, he wasn't referring to every single person in the country. He was referring to the ones that just don't see, won't see, and just don't care about what's really happening to many Americans, and the ones that listen to the republican nonsense and can't figure out what's really going on by themselves, e.g., "We have the best healthcare system in the world." Yeah, right, except half the country can't afford the premiums, nor the deductibles without reform. Also, Bill is a comedian, however, he hit the bullseye on every subject discussed.

Luis B Rosario   March 1st, 2010 10:31 pm ET

I always found it repulsing and disgusting people trying to
convert me to a different religion. Religious salespeople are just
like the car salesmen(their dealer is always the best). Well that
is what Toyota used to say. (not anymore for a while-I guess).
Most long lasting wars have been about religious superiority
or inferiorty depending on who felt more pain than the other.
Persecutions even murder and atrocities arose from people
trying to convert the other into a religious sect, cult or dynasty.
Death and destruction was always the result of misguided
theme, " we are the best." It is happening now in Iraq where
the Sunnis and the Shiites are still committing atrocities in the
name of Alah(God). Your examplesof Christianity(C) vs. Buddism,
(B) is just pure speculation of the false doctrine that "Mine
is better than yours." Lucky that I never was forced to compare-
(choose), otherwise I would have been a loser." I believe that
Bill Maher will agree(he will rather remain an Atheist-where
he does not have to defend any religion but can talk about all
of them).

Luis B Rosario   March 1st, 2010 11:10 pm ET

@Alpha Poe 1
You hit right on the nail(on target). The insurance industry already
perceive that sooner or later change is coming affecting their
stock market and profits. Just like the banks, they already took
appropriate measures to offset any losses. Some health care
insurance companies have increased their rates up to 33 percent
in the past year. It is a barbaric act of flexing muscle before the
wrestling match begins." If the health reform bill passes, a few
indictments for prize gauging should be forthcoming unless
Congress is blind, deft and mute. The same yardstick should
be used to measure the banking community ;s larcenous hunger.
We did with the oil companies for gas prize gauging. It is only
fair that we apply the law in an equitable manner. Unless
Congress is blind, deaf and mute. (No comment on the latter).

AlphaPoe1   March 1st, 2010 11:23 pm ET

You are right Luis, and that is why this is so troublesome and stressful for so many of us Americans that care about the country and our fellow Americans. It's disgusting, uncharitable, and to quote Bill Maher, "unpatriotric" to oppose a plan so many Americans desperately need. It's also evil to give precedence to profits and money at the expense of human lives. These are many of the same people who oppose legalized abortion because they call it "murder". Yet, they would kill the health bill, knowing so many sick people don't have health insurance and will die sooner without medical attention. The hypocrisy of this is astonishing.

Luis B Rosario   March 1st, 2010 11:57 pm ET

@Alpha Poe 1
Regarding abortions. A Republican Sen. from Utah, interviewed
by CNN, wants to introduce a bill to charge women who are
pregnant and not wearing a seat belt with "Reckless
Endangerment, if there is a miscarriage followed by a vehicle
accident. " Like if women did not have enough to worry about when
they are pregnant( Is it is what I understood from the verbal
exchange with Campbell Brown-CNN)..
Regarding Health Insurance. It was reported by St Petersburg
Times, that the year 2020, if the health reform is not passed, the
average individual will pay molre than $15.000 for health insurance.
Just a drop in the bucket when social security benefits wil be
about the same for the average retiree from the "Baby Boom" era.
(Some will be 72 years old).

AlphaPoe1   March 2nd, 2010 12:14 am ET

True, Luis. I heard that too, and yet, with the cost of health insurance rising annually and expected to reach $15,000 by 2020, republicans are yelling that they don't want "change". We need the "change" President Obama promised, and is delivering, and I support him. Also, many of the people who are lucky enough to still pay for a new health insurance policy after losing their job are being kicked off for "pre-existing conditions". What a sleazy system that is from the health insurance companies.

luckybee   March 2nd, 2010 1:23 am ET

Aren't you guys bussy to change the USA in to a Katholiek country?

luckybee   March 2nd, 2010 1:27 am ET

Aren't you guys bussy to change the USA in to a Katholiek country? I think God wil not like that very much.You better investigate who has build the insurance I wil bet a bottom dollar it was not the presbiterians.

AlphaPoe1   March 2nd, 2010 2:08 am ET

This has nothing to do with religion, Luckybee. It has to do with helping the American people who are the victims of the recession and the greedy insurance companies.

Luis B Rosario   March 2nd, 2010 4:39 am ET

@Alpha Poe 1
Just like the banks health insurance companies will find
a loophole to circumvent the "preexisting disease" clause and
continue enforcing it against President Obama's wishes. They
will also continue increasing rates until legislation is passed.
That is why the Republicans keeps stalling and putting stumbling
blocks on health care legislation. They are given insurance
companies more time to keep reaping large profits from
existing insured while they continue to deny benefits to the

Ted   March 2nd, 2010 9:59 am ET

@ luckybee

Welcome back, I missed your comments about "katholieks" in the USA!
You are correct, the katholieks, disguised as born again Bible thumpers and Tee Baggers are about to revolt and take over Washington.
The Pope is brushing up on his english so he can address the nation after he is invited to rule us.
All reformers, baptists, plesberetians, mormons, etc. will be burned at stake, unless they repent and give all their properties to the Katholiek church, to glorify the only God, besides the others.
The capitol will be enlarged and used to pray to the Katholiek God.
The White House will be painted black and used as a Jesuit school for pedophile teachers, (the children must be all converts from othe religions).
All Globes will be destroyed, the Earth will be flattened, the word evolutions will be forbidden and stricken from all dictionaries.
And as the crown jewel of this rearrangement, all clocks will be turned back 6,000 years!

Rose   March 2nd, 2010 11:06 am ET

@ Luis B Rosario

You wrote: @Rose
I always found it repulsing and disgusting people trying to
convert me to a different religion.

You completely missed my point. First of all I was not trying to "convert" anyone. I don't believe in religion at all. That was my point. Maher's comments about Buddhism was wrong because it is NOT a religion. I pointed out the differences between Christianity and Buddhism as Maher regularly comments on Christianity and he made an uninformed statement about Buddhism.

What I wanted to point out was that Maher would agree with many aspects of Buddhism as it has no God (as Maher thinks), states ignorance is the problem (as Maher thinks), and does not make moral judgements based on religion (one of Maher's biggest issues with the religious right in the US). For him to state that Buddhism is "outdated" was wrong. Any system that has No God, respects life and promotes enlightenment over ignorance – would be something Maher may subscribe to. That's all.

For you to read my previous post as a presentation of "choice" of religion confirms you do not understand Maher's perspective including his comments about Buddhism. I would never be naive enough to convert anyone to any religion on a blog. I am firmly anti-religion – that should be obvious.

Joseph Givens   March 2nd, 2010 11:29 am ET

The year 2010 :President Obama is elected by the chosen elite the same way the elite have ran our country since the run of President Ronald Wison Reagan(666). America as people has been controlled by the government for far to long we have been brainwashed into thinking that war is good and love is bad. Obama was chosen to ruin our country he is only a continuation of the Bush administration. By the year 2011 if we don't join together as children of God instead of children of Lucifer America will fall just as we have just seen in Europe. The government has tooken God from our schools and country to brainwash our children if the children are the furture what will they have to look for if Ameica will no longer be a democracy we will become a country ran by a dictator (Obama). it is the job of artist like lady gaga beyonce rihanna and jayz to get the mass ready for what is to come. WE ARE THE PEOPLE NOT THE WORLD ELITE IF WE DON'T STAND UP NOW LATER WILL BE TO LATE EVERYTHING FROM THE WAY WE MOVE TO THE THINGS WE EAT WILL BE DICTATED IF YOU WANT THIS AS YOUR FUTURE CONTINUE TO WATCH AS THIS WORLD CHANGES BEFORE YOUR EYES. by the year 2012 :1 WORLD GOVERNMENT(wORLD eLITE fAMILY) 1 RELIGION tHIS WORLD HAS FALLEN INTO THE HANDS OF SATAN JUST AS THE GENERATION OF NOAH. Bush+Obama=MABUS Everybodies standing up for the wrong rights who will stand up for what is really right BRINGING PEACE BACK TO AMERICA NOT WW3

Joseph Givens   March 2nd, 2010 11:30 am ET

The year 2010 :President Obama is elected by the chosen elite the same way the elite have ran our country since the run of President Ronald Wison Reagan(666). America as people has been controlled by the government for far to long we have been brainwashed into thinking that war is good and love is bad. Obama was chosen to ruin our country he is only a continuation of the Bush administration. By the year 2011 if we don't join together as children of God instead of children of Lucifer America will fall just as we have just seen in Europe. The government has tooken God from our schools and country to brainwash our children if the children are the furture what will they have to look for if Ameica will no longer be a democracy we will become a country ran by a dictator (Obama). it is the job of artist like lady gaga beyonce rihanna and jayz to get the mass ready for what is to come. WE ARE THE PEOPLE NOT THE WORLD ELITE IF WE DON'T STAND UP NOW LATER WILL BE TO LATE EVERYTHING FROM THE WAY WE MOVE TO THE THINGS WE EAT WILL BE DICTATED IF YOU WANT THIS AS YOUR FUTURE CONTINUE TO WATCH AS THIS WORLD CHANGES BEFORE YOUR EYES. by the year 2012 :1 WORLD GOVERNMENT(wORLD eLITE fAMILY) 1 RELIGION tHIS WORLD HAS FALLEN INTO THE HANDS OF SATAN JUST AS THE GENERATION OF NOAH.

Luis B Rosario   March 2nd, 2010 11:33 am ET

Thanks for your reply
I agree with you. Bill Maher is a great person and well versed in
many sociological subjects but religion is one that his rhetoric may
offend a lot of people. Religion is a very complex subject and like
I stated before it has lead to many wars and conflict through the
world. I'm a Christian(not that good at it) but I welcome all
religions with prejudice. In other words as long as they don't try
to politiicize their cause or use religion to subjugate people.
I truly and sincerely appreciate your comment and your input.
Most of us are writing to learn. propagate ideas and advice that
we believe may help the world and to disagree in a diplomatic
and friendly way. I'm no expert on most issues. I try to combine
interaction, life experiences, empirical evidence and available
info.(mation) to form my opinions. I try to learn from everybody.

Ted   March 2nd, 2010 1:49 pm ET

@ Rose

It is nice to see that you are back online, I always enjoy your comments. They match my opinions of this world 90%.

Religion is just like politics, it is a belief! Religious people usually believe in a supernatural being, whom nobody ever seen, but it is omnipotent. Nobody should be insulted if an other person do not share his special interest in the supernatural or makes fun of it.

Politicians have a much more down to earth beliefe, the greatest part of it is how can I get famous and rich without really trying.
Both parties, politicians and religious leaders, have in common the dishonest and sometimes criminal deeds to get and stay in power.

Rose   March 2nd, 2010 3:25 pm ET

@ Luis B Rosario

Thank you for your response. I agree with you that people have a right to their personal beliefs "as long as" those beliefs are not used to subjugate, oppress and deny others their rights i.e. socially, politically, medically, economically etc. Unfortunately religions have been used to justify the promotion of one perspective over another.

For example, Christianity was abused to justify slavery, Islam has been abused to justify terrorism, Judaism has been abused to justify taking land from Palestinians as it was "God's promised land" creating endless suffering and war. Reason, logic, justice and intellect cast aside by people, by claiming they have special knowledge about the "invisible man in the sky" – as Maher and George Carlin would put it. That "knowledge" gives them rights over others. The thrust of Bill Maher's comments about religion concerns this type of abuse. I think Maher's apparent harshness is to make a strong point.

Rose   March 2nd, 2010 3:57 pm ET

Hi Ted,

I enjoy your comments too. Maher's movie "Religulous" (religion + ridiculous) was brilliant. I especially liked the part when he was talking to a "believer" in the US south who tried to explain that Jesus was real due to the proof of the "Turban of Stroud" – Bill corrects him "You mean the Shroud of Turin"? Too funny.

When he tried to point out to evangelicals that Jesus' story was a duplication of Mithras and many other pagan god-saviors (pre-dating Jesus by thousands of years) with the same Dec 25th birthday, virgin birth, died for the sins of man, arose from the dead, was part-god part-man, etc etc – they swore they never heard of them.

They never heard of the Council of Nicea in the 4th century when a group of men decided to "give" Jesus divine status, overriding other opinions, mainly due to the existing political climate and the needs of Constantine's empire to win over pagan populations by presenting a story of Jesus they can relate to. Blind faith in well meaning hearts.

So what does this mean today? Who cares? Well it means a lot if the election of our presidents are influenced by such like-thinking voters, who vote based on a candidate's beliefs rather than ability. Much to the entertainment of many non-Americans who observe us, the 'leader of the free world' is determined, to a good extent, by his position on how well s/he can appease the considerable religious right in the US (why else did McCain pick Palin? Why else was GWB elected?)

At this point, we go from comedy to horror. Scary!

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Jessie from Auckland, NZ   March 3rd, 2010 2:07 am ET

I feel sorry for this man having to face all this.

Luis B Rosario   March 3rd, 2010 3:25 am ET

Never read into a book with the cover closed unless you have
supervison a-la- Superman. Your continous reference to
Bill Maher( a person that I respect and admire) as reference
to the history of Christiany takes away from your inmense
knowledge that is obscured by your prejudice against religions
in general. I did not see you defend or mention any religion that
has done anything good for humanity and society. All your
examples and anecdotes are of the negative stock and nothing
positive. If you are good in history you had to find something good
in Jesus Christ(whether you agree or not-it is history that he
existed and that he was a prophet.). Then you attack Islam,
Judaism, Buddism, Catholicism and for of them you find the
bad and the ugly, nothing good. You would not be a good
producer for the sequence the "Good, lthe Bad and the Ugly."
( I bleieve that Van Cleff died).
Bill Maher is a strong critic of religion but heis not always on the
attack. You mention Judaism to make the religion responsible
for the Palestinian's plight (did you include Hamas and Jihad
and Hezbollah-No). You menton Christianity as responsible
for slavery and Islam for terrorism. There is no stopping for you
to say anything positive about these religions. Religion is not
perfect but neither was the sacrifices by Indians and nomads,
or you going to spare certain religions and certain societies for
discrimination, atrocitiesand horror stories. What happened to
religions before Christianity? You say that you cannot believe
in God as a supernatural idol. You call Jesus the "invisible
man in the sky.?" And then you say that everybody is entitled
to their opinion and that you respect that. Wel, how come you
are mocking the people who believe in Jesus "the invisible
man in the sky and Virgin Mary as a story created by Constantine
to appease the masses who were predisposed to God, Saints,
apostles and Virgin Mary? Then you and Ted say that you
cannot believe in somebody you have not seen. Why do you
want to see Jesus if he was born and raised 2,000 years ago?
Why do you believe that George Washington existed if you never
saw him. Do you believe that you greatgrandfather existed, if
you never saw him. Do you believe that air exists if you never
see it. Do you believe that an 8,000 year old village was
discovered in Israel, recently. Do you believe man walked this
planet more than 20 years ago. If you believe did you him?
Do you sincerely believe that religions can only do harm
and nothing good for society and mankind? And what do you
believe about Atheists? Do you really believe that all Atheists
are good people free of sin and crime and egotism and greed.
Show me only one that meets all this qualifications and I swear
that I will convert to Atheism. Atheists that do not believe in
war, do not believe in stocks and bonds, do not believe in Govt.
do not believe in centralization, do not believe in riches, are
all independents, walk around in the nude and do not participate
in politics.
You know I always thought that the mule was born from another
mule. I was wrong. The mule is born from a cross of a dunkey
and mare or horse. The mule is the only mammal on earht that
cannot give birth and is actually a clone of two other equestrian,
yet it the strongest of them all. The mule has been used all
over the world to do hard labor and yet she cannot get pregnant.
Why? Don't aks me why? Because you will not believe it.
Do not get offended by this reply. I'm not your adversary. Im
just the messenger and I expect to continue dialogue with you
until "Kingdom come" (always).
Truly yours,

Ted   March 3rd, 2010 11:02 am ET

@ Luis B Rosario

Although you addressed your blog to Rose, you also mentioned me in a negative way, so I take the pleasure to correct you.

You misunderstood Rose in several points, the same goes for my remarks.
We both implied that nobody ever seen any of the Gods in this world and there are thousands of them. This has nothing to do with George Washington or the landing on the moon, because those were seen by someone and left records that can be verified. Believing in Gods is nothing, but pure superstition that was always used to suppress people one way or another.
Example: the Pope ruled Europe for 1,500 years, a king or emperor would not dare not to follow instructions coming from the Vatican.

The jews, mostly not hebrews, but khazars who became jewish, invaded and subjugated Palestina under the pretense it was promised to them by God. They returned to a place where their forfathers never ever been!! Only a small percentage of israelis are semitic and hebrew, but they take anyone just to have the numbers, because otherwise they would be in a minority in a jewish state!!
The Hamas are fighting the invaders and under other circumstances we would call them freedom fighters!!
What would YOU do if someone came to your town telling you that they lived there 2,000 years ago, chase you away and take your property? Thank them for it? If you resist you will be called a terrorist!!

The Taliban, at that time they called themselves Mujahedeen, were fighting the russian invaders in Afghanistan. We called them freedom fighters and supplies them with sophisticated weapons.
The same group called today Taliban is fighting us, the invaders, and we call them terrorists! How hypocratical can we get?

Rose also tried to point out to you that the story told us in the Bible was already used hundreds or thousands of years earlier as the base for another religion. Any intelligent person can immediately see that it is a copycat edition and cannot be true.
There is absolutely no trace or proof that Jesus ever existed!!
At age six I stopped to believe in an immaculte conception, so forget Virgin Mary.

As far as human beings walking this planet, we were here a MILLION years ago, we just looked at that time a bit different.
Greetings from LUCY, your great-great-great-great-grandmother.

Dodie   April 21st, 2010 7:34 pm ET

Bill... you are awesome. Love your wit and humor

Luis B Rosario   April 21st, 2010 10:15 pm ET

Hello Dollie! I mean Dodie.
Great to hear from you.
Now we are Cajazz is MIA. lol
@ Ted
Forget about that argument(discussion). We must turn the
page and start all over again. Life is too short and I'm too big
for it." lol. I like you too Ted. Two great warriors died because
of Helen of Troy.

chance   April 22nd, 2010 10:12 am ET

Bill you are the bravest person I regularly watch, along with Rachel Madow both my heros, because you willingly with a fully informed opinion take on the hard issues. Some people call you sinic but contraversy is what makes America great. Diferences of opion levels the playing field. Great job

Dodie   April 22nd, 2010 10:17 am ET

Bill, you are the greatest. Love your wit and humor

chance   April 22nd, 2010 10:19 am ET

Arizona, now theres a state to avoid, birthers are in the legislature and I heard someone call them stupid I'll stick to morons they are not stupid but for sure racist. The uniformed liars once again lead the uninformed sheep.

Steffani Ruesga   June 29th, 2010 9:14 pm ET


Karen Wickman   September 14th, 2010 8:44 pm ET

Dear Bill,

This country was founded on a ‘balance of powers’. When there are entrenched differences of opinions, the periodic change of different politicians and political beliefs by design provides checks and balances. How do we get this country back to our forefathers’ ideal of democracy? The party of “NO” is destroying it with their tactics!

Donna Bowles   September 14th, 2010 9:07 pm ET

Ask Bill Maher to get himself cloned so that he'll be around forever. There will NEVER be another like you, Bill, and we will always need you!!!

Sarah S.   September 14th, 2010 9:35 pm ET

Do you think that the Muslim cultural center should be built near ground zero? Why or why not?

Sarah S.   September 14th, 2010 9:35 pm ET

Have you ever considered running for president?

AR   September 14th, 2010 9:42 pm ET

What do you eat and more importantly what don't you eat? is there a Bill Maher's diet?

prince osagie   September 14th, 2010 9:43 pm ET

hi bill, when possibly can you say we could have another black president in america? lol


Joe Harbrecht   September 14th, 2010 9:50 pm ET


When do you think there will be a Christian church or Jewish synagod in Mecca or Medina?

Joe Harbrecht   September 14th, 2010 9:54 pm ET

Re: The stimulus


The employment picture is not going to change unless we are prepared to sit down with China and negotiate the return of jobs to the USA. There must be some incentive or penalty to prevent the ever increasing trade imbalance with them. Wal Mart alone makes up at least one third of this deficit, so have them join in the equation. It wasn't too long ago when Wal Mart was spouting and demanding Made In America products.

Paul R.   September 15th, 2010 4:00 am ET

so if kavorkian gave life to those whom gave life to thosewhom were psychologically incapable of making decisions... you are right?

we r the worst in all of the categories you just framed.

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