July 3, 2010

Tonight on Larry King Live!

Posted: 03:00 PM ET

Bill Maher on the day’s hot-button issues –

Gen. Petraeus, Elena Kagan, the

alleged Russian spy ring and more!

Bill Maher for the hour!

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Smith in Oregon   June 29th, 2010 5:44 pm ET

If Congress had the courage to pass an appropriation bill which cut the funding for the War and Occupation in Afghanistan, that would pressure the Pentagon to withdraw the US Military from Afghanistan as Congress did previously with the Viet Nam War many years ago.

Smith in Oregon   June 29th, 2010 5:45 pm ET

According to Hamid Karzai's own brother, Hamid Karzai was the Taliban's banker during the 1980's moving Billions of dollars from the CIA and the Karzai Clan's Opium-Heroin production to purchasing weapons, explosives and funding for the Taliban.

Several months ago I posted in AC360 Anderson Coopers blog about the Karzai Clan receiving helicopter loads of American Taxpayer hundred dollar bills in the amounts of hundreds of Millions of dollars. Totaling easily Billions of American taxpayer dollars in bribes to the Karzai Clan. Those previous comments were entirely deleted by the Anderson Cooper staff, and now other News Media outlets are this week reporting on the same observation. Tracking enormous American Taxpayer pay-off's to the Karzai Clan via a Dubai drop zone where those funds are being funneled into banks in Dubai.

It seem's news worthy for the American People to learn about where one or more Billion of their Taxpayer dollars are going (to a large scale Opium-Heroin exporter) and answer the question as to WHY.

Lois J.   June 29th, 2010 6:00 pm ET

Big Bill Maher fan here...wondering if Bill feels vindicated about his comments regarding the H1N1 flu shots.

Dodie   June 29th, 2010 6:16 pm ET

Bill Maher:

Love your wit and banter! I always enjoy your interaction with Larry King.

It is my understanding approximately 100,000 people are registered and willing to volunteer with the Gulf Oil spill clean-up. My question is…….what is preventing the utilization of these volunteers? In other words, why are the volunteers not being utilized?

Anderson Cooper, from CNN, continues to express that CNN has been blocked from filming some of the disaster areas. Why is the media being shuffled aside? Other countries that specialize in Oil production have offered to help with no avail or even communication from BP or the Department of the Interior.

Smith in Oregon   June 29th, 2010 6:18 pm ET

I'm disappointed that CNN's Anderson Cooper gave Mississippi Governor Haley Barbar a in-depth interview on the ongoing Gulf Coast BP Oil gushing disaster and neglected to even inform the viewers that previously Haley Barbar was a Big Oil lobbyist and remains the number one Big Oil Republican fundraiser!

Haley's comments suggested the spill was 'minimal' has 'minimal impact' and the crude Oil is 'harmless' and 'non-poisonous' like 'food mousee' is so sad and lacking, it is in my opinion beneath the creditable reporting routinely found on CNN by other anchors and reporters.

CNN, you can do so much better. When you put on a Big Oil lobbyist to spew out their spin, at least inform the viewers where those twisted and inaccurate opinions are coming from.

Rcaldwell   June 30th, 2010 1:23 am ET

Haley Barbour is an Excellent Governor. He has done a wonderful job for Mississippi. You didn't see the problems Louisiana had after Katrina In Mississippi. The coast was not flooded or damage, it was basically wiped off the map!!!! Barbour went to work right away! Funny how you didn't see anything on the news about the excellent work done In MISSISSIPPI OR ALABAMA!!!!!

Smith in Oregon   June 29th, 2010 6:38 pm ET

This alleged Spy case does seem 'odd'. If those arrested had previously registered as mere lobbyists, there doesn't appear to be any charges that could be lodged against them. And who exactly were these people 'supposedly' talking to? Everyday Joe and Jane Does?

Is this a new push to expand the already extremely invasive Patriot Act laws to ban and outlaw encrypted messages? That would entirely fail as everyday merchants depend on encrypted data for purchasing and credit card, banking transactions.

News Media should look deeper into who these people were alleged to have actually worked with or contacted if any.

Is it now a crime for Russian immigrants to ask everyday American citizens how their lives are going? Has America fallen so far into a Ultra-Right police state that immigrants from other countrys are 'suspects' as East Germany did just before the fall of the Berlin Wall?

sue   June 29th, 2010 6:43 pm ET

Just heard a bit of a report on how hard it is to be a spy's kid. I was a spy's kid. we didn't even know that what he did was spy. he was dad he went to work, we travelled the world. we became information gatherers as well spy was not a word used in the home. it wasn't until we were out, grown and on our own that we put the puzzle together. family life is no different than anyone else's life. the myth of guns and other items related to the movie sleuths is not what we lived. so don't worry about the kids, they will grow up fine...i am 63 and ready to retire from my worklife....not however a spy's life, just a regular worker in a regular logistics job....with a family of four, mom dad and, two adopted kids, a dog and several cats...normal ? who knows...depends on your perspective...its all perspective....

Betty   June 29th, 2010 7:05 pm ET

He is the only person who makes sense of the world.

Natalie Wittke   June 29th, 2010 7:18 pm ET

Aren't the American citizens getting tired of buying every Senator and Congressman and actually buying the vote for the President? Everything is going from bad to worse in the States.
Boy, am I glad I am now living in Germany where the Health care is taken out of your salary according to how much you earn. Even if, for some unfathamable reason one hasn't any health insurance you will always be taken care of by a Dr. or Hospital. Nobody is left to die in a waiting room as in a hospital in California, and nobody is put in a Taxi and let out on the street with only a nightgown and no slippers. Disgraceful, I say.

Natalie, an American living in Germany and am 81 years old.

Robert Doner   June 29th, 2010 7:32 pm ET

Bill needs to watch the ABC News 15 interview about groubal!

Because Bill is a champion of the American People

And so are you, Larry !

Sorry to learn you are leaving CNN this fall...we will all miss you dearly!


Antonia   June 29th, 2010 7:40 pm ET

Very sorry to hear that Larry King has decided to end Larry King Live, but I understand how important his children are, and Larry kids grow up fast, take the time to enjoy them. You seem to be very close to your children and I know they will be so happy to have their dad with them all the time.

I will miss seeing you every night at 6:00 PST. You always have such great guest and you are the best interviewer of all times.

Best of luck to you and hope to see you on CNN every once in a while.

A big hug and kiss to you for all the enjoyment you've brought us.

Judie   June 29th, 2010 8:10 pm ET

On your last episode of Real Time you seemed to be back peddling on your criticism of Obama...did you drink the kool-aid?

Patrick Coleman   June 29th, 2010 8:16 pm ET

For Bill: If Mayor Bloomberg was running against Obama tomorrow for the POTUS who would you vote for ?

Robert Lamb   June 29th, 2010 8:35 pm ET

Can anyone tell me "How has Obama's college tuition reform helped americans? I just got my loan for my daughter and it's 10 percent interest? I make less than 30,000 a year. She goes to Penn Stae....

Susan - Canada   June 29th, 2010 8:38 pm ET


Would you take Larry King's time slot if it was offered to you? Think you would be great!

lambchop   June 29th, 2010 8:44 pm ET

I met you at the Kentucky Derby, when Smarty Jones won. 2003! The invited Sailors, I want your autograph please, what do you think??

Nathan   June 29th, 2010 8:55 pm ET

Wow, I wonder how the Russian president feels, he and President Obama just met, agreed to the nuclear reduction, had hamburgers, etc. he really fooled the crap out of us all.

I call this a repeat of history that unfortunately as a competitor in the world with the U.S. Russian just cannot be trusted, as soon as we start to open the door to friendship, they stab us in the back, time and time again.

On a side note, I bet the president really feel's personally hurt by someone he thought was his friend.

Michael Armstrong Sr.   June 29th, 2010 9:03 pm ET

Hey Larry It's time to have yourself some fun go for the gusto of life .

Debbie   June 29th, 2010 9:03 pm ET

Ah, I need a laugh on the State of the Union. This will be a good night.

Michael Armstrong Sr.   June 29th, 2010 9:03 pm ET

Give your show to Bill Marr .

Jess   June 29th, 2010 9:04 pm ET


If John McCain was President, and did exactly what Obama did, wouldn't liberals be complaining about his performance and wishing Obama was elected instead?

frann   June 29th, 2010 9:06 pm ET


Who is the best politian alive, most efective??

frankie   June 29th, 2010 9:06 pm ET

BILL MAHER LIVE! Your only chance of keeping my interest. God Bless Larry King!!

John   June 29th, 2010 9:09 pm ET

Shouldn't this country integrate a job's bill with an energy bill?

Andrew from Baltimore   June 29th, 2010 9:10 pm ET

My cousin, Edward, sounds and looks a lot like you in my opinion. Also last weekend my Dad found your book, New Rules, at a yard-sale and got it for a dollar. What are your thoughts on these revelations?

Mr. Slayer   June 29th, 2010 9:11 pm ET

Bill, what do you think it says about the state of the country that the Republican House minority leader would openly and shamelessly state that we should raise the retirement age to 70, cut social security payments to pay for these wars and have the taxpayer foot the bill for the BP disaster?

Darin   June 29th, 2010 9:11 pm ET

Re: The end of Larry's nightly show.

Take easy, make nice.

From all of us in Canada you will be missed.

Robbie   June 29th, 2010 9:12 pm ET

A question for Bill:

The older I get, and according to my son I am four days older than dirt, the less I can deal with the stupidity of the average person.

How do you deal with everything stupid you see around?

Allen in Georgia   June 29th, 2010 9:12 pm ET

Are you familiar with a new bill submitted by Rep. Cohen (D-TN) entitled The Fresh Start Act of 2010 and if so, what are your views on record expungement of convicted non-violent felons so they can be a true American citizen once more someday?

Jimmy Morales   June 29th, 2010 9:13 pm ET

Bill Maher needs to make a sequal to Religulous ASAP

Anant Gupta   June 29th, 2010 9:13 pm ET

Dear Mr Mayer,

I am a long time basketball fan and am 15 years old, since the NBA free agency is overshadowing all large events currently, what team do you think Lebron James will go to? Bulls,Heat,Nets,Knicks,Mavs,Cavs,Or Other.

Claudia   June 29th, 2010 9:14 pm ET

I'm deeply sadden by the news Larry In will forever miss you...You have been and always will be a part of my life...Can you ask Bill Maher if he has a significant other and when is he coming to Florida? Ft Lauderdale Miami area???

Larry is selfish to say, but I wish you were staying 25 more yrs. I wish y the best. MJ gone, Oprah gone soon, and now you too bbuuuaaahhh what is this world coming to....only but the best to you....:)

Tracey   June 29th, 2010 9:15 pm ET

Bill Maher I am a huge fan of yours!!!! I don't know why we are in afganistan or Iraq! My question to you Bill Maher is why do you have to be off the air until September? I love your show and I think your brilliant and I truly believe you say what I am thinking! I believe you should not be allowed to have 3 month breaks! Have a good summer and keep speaking up!

Chere   June 29th, 2010 9:15 pm ET

Congratulations of an outstanding career, Larry. Your decision is looking good on you; you look especially well tonight.

Von Black   June 29th, 2010 9:15 pm ET

What is YOUR opinion On WilliamCooper and his death?

Melanie   June 29th, 2010 9:15 pm ET

question to Bill Maher: What do you make of all the "disasters ie. earthquakes, floods, etc " of recent time?

Paul Andrews   June 29th, 2010 9:16 pm ET

Hi Larry & Bill. You both rock.

Bill: Isn't the real reason we're in Afghanistan to secure the Trans-Afghanistan pipeline?


Will   June 29th, 2010 9:18 pm ET

What is your opinion about hate mongers like Hannity, Beck, Limbaugh and the Fox Facist News Network?

Rcaldwell   June 30th, 2010 1:43 am ET

That would be the pot calling the kettle black!!!! Bill Makes the others look good! He's the top hate monger! Then there's CNN (Clinton news network) msnbc ( obama's network). ABC facist network! I think it's hillarious that Fox news gets under the skin of all the left wing nut cases!!! They were so use to have the monopoly with the left wing media and then FOX comes along and is the top rated news show!!!! Stinks doesn't it?? Finally a channel liberals don't get to hear just their side!!!!! If mainstream media would have been legimate news organizations and just reported facts and not their opinions, FOX news wouldn't be so popular. The public got sick of being treated like children who needed to be told what to think. I don't care About ANY reporter or news anchor's of any network (including FOX) political opinion is. Just report the FACTS of BOTH sides and I'll decide!!!!!!!!!!!! As it is now, you have to weed through all the political slant to get any news! It's shameful and ridiculous!

Jwyan Johnson   June 29th, 2010 9:18 pm ET

Do you feel that the policy congruency between Democats and Republican, and the Tea Party Theory, is signicifantly good news for an Independent Party in 2012?

Todd   June 29th, 2010 9:18 pm ET


Would you consider supporting a show in the vein of yours that would have someone such as Ryan Seacrest or George Stephanopolous as host?

For Bill Maher: Who do you think can beat President Obama in 2012?

Ezra   June 29th, 2010 9:18 pm ET


Would you ever be interested in doing a daily hour long talk show? You have a very loyal fan base, myself included and I would love to hear what you think 5 days a week instead of 1.

Contrary mary   June 29th, 2010 9:19 pm ET

There is so much unreasonable hatred from the GOP toward Obama, are we seeing latent racism brought into the light? And given how divided people are over pretty much every issue, would the U.S. be a better place if we dissolved into 50 individual countries?

Rcaldwell   June 30th, 2010 1:50 am ET

Wow! Do liberal's arms ever get tired throwing the race card so often?
So now, we can't criticize our president without being racists? Give me a break !!!!

Alex   June 29th, 2010 9:19 pm ET

You have tough talk about those fighting in OEF and Obama. If today you we're called to Active Duty to defend the United States against those who do want to harm you and those you love would you answer the call to serve?

Rcaldwell   June 30th, 2010 1:58 am ET

I can answer that. NO! He wouldn't! All he knows how to do is sit at his desk and criticize the people who actually have answered that call and their leaders. He has no clue what patriotism is or what our soldiers sacrifice so that he Has the freedom to make his smug comments. Like calling Christian's, Jesus freaks. I'd like to see HIM on the front lines in Iraq or Afghanistan!!

John Culbert   June 29th, 2010 9:19 pm ET

If Sarah Palin's the answer, are we really asking the right questions?

Bill   June 29th, 2010 9:19 pm ET

Bill what is the real reason the terrorists do what they do. ??

michael   June 29th, 2010 9:19 pm ET

Hey Bill, I wanted to tell you how right you are about Citi bank. My family is one of the millions who are needing a bailout and they are telling me that the treasury or even the President can't make them!!

Jennifer   June 29th, 2010 9:21 pm ET

Hey Bill,

I'm an atheist and I am a Democrat...but I am also a fan of sound and cogent arguments. I get really irritated when I hear our atheist band leaders drone on and on about how much "war and destruction" has been "caused by Christianity" and fail to give us the information that would make this a sound, cogent premise in the argument: how much peace and prosperity has Christianity brought humankind? (I know they were a strong force in ending the common practice of infanticide, so other than that.)


Cynthia Brown   June 29th, 2010 9:22 pm ET

For Bill Maher: Could Mr. Maher give his opinion on over-consumption how the U.S. could balance its economy and waste/greed? Love you both!

Susan Wasserman   June 29th, 2010 9:23 pm ET

To Bill Maher from a long time fan!

This show would be a great gig for you! Would you ever consider taking over for Larry?

margaret nolan   June 29th, 2010 9:23 pm ET

Larry: There are no words to describe the shock I felt and the emotion of sadness to hear of your announcement to retire from LKL. I have looked forward to your show every night for years (and years!) You have amazed me with your steadfast listenining skills and your ability to remain calm and candid at every instant.
God Bless you Larry; you have grown and I have seen how wonderful the effect of family and God have become in your development as a broadcaster and as a person.


Margaret Nolan

Cisco   June 29th, 2010 9:25 pm ET

What happened to my Grandfathers' AMERICA? The one where a working man could support a family. And not worry about living pay check to pay check.When the Governments interest was the people not big business.

s.duberstein   June 29th, 2010 9:26 pm ET

Larry thank you is simply not enough to say. Do you think a news show of "good" news would work? Just report the good events of the day. Be well and continue to have fun.

Mike Oden   June 29th, 2010 9:26 pm ET

Ask Bill to comment on the "Catfood Commissions" plans to gut social security benefits in order to fund the wars!

That one ought to get him going!

Johnny G   June 29th, 2010 9:26 pm ET

Bill, what do think of the conspiracies about the Bilderberg Group??

Deborah   June 29th, 2010 9:27 pm ET

Question for BIll Maher: Have you ever looked into the theory that the WTC towers and Bldg 7 collapsed due to controlled demolitions? If so, what is your opinion on this? If not, why not?

Jake Hollingshead   June 29th, 2010 9:28 pm ET

Bill: why is it is able to pay out so much money in claims for damages in the oil spill so easily? 20 Billion is a large amount of money to be sitting around. Could they not have funded alternative fuels to generate more wealth instead of sitting on an excess of financial resources.

Lori in Roanoke Virginia   June 29th, 2010 9:28 pm ET

Considering you think Elena Kagan is a blank slate...what do you think are her strengths and weaknesses? Also why do we go overboard with all the shows on Michael Jackson. Granted it's been a year since his death but so many wonderful people have passed to the other side too (heaven) but the past few days pit's been Michael Jackson 24/7as if by talking about him will make him come back. Why is that?

Jeff MacPherson   June 29th, 2010 9:29 pm ET

I would like to ask Bill what he thought of Sarah Palin's comment that the oil spill in the Gulf was caused by environmentalists.

Dartmouth, Nova Scotia

Valdis Dauksts   June 29th, 2010 9:30 pm ET


Thanks for showing America its OK to be rational, funny & smart.

Take care,


CCanady   June 29th, 2010 9:30 pm ET

Bill Maher please accept and take over LKL, I want to see you every night in Charleston SC.

Melanie   June 29th, 2010 9:32 pm ET

What do we do about the "drill, baby, drill" crowd?

Melanie   June 29th, 2010 9:34 pm ET

When people say we have to drill here or buy oil from our enemies? Who are they talking about? Who do we buy oil from that hates us? I wasn't aware al kaeda sold oil.

bagleyheath   June 29th, 2010 9:35 pm ET

The war on terror is similar to N ireland just on a greater scale. Blair went into Irag to cut off the funding from the USA. Bush said any supporter or terror is an enemy of the USA. Most of the IRA's money came from the USA. Terror has to be tackled on our shores. Live with bomb scares make them part of life and ignore them as we did in the UK. I grew up with terror and I was not intimidated by it then with one plus bomb scare a week then in a town of 130,000 to now when since the sniper attacks of 2002. Bill you would be the perfect replacement for Larry.
British by birth English by the grace of God and yes Bill like the founding fathers I'm an American by choice.

Molly O'Neal   June 29th, 2010 9:38 pm ET

Why aren't you doing a show in Nashville this summer? You certainly have plenty of material to use in Tennessee.

Margie Davis   June 29th, 2010 9:38 pm ET

I love Larry King Live, and am a faithful watcher every night! After I put my kids to bed I head downstairs to watch Larry King! I'm for sure going to miss hanging with Larry every night and catching up on what is happening in the world and in people's lives! Thank you for all you do Larry and for sharing your life with us!

Mark Flanigan   June 29th, 2010 9:38 pm ET

TO: Bill Maher and Larry, what do you think of the government building bunkers for themselves and the elite for the 2012 solar storms that will knock out the power grids?

Lori in Roanoke Virginia   June 29th, 2010 9:38 pm ET

If Don't Ask Don't Tell is overturned what will it be replaced with?

Murat   June 29th, 2010 9:38 pm ET

I know George Carlin was important to you, and I have always been a huge fan of his. When I hear you talkin about environment, I am getting the feeling that you do not share his views when he says " the planet is fine, the people are screwed" and that the planet has survived a lot worse than us. Any thoughts?

Josh Schneider, VA   June 29th, 2010 9:39 pm ET

Bill, being a great comedic mind, I was wondering if you had any tips for someone who is trying to "break in" to stand-up comedy.

becky ewing   June 29th, 2010 9:40 pm ET

Bill, wouldn't miss your show for anything, even if just for the comedy. What about loading up several semi trucks with barrels of the beach oil in the gulf and take it and dump it in the front yard of the ceo of bp. Let him clean up that mess!! Oh, he'll have his wife and kids do it. Put that one in your pipe and smoke it. Love your show and it makes my week.

Dodie   June 29th, 2010 9:40 pm ET


Oh I love your Banter! Thank you... always nice to hear someone rational. Yes, 24% are just off the deep end in the US!!!!!

Blake, Hot Springs, AR   June 29th, 2010 9:41 pm ET


Noone else has a clue, what the hell should Americans and our government be doing about the "spill" right now?

Garett   June 29th, 2010 9:41 pm ET

Bill, I'm sure you've been asked before, but what have you thought about running for president...or maybe presidential adviser? I could be the assistant.

Bryoney   June 29th, 2010 9:41 pm ET

I agree that we need to work on preserving our environment and its limited resources. I would like to think that with our technological advances this would be a simple fix. As an example, Bill mentioned the Times article about blue tuna being fished out in about 50 years. Why would it be so wrong to clone our meat and fish sources for food? Then, our favorite fish dishes and beef dishes have an unlimited supply, while supporting a new technology, and preserving the natural balance of our ecosystems...

Zach C.   June 29th, 2010 9:42 pm ET

Bill, Larry, thanks for the discussion.

My question for Bill:
I also don't believe in any sort of diety, especially not the christian one. When do you think our nation, one built on the neccesity of separation of church and state, will be mature enough to elect a non christian? Or even an atheist for that matter.

Thanks for your time.

Linda   June 29th, 2010 9:42 pm ET

Curious...Bill, what do you think about nanotechnology? Or the SINGULARITY?

Todd   June 29th, 2010 9:43 pm ET

Bill do you believe that if Israel doesn't accept a divided Jerusalem therefore uniting with their Arab neighbors to counter balance Iran, the situation will only deteriorate into a possible war led by Iran?

Frank in Florida   June 29th, 2010 9:43 pm ET

Message to Bill Maher: To adjust to change is to ADAPT, not ADOPT.

don   June 29th, 2010 9:43 pm ET

Although I disagree with Bill Maher politically on most issues he is indeed a very witty and funny fellow and I watch occasionally. I will say however he makes it easy on himself by having mostly guests that are in his camp to agree with his banter. When he does have the occasional "other side of the fence" guest it seems it's always someone pretty weak and easliy stomped on by the stacked deck of guests . I would like to see him up against someone like Newt Gingrich , it might be a very different result.

Jane   June 29th, 2010 9:43 pm ET

Is there a reason that Bill Mahrer is your guest once again? I would be curious to know how many times this guy has been on the show. I suspect he has been on the show by himself (not on a panel) more times than Ann Coulter has been on.
Why the obsession with the far left Bill Mahrer, and why does he get so much face time on Larry King Live? Do conservative guests get as much time on the show?

Adel   June 29th, 2010 9:43 pm ET

Has Bill Maher considered to run for President? I might vote for him...

Doina   June 29th, 2010 9:44 pm ET

Thanks "GOD" for an atheist!!!!

Charles Morgan   June 29th, 2010 9:44 pm ET

I am a returning student in my early thirties at Old Dominion University in Norfolk. There's a proposal going around ODU to have a postdoctoral position in Gay Cultural Studies. A good thing? Necessary? What should their focus be on? And is this something the University needs to focus on considering the lack of raises offered to current faculty?

Tony from IL   June 29th, 2010 9:44 pm ET

What about the Green Party for people on the Left? The Green Candidate for the senate in IL is getting 14%.

Bryoney   June 29th, 2010 9:45 pm ET

Isn't anybody else wondering why Obama came out in support of drilling in the Gulf? I voted for him, but I also remember the promise of reduding our dependency on foreign oil. Why couldn't the funding have gone to making alternative energy more affordable? Why not take more aggressive steps to fund, support, and make affordable alternative energy and reduce the need by over half?

Ben Keller   June 29th, 2010 9:46 pm ET

Ike was puppit on a string during ww2 for the White House!

Lars   June 29th, 2010 9:46 pm ET

Larry, listen to Bill Maher's *AHEM*

Eric Mattson   June 29th, 2010 9:47 pm ET

I have been a fan of Bill Maher for a long time, and I have something I would like to send him that I know he would appreciate and even cherish. Where would I send it?

Mark Flanigan   June 29th, 2010 9:47 pm ET

What do you think of the government building bunkers for themselves and the elite, for the 2012 solar storms that will knock out the power grids?

Stephen   June 29th, 2010 9:48 pm ET

Bill, any chance there is hope for peace in the Middle East? what should the US do to help move things forward?

JP   June 29th, 2010 9:49 pm ET

Question for Mr. Maher.

Why do you constantly disparage and mock the Christian faith?

Do you have anything nice to say about Christians?

Josh Martin   June 29th, 2010 9:49 pm ET

Bill how many barrels of oil does it take to manufacture that "green car" of yours? How much fossil fuel is burned to generate the electricity to charge that Tesla of yours? By the way the majority of us don't have that kind of cash.

Kimmy Kinney   June 29th, 2010 9:49 pm ET

can we get some coverage on political prisoner of the drug war, canadian Marc Emery held here in seattle?

Mary Pierce   June 29th, 2010 9:50 pm ET

For Bill: Larry shared that he is energized by the unpredictability of sports...what keeps you going, Bill?

Steve   June 29th, 2010 9:50 pm ET

Larry just referred to the BP debacle as an "accident". A dictionary definition of accident is "anythjing occurring unexpectedly, or without known or assignable cause." From what I understand as we exceed 70 days of oil gushing from the sea bed, BP elected to ignore their internal procedures and processes for best practices. Engineering ethics was not adhered in the operation.

This continuing tradegy should never be referred to as an "accident".

paul   June 29th, 2010 9:50 pm ET

Bill , did you just say in 50 years "there would no fish and we've killed all the animals"?? You can't be serious! Let's find out how serious you are Bill....let's make a bet! I'm 45, I don't know how old you are but if and when I make it to 95, you're telling me there will be no fish in the seas or animals on the planet....I' d like to wager 10 million dollars!! I'll be happy to take a fools money!

Dennis Martin   June 29th, 2010 9:50 pm ET


With the recent Supreme Court decision eliminating constraints on corporate contributions to campaigns and the legal fictions of corporate personhood and money being free speech, can the American people ever get their voice back into Washington?

Charles Morgan   June 29th, 2010 9:51 pm ET

Sarah Palin led a chant at a recent rally in Norfolk stating:"Don’t retreat. Don’t retreat," she said. "Just reload. That’s what we’ve got to do."
How does someone with this mentality get such a following and how much does it cost to relocate to Canada? (j/j... sorta)

j. drake   June 29th, 2010 9:51 pm ET

I was discussed to watch Bill Mayer comment on the drilling for oil in Louisiana and how it should not be permitted. The guy is a big blast of hot air and has no clue of what has been going on in Louisiana for years and is part of what employs many many people and has an affect on many people down the line hear in our state. Drilling has been going on for many many years safely – it makes me so angry to see all these people comment on something they no not to much about – please keep your mouth closed when you don't know what your are speaking about!

Alex   June 29th, 2010 9:52 pm ET

Bill, everyone who voted for Obama is a bit dissapointed in him, but don't you think he is a breath of fresh air after 8 years of George Bush?

Chere   June 29th, 2010 9:52 pm ET

That would be 24% of the 50% who pay income taxes. Guess they're good for something huh?

Robin from CA   June 29th, 2010 9:53 pm ET

How is it that Bill think he is above the "stupid people" and is a responsible voice of our country?

Arthur   June 29th, 2010 9:53 pm ET


Question for Bill Maher. You said that you think we should leave Afghanistan immediately. But one of our stated objectives for being there is to get Bin Laden.

Do you feel like its important for us to capture or kill Bin Laden? And if yes; how do you recommend that we do so?

Wade S.   June 29th, 2010 9:53 pm ET

Hey Larry,
Why don't you talk about INDUSTRIAL HEMP! Not marijuana! NO THC, INDUSTRIAL HEMP! It has over 25,000 applications, and could bring 3 to 5 MILLION jobs, and add $80 to $100 BILLION to the US economy.... PLUS we could move away from foreign oil... HELLO!

Chere   June 29th, 2010 9:54 pm ET

You're a little behind on this one. Terry Fator is unbelievable!

Mallam mungu   June 29th, 2010 9:56 pm ET


Could you delve on the topic of folks tithing their hard earned monies to Pastors? I have since openned a separate bank account and call it my tithe account after all effort to stop my wife from giving the little we have away.
Goodluck to you Larry.

Wes   June 29th, 2010 10:00 pm ET

I have e-mailed several antigun politicians, celebrities and
organizations and asked them the same question: If you
believe that guns are the problem, would you support a law
that disarms police and Federal agents as well? I have yet
to get a reply from any of them. What about agencies like the
BATF and DEA? They violate the Bill Of Rights on a daily basis
and their agents dress in black, wear Nazi style helmets and
use German made automatic weapons. What are your feelings on

Fiona   June 29th, 2010 10:02 pm ET

As much as I do not agree with Bill Maher's political and anti-religious positions, I'd have to say that my husband and I had such a great laugh watching Bill on LKL. Between his comments about how he wouldn't survive in prison to their discussion about the ventrilaquist in Vegas, it has been a great show. We will miss you so much Larry! We have been watching you every night for years. I don't think Ryan Secrist is your man though. My husband thinks John King is your man!

Raven   June 29th, 2010 10:04 pm ET

Bill Maher is great! I will be voting for the first time next election round and I really hope that there will be a candidate with similar view points.
I feel like many teenagers will agree with me in saying "WE MUST CHANGE"

Daniela S. Hristova   June 29th, 2010 10:06 pm ET

Why is everybody pretending that they are hearing for the first time tonight that Larry King is stepping down when the UK press discussed the news some three weeks ago in connection with the possibility of PIers Morgan replacing him? I just don't get it ... Whom are they lying? And why? Absolutely no comment! DSH

Tiffany M   June 29th, 2010 10:30 pm ET

I love Bill Maher!!! I am also an atheist. It has taken me many years to admit this. I feel there are many more like us(surely more than 15%) however society makes it very hard to "come out of the closet" . Keep preaching common sense Bill! It is all about the common sense!!!!

happy 123   June 29th, 2010 10:33 pm ET

I am sorry to hear such ignorance from Bill Maher. This is a guy, first of all, I am pretty sure is very wealthy. He has no idea about reality. He said earlier on Mr. King' show that we should not be drilling for oil. I bet he drives a big fancy vehicle and lives in a big house. I would guess his house is run on electricity. Natural gas and oil are used to produce almost everything that we use in our daily lives. Please come down to reality. Until someone introduces an alternative fuel source, we have to keep drilling for oil or buy it from the Middle East and fund terrorism!

JOEY   June 29th, 2010 10:38 pm ET


Jan   June 29th, 2010 10:39 pm ET

Maybe you should find out if Prres. Obama is a Natural born citizen. Why haven't they produced his birth certificate to certify his citienship? It should be easy to prove. Then those who are concerned can move on.

T   June 29th, 2010 10:40 pm ET

Hi from Canada;
Bill, you are level-headed and you tell it like it is, which is great. I think you should move here–most of us are your kind of people, and it is refreshing to listen to someone who is intelligent. I have been to your show in Toronto and enjoyed it, but have one complaint. Sometimes you are hard on women–a little crude–which makes it difficult to listen to you. You also champion women, there's no denying that, but we don't need the rudeness. There's plenty of that out there already.

Rosemary C   June 29th, 2010 10:53 pm ET

Thanks to CNN and Larry King for bringing Bill Maher on this eve.
Sorry to hear Larry's leaving. Wish Bill could take over his spot.
Can't think of anyone else who compares.

Joel Ratliff Sr.   June 29th, 2010 10:58 pm ET

Love ya Larry! You will always be the KING to me!

Rosemary C   June 29th, 2010 11:00 pm ET

Thanks to CNN and LK for having BM on this eve. Sorry LK is leaving. Wish BM could/would take over. Can's think of anyone who compares.

Rosemary C   June 29th, 2010 11:05 pm ET

Thanks for having BM on this eve. Sorry LK is leaving. Wish BM could/would take over. Can't think of anyone who compares.

Jim   June 30th, 2010 12:05 am ET

Love you Larry, I really wish you would reconsider stepping down from Larry King Live. For me, there's now less and less things to watch on tv now. I've listened to you when you were on the Mutual Radio, then on CNN, now you're stepping down.

As long as you're happy with stepping down and it's your own decision, I can be happy with that. As long as you're happy and satisfied, that's fine with me. It is your life and I just want you to be happy with your decisions.

On an aside issue, I am Japanese and don't support killing of Whales or Dolphins that have been done by some Japanese people. Honestly, I am disappointed you're having the "Whale Wars" show on in that I do think such shows lead to racist and hatred and bashing towards Japanese people. Again, I don't support the killing of Whales or Dolphins, and I am suspicious of some Enviornmental groups which I feel help contribute to hatred and stereotypical beliefs. But I do agree Japan should stop the killing of Whales and Dolphins. Some of these envirornmental groups should look at themselves too and other shows such as "Deadly Catch" which kills left and right and look at themselves too instead of always trying to find fault with other countries. Again, I don't condone Whale Hunting and think Japan should put an end to it. I'm not trying to satisfy these environmental groups , but I just feel that way.

Anyways, again, i am disappointed in your decision to leave. But this will help you to be closer with your family.

Love you Larry King

Peace and Love

Peace and love

Jim   June 30th, 2010 12:11 am ET

One more thing to Larry King, Thank you for all the Joy and Fun and Information you've brought. And thanks for your Wonderful Interviewing Talent and Broadcasting.

I honestly hope you're not being forced to retire, but that this is your decision.

Anyway, keep trying to keep your dreams alive and keep trying to find new dreams and goals.

Justus Bell   June 30th, 2010 12:16 am ET


This is just off the top of my head, but out of all the world religions, which do you respect the most? To rephrase, which do you think is the most noble, most caring, and the most zealous to complete its goals as a religious body?


Dodie   June 30th, 2010 12:19 am ET

Excellent Bill.

Yes, Terrorism has No end. It is equated to murder, robbery and police matters. "You contain and fight it as best we can" Beautifully stated and a complete "truism" Thank You

Jim   June 30th, 2010 12:19 am ET

Larry King, I mean to say Keep your Dreams alive and keep finding new Dreams and Goals.

Just one more thing, you're one of the few broadcasters that have been respectful of Asian people. For that I respect you immensely. Thanks for that respect

Erika Rodriguez   June 30th, 2010 12:19 am ET

Why are you so biased when it comes to the Democratic party? You always stack the deck on your HBO show with Liberals or left-leaning guests.

myk3vino   June 30th, 2010 12:23 am ET

Larry really is one of the few if not ONLY real reporter left who leaves his personal views or manipulative opinion out of the story he is telling or reporting. ( very much unlike Beck or Stewart and yes even Maher) Which will make his departing much more tougher to deal with. As a young impressionable mind in the constant quest for fair knowledge, who do you think is the most capable of taking his place, if there is such a person?

David J.   June 30th, 2010 12:24 am ET

There will never be another Larry King. You're definfitely a tough act to follow. I watch this show because it is simultaneously entertaining and edifying. That is definitely a big deal for me as a 17 year old kid like myself. You keep me eager to stay posted on current events and learn as much about politics as I can. Thank you.

Ken Frische   June 30th, 2010 12:27 am ET

Larry, have you or Bill Maher considered that the terrorists are sending stupid cannon fodder, in attacks meant to fail, in order for them to be caught?
It seems to be a devious assault on our population and our economy. Millions of hours are wasted unproductively taking shoes off in airports. Attention energy and resources are directed toward these foolish pawns instead of to whatever the bad guys don't want us to counter.

William Dan O'Riley   June 30th, 2010 12:27 am ET

I watched LKL oversees while deployed with the army in an undisclosed area!! I kept my sanity because of you and your wonderful show Mr. King. Thank you for all that you have shared with us.

Thomas   June 30th, 2010 12:28 am ET

There have been nearly countless wars in Afghanistan. Since the 1700's through the present day. The British invaded in the 1900's with disastrous results for the Empire. The Soviets with all its' modern weapons and brutal tactics could not control the region.

In short, this is a region and a people that cannot be controlled and the concept of winning the hearts and minds of this country is nothing short of absurd. I agree with Bill Maher on this issue. It truly is an unwinnable war. It simply cannot be done. Other countries have tried and failed. We are no different. Our culture is so far removed from theirs it is laughable to think that we would even try. How many more lives must be lost?

myk3vino   June 30th, 2010 12:28 am ET

Bill, do you think the back ground looks like a big "Light Bright"?? Remember that toy?

John   June 30th, 2010 12:29 am ET

Bill Maher might be funny (that's what he is good at) but being a smart rationalist. That, sadly he is not.

Dodie   June 30th, 2010 12:30 am ET

Elena Kagan certainly possesses all of the qualities for The Supreme Court justices. The Supreme Court focus is on the nation's "fundamental aspirations “ qualifications would include wisdom, integrity, fairness, human decency and legal analysis.

Nicolas   June 30th, 2010 12:33 am ET

Question for Bill,
What can we do as citizens to help push for the national legalization of marijuana. It's more than time to abolish this ignorant corporate forced law!

Jolia   June 30th, 2010 12:35 am ET

I know you are a very conscious eater, I'm curious: what did you have for breakfast today?

Dan Goff   June 30th, 2010 12:35 am ET

How can I get my church to view RELIGULOUS to ignite conversation, debate and discussion instead of continually viewing God awful Kirk Cameron movies?

Jean Hermes   June 30th, 2010 12:39 am ET

Dear Bill Mayer,
I would like some background on your education. An Ivy League education certainly does not consitute brains, but it helps. What about the rest of the thinking population? Personally, I am wary of any group that ultimately has power over the interpretation of our constitution, and only "ivy League" makes me wary. What do you think of this? I notice that you claim that that our disasters do not bring change from our leaders. I agree. So what do we do with our youth? Funny, I was watching the "Hitler Channel" the other night (Military Channel), and the 11th rerun of WWII. You know, it starts with the "youth." Sorry, I am so busy "teaching to the test," that I do not get to hear you on a regular basis. I guess you will have to take over Larry's show, but then, if he wants to come back, you'll probably only get about 40 Mil. Bummer! Could a borrow a mil, until next Tues.?

Jimmy Thresher   June 30th, 2010 12:40 am ET

I really like Bill Maher, but of course he can afford to drive a Tesla; wish I could.

Daryl   June 30th, 2010 12:40 am ET

Hello Larry and Bill, two "easy" questions...

1. What do both of you think about the US supreme court's decision to overturn the chicago handgun ban?, i recently found a poll 10 months old (from Aug. 2009) from USA Today that asked "Does the Second Amendment give individuals the right to bear arms?” with whooping 97% (of 3.545 million votes) saying yes.

and 2. what do the both of you think about the US governments reaction that sealing the BP oil spill via nuclear explosion is basically a crazy idea (despite that the russians have successfully done so to 5 other oil wells) that they are given absolutely no consideration to? and at what point, if BP or the US is unwilling or "unable" to fix this at what point does another country (maybe russia, as they have the experience in fixing these type of spills) have to step in and do what should have been done immediately as this WILL be a global problem if its allowed to continue?

P.S. [Larry] sorry to hear your decision to end the show, but glad to hear you won't be gone from CNN completely... you are certianly one of, if not the best news-media personalities/interviewers, and you will rightly be remember as such.

P.P.S. About the enviroment being ranked last as said by Bill Maher, ask the people of Easter Island how important the eviroment is... oh wait, you can't, they leveled their environment and they and after their environment dissappeared, so did they... people never seem to learn from history.

Brad King   June 30th, 2010 12:42 am ET

Larry, first I want to thank you for your dedicated service to providing the best news coverage in all of today's media.

Question for Mr. Maher,

As you discussed that we should not be drilling for oil in the Gulf of Mexico, what would you recommend to becoming free of our dependance on foreign oil. As you probably are aware, the vast majority of construction and farming equipment uses diesel as a fuel source with no other alternative at the moment. Farmers and ranchers also need large trucks that require diesel fuel and there are many of us that live in the country and not in the cities that need large SUV's and trucks. You claim the need for electric vehicles, as you stated you own and drive, but this only seems appropriate for the local commuter in larger cities and we can't just stop repairing and building our infratructure and buildings (use of construction equipment necessary). Should we start drilling in Alaska, North Dakota, Montana, etc.? Your input please.

Steve   June 30th, 2010 12:43 am ET

Bill has got it wrong again, especially about the amount of concern people have for the environment. The average person before they worry about a silly cap and trade bill designed to take away their job, think about feeding their family. But this doesn't mean the average person doesn't care. In fact, build cars that use less oil and most will buy them, except for the Pelosi's who needs a private military jet to fly back and forth to San Francisco. Give the average person a real job at a real salary (are you listening Obama?) and guess what the environment will move up on the list of concerns.

Mark   June 30th, 2010 12:44 am ET

I like your opinions, but arent they one sided? and you own a gun, are you a GOP?

SCOTT   June 30th, 2010 12:44 am ET

Bill Maher is an uninformed and uneducated idiot & for the life of me I do not know why anyone in their right mind would ask what his opinion is. Although I defend and agree that he has a right to his opinion, his arrogant and pompus attitude that he is right and everyone else is not doesn't match up with 80% of true americans. He doesn't have any credibility simply because he doesn't respect anyone elses opinion, except his own. So why should we respect his. He constantly likes to put Bush down all of the time, but Bush has more brains and integrity in his pinky than Bill has in his entire body.

His use of the term "tea bagger" is offensive and out of touch as well.

I would like to ask him how he can continue to support our failed president, when almost everything he has touched has failed? What will it take for him to admit that he made a mistake in supporting a person who is clearly over his head?

Mike   June 30th, 2010 12:45 am ET

That statistic Bill just put out, lowest tax rate since Eisenhower... thats crap and he knows it. Obama hasnt submitted a tax rate. The current tax rate is George Bush's tax rate.

Bill is misguided. They aren't "T-Baggers" thats a disgusting way to describe them. They are Tea Partiers. Get it right.

Karen from B.C. Canada   June 30th, 2010 12:48 am ET

Bill; I love you and your show. When Real Time is over on Sunday, I always feel so much better about things, You make so much sense about EVERYTHING. I wish you were on every night, but I know you wouldn't go for that. I agree with you on the oil spill situation; It is hard to even watch tv new when that's on, it's so TRAGIC! All the best Larry, you will definately be missed!

tyson   June 30th, 2010 12:54 am ET

Question for Mr Bill

What are the qualities Larry King has,that sets him apart from his contemporaries?

Marc   June 30th, 2010 12:57 am ET

Bill: as a newly-minted California attorney, I am torn between my legal interpretations of the Second Amendment and my personal views on gun control (I'm definitely against guns in public; not sure about in the home).

But here's a question I can't seem to answer: in days of long ago, no man would walk "unarmed" without a gun or sword at his hip. Why should it be any different today to carry a gun on one's person? Of course one could argue simply that we are a more "civilized" society today. Um. Really?

skulcrak   June 30th, 2010 1:01 am ET

Good thing Howard is on Vacation or else he would have a field day!!

Peggy and Dean   June 30th, 2010 2:34 am ET

Congratulations on your retirement!! I hope you and your family have wonderful times together,going on trips and making great memories. You worked hard and long and definitely deserve it. We never missed your show,if gone we would Tivo it. We could always count on you giving us the latest up to date news. We will look forward to specials you will be having. Thanks for the entertainment,we love you!

Luis   June 30th, 2010 2:55 am ET

Larry, on a previous comment I ask if you know the ratings every time Mr.Maher appear's on you show. To me he is one of very few people in this country who really think and talk, based on a true concept of the crude reality. Is a shame the way how we people in U.S. allow's so many negative situations just goes by, even after knowing the facts.
It' blow's my mind that nothing is working in this country. If we want to find the true reason of anything is happening today, we need analize everything from 10 years ago to the present. Exp. What's the reason for afghan war? What's the goal?Wy 9/11? Iraq etc....Who's bank accounts those billions invested on war bounce to? You dont know? Surprise. Remember the oilers? Mr. Maher people may think you'r not serious when you answer a very serious questions with a smile.They ignore you dont smile about the question, but how ridiculous people play the game of innocence. Like you I think is a lot of unanswered questions in this country.Larry thanks for bring him back, I dream of a share of oppinions with Mr. Maher

Smith in Oregon   June 30th, 2010 4:02 am ET

The BP blown Oil well gushing enormous amounts of toxic crude Oil into the Gulf of Mexico is precisely what happens when Republican politicians get a smaller government with few if any regulations on Big Oil.

It entirely appears the very foundation of the Republican party mantra (smaller government, no regulations) has been proven to lead America to a disaster!

Smith in Oregon   June 30th, 2010 4:08 am ET

I imagine the Republican-Tea Party darling son of 9/11, Rudy Guilani is rapidly calling his buddys today in his attempt to figure out a way to continue to ban New York citizens the right to carry handguns, go figure!

Fatma Unver   June 30th, 2010 5:30 am ET

What is the possibility of Bill Maher doing a programme like LKL during week days on CNN? Love to see that one!

Toyin Adebola   June 30th, 2010 5:45 am ET

Bill Maher is not only genuinely funny, he is so learned and up to date on current affairs. More learned than a lot of politicians and business people. I respect him a lot. I respect Jesse Ventura a great deal. And please, why is it only Jermaine thats always talking for the Jackson Family? Im kind of tired of hearing repeat himself over and over and over...
Please dont go Larry!!!!!

Lagos, Nigeria

Tim   June 30th, 2010 5:59 am ET

Bill what do you about Larry's tie?

Toyin Adebola   June 30th, 2010 6:08 am ET

Its always a pleasure to listen to Bill Maher. He is not only genuinely funny, he is learned and up-to-speed on current affairs and truly an intelligent conversationist. Larry, its so sad that you are leaving, or rather ending the LKL show. I have become a recent addict. I ususally am hesitant to leave my office until your show is over. Its 10 to 11 am in Lagos, Nigeria.
Meanwhiler, I think everybody will prefer to listen to other members of the Jackson family. I am particularly tired of Jermaine Jackson.. Thanks.

Lagos, Nigeria

Elle   June 30th, 2010 8:31 am ET

Larry: We will miss you. I do have a comment on your conversation with Bill Maher. I am a bit tired of listening to pundits talk about how we should have switched off oil years ago. They all talk about driving hybrids, electric cars, etc. I do everything I possibly can to help the environment, but do they realize that going "GREEN" is just not economically feasible for the average consumer? I am a professor at a small university; a profession I love. I can't afford a car payment let alone the payment for a hybrid, which I price yearly praying the day will come that will change. I priced solar for the roof of my house, and it cost more than the entire value of my house. I recently did put in new windows on my 1000 square foot house. I had to go into debt for the first time in six years. I am praying that there will be a trade off in energy costs. I respect Mr. Maher, but honestly a little less of this sanctimious attitude would be appreciated. If he can provide a solution to going Green that does not include my going into massive debt, I would love to hear it.

Jessie from Auckland, NZ   June 30th, 2010 10:48 am ET

@Bill Maher

Why do you not believe there is a God?

Interesting comments on flu shots and vaccines. Have heard about this before.


Glad to hear that Larry King will be making special appearances and that he will still be around.

Marilyn   June 30th, 2010 11:08 am ET

SCOTT: You think George W. Bush is intelligent? What have you been drinking?

Ted   June 30th, 2010 11:25 am ET

Bill Maher, you are a man after my heart, your say what you mean in not uncertain terms that everyone can understand. You do not deliver hogwash, where people do not understand what you actually mean, as most of our politicians do.

I agree with you, there is no difference between the two parties, they have different colours, but the same and identical program.
President Obama promised a lot, but fulfilled only a small part of those promises.
Guandanamo is still there, a year after it should have been closed.
In Iraq we still have well over 100,000 soldiers, a year after they were supposed to be withdrawn.
The war in Afghanistan spread over the border to Pakistan, where we are killing thousands of civilians, mostly women and children.
The palestenians are still subjugated and Israel can do what they want, even insulting our VP Biden.

Are we safer at home? No, we have home grown terrorists now taking over the bombings. As you say, you cannot wage war on terrorists, they just keep growing in numbers to revenge the killing of their own.

Rose   June 30th, 2010 12:02 pm ET

Bill Maher's comments about questioning why the US is in Afghanistan and how it does not combat terrorism is correct.

WHEN will the media cover the fact that the US is there for the purpose of building and securing the Trans Afghanistan Pipeline (TAPI) – and not chasing terrorists? The 1,000 mile route would take the huge natural gas reserves from Turkmenistan (bordering Afghanistan) through to Pakistan. This is a multi-billion dollar project – much discussed internationally, but not in the US.

The US tried to make deals with the Taliban in the past, hoping to get cooperation for the pipeline (after the fall of the Soviet Union). GW Bush even invited them to Texas as governor (for Unocal). When that failed – the US waged war to enter their nation – using 9/11 as justification to destroy Al-Qaeda or "looking" for Bin Laden. General McChrystal said in September 2009 there were less than 100 Al-Qaeda members in Afghanistan. Yet many Americans don't seem to question any of this.

Control over this vast resource is deemed necessary to avoid Russia or China from gaining access. The Taliban controls this region. This is the real why the focus of NATO forces are centered along the pipeline's intended route passing through Herat, Helmand and Kandahar and not up in the area where Al-Qaeda operates.

India and Pakistan have been negotiating with Iran for another pipeline project. The US is pressuring them not to do so – billions of dollars worth of revenue will be lost. US, British, Canadian and NATO forces are in a conflict for reasons that have nothing to do with democracy and freedom for Afghan people.

US withdrawl from Afghanistan will coincide with the pipeline's development (that is what is meant by "getting the job done"). Many lives will be lost in the interim – not for freedom but for control over resources and denying access to certain nations. We are at war – WHY is the pipeline not discussed and masked with evasive terrorist-hunting stories in Afghanistan?

Rose   June 30th, 2010 12:48 pm ET

Reported in Newsweek (March 2010):

Cnooc Ltd. China’s biggest offshore oil explorer, plans to buy Argentina’s Bridas Group for more than $3 billion. Cnooc was earlier seeking to bid for a Devon Energy Corp. stake in an Azerbaijan oil field.

Bridas plans to use the proceeds in a gas-pipeline construction project in Turkmenistan. Bridas signed an agreement with a state-owned company to develop oil and gas fields in the southwestern part of Turkmenistan and construct a 800-mile long gas pipeline linking the nation to Pakistan through Afghanistan called the Trans-Afghanistan Pipeline.

Also: Craig Murray, the former British ambassador to Uzbekistan wrote in a recent article: "It's The Pipeline Stupid" – he asserts that the primary motivation for US and British military involvement in Central Asia has to do with large natural gas deposits in Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. As evidence, he points to the plans to build a natural gas pipeline through Afghanistan that would allow Western oil companies to avoid Russia and Iran when transporting oil and natural gas out of the region.

Murray adds: "There are designs of this pipeline, and if you look at the deployment of US forces in Afghanistan, as against other NATO country forces in Afghanistan, you'll see that undoubtedly the US forces are positioned to guard the pipeline route. It's what it's about. It's about money, it's about oil, it's not about democracy. . .The Trans-Afghanistan Pipeline is slated to be completed in 2014, with $7.6 billion in funding from the Asian Development Bank."

There are many corporations investing heavily in the Afghanistan pipeline. Since the 1990s they have hired lobbiests in Washington and have pushed US Administrations with their agendas. Western interests are competing with other nations in Afghanistan.

The Afghan war is a corporate fraud with high stakes and great returns for it's "winners". Our servicemen and Afghan civilians are dying for this.

Cajazz76:24:8   June 30th, 2010 1:15 pm ET

"This is a war that will never have winner's, only loser's. You cannot win a war in which the right temporal lobe of the brain is the fortification and bravado of your enemy. You cannot destroy the ideological weapons stored in mankind's psyche unless you destroy mankind. This is the enemy the U.S. and its NATO allies are fighting. This is the enemy we are to them and we are a much weaker foe, despite our greater battlefield technology."- cajazz 76:24:8...

When you are fighting an enemy that has no icons in his faith and belief system and your faith and belief and faith is an iconic based propagation spread unevenly throughout the planet, then you are the weaker foe. You need that plastic Baby Jesus above your sun visor and icons around your neck. Your enemy does not. Who would a third unbiased party choose as the more challenging and more relentless foe? Wake up America and find out who your enemy is and how they think. It is always right temporal brain based....Look at it as invisible plastic....plastic being the key....bull feces all the same. caj...

KENNY   June 30th, 2010 2:11 pm ET


Cajazz76:24:8   June 30th, 2010 2:25 pm ET

The Viet Nam War was a fight to restrict the spread of Communism...(sic) The "war on terror" is really a war of ideologies, faith and belief (religion) based. Much like politicians in America that claim there is a separation of church and state, there is not a ideological split between the two. In the Islamic countries throughout the world they do not deny their heritage and religion are what they will fight and die for. It is their politics. It is their social order. In the Islamic faith they do not worship icons, remember that. Which religions have the stronger faith and belief systems? One with iconic representations or one without? The right temporal portion of our brains retain the capacity and creation of our distortions that derive the sedative to appease our fear of the unknown. A once individual invention of our gods that has been cycloned into resolve and quantification through the organization of the many contrived religions, politics just the same.

"Contemplate fully the complete and total cost of war; the cost in materials wasted and landscapes defaced; the cost of lives destroyed (both combatants and innocents); the cost to the futures of those sent to do the fighting and die, and those who return home internally ravaged without the hope of ever healing or returning to a normal life process; the cost to all who bear the anguish and pain of those life ending casualties and life enduring injuries, including those subsequently borne by the parents, grandparents, brothers, sisters, husbands and wives, and their children. They all have in past wars, and will in the present and future wars, bear the scarring and the pain, as well. The cost of war is forever unpaid and, forever everybody pays for it. Consequently and subsequently, war can never won, nor be forgiven. War, since the infancy of human progression, has been a dichotomy of insanity and sacrifice.

One can crawl deep within the hollow crevasse of human behavior and into the bowels of man's inhumanity to man and never understand fully, his reasons to bring to bear near total destruction upon his fellow being and his surrounding urban and rural panoramas.

With his untoward behavior meant to inflict injury and death and obliteration upon one another en masse to seek impartiality that we invariably find, in postwar examination, has often far exceeded justice to right an injustice and is, too often, unnecessary when mere negotiation and compromise or avoidance are sufficient, if properly pursued and conducted.

When we defer and protract swift actions, that we deem necessary, solely upon those who we deem are unjust and we become remiss or reluctant to act responsibly, and by failure to do so, we proceed to engage in war, we fail. We fail as a nation; we fail as human beings. But, it is the sanctity of life we fail to uphold and defend, then disembowel and violate, when war is waged.

It is those few whom make those decisions to commence conflict, which irreversibly changes so much, for so many, for so long, who suffer the least. History written by an unknown hand will either compliment or condemn them. For, as long as conflict exists history will be created and recorded, and mankind, down through the ages, will interpret and remember it. And, as long as mankind exists history will remind, but it will not deter those who make the decisions to destroy, in the interest of a paradoxical peace, that which they and their god create”...-Cajazz76:24:8…11/11/2009…( written in disgust, following weeks of broadcasts by the Fox News Punditry Playhouse Pal’s, regarding the delay to increase the fresh American blood supply for the battlefields of Afghanistan in the fall of 2009.)

”This is a war between good and evil, and we have made it clear to the world we will stand strong on the side of good, and we expect other nations to join us. This is not a war between our world and their world. It is a war to save the world.” George W. Bush. U.S. President, Republican... (…”a war to save the world”…An oxymoron composed by one or more morons, spoken by a single moron living on his own contrived planet.)

“When people speak to you about a preventative war, you tell them to go and fight it. After my experience, I have to come to hate war. War settles nothing.”-Dwight D. Eisenhower, U.S. President, Republican…

"This, 'the war on terror", is a war that will never have winner's, only loser's. You cannot win a war in which the right temporal lobe of the brain is the fortification and bravado of your enemy. You cannot destroy the ideological weapons stored in mankind's psyche unless you destroy mankind. This is the enemy the U.S. and its NATO allies are fighting. This is the enemy we are to them, and we are a much weaker foe, despite our greater battlefield technology."- cajazz 76:24:8...Poor choices can only result in poor outcomes of consequence....Silly Human Race...caj.

Cajazz76:24:8   June 30th, 2010 3:44 pm ET

" War is not a phenomenon. It is a protraction of poor intuition and poor reasoning in deference to ones leadership inadequacies. Case in point, George W. Bush had to prove to himself, his father, and the the world he was, in some way and on any scale, capable. History will and has deemed him an invalid of his own consequences, crippled by his sense of self and a coward to his legacy "....caj

Cajazz76:24:8   June 30th, 2010 4:08 pm ET

"We are not fighting terrorism, we are fighting ideologies". caj..

Dodie   June 30th, 2010 6:18 pm ET

Well stated Ted and Rose

Ah, Cajazz76:24:8, you said it all!!!

The "enemy" and war we are fighting is the one that resides in us. It is based in greed and desired control over the world's resources; however, It is truly an aphorism!! For, our true enemy is really from within! Unfortunately I do not see an end to war. It has been an oxymoron since the evolution of man, and it will continue to our demise!

Yes, Cajazz, we are a very silly human race!

Rose   June 30th, 2010 6:29 pm ET

I agree with Bill Maher's criticism that some Americans just plain "do not think" and blindly support unjust policies – falsely believing they are somehow good for America. Maher is blunt and calls such people "stupid" – accurately.

As our last lack-lustre president GW Bush got us into two wars, we need to end them in Iraq and Afghanistan. Maher's continued comments of how easy it was to dupe a large segment of the population into supporting the wars with lies – is very telling of a misinformed mindset in our country.

First, it was the weapons of mass destruction. UN investigators said there were none – many Americans still supported US aggression there. Then it was stopping the terrorists – but Iraq had nothing to do with 9/11 – many still supported US aggression. Then it was Bin Laden in Afghanistan – GW Bush later said "we're not really looking for him now" – many still supported US aggression.

Then it was all the bombings and unmanned drones where countless civilians and children were killed – many still supported US aggression. Then there were millions of internally displaced refugees in Iraq caused by the war, causing extreme hardships – many Americans still supported US aggression there.

"We're fighting for freedom and security" is the blanket answer given by many Americans for supporting these actions. The reality is: No we are not. It's amazing how ignorant many are to the true reasons behind both wars. Others are thankfully aware of the deceptions and continue to oppose these actions.

The lucrative defense contracts, the forced change in regimes, the installation of selected leaders – who will cooperate with the agenda, the control of resources, the military bases permanently established surrounding Eur-Asia, the oppression and terror against local civilians, the initiation of civil war in Iraq, the corporate deals for the Afghan pipeline, the escalation of the drug trade in Afghanistan and our "choice" Karzai.

The people victimized by US aggression are Muslim. When Americans are subject to any retaliations, we label them terrorists as we are the "freedom fighters". Imagine if a foreign nation invaded and bombed us for the better part of a decade – when we did nothing to provoke it, was responsible for hundreds of thousands of American civilian deaths, stole our resources, installed a dictator, killed our children, displaced half of the country – what would be our response to that?

Our democracy has turned into a dupe-ocracy – supported to a great extent by right wing elements. We ask our soldiers to give their lives to defend us. They are maimed or dying – but not in our defense, rather for the endless greed and domination of dishonorable chicken-hawks in expensive suits. That is wrong. End the wars, honor the troops by bringing them home. Question what is going on.

Ted   July 1st, 2010 8:15 am ET

@ Rose, Dodie and Cajazz

Your comments are a pleasure to read, it shows there are a few of us who are not stupid, (thank you Bill Maher for the word), and believe all that hogwash dished out every day by our politicians and the press.
I blame the press even more, because it should be their obligation to tell the truth and educate the masses.

In 1933 the german people were probably the most educated in the world. Then came Hitler who spread lies after lies, told them they are a nation of higher destination and what happened? They followed him to the slaughter house, died for a bunch of lies.
This thousand year reich lasted only 12 years and went down in flames.

We are being told for about 60 years now that we are the greatest country in the world, the american way of life is the one preferred by all and only we have the true democracy. ( I wonder what the swiss say to that as they really have a democracy that deserves that name!).
God wants us to bring democracy to the world.

With this in mind we wage war after war since 1950, and our uneducated and stupid nation just loves it!!
Korea: 53,000 dead, Vietnam: 56,000 dead, Iraq: 6,000 dead, Afghanistan: over 1,000 dead and still counting.
Not to mention those hundreds of thousands of young americans disabled for life, both mentally and/or physically, and the millions who died in the countries where we wage wars.

This greatest country in the world has millions of poor who go hungry to bed in the evening. They die because they cannot efford medical care. Live in shack that gets blow away by a strong wind and freeze in the winter because they cannot buy the oill or coal.
At the same time billions and billions are wasted in wars and given to friendly dictators and despots who toe our lines.

My question is: how long will this madness last and when will our country go belly up?
We are more in debt than Greece and other european countries are and the day of reconing gets nearer.

Dodie   July 1st, 2010 11:40 am ET

@ Ted

I agree with your statement...... the press is a problem; however, they are ‘backed’ by large corporate America, creating an oxymoron at best. Even if the reporters want to report the actuality of events, it must be “approved” and with that, the backers of the media have the ultimate decision (control) Fox news is a perfect example.

Bryan, Metro DC   July 1st, 2010 12:36 pm ET

Bill, on the subject of what are we going to eat with the oceans are dead, I'm really surprised that you missed the answer: Soylent Green! An extremely prescient "science fiction" movie whose fiction has greatly diminished towards fact. The murder that begins the movie and which Charlton Heston investigates is over a book–a report about how the oceans are dead! Watch it!

Cajazz76:24:8   July 1st, 2010 1:04 pm ET


Hello Ted, it's always a unique pleasure to read and ponder your thoughts, whereas most take my sentiments on the order of an ungloved cavity search.

Isn't it interesting that one can tally all the war dead from this country from the time of the Revolutionary War to the last U.S. serviceman killed on the battlefield today and it will not quite equal the total killed in battle during our "un" Civil War, estimated at around 550,000-700,000? Using the higher estimates we still have not equaled or surpassed those killed on U.S. battlefields in any war fought on foreign soil. No price tag can be put on the value of anyone killed in war, but war does have it's costs. The toll of human life to cause ratio never equates.

It wouldn't take much of a stretch to compile figures that would support any claim that the world has expended more funds rebuilding post-war infrastructure and a maintaining a new and improved pre-war 'peaceful military' than it has spent for all peaceful intentions since the inception of currency and the principles of accounting. It gives "fighting for peace, is like fornicating (not the f-word intended) for virginity" greater validity. Take care Ted and keep those words fluid to keep the wheels of reality well greased...caj

Dodie   July 1st, 2010 3:53 pm ET

@ Ted

This country was created through the use of extermination and cultural genocide with the Native Americans. We are a people that have for decades been indoctrinated by our politicians, media, religion and even education. Everywhere one looks there is rhetoric and propaganda.

Pink   July 1st, 2010 6:36 pm ET

I love Bill Maher, and think he should replace Larry

Rose   July 2nd, 2010 10:46 am ET

@ Ted, Dodie, Cajazz & Smith in Oregon

Thank you all for your many informative postings. Smith in Oregon has noted on a number of occasions that Smith's postings have been deleted on other CNN blogs. Always well written – they should not have been. The censorship of information, the control of the media in a democracy – due to ownership by corporations and their interests, confirms that our media is not so "free".

We regularly see the updated death count of serviceman in Afghanistan (civilian deaths tend to go unreported). I want to ask any American who approves of our participation there to give solid and valid reasons for our involvement – What are they? The crock that it's for "freedom" or "terrorist hunting" are not acceptable.

Why is it that the world is reporting about the Trans-Afghan Pipeline and NOT A WORD about it mentioned on our US networks?

Why do Americans not question that our troops are protecting the pipeline route, risking their lives for billion-dollar corporate deals? Are Americans aware that control of Afghanistan is required to accommodate this pipeline so that China and Russia do not dominate resource claims?

Lives, support and votes are being wasted for deceptive reasons. Anyone who questions this should make an attempt to read credible international sources and find out what is happening in Afghanistan re: Trans Afghanistan Pipeline (TAPI) – with few exceptions, it won't be reported in the US.

Our sons are dead in war, with others soon to die. Don't dishonor them with ignorance of why they are there – and who will $benefit$. We are responsible to ourselves – to be aware. We are responsible for those who die – do to our silence or ignorance.

Jamie Millman   July 3rd, 2010 3:48 pm ET

Dear Larry,
I have been watching your show for 22 years and am sad your show will end this fall. You feel like an old friend! I will miss coming home and seeing you on telephone. I want to thank you for many years and wish you good luck with future endeavors.
You are an incredible man and talent!
Jamie Millman

Smith in Oregon   July 3rd, 2010 4:41 pm ET

@ Rose, thank you for your kind comments and useful focus on the Oil and Gas War's paid by the lives, sweat, blood and tears of American soldiers as well as nearly unlimited American taxpayer funding.

In the Bush jr. Administration many of the players conducting and attempting to entirely exploit the Trans Afghanistan Pipeline project (TAP) were in place:

Dick Cheney, VP: Until 2000 – President of Halliburton (in position to build the Afghan pipeline).
Condoleezza Rice, National Security Advisor: 1991-2000 – Manager of Chevron Oil, and Kazakhstan go-between.
Donald Evans, Sec. Commerce: former CEO, Tom Brown, Inc. (a $1.2 billion oil company).
Gale Norton, Sec. Interior: former national chairwoman of the Coalition of Republican Environmental Advocates – funded by, among others, BP Amoco.
Spencer Abraham, Sec. Energy: Up through his failed bid for senatorial reelection in the 2000, he received more oil and gas industry money than all but three other senators (January 1997 through July 2000) (30).
Thomas White, Secretary of the Army: former Vice Chairman of Enron and a large shareholder of that company's stock.

Talking about Big Oil's Corruption in America's Republican Party!

And I smell Republican Rats in how America was pushed into invading and occupying Afghanistan thru the 9/11 attack.

Although Al Qaeda appears to have carried out the attacks on 9/11, the Pakistani ISI, the CIA as well as many of the Bush administration appear to have been briefed of that event a full week prior to it's taking place:

July – Sept. 2000 – Pakistani Intelligence Chief (ISI) Lt. General Mahmoud Ahmad appears to have instructed British born Saeed Sheikh in Pakistan to wire $100,000 (7/00-9/00) to two Florida bank accounts held by the leading eventual 9/11 hijacker Mohammed Atta.

Sept. 4, 2001 – ISI's Lt. General Ahmad entered the United States and subsequently met with many top officials within the Bush Administration. He also met with: Secretary of State Colin Powell, Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage, US Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs Marc Grossman, and the Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Sen. Joseph Biden (D-DE).

Sept. 11, 2001 – Just prior to the attack, Lt. General Ahmad of the Pakistani ISI concluded a breakfast meeting with Senator Bob Graham (D-FL), Representative Porter Goss (R-FL), and Senator Jon Kyl (R-AZ) and then quickly left the country.

Is it simply coincidental then that both Representative Porter Goss (R-FL) and US Senator Bob Graham (D-FL) subsequently served as CO-Chairs of the Joint-Intelligence Committee investigating the 9/11 attacks?

Lucy   July 3rd, 2010 7:35 pm ET

Ah! Bill Maher! One of my very favorite people. Love his show and wish it was on all year.

Love to see him with Larry, too. He's always a great guest. Bill Maher was just right for the night Larry announced his retirement. Kudos to Larry and Bill.

SuzyQ   July 3rd, 2010 8:05 pm ET

Who should replace Larry King? Two words, Alec Baldwin

gerald Jolly   July 3rd, 2010 8:41 pm ET

Bill Maher, one of my favorites.

No B.S.

Straight talk

Hater of Rush Limbaugh makes him a hero in my books.

@ Hey! Cajazz, nice to see you involved

Take care of yourself

Semper Fi

Rand in spokane   July 3rd, 2010 9:18 pm ET

Rose not to mention the fact that we have oil polluting the gulf of mexico which is proving under sea drilling is not safe. Now the demand becomes greater. We better figure out how to use other and better technologies this next decade or I'm afraid all we'll be doing is fighting for oil, then food, then water....

Rand in spokane   July 3rd, 2010 9:29 pm ET

Charlie Rose would be a good choice to fill in the larry king spot. No one can replace him.

Dion in Texas   July 3rd, 2010 9:34 pm ET

Actually, the hearings on the Bork nomination for the Supreme Court was not the first time that the Senate exercised its "advise and consent" under the Constitution. In fact, some nominations never made it that far such as the nomination of Abe Fortas by LBJ. Fortas had to withdraw. Then there were the rejected nominations by President Nixon of Haynesworth and Carswell. The Senate was a bit more bi-partisan then, but then that is when the Republican Party in the Senate were represented by moderate from the midwest and liberals (yes, there were Republican Liberals) from the northeast and New England. Senator Margaret Chase Smith comes to mind.

Katie S.   July 3rd, 2010 9:34 pm ET

Bill, were you serious about taking over for Larry, and if so, would you continue to do Real Time on HBO? It's not likely CNN would let you express your opinions unfiltered, so if RT ends, where will we go for the rational, unedited perspective?

Bobby H   July 3rd, 2010 9:39 pm ET

I know the seat's not cold yet, but Bill Maher would be a great replacement for Larry King.

Brigitte   July 3rd, 2010 9:42 pm ET

This is so refreshing. Thank you for having Bill Maher on tonight.

karen mclean   July 3rd, 2010 9:49 pm ET

Bill Maher is a TERRIBLE choice to replace Larry King. I, and othersm, of all different strokes, are extremely disappointed with the choice. Larry is respectful, fair and balanced. Bill is an extreme of the liberal order, and i am a Obama voter. i think this is a terrible mistake, and i will not be able to watch him. And i will miss this venue, of course miss Larry, and feel very sorry that you have chosen the wrong person. i predict, with no joy, that the fans will flee, other than those who already watch and love Bill.

VERY bad choice.


martha quigley   July 3rd, 2010 9:50 pm ET

I enjoyed the interview with Larry King. I look to Bill to voice a lot of my opinions and I'm grateful for his voice on many subjects. I do have one question: Bill remarked that he drives an electric car. I think America has forgotten that the main source of electricity is still coal. I just want to remind everyone of that fact as I see hundreds of railroad cars filled with coal leave the Eastern Kentucky mountains every day.

Robert Loveless   July 3rd, 2010 9:51 pm ET

Very poor choice for replacement. hateful man, Bill M. will never be a fan, but loved LK

kk   July 3rd, 2010 9:58 pm ET

Bob Costas...natural replacement....witty, smart and not overly politically biased

Bob Long   July 4th, 2010 12:22 am ET

This is one time Bill Maher was off the mark. The Rolling Stone did us a big service. McCrystal and his crew were completely enamored with who they THOUGHT the Rolling Stone's audience was. The reporter from the Stone hit the nail on the head. These people really believed that this "side chatter" that Bill Maher thinks should be off the record was inconsequential.Bill has been listening to David Brooks too long and too seriously. McCrystal's "peeps" gave away a lot of stuff, for one, their real feelings about their commander-in-chief. Do not believe for one second that that did not affect their performance. This is precisely what we as citizens should know about what is going on.

Marilyn   July 4th, 2010 12:24 am ET

How do we immediately stop the pollution of the Gulf by "dispersants?"

Brax   July 4th, 2010 12:43 am ET

I've seen Bill on and off the stage and he looks at all three sides. The two opposing sides and then the third being the truth, even when it hurts. Obama has way to much on his plate and can only give lip service as he has to many tiers beneath him to do what he asks his cabinet or middle management to do. We will miss you Larry!

Lastly, take our troops out of Iraq, leaving a security force for back up in Iraq, and bring the rest of U.S. Military to Arizona because of the Mexican drug cartel is taking over.

Steve Cannon   July 4th, 2010 12:47 am ET

I was wondering if Bill Maher would ever invite Glenn Beck or Rush Limbaugh to be panelists on his show. It could be funny.

kris   July 4th, 2010 12:49 am ET

just wanted to know how many suspenders you have come to have
over the years. they are awesome.
love ya and gonna miss ya but everyone needs time with the family.
enjoy your retirement.
kris from michigan

jj   July 4th, 2010 12:51 am ET

I totally agree with Bill Maher about the environment!!! Bye Larry its been great, we will miss you. I would do your job in a heart beat. Try me!!

Mike Boyd   July 4th, 2010 12:52 am ET

You have made all the crooked politicians squirm in their seats and it's been great! Thank you sir! Mike Boyd from Long Beach God Bless You!

Leigh ann   July 4th, 2010 1:03 am ET

I do not understand how you can see that having a gun even only in your house is ok how many kids have accidentally killed themselves or their friend and in how many incidences has someone actually defended their family and house and it come out as they think it will? Being able to have a gun to go hunting is one thing but to have the ability to get a gun to protect yourself
and family is not possible it gives you the right but then it give those who plan to do wrong the right to get one also. We can not discriminate against anyone one so there is no way to keep guns out of the hands of those that plan to do wrong other than not give them out to anyone .

lauren   July 4th, 2010 1:35 am ET

Please replace Larry King with Bill Maher, because he will draw ratings. Other news stations have right wing heroes and under spoken democrats. Many inependents and democrats are looking for someone who will speek their mind in order to ask the questions we desperately want answers to. The left needs a hero on a major news station. Please provide us with one.

Bernie   July 4th, 2010 1:58 am ET

I am so sad to hear Larry King, that you are leaving the show. I have really enjoyed watching you over the years. It will be a tremendous loss for television.

I love how you treat your guests so kindly, you obviously are the most skilled in your trade. You are a true gentleman.

I wish you and your family the best and hope to see you from time to time appearing here and there. My affection to you! You are a doll!

Anti-hypocrits   July 4th, 2010 3:29 am ET

TV's so predictable! I mean... You can totally see the purpose of this show. Bring a glamor to a guy's succession (as their intention could get clear)... Defend and heroify the State and the CIA, and make believe they're cultured, free and 'inconformist'... And, to make it worse, attack whatever 'believers' as some dumb-assess. Why does Bill Maher get always SO MAD about ALL religions? Hasn't he got over it, yet? Or is it just another attack to social values? I mean, the guy is the funniest and most creative American comedian in my opinion. But, I mean, I don't buy that anymore. What's the reason of this attack? By the way, I don't think it's normal for a comedian to be pro-government. There's obviously something wrong there... Change your approach, man, people don't buy that anymore.

Bobby Allen   July 4th, 2010 3:46 am ET

Bill Maher, what a joke.

I will bet money that although he is preaching about not having guns outside the home he either carries one or has a body guard who is carrying one.

No matter the topic, his point most likely can be shot down by a high school student with a little common sense.

Lars Olof Kanngard   July 4th, 2010 5:17 am ET

Larry, will miss you and your programs a lot, but I do have full sympathy with your decision, each moment of our life is unique and to change the priority and make family as no one priority is a blessing you should go for. Looking forward to see your future special programs and once more thanks you for a spirit and quality which will echo in the media-sphere forever.

Thanks and best wishes from
Lars Olof Kanngard

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Jay Oakcliff   July 4th, 2010 10:20 am ET

My ears popped up when I heard Bill Maher talk about a cure for cancer. He didn't go far enough. The reason we don't have a "cure" or "prevention strategies" already is because cancer is VERY good for business. Chemical (and their pharmaceutical subsidiaries) companies make huge profits from polluting our bodies and our environment – to cause cancer – and then they make huge profits from the very expensive and totally useless treatments. Think also about the Vit D scam. Yes, some people get melanoma – but the chemical companies managed to frighten the whole world into thinking that the sun is BAD. You have to use their products if you're going to go into the sun – so they made billions in profit from sun blockers. Then – DUH – someone realized that we're not getting enough Vit. D (a cancer preventative among many other benefits) and guess what – now you have to buy it in pill form from them! Sorry – for almost every living being on this earth – the sun is a vital source of health. Very few are subject to melanomas. I will take my Vit D the natural way – from Mother Nature.

Sheila   July 4th, 2010 10:45 am ET

Bill, I enjoy most of your comedic spin on things, but you really should tone down the sarcasm towards Christians. Considering that the majority of Americans like to think of themselves as "Christian" , it is very offensive for you to impose your "atheist" views on them.
Sorry to see you go, Larry! Enjoy your family time!

IKHAN   July 4th, 2010 2:12 pm ET

pl stick around some more.
Bill Maher gets some folks bristling especially those who are being led by their noses by propagandists,special interests,lobbies & such to a promised non-existent watering hole in a desert of follies.
I like him.
Hi folks.@Smith in Oregon@Cajazz@Dodie@Rose@Ted.
You guys are simply amazing. If you can't shake people up to reality then I don't know who can.I had stopped posting feeling that these efforts are like a cry in a widerness of complacency & ignorance. Pl carry on with the good work.
No one can add anything more to what you say.Be it the two already lost wars we are desperately prolonging, the economy,our pathetic foreign policy, the Gulf disaster, or the moronic incompetency
of our politicians & law makers & those in the driving seat.
One more display of the last is an announcement by our venerable Secy of State of a pledge of $ 15 million for the preservation of a concentration camp in Poland.
This is sickeneing. The same could have gone to preservation of the eco system on the Gulf coast or to myriad essential services in our country drying up for want of funds. Who are we trying to please for goodness sake. Are there some invisible masters who flog our leaders to write fat checks to countries when funds are needed most at homes.Or have they started hearing voices in their heads.
That building should be razed to the ground & that country should build a hospital for the less fortunate, or a school or a factory to provide jobs. Or let germany pay for its preservation if that blasted place is so dear to them. Why should American tax payers??

Joseph   July 4th, 2010 4:59 pm ET

Bill Maher is my hero because he calls it what it is.

patrick   July 4th, 2010 8:31 pm ET

Bill Maher is like a breath of fresh air. I love his call it as it is style,

why do have such jerk's for leaders. I don't think people exercise free

speech as much as they should in this country because we have been dumbed down over the years.and immjgrants know this
and take advantage of it, intimidating us as a society and making
demands on our society that they would not dare make where most
of the come from.

Michael NYC   July 4th, 2010 9:04 pm ET

Warning: As you may concur – We do not have time to wait for relief wells in August ( may be more like November and may not work) , by that time the Gulf will be a dead sea, Florida beaches and Everglades will be black (more like orange goo), oil/dispersant mix headed north to wipe out east coast killing all life in it's path. There will be stench of rotting animal life and toxic air which will promote respiratory disease and cancer. When there is a hurricane it will "paint" the inland with slime and goo which will then be unlivable – We most stop those responsible for exacerbating this unmitigated global disaster NOW . God help us – amen

Smith in Oregon   July 4th, 2010 9:37 pm ET

I was disappointed by CNN's Cindy Crowley today with her interview of THREE Republican politicians asking 'them' about total Iraqi withdrawal of US Troops. One stated he wanted US Troops to be there for another 50 YEARS!

Of course, the entire Republican Potty wants that, that isn't news that is just a perverted spin as viewed by the myopic ultra-right Republican's attempting to drum up more 'Oil Wars'.

IKHAN   July 4th, 2010 9:46 pm ET

@Smith in Oregon
so was I.
I suggest that the one who wants our troops to be there for 50 yrs should be shunted out to Iraq for the same period of time at the earliest. Some place like Kirkuk preferably.
Any one to second this?

Smith in Oregon   July 4th, 2010 10:12 pm ET

With the Republican Party leader Micheal Steele publicly stating 'The War in Afghanistan is Un-Winnable' Micheal Steele is now under fire from the very same hypocritical Republican politicians that have been continuously telling him that for months, go figure!

Of course Republican politicians want large numbers of US Troops in Afghanistan for the next 50 years as they plan the next Middle East 'Oil War' which would likely be fought by American citizens conscripted, drafted into involuntary service.

Obviously the Republican politicians do not want the American people thinking about their utterly abysmal lack of Domestic program achievements. The Republican led bail-outs of Wall Street, Investment Banks, American Automakers, No Way.

The Republican politicians do not want the American people thinking the 1 Trillion dollars dumped into overthrowing Saddam in Iraq would have bought the American People Universal Health Care for every man, woman and child in America and consequently cost far less each year thereafter than the budget dumping Afghanistan war spending, No Way.

The Republican politicians do not want the American people thinking about the seriously decaying infra-structure needing repairs and replacement across America., No Way.

Unlimited funding for schools, bridges, buildings in Afghanistan, no problem. Any funding to even repair schools, bridges, buildings, dams, harbors, levees across America and the Republican party of NO, obstructs, blocks and votes NO!

Tamara Burdic   July 4th, 2010 11:08 pm ET

Certainly wish Elizabeth could just enjoy the time with her children and stop talking so much. Way too much talking about private matters.

Ted   July 5th, 2010 7:45 am ET

I just read the report that every week cases full of cash, (our tax money!!!), leave Kabul airport heading to Dubai!!!
According to informed sources, during the past three years over 3 billion dollars were transferred to banks by the Karsai family and their co-conspirators who are stealing us blind. They are buying expensive real estate and other properties in Dubai and all over the world.

If the controllers at the airport try to stop such a transfer, they get a call from high up, (you can figure who is the big huncho), and they must let the money go. According to the general in charge it is unsafe and dangerous to your health to go against the Karsai family.

Our people in Kabul know this, but cannot do anything to stop it!!
My question is: WHY???
Is the crooked Karzai family so powerful now that we cannot control them anymore?? Did we create a monster that will swallow us?
Are american businesses and individuals part of this large scale larceny and that is the reason we cannot stop it?

American mothers, you who send your children hungry to bed, you should know your money is landed safely in Dubai.
Those who cannot pay the health insurance, you can be proud that due to your donations the Karsai family can have the best specialists anyplace in the world to cure them.
Those who lose or already lost your house, the Karsais just bough another property for millions, paid by your tax money.

You can keep watching or you can call your congressman or senator and raise hell. Coming november you are the boss, throw all the bums out of office, regardless if democrat or republican, beacuse they are just the same. They want to continue the war so more people there get filthy rich with our hard earned dollars.

Each nation gets the leaders they deserve!!
Are we a nation of sheep and ignorants to have such people running our country, or are we ready to take it back?

Ted   July 5th, 2010 7:54 am ET

According to the director of the CIA, in Afghanistan there are an estimated 50-100 Al Quida members left, "or maybe less"!!!

We spent 100 billion dollars a year on the war in Afghanistan, or 1-2 billion per each suspected AlQuida member!!!!
Let that go through your brain, 1-2 billion per man, year after year!!!
Now that is what I call a very efficient operation.

Ted   July 5th, 2010 7:58 am ET

@ patrick

You ask: why do we have such jerks for leaders?

The answer is simple, because we voted them into office and keep them there for 20, 30 or 40 years, regardless how stupid they are.
Coming november you can do something about this problem, just use your brain.

Rose   July 5th, 2010 11:51 am ET

Very well said Smith in Oregon. As we celebrate our Independence Day, let's wish the same for others in Iraq and Afghanistan and get out of their countries. Stop the killing of civilians and servicemen for the sake of US domination and corporate greed. Stop lying to Americans about what is actually going on there.

We as a nation fought hard for our independence. Why are we oppressing others? If the Republicans want us to stay there for 50 years – they do not deserve our votes. They have spent over $1,000,000,000,000 (one trillion) of American taxpayer money in war. The current Administration is mired in this mess.

Anyone who cannot see how $ one trillion could be used for the betterment of Americans, instead spouting endless complaints about health care costs, "big government" etc – and chooses to support, or align themselves with, the war-mongering Republicans in future elections – are only contributing to the further decline of our nation.

Those who cannot "wake up and smell the coffee" are most likely obstructed by the tea-bags covering their senses.

IKHAN   July 5th, 2010 1:15 pm ET

Hi Larry.
Good morning folks.
rforces solelyight on mark.Good@Ted that we got to see your remarks.
Something which is relevant here to mention in the context of national treasure that our leaders & politicians so wantonly dole out to others & pour down the drains of wars dug up in far off lands.
We just pledged $15 million to preserve a world war two concentration camp in Poland.Well, to me it sounds crazy when every dollar is needed at home.
As for afghan war, we are already seeing the futility of contnuing to sacrifice American lives & billions in tax payers money.
I have said it before and say it again that we should take the neighboring countries including Iran on board to find a solution instead of relying on NATO & military might solely.
In that region one has to learn the ways of compromises & diplomacy.No foreign nation has ever won a war or has been able to occupy that country for long. Take a look at the history.

Rose   July 5th, 2010 4:23 pm ET

As the past Republican Administration used 9/11 as an excuse to begin wars on Afghanistan and Iraq – naming all 19 hijackers – why is it that at least 7 of those named were ALIVE and well after 9/11? Some of the accused were even interviewed after the attacks. They were obviously not on board the planes.

Why do Americans not question where the Bush government got the names from? Who were the hijackers – i.e. who was responsible? Why are the most basic questions not answered? This was the basis of two wars (for oil & gas resources not "enduring freedom"), a trillion dollars spent, countless killed.

Bill Maher's choice word of "stupid" applies here.

Theresa   July 6th, 2010 12:48 pm ET

As I see I am in the minority on this site because I am not a fan of Bill Maher. I used to enjoy his type of humour but these days he has an opinion & if you disagree with him , you are uneducated, brainwashed, ignorant , or just plain stupid. Actually he would probably think all of the above. To me if a person can't listen to a comment that doesn'tagree with yours ...then has to always have a negative me that person is the ignorant one. That is how I see Bill Maher ...if you aren't on his side ...then you are wrong, wrong, wrong. God forbid if he ever became President., I find it quite humourous when I listen to all these people who have nothing to do with they would right every wrong...I don't think the job is quite that different than a person that has never had children ,,,they are such authorities on parenting...of course it's so easy when you have invisible children or invisible countries that hate you. You seem to have all the right answers.

Dodie   July 6th, 2010 6:10 pm ET


You stated: “I have said it before and say it again that we should take the neighboring countries including Iran on board to find a solution instead of relying on NATO & military might solely.”
My question is… why are we not doing this? It is logical… What financial gain is available to a select few if we continue with our present course of action? As Rose stated about the oil pipe line in Afghanistan, I suspect we would find our answers if we “follow the money trail” I would also venture that the same would apply to the $15 million for Poland’s preservation of their concentration camp.


Sometimes being in the minority is better placement. My view point is not even represented in all of Congress. So much for fairness!!!

Dodie   July 6th, 2010 6:29 pm ET

@ To All

It has been noted the amount we are spending in Afghanistan with relation to the number of “supposedly Taliban”. One must wonder… who is making money off the American tax-payer. Possibly a group of individuals siphoning money from the American Tax-payer? If we continue this path, there will be nothing left. We must first identify exactly what is happening, how and to whom. Our country is in such a dichotomy, one should wonder if that is not strategized in order to create a misdirection; therefore, providing opportunity for large amounts of money being redistributed right under our noses without our presence of knowledge. This a not conspiracy but more like a planned strategy!

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