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Maher: Free Speech Under Attack From Both Sides; Trump’s “Totalitarian Tourettes” vs. Left’s “Anti-Free Speech Brigade”


HBO's Bill Maher opines on the far-left and far-right's threat to free speech. From the August 18, 2017 broadcast of Real Time: BILL MAHER: Sometimes bipartisanship isn't the solution, it's the problem. You might be surprised at how many times the far-left and the far-right, otherwise known as the right, actually work together to make a problem worse. For example, they both resist globalization. The far-left because they can exploit workers; the far-right because their country music station switched to Mexican. Right and left have bonded in believing 9/11 was an inside job. Somehow a leftist like Oliver Stone and a wannabe dictator like Donald Trump both think Putin is a great guy. And then there is something I like to call the 'bipartisan pro-fat movement.' Despite the fact that obesity accounts for 18% of deaths in America and a huge chunk of our health care bill, and is the main reason people wear sweatpants in public… In liberal circles, the worst thing anyone can ever do is mention weight, because that's fat-shaming. And to conservatives, any attempt to even offer guidelines about what to eat, well, that smells like social engineering. As opposed to freedom which smells like bacon. Now you remember the right was infuriated back when First Lady Michelle Obama was trying to impose her radical Black Panther agenda of encouraging kids to eat healthily. Sarah Palin went so far as to defiantly show up at a school with plates of sugar cookies. That'll teach you kids to eat a carrot! How did vegetables get to be un-American? Okay, Super Patriots eat what you want, but let's get real. These colors don't run because these colors can't run. But the rotund right is not alone in promoting intolerance of a national health crisis. Back when they both had jobs, Steve Bannon was asked why Sean Spicer was spending less time in front of the camera and he joked, 'oh, well, Sean got fatter.' Okay, not the greatest joke ever but a joke! Not to Chelsea Clinton, it wasn't. She tweeted, 'Fat shaming isn't a joke I find funny. Ever.' Oh, Christ, even your mom knew when to fake a laugh. I'm sorry, but pretending that everyone is beautiful at any size is not helping them, it's enabling them. But among the shaming police, the most important message you could ever send an obese person is that your body is perfect just the way it is: prone on a gurney… But, wait, it gets worse. Not only are left and right united on what goes in your mouth, they've also declared open season on the words that come out of it. Free speech is under attack from both sides. You have Trump who says fake news so many times a day it's like he has totalitarian Tourettes. A president, an American president, calling the Fourth Estate the enemy. He's also called them scum, disgusting, really bad people. And he wants to change libel laws so he can go after people who insult him and, in his words, "so we can win lots of money." He tried it with me, four years ago, to the tune of $5 million simply because I demanded he produce, you remember this, his birth certificate and proof that he wasn't part orange-haired orangutan. Hey, a lot of people we're saying, a lot of people we're saying… And then there's what's going on in the left! Oh, we have our own anti-free speech brigade which you may know by their other name: college. Where the most popular major these days is outrage with a minor in canceling speaking engagements. Berkeley was the home of the free speech movement, now it's enforcing speaking bans. That's the Catholic Church enforcing an age of consent. So there you have it. The next time someone pines for bipartisanship just remember, when people of goodwill come together from across the aisle we can fuck up anything.

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Maher: If You’re Coming To The Melting Pot, “Melt A Little”; Dem Policy Seen As ‘Come One, Come All’


On Friday's broadcast of HBO's Real Time, the panel talked about multiculturism in America, assimilation, and the idea of the melting pot for people emigrating to the country. CNN's Fareed Zakaria criticized the left for believing in a kind of multiculturalism where all cultures are equal. Zakaria also hit the left for their "absolutist" position on immigration and not acknowledging the consequences to working citizens. "There has been a lot of Illegal immigration into the country. There's no question. Those illegal immigrants do depress the wages of working men and women in the United States who are citizens. I mean it just stands to reason that that's happening," Zakaria said. "Secondly, there's been a lot of legal immigration," the CNNer said. "In 1970, the number of foreign-borns in the United States was about 4.5% percent, it's now about 14%. So it's a big shift to take in and digest." "Worthy of a debate," host Bill Maher said. "Worthy of a debate, and worthy of talking about, 'How would you assimilate better? What are the issues?' Zakaria said. "Democrats, I think, partly because they decided that they were going to chase this idea of the great Hispanic majority that is emerging, decided to become completely absolutist on it. And I think they are missing the point on it. There are a lot of Americans who are ready to listen to Democrats on the economic message. All the data shows this. But they think the Democrats don't get them on some of these cultural issues. This would be a perfect one to have some kind of a reasonable open debate to talk about more assimilation." "I'm not sure I get it and I do read the paper. But, yes, I understand why people who don't even read the paper look at the Democrats on this issue and just think that their policy is 'come one, come all.' That they live in this cult of celebrating diversity," Maher said. "If we ask questions about Muslim immigration — we would like it to be people like Dr. [Richard] Dawkins and myself not to be just looked upon as it has to just be a racist reason for that. First of all, it's not a race, it's a religion. But we're talking about those shared values," Maher said. "Part of what has happened is on the left is a kind of multiculturalism that says everything is equal, all these other cultures are equal," Zakaria said. "And, look, I can say as an immigrant, if I wanted to maintain Indian culture I could've stayed in India. The reason I came to America is because I admired American principles." "One of the first things I said on my old show (ABC's Politically Incorrect) is if you're going to come to the melting pot, melt a little bit. You've got to melt a little," Maher said. "You can't take a driver's license photo in a burqa. We have to see your face," the host added.

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Muslim Anti-Extremist Maajid Nawaz on Maher; Talks Lawsuit Against Southern Poverty Law Center


Anti-radical Muslim activist Maajid Nawaz appeared on Friday's broadcast of HBO's Real Time with Bill Maher to talk about the threat of jihadists and Islamist sympathizers in Europe, how "well-meaning liberals" hurt the cause for peaceful Muslims, and his lawsuit against the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) for labeling his cause a hate group. Nawaz dubbed their attacks on him as "poverty of expectations" (referencing 'bigotry of low expectations'). Nawaz said "well-meaning liberals," usually white males, don't allow for him to criticize his own religion. He questioned why doesn't he have the right to criticize his own religion. He said they are supposedly pro-gay rights but are hesitant to point out conservative Muslim hatred of gays and that they throw people off buildings in some Muslim-dominate Middle Eastern countries. The activist also drew a clear line between 'Leftist' as opposed to a 'liberal.' He said there is a "Voldemort effect" of people unable to call out Muslim radicals likening it to those afraid to say the name of the villain Voldemort in the Harry Potter novels, instead choosing to refer to him as 'He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named.' Nawaz said the religion of Islam has to take a reform approach to Muslim scripture and that starts by acknowledging that a problem exists. He said that jihadists list and take out those that are heretics to the religion and he said it's time to list the jihadists as heretics.

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Maher: Trump Wants To Be Kim Jong-un; “Does His Love Of Dictators Foreshadow Him Trying That Sh*t Here?”


On Friday's edition of Real Time on HBO, host Bill Maher quipped President Trump likes to "pal around with dictators." Maher was referencing the Republican line that former President Obama liked to "pal around with terrorists." "He doesn't hate Kim [Jong-un]; he wants to be him. He wants to have military parades. He wanted to have tanks in the street for his inauguration," Maher said of Trump. "My question is does his love for dictators foreshadow him trying that shit here?" the HBO host asked his panel. BILL MAHER: [Trump] apparently really likes to pal around with dictators. Remember Obama used to pal around with terrorists? This guy, I mean, first of all, just a couple of weeks ago he talked about the maniac in Turkey, who had a plebiscite that basically ended democracy in Turkey? He gave [Erdogan] a congratulatory call: 'Great dictating, man.' Okay, then we have Putin. He loves Putin, right? … [Duterte], he is the guy in the Philippines, if you do not know, he's an extra-judicial killer. He goes around, he brags about killing people himself. He has killed thousands of people just because he is maniacally anti-drugs. If you do drugs at all, you might be dead. [Abdel Fattah] el-Sisi from Egypt, he had him over at the White Hosue. Great guy because, you know, he's a dictator. And Kim Jong-un. This is unbelievable. Kim Jong-un puts out a video at the beginning of the week where — it's a simulation of bombs… coming over to the White House. Look at this. [Video] And three days later, Trump says, 'I'd be honored to meet him.' … He doesn't hate Kim; he wants to be him. He wants to have military parades. He wanted to have tanks in the street for his inauguration. So my question is does his love for dictators foreshadow him trying that shit here?

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Maher Criticizes Obama’s 400K Speech: “It Kind Of Looks Like When He’s On Our Team, We’re Okay With It”


The Real Time panel got heated Friday night in the online-only pOvertime post-show segment when they discussed former President Obama's upcoming speech to Wall Street firm Cantor-Fitzgerald where he will reportedly rake in $400,000. Conservative panelist Tara Setmayer and actor-filmmaker Rob Reiner had no issue with Obama collecting high speech engagement fees. However, host Bill Maher criticized the former president, calling it hypocritical for him to receive such a "payday" while the left criticized Wall Street for the country's woes when he was in office. Maher said progressives are giving Obama a pass. The HBO host said receiving such a high fee makes it look like the former president was not as harsh as he could have been on Wall Street while he was in office so he could look forward to a high engagement fee. "It kind of looks like when he's on our team, we're okay with it. You could say that when a guy is a president, he's looking ahead to that $400,000 payday. And he's not going to get it if while he's president, he's going to do something to piss them off," Maher said. "Isn't the best thing to do is to take your $10 million book deal?" Maher asked. "Can't you live on that?" Watch the full Overtime panel discussion:

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Roger Stone To Maher: Bush-Clinton-Bush-Obama Neocon Continuum Created Trouble U.S. Is In


Trump confidant Roger Stone talks to HBO's Bill Maher about accusations of Russian collusion, contact with hacker Guccifer 2.0, the WikiLeaks-John Podesta email release in 2016 and the impact neoconservatism has had on the United States. "We are in the trouble we are in because the Bush-Clinton-Bush-Obama continuum, the neocon continuum, has gotten has endless war, erosion of our civil liberties, massive debt and spending, spying on us, and a foreign policy that is incoherent," Stone said on Friday's broadcast of HBO's Real Time. Stone also said he is in disagreement with positions held by other Trump confidants such as Steve Bannon and Attorney General Jeff Sessions. He said he does not believe narcissism from the 1960s created the problems the U.S. now faces. Stone also said he disagrees with Sessions on marijuana policy. Maher cracked wise and asked if that was because he is a 'Roger Stoner.' "Only when I'm in the states where it's legal," Stone answered. Stone later brought out a 420-themed cake to celebrate the 420th episode of Real Time. The HBO show is in its 15th season.

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Maher Rips Liberal Guest For “Fake Outrage” Over Maxine Waters: Left Never Fails To Take Bait On “Bullshit Issues”


On this week's edition of Real Time, HBO host Bill Maher and president of the liberal thinktank Center for American Progress Neera Tanden went at it over the left getting caught up in "little bullshit issues" like the outrage shown at Bill O'Reilly for joking that Rep. Maxine Waters looks like she wears a James Brown wig. Hillary Clinton, the 2016 Democratic nominee for president, notably called the joke racist at a speech delivered Tuesday in San Francisco. Maher said Hillary Clinton should "stay in the woods" and let a new generation and breed of Democrats take the helm of the party. "Hillary, stay in the woods," Maher advised. "Okay, you had your shot. You fucked it up. You're Bill Buckner. We had the World Series and you let the grounder go through your legs, let someone else have the chance." "The fact that she's coming back it just verifies every bad thing anyone's ever thought about the Clintons, that it's all about them. Let some of the other shorter trees get a little sunlight," Maher said to mixed reaction from the audience. "I don't think it's either-or that way," Tanden responded. "So, I don't think because — I hear you on the loss. It was a terrible, terrible loss but I don't think the right response is Hillary goes into her closet and never speaks again on any issue she's worked on for decades of her life." "Lots of people are speaking out," Tanden said. "Yeah, but what did she speak about? She spoke out because Bill O'Reilly made a joke about Maxine Waters' hair," Maher said. "She spoke out against racism and sexism, Bill, that's what she spoke out against," Tanden said to cheers. "She spoke out about a joke," Maher said. "You know what, this is why the Democrats lost the election in the first place. Because they cannot get their priorities straight, and they never fail to take the bait about little bullshit issues." "I don't think racism and sexism are bullshit issues," Tanden retorted. "Why is it racist? What is it racist? Because she compared it to black people?" Maher asked. Tanden never answered the question, instead responding by citing the Sean Spicer-April Ryan kerfuffle in the White House press briefing room earlier this week. "You're referring to the fact that [Sean Spicer] said to a woman in… the briefing, April Ryan, who is an African-American, and they were going back and forth and she was shaking her head and he said, 'please stop shaking your head.' And you go immediately to it's a racist thing about, 'oh no he dinn't!'" Former Sen. Rick Santorum, also a guest on this week's episode, chimed in to say he can take a joke, noting he often comes on the show and listens to Maher bash his religion of Catholicism. "Don't be outraged at every offense, that's one of the problems we have," Santorum told an upset Tanden. "Stop the fake outrage that's going on." "It's not fake outrage," she responded. "It is fake outrage," he said. "Well, if it isn't fake outrage you should learn to take a joke and move on."

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Bill Maher On London Attack: I Never Hear Terrorists Say ‘Merry Christmas,’ Only ‘Allahu Akbar’


Bill Maher debates former Member of British Parliament and Heat Street blogger Louise Mensch on Islam and the impact the religion had on the terror attack that took place in London last week. Mensch called it another example "where we take one group of people and we demonize them." Other guests on the panel: MSNBC's Chris Hayes, Max Brooks. From the heated exchange where Mensch argued Islam is not to blame for the attack: BILL MAHER: Before we run out of time: London. Another terrorist attack this week and ISIS claimed credit. I am surprised because I thought we had wiped out ISIS on day one as Donald Trump said. LOUISE MENSCH: Well, Donald Trump said within 30 days. MAHER: I guess somebody didn't get the memo. MENSCH: ISIS is behind schedule but ISIS aren't credible. ISIS aren't a credible source, number one. And, number two, this is another example of exactly what you were talking about where we take one group of people and we demonize them. The guy was British-born. His name was Adrian before he converted. And when this awful terrorist attack happened and people lost their lives, including an American and a British policeman, partisans rushed out in the streets and said it was an illegal immigrant that did it. Trying to turn people against our Muslim friend and neighbors. Well, you are not going to do that. You are not going to do that! [APPLAUSE] MAHER: Well let's not pretend that it has nothing to do with Islam the religion. MENSCH: It doesn't. MAHER: It has nothing to do with Islam? MENSCH: It has nothing to do– MAHER: That's very interesting. MENSCH: It has nothing to do with Islam the same way Timothy McVeigh had nothing to do with Roman Catholicism MAHER: Because every time some bomb goes off, before it goes off, somebody yells, 'Allahu Akbar.' I never heard anybody go, 'Merry Christmas!' [LAUGHTER] MAHER: This one's for the Flying Nun! [Bullet sounds] In the online-only 'Overtime' portion of the show the clash between Maher and Mensch continued. Maher called it a false equivalency when Mensch tried to liken Islamic extremism to Christian extremism conducted by the infamous Westboro Baptist Church. Transcript below video. BILL MAHER: This guy who did the terrorist attack, you liberals, He's from Birmingham (England), which is heavily Muslim, and some of the schools there were actually teaching a form of Sharia law. This is a fact, I'm not making this up. There have also been many acid thrown in the face attacks. Let me ask this, I've asked this question before. If a European country sometime in the future became 51% Muslim, would it be the same country? Would it have the same values, the same laws, would laws change? LOUISE MENSCH: Would you ask that same question about Jews? MAHER: I will. MENSCH: Would you ask that same question about Catholics? MAHER: I will ask that question and the answer is it wouldn't change because they're already the fucking majority. But Muslims are not. You are telling me if a European country became 51% Muslim, it would basically be the same country you grew up in? MENSCH: The problem would not be Islam, it would be homogeneity. It would be homogenous. You're talking about where every single — everybody is one faith group. Britain is diverse. MAHER: I'm talking about our fundamental principles: equality of women, separation of religion and state, respect for minorities, rule of law as opposed to religious rule. MENSCH: Do you know about the Westboro Baptist Church? They are a whole bunch of fundamentalists. MAHER: Again, this false equivalency. MENSCH: It's not a false equivalency!

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