By Bill Maher
There's been a lot of talk about how Latinos, African Americans, and Asians pushed Obama over the top. But there's another growing minority group that did, and no one's talking about them: atheists. Exit polls show those listing "none" for religion was 12% of the electorate in 2012. In 1984, it was only 4%. 12% is a bigger slice of the voting pie than Hispanics or Asians, and about the same as African Americans. If the media is really so liberal, why aren't they talking about this more?
Every week, Bill lays down his own laws. Here is the latest set of New Rules from the last episode:
New Rule: [slide of Tommy Lee Jones at Golden Globes] When it comes to being a comedy audience member, you don't have to drink the Kool-Aid, but Tommy Lee Jones, don't be drinking the "Hater-Ade." Here we see Tommy at the Golden Globes apparently just moments after he found out that Will Ferrell was dating his mom. Tommy, there's a reason why this picture went viral. I know you were great in "Lincoln," but the last person who had less fun in a theater WAS Lincoln.
By Bill Maher
I don't spend a lot of time worrying about what's philosophically wrong with Republicans. It's like asking what's intellectually wrong with lobsters. But Jon Huntsman (who's what you'd get if Mitt Romney had a baby with Anderson Cooper) said something interesting while we were off, in England's Daily Telegraph:
By Bill Maher
Zero Dark Thirty "went wide" last weekend, and now it's the #1 movie in America. Most movies about Iraq and Afghanistan tank, but they don't have hot, controversial torture scenes, and I guess America loves inhumanity, and the Billy Crystal movie was sold out. The movie shows CIA agents torturing people, and that's bad, but it's for a greater good: Finding targets for our death squads. Is that any reason for the Academy to snub Kathryn Bigelow for Best Director? Because they snubbed her. Which must hurt. Not like being water-boarded, but still...
She did win Best Director from the New York Film Critics Circle, and she said this:
"I thankfully want to say that I’m standing in a room of people who understand that depiction is not endorsement. And if it was, no artist could ever portray inhumane practices. No author could ever write about them, and no filmmaker could ever delve into the knotty subjects of our time."
She makes a really good point: Always suck up to the people who just gave you an award. But what about the stuff about depiction not being endorsement? Does she really believe that? If only we could be sure she was telling the truth. Maybe with jumper cables.
You Know I’m Right: More Prosperity, Less Government
By Michelle Caruso-Cabrera (January 18, 2013) - "Straight-talking CNBC reporter Michelle Caruso-Cabrera demands a modern solution to our nation's social and economic woes -- a return to our political roots: fiscal conservatism, limited government, and personal accountability. Hypocrites and radicals on both sides of the political spectrum have left fiscally conservative, socially liberal Americans like CNBC's Michelle Caruso-Cabrera people without a party. In the smart, tell-it-like-it-is style that has made her popular with Democrats and Republicans like, Caruso-Cabrera outlines forward-thinking free-market solutions for health care, education, and immigration. It's not too late to fix our nation, restore our credibility, and rebuild our political system with the tenets on which it was founded: fiscal conservatism and social liberty. Our future is counting on it." (Simon & Schuster)
By Bill Maher
The Mayan Apocalypse fizzled, but conservatives are still terrified that the end is near.
I visited several of the most heavily trafficked right-wing web sites today, as I am wont to do on a blustery day in January, and I was struck not by the stories, but by the ads. The ads are all survivalist companies: gold coin makers, freeze-dried food suppliers, "free energy" machine manufacturers...
Bob Kerrey was governor of Nebraska from 1983 to 1987 and represented his state in the U.S. Senate from 1989 to 2001. In 2011 he was named President Emeritus of The New School and will soon become the executive chairman of the Minerva Institute for Research and Scholarship in San Francisco.