Archive for Real Time with Bill Maher

VIDEO-- Maher: CA not worried about "nonsense that keeps Fox up at night, " NRA = "Nuts, Racists, A-holes."


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On HBO's "Real Time with Bill Maher" last Friday, Maher capped the show with one of his best rants ever. This one was about my home state of California, a"moderate liberal nation" that the rest of the country should, and eventually will and actually does, emulate.

DKos provides the transcript. Here are some excerpts:

California is creating the kind of modern, liberal nation the country as a whole can only dream about.  And not only can't the rest of the country stop us — we're going to drag you with us.

But in 2010, when other states were busy electing whatever Tea Partier claimed to hate government the most, we elected a guy who actually liked it — Jerry Brown.  And without a Republican governor and without a legislature cock-blocked by Republicans,  a $27 billion deficit was turned into a surplus.

How?  Well it's amazing, really.  We did something economists call cutting spending and raising taxes.  (audience applause)  I know, it sounds like crazy science fiction, but you see, here in California, we're not just gluten-free and soy-free and peanut-free, we're Tea Party free!

I mean, Texas could do it too, but they love "freedom" too much. Like when that unregulated fertilizer plant blew up.

No, California is not perfect, but it is in our nature to try new things.  For example, now that it's clear Obamacare is going to be a success here, the movement to just go all the way to single payer is gathering steam.

You know, it's so ironic, the two things conservatives love the most — the free market and states rights — are the two things that are going to bend this country into California's image as a socialist fagtopia.

Maybe our constipated Congress in Washington can't pass gun control laws, but we just did.  Because we don't give a shit about the NRA.  Out here, that stands for "Nuts, Racists, and Assholes."

And while other state governments are working with Jesus to make abortion more miserable ... California is making it easier.  And while immigrants are demonized in Washington and elsewhere, in California we just OK'd driver's licenses for undocumented aliens.

That's right, we're letting them drive cars — just like white people!  Because we can't be worrying about all the nonsense that keeps Fox News viewers up at night...


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Friend of #TPC La. teen science activist Zack Kopplin to be on Friday's "Real Time with Bill Maher"


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My now-nineteen-year-old Louisiana pal Zack Kopplin is still fighting creationism law, and yes, Zack (@ZackKopplin and @RepealTheSEA) is one remarkable teen. Our previous posts by and about Zack here. His mission is to just say NO to creationist vouchers. Well, not just say no, he’s an activist after all.

In fact, he has now become a leader in the fight to repeal the Louisiana Science Education Act, which allows creationism to be taught in public schools.

And if all that isn't enough, he's about to be on Real Time! He told me about this appearance a few days ago, and I nearly forgot, but that's okay. We DVR it every week.

Here's the press release:

Louisiana Science Activist Zack Kopplin Is a Guest on "Real Time
with Bill Maher"

Who: Bill Maher, Zack Kopplin, Sebastian Junger, Abby Huntsman, Senator Bernie Sanders, Stephen Moore

What: Zack Kopplin, a Louisiana native and Rice University sophomore who, as a high school student, launched a campaign to repeal Louisiana's creationism law, will be interviewed as the mid-show guest and panelist on this week's episode of HBO's "Real Time with Bill Maher."

Last year, Kopplin's research on hundreds of creationist voucher schools generated international attention. Kopplin has been named the first-ever "Troublemaker of the Year."

He is also a recipient of the Hugh Hefner First Amendment Award and National Center for Science Education's Friend of Darwin Award.

His activism has been previously featured on “Moyers and Company,” “Viewpoint with John Fugelsang,” and "Hardball with Chris Matthews." Kopplin was highlighted as a “Footsoldier” on "The Melissa Harris-Perry Show."

Kopplin is organizing a movement calling for a Second Giant Leap for humankind, which will be achieved by increasing science funding and teaching evidence based- science.

When: Tomorrow, Friday, April 5, 2013

Where: HBO


VIDEO, CHART: No, government spending really isn’t going up


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Relevant segment at about 9:50.

In a previous post which included a video of Paul Krugman reacting to sequester madness: “This is not the time to be cutting at all,” there was also this graph from the Federal Reserve showing that government spending has fallen:

chart graph government spending down under obama

Then Jared Bernstein, appearing on Real Time with Bill Maher (see video), confirmed that government spending is not going up.

And on his website, Bernstein gives us further proof, this time from the Congressional Budget Office (which gives us nonpartisan analysis of the federal budget and the economy for the U.S. Congress):

On the Bill Maher show the other night, I pointed out that contrary to the talking point that government spending is spiraling out of control, it in fact went up only 0.6%, 2009-2012. [...]

Well, here are the numbers, straight out of CBO... [Outlays are] actually falling as a share of GDP (the figure includes CBOs forecast for 2013).

chart graph cbo government spending is not going up jared bernstein

Case closed.

Blame Obama.

Bernstein explains more at the link.


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