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Bill Mahr “Because it’s not really masculinity conservatives love, anyway — it’s bullying. Somehow we’ve gone from Teddy Roosevelt’s “speak softly and carry a big stick” to Chris Christie’s “speak loudly and be a big dick”.

Fox News’s manly He-Man Brit Hume said liberals don’t get Christie, because he’s a, quote, “old fashioned masculine muscular guy. Or maybe four muscular guys in a garbage truck.

But bullying isn’t a masculine virtue; standing up to bullies is. Ignoring society’s least-abled people is not masculine; taking care of them is. But to macho people like Rush Limbaugh, who said Obama not letting his son play football was “irresponsible”, or Glenn Beck — another fountain of testosterone — who called on Obama to “stop being a chick” about football, this is what it always comes down to: Obama is a pussy like all Democrats are pussies.

It’s all part of their narrative that “we will keep you safe, cuz we’re the real men who aren’t afraid to send your kids off to die in wars of choice. And the Democrats are a bunch of nancy-boys who think of war as some sort of last resort. They believe in engagement, and other pansy concessions that could lead to dialogue, or even worse, peace.”

Posted January 26, 2014 by tmusicfan in Politics, Quote of the Day

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Bill Maher “New Rule:When you promise the American people that something won’t happen if you change the law, and they you change the law and it does happen, you have to eat a little bleep for it. Oh, I’m not talking about him (shows picture of President Obama), I’m talking about him (shows picture of Chief Justice John Roberts). Twice now, in three years, first with the Citizens United ruling, then with gutting the voting rights act, Chief Justice John Roberts and the conservatives on the Supreme Court changed the law, and promised no bad would come of it, and bad came of it almost immediately. John Roberts is kind of the legal equivalent of the guy in The Hurt Locker, except in his case he always cuts the wrong wire and everything always blows up.

Now, back in June, before they took their summer break, the Supreme Court dropped a big one. They gutted the 1965 voting rights act, which is the law that forced certain states, let’s just say the ones where you might find a Piggly Wiggly, forced those states to get permission from the Justice Department before they made any changes in their voting laws. Why? Well, because in the past these states had been naughty, and had prevented minorities from voting with little tricks like poll taxes and literacy tests. But, the conservatives on the court, all excited from being born yesterday, said racism had been cured, and that laws against voter suppression were unnecessary, relics of a bygone era like cassette tapes or moderate Republicans. They said that other than shopping at Barney’s there was no evidence anymore that black people needed special protection. Come on, it’s 2013, they’re dating Kardashians now.

During arguments for the case Justice Roberts actually asked, with a straight face and a cocked head, ‘Is it the government’s submission that the citizens of the South are more racist than the citizens of the North?’ (Feb 27, 2013). Well, for example, in the last election, 66% of whites in Vermont voted for our black President, 10% of whites in Mississippi did, so maybe a tad. And the South, after all, was responsible for enslaving black people, and Jim Crow, and the KKK, and lynchings…I’m going to go with yes.

So, what happened after the court changed the law? Within 48 hours Texas, Alabama, Mississippi, Arkansas, South Carolina, Virginia all moved to make it harder for minorities to vote. The court was proved thunderously wrong in less time than it takes Miley Cyrus to get dressed. Same thing happened with the Citizens United ruling. President Obama said in his 2010 State Of The Union speech that the Supreme Court had quote opened the floodgates for special interests to spend without limits in our elections. And, Justice Alito famously was shown mouthing the words not true. Turns out (Mahr mouths the word true). Of course, left to their own devices the filthy rich, I’m sorry I mean America’s job creators. It turned out that they did indeed sway elections with billions from God knows where. Creepy billionaire Sheldon Adelson and his wife…they alone spent 150 million dollars in 2012. Money he mainly got from owning a casino in China, just as the founders envisioned. And yet, Justice Kennedy, writing for the majority from his tower in Whoville, said ‘independent expenditures, including those made by corporations, do not give rise to corruption or the appearance of corruption.’ (January 21, 2010). Which is true, except for always.

John McCain called that naive, which of course it is, and it highlights a very real problem with today’s conservatives. They are just too sentimental about how wonderful America is. Racism, that’s over. Monied interests, they couldn’t corrupt us if they tried. Conservatives act like they’re tough as nails realists, but they cry at fireworks. And, they get a warm morning in America feeling thinking about lighthouses and farmers and the smell of pie. And, they just can’t believe that Americans, God’s chosen and wonderful people, maybe you’ve heard, we’re exceptional, would ever do anything as corrupt as, Yea we would! Twice in the last three years the court believed in us and twice Americans basically said what John Belushi said in Animal House, you bleeped up, you shouldn’t have trusted us.”

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Bill Maher “But, she’s (Michele Bachmann) not the only person in Washington who would be more comfortable on American Horror Story, in an interview this week, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia says he believes the devil is a real person, who’s running around getting people to not believe in God.  What can I say, I started to blush.  Blush and laugh, because reasonable people, you know them, they usually see Michele Bachmann as a total loon, but Scalia as a serious intellectual, when actually, they’re the exact same idiot.  Scalia says in the interview that he’s puzzled that the Devil is all over the New Testament but we don’t see him around any more.  Oh yea, back in the old days Satan was like Miley Cyrus’ tongue, he was everywhere.  But you know, this Devil not being around any more thing, it’s not something that puzzles me.  In fact, usually when I hear someone talking like this, it’s when I’m dropping change in their cup.  But, somehow the lack of Beelzebub sightings positively mystifies the leading legal mind in conservative America.  Scalia says (October 6, 2013) ‘In the Gospels, the Devil is doing all sorts of things.  He’s making pigs run off cliffs, he’s possessing people and what not.  And that doesn’t happen very much anymore.’  I kept waiting for the transcript to say ha ha, just bleeping with you.  Pigs running off cliffs?  Hey, leave the debt ceiling deniers out of this.  And what is Justice Scalia’s theory as to why we don’t see the Devil any more?  Is it the logical answer, that fictions like the Devil are in the Bible because it was written before the age of science, when humans didn’t know where the sun went at night, and is obviously a reflection of mankind’s thinking in his intellectual infancy?  Of course not, that makes sense.  What Scalia said about the Devil is ‘He used to be all over the New Testament…What happened to him?…He got wilier.’  Of course.  Wilier.  He may be evil, but he’s always looking to improve himself.  Antonin Scalia once said that people like him who adhere to traditional beliefs were quote regarded as simple-minded.  We are, he said, fools for Christ.  You know, whether you’re fools for Christ or cuckoo for Coco Puffs I really don’t care why someone acts like a fool, just that they do, and when they do we keep them away from decision making.  It would be one thing if Mr Scalia sold pizza for a living, but this is a man we go to to interpret our laws.  It’s like smelling a gas leak and calling an exorcist.  Antonin Scalia put George W Bush in the White House and he believes the Devil went down to Georgia.  He gets to decide when life begins and he thinks evil is a person, you know, like a corporation.  Here’s the problem with believing the Devil exists, it means you see the world divided into teams of good and evil and suspect the wiley one may be on the side of them.  And when you start see compromising with your opponents as a compromise with evil, well there’s your tea party.”

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Bill Mahr “New Rule: I know we can’t establish a religious test for office, but if you believe we’re living in the end times, like Michele Bachmann, we can take away the car keys….If you think the world is about to end, that’s your right, but you don’t get to vote on next year;s budget, because it doesn’t concern you.”

 

Posted October 12, 2013 by tmusicfan in Politics, Quote of the Day

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Bill Nye, The Science Guy on Real Time with Bill Mahr “South Africa has a space program because they know that if they get eight thousand PhD people running around in South Africa, their quality of life is going to go up.  So everybody, we have a mission going to Jupiter, that’s going to swing by Earth on October 9th, don’t miss it, if you can.  We have a mission, people say what’s your favorite planet?  Pluto, OK we’re gonna go to Pluto.  We’ll be there in 2015.  These things take an extraordinary amount of time.  We spend one and a half billion dollars on planetary science.  How long does it take us to spend one and a half billion in Afghanistan?  Twenty minutes?  A half hour?”

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Bill Mahr “What we have here is a situation where the last couple of weeks have been very tough for Republicans, because they, of course, always have to call for the opposite of whatever Obama is saying or doing.  And, this has been hard when Obama himself has been changing his mind, pretty much on a daily basis.  First he was against the bombing, of course they were for it.  Then he was for the bombing, now they’re against it.  Now, there’s a peace plan on the table and the same Republicans who were saying that he was, I think, too rash to call for strikes on Syria, are now calling him a wimp for going with the diplomacy.  They say, in the end, look, whether he chooses war or peace, the hard truth is either way he is still unarguably hopelessly black.”

 

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Bill Mahr “The Republicans in Congress voted to repeal Obamacare for the fortieth time today.  It’s really, now, less a governing philosophy, and it’s more like Charlie Manson applying for parole.  Forty times, really?  Forty times they have voted to repeal Obamacare, which kind of raises the question, can you file a restraining order against 232 people?”