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Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

This and that for your Tuesday reading.

- Bill Maher offers some simple math and important observations about inequality:

- And Gary Engler proposes ten ways to build a better economic system.

- Vanessa Brcic points out that corporatized medicine is as unethical as it is inefficient. And Garry Patterson laments the premiers’ weak response to the Harper Cons’ attacks on health care.

- Dean Beeby reports that the CRA’s investigation of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives is focused squarely on the question of whether the CCPA is adequately complying with the Cons’ definition of rightthink, while Dr. Dawg (Read more…)

Politics and its Discontents: And Speaking Of Stupidity….

Bill Nye and Bill Maher offer an entertaining and informative analysis of this growing phenomenon:

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Politics and its Discontents: True On Both Sides Of The Border

Substitute parliamentary democracy for republic and Bill Maher’s words are a stinging indictment of apathetic Canadians. Recommend this Post

Politics and its Discontents: A Spirited Discussion About Religion

Given that today is Sunday, it seems appropriate to post this spirited discussion as Bill Maher launches into his usual anti-Islamic tirade, countered by commentary from Michael Moore, Valerie Plame, and the Reverend Al Sharpton:

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Dead Wild Roses: Some Sunshine From California – Bill Maher

It’s nice to see a little Sun everyone once and awhile in the toxic soup that is comprises much of the Media in the the US.

 

Filed under: Politics Tagged: Bill Maher, California, Progressive Politics, Smug Rants I approve of

The Disaffected Lib: Bill Maher’s Anti-Islam Smear

On his RealTime programme last night, Bill Maher couldn’t wait to get into his shopworn, anti-Islam theme about the Muslim faith being unique in promoting violence.

As I listened to his diatribe I so wished I could ask him just one question.  Since the turn of this century, how many innocent Muslims have died at the hands of Christian forces and how many innocent Christians have perished at Muslim hands?

My guess is that the ratio would be at least several hundred to one and would utterly reduce Maher’s endless rant.

The fact is we’ve been putting the boots (Read more…)

LeDaro: Bill Maher: Donald Trump’s Father is an Orangutan

Hard to believe that this is for real… but it is. Donald Trump has a big ego, and can’t take a joke, and… well… frankly, I see the orangutan resemblance. Is comedy even needed? Trump does a good enough job making a joke of himself. There was even a letter from Trump’s lawyer to Maher, with a copy of Trump’s birth certificate, attesting that he is not the son of an orangutan… why so defensive? Maybe the birth certificate is faked – following birther logic…

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Eclectic Lip: Wynne-win for Canada! And, is America ready for another white male President?

I welcomed Kathleen Wynne‘s victory in the leadership race for the ruling Ontario Liberal Party this past Saturday, even though I live in faraway British Columbia. And I do mean far away — seriously, the International Space Station is ten times closer to the surface of the earth, than Vancouver is to Toronto. (Though that probably says more about how not-so-far-away the International Space Station is to us.)

Wynne is of course lesbian, and her ascent to the Premiership of Ontario — Canada’s most populous province — is a matter of minor national pride, whatever her

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350 or bust: God Bless Us, Everyone

Bill Maher’s 2001 Christmas message is just as timely and wise now as it was 11 years ago. For the second year in a row, I will allow Maher, an agnostic who is highly critical of organized religion, to have the last word on Christmas Day here on 350orbust.

350 or bust: McKibben On Maher: Climate Denial Smack-Down

Two of my favourite Bills talk climate change, along with the Republicans at the table. It is, as 350.org posted, a seriously awesome “smack-down” – climate science and reality versus climate nonsense. With infinite patience, Bill McKibben responds yet again to the same tired old Republican/conservative talking points: *Thanks Jen P for sending this my [...]

Eclectic Lip: In praise of (some specific aspects of) libertarianism

(written Dec 8, 2010 — uploaded Aug 28, 2012)

I ridiculed the silliness of some aspects of libertarian thought in an earlier post, and planned to offer some balance by noting that their inherent suspicion-of-authority has played a big role in raising awareness of the financial crimes and improprieties of recent years. Alpha-dog libertarians are a bit like moneyed anarchists — since “the system” has worked well for them, they don’t actually want to destroy the state. Just neuter it. Anyways, their pecuniary acumen seems to give them a sharklike sense for financial corruption.

But then WikiLeaks began

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Dead Wild Roses: Bill Maher on Greed

It is nice to see a little sanctimony coming from the other side of the political spectrum once and awhile. Bill Maher fills that role admirably.

Filed under: Humour Tagged: Bill Maher, Greed, Greed is good, Humour, US Domestic Policy

Dead Wild Roses: The BBC almost makes me want to watch Television again – On Satire

What are the inner workings of The Daily Show or Real Time with Bill Maher? The interviews give a small slice of insight into what the leading satirists in America believe they are doing and why they do what they do. Also, Rory Bremner, from the UK is also mentioned. I’ve never heard of him until now but it seems he occupies the same space as Stewart and Maher. I’ll see if I can dig up some of Bremner’s work, for the sake of curiosity.

Filed under: Media Tagged: BBC4, Bill Maher, Frost on Satire

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Dead Wild Roses: Mudering the Middle Class – Bill Maher

Voting republican? Well the rich need their defenders too, sheesh.

 

 

Filed under: Humour, Politics Tagged: Bill Maher, Class War, Job Creators?, Politics

Red Tory v.3.0.3: “Freeloading Welfare Queens”

As a counterpoint to Alexandra Pelosi’s somewhat controversial piece the previous week interviewing “typical” Republican voters in Mississippi, on last Friday’s Real Time, Bill Maher aired “the thing that would make liberals go insane”…

In the video, multiple welfare recipients proclaim they were at the welfare office (or “Job Center”) to get their “Obama bucks” and that they supported Obama because he “gives me stuff” and “because he’s black.”

Red Tory v.3.0.3: Who is Saul Alinsky?

Nice to see Chris Matthews (and others) tackle Newt Gringrich’s puzzling obsession with Saul Alinsky. Turns out, just like so many other weird fixations of the deranged right-wing, to be a classic case of projection.

Bill Maher also defused the mainstreaming of this demented right-wing talking point in his “New Rules” monologue the other day after admitting that he didn’t have a clue who Saul Alinksy was before reading about him earlier in the week on Wikipedia.

Dead Wild Roses: Socialism that Works in America

What! Socialism in America? Say it isn’t so.

 

Better start the protests now.

 

Filed under: Humour, Politics Tagged: Bill Maher, Socailsim, Superbowl, USA

Red Tory v.3.0.3: New Rules: 01/13/2012

And in other good news… Real Time with Bill Maher is back from hiatus!

In case you missed it, the entire show can be watched here.

Red Tory v.3.0.3: New Rules: 11/11/11

From the last show of the season. “If A Christmas Carol was performed by the Tea Party Dramatic Society, it would be a cautionary tale about how the hero, Scrooge – a blameless job creator – is turned into a … Continue reading . . . → Read More: Red Tory v.3.0.3: New Rules: 11/11/11

Red Tory v.3.0.3: In Over Their Heads

Bill Maher’s rebuttal to the right-wing talking point that President Obama is a failure because he’s “in over his head”… You can watch the entire show at this site. . . . → Read More: Red Tory v.3.0.3: In Over Their Heads

Red Tory v.3.0.3: Jeffress on Real Time

Dr. Robert Jeffress, current head of the Southern Baptist Convention, in a surprisingly delightful feature interview on this week’s edition of Real Time With Bill Maher discussing some of his controversial comments about Mormonism and other issues… p.s. You can … Continue reading . . . → Read More: Red Tory v.3.0.3: Jeffress on Real Time

Politics and Entertainment: Much on the Progressive’s Wishlist but much for which we should be grateful

We should be grateful to the occupy wall street folks who may just have started the non-violent socio-economic revolution for which we’ve all been waiting. The democratic character of this movement, the rapidity with which it is spreading, and its brea… . . . → Read More: Politics and Entertainment: Much on the Progressive’s Wishlist but much for which we should be grateful

Death By Trolley: Where do Observant Jews and Conservative Christians get their Morals, Theologically Speaking?

Theologically speaking, where do Jews and Conservative Christians get their values? . . . → Read More: Death By Trolley: Where do Observant Jews and Conservative Christians get their Morals, Theologically Speaking?

RedBedHead: Education Makes White People Dumb

You will eat, bye and bye,In that glorious land above the sky;Work and pray, live on hay,You’ll get pie in the sky when you die- Joe Hill song This interesting study of patterns of church-going and attitudes to family values is interesting. It demo… . . . → Read More: RedBedHead: Education Makes White People Dumb

Red Tory v.3.0.3: Beyond Reasonable Doubt

Bill Maher compares the failure of jurors to convict Casey Anthony in the killing of her child with the failure of Republican voters to connect the dots between the U.S. budgetary deficit and the fact that the wealthiest people in … Continue reading . . . → Read More: Red Tory v.3.0.3: Beyond Reasonable Doubt