Bill Maher

I liked Bill Maher on Politically Incorrect, I love him on Real Time on HBO. He says what’s on his mind, and I respect that in almost anybody. But he also thinks before he says things, and that’s why I really like him. I don’t agree with everything he says, but that’s fine.

He brings up a lot of good points:

  • Why is it a big deal if the CEO of an aerospace firm was bumping uglies with someone from the company? It shouldn’t be enough for him to have to lose his job.
  • Why are so many woman teachers boinking their teenage students?
  • Why are we so fascinated with Michael Jackson?
  • Why do Americans get sick? They eat crap and take too many pills. His whole take on the axis of health evil is brilliant and I think pretty accurate.

And from Feb 25’s show”MAHER: And finally, New Rule: Leave the children behind! At least, that is, until they learn something. A new survey finds that only half of America’s high schoolers think newspapers should be allowed to publish without government approval. And almost one in five said Americans should be prohibited from expressing unpopular opinions. Hey, let me tell you little darlings something: this is my livelihood you’re screwing with now! So either learn the Bill of Rights, or you don’t deserve Social Security.

Now, to those of you who think I am over-reacting, yes, I understand that being in high school is still very young, and no one really cares what kids say anyway. It’s not like priests are dating them for their brains.”

Another funny one from November 5, 2004

“And now it is time for our season’s last New Rules.

All right. New Rule – you’ll like this one, Andrew – if we want England’s opinion, we’ll dictate it to Tony Blair. “How can 59 million people be so dumb?” Gee, I don’t know. How many of you voted for Prince Charles? Oh, right, I forgot. Zero. He got the job because his great-great-great-great-grandmother married the Duke of Brunswick in 1658. Sorry, but I can’t take any country seriously where the bars close at eleven.”

Sometimes the guests are kind of questionable, but for the most part they either prove they are smart enough, or show how silly that really are. Robin Williams was funny and smart, so was Janet Reno. Tommy Thompson, former governor of Wisconsin, not so much….

The beauty is that he treats everyone the same, left, right, straight, gay, democrat or republican.

And I have to say, between Bill Maher’s show and VH1’s The Best Week Ever, I never have to watch the news….