Real Time With Bill Maher: Anthony Weiner + New Rules

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HBO: Real Time with Bill Maher: Episode Guide: Episode 167

September 11, 2009

Guests: Rep. Anthony Weiner D-NY; Kathy Griffin, comedian; Paul Rieckhoff, author and veterans advocate; Rajiv Chandrasekaran, journalist; Richard Clarke, fmr. counter-terrorism czar

HBO: Real Time with Bill Maher: Episode Guide: Episode 167

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Real Time: Bill Moyers on Health Care as a Human Right

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Maher’s New Rules: Democrats Are The New Republicans!

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So, Bill Maher has finally figured it out, the Democrats are The Capitalist Party (along with the Republicans).  ~ DS

June 20, 2009
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Countdown: Bill Maher Talks About Taking On Obama

Healthcare Hypocrisy + Tell ABC to Ask Obama Why Isn’t Single Payer on the Table?

This Is What The Democrats Wrought by Bruce Gagnon

Kucinich: Made in America – War + Interview

Why We Can’t Get Single Payer Health Care by Ed Ciaccio

Stop the Single Payer Shut-out! by Ralph Nader

Corporations Really Suck

Ralph Nader Posts & Videos

Countdown: Bill Maher Talks About Taking On Obama

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June 15, 2009

MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann Bill Maher Talks About Taking On Obama – 06/15/09

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Bill Moyers Journal: Robert Reich + Thomas Paine + Gun Violence

Why We Can’t Get Single Payer Health Care by Ed Ciaccio

Democrats to propose national public healthcare plan; Would revolutionize US healthcare + What is Single Payer?

Bill Moyers Journal: Jeremy Scahill + Brooke Gladstone & Jay Rosen

Bill Moyers Journal: Single Payer Health Care

Real Time: The Corporate Ownership of America + Gov Tim Kaine

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August 29, 2008 [Real Time
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Following his DNC visit segment, Bill interviews Gov. Tim Kaine of VA.

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Convention Dispatch: Dinner with the Ruling Class, Lunch In the Police State

By David Sirota
Convention Dispatch
August 28th, 2008 – 8:44pm ET

As the world waits to hear Barack Obama’s message of change tonight at Invesco Field, I am still marveling at how I got to eat dinner last night with the American ruling class. Well, OK, not with, but near — and the experience was one of those “more things change, more things stay the same” moments that make it hard to hear Obama’s soothing bromides — and that led me to opt out of the final night of the convention.

Following Bill Clinton’s speech at the Pepsi Center, I headed over to Elway’s to have dinner with my friend Bill Hillsman, the iconoclastic media consultant who I got to know on Ned Lamont’s campaign. We were later joined by Working Families Party executive director Dan Cantor and a few other progressives, and our conversation inevitably ended up focusing on whether Barack Obama would really push the kind of change he is promising.

That’s when the ruling class showed up.

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Nader: Corporations have hijacked our government + 0dfx

FSTV: Crashing the Party with Ralph Nader + Freedom March

The Democrats endorse the “Global War on Terrorism”: Obama “goes after” Osama

Sen. Barack Obama Acceptance Speech 2008 DNC

A Political Alarm Clock Is ringing by Guadamour

Joe Biden: Russia, China, India: “The Real War” + Speech

RNN: Race, Poverty & Obama + The Obama-Biden worldview

DNC – Denver CO

Open Letter To Leno, Maher & G.E. From Your Anti-Censorship “Disruptors”

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by Linda Milazzo
After Downing Street
Fri, 2008-01-18

On Tuesday, January 15th, four free speech/fair election patriots visited the set of The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (and guest, Bill Maher, who was coincidentally appearing), to voice their displeasure over NBC, MSNBC and parent company General Electric’s refusal to allow Congressman Dennis Kucinich to debate his fellow Democrats in MSNBC’s televised Presidential debate to be held that evening. The four First Amendment advocates, Carol Barbieri, Jennifer Epps, Eva James and Mark Lipman, “interrupted” the Tonight Show airing, exercised their Constitutional rights, and used the people’s airwaves to inform conglomerate G.E. of its failure to appropriately inform American voters of the views and policies of ALL candidates vying for the nomination of the Democratic Party.

Since their brazen challenge to G.E., NBC and MSNBC via their Tonight Show “presence,” there has been wide media speculation as to who the “visitors” were and why they had made so vocal – and perhaps disruptive an “appearance.” The following is their OPEN LETTER in their own words to Jay Leno, Bill Maher, MSNBC, conglomerate General Electric, and the American public to provide an in-depth and informative explanation. (Please view the youtube link of their Tonight Show “appearance”:

Leno Interrupted by Kucinich & Impeachment Supporters

I know these patriots personally and respect their love of nation and their fearlessness. I’ve been provided this letter and substantiating data to publish on their behalf. I’m delighted to do so:

Thursday, January 17, 2008
Dear Jay and Bill:

We hope you understand why we interrupted The Tonight Show taping on Tuesday. It was not a decision taken lightly. We had no idea who was going to be on the show that day, and it wasn’t a protest against either of you. Our beef was with NBC / MSNBC and their agenda-driven censorship.

Our words—“Let Dennis debate”; “GE, NBC, Put impeachment on TV”–should make it clear that we were protesting MSNBC’s barring Presidential candidate Rep. Dennis Kucinich from the Democratic debate in Las Vegas that evening, and we were also demanding that the media stop censoring calls for the impeachment of Bush and Cheney. (As you probably know, Kucinich has proposed a resolution to impeach Cheney: HR#799; and impeachment is part of his campaign). The four of us who were there included a combination of L.A. National Impeachment Center members, and Kucinich supporters, acting completely independently from his official campaign–and certainly we were not connected with the WGA at all; it never even occurred to us that anyone would think that.

We believe that rather than exercising 1st Amendment principles, MSNBC was actively suppressing speech in the interests of its parent company, GE. Kucinich had met MSNBC’s criteria for inclusion in the Jan. 15th debate and a judge had even ordered them to include him. But his views seem to differ from GE’s so much that MSNBC fought all the way to the State Supreme Court to keep him off the air. That’s a lot of trouble for a news corporation to go to in order to NOT cover someone.

On the same day, the day of your show, House Judiciary Committee member Rep. Robert Wexler (D-FL, 19th) was arguing in Congress for impeachment hearings for Cheney re. HR#799. (HR#799 has 25 co-sponsors, and Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), and Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL), also on the Judiciary Committee, back Wexler’s call.) Wexler has over 203,130 signatures in a petition for hearings and presented them to the House. Yet Wexler’s courageous act was met with a wall of silence in the corporate media just as any serious attention to impeachment has been.

We made the decision soberly, with much thought, to break through that silence. As Martin Luther King, Jr. said: “A time comes when silence is betrayal.”

We were only 4 people in The Tonight Show audience, but we are part of a much larger group of hundreds of thousands, millions even, of deeply concerned Americans who have spent almost this entire decade trying to curb the criminality of the Bush Administration and to convince the Democratic Party to do their constitutional duty and stop it.

Throughout this time we have used tactics that society sanctions: meeting with our elected representatives, protesting in the streets, writing to Congress and the media, filing suits, working on electoral campaigns, making films, singing songs, and on and on. And look where it has gotten us. Nothing has changed. Not only are we still in Iraq; we may attack Iran.

When we asked you for help, to “save our democracy”, we meant it. In this historic moment the last of our rights is being stripped from us. If we do not stand up now we will have nothing left to stand up for. Jay and Bill, you are in a position to do a lot of good. We ask you for your help. “We ask all Americans to help by acting NOW! We are all in this together.

The time that Martin Luther King Jr. spoke about, when silence is betrayal, is upon us. We feel that silence is a betrayal of the 3,900 American troops who have died in Iraq because of Bush and Cheney’s lies, the 1,400-4,000 people who did not survive Katrina because Bush failed in his duty to send federal resources, the 3,000 Americans who died on 9/11 despite the many warnings received by the Bush Administration, and untold others who have suffered and died in Iraq, Afghanistan, Guantanamo, Abu Ghraib, and elsewhere because of the unchecked criminality of the President and Vice-President. This criminality only continues because corporate-owned media allows it.

NBC’s censorship of Kucinich’s voice epitomizes the extreme peril our democracy faces, when even our bedrock democratic freedom to hear legitimate presidential candidates speak to voters is trumped by corporate power. We know that we disrupted the normal way The Tonight Show runs, but these are not normal times.


Carol Barbieri

Jennifer Epps

Eva James

Mark Lipman


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Randi Rhodes: Wexler: Impeach Cheney interview

Wexler calls for Cheney’s impeachment (video; Spanish subtitles)


Dennis 4 President


Was 9/11 “An Inside Job”? (video)

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9/11 Truth vs Mainstream Media

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Many celebrities now speak out about their doubts regarding 9/11! How long can the Mainstream Media continue to ignore 9/11 Truth?

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US Roman Catholic Bishop: 9/11 was inside job by Matt C. Abbott

Real Time: Naomi Klein Interview (video)

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On Real Time last night, Bill Maher had author Naomi Klein on to talk about her new book “Shock Doctrine,” which is about the evils of corporations, privativzation, and the free-market economy. She naturally has to bring in Blackwater as an evil of privatization. I’ll have another video piece later on Blackwater, but this piece with Naomi is too rich to miss. Crony capitalism, free-market ideology, corporatism, etc. Yes, all evil entities. And let’s not forget about the importance of “shared responsibility.” For those of you educated in government schools, that’s “income redistribution.”


The Shock Doctrine: Q&A From the Seattle Talk (video)

Reviewing Naomi Klein’s “The Shock Doctrine” by Stephen Lendman

American Lockdown: Law Enforcement Out Of Control And Beyond The Pale By Carolyn Baker

Real Time with Bill Maher 09/07/07: Mos Def and Cornel West and Ralph Nader by Manila Ryce (videos no longer available; 9/11)

YouTube removed the videos. Sorry. ~ Lo

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By Manila Ryce
The Largest Minority
Published Saturday, September 8th, 2007, 10:20 pm

My love/hate relationship with Bill Maher fluctuates wildly from episode to episode. Though I love his politically incorrect sense of humor and the fact that he provides a forum for people with differing views to debate, I do hate his scapegoat arguments and constant contradictions. Still, last night’s Real Time with Bill Maher was a classic episode, mostly due to the always charismatic Mos Def, whose off the cuff bluntness drew applause and laughter in juxtaposition to Maher’s counterproductive defense of the establishment.

While skeptical of the Bush administration, Maher’s unwavering centrist beliefs often fall short of providing genuine insight. My beef is that he’s simply not radical enough. For example, he dismisses even the possibility that our government had something to do with 9/11, he clings to the fallacy that religion is to blame for the instability in Iraq, and thinks that corporate candidates like the Clintons are good for America because of their extensive experience in screwing us over. Luckily, Cornel West was also present to elaborate upon Mos Def’s arguments. Regardless of what religion any particular empire happens to subscribe to, Professor West correctly states that the problem is with the economic desire to create those empires. Throughout history, religion has actually had little to do with conquest, and is simply an easy scapegoat for capitalists who want to displace proper blame.

Later on in the show, the greatest consumer advocate, Ralph Nader, was on to talk about the regulation of imported goods and plug his new book, “The Seventeen Traditions”. Nader also spoke the truth about Hillary Clinton, the need for universal healthcare, and the need for an end to imperial wars. Maher did redeem himself though by highlighting the conventional wisdom of Americans who like what Nader has to say, yet hate the idea of voting him into office where he could actually make a difference. Dennis Kucinich faces the same hurdles during this election.

Bin Laden and 9/11


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Real Time with Bill Maher – Gravel, PETA, Iraq, and New Rules By Manila Ryce

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By Manila Ryce
The Largest Minority
Published Saturday, September 1st, 2007, 7:16 am

I was pleasantly surprised to see Mike Gravel on Real Time with Bill Maher. Though I love the guy for having big brass balls, I will concede that every so often he does have a disoriented geriatric quality about him. Still, an old man from the past can be a refreshing change of pace when that man is stomping around in the pool of stagnant pond scum which is modern politics. Gravel drew his first great applause of the night when he stated that white Americans took an anti-immigration stance after they got here themselves.

Later on in the show, Maher juxtaposed Miss Teen South Carolina’s infamous blunder with a classic Bush-ism on tribal sovereignty from awhile back. At least Ms South Carolina can claim her nonsensical answer was the result of shock. It’s quite apparent that Bush just didn’t know the definition of sovereignty.

Maher then discussed “No End in Sight“, which explores the mismanagement of the war. The movie runs closely to “Imperial Life in the Emerald City“, a book by Rajiv Chandrasekaran which basically reveals that democracy never took hold in Iraq because it was never really one of our priorities. We were more interested in making money for a select few than actually stabilizing the country. To this end, loyalists were appointed, regardless of their job abilities.

Gravel once again brought a sane perspective to the conversation of mismanagement when he said that everyone was discussing “how to do a mistake competently”. Well said Mike.


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No End In Sight (Movie trailer link)

Sen. Mike Gravel on Immigration (video)

Mike Gravel: Young Men and Women (video)