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Geez, You’re on TV Andrew!!!

Weird end of the season for Bill Maher who witnessed his own trainwreck of a show. It finished with uber-blogger Andrew Sullivan massaging his own ass for what seemed like an eternity during the credit roll. (pictured). I’m thinking to myself, “Ewww….Sullivan, get a grip!” just as I realized that was exactly what he was doing.

If you can find any way to catch this show during the week of reruns on HBO you’ll see a rarely concilliatory Maher get skewered for no apparent reason throughout the show. It must have been a nightmare to interview Alan Simpson, for example. Simpson took everything wrong. Maher must have been beside himself. Quite interesting. Then Andrew Sullivan laid into Maher too. Sullivan, a favorite of Mahers then went on at the end of the show to grab his own butt and squeeze it through much of the credit roll. Weird, weird show. Great for parties.



  1. Chomsky’s been around for several decades, remember. Maybe someone will be interested in these excerpts from Sidney Hook’s memoir Out of Step, detailing his clashes with Chomsky during the early Seventies:

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    Although there was much to criticize in American domestic and
    foreign policy, what struck me was the one-sidedness, unfairness, and systematic use of the double standard in the attacks against the United States and South Vietnam. … He called upon the United States “to denazify itself,” but not North Vietnam or China. What practices in the United States, compared to the barbarous practices of Cuba or of China or of North Vietnam, warrant such a characterization? In those countries how long would one survive who whispered the kind of criticisms Chomsky was perfectly free to broadcast in the United States and be rewarded for it?
    — Sidney Hook, _Out of Step: An Unquiet Life in the Twentieth
    Century_, 1987

    The United States was taxed with following a policy whose logic was “genocide” for helping South Vietnam deal with “a peasant-based insurrection led by Communists” while the genuinely
    genocidal practices of North Vietnam in liquidating whole categories of the population were not mentioned. On his visit to Hanoi, Chomsky publicly held North Vietnam up to the world as a model of social justice and freedom. Whenever Chomsky and those who repeated some of his absurd views were challenged, they often cited as their authority someone else who had uttered similar absurdities, as if this vindicated the point they were making.
    — ibid

    The grim consequences of … Hanoi’s victory are now incontestable. The record of the last decade has brought a
    realization to some, who had been of the same view as Chomsky, of what they helped to bring into being in Vietnam. Protests have been organized against the continued existence of concentration and re-education camps, and the systematic barbarities practiced against dissenters. But Chomsky is still unrepentant. He has refused to join any protest, on the ground that it would serve the interests of the United States. In short, he has followed the double standard to the last, for he never hesitated to utter the most extravagent criticism of the United States on the ground that it would serve the interests of the Soviet Union.
    — ibid

  2. Real Time Phil S says:

    Chomsky this, Chomsky that.

    What the hell does he have to do with the price of china in Egglund here, huh?

    Ya’ll have gone way damn off thread here, bigtime.

    Of course, the thread remains where it should stay. Where�s that? Where I want to put it, of course.

    You’re welcome.

    Now, what’s all this brew high house about this Chumpski guy anyway ?

    Someone up top mentioned something about Bob Dylan too. Well, ain’t that special !

    And yes, so avent garde, too. (or however they spose to spell that there word.)

    Everyone get over this chump. Use your own judgment about politics, life, etc. for gosh sakes ! ! !

    Either that, or just get own back to where ya done come from�drinkin� a brandy with a cigar in your hand near the edge of some campus of one of the great universities of the universe.

    Be a legend in ya� own damn mind ! Us legends work !

  3. Raul says:

    Good lord you people on the right – the extreme right – have a hard time accepting truth. Chomsky is absolutly correct in his comments on the U.S. All he is doing is quoting Washington P.Planners and all you guys on the right are doing are getting frustrated over actions that your country has been invovled in and condemmed all over the world. Chomsky is against any form of tyranny incuding those on the ideological and extreme left – there is actully no difference all state powers act in the way to enhance their own interests. That is, they use violence to dominate and control resources or people. Moreover that guy simpson, foaming at the mouth, did he actually take on one of Chomsky’s arguments? I have yet to see anyone on the right refute Chomsky.

  4. Good lord you people on the right – the extreme right – have a hard time accepting truth. Chomsky is absolutly correct in his comments on the U.S. All he is doing is quoting Washington P.Planners and all you guys on the right are doing are getting frustrated over actions that your country has been invovled in and condemmed all over the world. Chomsky is against any form of tyranny incuding those on the ideological and extreme left – there is actully no difference all state powers act in the way to enhance their own interests. That is, they use violence to dominate and control resources or people. Moreover that guy simpson, foaming at the mouth, did he actually take on one of Chomskys arguments? I have yet to see anyone on the right refute Chomsky.
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  6. yao says:

    Even after all the discussion, Andrew Sullivan’s point still stands that you can’t make fun of people and expect them to vote for you.

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  7. Marnie Bowen says:

    Whatever has Real Time turned into, this new season, anyway?

    Has Bill Maher become a mouthpiece for the Likud?

    Tom Bombadil seems to think so:

    Bill Maher: The Dennis Miller of the Likud Party

    Whereas the show used to be oftentimes a riot, it now seems stale and contrite – almost “staged” even, to a degree, though I am sure it is not.

    Marnie

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