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Monday, March 8, 2010

Dissent For Sale : Bill Maher

  A few of my recent posts regarding certain right wing pundits have invited replies from some of my readers. Several have asked whether or not I will rip on commentators that they see as divisive from the other end of the spectrum, namely Bill Maher. The truth in the matter is that I have blogged Bill on several occasions . 

For the ease of my readers, both fiery and genteel, I offer up these fine reblogs. All of the material is my own and can be searched on this website with ease. 

Open letter to Bill Maher - originally published May 18, 2009

People have the freedom to essentially say what the want - radical , conservative , religious , and atheist opinions are voiced with voracity in our modern information society . Us lucky westerners are blessed to be able to voice our opinions with little chance of repercussions and this is something I would die to defend . However , some people are factually wrong and I will take time out of my day to correct them . One of those people is Bill Maher .

Now , Bill and I have some varying opinions on things . Some things like decriminalization of adult marijuana use and legalization of gay marriage , we agree on , but I will point out that the reasoning is different . On the flip side , he wants to remove funding for non-profit groups and thinks all religious people are delusional , and , well , we'll have to agree to disagree there . Vive la difference ! Opposing beliefs make the world a mighty interesting place and fodder for more than a fair share of my stand-up material .

But what DOES enrage me is that some of what he says is so factually wrong and divisive , he could very well be dangerous to democracy as we know it . At the very least , he is guilty of making big bank telling utopian falsehoods to a public looking for answers in today's tough times . You see , Bill Maher is just like those shitty AIG executives he bitches about . He is a blatant hypocrite .

Mr. Maher serves on the advisory board of PETA , an organization dedicated to promoting vegetarianism and environmentalism , yet he eats meat and lives a lush carbon-unfriendly lifestyle . He rants endlessly about our lack of brotherhood but supports removing funding of not-for-profit agencies . He claims to love women but supports prostitution and openly treats his girlfriends in an absolutely abhorrent fashion . He claims to be anti-military but loudly proclaims to support Israel . He ridicules religion and wants it removed from society yet he believes in a higher power . He incessantly spouts socialist ideals while living the lavish lifestyle of 100 working men . But most of all , he idealises other societies without knowing the first thing about them .

Mr. Maher continually quotes countries like Canada and Holland as being of the socialist ideal , filled to the brim with free hospitals and great jobs and fraternal love . Yes , in his world , my country is some free-loving utopia devoid of the social problems that plague America . And he thinks everyone should join the party . What he is doing is LYING .

Mr. Maher :

While I adore the country I live in and am honoured that others like yourself seem quite enamoured , I will point out that our wealthiest denizens get front-of-the-line hospital priviledges . Our poor pay high taxes and our wealthy have a littany of loopholes guaranteeing their continued prosperity . We have do have a somewhat better education system because we prioritize it , but you don't mention that because you dislike children rather openly . We have free elections and free speech and late-night comedians who satirize the governement . In fact , many of those anchors are paid to do so by taxpayers because nobody knows self-depricating humour like us Canucks . We work hard , have few vacations and live and die in the very nondescript way that our neighbours to the south do . We have corrupt politicians , corporate scandals , homelessness , child poverty , drug addiction and everything else you do . If we get sick it is generally our communities that raise money to pay for costly treatment . We volunteer for causes home and abroad , and per capita , our military is not that far off your mark . We really are alike , we are humans as you are , not fantastical cherubim .

What really grinds me is the fact that malcontents like you delude Americans into thinking we are something we are not , that we have more , that we pay exhorbitant tax rates , that we are somehow different , almost non-human . This , of course , generates a lot of hatred from people seeing us as getting an easier deal . In essence , your delusional beliefs about who we are teaches your people to hate us . People believe the bullshit and have a natural , almost visceral reaction to it because between you and your mates , there is so much propaganda that it is difficult to ignore . You have fueled hatred while claiming to be all for brotherly love . It may be inadvertant , but now that you know a few things about us , please stop selling lies about us to further your ridiculous communist agenda .

We didn't ask for your endorsement , please , for the love of decency , remove it .


And, of course Bill and I do disagree on religious freedom and opinion, and here's my take on "Religulous":
Bill Maher : Misery For Sale - originally published August 22, 2009

Bill Maher hosts talk shows and claims to be a comedian and because he's not nearly as clever or intellectually-gifted as he thinks he is , he targets religion and those who believe when he takes time away from demeaning women , whom he vilifies with frequency . (Don't get me started on his over hatred of children) In fact , if you don't agree with him entirely , he just has no time for you . He has been in the public eye long enough that he actually believes in the myth of his own intellectual superiority and to fail to be a sycophant will subject your ideas and ideals to ridicule by this pathetic little man . I know it's easy to pick on George W. Bush being religious , but about a MILLION other comedians kind of beat Bill to the chase in cutting Georgie up . In Bill Maher's flick "Religulous" , Bill essentially ridicules faithful people and religion and argues with people like a child while claiming that his view are most rational without offering proof of his suppositions . His few truths and legitimate questions seem entirely ripped from "The God Who Wasn't There" , in which the Director does offer an intelligent rebuttal to the Christ story . Maher's take offers a nice dose of mediocre comedy and he's riding the success by appearing on talk shows and hosting like-minded atheists like the self-obsessed insecure little famewhore he is . Maher doesn't know whether or not a higher power exists , but he's absolutely CERTAIN that your God , or my God , or the neighbour's God just doesn't meet his exacting standards . 
Now call me a stupid little believer , but doesn't Maher's inflexible dogmatism and overt narcissism remind one a wee bit of the same religious zealots that he claims are evil ?
What it boils down to is that Bill Maher deals in misery - he hates all people who don't serve is needs and anything that provides hope to human beings that he already feels intellectually and socially superior to simply because he plagiarized a few lucky breaks . He really doesn't care about health care for the little guy or education - he openly despises children - he cares about ratings . Dissidence equals dollars and Billy will always find SOMETHING to whine about to make his dime . I find it someone puzzling that this twat preaches against psychotropic medication since he also seems against people experiencing any form of joy without his express written consent .

It's truly sad when the youth of a continent look up to a douchebag like Bill Maher for guidance because we've neglected to raise our kids .

People , you can offer an intelligent rebuttal to Bill Maher without beginning the Apocalypse. Why worry what he thinks when it's painfully obvious that he doesn't give a flaming shit what anyone outside of his Inner Rectum thinks.


  1. This is a great post. I only wish that more people would look at both sides, as you have done here. Hate is hate whether Conservative or Liberal. Same goes for idiocy, and cruelty.
    Now if we could just get people to care as much about educating themselves on the issues and elected officials stances on them, we might just have a shot at digging ourselves out of this mess. Thanks Mika!

  2. Mika you are BRILLIANT....that is all!


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