Real Time With Bill Maher

Season 4 Episode 10

April 28, 2006

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Aired Friday 10:00 PM Apr 28, 2006 on HBO
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April 28, 2006
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Rated: TV-MA for Adult Content (AC) and Adult Language (AL)
Tonight's episode is Live from L.A.
Sir Ian McKellen, Rep. Barney Frank, correspondent Michel Martin, George Clooney, and historian Victor Davis Hanson join Bill Maher for a discussion on this week's news.

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      • Bill Maher: And now it is time for New Rules, everybody!

        All right. New Rule: When you marry Charlie Sheen, don't be surprised when he turns out to be Charlie Sheen! We are talking about a guy who paid hookers by check. Marrying Charlie Sheen and getting mad he's a freak, is like electing two shills from the oil industry and getting mad when the price of gas goes up.

        New Rule: Instead of the White House hiring Tony Snow away from Fox News, the White House and Fox News should just merge. Republicans should also admit that they secretly picked the judges on "American Idol" to reinforce their three favorite stereotypes: a black guy who doesn't do anything; a woman who doesn't know anything; and a foreigner who should go home.

        New Rule: You can't write the story of your life if you're too young to have had one. This week we found out that best-selling teenage author Kaavya Viswanathan [he mangles pronunciation] stole huge honking chunks of her first novel. Everybody got a little suspicious when the teenage heroine went shopping at the mall and ended up hiding from the Nazis in an attic in Holland. I tell you, between this and that Million Little Pieces book being phony, I've got half a mind to quit Oprah's Book Club!

        New Rule: Supermodels should not speak to flight attendants. That's what supermodel May Andersen did, and she was deemed unruly and got arrested upon landing. Look, supermodels, it doesn't matter what you're saying: "Can I have a pillow?" "I like your shoes." What the flight attendant hears is, "I'm a supermodel and you're not. Let's fight!" You're natural enemies like the snake and the mongoose. The postman and the Rottweiler. Pat Robertson and reason.

        Haven't we learned by now that sometimes the best relationships are the ones where you don't speak at all? [photo of Bill and Hillary Clinton shown]

        And finally, New Rule: Drug companies have to stop making up diseases! I don't know - I don't know what the terrorists are planning next for America, but if I had every problem they talk about in medicine commercials: breathing, lifting, walking, sitting, sleeping, crapping, not crapping, getting a boner and male pattern menopause—I would welcome death. Bring it on! Deadly nerve gas? Please, I've got seasonal allergies!

        I mean, it seems like every time I turn on the TV these days, I see some ad for some drug I never heard of, to treat some disease I never heard of. That's not a stomach ache you have from eating the chili-cheese fries at Johnny Rockets, it's Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Or I.B.S. Or as I call it, "B.S." Which would also apply to the dreaded "Social Anxiety Disorder." Or as we used to call it, "shyness." And we treated it with an old home recipe: scotch and water.

        Your wife doesn't get turned on? Well, it couldn't be because you're a snowman-shaped sausage casing--so full of beer you sweat hops. It's because she has "Female Sexual Dysfunction."

        And before they came up with "Restless Leg Syndrome," did that even exist? Did you ever hear someone say, "Sorry I couldn't make the party, Bill." "The old restless leg was acting up." You know, next time you have an uncontrollable urge to move your feet, maybe you should just...move your feet! Your feet are trying to tell you the same thing your dog is trying to tell you when he's been cooped up in the house all day: "I want to go for a walk!"

        But be careful. There's a Tasmanian Devil living under your toenail.

        I am waiting for the ad that tells me that my morning hard-on is actually "Superfluous Rigidity Syndrome." Or S.R.S. And there's a cartoon bunny who says, "Are you bothered by morning stiffness?" "Try Flaccidix." "Flaccidix is specially formulated to make your penis shiny and more manageable." "Side effects: you bleed from your pores and then explode and die." "And/or dry mouth."

        Now, just in the last two years, the "medicines" that have made the headlines under the category, "Take two and call me in the morning if you're still alive," include Vioxx, Ambien, Zyprexa, Ortho Evra, Prempro, Zoloft, Paxil, Ephedra, Celebrex and Fosamax.

        And yet it was marijuana last week that was declared by the FDA to have no known medical value. Actually, what marijuana has is no known lobbying value. And, yes - yes, back in 1999, when we still believed in science, the National Academy of Science said what millions already knew from practical use, that weed is useful in treating pain, nausea and weight loss. And that lab rats exposed to it were 38% more likely to forget the maze and just kick it old school.

        Folks, drug companies are pushers, and Congress and the FDA are the cop on the beat who's been paid off to look the other way. New drugs used to have to go through a rigorous process of testing. Now they just give it to Courtney Love, and if she lives, it's approved.

        And by the way, just to prove who has the power in this country, that fake FDA report about marijuana having no medical value was issued - on purpose, I am sure - on April 20th - four-twenty. And that joke only makes sense to stoners.

        So, mom and dad, if your kid just laughed, you might need to search his room.

        All right, that's our show. I want to thank Representative Barney Frank, Michel Martin, Ian McKellen, Victor Davis Hanson and George Clooney. Thank you, fellows. Thank you, folks. Appreciate it.

      • George Clooney: I think it's an important thing for whoever can bring attention to this...we're always slow to act at these. It wasn't like we were very quick in Rwanda. It wasn't like we were very quick in the Balkans, quite honestly. But the truth is, what we don't want to do is turn around ten years from now and say, "What the hell were we thinking? Why weren't we there?"

      • Bill Maher: But when you look at the list of liberals who are active in politics, if not running. Barbra Streisand, Sean Penn, Warren Beatty, Springsteen, Spielberg...And then you look at the conservatives, it's like Chuck Norris, Bo Derek and the Gatlin Brothers. I don't know if being liberal makes you more right, but it does seem like it makes you more talented.

      • Ian McKellen: The problem isn't that the petrol gas prices are so high, but gas is running out. That's the news... everybody has an individual responsibility to that, including from the president down.

      • Victor Davis Hanson: I can't speak for the Vice President, but I think he, like leaders, from Harry Truman to JFK, understand that until the nature of man changes or we get to the end of history, there are going to be people like the Taliban or Saddam who respect deterrence rather than dialogue. That doesn't mean that it's a pessimistic view at all because there is optimism from history that the more democracies we have, the less likely they are to attack each other. And we've had more democracies in the last 20 years than at any time in the history of civilization.

      • Rep. Barney Frank: That is really one of the great oxymorons of all time: a "guest worker." I mean, do you have someone say, "Oh, welcome to my house; would you go clean the bathroom?"

      • Rep. Barney Frank: There are plenty of people who are less concerned about the people who read books than they are about the people who go to movies.

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