Real Time With Bill Maher

Season 1 Episode 15

August 22, 2003

Aired Friday 10:00 PM Aug 22, 2003 on HBO
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August 22, 2003
Rated: TV-MA for Adult Content (AC) and Adult Language (AL)
Tonight's episode is Live from L.A.
Special guests former CIA director R. James Woolsey and Rep. Harold Ford, Jr. joined Bill via satellite, discussing the situation on the ground in post-war Iraq. Ford, who recently returned from touring Iraq, called for more international involvement in the rebuilding effort, and Bill wondered aloud whether the U.S. has a reputation for poor follow-through--"a country that has its fun, then leaves you on the side of the road with a torn dress and smeared lipstick." But Woolsey warned against a U.N.-run effort, unless "you like the way the United Nations defended the Bosnian Muslims in Srebrenica, in 1995." With roundtable guests comedian Margaret Cho, former Georgia congressman Bob Barr and Mayor Willie Brown, Bill trotted out his desktop Ten Commandments statue, and asked the panel how many of them had to do with law. It was a short philosophical hop to religion as a "neurological disease," and a look at gay rights, the Bible and why sodomy definitions often include all the fun stuff. The group sparred over the need for a gay high school and raised the possibility of segregating bullies into their own school instead. Bill wondered: Is the California recall a right-wing power grab? And could internet sperm transactions from make men mostly obsolete? Finally, this week's set of New Rules offered some crowd-pleasers regulating the blackout, cell phones and summer movies.moreless

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