Real Time With Bill Maher

Season 4 Episode 6

March 24, 2006

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Aired Friday 10:00 PM Mar 24, 2006 on HBO
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March 24, 2006
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Rated: TV-MA for Adult Content (AC) and Adult Language (AL)
Tonight's episode is Live from L.A.
Actor Jason Alexander, author/theologian Reza Aslan, Rep. Jack Kingston, author Tavis Smiley, and reporter Michael Ware join Bill Maher for a discussion on this week's events.

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      • Bill Maher: Now, it's time for New Rules, everybody, New Rules!

        All right, New Rule: Mixing meat and donut is not kosher. A minor league baseball park has introduced the "Donut Burger." A cheeseburger with bacon served between a Krispy Kreme donut. It's all part of the team's new promotion: "Eat s*** and Die."

        New Rule: If "Today Show" host Katie Couric gets to become anchor of the "CBS Evening News," then Barney the Dinosaur gets to replace Mike Wallace on "60 Minutes." This way, everybody wins. CBS News gets a perky blond, and "60 Minutes" gets somebody younger.

        Rep. Jack Kingston: Much-needed.

        Bill Maher: Thank you. I'll be promoting my next book on "Good Morning America."

        New Rule: Stop making me look at this picture. [photo of ad about hepatitis and HIV featuring battered face] I don't even know what this ad wants me to do. Donate money? Buy medicine? Consider Mickey Rourke for an Oscar? Leave me alone. It's hard enough to read my magazines with those fungus monsters that live on my toes.

        New Rule: There's no such thing as a "gateway" candy. Legislators in Georgia are seeking a ban on "pot-flavored" candy, calling it a "gateway" product to other drugs. Okay, now you're high. And, kids, listen to Uncle Bill: if you're smoking pot for the taste, you're doing it wrong.

        And finally, New Rule: Nobody can use the phrase "our greatest problem" anymore unless you're talking about global warming. President Bush has been saying we're in a war on terror, and now I get it. He's not saying "terror," he's saying "terra" as in "terra firma," as in the Earth. George Bush is an alien sent here to destroy the Earth! I know it sounds crazy, but it made perfect sense when Tom Cruise explained it to me last week.

        Now, last week on "60 Minutes," James Hansen, who is NASA's leading expert on the science of climate delivered the world's most important message. He said, "We have to, in the next ten years, begin to decrease the rate of carbon dioxide emissions and then flatten it out. If that doesn't happen in ten years, we're going to be passing certain tipping points. If the ice sheets begin to disintegrate, what can you do about it? You can't tie a rope around an ice sheet." Although I know a certain cowboy from Crawford who might think you could.

        And that cowboy and his corporate goons at the White House tried to censor Mr. Hansen from delivering that message, claiming such warnings were speculative. This from the crowd that rushed into a war based on an article in the Weekly Standard. This - this from the guy who thinks Kyoto is that Japanese emperor dude his dad threw up on.

        Global warming is not speculative. It threatens us enough so that it should be considered a national security issue. Failing to warn the citizens of a looming weapon of mass destruction - and that's what global warming is - in order to protect oil company profits, well, that fits, for me, the definition of treason. And codified treason.

        Please, wait a second. The guy in the White House who made the edits was Phil Cooney, who had been an oil industry lobbyist before given this job as head of the White House Council on Environmental Quality. That's the office that is supposed to be watching out for us. But that's where Phil busied himself crossing stuff out in scientists' reports, because apparently in Phil's mind, he hadn't switched jobs. He was just doing his old job - oil industry lobbyist - from a different office. You know, in the "people's house."

        Republicans have succeeded in making the environment about some tie-dyed dude from Seattle who lives in a solar-powered yurt and eats twigs. It's not. This issue should be driven by something conservatives are much more familiar with: utter selfishness. That's my motivation. I don't want to live my golden years having to put on a hazmat suit just to go down and get the mail. Those are my Viagra years. When I'll be thinking about having children.

        But I wouldn't know what to tell a kid about our world in 20 years. "Dad, tell me about the birds and bees." "They're all gone. Now, eat your Soylent Green." We are letting dying men kill our planet for cash, and they're counting on us being too greedy or distracted, or just plain lazy, to stop them.

        So, on this day, the 17th anniversary of the Exxon Valdez oil spill, let us pause to consider how close we are to making ourselves fossils from the fossil fuels we extract. In the next 20 years, almost a billion Chinese people will be trading in their bicycles for the automobile. Folks, we either get our s*** together on this quickly, or we're going to have to go to Plan B: inventing a car that runs on Chinese people.

        Thank you, my guests: Reza Aslan, Jason Alexander, Rep. Jack Kingston, Tavis Smiley and Michael Ware. Thank you, folks. Good job and good night.

      • Michael Ware: We're damned if we do and damned if we don't. The longer US troops stay, the more that fuels the insurgency, the more that people turn against the United States. Yet if you were to pull out now, the chaos that would ensue would only serve the enemies that the military came here to defeat. Yet, the sad part is, that as it stands right now the real winners of Bush's war are his enemies; Al Qaeda and the axis of evil member, Iran.

      • Reza Aslan: You know, we have this idea, somehow, that prophets invent religions, that Jesus invented Christianity, or that Muhammad invented Islam. Nothing could be further from the truth. What prophets do is they take the social and cultural and economic and political milieu in which they live, and they reshape it. They recast it. They don't talk about the future. They talk about the present. It's the prophet-followers who then take those words-take those deeds, and turn it into what we call a religion. And it's often the case that it has far more to do with their own ideas, their own biases, than it does with what the prophet said or did.

      • Jason Alexander: So here you've got a situation where you've said, "Well, we might legally be able to torture. We're not condoning it. We don't say yes. We don't do it here. But if we fly north and then east, and take a right at Uzbekistan, you could do it there for five minutes a day. But not over here." It's not clear! And so these guys are reacting out of stress, and possibly out of command. And the guys in charge of them, the mommies and the daddies, are not being held accountable for these children.

      • Bill Maher: The President's mother, Barbara Bush, donated tax-deductible money to the Katrina Relief after the flood. And now we find out that it was with specific instructions that the money be spent for educational software owned by her son Neil. Because who can forget those tragic images of the poor black people on rooftops in New Orleans holding up signs that said, "Send Educational Software?"

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