Real Time With Bill Maher

Season 5 Episode 12

May 11, 2007

Aired Friday 10:00 PM May 11, 2007 on HBO
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May 11, 2007
Rated: TV-MA for Adult Content (AC) and Adult Language (AL)

Tonight's episode is Live from L.A.

Tonight, Bill welcomes:

* Paula Poundstone, comedian who is a contemporary to Bill Maher.
* Arianna Huffington, frequest guest of Bill Maher who describes herself as a reformed right-winger.
* Frank Luntz, conservative political consultant, most famous for his attempts to discredit global warming science.

Bills guests via satellite:

* Richard Engel, NBC's Middle-East correspondent, who has covered the Iraq war since it's beginning.
* Christopher Hitchens, author/journalist and out-spoken atheist whose latest books is "God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything."moreless

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  • Maher welcomes Paula Poundstone, author Frank Luntz and Arianna Huffington. He interviews author Christopher Hitchens and NBC reporter Richard Engel about Iraq.

    An ok episode. The panel was decent although I liked last week's show better. Richard Engel didn't have anything positive to say about Iraq. Paula Poundstone was funny.

    I thought Frank Luntz was interesting especially the way he talked about choosing the right words for a party. He is right the American public likes hearing speeches that aren't that complex but easy and understandable. He was attacked by Arianna Huffington because of his critics over the Democratic party to let Bush. As much as I hate Bush, he is right. The Democrats and John Kerry did too many errors. Arianna is smart but often comes out as a bit too overbearing for a democrat.

    The other interesting part of the show was the short critic of Karl Rove whose been running into trouble lately. Likewise the debate about who believes in God was interesting. I agree with what both Chris and Maher said. I think a lot of people don't believe in God but publicly won't admit it.

    I also loved Maher's critique of the LAPD following the aftermath of brutality last week on the peace rallies in MacArthur Park. He is right, No matter how much the police begs the public to believe in them the police keep on crapping on their own reputations with these nasty incidents. It's also obvious to me, even though Maher didn't point it out, that racism in law enforcement hasn't gone down.moreless

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    • Bill Maher: I'm "pro-life" - the life of the troops.

    • Christopher Hitchens: In England, the Queen is the head of the Church as well as head of the state. You have to pay for both. When she dies, her slobbering, weak-chinned dauphin of a son will be the head of the Church of England. And he wants to convert to Islam in the meantime. And this is what you get when you found a church on the family values of Henry VIII.

    • Bill Maher: Bush has made us weaker. Why don't the Democrats just say the word "weak" over and over? "Bush lost the war. He made us weaker." Because he did. The National Intelligence estimate that came out last year said, undeniably, all our intelligence agencies agree, the war in Iraq has created more terrorists.

    • Richard Engel: There's also a growing movement within Iraq itself to try and set a timeline for a U.S. troop withdrawal. Many Iraqi lawmakers have just passed a bill requiring a timeline. And, particularly Iraq's Shiite communities, which are, effectively, the victors in this war, have said to the Americans, "Thank you very much for getting rid of Saddam; we'll take it from here."

    • Bill Maher: New Rule: Flavors have to be actual flavors. Grape is a flavor. Cinnamon is a flavor. "Arctic Chill" and "Crystal Frost"? I'm pretty sure those are types of meth.

      New Rule: No more bad Iraq analogies that trivialize the war. This week, Republican John Shimkus compared Iraq to a Cubs-Cardinals game that has gone into extra innings. Which is ridiculous. Iraq is much more like a Yankees-Royals game. One team has lots of power and all the money in the world, and still can't find a way to win.

      New Rule: Reporters on "Entertainment Tonight" have to stop--look at that. [photo of David Hasselhoff] He's even holding in his gut when he's sh*t-faced on the floor. I love that. They have to stop referring to the "heartbreaking David Hasselhoff video," and then, on a personal note, adding, "We all hope he gets better." Yeah, right, the only way you could love that video more is if the thing he was eating was Anna Nicole Smith's heart.

      And so what, he's drunk on the floor of a Vegas hotel room? Call me old-fashioned. I thought that's what Vegas hotel room floors were for! David Hasselhoff doesn't need help. He's the only guy in the world whose designated driver is his car. [photo of "K.I.T.T" from "Knight Rider"]

      New Rule: You can't send the National Guard to Iraq and then claim it's still here. The helicopters, the humvees, the Dorothy and Toto, they're not in Kansas anymore. Sorry, Mr. President, but the last documented case of a National Guardsman able to be in two places at one time... was you.

      And finally, New Rule: We should pay the police more. And, in return, demand they stop beating up innocent people.

      You know, those of us who live in L.A. have been barraged lately by TV images of the police over-reacting at a Latino demonstration in MacArthur Park. You've seen the video. The scene looks like a barbecue in George Lopez's backyard. And then, suddenly, the cops are firing rubber bullets and knocking over children. You don't usually see Mexicans running that fast unless a bull is chasing them.

      Now, of course, the majority of policemen are honest, hard-working and dedicated. And I'd appreciate it when you put this on YouTube, you leave that part in.

      I, personally, have been helped many times by policemen. In fact, just last week, a local patrolman helped me get a stripper named "Cat" down out of a tree. Damn "Cat" got up a tree.

      And I was engaged to a cop once. Well, not a real cop, but she was dressed like a cop when she came out of the cake.

      But why are we, in America, constantly seeing videotape of officers in one police department or another beating the dog-sh*t out of defenseless people? I think all Americans would say to the police everywhere, "We want to support you, even to love you, but you have to remember it says 'to protect and serve' on the side of the car, not 'what the f**k are you looking at?'"

      What happened in MacArthur Park was far from the worse violence I've seen. But what sickened me was the attitude of the police. To see these sweet, humble Mexican people holding American flags, and then being shoved to the ground and bullied out of the park on their day of celebration--probably one of their few days off from work. You know, if anyone deserves to be crabby about having a sh*tty job, it's them.

      And I know it is true when they say, "You can't know what it's like to be a cop." You're right. I can't. I'm sure there are moments of sheer terror. And it undeniably takes great courage and macho. I couldn't do it. Which is why I didn't sign up for it. You chose to deal with the dregs of society. I chose to deal with Tucker Carlson!

      Shrinks deal with crazy people everyday. You never see Dr. Phil say, "F**k it," and start wailing on a guy!

      But, when it comes to cops, we're supposed to let it slide, because being a cop is stressful. Hey, if you think being a cop is the only stressful job where you have to deal with the scum of the earth everyday, try the entertainment industry.

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