The Daily Show with Jon Stewart

Season 12 Episode 115

Douglas Farah

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Aired Weekdays 11:00 PM Sep 13, 2007 on Comedy Central
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Tonight, journalist and author of Merchant of Death: Money, Guns, Planes, and the Man Who Makes War Possible, Douglas Farah. Jon begins tonight's show with an update on Senator John McCain's Straight Talk Express bus now changed into the No Surrender bus. Jon called John over the phone to see how the new bus was treating the Senator. Next, Jon talks about Petraeus' Senate testimony and the 7 minutes allowed per Senator to ask their questions in a segment called "Iraq Me: Dave Petraeus". Senator Barbara Boxer spent the entire 7 minutes not asking a single question. Finally, Samantha Bee in a segment called "This Week In God: Back to School Edition". The religious topics this evening: a plan to teach Arabic in a public school in Brooklyn whose principal was eventually fired for a white Jewish lady, footbaths for Muslims in a university unisex bathroom, and a religious university created by the founder of Dominoes pizza.moreless

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      • Jon Stewart: (to John McCain) There's no need to be honest with us, you're no longer on the Straight Talk Express.

      • Jon Stewart: Author Douglas Farah will be joining us, who wrote a book called Merchant of Death, kind of a light-hearted romp through the arms trade.

      • Samantha Bee: The school's opening was marred after its principal was accused of having ties to extremist groups and coming out in support of an 'Intifada NYC' t-shirt. She claims the word just means to 'shake off' in Arabic, just like jihad means struggle. As in, "Amir, intifada those crumbs off your shirt and let's jihad through chapter 3, we've really gotta martyr this vocabulary test."

      • Samantha Bee: Don't worry angry Americans, these foot baths aren't too culturally sensitive, the university plans to install them in that most sacred of Islamic facilities, unisex bathrooms, right next to the fishbowl of bacon and whiskey flavored condoms.

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      • Moment of Zen: Clip of an ABC reporter asking General Petraeus how he feels "when [he's] alone and the quiet of the evening comes after the hectic time of the day".

    • ALLUSIONS (2)

      • Jon Stewart: I saw the VMAs. I thought Britney was great.

        Britney Spears' so-called comeback at the MTV Video Music Awards on September 9, 2007 was widely mocked because she stumbled repeatedly during her dance routine, appeared to forget the words to her song as she lip-synched it and appeared generally dazed and confused.

      • The caption "Iraq Me Dave Petraeus" is a play on the song Rock Me Amadeus by the band Falco. whose song became a number one hit in 1986.

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