Thursday, June 12, 2014

Bill Maher #320 Bergdahl Boogaloo

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by Catherine Giordano

I titled this post Bergdahl Boogaloo because all the hulabaloo about Bowe Bergdahl reminds me of this dance from the 1960’s. The dance music was fast and the movements consisted of a lot of swivels, flailings, and jumping about, at least the way I danced it. And here we have everyone on the right swiveling 180 (they wanted Bergdahl brought home until Obama actually did it), flailing in mock fury, and jumping from lie to even more outrageous lie. Bill Maher on Real Time with Bill Maher, episode 320 which aired on 6/6/14, devoted his entire monolog to satirizing and ridiculing these base, yet baseless, attacks.

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Maher began “Obama surrendered to the Taliban, but Fox News said we don’t want t weigh in until all the facts are distorted.” 

“People like George Bush send people to war, but we [Republicans] don’t bring them home. We only rescue insurance companies and banks.” 

Maher never misss an opportunity to get Sarah Palin.  Here’s a triple header. “Bergdahl may have been a deserter—no, that was the governor of Alaska. Sarah Palin has been all over this story. They say Bergdahl has trouble speaking English. Well he has had five years of no one to speak English to. What’s your excuse? Five years in captivity can make people do strange things—like when McCain picked you.” 

(Allow me to interject, the insults don’t even make sense.  Worse than Hitler? Stalin? Pol Pot? Atilla the Hun? Try to at least make sense.)

“Lindsey Graham says that Obama released the Taliban Dream Team, the biggest murderers in history.  What will they do when they get out? Hack into My Space? Their shoe bombs are Crocs. They’re Taliban not the X-men.” Then Maher brought the point home by giving them each a ridiculous super-hero name and a ridiculous super-hero power.

“When they were in Guantanamo Bay, we couldn’t kill them with drones.  We didn’t so much free them as give them a running start.” 

“Bergdahl’s life was in immediate danger, and that was just because the Taliban was driving a GM truck.” 

So everybody off the dance floor. It’s intermission time. 

I heard Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel say, “No charges have been filed against him and none are pending.”  I have heard others say he never should have been accepted into the military because of his psychiatric history, but the military was so desperate for soldiers that one out of every six recruits was given a waiver. They didn’t meet the standards set by the military, but were accepted anyway. So if Bergdahl did something wrong, there are others who need to accept a share of the blame.

See the full review of this episode at Premium Cable Reviews.

Guests: June 6, 2014

John Waters: film director, screenwriter, actor, stand-up comedian, journalist, visual artist, art collector, and author of a (sort of) memoir, Carsick: John Waters Hitchhikes Across America 

Ralph Reed: conservative political activist, first executive director of Christian Coalition, now head of Faith and Freedom Coalition, author of several political books. His latest book is Awakening: How America Can Turn from Economic and Moral Destruction Back to Greatness. He has also written a novel, Ballots and Blood: A Novel  

Jim Geraghty: conservative blogger and regular contributor to the National Review, author of the (roman a clef) novel, The Weed Agency: A Comic Tale of Federal Bureaucracy Without Limits 

Nicolle Wallace: political commentator, former communications chief for George W. Bush, former senior advisor for the McCain-Palin campaign and author of several (White House themed) novels, most recently, It’s Classified: A Novel 

Anthony Weiner: former congressman (D, NY), forced to resign from Congress over a sexting scandal, former New York City mayoral candidate, forced to resign from the race over a sexting scandal  (Some people never learn.) He’s now a columnist for Business Insider.

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