|Is this when the war on terror began?|
Colin Powell at the UN holding anthrax
The interview was with General Colin Powell, a four-star general, former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the former Secretary of State. He is the author of several books. His most recent book is It Worked for Me: In Life and Leadership.
I can praise Powell on one thing. He supported Obama in both of Obama’s presidential elections. He said, “It was the right choice in 2008 and in 2012.” I want to add, what was the right choice when it was time to proclaim your party affiliation? I think he made the right choice for himself—being a black man in the Republican party gets attention and power because there are so few blacks in the Republican party. It is selling out! Why else would a black person align with a party hasn’t done one thing to help blacks since Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation. (P.S. The same goes for gay Republicans. When the party leadership reviles you—why do your support them?)
Talk about terror filled the hour. Maher thinks that Obama is wrong to conduct even a “limited war” against ISIS. Maher thinks Obama is giving them exactly what they want, exactly what the beheadings were designed to do—incite the U.S. to go to war in Iraq.
Maher mocked Lindsey Graham as “the scared-est man in the country.” Because of his recent hysterical statements implying that ISIS was going to kill us all.
He mocked Representative Trent Franks (R, AZ) for saying ISIS was on our border. “Yes,” Maher said sarcastically, “The Mexicans and ISIS are working together. They will cut off our heads with hedge trimmers.”
Maher said that he feels bad about the beheading of the two American journalists by ISIS. However, they were in Iraq and they were there by choice. Maher minimizes the danger ISIS poses to U.S. citizens in general. “Do you really think you are standing in line for the new I-Phone and zap—ISIS beheads you.”
Maher says he agrees with Hillary Clinton that global warming is the biggest threat facing us and the world. But we can’t see the sea rising. It’s not on TV over and over like the beheading videos that Anderson Cooper tells us not to watch and then airs 10,000 times. Maher ends with, “We need to get a polar bear to punch someone in an elevator.”
For more of Maher’s views about ISIS, read Bill Maher Talks Sense About ISIS.
Maher, reported that just as he predicted, the Flip-A-District loser John Kline is now trying to make the campaign be about Maher. He’s having a tantrum because he is terrified of Maher’s campaign against him. Kline has said that Maher is all but his opponent’s campaign manager. Maher refuted this saying he didn’t even know who his opponent was and had never heard of his opponent, Mike Obermueller. Maher said he wanted to emphasize that he is not endorsing or supporting anyone. “We are wholly negative,” he said with a grin.
Matthew Segal and Student Debt and The University of Phoenix Scam
The mid-show guest was Matthew Segal, a media commentator and political activist. He is the co-founder and president of Our Time, a nationwide non-profit network of young Americans promoting economic and voter empowerment, gave us plenty of reasons not to vote for John Kline.
Segal reported that the University of Phoenix, Kline’s biggest supporter, was a publically traded for-profit organization. The university is paid mainly through student loans and the graduation rate is only 22%. (Is that degree even worth anything, given the poor reputation of the school?) Maher added that Kline wants to raise student loan rates and has called student loans a “handout.” At one time, students got education grants, not loans, because education was seen as good for society. Now we have loans with compound interest which students can’t pay back and which hurts the economy because when a person has loan debt he can’t buy a house, a car, or much of anything.
Segal is having a tantrum over this because student loan debt is terrorism for students.
Jack Kingston defends Kline and Attacks Obama
Kingston tried to pin the ISIS problem on Obama asking a rhetorical question “are we safer now (than under Bush)? Yes, Maher said. We have not been attacked (on U.S. territory) like we were with Bush on 9/11. Yes, Pierce said, Obama got Iran to back down. And Obama has done 175 sorties against ISIS.
Republicans like to trot out the old adage that Republicans are better at foreign policy and defense. Powell did it during the interview. And Kingston repeated it. Look closely and you will see Republicans like to spend money on defense, and they like to talk tough but do they actually keep us safer. Do wars make us safer or do they just set the stage for the next war. It is diplomacy that makes us safer.
Every witness to the killing of Mike Brown, including two new witnesses, say that Brown had his hands up and was surrendering when he was gunned down in the street by a police officer.
He described how the most dangerous moment of a black man's life is when he is pulled over by a policeman. He knows that this could be the end of his life. He then told a chilling story of a close call he once had in Louisiana. "I can't believe in a post racial America." he said. "It could get me killed."
Read Wendell's story and see a video clip from Maher's show at: Post Racial America? Not for Wendell Pierce!
1. The people in this country want instant gratification. When Congress does nothing, they lose interest in voting.
2. There is no education on civics. People do not learn in school about how to be a good citizen.
3. Money has perverted the system. People feel that without money they can’t affect the political system.
I could add to this list, but this review is already too long.
The mid-show comedy bit was about fracking. The American Petroleum Institute bused in homeless people to attend a town hall meeting and speak in favor of fracking. They were paid to do so. Maher joked that that they were allowed to make their own signs. Here are a few of the signs:
“We are the 99 Proof.”
“Give me money, and I’ll say anything, just like Congress.”
“I hate nature. A seagull stole my French fry.”
I found the jokes a little lame, maybe because they were mostly making fun of homeless people and not politicians.
Bill Maher's Guests #329 September 19, 2014