Friday, April 24, 2015

Real Time with Bill Maher #351 4/24/15 "There There"

by Catherine Giordano

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Real Time with Bill Maher #351 4/24/15 There There

There, There. We all need a little consolation and a few laughs at the end of a hard week. That’s why we have Real Time with Bill Maher on HBO on Friday nights at 10 pm. It’s more outrage than consolation, but the laughs are there.  

Here is the review and recap of the episode 351 which aired on April 34, 2015.  

Eddie Huang 

I thought Eddie Huang, the mid-show guest, would steal the show and he did. He’s the host of the series Huangs World, author of Fresh Off the Boat: A Memoir (now a TV series on ABC), and proprietor of BaoHaus, a NYC restaurant. I’m glad Eddie Huang was there. 

Maher said he was the product of a “tiger mom.” Huang is Korean and he said his mother always told him that there was 5000 years of history that he had to live up to.  

His book and the ABC sit-com based on his book tell the story of a Korean immigrant family. Huang is unhappy with the show because he feels it is full of stereotypes. “The same stories as on every other show, but with yellow faces.”  

Maher said he never could understand why Asians are said to have yellow skin. He doesn’t see it. Huang said he doesn’t mind because “I can claim the emojis as my people.” He said, “I’m Oriental like rugs and 5-spice.”  

Hillary Clinton
The swift-boating of Hillary Clinton has begun. A new book Clinton Cash claims there is a scandal somewhere. Relax. There is no “there” there. Maher called it “the worse scandal since the last one, whatever that was.” He added, “The book was written by the guy who advised Sarah Palin on foreign policy.” That’s like a book on hair styling “by guy who does Trump’s hair. “ 

Maher said that the Clinton Foundation is a charity. “They are not in it for the money…They are policy wonks.” 

Panelist Ana Marie Cox, political editor for The Daily Beast and Bloomberg View, MSNBC political commentator, founder of the blog. Wonkette, and author of the novel Dog Days said “They just want to be loved.” 

Panelist Christopher Caldwell, senior editor at The Weekly Standard and author of Reflections on the Revolution in Europe: Immigration, Islam and the West  “They like power. Whether or not it can be proved, people who gave the money thought they were getting something for it.”  

This was Maher’s cue to berate people who say the Clintons are constantly involved in a scandal. Manufactured scandals!  Ken Starr, after years of investigations couldn’t find anything. In the end he had to say “I got nothing but a blow job.”  

Panelist Liz Mair, Republican political consultant and president of Mair Strategies gave us “the-lamest-remark-of-the-show” moment when she said, “The Clintons handle it badly.”


Ana Marie Cox
Ana Marie Cox
The real money scandal
The real money scandal is Citizen’s United and billionaires like Sheldon Adelson.

Adelson gave millions to Republican presidential candidates in 2012 and will give millions more for the 2016 election. Does he want something for his money? You bet he does. He wants the U.S. to be there for Israel. Maher quipped, “If Adelson was a Hindu, don’t you think the issue would be, we gotta stop killing cows.”   

Anna Marie Cox added, “And the 89 million dollars the Kochs will spend. It is like being a third party.”  

Presidential Candidates
Carly Fiorina has announced her candidacy for the Republican nomination for president. Maher lampooned her in the monolog. “She is running as the junior senator of California, except she wasn’t elected. She’s running on having turned Hewlett Packard around, but not in the right direction. [She was fired as CEO of the company 

In my opinion, she is running just to have something to do and perhaps to get the VP slot if the winning candidate thinks he should have a woman on the ticket. [That didn’t work out so well when John McCain put Sarah Palin on the ticket because she was a woman, but Republicans don’t appear to learn from their mistakes.] 

Mid-show comedy segment: I wish my teacher knew essay
A teacher in Denver assigned her class of third graders the essay topic, “I wish my teacher knew…” The school was in a poor neighborhood and children wrote things like “I can’t do my homework because we don’t have any pencils at home.” And “I miss my Dad because he got deported to Mexico.”  

Maher said when a teacher in Beverly Hills assigned her students the same topic, the responses were very different. Here are a few f them. 


…the lady who come to my parent-teacher conference is my nanny

…I can’t tell when my mommy is mad because her forehead doesn’t move

…my sex tape drops on May 3rd.

…she hasn’t taught me anything because all knowledge comes from scientology

 

vaccineRobert Kennedy, Jr. and the dangers of mercury in vaccines
I wish I knew who was telling the truth about vaccinations. Robert Kennedy, Jr., is an environmental activist, chief prosecuting attorney for Riverkeeper and president of Waterkeeper Alliance. He was on the show to promote the new book Thimerosal: Let the Science Speak and the video Trace Amounts.

He claims that there is still too much mercury in vaccinations and this is harming children because mercury is a neuro-toxin. He claims to be pro-vaccine—all his kids were vaccinated-- but he says vaccinations have become big business now. He said, “The CDC [Center for Disease Control] has been taken over by the vaccine industry.” Kids used to get 3-5 vaccines, but his kids got 16 vaccines and 57 inoculations.  

I did some further research on this, and I've come to the conclusion that Kennedy is dangerously wrong about vaccines. I want to respect him for his environmental work, but he should leave medicine to the medical professionals.  

New Rules: Mommie Nearest
If you watch Bill Maher long enough you get to know his pet peeves,--religion, unhealthy eating, political correctness, and over-zealous parenting. Today the New Rules rant was about  ”helicopter parents”—“parents who are more anxious than a squirrel on meth.“

There is a new catch-phrase:”free-range parenting” It describes parents who give their kids a little space. Like the parents of two children , one aged 10 and one aged six, who were allowed to walk home from a park two blocks from their home in a good neighborhood. The police picked them up. Imagine! Kids allowed to walk alone in their own neighborhood.

Maher said, when he was a kid, there was no such word as parenting. Walking home alone isn’t the problem. Kids sitting at home in front of the TV like “fattening veal” is the problem.

And porn. Because nowadays porn is not an airbrushed Playboy model, but all types of sickening perversion. At least kids playing outside are not sitting home in front of the computer watching porn. And violent sexist video games. So there!  

 
Bill Maher’s Guests #351, April 24, 2015 
 
The interview was with Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.: Editor of a new book Thimerosal: Let the Science Speak, environmental activist, chief prosecuting attorney for Riverkeeper and president of Waterkeeper Alliance.  

The mid-show interview was with Eddie Huang: Host of the series Huangs World, author of Fresh Off the Boat: A Memoir (now a TV series on ABC), proprietor of BaoHaus, a NYC restaurant.  

Panel 

Ana Marie Cox: Political editor for The Daily Beast and Bloomberg View, MSNBC political commentator, founder of the blog. Wonkette, author of the novel Dog Days

Christopher Caldwell: Senior editor at The Weekly Standard, author of Reflections on the Revolution in Europe: Immigration, Islam and the West   

Liz Mair: Republican political consultant, president of Mair Strategies