From the Las Vegas Review-Journal:
If this is the best defense U.S. Rep. Shelley Berkley, D-Nev., can do in explaining how she differentiates between Rush Limbaugh and Bill Maher, maybe we ought to not only question her judgment in standing up for basic American rights like free speech, but also her intellectual ability to think through issues.
Rush Limbaugh called a woman who testified before Congress at “slut.” He apologized. Berkley, who says she is outraged for women, is sponsoring a petition to remove Limbaugh from the airwaves.
Maher, meanwhile, who gave $1 million to re-elect President Barack Obama, does not register on her “ire-o-meter.” She says she will not sponsor a petition to remove him for calling Sarah Palin a “c—” and a “twat.”
Her reason for trying to force one off the air and not the other? She’s quoted today in “The Damon Political Report” saying:
“Berkley drew a distinction between Maher and Limbaugh, saying one is an entertainer and the other is tantamount to a Republican operative.
” ‘If you cross Rush Limbaugh and you’re a Republican office holder, then you have to crawl over and kiss his ring,’ Berkley said. ‘There’s a big difference between what is being said by Bill Maher and his humor, although I don’t find that funny, and what Rush Limbaugh does, who pretty much calls the shots in the Republican Party.’ ”
Rush Limbaugh calls the shots in the Republican Party? Seriously? Exactly what would be the specifics on that, candidate Berkley?
In Nevada, the Reno Gazette-Journal reports that embattled U.S. Congresswoman Shelley Berkley is defending Bill Maher’s disgusting jokes he has made about conservative women, U.S. Rep. Shelley Berkley said Tuesday that entertainers like liberal comedian Bill Maher who make jokes at the expense of conservative women are not the same as Rush Limbaugh, who last week made disparaging comments about a Georgetown University law student.
- Meanwhile, Politico is reporting that even David Axelrod is distancing himself from Bill Maher. David Axelrod will not be appearing as a guest on “Real Time with Bill Maher,” despite reports last week that he was scheduled to do the show in the next few weeks. “He’s not scheduled to go on at this time,” said Ben LaBolt, the press secretary for President Obama’s re-election campaign. … Axelrod’s cold feet are not the only sign that the right’s attacks on Maher seem to be gaining some traction. On Thursday, The Daily Caller reported that the Alabama Democratic Party had scrubbed its website of an announcement for its upcoming fundraiser headlined by Maher.
- Additionally, the Associated Press reports that Senator Dean Heller wants to cut off lawmakers’ pay if they can’t pass a budget. The idea is simple. If Congress doesn’t pass a budget and all 12 of the accompanying spending bills setting annual agency budgets on time, every lawmaker’s paycheck would get cut off. No exceptions. … “I’m trying to help people understand that if you don’t have a job it has to do with uncertainties in the markets and it has to do with the fact that Washington, D.C., refuses to do its job, which is to tell people what their tax rates are going to be,” Heller said. “You take any other Nevadan or any other American and tell them you don’t have to do their job for 1,000 days — they probably don’t keep their job.”
- Finally, KTVN-TV in Reno reports that Heller assailed Berkley for supporting Barack Obama and Harry Reid’s failed energy policies. [Heller’s] campaign also says Obama administration energy policies endorsed by Berkley are to blame for higher gas prices.
As many of you are now aware, Bill Maher (as well as a host of other commentators on the left) has a long history of making sexist, uncivil comments with regard to conservatives, and conservative women in particular. In fact, Maher’s misogyny has gotten so out of hand, that now many noted liberal columnists, such as Kirsten Powers, are finally calling him (and some other progressive pundits) out on his egregious behavior.
However, this past Friday evening Bill Maher–who is now well aware that even those on his own side of the aisle have grown weary of his misogyny–decided to move on from picking on women to picking on poor people. Maher sent Alexandra Pelosi (the daughter of former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi) to rural Mississippi to supposedly interview prospective Republican voters about the upcoming Mississippi primary. While Ms. Pelosi’s video aired during Maher’s show, he, Jon Hamm and some other liberals on his panel sneered at the poor, barely literate people in the video (see the video below). Francis Martel of Mediate implied that Maher and his panel were elitist when she wrote that they were “mocking rural Mississippi residents from a smug Hollywood perch”. While I agree with Ms. Martel that elitism was definitely on display here, something else more sinister was afoot.
First of all, Ms. Pelosi issued a disclaimer that these were the only sort of people that she could find in the entire state of Mississippi. I gotta call BS on that! I grew up in Mobile, AL and had a roommate in college that was from Biloxi, MS (who I went home with on the weekends frequently). I have driven through and been to MS numerous times–I have NEVER seen or come into contact with people like the ones featured in the above video. Furthermore, my mother-in-law is from rural MS and she was valedictorian of her high school, got a Master’s degree in statistics from Tulane University and spent her career teaching advance placement mathematics in Texas high schools. Furthermore, her mother was one of the first women ever to graduate from Vanderbilt University with a degree in physics. Heck, Eli Manning was the quarterback for Ole Miss and still managed to graduate with a 3.44 GPA! Why didn’t Ms. Pelosi drive through Biloxi and Ole Miss’s campus and chat with the people there? (That would have been a heck of a lot simpler that traipsing through backwoods MS in order to talk to people with no education and no teeth.) The answer is simple–Ms. Pelosi didn’t want to talk to people that sounded like my mother-in-law or looked like Eli Manning. People like them would not have fit the narrative that she wanted to create–that narrative being that all MS Republican voters are illiterate, racist and toothless. Bottom line, Pelosi and Maher are being highly disingenuous when they try to pass the people in the above video off as the typical southern/MS Republican Primary voter.
Second of all, is it just me or was there a certain cruelty in mocking the people in the above video (even the stupid white supremacist)? It made me a tad queasy to see the daughter of the former Speaker of the House, Bill Maher (a guy who just gave President Obama a million dollar check) and Jon Hamm (one of the five best looking people in America IMHO) laugh at poor, semi-literate people, a senile old man, and a homeless guy (he was living in a hovel) who seemed somewhat mentally challenged and was lacking many of his front teeth. The people in the above video are poor, they are powerless and some are literally toothless! (My heart went out to them, and would have if they had said ridiculous things about George W. Bush instead of Barack Obama. Oh, and if anyone thinks that most of these people in the above video actually vote, then I have a blind bird dog and some underwater real-estate to sell you.) Whereas, Alexandra Pelosi, Bill Maher and Jon Ham are rich and quite powerful when it comes to shaping public opinion. I am reminded of what it says in the book of Luke:
“To whom much is given, of him much will be required.”
I mean, these people on Maher’s panel were given so much (looks, wealth, fame, power) and they then decide to pick on the powerless and the toothless?! That is not good satire–any great satirist, like say Oscar Wilde, knows to only pick on the powerful. This is just pure meanness.
And finally, to Bill Maher I say the following:
Dude, really???!! Your idea of cutting edge comedy and satire is to call conservative women misogynistic four letter words and to imply that all southern conservatives are “toothless hicks”? Yawn! That is not only tired, cliche’ and totally played out, it is the last bastion of the intellectually lazy. Jon Stewart would never stoop to that level. It is definitely time to hire some new writers and bring in some fresh blood because you, yourself, have become a cliche’–that of the angry, hypocritical liberal elitist who thinks that he is for the women and the little guy, but in reality has absolutely no tolerance or compassion for anyone–rich or poor, male or female–who does not think exactly like him.
“Shelley Berkley can’t play both sides of this issue. Will she continue her fight to defend women if it means going up against one of her political allies or is this just election-year hypocrisy? Shelley Berkley, where do you stand on Bill Maher?” said David Gallagher, Executive Director of the Nevada Republican Party.
Maher, who has established a long history of attacks on conservative women, has donated $1 million to President Obama’s Super PAC. The President of Concerned Women for America today wrote a letter to President Obama asking him to speak out against comedian Bill Maher’s comments.
Over the past several days, Shelley Berkley has launched a series of unfounded attacks on Dean Heller. Heller is on record calling Limbaugh’s recent comments “offensive.”
See the story below for contents of the letter:
Why we are calling on Obama’s Super PAC to return Bill Maher’s $1 million donation
Penny Young Nance
March 08, 2012
After publicly chastising radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh on Tuesday, President Obama continues to send administration officials out to raise money for Priorities USA – the so-called “Obama Super PAC” which recently boasted about accepting a $1 million contribution from vile misogynist, comedian Bill Maher.
With that in mind, I sent the following letter today to White House Chief of Staff Jack Lew:
The Honorable Jack Lew
Chief of Staff
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue
Washington, DC 20500
Dear Mr. Lew:
As president of a women’s organization representing nearly 500,000 women nationwide, I write to demand that individuals in the Obama Administration immediately stop raising money for Priorities USA, often referred to as “Obama’s SuperPAC” – a group that has not only taken money from misogynistic comedian Bill Maher, but has publicly boasted about his support for their efforts.
According to The New York Times, President Obama has given a “blessing” to Priorities USA, and his chief political advisor David Plouffe headlined a fundraiser for the group last week:
“David Plouffe, a top political adviser to President Obama, is scheduled to appear at a West Coast fund-raising meeting Friday for the “super PAC” backing President Obama’s re-election bid, according to several people familiar with the event. … The event comes about a month after Mr. Obama essentially gave his blessing to the outside groups, signing off on a plan to dispatch cabinet officials and other senior White House advisers to address them on his behalf, signaling a turnabout from his attitude toward independent efforts in the 2008 campaign. The meeting in the Bay Area is for Priorities USA Action, a super PAC set up by Mr. Obama’s former aides.” (“Top Obama Advisor to Appear at ‘Super PAC’ Meeting, New York Times, 3/2/2012)
Just last week, a Priorities USA senior official publicly boasted about Mr. Maher’s support for their efforts. In a great irony, Priorities USA official Paul Begala wrote the following in a fundraising appeal:
“In case you missed it, last week, comedian Bill Maher pledged ONE MILLION DOLLARS to us at Priorities USA Action to help fight back against the right-wing money machine. Needless to say, we are thrilled. Bill’s commitment to fighting intolerance, extremism and right-wing hate (which is redundant, I know), is legendary. And now he is putting his money where his mouth is.” (Priorities USA Fundraising Appeal attached)
As I am sure you now know, Mr. Maher is a serially vile misogynist. Newsweek/The Daily Beast reports the following about Mr. Maher:
“…The grand pooh-bah of media misogyny is without a doubt Bill Maher—who also happens to be a favorite of liberals—who has given $1 million to President Obama’s super PAC. Maher has called Palin a “dumb twat” and dropped the C-word in describing the former Alaska governor. He called Palin and Congresswoman Bachmann “boobs” and “two bimbos.” He said of the former vice-presidential candidate, “She is not a mean girl. She is a crazy girl with mean ideas.” He recently made a joke about Rick Santorum’s wife using a vibrator. Imagine now the same joke during the 2008 primary with Michelle Obama’s name in it, and tell me that he would still have a job. Maher said of a woman who was harassed while breast-feeding at an Applebee’s, “Don’t show me your tits!” as though a woman feeding her child is trying to flash Maher. (Here’s a way to solve his problem: don’t stare at a stranger’s breasts). Then, his coup de grâce: “‘And by the way, there is a place where breasts and food do go together. It’s called Hooters!’” (“Rush Limbaugh isn’t the only media misogynist,” Newsweek/The Daily Beast, 3/4/2012)
Not only did the president’s chief political advisor and paid White House staffer David Plouffe headline a fundraising event for Priorities USA, but The New York Times previously reported President Obama’s campaign manager was encouraging “a handful of officials from the administration and the campaign” to “appear on behalf of Mr. Obama” at events for the group.
Active fundraising by the Obama White House for this group flies in the face of what the president said on Tuesday, in response to a question about Rush Limbaugh:
“I don’t know what’s in Rush Limbaugh’s heart, so I’m not going to comment on the sincerity of his apology. What I can comment on is the fact that all decent folks can agree that the remarks that were made don’t have any place in the public discourse. And the reason I called Ms. Fluke is because I thought about Malia and Sasha and one of the things I want them to do as they get older is to engage in issues they care about. Even ones I may not agree with them on. I want them to be able to speak their mind in a civil and thoughtful way. And I don’t want them attacked or called horrible names because they’re being good citizens.”
As I am sure you understand, President Obama cannot put forth the eloquent position he announced on Tuesday, while sending administration officials out to raise money for an organization that not only counts a vile misogynist as its largest single donor, but whose executives actively boast about that vile misogynist’s support.
For the sake of the “public discourse” the president called for on Tuesday, Mr. Obama needs to publicly disassociate himself from Priorities USA and cease all further fundraising in support of the organization, until they return Mr. Maher’s contribution immediately. If Priorities USA prefers to donate Mr. Maher’s contribution to charity, my organization can recommend a list of charities that serve victims of domestic violence and abuse.
President and CEO
Concerned Women for America
AIM’s Ben Johnson takes a look an unprecedented lawsuit unfolding as former US Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell sues CREW, a Soros-funded non-profit that illegally attacked her campaign.
More on this from the Daily Caller:
“[W]hat happened was CREW and Melanie Sloan launched a broadside attack against Christine O’Donnell the morning after she won her primary and CREW has followed this same pattern in many, many cases, probably Christine O’Donnell’s race was the most egregious,” Mitchell said. “But, the IRS – we are asking the IRS to revoke CREW’s tax exempt status because they’re not supposed to be involved in campaigns and they attack Republicans. They attacked Christine O’Donnell falsely. She’s been exonerated and it’s time that CREW be held responsible and act and – be held to be a political organization which is what they really are.”
O’Donnell likened the attacks to false sexual assault accusations, which are given credibility when they’re registered with the Feds. That, she said, was a waste of taxpayer money.
“And what I like in their whole action, too, is imagine you don’t like a candidate,” O’Donnell said. “So you knowingly get someone to accuse them of sexual assault or even worse, rape. To give your rape more credibility or to give your claim more credibility, you actually file that complaint with the U.S. Attorney’s office. Now, they’re obligated to investigate. That’s an abuse. And meanwhile, keep in mind you knew this was a false accusation. That’s an abuse of taxpayer dollars. It’s an abuse and misuse of the justice system. It’s using the justice system as a political weapon so that’s why we’re standing up to fight back to say what you did to me was wrong. You cannot make a politically motivated claim, false claim, and get away with it.”
Pretty much everyone remembers last January when the liberal mainstream media accused Sarah Palin of being an accomplice to mass murder because she had almost the exact same target map on her Facebook page that the Democrats had up a year earlier. This whole “do as I say, not as I do” fiasco prompted liberals to decree that we needed a widespread campaign for civility. (Yes, I realize how hypocritical it is to demand civility from others while falsely accusing your political opponents of being accomplices to mass murder.)
Well, I thought that everyone might be interested to take a look at the liberal idea of “civility” that’s been on display since last January. First, there was the lovely union rallies in Wisconsin where participants cursed out reporters, called people they disagreed with vile names and hit my friend Tabitha Hale over the head with a sign. (Video is NSFW.)
Then, we were all treated to Jack Stuef and the good folks over at Wonkette making fun of three-year-old Trig Palin on his birthday for having Down’s Syndrome and referring to him as “half-alive”, all the while implying that Todd Palin raped his own daughter.
[Below is an excellent take-down by Steven Crowder regarding the lovely column on Trig Palin published at Wonkette. Warning--video is NSFW.]
Oh, and who could forget the recent brouhaha regarding the Rutgers University professor who got drunk and accosted Paul Ryan in a DC restaurant for drinking an expensive glass of wine that he paid for with his own money. (Her behavior was particular egregious considering the fact that she was dining in the same expensive restaurant and drinking an expensive bottle of wine herself.)
So, if you were thinking that liberals couldn’t sink any lower with their “civility”, you would be sorely mistaken. Last Friday night, Bill Maher had comic Marc Maron and sex-advice columnist Dan Savage on the panel of his show. When the topic of Michelle Bachmann’s husband, Marcus, came up–along with his ministry to try to convert homosexuals to heterosexuals–Marc Maron said the following:
“I hope [he] takes all that rage that comes from repression and denial into the bedroom with her…and I hope he f**ks her angrily, because that’s how I would.”
Not to be outdone, Savage then replied to Maron’s quip with the following quote:
“I sometimes think about f**king the sh*t out of Rick Santorum…I’m up for whipping up some Santorum in Santorum.”
Really fellas?! This sounds an awful lot like saying that you would like to rape Michelle Bachmann and Rick Santorum simply because you disagree with them politically. So much for “civility”.
[By the way, this isn't the first liberal foray into rape fantasies. In 2009, Playboy wrote a column about the conservative women that they would like to "hate-f**k". Caleb Howe has the screen shots here.]
FYI, I’m not a huge fan of Marcus Bachmann’s whole “pray away the gay” crusade, just like I’m not a huge fan of Dan Savage’s claim that married people–gay or straight–shouldn’t be monogamous because it is “unnatural”.* However, what I like less is the growing idea in leftist circles that it’s OK to fantasize about raping people that you disagree with politically. Newsflash Lefties–people have the right to be misguided, give bad advice, disagree with you, or be flat-out wrong without being bombarded with threats of sexual assault.
Now, the nastiness of Bill Maher’s panel only became more pronounced from there. For example, later on in the show, Dan Savage said the following with regard to Congressional Republicans:
“I wish they were all f**king dead!”
Behold the civility!!
However, by far, the most appalling moment of Maher’s show came when he did his “New Rules” segment at the end of the show. After about a minute of calling Michelle Bachmann and Sarah Palin a slew of sexist names (all the while claiming that he’s not a sexist), Maher launches into a tirade against Sarah Palin and her family when he says the following:
“…And when I point out that Sarah Palin is a vain-glorious braggart, a liar, a whiner, a professional victim, a scold, a know-it-all, a chiseler, a bully who sells patriotism like a pimp, and the leader of a strange family of inbred weirdoes straight out of The Hills Have Eyes, that’s not sexist. I’m saying it because it’s true – not because it’s true of a woman.”
Now, the Hills Have Eyes reference might go over your heads, but you really should be aware of what it means. The Hills Have Eyes is a horror movie by Wes Craven where the quintessential American family is attacked, raped and brutalized by a family of radiation exposed mutants–oh, and the youngest member of the mutant family is mentally disabled. (See the movie trailer blow.)
Ha Ha–that’s so funny! You know, comparing beautiful little girls and a special needs child to violent, hideous mutants…that’s a real knee-slapper right there. And hey, what would far-leftist humor be with making fun of a special needs child? Liberals really ought to come up with a bumper sticker that reads, “We hate little girls and special needs children–vote Democrat!”. I really think that would be a great way to win friends and influence people, don’t you? I mean, nothing says class and “civility” like hating on young girls and mentally handicapped children by comparing them to radiation exposed mutants.
[On a side note, I find it to be a bit peculiar that the people comparing the Palin children to violent, raping, murdering mutants are the ones actually fantasizing about the rape and murder/death of their enemies, but I digress.]
In all seriousness, though, if you think that any of the above humor from Bill Maher’s recent show is funny, then please, stop whatever it is that you are doing, let your fingers do the walking in the Yellow Pages and find yourself a good shrink. Really, if you think that fantasizing about people being raped, mocking a handicapped child and comparing young girls to disfigured, violent mutants is funny (simply because you don’t like their mother), then you are an awful person and you need help.
And yes, I am making a value judgement here and I realize that many liberals think that value judgements are icky and some would probably like to see me “hate-f**ked” because of it, but I don’t much care. Some behaviors are just frankly uncivil–nay vile–and should be loudly denounced as such. It is high time that conservatives start demanding real civility from liberals, instead cowering whenever they whine about our target maps and “Don’t Tread On Me” flags. Enough is enough. Here is where I take my stand.
*PS–See, I was able to disagree with people without fantasizing about their rape or murder, or comparing them to disfigured, violent mutants.
The left loves to chastise conservatives for their “vitriolic discourse”, yet often fail spectacularly to maintain basic civility in their own discourse. The New Tone Award is reserved for liberal notables who demonstrate that double standard:
“Did you hear this – Sarah Palin finally heard what happened in Japan and she’s demanding that we invade ‘Tsunami,’” Maher said. “I mean she said, ‘These ‘Tsunamians’ will not get away with this.’ Oh speaking of dumb twats, did you –”
…there’s a certain brand of evangelical Christians who believe in Revelations, that Armageddon is coming, and that will happen in Israel basically….but that’s why they like Israel. That’s why they want Israel to be strong. It’s not because…It’s not because they like Jews or Israelis.
“You’re trying to take up our time getting us to defend your friend Sarah Palin. If you keep us busy defending her, we have less time to defend women’s bodies from the onslaught of reproductive rights attacks and other threats to our freedom, safety, livelihood, etc,” wrote Bennett. “Sorry, but we can’t defend Palin or even Hillary Clinton from every sexist insult hurled at them in the media. That task would be impossible, and it would consume us. You know this would not be a productive way to fight for women’s equal rights, which is why you want us stuck in this morass.”
She didn’t like Ronald Reagan’s politics. She knew the Reagans and she was friends with them, I think, but she didn’t like his politics. And here is the reason, I think, because as the AIDS crisis began in 1981, and Reagan couldn’t even say the word “AIDS” until 1987, after 40,000 people had died from the disease.
They’re just looking for opportunities to cheap shot the President. The people who were criticizing Bush had a coherent, had coherent reasons to criticize him. It wasn’t like that. There was coherence to the point of view, where as here, I think you’re exactly right. They would just be trashing him whatever he did, and it feels that way. It feels cheap, it feels shallow.
We have to think much more creatively. The key thing… What does the other side fear the most – they fear disruption. They fear uncertainty. Every article about Europe says in they rioted in Greece the markets went down
The folks that control this country care about one thing how the stock market goes what the bond market does how the bonuses goes. We have a very simple strategy:
- How do we bring down the stock market
- How do we bring down their bonuses
- How do we interfere with there ability to be rich
“Not since the dark days of the Bush administration have we seen a Republican-controlled Congress that is so intent on pushing their agenda in Washington — protecting tax breaks for oil companies making record profits, attempting to roll back environmental regulations, and not only refusing to pass climate change legislation in any form but refusing to acknowledge that climate change even exists,” Gore wrote in a fundraising pitch for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC).
On his MSNBC show this evening, Cenk Uygur suggested that opposition to President Obama’s Libya policy is “unpatriotic.” For good measure, Dem congressman Gary Ackerman stated that opposing the president is “cheering for the wrong team.”
You can make up to 3 selections, but you only can only vote once.
For some odd reason, Sarah Palin causes liberal elites to rabidly foam at the mouth. Professor William Jacobson of the blog Legal Insurrection wrote an insightful piece about how conservatives seem to reflexively defend Palin, because liberals seem to be perpetually attacking her. Furthermore, not only do liberals seem to revel in finding weird reasons to attack Sarah Palin, but they also seem to only be happy when they are attacking her family as well (probably because they see them as little “spawns of Sarah”). Now, why is this? I haven’t a clue. However, I can state beyond a reasonable doubt that it’s not helping them.
It’s become apparent as of late that the Left has a new obsession. Christine O’Donnell’s dabbling in witchcraft in high school and her 1995 stance against masturbation (when she was a conservative activist) have truly captivated her critics. Whether it’s Bill Maher, Maureen Dowd, Richard Cohen, or Frank Rich, all the Left can talk about is witchcraft and masturbation.
However, as I have noted, all of this creepy talk from the Left is actually a sign of weakness. Why? Because there is no way on earth they would be talking incessantly about witchcraft and masturbation if unemployment wasn’t so high and their poll numbers weren’t so low. If you read the tea leaves properly by really taking a look at popular culture–and even the so-called liberal media–it is painfully obvious that victory just isn’t in the cards for the Democrats this November and a few of them are slowly starting to realize it.
So, without much fanfare and ado, I would like to share with you five bad omens for the Left’s prospects in November.
This past Friday night, Bill Maher broke with tradition. Instead of just having a panel composed of three Leftist yes men who hang on his every word, Maher had a panel of two conservatives (Andrew Breitbart and Amy Holmes) and one progressive (Seth MacFarlane, the creator of The Family Guy).
Things were humming along quite nicely until the topic of health care came up. Maher seemed flummoxed by the fact Americans didn’t appreciate just how much President Obama had done for them by shoving ObamaCare down their throats. Here’s what he said:
“It would be popular if the Democrats would talk about it more.”
Genius! It’s all because that Obama just hasn’t given enough speeches about health care yet. There’s no other reaction possible to such gibberish than to roll one’s eyes.
Then, when Amy Holmes explained to Maher that the Democrats had “talked endlessly” about Obamacare, and “their agenda was rejected by the American people”, Maher had the following reply:
Here we go again.