Disgusting! ‘Realtime’ Guest: “We have a right to curse out the people…we love the most”

From: Realtime with Bill Maher, 3/28/08

MAHER: We have to bring on our “Real Time” Real Reporter. … Let me ask you quickly, because you’re a radical—[laughter]—have you ever said, “G__ D___ America”? Because I think that’s the worst thing they find this guy said – “G__ D___ America!” Because I watch the TV – “the TV,” what am I, eighty? [laughter]—I watch the TV. [laughter] But I watch TV, and about three times a week, I see something going on where I feel – I say something akin to that. Because this country is so greedy and so…

DAN SAVAGE: Who hasn’t said, “G__ D___ blank” about things that they [love] – I’ve said, “G__ D___ my mother” when she’s gotten on my nerves.

MAHER: [overlapping] Right.

SAVAGE: Like, we have a right to curse out the people and things we love the most. [laughter]

MAHER: Right.

SAVAGE: What else would make you as angry as the things you love? [applause]


Herbie Hancock: “Our Kids are American Kids AND Iraqi Kids”

From: Real Time with Bill Maher, 1/26/08

[Richard] BELZER: And this thing about Iraq fatigue. How dare we be tired of our kids dying and not be outraged and do something about it? [applause]

[Herbie] HANCOCK: Absolutely. And when we say “our kids,” “our kids” are American kids and Iraqi kids. [applause]


HANCOCK: …the thing is, things are escalating. We’re the ones that are the cause of the escalation, because, instead of creating friends , we’re making many more enemies. You know, if we start to make friends, I think the whole picture – the whole picture will change. I guess we’ve forgotten how to do that.


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Kasparov on “Real Time”: America no longer a hope for oppressed people

From BillMaher.com:

MAHER: …Now, one last question. I found out this week – I didn’t realize this – that the torture – and, of course, they say it’s not torture that we do, but it is, of course, torture – that our people are doing, is based on Soviet models. And, I know you grew up under the former regime that probably looked to America as a beacon of hope and freedom. When you see America wiretapping and torturing and basically doing the things the Soviets used to do, what goes through your mind?

KASPAROV: Look, I don’t think it’s about sad events that you just described, because I think that America had sad stories in the past as well. But, in seventies and eighties, America looked as a hope for oppressed people in the communist world. Well, now, America, that is applying double standards to different countries in the world, lost its credibility. And that’s bad news for all of us, because it was a stronghold for democracy. And now, it’s just a country which, according to many, is using democracy as a [geopolitical] tool to promote its own interests. Which is working against us in Russia and elsewhere. [applause]

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