Real Time's Bill Maher had a bit of fun with House Speaker John Boehner and shared some of his "drunken" Tweets they just happened to come across with his audience this Friday.
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The Daily Show's Jon Stewart once again tore into Republicans during their ongoing coverage of what they've dubbed, Shutstorm 2013, and the ridiculous analogies we've heard from some of them to justify their continued brinksmanship during this government shutdown.
After noting that President Obama didn't exactly make the best analogy himself during a speech this week, he moved onto Sen. Tom Coburn and his grandstanding on the Senate floor, where he cut up a giant credit card.
STEWART: I would like permission to use scissors? That is the best evidence yet that our Congress functions at a kindergarten level. [...]
Angry giant aside also, I'm pretty sure cutting up the country's credit card doesn't make the debt go away. You still have to pay it. Credit cards aren't like cursed medallions, where "I destroy it" and it loses all its power. They still find you.
Next up was Sen. Ted Cruz' BFF, Sen. Mike Lee, who compared what the Republicans are doing to a "family man running errands" who was being forced to buy things that aren't on his grocery list. Someone needs to remind this clown that there are a whole lot of items on the Democrats' "grocery list" they would rather not be paying for as well, but they never threatened the full faith and credit of the United States government over it. I was glad to see Stewart let him have it for this bit of nonsense he was spouting on the Senate floor as well.
STEWART: You're a family man running errands for French toast day, forced to buy poetry and gay-ish music.
LEE: That in some ways, is the way that we're asked to spend money here in Congress.
STEWART: Oh, I get it. You're saying some people in Congress are being forced to pay for some stuff they don't want and that's not fair, but unfortunately that's called being in a country with some people who aren't exactly you.
So let's talk about what's really happening at that store. Everybody chipped in and gave you money to go to the store to buy milk, bread and eggs. And then you decided on your own, "You know what? I don't f**king like eggs. Eggs are a Communist menace turning our country Muslim, so I'm just going to buy milk and bread." And everybody else is like, "We passed a law that you would buy milk, bread, and eggs and the Supreme Court upheld... that shopping list."
And that's when you burn the f**king store down!
Stewart asked if there was any way out of this mess, but as he and his Daily Show cohort, Al Madrigal noted, it looks like these GOP "bipartisan-curious” "moderates" are going to "stay in the closet" rather than face a primary challenge from the right, although I have to say, I really object to someone like Peter King being referred to as a "moderate." It seems everyone in the media thinks that the new definition of a Republican "moderate" is someone who isn't completely bats**t crazy.
A new parody video featuring actress Amber Tamblyn and her husband, comedian David Cross reminds us why we shouldn't be allowing Republican "Gynoticians" to be making decisions about women's health care.
Can you imagine if this actually happened to you? If you're one of millions of American women, it has. It is happening not in an exam room, but in a room with marbled floors, expensive pens and numerous symbols of "freedom," populated by men and women in crisp suits whose ideas about "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness" are rooted in illogical double-standards and hypocrisies that boggle the mind. These people are making decisions about you, for you, but not by you. They are passing wildly unpopular laws everyday that dictate the choices you can or cannot make, the health care you may or may not be afforded, the rights you can or cannot enjoy in regards to your very own body. Tell Gynoticians like Rick Perry, Trent Franks, Pat McCrory and the Pat McCrorys of women like representative Jodie Laubenberg and Marsha Blackburn that enough is enough: We aren't just coming for their laws, we're coming for their JOBS.
The Daily Show's John Oliver was back for his second week filling in as host for Jon Stewart and doing a fantastic job once again. He opened this Monday's show with a revelation following the return of Sarah Palin to Fox "News" and her hawking her upcoming book on their ridiculous "War on Christmas":
“I just don’t even know where to begin with her,” he said. “I mean — hold on. I think I’ve just realized something. F*ck it, this is exactly what she wants. Just because I walked into a turd supermarket doesn’t mean I have to buy anything.”
Though Oliver could mock Palin in the typical Daily Show-esque fashion by mashing up clips of the conservative commentator contradicting her own “nonsense,” the more prudent move was to “just f*cking ignore her.”
“I promise America it will feel so good,” he remarked. “It will be like we give our brains an enema together.”
Ignoring Palin rather than mocking her would be a difficult task, Oliver acknowledged, but it was the right thing to do.
It makes me wonder if the writers over at The Daily Show read Karoli's post on the same subject. While I understand and share the fatigue completely and the sentiment behind not wanting to feed her obvious trolling, I also think ignoring her completely is dangerous. I would prefer to see the media ignore her for the most part unless she's subjected to the proper level of mockery and derision she received here.
From this Friday's Real Time, Bill Maher told his audience that he and his staff think they've found the "smoking gun" that proves the IRS had unfairly targeted the tea partiers who are upset about having to wait to get their 501(c)(4) status approved.
Although it wasn't as bad as the carping over at Fox, Stephen Colbert's character wasn't taking the inauguration of President Obama this Monday all that well to say the least. After complaining about why they needed to even have another ceremony and wondering what Romney was doing while the festivities were going on, Colbert decided to re-inaugurate himself as the Commander-in-Opposing-the-Chief on a mound of bibles.
Attention junkie Donald Trump is doing his best to take advantage of Bill Maher poking fun at him on Jay Leno's show this week, where he decided to one-up Trump's birtherism with President Obama. Sean Hannity actually had this clown on for the better half of his show Thursday evening and Trump repeated some of the same remarks he made on Extra the previous day: Trump will ‘probably sue’ Maher after proving mother didn’t have sex with orangutan:
Real estate mogul Donald Trump is threatening sue HBO comedian Bill Maher over a bet over whether the billionaire’s mother had sex with an orangutan.
During an interview with NBC’s Jay Leno earlier this week, Maher had mocked Trump’s absurd offer of $5 million if President Barack Obama could prove he was a U.S. citizen. Maher said that he would donate $5 million to the “Hair Club for Men” or “Institute for Incorrigible Douchebaggery” if Trump produced evidence to counter the claim that he “had been the spawn of this mother having sex with an orangutan.”
“The other night on Jay Leno’s show, he made an absolute offer, I made an absolute acceptance,” Trump explained to Extra on Wednesday. “I sent him documentation and he owes me $5 million, which I’m going to give to charity.”
Trump repeated his threat to sue Maher and also told Hannity that HBO should fire the comedian immediately for insulting him:
Hannity said there would be far more outrage if anyone but Trump had been the target of Maher’s barbs. Trump called Maher “insulting” and said he was shocked by the “horrible things” Maher was saying about his parents. He sent a letter directly to Maher with his birth certificate demanding the five million dollars, which he joked that Maher may or may not have. There has been some question over whether Maher would be legally obligated to pay up, but Trump assured Hannity that his lawyer is confident of their case.
But on the subject of the double standard, Trump agreed that there is only minimal outrage because the insults were directed at him. He told Hannity that if he ever said anything similar about Obama, “you would be fired immediately.” He said that more people should be outraged about Maher’s statements, bragging that his lawyer won him five million dollars before and he’ll do it again.
Apparently the entire concept of comedy and satire is lost on these two. You've got to give it to both of them for having that feigned victimhood routine down pat, though. Heaven forbid that mean old comedian was picking on Trump. It's not like he's ever said anything hateful or disrespectful to deserve it!
Hannity was also pushing him about whether he's going to run for president again and he didn't rule it out, so I guess we've got an early scoop: The next Republican presidential primary is going to be just as big of a clown show as the last one.
Here's Maher on Leno's show earlier this week for anyone that missed it.
On his first night back from vacation over the holidays, Stephen Colbert came to the defense of his hero, "Papa Bear" O'Reilly, better known as Bill-O around here, for his remarks about Asian-Americans on The Factor last week.
Somebody had to stick up for him after that mean old Ed Schultz was picking on him.
Stephen Colbert brought on Americans for Tax Reform and former Jack Abramoff buddy that somehow managed to escape prosecution to the Colbert Report and asked him about his tax pledge he's managed to make the majority of Republican lawmakers to sign, and whether he'd allow grandmothers across the country be terrorized or allow higher taxes. Norquist responded by saying that "I think we console our self with the fact that we have pictures."
I'd really be a whole lot happier if this guy was sitting in a jail cell next to his buddy Jack instead of appearing on Comedy Central and still being allowed to do his best to help destroy our economy in America with his stinking purity test on taxes that every Republican in America pretends they have to bow down to.
Since so many of the undeclared potential presidential contenders decided to skip the first official Republican primary debate, Saturday Night Live decided to treat us to their version of the GOP 2012 Undeclared Candidates Debate, with Tina Fey returning as Sarah Palin.
The segment also featured Bill Hader as Fox's Shepard Smith, Jason Sudeikis as Mitt Romney, Darrell Hammond as Donald Trump, Kristen Wiig as Michele Bachmann, Bobby Moynihan as Newt Gingrich and Kenan Thompson as the Rent is Too Damn High Party's Jimmy McMillan.
As expected, Fey stole the show with her Palin impression.