Go Bill Maher!

February 17th, 2017 11 Comments

Bill Maher

I am not a fan of Bill Maher. I watched his show once about ten or twelve years ago, found him snide, snarky, holier-than-thou, and not very funny. He had the shallow cleverness that too often passes for intelligence among the liberal left, the kind of cleverness that relies on specious and shallow reasoning and follows the flawed syllogistic argument, ‘I am a good person, so if you disagree with me you must, ipso facto, be a bad person.’ I never watched him again. But in the spirit of giving credit where credit is due, I would like to give him a quick pat on the back. (This is something that I am sure will make all the difference to his life and trajectory of success, something he must have been pinning and weeping for until this happy moment.)

A headline caught my eye, and following the path to various news sources, the bottom line is that Bill Maher is standing by his guns in having a gentleman named Milo Yiannopoulos on his show, even though doing so has caused another gentleman named Jeremy Scahill to cancel his appearance on the same show.

The astute reader, scanning the above paragraph, will doubtless be able to tell I haven’t clue who either of these gentlemen are, nor do I care. I had heard of Yiannopoulos and was vaguely aware that he has something to do with Breitbart News, but since I am only vaguely aware of Breitbart News’ existence, and not inclined to know it any better, I can honestly say I knew nothing about either of them. I have since looked them up on the internet and found that one appears to be a sort of obnoxious far-right gadfly who delights in tweaking the public’s outrage and (presumably) profiting by it. The other appears to be a painfully progressive journalist with an underdeveloped sense of humor who takes himself much too seriously.

So far, there is nothing about this incident that doesn’t bore me to tears, but I was intrigued by Bill Maher’s standing by his choice of a far-right rabble-rouser and particularly by his statement, which reads, in part: “Liberals will continue to lose elections as long as they follow the example of people like Mr. Scahill, whose views veer into fantasy and away from bedrock liberal principles like [sic] equality of women, respect for minorities, separation of religion and state, and free speech.”

Kudos, Mr. Maher! I couldn’t agree with you more! Those are, I might add, the bedrock principles of conservatives too.

I haven’t the foggiest idea what Mr. Scahill’s views are on any of those issues, or what his views on Mr. Yiannopoulos’ views might be, nor do I wish to know. But if Mr. Scahill is such a delicate cupcake that he can’t even abide the thought of appearing on a show with someone who holds different views and different beliefs, I can’t help wondering what his life will be like when radical Muslims move in next door and begin imposing sharia law in his neighborhood. Or—just to prove I’m an equal opportunity offender, happy to be rude to one and all—when extremist Christians such as Evangelicals or Catholics with dangerous views and agendas move in on the other side and start imposing canon law. (I am a Catholic, so I get to poke all the fun I want at them and besides, Catholics were briefly listed by the Army as a dangerous terrorist group a few years ago. Go figure.) Poor Mr. Scahill will have to find a Safe Place. I would suggest he try Canada, but many wild-eyed liberals who swore to emigrate to Canada if the Trumpster were elected have found Canada somewhat harder to get into than less enlightened countries. Such as America, for example.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    This really surprised me Jameson and no I don’t mean that you gave credit to Bill Maher but what he said. It sounds very well thought out and voiced.
    Nancy Darlene

  2. Anonymous says:

    Thanks for another entertaining article. I laughed while, thinking of the story under the humor. Liberals seem to be the least tolerant, tolerant people.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Love Breitbart news (miss Andrew Breitbart terribly), adore Milo (super gay, super Conservative), extremely dislike Bill Maher (but have to give props here), love this blog.

    • Anonymous says:

      This.

      Milo is pure agent provocateur, adept at trolling those on the left who believe everything that trips from Maher’s filthy mouth (won’t even repeat the things he said about/to Ann Coulter) and essentially making life miserable for the petulant snowflakes.

      He has been touring college campuses this past year, both as an unofficial cheerleader for Trump’s election but also casting light on the tyranny of SJWs roaming said campuses and making life miserable for anyone who might have a different opinion on, well, just about anything. The fact that Milo is a very out and flamboyant gay man, practicing Catholic (I know that’s a wonky combination but go with it) who is a hard line conservative and knows his facts on issues from illegal immigration to free speech to the Islamification of Europe, makes the SJWs’ heads explode. Since the left is all about identity politics, and the politics of victimhood, by rights Milo should be one of their own.It truly kills them that he thinks differently. Can’t have that, can we?

      The Berkeley riots were a travesty, with the cops (both city and campus) having been issued a stand down order in advance of the melée. They stood by, safe in their literal glass house, whilst a female speech attendee was maced into oblivion and her husband beaten to the point of a concussion and broken ribs which landed the poor beggar in the hospital. They stood by and watched as she fought to clear the pepper spray from her eyes with help from fellow attendees and try to find out if her husband was dead or alive. And the Berkeley admin essentially shrugged and gave the finger to those who were injured and to the cost of the damage. Here in SF the Chronicle was firmly in the University’s corner, trumpeting on the front page about so-called “fascists” and “white supremacists” getting what they deserved in the wake of Milo’s “hate speech”.

      You may not like the messenger but the message is important: free speech is the only thing keeping us from going asunder and the West’s traditions of civilization built up over 2000 years is in grave danger of being swept from the earth. I know it sounds dire. That’s because it is.

      • Anonymous says:

        Thanks, and thanks for your perfectly spelled out insight. Milo is so brilliantly funny and spot on with his point of view, not to mention a master debater.

  4. Anonymous says:

    I thought I recalled once you writing you were Episcopalian? Or perhaps were accepting a challenge to train a horse into an Episcopalian? ☺

    I don’t wear a political label, but I can’t stand Bill Maher. Never have been able to stand him. My thirty-one-year-old liberal friend loves him. Maybe it’s an age difference thing, and his boorishness appeals to a younger generation. But his exhortation to embrace conversation is precisely why I follow your blog. There are times that my opinion differs from yours, but I always want to remain the type of person who seeks information from all sides, not just that which is in agreement with my view. My opinion reflects my reality, and I want to remain vigilant to accepting and understanding others’ reality. But I prefer that opinion to be intelligently spoken/written and well-researched, which is why I follow your blog. Thanks for remaining this kind of person/commentator.
    Michele

    • Anonymous says:

      I think I remember reading the same thing in the book “An Accidental Cowboy.” Episcopalians are Catholic lite.

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