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Last night, Bill Maher blasted the Supreme Court for their horrific rulings that have proven liberals correct about the real intentions of certain people that the Court claimed would not be a problem.

And finally, New Rule: When you promise the American people that something won't happen if you change the law, and then you change the law and it does happen, yeah, you have to eat a little shit for it.

Oh, I'm not talking about him.

I'm talking about him.

Twice now in three years — first with the Citizens United ruling, and then with gutting the Voting Rights Act — Chief Justice John Roberts and the conservatives on the Supreme Court changed the law, and promised no bad would come of it.  And bad came of it almost immediately.  John Roberts is kind of the legal equivalent of the guy in The Hurt Locker, except in his case he always cuts the wrong wire, and everything always blows up.  (audience applause)

Now back in June, before they took their summer break, the Supreme Court dropped the big one — they gutted the 1965 Voting Rights Act, which is the law that forced certain states — let's just say the ones where you might find a Piggly Wiggly — forced those states to get permission from the Justice Department before they made any changes in their voting laws.  Why?  Well, because in the past, these states had been naughty, and had prevented minorities from voting with little tricks like poll taxes and literacy tests.  

But the conservatives on the Court, all excited from being born yesterday, said racism had been cured!  And that laws against voter suppression were unnecessary.  Relics of a bygone era, like cassette tapes or moderate Republicans.  They said that other than shopping at Barney's, there was no evidence anymore that black peop... (one person in audience laughs) — thank you, one person (audience laughter) — there was no evidence anymore that black people needed special protections.  Come on, it's 2013, they're dating Kardashians now!  (audience laughter)

During arguments of the case, Justice Roberts actually asked with a straight face and a cocked head:


CHIEF JUSTICE JOHN ROBERTS (2/27/2013): Is it the government's submission that the citizens of the South are more racist than the citizens of the North?
(audience laughter)

Well, for example, in the last election, 66% of whites in Vermont voted for our black President; 10% of whites in Mississippi did.  So maybe a tad!  (audience laughter)

And the South, after all, was responsible for enslaving black people, and Jim Crow, and the KKK, and lynchings, and Paula Deen lives there.  I'm going to go with YES!  (audience laughter and applause)

So, what happened after the Court changed the law?  Within 48 hours, Texas, Alabama, Mississippi, Arkansas, South Carolina, Virginia all moved to make it harder for minorities to vote.  The Court was proved thunderously wrong in less time than it takes Miley Cyrus to get dressed.

Same thing happened with the Citizens United ruling.  President Obama said at his 2010 State of the Union speech that the Supreme Court had "opened the floodgates for special interests ... to spend without limits in our elections".  And Justice Alito was famously shown mouthing the words "Not true".  (Bill mouths "not true" twice)  Turns out... (Bill mouths "TRUE!  TRUE!")  (audience applause)

Of course!  Left to their own devices, the filthy rich — I'm sorry, I mean America's job creators — it turned out they did indeed sway elections with billions from God knows where.

Creepy billionaire Sheldon Adelson and his wife — the last woman on Earth rocking the Annie Hall look (audience laughter) — they alone spent $150 million dollars in 2012.  Money he mainly got from owning a casino in China, just as the Founders envisioned.

And yet, Justice Kennedy, writing for the majority from his tower in Whoville, said:

JUSTICE ANTHONY KENNEDY (1/21/2010): Independent expenditures, including those made by corporations, do not give rise to corruption or the appearance of corruption.
Which is true, except for always.  (audience laughter and applause)

John McCain called that naive, which of course it is.  And it highlights a very real problem with today's conservatives.  They are just too sentimental about how wonderful America is.

Racism?  That's over!

Moneyed interests?  They couldn't corrupt us if they tried!

Conservatives act like they're tough-as-nails realists, but they cry at fireworks.  And they get a warm Morning in America feeling thinking about lighthouses and farmers and the smell of pie.  And they just can't believe that Americans, God's chosen and wonderful people — maybe you've heard we're exceptional — would ever do anything as corrupt as... YEAH WE WOULD!

Twice in the last three years, the Court believed in us, and twice, Americans basically said what John Belushi said in Animal House: "You fucked up.  You shouldn't have trusted us."  (audience cheering and applause)

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Originally posted to BruinKid on Sat Nov 16, 2013 at 03:38 PM PST.

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  •  After Maher's recent comments about Boston there (1+ / 0-)
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    Stude Dude

    is no doubt that he is a major @$$hole. He may be a liberal @$$hole, but he is still an @$$hole. You could'nt pay me to watch him.

    •  No one's forcing you to (0+ / 0-)

      So perhaps you shouldn't stress yourself out by posting in threads where transcripts and video of the asshole you hate so much are put out there for all to see.  

      Humor, like art, challenges, makes us think, and occasionally offends.  Laugh at some, all, or none of his jokes, as you choose.  I personally think he's beyond awesome, and we would do well to have about a thousand more like him on the airwaves.  

      Odds and ends about life in Japan: 1971wolfie.wordpress.com

      by Hatrax on Sun Nov 17, 2013 at 06:38:09 AM PST

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      •  I think I'll make my own decisions thank you. (0+ / 0-)

        Here is a link with some specifics of the Marathon incident.
        http://en.m.wikipedia.org/...
        The blast itself was a horrific event that resulted in 3 deaths and some 280 casualties with some 264 injured from the blast. Among them was a 6 year old boy watching with his family. His 4 year old sister had to have one of her legs Amputated and the mother received brain injuries from the shrapnel . Some 16 required limb amputation, some required multiple amputations . Many other had severe shrapnel wounds to the head or  abdomen. The City and surrounding area were locked down for for 4 days with and order to stay inside due to the man hunt for the two brothers.

        I repeat, Maher is a first class @$$hole with no filter.
        HBO is classless entity for not firing him over this and other garbage that comes out of mouth.

  •  Maher's ugly panel guests (2+ / 0-)
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    yuck. I had to walk out of the room. My husband loves this show so I watch it sometimes for together time. I come closest to liking it when he has Dem politicians and Michael Moore on the show. Then, at least, I don't have to go in the other room and turn on loud music.

    The anti-transgender Victoria's Secret "New Rules" joke was only funny if you think laughing at transgender people is the greatest!!! Nothing funnier than a guy in a dress, amirite!!!

    On the bright side - hubby no longer tunes in to Fox "to get the other side."

    •  It's as funny as (1+ / 0-)
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      madcitysailor

      any other joke, say about dead babies, PMS, erectile dysfunction, war, death, dismemberment, murder, taxes, or sleep apnea.  We joke about things that make us uncomfortable, not because they're ha-ha funny, but because that's how humans deal with things.  There's a world of difference between the drunk redneck making homophobic jokes and someone like, say, Bill Maher or Dave Chappelle doing it for reasons of social commentary.  There's offensive for the sake of cheap yuks, and there's making us think and chuckle uncomfortably at our own closeted prejudices.  I would suggest that we need to look at the intent behind the curtain (or under the dress) instead of just automatically taking offense.  

      Odds and ends about life in Japan: 1971wolfie.wordpress.com

      by Hatrax on Sun Nov 17, 2013 at 06:44:40 AM PST

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  •  Why aren't the Conservatives out in force (3+ / 0-)
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    elwior, Darwinian Detrius, Jyotai

    yelling "legislating from the bench". There's no clearer or more obvious case of it, than gutting the VRA.

    •  A question with an answer that's as obvious... (1+ / 0-)
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      Heavy Mettle

      as this one:

      CHIEF JUSTICE JOHN ROBERTS (2/27/2013): Is it the government's submission that the citizens of the South are more racist than the citizens of the North?
      My apologies to you good-hearted southerners out there. Sorry about your neighbors.

      Also, shame on you, Mr. Maher, for poking fun at transexuals. That bullshit has serious consequences.

      One good thing about music, when it hits you feel no pain -Bob Marley

      by Darwinian Detritus on Sat Nov 16, 2013 at 06:29:59 PM PST

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    •  Its only legislating from the bench when... (1+ / 0-)
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      The result favors liberals.

      Otherwise its known as 'Original Intent'.

      The sad thing is liberal legal scholars fall for this BS even more than conservative ones do. The Roberts / Scalia fan club is massive among liberal law professors and writers. They endlessly blather on about how brilliant those guys are and how well... they're so right on everything even when its annoying...

      I remember being disgusted with professors in law school who would talk about Scalia's Original Intent doctrine and how good Scalia was at sussing out the founder's intentions.

      They would say "maybe we shouldn't be following the intents of the founders anymore" but I, having read the 'Founders" papers in my undergraduate... would think... "Or maybe we should just realize Scalia is flat out wrong about what those guys said roughly 2/3rds of the time..."

      And then everytime a liberal ruling comes out... and Scalia and his ilk blasted it as legislating from the bench those law professors would be right there again with "well yeah, Scalia's right. Guess we got lucky getting that one through because we shouldn't have..."

      No one is better at propping up these extremist right wing judges than a pack of left wing lawyers... Its just sad...

      The roaches always win if you turn out the lights.

      by Jyotai on Sat Nov 16, 2013 at 10:52:04 PM PST

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  •  That's Mrs. Adelson? (1+ / 0-)
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    That literally looks like Sheldon with a wig on

  •  Worst court ever. (0+ / 0-)

    What's to point of voting?  Seriously, what's the point of anymore? What can be done about this?

    "Down with sodomy, up with teabagging!" Sign @ TeaBilly rally.

    by pitbullgirl65 on Sun Nov 17, 2013 at 01:43:36 AM PST

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