This week's season 8 premiere of HBO's Real Time with Bill Maher is the best episode ever!
And not slowed down with some dumb conservative pundit to balance the thoughtful, funny guests:
- Elizabeth Warren, economic watchdog and consumer finance advocate
- Seth MacFarlane, creator, writer and voice artist on Family Guy and other shows
- Eliot Spitzer, renowned prosecutor of Wall Street and former NY governor
- Norah O’Donnell, MSNBC commentator
- Wanda Sykes, comedian, late night host, screenwriter and black lesbian
Prodded by Maher, MacFarlane did an indescribably perfect Captain Kirk to explain why the current "intent to filibuster" rules grind the Senate to a halt. And so much more.
Since MacFarlane's honesty and intelligence may offend squeamish ears, only grown ups should read his prize quotes about Dick Cheney's war crimes after the fold.
BILL: What about Dick Cheney saying on the Sunday morning talk shows last week, 'I was the one who ordered waterboarding. I'm a big fan.' ?
SETH: If Ronald Reagan were president, based on Ronald Reagan's assertion that no matter who it is, if it's the Japanese in World War II, if it's Pol Pot, if it's us and we're just scared, torture is torture and you prosecute that -- I have to believe that if Ronald Reagan were president, he would try Dick Cheney for war crimes.
(huge audience applause)
BILL: I mean it is a war crime, by international law and our own law. If a guy admits to, brags to committing a war crime, I dunno --
SETH: But that's where Obama's chickenshit, because he's gonna say, "Gosh, if I try the former Vice President of the U.S. for war crimes, no Republicans are gonna vote for my agenda." Well they're not gonna do that anyway, so you might as well string him up.
(applause and cheers)
The more I watch folks like Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert, Bill Maher and Seth MacFarlane, the more obvious it is that the truth isn't hidden - every clown knows it. It's just taboo to discuss it plainly in Congress, the White House, corporate owned news, and most partisan blog forums.
Even when there's 100% consensus across the Convention Against Torture, the far left, and the right's infallible Ghost of Ronald Reagan.