Wednesday, July 28, 2004

THE BOX - Time to Get "Real"

Returning from it's Spring/Summer hiatus, Real Time with Bill Mahr premiers Friday at 11 p.m. as Bill welcomes filmmaker Michael Moore, Ralph Nader, Rep. David Dreir, and former Canadian Prime Minister Kim Campbell.  As the Campaign of 2004 heats up, Bill Maher and his guests analyze the Democratic convention; and the minds and motives of George Bush and John Kerry.

If you've never caught an episode of Real Time... start.  It's yet another reason to pay that minimal fee for quality HBO entertainment.  Bill "Too Truthful for Disney" Mahr was booted from ABC's line up because his show, Politically Incorrect... was, well, too politically incorrect.  A blend of Jon Stewart (comedy) and Bill O'Reilly (strong opinions), Mahr is an independent liberal who doesn't back down from issues.  He's proud to drive a hybrid and is quite distainful of the Bush's.  The show offers lively debate featuring guests such as Ann Coulter, Howard Dean, Dennis Miller, Tommy Thompson, Russel Simmons, and more.  Bill's guests include independents, conservatives, and liberals from all walks of society including pundits, politicians, entertainers, and more.  No topic is to hot or off limits during the panel discussions.  Earlier this year Bill tackeled the enrivonment, obesity, Iraq, The Passion of the Christ, the FCC and more.

No matter what your opinion, watch a show where you're welcomed to share it.  And never tune out with catching Bill's New Rules segmant.  To celebrate Bill's return, I thought I'd share my favorite New Rules Closing.  This segment is from September 26, 2003... the finale of Season One and the lead in to the California Recall.

"..And finally, New Rule: Lay off California! 
You know, the rest of America has been having quite a laugh at California’s expense lately. But let’s remember this: California has a lot of people.  And the reason it does is lots of other people in other states saying, “Fuck this, I’m outta here!” And then those people come here to California, and people ask them, “Don’t you miss the winters?” No, strangely enough, I don’t. Much the same way I don’t miss slamming a car door on my hands.

Make fun of California, but if it weren’t for California, East Coast rappers would have to shoot musicians from Branson. If it weren’t for California, there’s be almost no TV, and you’d have to come home at night and actually talk to your family.

You know, the rest of America feels about California the way the rest of the world feels about America. They hate us because we do what we want. They think we’re too blessed and too free, and it makes them nuts in the dreary hovels of Kabul and Tikrit and Lubbock, Texas.  They pray to their threadbare gods that we’ll get what we deserve. But it won’t happen. Because you never know what we’re going to do here next.

We elected Ronald Reagan and Jerry Brown. We’re home to Disney and Hustler, the Partridge Family and the Manson Family.  We can drink a Mudslide and a Sex on the Beach during an actual mudslide while having sex on the beach! Our farms feed the world, and Calista Flockhart lives here. We have bears and great white sharks. And even our washed-up actors are allowed to kill one blonde chick. We invented surfing and cyber-porn and LSD and the boob job. And if we didn’t, who would have.

We have oranges, free oranges, everywhere. What grows on the trees in Scranton, fucker?! We have a real hockey team named after a hockey team in a movie! Our Indian casinos could kick your Indian casinos’ ass. We give our illegal aliens driver’s licenses. And we have a guy running for governor who digs group sex.

Would anywhere else in America trade places with L.A. or San Francisco in a piss-soaked New York minute? You bet they would. Because I don’t recall anyone ever writing a song called “I Wish They All Could Be Rhode Island Girls”! ."


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