What does a Republican Congressman from Alabama have against an irreverent, raving atheist, HBO comedian?
On a show, after the military recruitment goal wasn’t met, Bill Maher said, “We’ve done picked all the low-lying Lyndie England fruit, and now we need warm bodies.”
Congressman Spencer Bachus said, “I think it borders on treason. In treason, one definition is to undermine the effort or national security of our country.”
My question is: Is Bachus taking issue with the entire statement or just the word ‘fruit’ describing military personnel? It is because the word ‘fruit’ is kind of gay? Not that everybody that lives in Alabama is afraid of gay people – just MOST of them and ALL of their elected officials.
Bachus said he was appalled after watching a rerun of the show shortly after returning from a visit to Germany, in which he met with a paralyzed American soldier in the hospital. He has since written to Time Warner, HBO’s parent company.
“I don’t want (Maher) prosecuted,” Bachus said. “I want him off the air.”
Which is it Bachus? In your view TREASON should be punished by losing your television show? Then can we cancel The OC – because it undermines my effort to prove that we’re not a country of douche bags.
I’m not going to get into how trivial the joke Maher made was. There are certain things you just don’t say (ahem – Randi Rhodes). Bill Maher, didn’t say those that or that. He said that there were more people joining the Michael Jackson fan club recently than joining the military.
The problem is that he implied by his statement that our military is ‘low-lying fruit’? Well, unlike most members of CONGRESS I’ve had SEVERAL members of my low-lying fruit family fighting in a war that the reasoning for, changes more than Robert Blake’s theory on his wife’s murder. When Bachus has some of his blood out there in the desert than he can take issue – until then SHUT UP.
Remember this is an ALL-VOLUNTEER force. The military isn’t meeting its recruitment goal. There are TONS of issues to be looked at. What some comedian said on HBO shouldn’t be one of them. Comedians don’t make the problems – we point them out.
I’m TIRED of this political tactic! I’m TIRED of every time there is a real issue – a real issue of national IMPORTANCE – it’s covered up by hysterics. “They’re going to ban the bible and make everyone homosexual – down with the filibuster!” What?!? “Terrorist want to attack us – let’s make abortion illegal!” *pulling hair out* “There’s a movement to make pornography mandatory in elementary schools – reform social security!” KNOCK IT OFF! There’s only SOME MUCH outrage a country can muster at a time – WE’RE ALREADY IN A DEFICIT!!! Save it – you’ll need it around election time.
My last thing: Bill Maher – how’d you get to be the Lenny Bruce of the 00’s? We call it being ‘Dixie Chicked’ but that’s not accurate. Every time one of us gets in hot water by some ‘squeaky wheel’ it should be called being a “Maher-er.”
-I made a joke about the people in Berkeley being bumper-sticker-activists and I was Maher-ered in San Francisco.
-I was going to say that Bush is a crappy president – but I didn’t want to be a Maher-er for the cause.
-I’m a Maher-er, I’m going to be higher on the dial from now on.
What is this show number 2? I hope that this show doesn’t get canceled. Where else can you see Whoopi Goldberg and Janet Reno together on a episode packed full of the word ‘fuck’.