Bill Maher navigates summer gloom in ‘Real Time’

It’s that time of year – schools aren’t open, people are on vacation, the weather is humid and downright awful in some places. It’s the end of the so-called “dog days of summer,” a sleepy moment on the calendar, which is why bill mahero can be forgiven for straying somewhat real time Last night.

actor-director-writer David Duchovny Come early to talk about your writing process in your new book, Reservoir: A Novel, He admitted that the book was a thinly-veiled version of his life. More interesting was the former “X-Files” star’s take on a UFO, which was then topped by Maher.

Duchovny likened UFOs to the old “Ship of Fools” strategy, in which a society would remove its criminals and other unwanted ones from ocean-going ships.

Because most of Earth’s alien encounters involve tooth drilling and anal probes, Duchovny said that perhaps, “some alien civilization was fed up with their sex offenders and their dentists, and put them on a space ship, and never -Sometimes they come around us.”

Maher had another ominous take on him. He was upset that too many UFOs are frequently sighted by trained Navy pilots. his theory? “Because that’s what they’re attacking. They’re going to see what they can do.”

panel discussion featured Matt Tabbyauthor of TK News on Substack and host of the podcast, “Helpful Idiots with Matt Tabby and Katie Halpern,” and lis smithPolitical strategist and new book author, Any Tuesday: A Political Love Story.

Recently there was talk of California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s advertisements that ran in Florida pointing to the threats to freedom posed by the state’s conservative policies.

Maher asked which political party now wins the freedom struggle.

“I don’t think any party has a hold on freedom,” Taybi said.

Smith continued to blame the GOP as the source of the sanctions. She claimed that Democrats stood up for women, who to marry, and the freedom to send children to school without being shot. That, he said, would upset Democrats in the coming mid-term.

Maher pushed back. He pointed to the administration’s instructions to get vaccinated during the pandemic, which has caused many people to lose their jobs. “I don’t want to be misled by anyone,” Maher said. “I must stress that they don’t stress about how I handle my health.”

Taybi agreed, noting that Democrats are “really, really weak” on freedom of expression. “There are a lot of people who associate Democrats with being taken off the Internet.” He continued, “This is the exact opposite of what I remember about liberalism.”

Smith, a former advisor to Pete Buttigieg, talked about alleged GOP activism to keep transgender athletes from competing in women’s sports. She said the GOP was “finding a problem and trying to do this to divide people. There’s no greater risk of men taking over the women’s game.”

Maher scoffed. “In women’s games, men have won. There are many examples of this.”

Dave Chappelle’s recent problems with a venue in Minneapolis were on the agenda.

Maher claimed that “Democrats have lost their sense of humour,” adding “Kicking out Dave Chappelle made me angry. Then people say cancel culture isn’t the real thing?”

Smith claimed to be on Chappell’s side, but then said he was punching the transgender community. “There is no one more powerless than the transgender community,” she claimed.

Maher was blunt. “I disapprove of (that),” he said, but noted, “you are allowed to have that point of view and Dave is still allowed to appear in Minneapolis.”

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