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Bill Maher owes another apology
Copyright 2005, Orlando Sentinel ^ | May 29, 2005 | Charles M. Grist

Posted on 05/29/2005 12:48:12 PM PDT by Albion Wilde

It was the summer of 1972 and John Kerry's group, the Vietnam Veterans Against the War, was in the midst of an anti-war march through the streets of downtown Gainesville. ... I was disgusted to see that they were not only carrying the American flag upside down, they were carrying the flag of the communist Viet Cong as well.

...The freedom to protest is an important one. ...However, we did not go into harm's way to allow our fellow citizens to help our enemy. ...Now, we have some new Hollywood military experts. The latest is comedian Bill Maher, who made a fool out of himself after Sept. 11, 2001...now he is at it again....

(Excerpt) Read more at orlandosentinel.com ...


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This article was "Special to the Orlando Sentinel" -- not written by a regular columnist for the Sentinel, but by Charles M. Grist. The Sentinel says "Grist is an Army veteran of both Vietnam and Operation Iraqi Freedom. He is a master police officer with the Altamonte Springs Police Department." Click the link to see what Maher has said now.
1 posted on 05/29/2005 12:48:16 PM PDT by Albion Wilde
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To: Albion Wilde



"""we've done picked all the low-lying Lynndie England fruit, and now we need warm bodies."""


-Bill Maher


2 posted on 05/29/2005 12:52:53 PM PDT by LauraleeBraswell (I will never again read another thing by Christopher Hitchens!)
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To: Albion Wilde



How does someone like Bill Maher get his own TV show? He's not just politically incorrect- he's just incorrect.


3 posted on 05/29/2005 12:56:40 PM PDT by LauraleeBraswell (I will never again read another thing by Christopher Hitchens!)
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To: Albion Wilde

Maher is one of the worst of the worst. On a par with Paul Begala.


4 posted on 05/29/2005 12:57:36 PM PDT by what's up
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To: Albion Wilde

Looking at Maher, he actually looks like a demonic being to me. Maybe he is?


5 posted on 05/29/2005 12:59:30 PM PDT by Shanda
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To: Albion Wilde
I don't care if he apologizes. Seriously--would anyone believe it was sincere?

Let him spout his stupidity--that's what free speech is for.

6 posted on 05/29/2005 12:59:59 PM PDT by Dr.Hilarious (If Al Qaeda took over the judiciary and mainstream media, would we know the difference?)
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To: what's up

What a team. Begala takes the prize, though. When he gets that wimpy fake smile going while he's spouting his lies it makes me want to kick the TV. He looks like that guy on Saturday Night Live (which I never watch so I don't know his name).


7 posted on 05/29/2005 1:01:16 PM PDT by Dr.Hilarious (If Al Qaeda took over the judiciary and mainstream media, would we know the difference?)
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To: Albion Wilde

If I was Mr. Grist, I wouldn't hold my breathe waiting for an apology---the Bill Mahers of the world have ALL of the answers, doncha know?!

They have all of the answers, but they don't have a "CLUE"!!!


8 posted on 05/29/2005 1:02:00 PM PDT by Txsleuth (Mark Levin for Supreme Court Justice)
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To: Shanda

IMHO, the freedom to protest is NOT a very important freedom. It is the cause of considerable anguish, it greatly impedes progress, and it is generally exercised irresponsibly.

We'd all be better off if it were curtailed a bit, or if it were only available in even-numbered years.


9 posted on 05/29/2005 1:02:22 PM PDT by ReadyNow
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To: Albion Wilde

Wasn't his brain-gruel program canceled once because he ran his mouth about the 9/11 victims? Now he's blundered into the US Army's sights. Bad choice, Bill. Keep it up and you're going to be MC'ing karaoke night at the local Grill 'n' Grog.


10 posted on 05/29/2005 1:04:17 PM PDT by IronJack
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To: LauraleeBraswell
"How does someone like Bill Maher get his own TV show?"

Simple, the secret to his success is that he is an asshole. Hollywood, and the liberal media are full of them and so it is actually a prerequisite to getting a TV show such as his. If not him than it would just be another much like him.

I despise Maher especially though.

11 posted on 05/29/2005 1:08:20 PM PDT by Radix (Having the best Free Republic Tag Lines since...what time is it anyhow?)
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To: Albion Wilde

Bill Mahler's parents owe everyone an apology.


12 posted on 05/29/2005 1:08:49 PM PDT by angelsonmyside
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To: Albion Wilde

at this point, doesn't Bill Maher's mama owe us all an apology?


13 posted on 05/29/2005 1:10:17 PM PDT by DannyTN
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To: ReadyNow

It's not the freedom to protest that worries me; it's that the freedom was conceived in an era when people had a common view of what morality consists of and the importance of depending on your fellow man to get things done -- therefore you did not insult the common morality lightly.

Now we have become so extraordinarily affluent in comparison that people no longer understand the impact of their words on their fellow man, just as they no longer have to weed the garden, milk the cow or kill the chicken to eat dinner.


14 posted on 05/29/2005 1:28:55 PM PDT by Albion Wilde (Spade = spade.)
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To: IronJack

"Bad choice, Bill. Keep it up and you're going to be MC'ing karaoke night at the local Grill 'n' Grog."


It never hurts to dream.


15 posted on 05/29/2005 1:30:52 PM PDT by Albion Wilde (Spade = spade.)
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To: Dr.Hilarious

"Let him spout his stupidity--that's what free speech is for."


You know, this observation is quite profound. How else will we know the princes from the frogs? I only wish more people would exercise their freedom of choice in this matter of discerning a person's real motives by his or her speech.


16 posted on 05/29/2005 1:33:51 PM PDT by Albion Wilde (Spade = spade.)
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To: angelsonmyside; DannyTN

"Bill Mahler's parents owe everyone an apology."

Here's a link to his bio on NoNameDataBase (nndb.com). It contains a number of surprises:

http://www.nndb.com/people/399/000022333/

To me, this guy is suffering from a serious case of self-loathing. Neither of his parents gave him a worldview containing hope, not to mention humility or duty. We should all pray for him.


17 posted on 05/29/2005 1:38:44 PM PDT by Albion Wilde (Spade = spade.)
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To: ReadyNow

I must disagree with your view.

The right of protest is the single most essential aspect of those natural rights recognized by the specifically enumerated limits imposed on government power by the First Amendment.

I agree that we'd be better off if those who protest displayed some self-restraint, but I cannot agree that it should be "curtailed a bit" (implicit: curtailed by law) - that is unconstitutional.


18 posted on 05/29/2005 1:45:06 PM PDT by King Prout (RG'OIHGV 08 YAEGRKoirliha35u9p089 y5gep'iojq5g353hat5eohiahetb98 ye5po)
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To: Albion Wilde

It's happened once before ...


19 posted on 05/29/2005 1:52:22 PM PDT by IronJack
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To: DannyTN

Bils Momma doesnt owe us an apology, The Rubber leaked., He was strained thru latex. They tried an abortion but it lived.


20 posted on 05/29/2005 1:55:25 PM PDT by sgtbono2002
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To: Albion Wilde
"People like Maher and Penn live in a pseudo-world of self-indulgence, makeup and mirrors."

so true....
I used to like Bill Maher , he was a crack up
Now he is not funny anymore , just pathetic .
I pass his show by as I surf the late night channels
every time.

and when he gave Coco the boot...that was really the last straw ;^)
21 posted on 05/29/2005 1:59:25 PM PDT by injin
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To: Albion Wilde

Bill Maher has a TV show ??!?!?!


22 posted on 05/29/2005 2:01:17 PM PDT by Squantos (Be polite. Be professional. But, have a plan to kill everyone you meet. )
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To: Albion Wilde
Officer Grist has a good reason sufficient unto himself to maintain his anger for these 30-plus years. If it satisfies his emotional needs then I support him in the projection of that anger.

On the other hand, as a Viet Nam vet and the recipient of a couple of pieces of 37mm AAA as part of my experience there, I have subjectively chosen to abandon the initial anger I felt on my return to Tocoma, Washington and the trip home for leave when I too was confronted and yelled at by protestors (I did not change into civilian clothes before reaching McChord AFB from Hawaii). Purely for my own peace of mind and Christian-based learnings that were important to me then, and still are today, my reaction has been different than Officer Grist. I am comfortable with my decision to leave that category of anger out of my life and I hope Officer Grist is equally content with his contrary decision.

Bill Maher is simply an entertainer and, with the Army missing its enlistment goals by 40% during the past months, the current retention and enlistment situation isn't a pretty sight. I think that's what he was referring to. It may not be funny, but it may be a commentary.

23 posted on 05/29/2005 2:20:01 PM PDT by middie
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To: Albion Wilde

His parents may owe us an apology, all we have to do is find them. Maybe the AKC can give us a hint on where to find his mother.


24 posted on 05/29/2005 2:21:59 PM PDT by DoctorDentons
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To: Albion Wilde

His parents may owe us an apology, all we have to do is find them. Maybe the AKC can give us a hint on where to find his mother.


25 posted on 05/29/2005 2:23:15 PM PDT by DoctorDentons
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To: Albion Wilde

I watch him on Larry King for a few minutes when he's on sometimes and Maher astonishes me with his Accepted Wisdom disguised as Original Thought.


26 posted on 05/29/2005 3:57:12 PM PDT by Dr.Hilarious (If Al Qaeda took over the judiciary and mainstream media, would we know the difference?)
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