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Bill Maher Panel Mocks Rural Mississippi Residents From Snug Hollywood Perch
Mediaite ^ | March 10, 2012 | Frances Martel

Posted on 03/12/2012 10:57:00 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

With Tuesday’s Alabama and Mississippi primaries on the horizon, Bill Maher sent filmmaker Alexandra Pelosi to the heart of Mississippi to interview some prospective voters, and what she found was some scary footage– of voters who feared President Obama was a “Muslim” and promising “the South will rise again.” The panel, including Jon Hamm and Michael Steele, analyzed the situation and, after making a few jokes about the subject’s teeth, argued that education was the only solution to their poverty.

With two caveats– that “all these people knew they were going to be on this show and they all think I’m going to Hell” and “we are going to send Alexandra Pelosi to the inner city” in the future– Maher introduced a segment that depicted various Mississippi men (all white men, and no women, despite the state being 51% female and 37% black) complaining about “Adam and Steve,” claiming they hated the government while being on food stamps, and threatening that “the South will rise again.” There was also talk of hating black people and the President for being a “half-breed.”

Maher and Hamm made some jokes about the lack of teeth in the video, though Maher praised their attitude in some respects– “there is something noble about saying ‘we’d rather go hungry than take free money.’” Hamm agreed, adding that the Republican Party is “the party of you’re going to win the lottery and a miracle is going to happen,” which is somewhat improbable to say the least.

Steele defended those hopes, noting that they were natural and American. “No one wakes up in the morning and says, ‘All I want to be today is poor.’” He did find the “South will rise again” rhetoric weird, asking “what the hell does that mean, exactly?” Former SEIU head Andy Stern was actually more aggressive towards Democrats than Republicans, noting that they weren’t offering the sort of viable alternative to people like the ones in the film that would entice them. “Democrats have to figure out how to speak to people, too– there isn’t an alternative, it looks like Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum.”

Catherine Crier noted that even Adam Smith had called for a social safety net to guarantee the functioning of capitalism, which led to a discussion on the “trampoline” vs. “net” analogy, and to the ultimate conclusion that public education that works is key to fixing these issues.

The segment via HBO below:

(VIDEO AT LINK)


TOPICS: Extended News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Mississippi
KEYWORDS: 2012; alabama; billmaher; democrats; mississippi; obama; pelosi; racism; rushlimbaugh; sandrafluke; seiu
If I wasn't going to vote tomorrow, I am now! Somebody ping the Alabama and Mississippi lists, please!
1 posted on 03/12/2012 10:57:19 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Despite his smugness Maher always strikes me as a man who deeply hates himself, and I doubt he’s much of a joy to be around.


2 posted on 03/12/2012 11:03:27 AM PDT by AtlasStalled
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Apparently Maher has no mirrors in his home or studio.


3 posted on 03/12/2012 11:04:12 AM PDT by crosshairs
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I’ll bet when jihadis sent 3000 New Yorkers to their graves on 9-11, it was boys from Mississippi and Alabama who overwhelmingly volunteered to saddle up and help take out the rat b*st*rds responsible.


4 posted on 03/12/2012 11:05:36 AM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Let’s hear it for Alabama and Mississippi! And Louisiana, Texas and Missouri, too!

Only an uneducated jerk wouldn’t know what is meant by “the South will rise again!”


5 posted on 03/12/2012 11:05:41 AM PDT by varina davis (A real American patriot -- Gov. Rick Perry)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

That’s ok Bill because jay Leno often does the Jay walking segment that shows just how low of an IQ Hollywood voters have.I’d much rather surround myself with people from the south than low lives such as yourself who *think* they are so superior...when the rest of us know better.


6 posted on 03/12/2012 11:08:17 AM PDT by chris_bdba
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Today, Ich bin ein Southerner.


7 posted on 03/12/2012 11:08:52 AM PDT by crosshairs
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

mmm, weird how this was not mentioned.

daughter Pelosi went around the south in 2008 making a so called documentry and saw some black guys hanging out the store.

She asked the black guys about racism down south etc and this is how they replied to her.
“You come down here looking for racism and yet you ignore how the word nigger is used much more up there, we get along down here, we don;t mind what color someone is and why don’t you go back up there or where ever you come from and find the racism up there instead of trying to put us down here in the south”

It was words to that affect and yep no mention of that.


8 posted on 03/12/2012 11:09:09 AM PDT by manc (Marriage is between one man and one woman,It's not a conservative view but a true American view)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet; DrewsMum; Tupelo; mstar; jdirt; Vietnam Vet From New Mexico; wardaddy; KLT; ...

Ms ping


9 posted on 03/12/2012 11:13:39 AM PDT by WKB (Anything Obama: "What a revoltin' development this is")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
This movie was the high point of Maher’s career. Everything after was downhill.

Cannibal Women in the Avocado Jungle of Death (1989)

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0094834/combined

10 posted on 03/12/2012 11:13:39 AM PDT by A. Patriot (Have we lost our Republic? Do the majority of Americans care?)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks 2ndDivisionVet.
Former SEIU head Andy Stern was actually more aggressive towards Democrats than Republicans, noting that they weren’t offering the sort of viable alternative to people like the ones in the film that would entice them. "Democrats have to figure out how to speak to people, too -- there isn't an alternative, it looks like Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum."
Wrong, a-hole -- Republicans want to drill for oil, including in the ANWR, a position favored by the Teamsters and claimed to be the eventual policy of President Kerry; Republicans want the Keystone XL pipeline, Zero and his rich puppetmasters don't; Democrats support OPEC, in particular the Gulf States, Venezuela, and Iran. And not surprisingly, the Tweedle comparison sounds exactly like RINO Paul et al.


11 posted on 03/12/2012 11:18:24 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Maher is a smug, hateful little snot with a big mouth who got rich making fun of people whose very decency is often the only thing that prevents them from kicking his ass.


12 posted on 03/12/2012 11:26:54 AM PDT by andy58-in-nh (America does not need to be organized: it needs to be liberated.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

min 1,20

the black guy tells her to basically piss off and good for him as he had it spot on.

Racism exist in ever part but those elitist liberals who live in their white neighborhoods only think southerners are the backward ones but those same ;liberals move south.

Well stay in your liberal utopia as you’re not wanted down here.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VR050P3f0Zw&feature=related


13 posted on 03/12/2012 11:27:56 AM PDT by manc (Marriage is between one man and one woman,It's not a conservative view but a true American view)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Truth is, if that was what Mzzzzzzzzzzzz Pelosi went looking for, I'm sure she could find it. And of course, it gets edited down to just those people, because that's what she wants people to hear and wants her friends to believe.

However, as we all know, if I wanted to show Mississippians and Alabamans that were concerned patriots who have genuine and thoughtful concerns about Obama and the direction he and his party are taking this country, well, I guess I could find some of them, too.

14 posted on 03/12/2012 11:33:12 AM PDT by cincinnati65 (We've been taken for a ride - by Wall Street and Washington DC - Welcome to Amerika!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
IIRC, there was a video circulating that shamed dem voters at the polling centers they were leaving (2008 or 2010?).

I think it was Steven Crowder who interviewed each voter as they left the polling station about their candidates. When asking for specific attributes about their candidate, some struggled to give anything but the boiler plate provided by the media.

Seeing the voters struggle with specifics, the interviewer (Crowder?) fed each dem voter some of the conservative candidates values as if belonging to the dem candidate. Some (if not all) of the interviewees mistakenly agreed.

It was a rather embarrassing video for dems. Would like to see if someone can post the video again to shove in Pelosi/Maher's yap.

15 posted on 03/12/2012 11:43:28 AM PDT by wtd
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Good thing for the liberals there are no Black folks in Mississippi and Alabama. [/sarc]


16 posted on 03/12/2012 11:45:42 AM PDT by Zionist Conspirator (Ki-hagoy vehamamlakhah 'asher lo'-ya`avdukh yove'du; vehagoyim charov yecheravu!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“Michael Steele”. Whenever i see this, i click. I keep hoping it’s the bassist from The Bangles.


17 posted on 03/12/2012 11:48:30 AM PDT by Celerity
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To: andy58-in-nh
Maher is a smug, hateful little snot with a big mouth who got rich making fun of people whose very decency is often the only thing that prevents them from kicking his ass.

Bears repeating.

18 posted on 03/12/2012 11:49:27 AM PDT by Zionist Conspirator (Ki-hagoy vehamamlakhah 'asher lo'-ya`avdukh yove'du; vehagoyim charov yecheravu!)
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To: wtd

I remember some of Hannity’s man-on-the-street calls, where the caller indicates they support Obama completely. Then, Hannity says “So, you support lower taxes.” “Yep!” “So, you believe that smaller government is better.” “Yep!” “You realize those are things that Conservatives support, right?” “Yep, wait, what?”


19 posted on 03/12/2012 11:49:34 AM PDT by cincinnati65 (We've been taken for a ride - by Wall Street and Washington DC - Welcome to Amerika!)
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To: crosshairs
Yawohl, mein herr Crosshairs!

The "elite" just do not want or try to understand southerners.

When they come south, they hunt up the people who fill their expectations of southerners. Some of us have advanced degrees, expensively repaired teeth, a knowledge of history and world events, and have even traveled to and lived in other countries.

Even with mouthy upstarts like Maher and his ilk getting face time, I still prefer the USA.

I invite Maher and the H'wood celeb libs to try Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Kenya, Ukraine, or many other countries for a year and find out what poverty, progressivism, and terrorism are really all about.

vaudine

20 posted on 03/12/2012 11:53:10 AM PDT by vaudine
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To: Vigilanteman
I’ll bet when jihadis sent 3000 New Yorkers to their graves on 9-11, it was boys from Mississippi and Alabama who overwhelmingly volunteered...


As usual, the South did provide generously to the armed forces before and after 9/11; although Miss. and Ala. were not singled out.

A 2005 study by the Heritage Foundation researched precise statistics of how the military enlistments may have changed following the assault of September 11, 2001. Here is what they found:


Who Bears the Burden? Demographic Characteristics of U.S. Military Recruits Before and After 9/11

THE SOUTHERN MILITARY TRADITION

The South is overrepresented among military recruits. It provided 42.2 percent of 1999 recruits and 41.0 percent of 2003 recruits but contained just 35.6 percent of the population ages 18–24. How­ever, other regions also provide a higher proportion of enlistees. The states with the highest enlistment proportional ratings by far are Montana (1.67), Alaska (1.42), Wyoming (1.40), and Maine (1.39). (A proportional rating of 1.00 means that a state's enlistee and general populations ages 18–24 are exactly proportional to their respective national populations.)....

In addition to confirming the strong Southern military tradition, we also found an exceptional tendency for lower than average military participation in New England. The West was underrepresented among 1999 recruits, but its 2003 proportion was equal to the population. For example, ...the Great Lakes states had a proportional rating of 0.86, which rose to 0.93 after September 11, 2001....

21 posted on 03/12/2012 11:56:27 AM PDT by Albion Wilde ("The facts of life are Tory." -- Margaret Thatcher)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

None of these aholes on this ‘’panel’’ would have the stones to tell any of this to these peoples faces.


22 posted on 03/12/2012 12:03:44 PM PDT by jmacusa (Political correctness is cultural Marxism. I'm not a Marxist.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

my dark fantasy is a Taliban video where Maher’s neck is being sawed upon, and above the ‘allah akbars’ you hear him screaming for America to help him...


23 posted on 03/12/2012 12:04:26 PM PDT by AnTiw1 (...after two decades in a mormon hell, i will not live in a country with a mormon president...)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Mississippi is still part of what is left of the Republic... these communists will get an earful of the truth if they come down here... and if they insult us... they will get much more. Ask Charlie Gibson about his trip down here after Katrina.

LLS

24 posted on 03/12/2012 12:05:40 PM PDT by LibLieSlayer (WOLVERINES!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
The panel, including Jon Hamm and Michael Steele...

Michael Steele has gone over to the dark side (no pun intended).

25 posted on 03/12/2012 12:06:52 PM PDT by Albion Wilde ("The facts of life are Tory." -- Margaret Thatcher)
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To: Albion Wilde
Great link.

It confirms what I already knew. Southern boys are second only to American Indians in volunteering.

What surprises me is that Maine ranks #4 in a region (New England) where rates are especially bad. Any idea why Mainers break the normal New England trend to shun the military?

26 posted on 03/12/2012 12:21:45 PM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: cincinnati65

Yeah, that sounds like the one I’m recalling. Got a link we can throw back in Pelosi/Maher’s face?


27 posted on 03/12/2012 1:02:15 PM PDT by wtd
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

You give me a choice between spending a week in Hollywood or a week in rural Mississippi, and I’ll take Mississippi every time.

As long as I go to a blues joint.


28 posted on 03/12/2012 3:26:30 PM PDT by Darren McCarty (Time for brokered convention)
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To: manc
Spoiled rich kid Alexandra Pelosi from San Francisco looking for racism down South.

I was at one place, and someone on the TV was making cracks about Mexicans. The owner, who is Mexican by ancestry said something along the lines of "What's that she said about Mexicans?" followed by "Must be one of those damn Californians."

Deal with your own problems before running your mouth.

29 posted on 03/12/2012 3:32:55 PM PDT by Darren McCarty (Time for brokered convention)
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To: Darren McCarty

Just come on down to Biloxi, I’ll show you around.


30 posted on 03/12/2012 3:45:05 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (Ich habe keinen Konig aber Gott)
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To: Vigilanteman

Maine is kind of the “south” of New England, with some exceptions. New Hampshire used to be like that, but truckloads of Massholes have moved in.


31 posted on 03/12/2012 3:47:00 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (Ich habe keinen Konig aber Gott)
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To: Vigilanteman
Any idea why Mainers break the normal New England trend to shun the military?

Maine always seemed to have more 'good old boys' than say, MA or RI. Also, remember, Joshua Chamberlain, a hero of the Union Army was from Maine, and could be his influence is still being felt.

32 posted on 03/12/2012 5:36:37 PM PDT by SuziQ
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

People who think in stereotypes tend to find material that validates them. And no one thinks in stereotypes quite as much as a tribal liberal. Pity them. And ignore them.


33 posted on 03/12/2012 5:53:25 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I laugh when I think of the attitude adjustment he’d have to make while showing the same vid in the presence of some of his peers from MS, such as Oprah or Morgan Freeman. *Snicker*


34 posted on 03/12/2012 7:31:11 PM PDT by SouthernClaire
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To: 2ndDivisionVet; WKB

Thanks for the post and ping!

I don’t understand...what is the crime?

Isn’t this something that all of us Southerners have lived with most of our lives?

I ignore it, and thank God that I’m from Mississippi, and will be residing there, at least half of the year, within the next year.

For you who are able...and legal....VOTE!


35 posted on 03/13/2012 12:13:02 AM PDT by dixiechick2000 (This hobbit is looking for her pitchfork...God help the GOP if I find it.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
I had a great time listening to the people of Mississippi speaking about Maher on Supertalk radio. There are a great many of people of Mississippi that have greater IQ's than does Maher and can also place a .308 in between his eyes at 300 yards. Its no wonder Maher needs a bodyguard everywhere he goes.
36 posted on 03/13/2012 4:57:41 PM PDT by vetvetdoug
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To: vetvetdoug

Wouldn’t waste such a good round on such a fecal floater.


37 posted on 03/13/2012 5:09:47 PM PDT by MHGinTN (Being deceived can be cured.)
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To: MHGinTN
Truth is, I could make a video just like the one Pelosi made from people I have encountered in California, New York, New Jersey, or Ohio. This is a cheap shot that I have seen again and again by the MSM where Mississippi is concerned.
38 posted on 03/13/2012 5:24:25 PM PDT by vetvetdoug
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