December 6th, 2010
09:42 AM ET

Gotta Watch: Maher's musings, dump truck chase, train track save

Glenn Beck like L. Ron Hubbard - Bill Maher’s appearance on Sunday’s “Fareed Zakaria GPS” is getting a lot of attention online today. The host of “Real Time with Bill Maher” was asked how much he thinks the Tea Party is about religion.  Maher focused on FOX News’ Glenn Beck, saying, “I think he’s doing what some people before him have done, like L. Ron Hubbard, who is a novelist, and decided, ‘You know what? It’s a much easier gig to be a religious leader.’ ”

And Obama more Wayne Brady than Suge Knight - Maher also looked back on President Obama’s first two years, surprised that he’s more Wayne Brady than Suge Knight.

Teen dump truck heist -You may be asking yourself, who would want to steal a dump truck? The answer: one reckless teenager.  This harrowing police video shows the young driver as he rear-ends the police car and speeds away. Officials say his wild ride went on for more than fifty miles.

Close-call train rescue – This heart-stopping video from Spain shows a man as he topples over into subway tracks. Lucky for him, an off-duty police officer jumps in to save him just as a train arrives.

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  1. SeanP

    I understand the frustration from both sides. The Tea Party, made up in part of a group of intelligent people trying to create smaller government has been over run by slogan babbling slack jaw sheep. The intelligent portion of the group doesn't want to give up the fight but is now completely overshadowed by the headline grabbing Springer-esk rubes led by people like Beck and Palin.

    On the other hand you have a group made up in part of intelligent people trying to guide the people to a more humanist ideology. Unfortunately they have to dumb down their message or speak like Larry the cable guy because the right has managed to brand intelligence or free thought as "elitist". The worst part is now the rest of the world is laughing at the US. I don't mean a snicker or chuckle I mean finger pointing knee slapping laughter. The US is transparent to everyone accept us from the US.

    December 6, 2010 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Dick

    Why are so many people threatened by the thought of God. Is it something in their own conscience that shines a light on all the wrong they do in their lives that causes them to be so resentful and bitter? Where does the need for religion come from? Since the dawn of man, groups of people from all parts of the world and cultures have belief in the supernatural. Why would humans on such a grand scale just start believing in something that doesn't exist? Hmmmm? Maybe Maher doesn't know everything there is to know.

    December 6, 2010 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Observer

      Why would people believe in the supernatural? Fear of the unknown. Always been there.
      What makes atheists and agnostics angry is not so much that people believe in what can't be proven, but rather that they use the religious beliefs to deny others their rights to believe however they want.

      December 6, 2010 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • SeanP

      Oh I get it so God is like a big Wiki leaks and we are afraid of the truth making us look at ourselves and our sins. And by your logic Hitler or Jim Jones or others like them must have been good because so many people believed in them. People are lemmings is the answer to your "why would humans on such a grand scale just start believing in something" question. Remember witch trials, John Edwards or Peter Popoff, people believe the stupidest things.

      December 6, 2010 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • imhe

      Right wing Christians = God in a box, (small Box at that)

      December 6, 2010 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Think B4 U Post

      'What makes Atheist and Agnostics angry....' isn't any different than what makes anyone angry. (I think you're just angry....) Lol!

      December 6, 2010 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Evolution is a lie.

      Here is one of MANY reasons why evolution is a complete sham. I recently had to correct a doctor for claiming we have evolutionary holdovers ( certain organs) they feel are useless and he wanted to just remove. Time and time again they are proven wrong. Arrogance is downright dangerous. We as humans have ALOT to learn..

      If evolutionists do not know what something does, they assume it is useless, as we will see with "junk DNA". One of their "proofs" of evolution has been that as creatures evolve, some body parts that were useful long ago become less important in the new and improved creatures. Eventually these parts no longer function and they shrink in size. Evolutionists called them "vestigial organs". In the late 1800s they made long lists of vestigial organs in humans, including the tonsils, pineal gland, thymus, and appendix.4 In the years since, advances in our understanding of anatomy and biology have knocked them off the lists one by one. Yet the notion lingers on that "there is something to it". In 2009, researchers at Arizona State and Duke Universities reported that the little appendix is a "safe house" for important gut bacteria. If the intestine becomes infected and is forced to flush everything out (diarrhea), the good bacteria stored in the appendix are there to return the intestine to normal working order.30 "Maybe it's time to correct the textbooks," says William Parker, Ph.D., assistant professor of surgical sciences at Duke and the senior author of the study. "Many biology texts today still refer to the appendix as a vestigial organ." Furthermore, over 70% of all primate and rodent taxonomic families contain species with an appendix.13 The vestigial organ idea helped fool millions of people into believing the theory of evolution. Today, this "proof" is down the toilet.

      December 6, 2010 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Humility

      Humility is a virtue of a real man or woman. Anyone who thrusts aside logic and reason to believe in the empty theory of evolution is doing just that. It is so fantastic and takes a much LARGER leap of faith to believe in evolution than it does to believe in a Creator. People easily believe a watch, a car, a building, was designed and created but not the much more complex cell or our wondrous body. See? It takes real humility and a sound mind to understand these things. Evolution is for the arrogant and ignorant. Sad really.

      December 6, 2010 at 6:24 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Richard in Texas

    All hail our conservative overlords. Anyone who says anything negative about them should be demonized and killed. Praise be to Mohammed or rather our conservative overlords.

    December 6, 2010 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • W.Earp

      Agree totally, so give me an address.....

      December 6, 2010 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Cactus Bill

    Unlike a majority of the Republicans, I think for myself. And so does Bill Maher. I agree with him that President Obama made a huge tactical mistake in assuming that the electorate uses sound logic and unbiased information to evaluate government. Or anything. They use propaganda, plain and simple, because its easier than introspective thought. The Sheeple follow their like-minded Icons, and apparently have unlimited capability to absorb misinformation repeated ad nauseum until it ingrains in their tiny minds as fact. Exactly the methodology of organized religion. The corporate elites and mutli-generational wealthy fully understand that theorem, and have perfected "their" media machines to deliver "The Message" any way that suits their self preservation as the true rulers of America.

    December 6, 2010 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kelly

      You think you are a free independent thinker but you are not. You insult others for following a 'man' and you are doing the same thing. You accused others for being rigid and haughty and you are responding the exact same way. Sorry hon, but you are just like them.

      December 6, 2010 at 6:27 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Forrest

    I believe in body Thetans more than I believe in Glenn Beck.

    December 6, 2010 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
  6. PatDuval

    Does anyone really care what Bill Maher thinks?

    December 6, 2010 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Subicsailor

      Yes... at lot of people do. And a lot of others care about what Beck thinks.

      December 6, 2010 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • sheppard

      You obviously cared enough to click on the link, read the article and then post a comment... hypocrite – just like your buddy glen....

      December 6, 2010 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
  7. nikki night

    i like pudding cause i tastes yummy:D...go chocolate boo vanella<3

    December 6, 2010 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Sara

    Woah! Lots of haters on here today! I like Bill Maher. I've watched his HBO show for the past few years, seen his movie etc. Obviously I'm aware that I represent a minority of the country in my belief that religion does nothing other than ruin civilizations but that's another story for another time.
    Bill is just being honest. Am I disappointed in Obama, not really. Think about what is going on in this country! We've convinced ourselves that giving more money (bush tax cuts) to rich people will save the economy. Even though ALL economic indicators show that this will actually make the deficit worse. (And don't bother arguing with me about this. Just simply google "Job creation, 2000 to 2007" for more evidence, not that that will matter to some of you). And the Republicans have clearly stated (several times) that their NUMBER 1 GOAL is to make Obama a 1 term President. Now, I don't know about you, but I really could give a flying fairy about who doesn't like whom for what reason and so on. I care about MY future! I care about the fact that I WILL BE PAYING FOR THIS ECONOMIC MESS FOR THE NEXT 30 to 40 YEARS!! I don't care whose to blame, I care that something GETS DONE!

    And I'm not even going to talk about climate change but here are my thoughts on the subject – Climate change may be a "theory" but SO IS GRAVITY! Shall we begin a national dialogue about the merits of gravity? Maybe it's another control tactic made up by the Obama administration to control your lives Muhahahahahahah!

    December 6, 2010 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Stevareeno

      Gravity is not a theory. Gravity has been proven since Sir Isaac Newton worked out the equations with that little system he invented called Calculus

      December 6, 2010 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sara

      "You see gravity at work any time you drop a book, step on a scale or toss a ball up into the air. It's such a constant presence in our lives, we seldom marvel at the mystery of it - but even with several well-received theories out there attempting to explain why a book falls to the ground (and at the same rate as a pebble or a couch, at that), they're still just theories. The mystery of gravity's pull is pretty much intact."

      "With his law of universal gravitation, Sir Isaac Newton described gravity as the mutual attraction between any two bodies in the universe. He developed an equation describing an instantaneous gravitational effect that any two objects, no matter how far apart or how small, exert on each other. These effects diminish as the distance between the objects gets larger and as the masses of the objects get smaller. His theory explained both the trajectory of a falling apple and the motion of the planets—hitherto completely unconnected phenomena—using the same equations. Albert Einstein developed the first revision of these ideas. Einstein needed to extend his theory of Special Relativity to be able to understand cases in which bodies were subject to forces and acceleration, as in the case of gravity. According to Special Relativity, however, the instantaneous gravitational effects in Newton's theory would not be possible, for to act instantaneously, gravity would have to travel at infinite velocities, faster than the speed of light, the upper limit of velocity in Special Relativity. To overcome these inconsistencies, Einstein developed the theory of General Relativity, which connected gravity, mass, and acceleration in a new manner. Imagine, he said, an astronaut standing in a stationary rocket on the Earth. Because of the Earth's gravity, his feet are pressed against the rocket's floor with a force equal to his weight. Now imagine him in the same rocket, this time accelerating in outer space, far from any significant gravity. The accelerating rocket pushing against his feet creates a force indistinguishable from that of a gravitational field. Developing this principle of equivalence , Einstein showed that mass itself forms curves in space and time and that the effects of gravity are related to the trajectories taken by objects—even objects without mass, such as light. Whether gravity can be united with the other fundamental forces understood in quantum mechanics remains unclear."


      Now, these sound to me like theories that two scientists came up with. Interesting parallels with Climate Change, no?

      December 6, 2010 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
  9. imhe

    "The liberal media" is just an excuse not to read and listen to other's views. No proof to support the claim except MSNBC!

    December 6, 2010 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sam

      Don't call MSNBC liberal merely on the basis of some of its opinion shows. Its news coverage is unbiased and objective. Fox doesn't even go through the pretense of doing that in its news coverage.

      December 6, 2010 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • CuteKate

      Realitysays there is no major liberal media. If you think so, you are a certified fool. Corporate media is by definition conservative. They may make some money off a few liberal shows, but the money that pays for it is conservative.

      December 6, 2010 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
  10. tstorm

    Glenn Beck is emotionally disturbed. I think Fox pays him so much money because people love to watch a freak show and man, is Beck ever a freak!

    December 6, 2010 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
  11. edwards

    gleen beck, sarah palin,rush linbaug,hannity,and all the ones on fox have all those po sheeps behind them and they are the ones that getting richer off those po stupid sheepsl lol

    December 6, 2010 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  12. imhe

    "absolutely certain" really?? I gather you are not a scientists. Our future livelihoods and depend on find something new and/or differant!

    December 6, 2010 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  13. lilbit

    @ Jonathan, why not? something might actually get done.

    December 6, 2010 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Pete

    I might be insane – but I can tolerate both men. They are not nearly at odds with eachother as Maher would imagine.

    Beck's urges for a more limited federal government that controls it's spending is something people really shouldn' thave an issue with as the tax burden on many americans rises over 50%. Beck's religious views are also more tolerable when you understand (and sadly Maher hasn't made this leap) that most people NEED some kind of religious system to believe in to function effectively in society. A secular 'good christanity" is preferable to most other systems outside of buddhism.. Christ's views were in fact very peaceful and tolerant.

    December 6, 2010 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • keith

      Christ's views were very tolerant. Modern day Christians, sadly, are not.

      December 6, 2010 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • 2cents4free

      "I like your Christ. I do not like your Christians, they are so unlike your Christ." -Ghandi

      December 6, 2010 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • SeanP

      Hi Jason,

      You have spoken to me in reference to a quote taken from Observer. I will refrain from making a joke about diatribes based on miss information and devoid of fact.

      December 6, 2010 at 9:20 pm | Report abuse |
  15. chris

    why are people surprised by Maher's views. He is a typical atheist with nothing new to give. I might respect atheists more if they had some decent Christmas music to offer; or anything of cultural significance.

    December 6, 2010 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Observer

      Atheists and agnostics might like Christians better if so many of them weren't trying to force their religion on others and use religion to trash people and deprive them of equal rights.

      December 6, 2010 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • SeanP

      Albert Einstein, Marie Curie, Thomas Edison,Nichola Tesla
      Mark Twain, Ernest Hemingway
      Beethoven, Franz Peter Schubert,Brahms, Debuss
      There are many more but that's enough to show your comment just right wing christian blather.

      December 6, 2010 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nyarlathotep

      Don't lump us all in together, Chris. I'm one atheist who thinks Bill Maher is a jacka s. s.

      December 6, 2010 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nyarlathotep

      Sean P: There are such things as right wing atheists. I'm one of them.

      December 6, 2010 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Fishwich

      Einstein believed in God SeanP. Nice try but you failed.

      December 6, 2010 at 6:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • SeanP

      Understood Nyarlathotep But my comments were not meant for all of the right wing my quote was

      "just right wing christian blather"

      Right wing atheist blather is just blather as religion is usually not brought into the conversation

      December 6, 2010 at 6:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • SeanP

      Fishwich, where you failed is in your research.

      "About God, I cannot accept any concept based on the authority of the Church. As long as I can remember, I have resented mass indocrination. I do not believe in the fear of life, in the fear of death, in blind faith. I cannot prove to you that there is no personal God, but if I were to speak of him, I would be a liar. I do not believe in the God of theology who rewards good and punishes evil. My God created laws that take care of that. His universe is not ruled by wishful thinking, but by immutable laws"

      —W. Hermanns, Einstein and the Poet—In Search of the Cosmic Man (Branden Press, Brookline Village, Mass., 1983), p.132, quoted in Jammer, p.123.

      December 6, 2010 at 6:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jason

      "Atheists and agnostics might like Christians better if so many of them weren't trying to force their religion on others and use religion to trash people and deprive them of equal rights."

      Oh here we go. No one has ever forced you to do anything of the sort, SeanP. Unless perhaps you live in certain middle-eastern areas. I love how people like you act like religious leaders and followers are all standing around with you chained to the ground, shoving bibles and qurans and torahs or whatever down your throats and giving you no alternative choice. I'm sure you're a big boy and can choose to ignore things that get on your nerves. Oh and by the way, someone wishing/asking you to convert (or heck, even yelling it from a box on a street corner) is hardly forcing you to do anything. I'm vegetarian and hear the same crap all the time from meat-eaters. "OMG STOOPID VEGETARIANS TRYING TO FORCE IT ON EVERYONE". Now calm down.

      Also, I assume the only rights you are referring to is marriage. Marriage is not a right, and keeping it between a man and woman doesn't deprive anyone of any basic necessity. And it is no more unfair than denying an adult a kids meal at McDonald's.

      December 6, 2010 at 8:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • SeanP

      You have misquoted me Jason. The comments you are referring to were made by Observer. Imagine a christian lecturing someone based on half truths and a misunderstanding of the facts.

      December 6, 2010 at 10:08 pm | Report abuse |
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