Bill Maher Real Time
Watch as Bill Maher takes on four Michael Bloomberg wannabes, who all think they have the moral authority to control every aspect of your life — down to the number of ounces of soda you should legally be allowed to drink in a single sitting.

How amazing is it that Bill Maher recently said “liberals, you can actually lose me. It’s outrageous what we’re paying,” over California’s insane taxes, and now he’s on the same page as Sarah Palin on the regulatory water torture of men like NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg?

Palin Big Gulp CPAC
Physically fit and smoking hot Sarah Palin took the stage at CPAC on Saturday, March 16, where she drank from a Big Gulp and then intelligently defended freedom and individual liberty. It took a few years, but Bill Maher finally caught up to Sarah Palin on the food police issue. Maybe there’s still hope for him yet.

On the March 15 airing of Real Time, Maher found himself in the odd position of having to fend off an entire panel of Jr. Michael Bloombergs — Rachel Maddow and three emasculated men who would willingly bow down and sniff Bloomberg’s sweaty Brooks Brothers socks if he passed a regulation demanding it.

Bill Maher: “I am for overturning this ban. I think this is what makes liberals look bad. This is what makes liberals look like elitist bullies who think they know everything and can tell people what to do. Of course child obesity and in general obesity is a problem, but this is a very lazy way to handle it, to ban sodas over 16 ounces.” …

Bill Maher: “But everybody does something. This is what I object to. Yes, if you’re a cigarette smoker, if you drink too much booze — those things are legal. People do coke; it’s not legal, but they do it. They ride motorcycles. You have too much stress. You never get laid. There’s a lot of reason why you can get sick. …

Jered Berstein: My point is that we we tax them and we should tax this.

Bill Maher: We don’t tax all of them.

Rachel Maddow: We make the worst consequences of those behaviors inconvenient. …

Bill Maher: “There’s something wrong about the seventh richest person in the world lying in bed at night and thinking, “You know what people shouldn’t do? Drink too much Sprite. And I’m going to make a law …  Again, this is what makes liberals look bad. They never met a regulation they didn’t like. Of course, we should do something about this problem, but what if I want to have just that one Big Gulp once a week? I should be able to.”

Rachel Maddow: “Save the cup and buy two and pour them in there. It’s not like we’re banning soda. We’re just making it more inconvenient to do the thing that is going to kill you fast. …

Bill Maher: “You shouldn’t have to clear what you eat with the municipal government.”

To recap: Manhattan state Supreme Court Justice Milton Tingling stopped Bloomberg’s soda ban in its tracks, and both Maher and Palin cheered. Why? Because like I said before, as tyranny closes in political parties fade away. It becomes about liberty vs. tyranny. And at some point even a partisan shill like Bill Maher sees that the road to hell is paved with good intentions.

Oddly enough we saw the future, and it was delivered by Dennis Leary in the embarrassingly cheesy Stallone flick Demolition Man in 1993.

“According to Cocteau’s plan, I’m the enemy, ’cause I like to think, I like to read. I’m into freedom of speech, and freedom of choice. I’m the kinda guy that likes to sit in a greasy spoon and wonder, “Gee, should I have the T-bone steak or the jumbo rack of barbecue ribs with the side-order of gravy fries?” I want high cholesterol! I wanna eat bacon, and butter, and buckets of cheese, okay?! I wanna smoke a Cuban cigar the size of Cincinnati in the non-smoking section! I wanna run naked through the street, with green Jell-O all over my body, reading Playboy magazine. Why? Because I suddenly may feel the need to, okay, pal? I’ve seen the future. You know what it is? It’s a 47-year-old virgin, sitting around in his beige pajamas, drinking a banana-broccoli shake, singing, “I’m an Oscar Meyer wiener,” (Edgar Friendly)

Is it possible New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg learned how to be a tyrant by putting Stallone's cheesy 90's flick 'Demolition Man' on an endless loop in his DVD player? It seems like it.
Is it possible New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg learned how to be a tyrant by putting Stallone’s cheesy 90’s flick ‘Demolition Man’ on an endless loop in his DVD player? It seems like it. Cocteau and Bloomberg: Which is the tyrant? Correct answer: both of them.

How on earth conservatives can put two and two together when it comes to budgets, but they can’t put two and two together when it comes to ways of explaining simple truths about freedom and liberty to constituents who are essentially begging for an alternative to the sad sacks at the helm of the ship, I do not know.

Do you want to be physically fit? Great! Do you want to be a lazy couch potato who sits around playing XBOX all day while downing “buckets of cheese”? Go for it.  (And it’s none of politician X’s damn business.) But being the person you want to be becomes much harder when you have politicians perpetually sticking their noses into your life with regulation after regulation after regulation.

Conservatives do not need to completely transform themselves to have success at the polls. If even Bill Maher’s tyranny-antennae is tingling, all that is required is to articulate the message in a slightly different way. A good start would be to ditch the political consultants who gave the world the McCain and Romney campaigns, and to instead speak from the heart. Sen. Rand Paul did so for 13 hours straight, and it worked out well.

Consider using his approach as a template. More often than not, you’ll be glad you did.

About the Author Douglas Ernst

I'm a former Army guy who believes success comes through hard work, honesty, optimism, and perseverance. I believe seeing yourself as a victim creates a self-fulfilling prophecy. I believe in God. I'm a USC Trojan with an MA in Political Science from American University.


  1. “Rachel Maddow: ‘Save the cup and buy two and pour them in there. It’s not like we’re banning soda. We’re just making it more inconvenient to do the thing that is going to kill you fast. …'”

    In other words, this law isn’t so Draconian; just look at how easily it’s circumvented. Of course, if it’s so easily circumvented, then it’s not that efficacious. And why does Maddow think that having a large serving of Sprite kills people fast? It’s not poison. Lifestyle is what contributes to an early death, not any one single thing.

    1. I almost wanted to do a separate post on Maddow playing toadie for the tyrants. At least Bill Maher still has some semblance of independent thought. Maddow has completely turned herself into a drone.

      You hit the nail on the head — it’s lifestyle, lifestyle, lifestyle.

  2. here’s an example of actual tyranny—the “Emergency Financial Manager” appointed by Michigan’s gov, Rick Snyder:

    Far-right Governor Rick Snyder has ignored Michigan voters and installed Washington DC attorney Kevyn Orr as Detroit’s emergency financial manager (EFM), a position that will give Orr sweeping powers to tear up labor contracts, slash pensions, cut public services, and privatize city-owned assets. From March 28–the date when Public Act 436 kicks in –Orr will make the decisions that would normally be decided by elected officials, primarily the mayor and the city council. In other words, Detroit will become the first city in the US to have its democratically-elected government replaced by a financial dictator.

    1. I think it’s stupid, both to ban it, and to also get so worked up over it, because there are much more serious things to be concerned about.

    2. What is your definition of “worked up”? It seems as though writing a blog post constitutes “worked up.” It seems as though giving any ink to a smaller story that is illustrative of bigger problems is not considered “serious.”

    3. calling this tyranny is getting worked up. were you as concerned with forcing women to get medically unnecessary vaginal probes?

    4. I’ve explained quite clearly that this is not tyranny in the traditional sense.

      Tyrants in the civilized world realized that the old school method of oppressing people through brute force alone was generally a loser for all parties. They came up with a better idea: Tyranny through regulatory water torture. In Michael Bloomberg’s case you could call it regulatory soda torture.

      Drip. Drip. Drip. The master minds come up with new regulations every day. Thousands of federal regulations are added every year. In fact, there are so many regulations that law enforcement agencies can’t even enforce them all, and honest citizens often don’t even know they’re breaking the law — until the feds show up.

      Meanwhile, loopholes in laws allow the masterminds to play king maker. 7-Eleven (with your Big Gulps), you’re exempt. Ma and Pa pizza joint? Nope. Grocery store chain with deep pockets, you’re exempt. Small business guy with a bowling alley? Sorry. Throw out thousands of dollars worth of cups because if you don’t we’re going to slap you with hefty fines.

      Was that not clear enough? I suppose it’s “stupid” to you when some small family restaurant gets “worked up” about having to buy thousands of dollars in new glasses.

      I know you’d like to talk about how Mitt Romney wanted random women to be tied to tables and poked and prodded like something out of the X-Files, but that’s not happening today. Perhaps someone else will go that route with you.

    5. Note his assessment that it’s all “stupid,” MrBillwulf. It’s telling, isn’t it? And it dovetails nicely with my point about regulatory water torture:

      The great thing about regulatory water torture (from the tyrant’s perspective) is that individually these laws don’t anger people to action. In fact, if they’re targeted correctly, the affected constituency is too small to put up a fight, while the rest of the community either shrugs its shoulders or actually believes the stated intentions of the laws trump the slice of individual liberty they shave off.

      To guys like Lizard, even talking about this is “stupid.” Meanwhile, drip … drip … drip. Indeed, that’s precisely what the tyrants want you to believe. “It’s only one stupid law! Why are you getting ‘worked up’ over that?” Drip … drip … drip.

      Believe them and like a frog in a slowly boiling pot of water, you won’t realize what’s happened to you until it’s too late.

  3. I agree, Doug… it’s up to the individual to decide what they put in their bodies, NOT tyrants like Bloomberg.

    And Detroit is need of a serious clean-up, so I hardly think that’s tyranny. And of course Counterpunch, being a far-left website, is going to frame it as being “tyrannical.”

    1. when one person gets emergency powers to make decisions that previously had to be made by elected officials, that is much closer to tyranny than what Bloomberg is doing. Bloomberg is an ELECTED official, Carl. the new ruler of Detroit is NOT ELECTED.

    2. This is Lizard’s MO, Carl. I’ll write a post on Dick Durbin, and he’ll want to talk about Republicans. I’ll post on Bloomberg, and he wants to get into Michigan’s politics. And then when you say, “Umm, let’s first discuss the issue at hand for a bit,” he’ll call you “partisan” and insinuate that you’re not intellectually curious enough to understand why his redirection is actually where the conversation should have started in the first place.

  4. Great reader email about Lizard that made me laugh:

    For a guy who accuses you of one sided partisanship, he seems awfully one-sided in his belief that everyone who doesn’t exactly follow his haphazard thought process is inferior … because clearly when I click on a headline about the NYC soda ban, I’m expecting a discussion on Detoit’s finance czar. That doesn’t even make sense. And, really, how upset can Carl be that a grown man who refers to himself as “The Lizard” is insulting his intellect? Even if he made the greatest point in the world, with his moniker all I can ever think of is the YouTube/tosh.o video “I’m a ssssnake!!!” ( reader).

  5. partisanship has to do with party. the person who sent you that private e-mail doesn’t seem to understand what the word means. Doug, you go after liberals, and that’s fine. you are a partisan, and that’s fine. just don’t try to wiggle out of it by saying you hold the GOP to the same standards. consistency of principal is difficult, just look at all the pathetic Democrats now trying to justify stuff they would have freaked out about had Bush done them.

    1. You’re right. No one understands anything … but you.

      Yes, I’m openly conservative. We’ve discussed this before.

      What you fail to understand is that I actually have a life outside of this blog, and that there are many ways to air my grievances with the Republican Party that don’t entail publicly bashing people I might see at CPAC, at work or at other events in and around Washington, DC.

      Maybe if I name-dropped like every other DC douche bag it would sink in.

    2. most regular folks understand plenty. they understand politicians are paid liars who are totally out of touch with how regular folks struggle to make ends meet.

      and Doug, I have no idea who you rub elbows with, and I don’t care. you just confirmed what I have pointed out: with this blog, you are consciously choosing NOT to publicly air your grievances with the Republican Party.

      I guess it would be pretty stupid to bite the hand the feeds.

    3. You’re right, because I’m sure posts like ‘McConnell: Obamacare, like my jowls, will probably stay’ totally scream “Doug is a GOP butt-boy.”

      There is nothing inspiring about Mitch McConnell. Nothing. The Republican establishment “compromised” its way to out-of-control spending and a bigger government when they were in the driver’s seat, and they will do it again if we sit by the sidelines. …

      Mitt Romney’s campaign blows Obamacare messaging within the first 48 hours of the Supreme Court’s ruling. John Boehner talks a great game, but never delivers. Mitch McConnell has called it quits before the fight even started. And so, it’s up to us — the American people — to get the job done.

      Washington, D.C. is filled with elitist windbags on both sides of the fence, and we don’t have time to play nice with “leaders” like McConnell. The fate of the greatest nation the world has ever known is at stake, and it’s obvious that they are not up to the task.

      You lose. Again. Get a life. Unlike you, if I agree with someone 80% of the time, I don’t consider them 20% my enemy. And I’m not going to needlessly burn bridges.

  6. What a laugh, this Lizard. Hell, even the mainstream media is far from balanced/objective, and you rip a [partly] political blogger for not acting like the MSM should?? That’s one of the main focuses of my own blog (media bias), and I know Doug at times writes about same. Maybe if the media weren’t so freakin’ biased, we wouldn’t have to post much of what we do.

    1. You gotta love it how people like Lizard will rib you for a “lack of balance” when a brief perusal of his blog reveals that he is anything but. The comics media is also affected by a rampant liberal bias, and that’s partly why I blog too… I like pointing out the hypocrisy of leftist creators and how they’re so willing to throw conservative writers under the bridge for expressing contrary views. If they weren’t, I probably wouldn’t be blogging at all.

    2. Hube, I don’t write red meat posts for liberal consumption. I do criticize Democrats from an actual leftist perspective, but I’ve got a libertarian streak in me that’s just as weary of government intrusions into our lives as those on the right. liberal hypocrisy on too many issues drives me crazy, probably more so than the conservative hypocrisy exemplified by demanding soda liberty while shrugging away legislation mandating women have objects shoved up their vaginas.

      young conservatives have the opportunity to evolve the party. Doug could contribute to that evolution if he wants to. or not. I’ll have a poetry post up maybe later tonight touching on that.

    3. Hube, I must admit, I did ignore the “Sex Week” story at the University of Tennessee. I believe they were going to teach women how to creatively use their orifices, with a healthy dose of taxpayer cash. I can be insensitive to the issues women face today. It’s true. Why I didn’t cover the bondage workshop given by the lesbian sex expert, I’ll never know.

      Oh, wait. Lizard was talking about the Mitt Romney X-Files abortion thing again, right? Yes, I have neglected to write on that, too. Guilty as charged.

      I hope my old boss at Heritage reads this exchange. Considering that I logged thousands of miles traveling to every corner of the U.S. for three years talking to college kids with policy experts, overseeing probably the best intern program in DC, many who have gone on to do great things in the conservative movement, etc., she’d have a good laugh. She had a chuckle with the guy who created a stalkerish website about me as well.

      I see Lizard wants to continue to distort the actual point: tens-of-thousands of these kinds of laws, in the aggregate, end up creating a new kind of tyranny. It’s cute the way he tries to make it seem like this lone regulation is what got me “worked up,” but it’s not really working.

  7. Just look at the Captain Comics columns that appear in the newspapers every now and then… I like deconstructing Captain Comics (an establishment hack if there ever was one) and showing how his columns are sensationalist fluff… not to mention, for being a supposed comics fan, he often makes errors when it comes to the basic continuity. Not to mention he’s a hardcore liberal and a mouthpiece for the industry…. he will never say anything bad about the industry, unless it’s a comic that he feels is too “simplistic” or if it goes contrary to his views.

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