David Kirkpatrick

October 21, 2009

Wednesday video — Bill Maher on the H1N1 flu vaccine

Filed under: Media, Science — Tags: , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 5:50 pm

Maher, typically a voice of skeptical realism spent considerable time in the last two episodes of this year’s “Real Time” run ranting against the H1N1 flu vaccine.

Watch him really dig that hole in this clip:

The clip was found at this Hot Air post:

Deep thoughts about swine flu and the mercury in your fillings from an anti-vaccination crank of longstanding. If anyone took him seriously, his peddling of this stuff would be worrisome. Fortunately, no one does.

Mr. Maher questioned letting someone stick “a disease into your arm,” wrongly implying that the flu shot contains a live virus. The flu shot is a killed vaccine. (Only the nasal mist vaccine contains a weakened live virus.)

August 2, 2009

Joe Queenan is an idiot

Queenan was funny at one point. Now, not so much.

His bizarre appearance on the July 31 episode of Real Time with Bill Maher was head-scratchingly inane. He came off like a dusty old fart, made nonesensical non sequiturs, injected off-topic points into actual interesting and enlightening discussions and displayed the body language of a crackhead after nineteen hours without a glass pipe in his mouth.

The crowning achievement of stupid was interrupting Michael Ware, an Australian journalist who’s been kidnapped three time while reporting the Middle East, while he was making a point, albeit drawnout, on the state of affairs in Afghanistan and Pakistan and the likelihood of actual talks between the US, those governments and the Taliban. During this cogent bit of analysis from someone with intimate knowledge of the region, Queenan saw fit to leap in with a defense of the rights of women in Afghanistan. What?

And that was the reaction from Maher and the rest of his panel. Uh Joe, I hope you find an appropriate treatment for whatever brand of idiocy that’s afflicted you.