Good new rules and I got a good laugh out of Bill pointing out how football is kind of gay.
It is totally gay. I like football, but I don't own any jerseys or do anything like Bill was talking about. He's right though; regardless of what actually happened with Teo, my life is totally unaffected. However, it is kind of smear on Notre Dame in that they used the story knowing it was a hoax.
She hasn't gotten enough credit for how effective she was and I was happy that Bill brought up the disgraceful fact that she has never been on the cover of a mainstream magazine.
I didn't know this, and it is pretty shameful. Pelosi struck me as upbeat and optimistic. What's she going to say, really? "Well, these people suck and we're not going to get anything done this session." I thought it was interesting that the current Speaker seems to need her probably a little more than the way it usually is in the House. That was actually one of Bill's better interviewing jobs.
I liked Dean as well. He's really smart and outgoing. Part of the problem with some of the panelists is they come off as so crabby, even if they have something interesting to say, no one wants to be around them. I was curious as to why he said "life begins at delivery." I support Roe 100% and the majority opinion from the case is thorough and pretty definitive, imo on this issue. By the third trimester I think they say that the fetus is clearly a life.
I don't understand why "right wing" is considered a bad word. It seems like that guy just wanted to say something for the sake of saying something at that point. Even Bill was like WTF. Did he mean that "right wing" usually means that the person is an extremist? Why not just say that?
I get Bill's point in theory about the senators. There's an interesting article from a constitutional scholar about how it's outdated and we should just make reasonable laws because that's what a civil society does [very short version], but I think Bill harping on the senators is the wrong outlet for that argument. Bitching about the rules that gives the minority party more authority I can get, or the way the reps are apportioned in the house.
I just realized there was another episode from the 18th. It's probably too late to contribute anything too new, but what the hell, it's the internet.
I've said a ton of times here that I don't think a lot of these blowhards on the cable news shows don't really believe what they say, and Short pretty much said the same thing, so I thought that was neat.
Rula Jabreal has done some really strong journalism, but I don't think she's right for the panel...I thought she was a fucking prude...As for Jula, the Palestinean journalist, she really belonged in the opening segment where she could have a one on one and not have to deal with the panel'l silliness (though if she had seen the show, she should have known what she was in for).
If she honestly didn't know what she was getting into by being on the show, then she needs to have a talk with her management/agent. She's obviously smart, but Bill saying "out-fucking" is pretty run of the mill for this show. And I agree that the Teo issue pales in comparison to 99.9% of other issues in the world, but the discussion about the culture of social media, which she actually brought up, re: Arab spring, is a good one to have.
You can get a prescription for medical marijuana for things as mundane as "anxiety."
Also insomnia. The reasons are laughable enough that it's pretty much de facto legal. I don't smoke, but I honestly don't care if anyone does. It's such a non issue. Legalize it, tax the shit out of it, move on.
I felt like he was just saying, "Why bother? It won't help!", which I think is such an awful point of view like Short said, it is just a start.
I remember when people smoked on planes! How awful! I do think Bill was being devil's advocate to stimulate discussion. Anyone reasonable person knows that argument is the definition of a strawman.
Edited by ganesh, Jan 27, 2013 @ 6:58 PM.