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April 30, 2007

Sunday Funnies

And this week's winner is?




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This Week w/George Stephanopoulos

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April 29, 2007

Bill Moyers - Jon Stewart

Bill Moyers interview with Jon Stewart. You can watch the entire show in either Qucktime or Windows Media here It also includes a great interview with Josh Marshall The Jon Stewart John McCain interview is here

Part I




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Part II




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Part III




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Bill Maher - New Rules

Food networks, death, new planets, mustard, abortions, and crazy people all get new rules




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Real Time w/Bill Maher
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April 28, 2007

Dennis Kucinich

Bill Maher interviews Dennis Kucinich. I wish Dennis looked just a bit more presidential. It's a sad world where appearance is a prerequisite for national office. Imagine Roosevelt in today's nip and tuck world, sitting in a wheel chair running for president. There is no way he'd be elected today. I like Dennis' stand on the issues it is nearest to mine of all the candidates. What is it about Dennis makes him not appear presidential. To paraphrase Randy Newman short people got no reason to run for president.




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Real Time w/Bill Maher
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Frank Caliendo

Frank Caliendo as George W. Bush interviewed by David Letterman




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Late Show w/David Letterman

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April 27, 2007

The Good Book Says

It needed to be said, and it needs to be repeated. Religious fundamentalists are dangerous and delusional, and when they quote their good books, they need to be challenged, and sometimes they need to be ridiculed. Those of you who claim your religion is one of love and not like those hateful, demented, believers need to join in the condemnation. You need to acknowledge that they, your fellow Christians are not to be respected for their beliefs, for if you say respect such beliefs, if you remain silent, you too are dangerous and delusional.

(tip to Mark)



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Bill And Joe on Religion

Bill asks Joe how do you know, and Joe's answer is . . .
This is part two, but includes an adequate summary of part one.




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Scarborough Country w/Joe Scarborough

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In The News

A little of "In the News" from the BBC4's fabulous "The Now Show"




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April 26, 2007

Buying The War

If you missed Bill Moyers Wednesday night you're in luck the video is here
Four years ago on May 1, President Bush landed on the aircraft carrier USS Lincoln wearing a flight suit and delivered a speech in front of a giant "Mission Accomplished" banner. He was hailed by media stars as a "breathtaking" example of presidential leadership in toppling Saddam Hussein. Despite profound questions over the failure to locate weapons of mass destruction and the increasing violence in Baghdad, many in the press confirmed the White House's claim that the war was won. MSNBC's Chris Matthews declared, "We're all neo-cons now;" NPR's Bob Edwards said, "The war in Iraq is essentially over;" and Fortune magazine's Jeff Birnbaum said, "It is amazing how thorough the victory in Iraq really was in the broadest context."

Still not persuaded, here is a short clip from the beginning to convince you to watch the whole thing




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IED

John Murtha doesn't like John McCain's joke.




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Religion Poisons Everything

Slate excerpts from Christopher Hitchens Book God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything
The argument with faith is the foundation and origin of all arguments, because it is the beginning—but not the end—of all arguments about philosophy, science, history, and human nature. It is also the beginning—but by no means the end—of all disputes about the good life and the just city. Religious faith is, precisely because we are still-evolving creatures, ineradicable. It will never die out, or at least not until we get over our fear of death, and of the dark, and of the unknown, and of each other. For this reason, I would not prohibit it even if I thought I could. Very generous of me, you may say. But will the religious grant me the same indulgence? I ask because there is a real and serious difference between me and my religious friends, and the real and serious friends are sufficiently honest to admit it. I would be quite content to go to their children's bar mitzvahs, to marvel at their Gothic cathedrals, to "respect" their belief that the Koran was dictated, though exclusively in Arabic, to an illiterate merchant, or to interest myself in Wicca and Hindu and Jain consolations. And as it happens, I will continue to do this without insisting on the polite reciprocal condition—which is that they in turn leave me alone. But this, religion is ultimately incapable of doing. As I write these words, and as you read them, people of faith are in their different ways planning your and my destruction, and the destruction of all the hard-won human attainments that I have touched upon. Religion poisons everything.

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April 25, 2007

Keith Olbermann - Special Comment

Keith Olbermann tell's exposes Rudy Giuliani for what he is a scum-sucking opportunist. Interestingly John McCain took very direct shot at Rudy today. Can you believe it. The New York fire and police departments are still using the same radios they used on 9-11. The ones that didn't allow them to talk to each other.




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Countdown w/Keith Olbermann

Belief

. . . to believe in God is one way to express a willingness to believe in anything. Whereas to reject the belief is by no means to profess belief in nothing—Christopher Hitchens, God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything

Links With Your Coffee - Wednesday

Give War a Plan, Fat Chance




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Judeo-Christian Philosophy

A Dionysus request. Christian philosophy : tide comes in, tide goes out, sun goes up, sun goes down"




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April 24, 2007

Tattoo

I recently finished reading John Baker's Novel "The Chinese Girl", a fun read by the way. The protagonist Stone Lewis is recently released from prison. Before he leaves prison however he's held down and the word SCUM is tattooed on his forehead, a teardrop under his left eye, and blue bullet holes at his temples.

When I read that, I immediately thought of George and Dick and the rest of the Bush gang and how they deserved some prison time, and what tattoos each of them might receive at the hands of their constituents. I can easily picture "I'm a Dick" tattooed on Cheney's forehead, but what of the others?

Guns

The "Now Show's" Marcus Brigstocke has some thoughts on the second amendment, and on guns in general.




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BBC Radio 4 The Now Show

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April 23, 2007

Richard Dawkins - Bill O'Reilly

Bill O'Reilly interviews Richard Dawkins author of The God Delusion . There were no real fireworks and Richard got the message out. Billo's arguments, design, Stalin was a bad dude, and I'm a Catholic and that's truth to me. Apparently Bill's only standard for truth is that he believes it. My only complaint, it was too short.




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Death

BBC4's Jeremy Hardy on Death




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BBC Radio 4 Jeremy Hardy Speaks To The Nation

Every Day is Earth Day

30 years ago Earth Day was established to remind us each year, for at least one day, how important it is that we understand, appreciate and renew our planet. Today, I am pleased to share with you a preview a major endeavor that will be unveiled later this week. It is called the Earth Portal – a new non-commercial destination on the Web for news, learning and debate about the state and future of our environment.

Backed by hundreds of the world’s top scientists spanning 49 countries, the Earth Portal will enable a new community to emerge, directly connecting scientists, journalists, policy makers and you.

Watch the vision of the Earth Portal now at EarthPortal.org . You can also a download a high-quality version of the video there.

Given the trends we all are seeing more clearly every day, the future of our planet is at stake in the decisions we make in the next few years, and the Earth Portal community may make a pivotal difference in that future.

It launches in five days. Join us on April 27th at EarthPortal.org, and let’s make every day Earth Day!

Something In Common

A Soprano's moment of Zen




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April 22, 2007

Alberto Gonzales

SNL's Amy Poehler and Seth Meyers have something to say about Alberto Gonzales, really.




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Saturday Night Live
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Bush Cheney Traitors

Bill Maher Rants on Bush and the Iraq war.




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Scarborough Country w/Joe Scarborough

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April 21, 2007

God is Not Great

My copy of Christopher Hitchen's new book God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything arrived today.

There still remain four irreducible objections to religious faith: that it wholly misrepresents the origins of man and the cosmos, that because of this original error it manages to combine the maximum of servility with the maximum, of solipsism, that it is both the result and the cause of dangerous sexual repression, and that it is ultimately grounded on wish-thinking... I had already discovered these four objections (as well as noticed the more vulgar and obvious fact that religion is used by those in temporal charge to invest themselves with authority) before my boyish voice had broken... And here is the point, about myself and my co-thinkers. Our belief is not a belief. Our principles are not a faith. We do not rely solely upon science and reason, because these are necessary rather than sufficient factors, but we distrust anything that contradicts science or outrages reason. We may differ on many things, but what we respect is free inquiry, openmindedness, and the pursuit of ideas for their own sake.
I've only read the first chapter but this may be the best of the lot, and the previous three were outstanding.


Links With Your Coffee - Saturday

Bill Maher - New Rules

Bill Maher on the environment and Earth Day. The best line "It's nature's way of saying can you hear me now.




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Real Time w/Bill Maher
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April 20, 2007

Flubya

"If you've got a chicken factory, a chicken plucking factory or whatever you call them you know what I'm talking about." —George W. Bush




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Countdown w/Keith Olbermann

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April 19, 2007

Bomb Bomb Bomb

John McCain is a rock star.




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Harball w/Chris Matthews

Resign

The hearings went as expected. The liar, Gonazles, in order to avoid admitting he's a liar chose the I'm incompetent route. I particularly enjoyed Senator Tom Coburn's contribution.




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Bill O'Reilly Interviews Richard Dawkins

Richard Dawkins will be interviewed by conservative commentator Bill O'Reilly on Monday, April 23, at 8.00pm EST on FOX. The program will be rebroadcast at 11.00pm. Check your local listings for times.

For more informations, go to Fox or richarddawkins.net

Do you have suggestions or advice for Richard? Leave it here and I'll pass it on.

Links With Your Coffee - Thursday

April 18, 2007

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April 17, 2007

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April 16, 2007

'Guest workers' needed to do dirty work at slave wages

Robyn Blumner's analysis is spot on.

Salt Lake Tribune - 'Guest workers' needed to do dirty work at slave wages

nevitably, during a debate on illegal immigration, someone will claim that we need this population because they will do the work that no American will do. President Bush said it Monday in Yuma, Ariz., while pushing his new guest worker program. Temporary workers, he said, are needed so the Border Patrol ''will not have to try to chase people who are coming here to do work Americans are not doing.''

    This argument infuriates me. There is no such thing as work that Americans won't do. (Bush neatly arabesqued around what ''Americans won't do'' by saying what ''Americans are not doing.'' Same message.)

    Americans will do any kind of work. They dig coal miles underground in dangerous mines; they pick up garbage on the street; they work in sewers; they harvest fruits and vegetables on their own farms; and they fill mind-numbing assembly-line jobs.     Here is what Americans by and large won't do. They won't work in physically demanding jobs for a wage that doesn't support a family. They won't do grueling work, such as in roofing or construction, that doesn't offer sick pay or annual vacation time. They won't work in the blood and bile pits of slaughterhouses without reasonable health and safety standards. . .

Actually, I think it's a convenient fallacy to suggest that there is a dearth of available unskilled labor and an additional alien workforce is needed. According to Ira Mehlman, spokesman for the Federation for American Immigration Reform, 21 percent of the adult population of the U.S. is functionally illiterate. ''We might run out of a lot of things in this country, but unskilled workers are not one,'' Mehlman says.

Despite our ostensibly low unemployment rate, thousands of people keep showing up for jobs at Wal-Mart when they open a store. But if we do need more workers, then why not just open our legal immigration process to more people every year? Waiting lists for legal entry are decades long. Why not just let lots more in?

We all know why: Employers don't really want a bunch of empowered new Americans. They want a ready supply of meek, pliant, exploitable workers.

And the president is trying to oblige.

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April 15, 2007

Sunday Funnies




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This Week w/George Stephanopoulos

Jesus Saves

Jesus spurns easter egg hunt in favor of the Augusta Masters golf tournament in order to save Zak Johnson a few strokes and insure his victory.

“This being Easter, Jesus was with me every step. I felt Him. It was awesome,” Johnson told CBS in an interview near the 18th green.
Garry Richardson a sports 'journalist' for BBC Radio4 reports. (tip to Roger)




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April 14, 2007

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Bill Maher - New Rules

Bill thinks we need more elite in government and fewer hayseeds.




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Real Time w/Bill Maher
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April 13, 2007

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April 11, 2007

How to Believe

Jeremy Hardy Speaks to the Nation. A very funny BBC radio show. It includes a bit of everything: religious beliefs, secular beliefs, ID, and political correctness. Thanks to Roger and William for the heads up.




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Richard Dawkins Interviews the Bishop of Oxford

Bishop Harries and Richard Dawkins have collaborated on several occasions to promote the proper teaching of science in UK classrooms. This is the full unedited interview, which was originally filmed by IWC for the Channel Four documentary 'Root or All Evil?'

The Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science will soon be providing DVDs of this uncut interview along with several others filmed for the documentary, including some never before seen outside the cutting room.




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April 10, 2007

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April 9, 2007

Worst Person

Either the guy in the picture is onegoodmove readers Syngas, or they hang out at the same right-wing watering hole.




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Countdown w/Keith Olbermann

Hey Mom I'm an Atheist

Oh No, nothing for Christmas




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When the young man, the atheist who posted the video, removed it from YouTube I decided to pull the video as well, but leave the audio. He is quite likely distressed at having pictures of his family on the internet. Someone else has reposted the video to YouTube for how long I don't know, but it's here if you want to view it.

Reincarnation, Forget It

Belief in reincarnation tied to memory errors - LiveScience - MSNBC.com (tip to Tony L.)

People who believe they have lived past lives as, say, Indian princesses or battlefield commanders are more likely to make certain types of memory errors, according to a new study.

The propensity to make these mistakes could, in part, explain why people cling to  implausible reincarnation claims in the first place.

Researchers recruited people who, after undergoing hypnotic therapy, had come to believe that they had past lives. . .

As for what might make people more prone to committing such errors to begin with, McNally says that it could be the byproduct of especially vivid imagery skills. He has found that people who commonly make source-monitoring errors respond to and imagine experiences more strongly than the average person, and they also tend to be more creative. . .

And once people make this kind of mistake, they might be inclined to stick to their guns for spiritual reasons, McNally said. “It may be a variant expression of certain religious impulses,” he said. “We suspect that this might be kind of a psychological buffering mechanism against the fear of death.”

Boss of the World

A very funny bit from Marcus Brigstocke on the Now Show. Is the BBC anti-American?




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Mitt Romney

Mitt shoots himself in the foot . . .
In related news . . .




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April 8, 2007

Sunday Funnies

Tony Blair gets to keep the ones he finds.




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This Week w/George Stephanopoulos

Go Rocky

Salt Lake Mayor Rocky Anderson defends his call for the impeachment of George W. Bush on Take Two a local Utah political talk show hosted by Rod Decker on KUTV 2 the CBS affiliate. Rod is a nice guy, but judging from this interview he's been drinking too much of the right-wing kool-aid. Hey Rod, how about a nice game of chess.




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E. O. Wilson

A recent favorite of mine from TED

As E.O. Wilson accepts his 2007 TED Prize, he makes a plea on behalf of his constituents, the insects and small creatures, to learn more about our biosphere. We know so little about nature, he says, that we're still discovering tiny organisms indispensable to life; and yet we're steadily, methodically, vigorously destroying nature. Wilson identifies five grave threats to biodiversity (a term he coined), and makes his TED wish: that we will work together on the Encyclopedia of Life, a web-based compendium of data from scientists and amateurs on every aspect of the biosphere. (Recorded March 2007 in Monterey, CA. Duration: 24:21)




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April 7, 2007

Funnies

Last week's Sunday Funnies




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Big Hands

A found this gem by Igudesmman and Joo on YouTube there is more here




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Anarchy

Keith Olbermann's take on O'Reilly meets Geraldo and you get to see the video again.




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Countdown w/Keith Olbermann

April 6, 2007

Did I tell you the one about the . . .

A good idea—I applaud Ronni for making it happen. If you're over 50 and have a favorite story this is a good place to share it. If you're not yet 50, but have a older family member with a good story why not encourage them to submit it. Here is the first story at the new site.

For a long time, I’ve been impressed with the storytelling talent of elderbloggers. It seems to come naturally to us and indeed, experts say it is important to collect and organize our stories for ourselves as we get older - it helps give meaning to the lives we have lived. But it is also good to share those stories

Storytelling is an ancient art and mankind appears to be hardwired for it. Some say it is a necessity, second only to food and ahead of love and shelter in its importance. Even now, in times when communication opportunities have exploded, it is not just books, movies and TV shows which tell us stories; everything is storytelling – advertisements, news, politics, television commercials, the back of the cereal box. Each one, however short, contains a beginning, middle and end and engages us in its plot.

Everyone has stories to tell and because I believe it is a worthy idea to collect elder stories, beginning today there is The Elder Storytelling Place , an adjunct to Time Goes By. This is your storytelling blog and anyone, blogger and non-blogger, may submit stories to be published there.

Links With Your Coffee - Friday

Immigration: Geraldo vs O'Reilly

Fox Noise: Fair And Balanced




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April 5, 2007

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April 4, 2007

The Ten Commandments

Bill Maher questions Michael Smerconish on his belief in the Ten Commandments.




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Real Time w/Bill Maher
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Links With Your Coffee - Wednesday

Trains

While we continue our love affair with the automobile. While we build Hummers and ignore the writing on the wall, Europe builds trains, fast trains Oh we'll have fast trains too, we'll buy them from the French. We'll buy them from the French, but not until we finish turning our highways into parking lots. We lack leadership, we lack vision, and we lack an educated public. (tip to the Leftbanker)




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Countdown w/Keith Olbermann

April 3, 2007

Susan Haack

Susan Haack is the author of Defending Science - within Reason: Between Scientism And Cynicism

In this conversation with D.J. Grothe, Haack explores the values of science, and addresses its critics, both supernaturalists and paranormalists on the one hand, and post-modernists and feminist critics on the other hand. She also defends science as being continuous with common sense, explores whether science and religion are compatible, and talks about whether or not science can ever have any relevance to ethics.




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Point of Inquiry a reliable source of rational thought.

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Child Abuse

If this wasn't a religious family would the state step in and remove the children?

"God is your enemy." "You will eat your babies." "God hates fags." These are just a few of the extremist views held by the Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka, Kansas. Louis Theroux spent three weeks in their company, locking horns with its leaders and talking to the younger members of the family to find out if there's any chance of them escaping the influence of their elders.
Source: BBC2 (tip to onegoodmove reader Jon H.)




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April 2, 2007

Cute Kitty - RageBoy®

There is often no way to know if a death threat is a real threat or one meant only to frighten. You can make judgments on the seriousness of the threat and you take precautions, but you can seldom satisfy all of your doubts. This is the world we live in. We own our words, we are responsible for our words, but we are not responsible for the words of others. Please read the links before you comment.

In The Beginning

The Allegations And A Response

Coordinated Statements on the Recent Events




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April 1, 2007

Rick Warren vs Sam Harris

Rick Warren the author of "The Purpose-Driven Life" and Sam Harris square off in debate. Nothing unexpected, but an excellent debate nevertheless.

Introductory Essay: "Is God Real?", by Jon Meacham

The Debate: Rick Warren v. Sam Harris

Bill Maher - New Rules




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Real Time w/Bill Maher
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