It’s that time of year – schools aren’t open, people are on vacation, the weather is quite humid and downright awful in some locations. It’s almost the end of the so-called “dog days of summer”, a sleepy moment on the calendar, which is why Bill Maher can be forgiven for a slightly meandering real time last night.
Actor-director-author David Duchovny came early to talk about his writing process in his new book, The reservoir: a novel. He admitted that the book is a thinly veiled version of his life. More interesting was the former “X Files” star’s take on UFOs, which was subsequently crowned by Maher.
Duchovny compared UFOs to the old “Ship of Fools” strategy, where a society would drop its criminals and other undesirables onto ships set out to sea.
Since most terrestrial encounters with aliens involve tooth drilling and anal probing, Duchovny may have argued that, “An alien civilization had had enough of their sex offenders and their dentists, and put them on an intergalactic ship, and sometimes they perish.” us.”
Maher had a more foreboding outlook. He was concerned that many UFOs are seen most often by trained naval pilots. His theory? ‘Because they’re the ones they want to attack. They see what they can do.”
The panel discussion featured Matt Taibbi, author of: TK News on Substack and host of the podcast, “Useful Idiots with Matt Taibbi and Katie Halper,” and Lis Smith, political strategist and author of the new book, Every Tuesday: a political love story.
The talk centered on California Governor Gavin Newsom’s recent advertisements in Florida pointing out the threats to liberty posed by the state’s conservative policies.
Maher asked which political party is now winning the freedom struggle.
“I don’t think either side has a stranglehold on freedom,” Taibbi said.
Smith continued to blame the GOP as the source of restrictions. She claimed Democrats stood up for women, decisions about who to marry, and the freedom to send children to school without being shot. That, she said, would lead to a disruption for Democrats in the coming midterms.
Maher pushed back. He pointed to government regulations to get vaccinated during the pandemic, which has cost many people their jobs. “I don’t want to be dictated to,” Maher said. “I have to insist that they don’t insist on how I handle my health.”
Taibbi agreed, noting that Democrats are “really, very weak” on free speech. “There are a lot of people who associate Democrats with being taken off the internet.” He added: “It’s the opposite of what I remember what liberalism was about.”
Smith, a former adviser to Pete Buttigieg, spoke of alleged GOP activism to deter transgender athletes from participating in women’s sports. She said the GOP “found a problem and tried to do this to divide people. There is no major threat of men taking over women’s sport.”
Maher scoffed.” Men have won in women’s sports. There are many examples of that.”
Dave Chappelle’s recent troubles with a Minneapolis location were next on the agenda.
Maher claimed, “Democrats have lost their sense of humor,” saying, “The fact that Dave Chapelle was kicked out pissed me off. Then people say cancellation culture doesn’t exist?”
Smith claimed to be on Chappelle’s side, but added that he struck down by cracking down on the transgender community. “There is no one more powerless than the transgender community,” she claimed.
Maher was blunt. “I reject (that),” he said, but noted, “You can have that point of view and Dave can still appear in Minneapolis.”