20190505-Script


NOTICE: This is not a transcript. This is the draft script for this post. The spoken-word version of the show is authoritative. ~Management
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[OPEN A]

IF YOU DIDN’T BILL’S MOST RECENT EPISODE, HIIS VOICE NEARLY CRACKS THERE. THIS IS A GUY WHO HAS WRITTEN AT LEAST TWO CHECKS EACH FOR A MILLION DOLLARS IN SUPPORT OF ESTABLISHMENT DEMOCRATS.

[OPEN B]

MAHER LISTS FIVE THINGS HE THOUGHT WOULD BRING TRUMP DOWN: RUSSIA. CHARLOTTESVILLE. STORMY DANIELS. KIDS IN CAGES. MUELLER.

NONE OF THESE FIVE THINGS HAVE THE POWER TO QUOTE UNQUOTE “BRING DOWN” A PRESIDENT.

IN LISTING THESE FIVE THINGS · RUSSIA, CHARLOTTESVILLE, STORMY DANIELS, KIDS IN CAGES, MUELLER · LISTING THESE FIVE THINGS MAHER OMITS THE ONE THING, THE ONLY THING AUTHORIZED TO QUOTE UNQUOTE “BRING DOWN” A SITTING PRESIDENT · THAT ONE THING? CONGRESS.

[AVENATTI]

BILL MAHER HAS BEEN CHASING HIS TAIL FOR YEARS, FEATURED THERE, AS COMMITTED LISTENERS KNOW, WITH SOON TO BE CONVICTED FELON MICHAEL AVENATTI. BUT THE FOOL’S GOLD AVENATTI REPRESENTS? NOT WHY I CALLED.

[REASON 1]

OF LATE, LOTTA MY CIVIL LIBERTARIAN FRIENDS HAVE BEEN ASKING THIS QUESTION.

[REASON 2]

BUT NOT FOR THAT REASON.

[REASON 3]

I HEAR MAHER CITE “REASON TO LIVE” I’M CONFIDENT HE’S GOING TO PIVOT TO CENSORSHIP · BECAUSE LAST WEEK IS A WEEK IN WHICH AN SOCIAL NETWORK ROBOT INVENTED BY A SOCIALLY CLUELESS CEO, ONCE AGAIN ARBITRARILY DEPUBLISHES THREE SPEAKERS · ALEX JONES, MILO YIANNAPOLIS, AND LOUIS FARRAKHAN · MARK ZUCKERBERG HAS DECIDED THESE PEOPLE ARE QUOTE UNQUOTE “DANGEROUS.”

NOTHING UNITES PEOPLE WHO NEVER SAY “PRIVATE COMPANIES CAN DO WHATEVER THEY WANT” LIKE CENSORSHIP THEY AGREE WITH. SAMANTHA BEE.

[BEE]

WHEN SAMANTHA BEE, A MOTHER, FACED TERMINATION AS A CONSEQUENCE FOR DANGEROUSLY AND ACCURATELY CALLING FELLOW MOTHER IVANKA TRUMP, A FECKLESS CUNT FOR HER ROLE IN BABIES IN CAGES, I DEFENDED THAT WORD CHOICE. KATHY GRIFFIN.

[GRIFFIN 1]

WHEN KATHY GRIFFIN HELD A DANGEROUS DEPICTION OF TRUMP’S SEVERED HEAD ALOFT, I DEFENDED HER AND CELEBRATING HER VICTORIOUS RETURN.

[GRIFFIN 2]

I CELEBRATED THE REFINED SPOKEN WORD ART OF THE DANGEROUS HANNAH GADSBY, WHO BROKE THROUGH WITH HER NETFLIX SPECIAL NANNETTE.

[GADSBY]

I CELEBRATED GADSBY EVEN AS MANY OF HER REVIEWERS AND FANS SOUGHT TO PERMENANTLY BANISH LOUIS C.K. WHO RECENTLY PEACEFULLY RETURNED TO THE STAGE.

[LOUIS]

I DEFENDED NORM DWORMAN, OWNER OF THE COMEDY CELLAR, WHO LETS LOUIS DO WALK-ON SETS WITHOUT NOTICE OF THE PENDING DANGER TO THOSE WHO CLAIM TO BE TRIGGERED BY LOUIE’S PRESENCE. NEBRASKA SENATOR BEN SASSE WITH BILL MAHER.

[SASSE/MAHER]

WHEN HBO CONSIDERED YIELDING TO THE INTERNET’S CALL FOR MAHER’S HEAD FOR THAT OFF THE CUFF RESPONSE, I DEFENDED MAHER AS I DEFENDED THE COMPLETELY HARMLESS MILO YIANNOPOLIS, A SINGULAR SPOKEN WORD TALENT ON THE ORDER OF HANNAH GADSBY.

[MILO]

AND I DEFENDED KANYE WEST…

[KANYE]

…BECAUSE IT’S NOT LIKE THAT IDEA IS GOING TO CATCH ON!

THE COMMON THREAD? CONSISTENT WITH THE PRINCIPLE OF AMERICAN FREE SPEECH: NO TEST FOR IDEOLOGY. NO TEST FOR GENDER. NO TEST FOR SEXUAL PREFERENCE. NO TEST FOR RELIGION. NO CONSIDERATION OF THE NEXT ELECTION. EVERYONE GETS TO SPEAK. EVERYONE GETS TO PUBLISH. PEOPLE ARE NOT DISPOSABLE.

THOSE OF YOU WHO HAVE BEEN HERE FROM DAY ONE · WHICH INCIDENTALLY IS A FULL THREE YEARS AND FOUR MONTHS · ALLOW ME A BIT OF ELBOW ROOM FOR THIS EPISODE · BECAUSE I’VE NEVER DONE THIS BEFORE · I WANT TO READ YOU A POEM · I LEARNED ABOUT THIS POEM LITERALLY AN HOUR AGO · EMAILED TO ME BY A COMMITTED LISTENER.

THE WRITER IS DANTE DI STEFANO · TITLE OF HIS POEM IS “PROMPTS FOR HIGH SCHOOL TEACHERS WHO WRITE POETRY”

WRITE ABOUT WALKING INTO THE BUILDING AS A NEW TEACHER. WRITE YOURSELF HOPEFUL.

WRITE A ROW OF EMPTY DESKS. WRITE THE FACE OF A STUDENT YOU’VE ALMOST FORGOTTEN; HE’S WORN A DEEREK JETER JERSEY ALL YEAR.

DO NOT CONJECTURE ABOUT THE ADULTS HE GOES HOME TO, OR THE PLACE HE CALLS HOME.

WRITE ABOUT HOW HE CAME TO YOU FOR HELP EACH OCTOBER MORNING HIS SOPHMORE YEAR.

WRITE ABOUT TEACHING OTHELLO TO HIM; WRITE WHEREIN THE ANTRES VAST AND DESERTS IDLE, ROUGH QUARRIES, ROCKS AND HILLS WHOSE HEADS TOUCH HEAVEN. WRITE ABOUT READING HIS OBITUARY FIVE YEARS AFTER HE GRADUATED.

WRITE A POEM CONTAINING THE WORDS · COMMON · CORE · DIFFERENTIATE · AND OVERDOSE.

WRITE THE NAMES OF THE ONES YOU WILL NEVER FORGET: JENNA · TIBERIOUS · HEAVEN · MEGAN · TANYA · KINGSLEY · ASHLEY · DAVID · WRITE MARI WITH ‘NOBODY’S BABY’ TATTOOED IN CURSIVE ON HEAR NECK, SPITTING SIXTEEN BARS I N THE BACKROW, AS LITTLE WHITE MIKE BEATBOXED ‘CANDY SHOP’ AND THE WHOLE CLASS EXPLODED.

WRITE ABOUT ZULY AND NELY, SISTERS FROM GUATAMALA, UPON WHOM A THOUSAND STRANGE NEW ENGLISH WORDS RAINED DOWN ON LIKE HAIL EACH PERIOD, AND WHO WROTE THE STORY OF THEIR LONG JOURNEY TO THE BESTIA THROUGH MEXICO, FOR YOU, IN HANDWRITING MADE HEAVY BY THE AQUIS AND AYERS ACHED IN THEIR KNUCKLES, HIDDEN BY THEIR SMILES.

WRITE AN ODE TO LOOSE-LEAF. WRITE ELEGIES TO THE NUB NOSE OF A PINK ERASER. CARVE YOUR DEVOTION FROM A NUMBER TWO PENCIL.

WRITE THE UNCOUTED HOURS YOU SPENT FRETTING ABOUT THE ONES WHO CURSED YOU OUT FOR KEEPING ORDER, WHO SLAMMED CLASSROOM DOORS, WHO SCREAMED ‘YOU ARE NOT MY FATHER,’ WHOSE PAIN YOU KNEW.

WRITE ABOUT HOW ALL OF THIS ADDED UP TO A LIFE.

[FADEIN CANDYSHOP]

FIFTY CENT’S CANDY SHOP IS A HIT IN FEBRUARY 2005. EXACTLY ONE YEAR AFTER FACEBOOK IS FOUNDED BY MARK ZUCKERBERG IN FEBRUARY 2004.

HERE’S THE QUESTION: I WONDER IF DANTE ·THE TEACHER/POET · I WONDER IF DANTE’S CREATIVE PERMISSIVENESS WOULD COST HIM HIS JOB IN 2019?

VERY EASY TO IMAGINE. TOO EASY IN FACT.

OF THE MANY STUDENTS DANTE TEACHES, TWO OF THE STUDENTS DANTE HE WILL NEVER FORGET ARE MARI AND JENNA · LET’S TAKE THEM · MARI AND JENNA · STARTING WITH MARI, THE GIRL WITH THE NOBODY’S BABY TATTOO · THE GIRL BEATSPITTING SIXTEEN BARS OF ‘CANDY SHOP · AND LET’S SAY THESE ARE THE SIXTEEN BARS MARI CHOOSES…

[CANDY SHOP]

REMEMBER IT’S NOT 2005. IT’S 2019 · TECHNOLOGY’S SO MUCH BETTER NOW · IN FACT SO MUCH PROGRESS THAT JENNA SURREPTITIOUSLY RECORDS MARI’S SINGING AND IMMEDIATELY UPLOADS IT TO HER SOCIALS. NOW FACEBOOK CO-OWNS THAT INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY. FACEBOOK CAN ACTUALLY SELL JENNA’S VIDEO OF MARI’S FIFTY CENT COVER. FACEBOOK CAN FEATURE IT IN A SUPER BOWL AD. BUT THAT’S A STORY FOR ANOTHER DAY.

LET’S SAY JENNA’S WHITE MOTHER · I’M SORRY · I’D LIKE TO TAKE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO APOLOGIZE TO ANYONE I MAY HAVE OFFENDED · I’M SORRY YOU WERE TREATED THIS WAY · SHOULD’VE NEVER SAID “JENNA’S WHITE MOM” · SHOULD HAVE SAID “JENNA’S INTOLERANT MOM” · WE GOOD NOW · I HOPE SO BECAUSE YOU CAN GO FUCK YOURSELF!

NO PRETENSE OF TOLERANCE THERE!

WHERE WERE WE · THAT’S RIGHT · JENNA’S INTOLERANT MOM · JENNA’S INTOLERANT MOM GETS ON GOOGLE · [ACT OUT CANDY BOX LYRICS; SFX/KEYOBARD] REDUCES MARI’S SIXTEEN BARS TO TEXT ONLY · NO SPOKEN WORD · NO TONE · BECAUSE JENNA’S INTOLERANT MOM · NOT THINKING ‘BEATBOX’ SHE’S THINKING “INBOX” · SPECIFICALLY THE PRINCIPAL’S INBOX AND THE ONLY SPITTING SHE’S THINKING ABOUT IS THAT SHE THIS MOTHERFUCKER DANTE’S HEAD ON A SPIT · WHY · WELL TURNS OUT IN 1988 WHEN SHE WAS THIRTEEN JENNA’S MOM WAS QUOTE UNQUOTE “ASSAULTED” BY HER BEST FRIEND CURTIS JACKSON, ALSO THIRTEEN, WHEN HE ONCE FELT HER UP AT THE SCHOOL DANCE TO THE STRAINS OF RICK ASTLEY…

[NEVER GONNA GIVE YOU UP]

…AT THE TIME JENNA AND CURTIS THEY BOTH KINDA’ LIKE IT · THAT’S WHEN JENNA AND CURTIS DANCE BWTEEN THE BLEACHERS, CURTIS’ WHIPS OUT HIS LITTLE LOLLIPOP, JENNA TAKES LICK AND THE SONG ENDS.

LONG STORY SHORT…

CURTIS JACKSON WHO NEVER DREAMED OF BEING FITTY CENT GOES ON TO BECOME FITTY CENT.

AND JENNA, WHO ONCE DREAMED OF BEING THE NEXT TAYLOR DANE, IS INSTEAD, RENOWNED FOR INVENTING GENDER PRONOUNS AND EVERYBODY HATES HER, EVERYBODY WITH THE EXCEPTION OF HER THREE SO-CALLED “FACEBOOK FRIENDS” ALL OF WHOM SAY: “YOU GO GIRL!”

BEARING THE MANTLE OF THOUGHT LEADER TO HER THREE FOLLOWERS, THERE IS NO WAY JENNA’S MOM CAN STAND IDLY BY WHILE JENNA, WHO ONE DAY HOPES TO WIN A GOLD MEDAL IN THE TRIATHOLON, NO WAY JENNA’S MOM IS GOING TO SILLENTLY STAND BY WHILE JENNA’S REPUTATION IS SULLIED BY ASSOCIATION AT THE HANDS OF FIFTY CENT’S MYSOGONY AS COVERED BY THE LIKES OF MARI, A HONDURAN IMMIGRANT, WHO GOES HOME TO A METH DEN WHERE · SPOILER ALERT · HER MOTHER’S LONG GONE LIVE IN LOVER IS THE FATHER OF MARI’S BABY, BUT AS DEVOTE CATHOLICS, ABORTION IS OUT OF THE QUESTION.

IF ONLY MARI WAS LUCKY ENOUGH TO ALREADY BE A NUN, THE ABORTION WOULD BE COVERED BY THE PRIEST SHE’S BEEN FUCKING.

AS FOR DANTE, AFTER A SECRET HEARING BEFORE THE SCHOOL BOARD JENNA’S MOM CHAIRS, DANTE’S A BARISTA NOW · SIDE GIG IS WRITING POETRY BECAUSE ALL POETRY IS A SIDE GIG!

SPEAKING OF SIDE GIGS · MORE THAN HALF A MILLION PODCASTS · MOST OF THEM DO NOT RISE TO THE LEVEL OF A SIDE GIG · READ THE OTHER DAY THAT THE DAILY · NEW YORK TIMES SIGNATURE PODCAST · THE DAILY · TWENTY MINUTES A DAY WITH A SMALL FRACTION OF THE PRODUCTION VALUE OF LATE NITE LAST WEEK WHICH I PRODUCE ENTIRELY MYSELF · SEVENTEEN FULL TIME EMPLOYEES.

THIS IS NOT A STORY ABOUT HOW THE UNITED STATES CHANGED FROM 2005 TO 2019. THIS IS HOW A STORY ABOUT HOW THE UNITED STATES REMAINED THE SAME FROM 1791 UNTIL ABOUT FIVE OR SIX YEARS AGO.

NOTHING UNITES PEOPLE WHO NEVER SAY “PRIVATE COMPANIES CAN DO WHATEVER THEY WANT” LIKE CENSORSHIP THEY AGREE WITH.

LET ME SAY THAT AGAIN: “NOTHING UNITES PEOPLE WHO NEVER SAY “PRIVATE COMPANIES CAM DO WHATEVER THEY WANT” LIKE CENSORSHIP THEY AGREE WITH.

FOR THE SAKE OF ARGUMENT · I SAY CURTIS JACKSON · IS DANGEROUS · WE CAN’T LIVE IN A WORLD WHERE FITTY CENT IS ALLOWED TO DISREPECT WOMEN. GONNA REPORT FITTY CENT TO H.R. GONNA GET MY FRIENDS TO REPORT FITTY CENT TO H.R. GONNA KEEP REPORTING FITTY CENT TO H.R. AND MARK ZUCKERBERG IS H.R.

MARK ZUCKERBERG WILL PROTECT US. BUT AS JENNA PRIVATE MESSAGES HER FRIENDS: MARK ZUCKERBERG ISN’T OUR GOVERNMENT. HE’S OUR PROXY. TIME TO MAKE HIM OUR BITCH.

“YOU GO GIRL!”

IF FACEBOOK EXISTED IN 2003, SHOULD IT HAVE BANNED THE PERPETRATORS OF THE DANGEROUS FALSE WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION CONSPIRACY?

WHEN GOOGLE EMPLOYEES DANGEROUSLY TWEAKED THE SEARCH ALGORITHM TO DENGEROUSLY INFLUENCE THE OUTCOME OF THE 2016 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION, SHOULD FACEBOOK HAVE BANNED GOOGLE FROM FACEBOOK?

WE HAVE A SYSTEM IN PLACE · TO USE BERNIE SANDERS VERNACULAR · WHERE A HANDFGUL OF BILLIONAIRES DECIDE NOT WHETHER YOU CAN SPEAK, NOT WHETHER YOU CAN WRITE. EACH ONE OF THESE BILLIONAIRES AGREES THAT YOU ARE FREE TO WRITE AND SPEAK, AS THIS IS BEEN THE DEFINING PRINCIPLE OF THE UNITED STATES FOR MORE THAN 225 YEARS AND THE LAST THING WE WANT TO DO IS UPEND THAT TRADITION.

IN OTHER WORDS, IF YOU LISTEN CLOSELY: “THE LAST THING WE WANT TO DO IS UPEND THAT TRADITION” AND HERE WE ARE DOING IT.

IT MAY WELL BE AS YOU SAY THAT MORE SPEECH IS THE ONLY WAY OUT FOR SIXTEEN YEAR OLD PREGNANT GIRLS WITH THE NOT MY BABY TATTOOS. IT MAY BE THAT MARI HAD THAT BABY. IT MAY BE THAT MARIE IS A CIVIL LIBERTARIAN NOW. IT MAY BE THAT SHE GRADUATED FROM A TOP LAW SCHOOL WITH HONORS. IT MAY BE THAT SHE DEFENDS THE LOWEST OF THE LOW, HAVING DEDICATED HER LIFE TO THE PRINCIPLE THAT PEOPLE ARE NOT DISPOSABLE AND THE ONLY WAY TO PREVENT IT IS THROUGH SPEECH THE POWERFUL DEEM DANGEROUS.

BUT JENNA’S MOM BELIEVES DIFFERENTLY. AND FOR EVERY ONE MARIE THERE ARE A MILLION JENNA’S MOMS.

THE FIRST AMENDMENT PROTECTS MARIE FROM THE MILLION JENNA MARCH. BUT IT DOESN’T PROTECT HER FROM MARK ZUCKERBERG, JACK DORSEY, TIM COOK, AND THE CEOS OF GOOGLE, ALPHABET AND YOUTUBE.

“WHAT IS THE POINT OF LIVING?”

THE ANSWER TO THAT QUESTION IS OBVIOUS TO ANYONE WHO HAS EVER BEEN PUT IN A CAGE.

[TRUMP FIRST AMENDMENT]

HAVING CEDED THE PRINCIPLE OF FREE SPEECH TO PRESIDENT PORNSTAR MARK ZUCKERBERG HANDS DEFEAT TO THE DEMOCRATS. HIS RE-ELECTION IS NOW GUARANTEED.

THE TRAUMA INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX WITH THE SUPPORT OF BIG EDUCATION, HAS ARROGATED ONTO ITSELF THE AUTHORITY TO WEAKEN AND UNDERMINE THE PRINCIPLE OF FREE SPEECH , WHICH MAKES EQUAL PROTECTION OF THE LAW A POSSIBILITY FOR ALL CITIZENS.

NOTHING UNITES PEOPLE WHO NEVER SAY PRIVATE COMPANIES CAN DO WHATEVER THEY WANT LIKE CENSORSHIP THEY AGREE WITH.

AND DANTE THE UNKNOWN TEACHER/POET KNOWS THIS FOR A FACT.

“DO NOT CONJECTURE ABOUT THE ADULTS” HE WRITES.

SUGGESTED EDIT: “DO NOT CONJECTURE ABOUT THE SO-CALLED ADULTS.”

AS AN INSIDER, DANTE KNOWS THAT IN 2019, ANY SUCH POINTED PUBLISHED MUSINGS WILL LEAD TO IMMEDIATE TERMINATION.

IN OTHER WORDS, THE PEOPLE IN THE BEST PLACE TO REPORT BACK TO YOU · AND WHO BETTER DO DO SUCH REPORTING THAN A HUMBLE, UNKNOWN TEACHER/POET WITH A GLOBAL PLATFORM · IN WHAT UNIVERSE IS THAT PERSON CONSIDERED A THREAT · IT IS A UNIVERSE IN WHICH MARK ZUCKERBERG, JACK DORSEY, TIM COOK AND THE CEOS OF GOOGLE, ALPHABET AND YOUTUBE CLAIM PROPERTY RIGHTS IN YOU.

YOU EXIST SOLELY FOR THEIR PECUNIARY PURPOSES. THEY ARE THE TRUE ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE. DIGITAL PUBLISHERS TRANSFORMED HUNDRED EIGHTY DEGREES BY LEGAL FICTION · A LAW PURCHASED FAIR AND SQUARE FROM CONGRESS · A LAW THAT SAYS YOU JACK DORSEY ARE NOT A PUBLISHER, YOU MARK ZUCKERBERG ARE NOT A PUBLISHER, YOU ARE A ARE A PLATFORM.

SO · FUCK THE IMPOVERISHED PREGNANT TEENAGERS. TECH LOVES THEM MOST OF ALL; THE MOST ADDICTED OF ALL TARGET DEMOS.

IN THE FACE OF THE FOREGOING CRISIS ALL THE AMREICAN LATE NIGHT INDUSTRY CAN TALK ABOUT IS THE FUCKING ELECTION.

BUT IN A NATION WHERE SO-CALLED ADULTS THUMB THEIR NOSE AT THE PRINCIPLE OF FREE SPEECH, ELECTIONS ARE SUPERFLOUS, BECAUSE THE MEANS FOR CREATED FOR HOLDING TO ACCOUNT THE PERSONS WE ELECT TO ADMINISTER OUR GOVERNMENT NO LONGER EXISTS, WHICH IS WHY BILL MAHER AND EVERYBODY IS CHASING THE PRESIDENT, WHEN THEY SHOULD BE CHASING CONGRESS.

2018 RE-ELECTION RATE OF CONGRESSIONAL INCUMBENTS? 95%.

THE FIRST REFUGE OF THE CRIMINAL CLASS · I’M SORRY · THE POLITICAL CLASS · FIRST REFUGE OF THE POLITICAL CLASS IS THE CENSORSHIP OF LAWFULLY DISSEMINATED IDEAS. THROUGHOUT HUMAN HISTORY IT HAS ALWAYS BEEN THIS WAY.

THROUGH SOME MIRICLE IN 1791, WE THE PEOPLE OF A THEN FIFTEEN YEAR OLD REPUBLICA AMENDED OUR FEDERAL CONSTITUTION TO GUARANTEE THAT SUCH CENSORSHIP WOULD NEVER HAPPEN IN THE UNITED STATES. THE OPERATING SYSTEM THAT EXISTED AT THE TIME WAS THE PAGE.

WE DID NOT ANTICIPATE AS WE COULD NOT HAVE ANTICIPATED THAT THIS OPERATING SYSTEM · THE PRINTED PAGE · WOULD BE DISINTERMEDIATED BY BILLIONS OF TINY SCREENS ARBITRARILY CONTROLLED BY A HANDFUL OF RPIVATE SECTOR BILLIONAIRES, ACTING IN CONCERT WITH AND AS A PROXY FOR THEIR ECONOMIC AND POLITICAL PARTNERS IN GOVERNMENT.

WANNA LIVE IN A WORLD WHERE DRUG COMPANIES ANNOUNCE THEIR NEXT BATCH OF POISON VIA A SINGLE CENTRALIZED TWEET, WHILE THEIR VICTIMS, TURNED ACTIVISTS ARE REDUCED TO PUSHPINNING 8-1/2 X 11 HARCOPIES ONE BULLETIN BOARD AT A TIME? NO. WELL PHIZER DOES!

WHEN IS THE LAST TIME ANYBODY IN YOUR CIRCLE OF ACTUAL OFFLINE FRIENDS · EXPRESSED CONCERN ABOUT THE ABANDONMENT OF THE PRINCIPLE OF FREE SPEECH AND LINKED IT TO THE PROLIFERATION OF BABIES IN CAGES, WOMEN BEING PAID LESS THAN MEN, RAPE CULTURE, AND THE ELECTION AND FORTHCOMING RE-ELECTION OF DONALD TRUMP?

[OBAMA]

BRINGING YOUR BEST TO THE HIGH OFFICE OF CITIZENSHIP IS THE ENTIRE POINT OF LIVING, JUST AS THE SUPRESSION OF EXPRESSION IS THE ENGINE OF OPPRESSION.

IT IS WITH THAT PRINCIPLE IN MIND, THAT I INTEND TO SPEND FROM NOW UNTIL LABOR DAY READING, WRITING AND THINKING DEEPLY ABOUT SOME THINGS; ESPECIALLY WHETHER LATE NITE LAST WEEK IS THE BEST USE OF MY TIME, OR WHETHER I SHOULD PIVOT TO A DIFFERENT PODCAST, A YOUTUBE SHOW, A BOOK, A BLOG, INDIE THEATRE, OFF-BROADWAY, NETFLIX, POLITICS, OR SOME COMBINATION THEREOF.

I WILL REPORT BACK TO YOU WITH MY FINDINGS IN EARLY SEPTEMBER, SO DO NOT DELETE THIS FEED.

COMMITTED LISTENERS WHO HAVE DONATED $25 IN SUPPORT OF THE SHOW AND BELIEVE YOU ARE AT RISK OF NOT RECEIVING THE FULL VALUE FOR YOUR ENTERTAINMENT DOLLAR, MARK AT MARK WHITNEY DOT COM IS THE EMAIL MARK WHITNEY DOT COM AND I WILL REFUND YOUR MONEY.

[MAHER 2]

I ECHO THAT SENTIMENT, WHICH IS TO SAY THAT JUST BECAUSE AFTER 40 STRAIGHT MONTHS I AM TAKING A SABATTICAL FROM THIS SERIES, DOES NOT MEAN WILL NOT BE BANGING MY DRUM HARDER THAN EVER.

HERE’S HOPING YOU DO THE SAME!

FOR HOUSE ANNOUNCER SHAOE STEVENS AND AND HOUSE BAND DEAD MAN FALL, I AM YOUR HOST MARK WHITNEY AND LATE NITE LAST WEEK IS A PRODUCTION OF SIS BOOM BAA LLC.

[TRUMP FIRST AMENDMENT]