The One Where Bill Maher Gets Clobbered By A Knuckle Sandwich Of Fact

Like many Americans, I watch Bill Maher's "Real Time" show with a mixture of genuine amusement and disquieting pause. There are just some topics that Mr. Maher seems to prefer to cover with glibness rather than with an actual honest conversation. Religion, specifically Islam, is one of those topics. This clip, which comes at a tail end of the conversation about the attacks at Benghazi and the nature of democratic revolution in the Islamic world, finally sees him getting his comeuppance courtesy of the brilliant Glenn Greenwald.

While it's clear that Maher is out of his depth here, the core argument here about fundamentalism and violence is worth talking about. Here are two good takes, from David Atkins and Digby, both courtesy of The Dish.
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In one of the most glaringly hypocritical moves in recent history, the band formerly known as Lady Antebellum is suing black blues singer Anita "Lady A" White, to use her stage name she's performed under for over three decades.

Lady Antebellum announced it had changed its name to Lady A on June 11 as part of its commitment to "examining our individual and collective impact and marking the necessary changes to practice antiracism."

Antebellum refers to an era in the American south before the civil war when black people were held as slaves.

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