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Quotes

MAHERISMS

"Apparently, our government has the power to kill anyone anywhere in the world at the push of a button. But, they can't deliver the mail on Saturday." -Bill Maher

"After Hurricane Sandy, people back east are panicked. Today, Chris Christie looted a supermarket and stockpiled enough food for 72 minutes." -Bill Maher

"Almost 4,000 flights were canceled. The bright side is, if it was the new Boeing Dreamliner, the batteries were going to make it explode anyway." -Bill Maher

US DRONE POLICY 

"I know Obama is a swell guy, and Bush was an evil oaf. But, it really is the same policy, isn't it?" -Bill Maher

"If you read the actual decision, you don't even have to decide that they're actually plotting a real plan. They might just be a potential threat. And that's what scares me." -Lawrence Krauss

"The problem is, we need to adjust the perspective. What is the future for this program? When do we think this is winnable?" -Martin Bashir

"I don't think it's the same policy as the Bush administration. I think, to a significant extent, this sort of stuff is an alternative to doing things like invading countries." -Josh Barro

"More people believe in angels than believe in evolution. It's really a shame when nonsense can substitute for fact with impunity."

RELIGION VS. SCIENCE

"More people believe in angels than believe in evolution. It's really a shame when nonsense can substitute for fact with impunity." -Lawrence Krauss

THE TALIBAN & MALALA YOUSAFAZI

"Malala. She was the one who was shot by the Taliban. She got out of the hospital today. Shot by the Taliban for having the audacity to suggest that women should be able to get an education. And I've heard her talk. I mean, she is incredibly impressive that she is that young, just went through this trauma, and speaks so poised." -Bill Maher

"What's interesting about the Taliban, is they're more afraid of educating girls than they are of drones. One educated girl is more scary to the Taliban than a drone." -Tina Brown

THE SUPER BOWL POWER OUTAGE & THE NEED FOR A SMART GRID 

"Here it was right in front of people's eyes in primetime. I thought it was a fantastically useful outage." -Tina Brown

"You know one reason why we haven't done it? And this is where the Republicans are right sometimes about regulation. Because, remember Obama said he wanted $100 billion in the stimulus bill for this, but, remember he used to say there are no -- no such thing as "shovel ready" jobs? Yeah, because high-voltage wires have become a maze of red tape where they had to get approval from local zoning boards and regulators. And they just couldn't do it in time. This is part of the problem." -Bill Maher

"I think we have a real problem with infrastructure in this country partly because if -- the big projects, the ones we really need to do, take a lot of money and a lot of time. And, our budgetary process in this country gets in the way of that." -Lawrence Krauss

"Meanwhile, in places like Germany, they have an electrical grid that is projected to be as advanced as 2025 already!" -Martin Bashir

ON WHETHER CHRIS CHRISTIE'S WEIGHT WOULD AFFECT THEIR VOTE

"I can't take four years of fat jokes. So, yes." -Tina Brown

"I've met Chris Christie. Even though he's very fat, he appears to be very energetic and in good health. And I don't worry about that." -Josh Barro

"I wouldn't have a problem voting for a fat man." -Martin Bashir

"It's not the fat, it's the health. I mean, I -- same as you -- we worried about someone when they were old, when John McCain was old. You worry about people's health, and I can't help but worry about his health when I look at him." -Lawrence Krauss

Episode 271

February 8, 2013