Time Capsule

The New Rules by Bill Maher (2005): Man, it’s like a time machine, this collection of Maher’s TV rants from 2005. Bush the Younger had just won re-election, the Democrats were in total disarray, America was fighting two wars and mumbling about a third with Iran, and Dick Cheney was still the power behind the throne. Good times!!!

The sell-by date on some of the rants included here may have already expired by the time the book came out — celebrity stuff often wanes with great rapidity. We know that Britney Spears and Kevin Federline were still a topic of conversation in 2005. Lindsay Lohan had already become a joke. Pope Benedict has just become Pope among revelations he’d been a member of the Hitler Youth. How time flies!

There are still a lot of laughs here from Maher and his stable of TV writers, many of them now bitter, long-after-the-fact laughs at the dark days of Bush and Cheney. And it’s a short book, obviously, and one you’ll probably only find in used bookstores. So it’ll be cheap! I got mine for 50 cents!!! Lightly recommended.

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