One pill make you…

One pill make you…
: Bill Maher notes that the SuperBowl will be sponsored by competing Viagra sequels and says:

It’s more than a little ironic that, just a week after the President uses the State of the Union Address to rail against performance-enhancing drugs, we hold a Steroid Bowl brought to you by – you guessed it – performance enhancing drugs.

It all comes back to the “what’s-your-pleasure” hypocrisy in this country. If your pleasure is the slurry, cheery buzz of an apple martini, you’re legal and accepted. If it’s the serene, introspective buzz of a joint or, say, the warm, itchy buzz of Vicodin, then you’re illegal and unaccepted. If you want to risk taking a pill to get your penis hard, “ask your doctor,” but if you want to risk taking a pill to get your biceps hard, pee in this cup and turn in your locker room key.

We all have our reasons for ingesting what we ingest. We are a nation dependent upon drugs to act as an antidote to everything from our boredom and depression to our impotence and the poisoning effects of our toxic food supply. To arbitrarily single out certain drugs and certain drug users as immoral, while others skate (and profitably I might add) is a complete hypocrisy.

Hmmm. Sounds like the Rush Limbaugh defense fund.

Anil is right that Maher is finally turning his blog into a blog.

  • billg

    Maher gleefully applies the “hyprocrisy” tab to the U.S. for having a population that behaves (surprise) like the rest of the human race. It’s a common tactic among self-appointed whiners.
    Steroid abuse kills people. So does drug and alcohol abuse. Is Maher so intent on convinving us that we are not governed by angels that he would suggest we value the freedom to kill one’s self with drugs more than society’s obligation to prevent those deaths?

  • Jeremy

    This post reminded me why I despise Bill Maher so much.

  • http://myblahg.blogspot.com Robert McClelland

    >Is Maher so intent on convinving us that we are not governed by angels that he would suggest we value the freedom to kill one’s self with drugs more than society’s obligation to prevent those deaths?
    No, he’s pointing out the hypocrisy that says it’s legal to kill yourself with booze and tobacco but not legal to do so with weed and speed. He’s pointing out the hypocrisy of those who think weed and speed addicts are disgusting but defend booze and tobacco addicts.

  • http://duckseason.blogspot.com Hei Lun Chan

    Maher would have more of a point if Viagra have negative health effects like steroids. And while he might be right on some of the other stuff, he didn’t turn his argument into an opportunity to take cheap shots at this country.

  • Angus Jung

    And if it weren’t for weed and speed, Maher wouldn’t have an audience!

  • kkl

    Note to self: Don’t feel the trolls, Don’t feed the trolls. Me? I thought it was funny. As a “right winger,” I think he makes a valid point.

  • http://darkblogules.blogspot.com Angie Schultz

    His point about marijuana vs alcohol is not unreasonable, but it doesn’t have anything to do with Viagra and steroids. Steroids aren’t illegal because they’re “immoral”, but because we supposedly believe that athletes win because of their athletic ability, not their ability to absorb drugs. When there’s a Sex Olympics (and for all I know there is) Viagra will probably be banned there, too.
    I look forward to hearing Maher advocate selling arsenic right next to the aspirin, since it’s “hypocrisy” to distinguish between them.

  • kkl

    Angie,
    Steroids are, in fact, legal. Just got off the phone with my mom who is currently taking large doses of them. Off-label use of them is the problem.

  • billg

    McClelland on Maher: …he’s pointing out the hypocrisy that says it’s legal to kill yourself with booze and tobacco but not legal to do so with weed and speed. He’s pointing out the hypocrisy of those who think weed and speed addicts are disgusting but defend booze and tobacco addicts.
    No, he’s not. He’s trying to score rhetorical points by conflating dissimilar issues.
    There’s no particular merit in holding laws up to some kind of imaginary standard of hypocrisy. Laws are the product of a political process, they aren’t edicts handed down from the mountain. We should expect our laws to be as hypocritical as the people who elected the legislatures. Democracy is about the will of the people, not about governing according to anyone’s notion of moral purity (which is, in fact, the antithesis of democracy).

  • http://darkblogules.blogspot.com Angie Schultz

    kkl—Actually, that’s what I figured. I took a typing shortcut that changed my meaning. Thanks for pointing that out.

  • kkl

    Angie, you go! You know typing shortcuts? In this case, the subject isn’t as important as your skill. Go Angie, Go Angie, Go, Go, Angie!

  • Paul Branin

    “Poisoning effects of our toxic food supply”??!!
    Jeez life sure is awful here in America, isn’t it Bill? If the toxic food doesn’t get you, the boredom and depression surely will.
    I saw Richard Perle and David Frum on a talk show a couple of weeks ago, and then Bill Maher on a following segment of the same show. Perle and Frum were as intelligent, serious and mature as Maher was juvenile, foolish and abrasive. He talks, and even looks, like a know-it-all-know-nothing college kid who never grew up, just got older and grayer, stuck in a state of arrested development. But that kind of sums up the whole sixties leftist crowd, doesn’t it?

  • Reid

    As for alcohol, it’s sort of like the folks spouting off about, why didn’t we invade North Korea instead of Iraq? Well, we already fought that battle once and, we’re just not ready to do so again until circumstances prove more favorable.

  • Jer

    I was pulled into the original note until I saw “and the poisoning effects of our toxic food supply…” That’s one of my favorites. But it’s not as good as “If dogs were frogs then there wouldn’t be any dogs”

  • JorgXMcKie

    The worst part is that Viagra and others will kill a great old joke. Here is a shortened form of it.
    A guy is giving a performance for a stag show. He will make love to 12 women consecutively and have orgasms with each. When the time comes, he falters after 9. Since the crowd is angry, the producer of the show demands to know what’s wrong. “Gee, I don’t know. Everything went fine at practice before the show.”

  • W

    Maher does not know that the Indonesia’s leader is a girl.

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