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HBO’s Bill Maher paid a little visit to E!’s Chelsea lately, where he revisited a certain pesky little story that has been following him around for nearly a year now. Maher told host Chelsea Handler that his February 2011 joke involving The View‘s Elisabeth Hasselbeck and CBS’ Lara Logan had not been in reference to the sexual violence Logan endured while covering the uprising in Egypt. Maher, for those who don’t remember, joked that the U.S. should trade Hasselbeck for Logan, who had been captured the day before.
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“I mean, look, I like Elisabeth Hasselbeck,” said Maher, much to this one blogger’s surprise, “I think she’s a, you know… I think she got her facts wrong. And… [audience laughter] She did. Accused me of something I never did.”
Maher then explained to Handler that Hasselbeck had conflated two different things: “We made a joke about her and Lara Logan, but it was well before we found out that Lara Logan was captured and abused. so she tried to make it sound like I did it after, which I wouldn’t have done.”
NewsBusters, in fact, points to a Wall Street Journal blog post recounting that Maher made his joke on February 4, 2011, and that Logan’s attack occurred on February 11.
“why didn’t you just say that when you there [on The View]?” asked Handler. “you should’ve just hit her, right in the face.”
Maher then opined that “religion, first of all, makes people crazy” (or, really, Religion Makes People Crazy™), adding that Hasselbeck is a “religious nut.”
“For some people,” he went on, “religion is like great sex. Just can’t think straight when they’re on it.”
He added that, when Hasselbeck “goes off like that, it’s kind of hot.” so she’s like a MACKadamia, then? High fives all around, everyone! Perfect joke. Best joke. your new favorite joke.
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The G in the G-free diet by Elisabeth Hasselbeck stands for gluten, a compound usually found in wheat and incorporated in making wheat bread. Gluten makes the dough rise faster and improves the stability and chewiness of the bread when done that’s why a lot of food manufacturers are a fan of gluten.
However, a lot of people are sensitive to gluten and intake of even a small amount results to a violent reaction to their immune system. Elisabeth Hasselbeck wrote the book in a nice and friendly way, informing people about the adverse effects of gluten to people, and suggesting recipes food products and ways to have gluten-free diet for a healthier life.
It can be remembered that Elisabeth Hasselbeck started her career by joining the reality show Survivor: The Australian Outback and continued on to be the host on The View and an supporter for many organizations such as breast cancer awareness, and the opposition of the morning-after pill being made available over the counter.
She has served as a very good supporter of a lot of causes which generally serve mankind better and makes them healthier, that’s why this book poses as a good sign and a really helpful move from her. The G-Free Diet could very well be everyone’s best friend and mantra in their quest to live a gluten-free diet and eliminate the fear of something wrong happening if ever they eat something that’s not right for them.
Other reviewers have said nothing but good word about the book and the cause that Elisabeth Hasselbeck has started promoting. Personally, I also find the information in the book helpful and an eye-opener to those people who don’t have gluten intolerance. At least, through the book The G-Free Diet by Elisabeth Hasselbeck, we are becoming more aware that a lot of the food we eat are affecting other people in a bad way, and we should make a step to make our food available to all.
Just by being himself, Tim Tebow presents a “minor cultural puzzle”, as Brian Phillips explains at Grantland today. As he elaborates, there’s something different between Tebow and other players that’ve been openly religious over the years:
I’m sure there are people who manage to escape the demographic rooting pattern this creates. but in broad strokes, it’s fair to say that how you feel about Tebow depends on how you feel about youth groups and Elisabeth Hasselbeck and, I don’t know, WWJD bracelets and raft retreats with a lot of bonfires and swaying. other religious players are religious individuals; Tebow is a whole culture.
…As such, rooting against Tebow sometimes feels like more than just rooting against a football player. but does that mean you’re rooting against the culture he personifies? And if so, does that make sense? all hopelessly abstract questions, but Brian Phillips answers them as well as anyone we’ve seen so far. Check out his full essay over at Grantland.
Some might think Hollywood is one vast stretch of liberal-leaning actors, singers and power-brokers. but RedEye turned up a few names of celebs who’ve supported conservative policies, parties or candidates to add to GOP mainstays such as Stephen Baldwin, Ben Stein—and, of course, former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Angie Harmon: The “Rizzoli and Isles” actress talked to talk show host Chelsea Handler last year about being Republican and having gay friends.
Dennis Miller: Last month on his program, the comedian and radio host lent his support to Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain.
Elisabeth Hasselbeck: The “View” panelist made an appearance at the Republican National Convention in 2008, according to People magazine, bringing along pro-McCain T-shirts she’d designed.
Gary Sinise: The “Forrest Gump” actor spoke at the 100th birthday celebration of former President Ronald Reagan, and there’s also a “Gary Sinise President 2012″ Facebook page.
Kelsey Grammer: Grammer, a Republican, recently appeared on Piers Morgan’s show and said while he agreed with some Tea Party principles, he believes gay marriage should be legal.
Adam Sandler: USA Today reported the comedian donated to GOP presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani in 2008.
Chuck Norris: The karate master wrote a book, “Black Belt Patriotism: how to Reawaken America,” in 2008 that outlined his conservative beliefs.
Fred Thompson: The “Law and Order” actor ran for the GOP presidential nomination in 2008, but eventually dropped out.
Vince Vaughn: The “Wedding Crashers” star and Illinois resident recently introduced Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul at a political convention.
LL Cool J: We’re not sure how he’s voted since, but in 2002, LL Cool J reportedly backed Republican George Pataki for governor.
And for the Chicago voter who thinks GOP politicians are few and far between, here’s a look at five of the state’s most visible Republican playmakers on in Illinois and Washington, D.C.
Sen. mark Kirk: before winning the senate seat in a special election in 2010, Kirk had been a congressman in Illinois’ 10th District for a decade.
Rep. Aaron Schock: he represents the 18th District in Congress, he’s a snappy dresser and, according to his website, at 30, he’s the youngest member of Congress.
Judy Baar Topinka: She’s the state comptroller now, but Topinka also ran—unsuccessfully—for governor against Rod Blagojevich, who recently was found guilty on corruption charges.
Rep. Joe Walsh: A Tea Party member, Walsh represents the 8th District in Congress and has recently made headlines after legal disputes with his ex-wife over child custody payments.
Dan Rutherford: currently the Illinois State Treasurer, he was a state representative for almost a decade and later a state senator until his 2010 election to his present post.
‘The View” has a new feud.
“View” co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck ambushed comedian Bill Maher on the morning show yesterday — payback, it seems, for a joke he made about her last February.
“Forgive the idiotic Republican for bringing this to your brilliant mind,” Hasselbeck said launching into the comic, who had come on the show to promote a new book.
After the Egyptian government detained CBS reporter Lara Logan in the days before Hosni Mubarak’s downfall, Maher — on his HBO show — facetiously offered a prisoner swap of Hasselbeck for Logan.
“You can’t sit here right now and tell me I’m wrong for saying that wasn’t that funny,” Hasselbeck said.
“You are a public figure,” Maher, who’d been seated directly next to her, replied. “it was not aimed at you personally . . . [but] you’re fodder for comedians.”
“Would you say that again?” Hasselbeck shot back as the exchange grew hotter. “Would you [make a joke about] that same trade of women?”
“If I saw it in my crystal ball, and I knew I was coming here to spend my whole segment talking about it, no, it really wouldn’t be worth it,” Maher replied. “really, I feel like I’m in high school sitting next to you.”
“how long ago was that?” Hasselbeck replied.
“The View” has had some famous feuds in the past — sometimes between cast members themselves.
But it has been a while since the show has witnessed a scene like yesterday’s and video of squabble was all over the Internet within hours.
In my research about generational differences, I stumbled across some work by Morris Massey. his main theory is: what you are, is where you were when (the where refers to your coming-of-age years; and the when to significant events occurring during that time period). For example, if you came of age during the JFK years, you would have a very different view of government than those who grew up under later administrations.
Recent political contests and the start of the New Year brought Massey’s theory to mind as 25 years ago, in 1983, I was smack dab in the middle of high school. So I took a look back at the significant events that shaped my views and those of my peers who came of age during the much maligned, but surprisingly progressive 1980s.
Pop Culture — in 1983, Madonna burst Like a Virgin onto the scene. Today this seems an almost tame way to introduce one’s self compared to the Spears sisters’ rallying cry of Oops, I did it again and again and, yep, make that once again. Of course, back then Paris was just a city; ankle bracelets were just jewelry; and the only Ritchie we knew was crooning, once, twice, three Times a Lady.
Twenty-five years ago before satellite radio and iTunes, Sting was a Police-man watching every breath we took and John Mellencamp was still a Cougar. at the box office, Tom Cruise had his first taste of Risky Business, Matthew Broderick played War Games and Jennifer Beals had us ripping our sweatshirts and dancing like maniacs — a Flashdance trend most of us would like to forget. Earlier in 1983, the Academy honored Ghandi leading a nation; Richard Gere carrying Debra Winger up where we belong; Dustin Hoffman dressing in drag; and an alien phoning home.
On the small screen, long before American Idol churned out pop stars and women bonded over Sex and the City, we watched Fame and followed female pals Kate & Allie and Cagney & Lacey. Yet, not all female television characters were friends, as 1983 was the year that Joan Collins and Linda Evans took their famous tumble into the lily pond on Dynasty. (I’m still awaiting a modern-day rematch with Rosie O’Donnell and Elisabeth Hasselbeck. Now that would be one Survivor episode worth viewing.)
A quarter of a century ago, OJ was still running for rental cars, not from rent-a-cops. We held Michael Jackson in awe, instead of ew . . . Ozzy was the only Osbourne. Rod Stewart and Woody Allen had relationships with women old enough to know better, and we still believed Princess Diana had married Prince Charming.
In retrospect, life was pretty innocent back then. Yet, there was an inkling of things to come as 1983 marked the year that Karen Carpenter’s death introduced anorexia and a French scientist discovered HIV.
Technology — Today I watch TV on my computer, take pictures with my camera, surf the Web from my phone and download music from the Internet. But it wasn’t until 1983 that Microsoft Word was first distributed, compact discs were released and Motorola introduced mobile phones to the public. back then, a blackberry was just a fruit; a blue tooth would mean a call to the dentist; and the most sought after holiday present was not a video game, but a Cabbage Patch Kid that didn’t even have a second life as an avatar in an online community.
That was all soon to change as 1983 was the year that ARPANET began using the Internet Protocol, helping create the Internet.
Politics/Legal — in 1983, the Reagan administration was focused on the Soviets, Star Wars and just saying no. Congress came together to create Martin Luther King Day and Jesse Jackson announced his intention to run for president. Universal and Sony were duking it out in the Supreme Court over the videotaping of television broadcasts. (If they only knew what that little known Internet thingy would have in store for them.)
Women’s rights were at a high point in 1983. Sally Ride ventured into space and just two years after appointing the first female justice, the Supreme Court limited the power of state and local governments to restrict access to legal abortions and ruled that employers must treat male and females equally in providing health benefits. It’s no surprise that only a year later presidential candidate Walter Mondale selected Geraldine Ferraro as a running mate.
1983 was also a year where we actually witnessed wars coming to a close as the US withdrew from Grenada and 125 million of us tuned in for the final episode of M*A*S*H.
Retrospective wrap-up — looking back, I was fortunate to grow up in an era of relative innocence, innovation, opportunity and optimism. Although I must confess that it might have made me a bit naive. You see, in 1983, I was living in Maryland and rooting for the Washington Redskins as they won the Super Bowl and the Baltimore Orioles who later that year won the World Series. I thought hometown-winning streaks went on forever.
Looking forward, I hope that my son learns as I did that even when the winning streaks come to an end and society seems to be moving in the wrong direction, it can be just as rewarding to root for underdogs, long-shots, explorers and dreamers who upset the status quo and shake up the world as we know it.
Elisabeth Hasselbeck is on the attack!!! And she did her homework!
It turns out, Elisabeth isn’t the biggest fan of comedian/TV personality Bill Maher. He’s said some, shall we say, off-color things about her in the past and Elisabeth wanted to address some of those on the View this morning.
But when she didn’t get the apology from him that she was after to begin with, she started laying into him GOOD about every other topic that came out of his mouth. Bill can take care of himself, mind you, and we think he is a brilliant mind, but we give kudos to Elisabeth for saying how she feels. She obviously had some built up anger about his “joke” that she just needed to let fly.
And boy did it ever! We’re with Whoopi! AWKWARD!!!
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“Walking Dead” comic book fans are no doubt continually surprised by the overwhelming amount of mainstream attention this franchise has been getting lately – Emmy nominations, record-breaking cable debuts, and now the book’s creator, Robert Kirkman, is showing up on a daytime talk show? It’s not the zombie apocalypse, but it’s certainly a different world we’re living in, fellow nerds!
Kirkman was a guest on today’s Halloween-themed edition of the View, flanked by hosts Whoopi Goldberg, Elisabeth Hasselbeck, Joy Behar and Sherri Shephard dressed head to toe in zombie makeup. as a longtime fan of Kirkman’s, watching him on the View was surreal, to say the least. Hit past the jump for the highlights.
» Kirkman’s appearance began with a bombardment of zombie questions from the View hosts. His definition of a zombie: “A zombie is a dead person who is coming back, reanimated … they’re hungry and they want to eat people.” Straight forward! He added that explanations for zombie outbreaks differ from story to story, but in the case of “The Walking Dead,” the plague’s cause is unknown.
» “It’s very important to recognize that there’s a real tragedy to zombies; they’re our friends and neighbors,” Kirkman said, weighing in on the level of sadness that comes with the zombie genre. “It’s upsetting, because they’re our brothers.”
» Zombies vary from traditional slow-movers to swifter creatures within the world of “The Walking Dead,” and Kirkman explained the difference: “Sometimes they run fast if they’re fresh.”
» while there’s no cure for the zombie affliction in the comics or television series, Kirkman did offer some on-the-nose advice on how best to cope with the flesh-hungry menace: “Shoot them in the head.”
» Asked about the origins of “The Walking Dead,” Kirkman explained that he’s always been a fan of zombie movies (especially the Romero ones, with “Day of the Dead” being his favorite zombie film) and wanted to tell a story about what happens after a zombie film ends: “Zombie movies end one of two ways: everyone dies or a couple of people live and run off into the sunset never to be seen again. I always wanted to know where those people went, how they survived.”
» why are zombies so popular now? Kirkman’s thoughts: “In a time when you have to worry about paying your bills, now you can watch your television and go, ‘At least zombies aren’t chasing me!’”
» “Everything scares me,” Kirkman said when asked what he’s afraid of. “Being on television is terrifying.” Also on that list: ghosts and insects.
» BONUS: If you were watching the B-roll playing behind Kirkman closely, you caught a quick glimpse at a brand new zombie making its debut in next week’s episode, “Cherokee Rose.” It’s one of the finest brain-craving creations, if not the finest, ever seen on “The Walking Dead.” get ready to go down that particular well, friends – it’s gloriously disgusting.
Did you watch Kirkman’s “View” appearance? what did you think? Tell us in the comments section and on Twitter!