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Bill Maher & the Evangelical Left

May

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This article originally appeared at the Progressive.

New Rule: Maher must blow the Baby Jesus if he’s going to keep preaching Democratic magic

It’s absolutely horrific. Although the single, “I wanna bang you,” is debatably the most convincing argument for nuclear holocaust to date, I’m not referring to the release of Paris Hilton’s second album. Vastly more terrifying than the Auto-tuned caterwauling of a vapid hotel heiress is the degree to which political affiliation and base tribalism warps our very perception of reality.

For instance, a recent study published by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences demonstrated that self-identified conservatives were far less likely to purchase energy-efficient compact fluorescent lightbulbs if a sticker on the package read: “Protect the environment.” And, in the real world, Obama-era liberals have repeatedly supported policies they once reviled only because the sticker on the box read: “Hope and Change.”

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Community: An Imitation Of Community

Feb

22

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At least it’s still better than Go On.

Last spring, a large section of the internet had a collective seizure when it was announced the NBC sitcom Community would be going forward without Dan Harmon, the super-duper-mega-genius who created it all. It seemed like sacrilege, since the show was Harmon’s baby from the beginning, and he had put so much of his blood, sweat, and tears into the project.

When it was announced that he would be replaced by David Guarascio and Moses Port, best known for their work on Happy Endings and Just Shoot Me (the latter is a fairly underrated show, for the record), all the diehard fans were all to eager to write the postmortem for Community without even seeing any of the new episodes. Well, after watching the first three episodes of the post-Harmon era, it’s my sad duty to report that those devoted ultra-fans actually had a point.

The show just isn’t the same.

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Futurama Still Doesn’t Suck

Jul

04

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Especially Zoidberg. He fucking rules.

"Hey, look! I found a copy of The Beast from 2006 in here!"

It’s been three years since “Futurama” returned to the airwaves, and I think we can safely say the show is still funny. Admittedly, there were some concerns at the beginning, like the highly dubious “Susan Boil” episode (I get shivers just thinking about that one), but for the most part, the show is producing just as much laughter as it did in its original run.

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BEASTcast 32: Matt Mogk

May

14

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Matt Mogk is head of the Zombie Research Society. He’s also the author of That’s Not Your Mommy Anymore and Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Zombies. His upcoming graphic novel is ZDC: Zombie Disease Control. We talk about zombies. There may be a few minor spoilers for The Walking Dead, The Road, Dead-Alive, Night of the Living Dead, and Contagion. Music is by Pigface and is used with permission. You can subscribe to the BEASTcast here or rate and/or leave a review in iTunes.

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500 Episodes?

Feb

16

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The Confusing State Of The Simpsons

When people talk about The Simpsons, they tend to come to one of two conclusions. There’s the “It’s just fucking awful now” crowd, which insists that the show has not produced a single laugh since 1997, and there’s the “It’s still good!” crowd, which completely denies that there has been any decline, and that The Simpsons is as good as ever, and the fans who think otherwise are just a pack of ungrateful curmudgeons.

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I'm Trying Not To Be A Dick About Community

Dec

08

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But do you have to have such shitty taste, America?!

When Arrested Development was being gushed about (but not watched) on a weekly basis, I felt a bit conflicted. I liked the show. I really did. But damn were the fans annoying. Any week you didn’t watch, you had your intelligence insulted, and people acted like you were contributing to greatest injustice in human history. “Fine, go watch your fucking Two And A Half Men, you goddamned Philistine!”

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Did Last Night's South Park Have A Point?

Nov

03

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Or was not having a point the point?

South Park isn’t exactly a model of consistency. Whereas Family Guy and The Simpsons can generally be divided into their respective “great”, “mediocre”, and “fucking awful” eras, South Park can land in any of those categories on a weekly basis. For every gem like the “Trapped In The Closet” episode (for which Tom Cruise sued them — just in case “What do South Park and The Beast have in common?” becomes a popular trivia question), we get a turd like “A Million Little Fibers”, where Matt and Trey apparently thought having Oprah’s vagina talk to her asshole would be funny for 22 minutes (if they had stopped at 5, they would’ve been right).

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ABC’s "V": Invasion of the Obamatons

Dec

09

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BY MOMUS CARPER

“The great ships hung motionless in the air, over every nation on Earth. Motionless they hung, huge, heavy, steady in the sky, a blasphemy against nature. Many people went straight into shock as their minds tried to encompass what they were looking at. The ships hung in the sky in much the same way that bricks don’t.” – Douglas Adams

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