Tag Archive: John Oliver

Oct 13 2019

Rant of the Week: John Oliver and Stephen Colbert’s First Date

HBO “Last week Tonight” host John Oliver flipped places with CBS “late Night” host Stephen Colbert discussing first dates over a glass of white wine.

Aug 12 2019

From His Cold Dead Hands

On Sunday, John Oliver, host of HBO’s “Last Week Tonight,” finally pried that gun out of the former president of the NRA Charlton Heston’s cold dead hands then proceeded to take on the NRA and the squatter in the Oval Office with an epic opening segment.

Jun 10 2019

Equal Rights Amendment – One State From Ratification

On June 4th, one hundred years ago, congress passed the 19th Amendment which gave women the right to vote after it was ratified by the states one year later. While the amendment was a huge step for women’s rights, it did not protect them against discrimination. It did not guarantee equality with men. That brings …

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Aug 13 2018

That Grassroot Maybe Astroturf

Atroturfing is a practice intended to give the statements or organizations credibility by withholding information about the source’s financial connection. The term astroturfing is derived from AstroTurf, a brand of synthetic carpeting designed to resemble natural grass, as a play on the word “grassroots.” The implication behind the use of the term is that instead …

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Jun 27 2018

How To Get A Cable Network Banned In China

It’s actually much simpler than you would think, China being very thinned skinned about criticism of its leaders and policies. The host of HBO’s “Last week Tonight” John Oliver did it in twenty minutes. How exactly did he achieve that, you ask? Simple, he compared China’s President Xi Jinping to that honey loving cartoon bear …

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Nov 13 2017

John Oliver : The Lasting Consequences of the Troll President

Last night John Oliver, host of HBO’s “Last Week Tonight,” gave an insightful dissertation on the techniques that Trump and his followers have used to undermine norms of governing and how Americans talk about ideas. Allowing Trump’s techniques to spread to other politicians and media outlets so that it becomes the pervasive doctrine of the …

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Jul 16 2017

Rant of the Week: Dueling Dead Presidents

Only John Oliver and Stephen Colbert stage a battle of insults between two dead presidents, Warren G. Harding and Zachary Taylor, using their wax statues. After agreeing to disagree, the statues kiss and make up.

Jul 04 2017

Waxing Dead Presidents

The Hall of Presidents Wax museum in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania may be gone but the waxy figures “live” on in the homes of very interesting people. You might wonder why anyone would want, or do with, one of these life size replicas, or in the case of John Oliver, host of HBO’s “Last Week Tonight,” five …

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Jun 12 2017

Now A Word From Lord Buckethead

While ek hornbeck has been dong his happy dance and gloating over the electoral spanking a that Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May and her Conservative party took, the politics over the UK withdrawal from the European Union got complicated. The host of “Last Week Tonight” John Oliver has found the answer to their “Brexit Prayers”: …

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Jun 01 2017

We’re Melting

Update 1700 ET: As expected Trump has withdrawn the US from the Paris Climate Agreement citing a litany of lies about the agreement and climate change. The US is the world’s second largest largest greenhouse gas emissions. This afternoon Donald will announce his decision whether to stay in the Paris Climate Accord. Withdrawal from the …

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