Bill O'Reilly Breaks Out Some History

Koan of the day


So…this actually happened tonight:

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Don't try to process that rationally; it'll just make your brain hurt. But if you meditate on it, you'll achieve enlightenment.

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  1. I happen to know that Abe Lincoln was a damn funny guy. He had this schtick about gay, southern slave owners that used to crack everyone up.

    “What’s the deal with owning other human beings?”

    1. Bill O’Reilly, I knew Abe Lincoln and you sir, are no Abe Lincoln.

    2. Orily also said that oil speculators should be prosecuted during the gas hikes in 2008.

      He is a moron.

  2. TV is over.

  3. Funny stuff involving Abe Lincoln? Got it right here.

    Never gets old.

    1. I prefer this vision of Abe (the lincoln log).

  4. Some people actually believe in the concept of “dignity”.

    1. We call those people “SoCons”, and shun them.

    2. Eh, I think Galifinakis’ reputation will recover from this one.

    3. Bill O’Reilly couldn’t find dignity if you gave him a dictionary and Queen Elizabeth to help him.

  5. I haven’t watched cable news in years. I eventually realized I wasn’t learning anything new, so I switched it off. As I predicted, I am just as informed on current events as people who still watch. I just have a lot more time to do more productive things.

    1. An acquaintance of mine said that he had gotten a perfect score on a current-events quiz “even though I don’t watch TV news, or perhaps precisely because I don’t watch TV news.”

        The above is not an actual quote, however, it is a meme based off of one.…..05262.html
        O’REILLY: I’ll tell you why [religion’s] not a scam, in my opinion: tide goes in, tide goes out. Never a miscommunication. You can’t explain that.
        SILVERMAN: Tide goes in, tide goes out?
        O’REILLY: See, the water, the tide comes in and it goes out, Mr. Silverman. It always comes in, and always goes out. You can’t explain that.

  6. I have no love for O’Reilly or his politics, but I don’t see how the point he’s making is actually wrong. Going on a fucking comedy show to hawk Obamacare like some encyclopedia salesman is the height of pathetic, and one more demonstration of how unfit to rule our supposed ‘betters’ really are. Say what you will about the age of nobility — when that crowd was claiming sanction for a ruling the peasantry, they spent most of their lives in training for that, in no small part so that their demesne would avoid the pathetic displays of incompetence and lack of class demonstrated daily by the small man in the Oval Office.

    I wouldn’t appreciate tyranny from a bred noble anymore than from a naif like Obama, but the level at which Obama governs and condescend to us shows just how illegitimate this crowd’s claim to rule really is.

    1. Are you saying that Democracy is the god that failed?

      1. +Hoppe

    2. It’s not the point he made, it’s the way he made it. Seriously, just take another look at that image and tell me I’m wrong.

      1. WWALD?

    3. I also don’t care what O’Reilly thinks about anything, but I fail to see the story here.

      O’Reilly is an annoying cable TV windbag giving dumb grandiose opinions, Obama is the president of the US using comedy to get people to sign up for health care in a shockingly pathetic attempt to salvage an unpaid for bill.

      The latter is a far more disturbing story than the former for so many different reasons.

      1. I think this post is just a late night post pointing out something stupid a famous talking head said. There was an article earlier about Obama going on a comedy show IIRC

        1. Fair enough. I just thought O’Reilly’s reaction was less shrill and over the top than usual.

  7. Um… wasn’t Lincoln kind of known for making points via “That reminds me of a story…” style amusing anecdotes?

    1. I honestly don’t know.

  8. Anyways, we know a Republican would NEVER lower themselves to appear on a comedy show.

    1. Nixon appears on Laugh-In 🙂

      1. I think he wasn’t actually President at the time.…..55,00.html

      2. Don’t forget, Sonny from that photo became a fairly successful GOP congressman from California, who actually was replaced by his wife in office after he did a faceplant skiing into a tree, IIRC. And Cher went on to briefly marry Gregg Allman, who no doubt appreciated her natural-hanging halter-style top (jeez, it seems like I remember every girl in high school wearing things like that back then, all braless, and usually filling them out better than Cher. Kids, don’t believe the stuff you hear about everything in the 70s being pathetic.)

    2. I don’t see a whole lot of people (Reagan himself included) arguing that Reagan’s ineffable qualities as part of some upper caste of society qualified him to rule over us. Indeed, seems like the people who supported him did so *because* of an opposition to technocratic/academic rule of elites of the sort generally favored by modern progressives and D Brooksian authoritarian conservatives.

      If you’re going to bitch about how America isn’t ruled by serious intellectuals and claim that you’re the right guy to do it, you better wear that hairshirt, bucko.

      1. I don’t see Stormy’s point as unfair given that this was coming from Bill O’Reilly.

  9. At least he didn’t invoke Reagan. Baby steps.

    1. Trying to be funny, eh? O’Reilly disapproves.

  10. This reminds me of other great moments in American history, and things you didn’t know about Lincoln…

  11. “I need more problems with this website like I need a hole in the head!”

    – Abraham Lincoln

  12. “But if you meditate on it, you’ll achieve enlightenment.”

    Enlightenment is not all it is cracked up to be.

    1. So, I tell them I’m a pro jock, and who do you think they give me? The Dalai Lama, himself. Twelfth son of the Lama. The flowing robes, the grace, bald… striking. So, I’m on the first tee with him. I give him the driver. He hauls off and whacks one – big hitter, the Lama – long, into a ten-thousand foot crevasse, right at the base of this glacier. Do you know what the Lama says? Gunga galunga… gunga, gunga-lagunga. So we finish the eighteenth and he’s gonna stiff me. And I say, “Hey, Lama, hey, how about a little something, you know, for the effort, you know.” And he says, “Oh, uh, there won’t be any money, but when you die, on your deathbed, you will receive total consciousness.” So I got that goin’ for me, which is nice.

  13. Yes OReilly, Putin is just testing us. He not acting in Russia’s interests in a regional issue centuries in the making…no, he’s just testing Obama’s mettle.
    American Exceptionalism – the ultimate narcissism

    1. CLEARLY – Putin is testing Obama. CLEARLY.

      Thus spake Bill.

  14. I found the President’s interaction with Galifjjnkajbdfohapfnous much more disturbing than O’Reilly’s relatively-subdued (for him) bleatings.

    You can’t explain that…

    1. Obama is one of those celebrities who although charismatic, when they attempt to do comedy, they’re unfunny…like Steve Martin

  15. Bill O’Reily is a dipshit.

    1. Obvious statement is obvious.

  16. I love this story.

    There is only one sentence and a picture, yet it’s crystal clear.

  17. “Lincoln biographer Benjamin Thomas maintained: “Much of Lincoln’s success as a story-teller was due to a talent for mimicry. ‘In the role of story-teller,’ said T.G. Onstot, son of the New Salem cooper, ‘I never knew his equal. His power of mimicry was very great. He could perfectly mimic a Dutchman [German], Irishman, or Negro.'””…..y#comments

    1. “Well, an Irish sailor was overtaken at sea by a heavy storm and he thought he would pray but didn’t know [how], so he went down on his knees and said: ‘Oh, Lord! you know as well as meself that it’s seldom I bodder ye, but if ye will only hear me and save me this time, bedad it will be a long time before I bodder ye again’.”

  18. Bill O’reilly is yet another war hawk. He sits at home advocating for war while my brothers and sisters are sent to fight, and if lucky to return are scarred for life. That douchebag attempted to label a war veteran that was against the Iraq war as “huring the troops”. That veteran was a help to us. O’Reilly has done harm through his blind advocacy for war. It is fake people such as him that are the greatest threat to liberty. He even lied about being in combat.

    They should be replacing these people with folks such as Tom Woods, Gerard Casey, and Thomas DiLorenzo whom could show viewers the real Lincoln. Not some fantasy version created by O’reilly.

    1. Supporting the troops aught to mean you only risk their lives when truly necessary.

      1. Unfortunately that’s naught the way some people use the phrase.

      2. Should mean that, but not to the warmongers. That’s why many folks opposed standing armies. They knew long ago what a threat to liberty they were.

  19. Says here that Bill O’Reilly is a bloviating douchebag.

    Everyone knows that.

    Well did you know there actually is an oldest trick in the book:

    (Fade to the renaissance)

    Trick number one. Lookest over there….Ha ha, madest thou look.

  20. I can’t understand how a comedian (because, you know, you can’t take O’Reilly seriously) can criticize another one. He hates competition.

  21. No mention of Napolitano on TDS? I thought they were very merciful with him, but with that game show setup and a panel of “experts” I thought for sure they were going to dogpile him, but they let him off easy.

  22. Can’t watch this but I’m quite sure it can’t lower my opinion of O’Reilly.

  23. What is much funnier is the fact that Obama has decided his job is to be insurance-salesman-in-cheif.

    Because insurance salesmen have such shining reputations that he thought it would improve his approval ratings.

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