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5.0 out of 5 stars Funniest book I've read in years, 12 Feb 2013
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Dennis Littrell (SoCal/NorCal/Maui) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: New New Rules, The (Paperback)
Confession: I've never watched Maher's TV show "Real Time" so all this material is new to me. I did read and review "New Rules: Polite Musings from a Timid Observer" which he put out some years ago. This book is if anything even funnier, more incisive (and divisive), and more potty-mouthed than the old "New Rules."

But if all Maher and his crew did was tell dirty jokes and make fun of hypocritical Republican halfwits I would have better things to do with my time than read this book. What Maher and his writers and editors do especially well is tell the truth about what is happening in America today. Yes, they do it in an edgy, patently offensive way; but maybe that's necessary because without the jokes it would all be all too depressing.

Consider this from May 6, 2011:

"New Rule: Now that it's become clear that the Republicans, the fiscally conservative/strong on defense party, are neither fiscally conservative nor strong on defense, they have to tell us what exactly it is they're good at. Because it's not defense. 9/11 happened on your watch. And you retaliated by invading the wrong country. And you lost a ten-year game of hide-and-seek with Osama bin Laden. And you're responsible for running up most of the debt, which more than anything makes us weak..."

"Let's look at some facts.... When Bill Clinton left office in 2001, the Congressional Budget Office predicted that by the end of the decade, we would have paid off the entire debt and have $2 trillion surplus. Instead we have a $10.5 trillion public debt, and the difference in those two numbers is mostly because the Republicans put tax cuts for the rich, the prescription drug plan, and two wars on the layaway plan, and then bailed on the check. So...so much for fiscal responsibility." (p. 330)

All true, and as you can see, Maher takes his political commentary seriously.

Like the previous "Rules" book this one has over a hundred black and white prints cleverly juxtaposed among the jokes and savage commentary--pictures of various celebs and pols and "news makers" caught in the act of just being (heaven help us) themselves. Four mugs shots (count 'em) of Lindsey Lohan looking rather wasted, one of New Jersey governor Chris Christie looking especially...rotund, another of Sarah Palin winking spastically, a "GoGirl" device that allows women to urinate standing up, a rack of plastic shoes, etc.

Here's an example of straight-forward juxapositioning from page 175:

"Lowenbrau Humor

"New Rule: Just because you're drunk and it's October, it doesn't make it Octoberfest. When you drink in November, it's not Novemberfest. It's just Thanksgiving, and you hate your relatives. Besides, we already know what happens when people get drunk and start acting like Germans:"

(photo of Mel Gibson looking sheepishly embarrassed)

Puns. You want puns? How about "Loser Friendly" for the iPad? "Kitty Porn" for cute shots of kittens or "Kiddie Litter" for a baby doing what babies do in a public swimming pool. Or "Tot and Bothered" which is how Maher felt at a kid's birthday party on a hot day. Or "Rack-U-Weather" for the weather girl with a big pair.

Needless to say Maher is a social critic as well as a comedian and political smart ass.

By the way, the guys who wrote most of the jokes in this book are, according to Maher's Acknowledgments page, Chris Kelly, Brian Jacobsmeyer, Jay Jaroch, Matt Gunn, Adam Felber, and Danny Vermont. Congratulations, gentlemen.

Bottom line: very funny, and if you're left of center, profound.

--Dennis Littrell, author of "The World Is Not as We Think It Is"
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5.0 out of 5 stars Funny guy, 11 Dec 2012
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This review is from: The New New Rules: A Funny Look at How Everybody but Me Has Their Head Up Their Ass (Kindle Edition)
When you read this it's easy to hear his voice. Dry, witty and biting all in one. He's a pot head too which makes him alright in my book man.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Laugh-out-loud stuff, 16 Oct 2012
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David Stewart (Glasgow, United Kingdom.) - See all my reviews
This review is from: New New Rules, The (Paperback)
Insightful, witty, hilarious. Maher says what we're all thinking - in his own imitable style. The audio book is read by him and a joy to listen to.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Hilarious, 29 Jun 2012
If you want to have a laugh while getting some insightful political opinions... this book is for you! (Unless you're Christian or Republican)
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