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Red-Tailed Hawks: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)

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The New Hampshire legislature refused to make the red-tailed hawk the official raptor of their state...so we made it the official raptor of our show.
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Kapok6 (20 hours ago)
Why are they showing Harris' Hawks in a vid that is supposed to be exclusively about RT's?
X-01 Unknown (2 days ago)
Oh surprise. A gathering of government officials being smug pricks. How unpredictable...
hereticpariah 6/66 (9 days ago)
That was *cool* , J.O.!! You did what our government wouldn't! (And I made the word "cool" be in *bold* letters!! Just for YOU!)
Mikayla Barton (25 days ago)
The red tail hawk keeps killing my chickens though. They’re cool and all, but please stop killing my chickens. Otherwise poor children. Can’t politicians at least entertain them and say a simple yes or no instead of crushing their dreams?
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Frank Alphonso (1 month ago)
See what they should’ve done, and why I desperately wish I had been in the room to suggest it, was treat it like an actual bill to teach the kids how the system worked, then the next year have the next class come in with another pointless bill to pass and so on and so on and make it a traditional field trip. They can even repeal some of them as part of the lesson to show how repeals work but no they decided to be shits about it.
S. R. D. (1 month ago)
When I was in 3rd grade, our class sent a letter to our state representative to get a state fruit, and there was a bill proposed, but ours was also shot down. We hadn't gone to see the session though, so it was probably worse for these kids.
golffan (2 months ago)
We will not have a "red" tailed hawk as our official raptor, but we may consider the white tailed hawk. We dont need no free loading Indian raptor
Kimberly Colliins (2 months ago)
those politicians are absolutely biggest bunch of bullies. I bet they enjoyed every minute of breaking those kids hearts. I hope the no voters all go to hell, or made to be servants for Trump and fucked up family
I Am (3 months ago)
That was all evolution denial lolP.s. I fucking loved the animal psa at the end.
Roach DoggJR (3 months ago)
In the name of all New Englanders, I want to apologize for New Hampshire... but you gotta admit that Planed Parenthood joke was actually funny if you manage to detach your ideology from it.
Onkel Pappkov (3 months ago)
Oh my god, exaaactly! I always tell people crude and barely functional jokes and they always tell me to shut up. Finally someone who enjoys shabbily stitched-together half-puns and crappy analogies! This will make you laugh out loud, but fair warning, it's a riot! Bears are big, hairy and they eat a lot of salmon. You know what they're like? Humans! Hahaha! Because we're big and hairy and humans eat salmon, too. Hilarious! If you really love this sort of badly tacked-on analogy, I have a whole catalogue of them right here. Usually, people find them terribly unfunny but you, sir, might just have the taste for really bad jokes! Thank the Lord! Finally someone who appreciates cringy, dumb, pointless, semi-retarded kitsch told by boring out-of-the-loop old men with a straight face. Haha! I'm literally dying rite nao 🤣🤣🤣🍆💦
Timothy OBrien (3 months ago)
Ahh, the Eagle also has talons, and rips it prey apart -- so what the hell man
hereticpariah 6/66 (9 days ago)
Also... The Eagle is a *SCAVENGER!* That's right, it'll eat anything it can find, whether it Just Died or it's been rotting a bit. Ben Franklin wanted the turkey to be the national bird, but I guess eagle tastes like shit, so....
Onkel Pappkov (3 months ago)
But the eagle does it *for liberty*.
no no (3 months ago)
Why this clip is so addictive? I'm still watchin this in end of 2018!!! AWESOME!!!!!!!
3:36 isn't that Harris' hawk?
PhilJr (3 months ago)
This was just a way to crush the dreams of these kids and say “Try all you want! You’ll never change how government works! Good luck next generation!”
Hoshimaru57 (4 months ago)
They are awesome, and those guys were dicks. They could have at least waited till the kids left to go yeah...no. Honestly Red Tails are already the national bird and most people don’t even know it. Every Bald Eagle you’ve probably ever heard has been voiced by a Red Tailed Hawk. Cause Eagles sound like seagull and that’s a fact.
Addicti0nz1 (4 months ago)
Wow can't believe how moronic these fuckers are
ZankuroMinazuki (4 months ago)
I love how scared of the hawk John was :p It was perfectly natural but still fun to see (being next to a large predatory bird that can beak your eyes out will do that to you if you aren't used to them and if the bird especially doesn't know you.) And for crying out loud, I don't even have or want kids and I would have made it an express point to put that bill through if a group of school kids took the time to come down to declare a state raptor! It isn't going to happen all the time but if it does just freaking do it! State hot dogs? Fricking do it! What does it actually cost the state to not be assholes to kids? I don't even like kids and it pisses me off how those kids were treated!
Amelia Maddox (4 months ago)
I really hope those kids or their teachers see this.
Doug Biden (4 months ago)
There was NO WAY this law enriched them or any of their cronies.The kids need to learn which bill's to enact
Bodacious Oasis (5 months ago)
An excellent choice for an official show bird of prey, major kudos & props!
Jarid Gaming (5 months ago)
Damn New Hampshire is Gull of Assholes
08Q80 (5 months ago)
Hawk's Rock...
CarbonTails (5 months ago)
I thought you would mention that the Red-Tailed Hawk was so awesome that Steven Colbert dubbed the sound of his Bald Eagle with scream of a Red-Tailed Hawk.
Brendon Tan (6 months ago)
I don't get why you're complaining, the kids DID learn about your government first hand
RedGamer YT (6 months ago)
Warren Grope just insulted the bald eagle by saying that
Herbert Erdferkel (6 months ago)
seems lke a perfect lesson to teach children ... maybe those brats learn not to waste goverment time with useless bills. Shame on the teachers tho, to not teach them what goverment is supposed to do and that they already are wasting time with crap is inexcuseable.
Onkel Pappkov (3 months ago)
Yeah, I agree. Congress is super-lazy and they will take every opportunity to slack off, so presenting them with one is bad for everyone. Remember that it's hard to get a full healthy sleep when people are talking, so just leave them in quiet peace. Poor guys. Shame on those kids for trying to do something.
Brandon Gray (6 months ago)
In a way,the kid's did actually learn how democracy works.
PapaSmurf Smurfy (6 months ago)
“4th graders get their bill slammed by Lawmakers” sounds like a Onion Headline
Setari M (6 months ago)
Lawmakers suck dick
Darkness Within (6 months ago)
Not all hero’s wear caps
Francis Tongoy (6 months ago)
They turned an innocent bill to take a shot at planned parenthood? Red-tailed hawks are cool fuckheads.
ForeverMe543 (6 months ago)
All those legislators deserve to be torn apart by the red tailed hawk. Especially the anti planned parenthood dick. He sounds like he’s crying for him mommy when he talks. Ass holes.
Quentin Lahure (6 months ago)
They complained that it was a bull shit thing to vote on? Voting on bull shit is all they do
Courtney Woodbury (6 months ago)
As a NH native, that 'live free or die' joke totally killed me. 🤣
Andrew Harper (7 months ago)
Perhaps if the state already has a state bird the state raptor should be a velociraptor. Problem solved.
Onkel Pappkov (3 months ago)
Birds are dinosaurs though.
Batmanofsanantonio (7 months ago)
Wow. I live in Texas and those New Hampshire politicians make our state reps seem like Liberals!
Mark Javier (8 months ago)
The Bald Eagle's "screech" voice actor is a hawk. Bald Eagles actually squawk
raju kumar (8 months ago)
What would have been even funnier is if the hawk actually pecked Oliver 😂
Kun Feng (8 months ago)
3:42 hold it right there, thats kind of a harris hawk, it may or may not be a different species... carry on
loveld Lu (8 months ago)
Alright so good morning afternoon evening so this is what I have to say when it came to princess Megan doing a fake accent no it's like you sign yourself out whitewashing your pass and who you are you need to stop and deceits we all expect you to be your true self not a fake person you started out well and now you going back and decide you going to do a fake British accent you are a American okay so you insulting American's and we're not good enough for you but you ready to use as whenever you want and then knowledge when ever you need us know it doesn't work that way you are American it's like you're trying to say that your shame of your parents and who you are and truly is and this is also for Prince Harry if you put up with this and was your idea shame on you
SNAP CASE (9 months ago)
Wow!!! 💀💀💀Absolutely dead AF after the RED-TAILED HAWKS skit. Fucking Hilarious!!! "REEEEWIND" "HAWK SCREAMS"
Tilen Krejacic (9 months ago)
Best.. video... on yt
Purnayus Chaudhuri (9 months ago)
Ah, they taught those children what politics is really like.
Emanuel Rojas (10 months ago)
What the hell, are they proud of themselves for slamming a child's bill
Izaya Orihara (10 months ago)
I love how the bird keeper help the bird closer to John as he was freaking out XD his shit eating face was amazing. I swear I rewound like 5 times just to rewatch it
Jesse Prather (10 months ago)
Kids learned a good lesson: Adults suck!!
Alpha Lizalfos (10 months ago)
This isn’t interesting. Red tailed hawks are everywhere in fucking Cali. Edit: I was also gonna say we should have it as a state raptor but we have golden eagles. But so do a lot of western states. Edit2: Dammit I forgot about condors!
TallBison (11 months ago)
too many of those shots were of raptors that weren't red tailed hawks.
Onkel Pappkov (3 months ago)
But aren't they... animals?
Ethan (11 months ago)
To be fair, it *would* be a good mascot for PP. Especially if you know how most surgical abortions are performed.
Disclaimer (11 months ago)
This fourth graders wouldn't be able to watch the clips at the end because of the swearing but it's the effort that counts!
Jane (11 months ago)
This is why I love this show
Jane (11 months ago)
2:04 my mouth literally fell open
Jane (11 months ago)
Conclusion: politicians are dicks to kids
Sharon Constable (11 months ago)
The Toronto Raptors should replace their dinosaur logo with a Red-tailed Hawk (most common raptor in the Toronto area).
mdudegamer (11 months ago)
I mean, having two state birds IS pretty pointless... while the lawmakers could've been nicer about it, I also feel like the teacher could've suggested a different bill.
Onkel Pappkov (3 months ago)
It's a state bird and a state raptor which happens to be a bird. It's like giving awards for "best lead performance in an action movie" and "best newcomer" and someone complaining that both are men.
Dean (1 year ago)
loved this! John, u r awesome! =D
Daniella Schaening (1 year ago)
Okay, but like How has no one mentioned that the bald eagle rips its prey apart easily in the same way and still represents all of the US? That planned Parenthood statement could not have been more stupid.
Dan55888 (1 year ago)
So were those politicians tryingvto demonstrate how petty and pathetic governments can be? Also I both can and can't believe how that asshoke twisted this to his own misguided political agenda about abortion. What a sad pathetic man.
Saint Cyanide (1 year ago)
John Oliver looks like the fat, middle aged cousin of the red tailed hawk who is suffering from an existential crisis.
Rudster14 (1 year ago)
Did the 4th graders ever see this?
A. Mikey B. (1 year ago)
Anyone else first thought of Tobias from the YA series Animorphs...? No... Just me....
Apophis (1 year ago)
No!!! The Controllers have captured Tobias!!!
I absolutely love the wall maker whatever his name was that made the reference to Planned Parenthood and he didn't make a bad analogy between the red tail hawk in plant Parenthood
Onkel Pappkov (3 months ago)
You gotta love plant parenthood. I am a proud father of a forsythia. It wasn't my choice but it doesn't always go as planned.
stefan beaubut (1 year ago)
''Groen did not seek re-election to the New Hampshire House of Representatives in 2016.'' -ballotpedia.org He did it XD
TheSeptet (1 year ago)
Just one more *HAWK FACT!* Whenever you hear a bird of prey screeching in a movie, especially a bald eagle, it's almost certainly a red-tailed hawk's screech being dubbed over it. Bald eagles actually make adorable little chirps like they're fucking starlings or something and it just isn't as *metal* as the red-tailed hawk's screech.
Large Soda (1 year ago)
Can't believe US government can't even handle this well
AshErika Michaela (1 year ago)
So, basically... they got a brutally large dose of reality in politics. These jerks greeted the kids, on camera, with a standing ovation and smiles all around, knowing that they were going to shoot the bill down just because they felt like it. Which would be vaguely understandable if they they just said "No, we just don't have time for this." But they spent all that extra time yapping the same things over and over, except that one guy who decided to take a shot at Planned Parenthood, which he got utterly wrong anyway. That's not how abortions work, moron. These clinics aren't particularly creepy serial killers posing as doctors with rusty hangers in a trash-filled alley. They're trying to help those who feel like they don't have any other choice. Oh, and before somebody brings up adoption, bearing in mind a severely overburdened and underfunded social services system, think about the lives of the children before the politics of your answer. Kudos to John on being awesome as always. Love that you brought an actual hawk onstage, despite your obvious nervousness. You rock.
Justin Clowater (1 year ago)
I love John was clearly terrified of that Hawk standing next to it, but toughed it out for the good of the kids. Good one, John Oliver.
Caitlin Brewer (1 year ago)
Justin Clowater and the handler could tell! That's why he pushed it closer!
MrTUBEular10 (1 year ago)
Dude has a problem with the way the Hawk eats his prey? Does he expect the hawk to grab a plate, lay out a napkin, and use utensils? You don't need a brain to be in politics, just deep pockets.
TheGuyWhoIsAustralian (1 year ago)
I get maybe having a few of the guys pretending to oppose it to show how the debating process works but come on. The fact that they took it so seriously show how retarded your country is
Alexander Tavarez (1 year ago)
D&E Abortions. Look it up.
Bystander232 (1 year ago)
Yuck. What self-important jerks. In other cultures, government is a highly-respected profession and it creates a corps of smart, competent individuals. (Same with teaching.) Statesmen and career civil servants, not “politicians”. Right now, we’re seeing the cost of letting powerful positions go to whoever’s willing to take the job, and I don’t know how to change that.
Onkel Pappkov (3 months ago)
The latter part is exactly why. In order for change to happen, you're going to have to do it yourself. You don't have time or the nerve to sit down amongst a bunch of bored morons because you seek fulfillment and a sort of peace in your life. Like everyone. Only a few would be willing to sit there, listen to all those retards babble on, do lots of pointless paperwork for lousy pay, actively resist corruption and day after day propose change in written form, knowing full-well the majority will vote against it. Politicians because they love the bribes, the common guy because he is afraid of change. But it would have to start there. One guy or girl would have to sacrifice him- or herself and become an idealistic politician. Then find more who are idealistic. And keep on campaigning and working and struggling and never give in to corruption. Also, you'll get assassinated eventually if your influence becomes too much of a problem for corporations. You'd still have to push on. But it's not in the nature of humans to fight an uphill battle. For now, vote for whoever seems filled with dreams, ambition and integrity. Locally, just whoever is less likely to grab big bribes and fuck luxury whores on a yacht.
bluesdjben (1 year ago)
This segment is a valuable extension of the lesson the kids learned in the legislature. Sometimes when government fails to act, a private organization will see what you're trying to do and lend their support in a really badass way.
Joey M (1 year ago)
There are types of abortion where babies are teared limb from limb.
Onkel Pappkov (3 months ago)
There are also types of abortion where live dogs are fed TNT, then inserted into the woman's left nipple, then exploded. Usually fatal for everyone involved. It's true, it's on the internet.
Star Cherry (1 year ago)
OMG that hawk was eating its own baby!
Star Cherry (1 year ago)
Dang, and the kids were in the room too
Jarid Gaming (1 year ago)
Well the kids learned a valuable lessen that day, life's not fair and the government doesn't give a fuck about you just pay taxes or they will arrest you and might kill you with its racist police force
Mato Mađerić (1 year ago)
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Rainbow Writer (1 year ago)
The 4th graders must have been crushed and I’m sure the teachers were pissed and the unnecessary comments made by the legislators.
Draconic74 (1 year ago)
You want just one good reason the Red-tailed Hawk is a great official state raptor? You know that awesome screech we always hear when we show our national bird, the Bald Eagle? So majestic and powerful, it's piercing cry brings a sense of pride to the peoples of the United States... yadda yadda etc, etc. So... Yeah, eagles don't make that sound. That's a goddamn Red-tailed Hawk dubbed over it.
Carol Habicht (1 year ago)
Let's call attention to what's more important though - that bird trainer guy was HOT AF.
Dan Bee (1 year ago)
Athena Primrose (1 year ago)
John was legit scared when the hawk was flapping its wings 😂
Scott Palmersheim (1 year ago)
Don't mean to be a buzzkill...but the hawk shown at 3:40 is actually a Harris's Hawk, native to the deserts of the Southwest United States
Sanchita Abrol (1 year ago)
Is it just me or did anyone else found that rave raptor video insanely exciting to watch?! :P YOU ROCK OLIVER!
bigshotlukas199 (1 year ago)
Those birds are still mean as hell. They're one of a few animals willing to take out a Canada Goose if necessary. You could tell John was scared shitless by that bird.
zorohibiki (1 year ago)
well they learned how politics literally works so mission complete right?
Carlo Brigante (1 year ago)
love this guy
Avia LittleHawk (1 year ago)
Yay stinking New Hampshire didn’t passed the bill. I love hawks.
Athena Primrose (1 year ago)
You can tell John was terrified of the hawk
Jennifer Schlicht (1 year ago)
I've said it before and I'll say it again: Democracy simply doesn't work. Sometimes, and that's when late night TV apparently has to step in.
Samuel Robinson (1 year ago)
How can you do that to a bunch of kids who worked hard to advance their proposal? Fuck you New Hampshire politicians!!
SarahForeshadow13 (1 year ago)
Martin Clarke (1 year ago)
The Planned Parenthood statement has to have been hurtful, not just to those kids, but to both sides of the abortion debate. For those who love abortion, they must have felt that it both delegitimized the practice and the women they believe needed it, and for those who hate abortion, they must have hated having children associated with what they see as a baby slaughterhouse. We may be in a state of hyperpartisanship in this country, but the far left and far right can both agree that this New Hampshire Representative was a complete dick.
Onkel Pappkov (3 months ago)
Ignoring the ludicrous visceral images he tried to draw from his crazed mind, imagine you ask an authority figure about birds and he yells: "ABORTION!!" Thanks for telling us, Superfluousman.
Bozo The Clown (1 year ago)
😂😂the look of horror on his face when he was near the hawk
Rafael Lopes (1 year ago)
That guy talked about Red-Tailed Hawk as a predator who rips its prey apart... No fucking shit! It's a bird of prey! What does he think the Bald Eagle does? Order takeout?
The Hawk (1 year ago)
Yes us hawks deserve to be the raptor bird 😏
bornstandin (1 year ago)
If the fourth graders had just had a lobbyist from Israel.

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