Category Archives: The Daily Rush

Admit it. The man is a giant.

Elvis save me, I did it again. Tuned into Mr. Limbaugh of Palm Beach for five minutes on my way home from a dizzying day. Looking to be entertained I guess. And here is what I heard (paraphrased somewhat):
“Those young rabble rousers on the streets of Egypt or what have you? They have no ideology. You know what they are? They’re guys who like to throw rocks, guys who want to get on television. That’s all they are – just like American Idol or MTV or the Jerry Springer show – that’s what they want, just to get on television.”

I have no idea what his point was because I simply had to turn it off.

Talk Radio Ethics 101

Brucetheeconomist just remined me in a thread about a blog I used to follow, so I stopped over there and found a link to this from Raw Story.

 The  company responsible for syndicating big conservative radio names like Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck and Sean Hannity has been using paid actors to call in to their radio shows. . . . “Premiere On Call is our new custom caller service,” the website said. “We supply voice talent to take/make your on-air calls, improvise your scenes or deliver your scripts. Using our simple online booking tool, specify the kind of voice you need, and we’ll get your the right person fast. Unless you request it, you won’t hear that same voice again for at least two months, ensuring the authenticity of your programming for avid listeners.”

Who’s surprised?

No comment Rush. No comment at all.

Mr.Limbaugh says of Michelle Obama“I’m trying to say that our first lady does not project the image of women that you might see on the cover of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue or of a woman Alex Rodriguez might date every six months or what have you,” Limbaugh said Monday.

In other news, here’s a sneak peek at the next cover of Playgirl.

I'm too sexy for my clothes

Rush threatens Obama with democracy

This brief post by guest blogger Orhan is the first of what I hope will be many. He still toils in the frigid canyons of New York but maybe dreams of the Sunshine State. I really must ask him.      –  Moe

POSTED BY ORHAN

Rush tells us that if the Tea Party fails and Obamacare is not repealed in 2012, “WE GO EGYPT ON OBAMA”.

If we were a sane country (or, which of these two would you trust?)

. . . this guy would be the GOP nominee for President. Mitch Daniels, governor of Indiana and one-time head of the Office of Management and Budget, both of  which, whatever his politics, suggest he has a clue about how the world works.

I’ve liked him for some time, but my opinion of him soared today when I saw some CPAC video in which he named names – talk radio names, FOX News names – in talking about obstacles to getting things done.

Predictably, Mr. Limbaugh of Palm Beach, the most thin skinned of the on air bullies, came right at him today. If Daniels doesn’t back down as others have with depressing regularity, he’ll burnish his credentials even more and prove he has political courage.

But I don’t think he’ll be the candidate. He is tipping his toe in the water, but I hope he pulls it back and waits till 2012,  2016 when a Republican has a chance and I’d just as soon they nominate an adult.

Mr. Limbaugh doesn’t ‘do’ war zones himself. There is golf to be played.

This is what he gets away with on a regular basis. This blatant dishonesty, the carelessness. is accepted by millions. He doesn’t do teh crazy like Beck, but he is an opinion leader and even in that role gets away with this stuff all the time.

The second quote below comes following the news about the FOX guys in Egypt. Same day, a few hours apart. From Limbaugh’s credibility-free zone:

“Even two New York Times reporters were detained. Now, this is supposed to make us feel what, exactly? How we supposed to feel? Are we supposed to feel outrage over it? I don’t feel any outrage over it. Are we supposed to feel anger? I don’t feel any anger over this. Do we feel happy? Well – uh – do we feel kind of going like, “neh-neh-neh-neh”?”

And then, a few hours later:

“Fox News’ Greg Palkot and crew have been severely beaten and are now hospitalized in Cairo. Now we were kidding before about The New York Times, of course. This kind of stuff is terrible. ”

Of course. (h/t Bartcop)

Serendipity: Mike Stark and Rush Limbaugh and me

kaystreet at The Fifth Column tells us about a conversation on The Rush Limbaugh Show when caller blogger Mike Stark succeeded in getting through on the air last week. Stark has done this a few times.)

I heard the conversation in real time – serendipity! I tune in most weeks for about five minutes just to keep track of the current script and was lucky enough to catch what to me was a most entertaining segment.

kaystreet tells us: “Mike called Limbaugh to find out why all the big hoopla about Reagan when Reagan raised taxes, negotiated with terrorists . . . [gave] amnesty to undocumented workers, and he cut and ran from Lebanon.  The kicker is that Mike was quite polite and actually made Limbaugh tongue tied with his remarks.  Limbaugh never answered the question.  Instead, he attacked Mike Stark.”

The transcript is at kaystreet and at Stark’s site, Stark Reports.

The part that I found most interesting was that, Limbaugh’s bloviation at the end of the call clearly showed he was knowledgable enough to have a conversation with Stark about his questions. But he didn’t. He chose instead to insult, attack, and mock. The usual.

With one hand tied behind his back . . .

Rush Limbaugh can claim success with an attack upon the language; he’s managed to change the name of a major political party. His efforts have been so successful that US Senators are now saying ‘Democrat’ Party on the very floor of the Senate, and no one – not even our dim Dems – is noticing, let alone objecting. Mr.Limbaugh of Palm Beach is very very good. Very good indeed.

He began some years ago referring to the Democratic Party as the ‘Democrat Party’. It was meant of course as an insult – Democratic described a benign admirable philosophy while ‘Democrat’ played on ‘Dixiecrat‘, an infamous and historical pejorative used to refer to Southern Democrats who still supported segregation; when the liberal wing of their own party passed the Civil Right legislation in the 1960’s, the Dixiecrats moved en masse to the Reublican Party. Today’s modern Democratic Party, by its actions, has redeemed itself from that past.  But Rush saw an opening and he jumped in. In so doing, he was no doubt also hoping to deflect racist charges leveled at segments of his own party.

I don’t think the association of  ‘Dixiecrat’ with ‘Democrat’ has taken  hold in the larger society, but the use of the denomination “Democrat Party’ in place of ‘Democratic Party’ has indeed taken hold.

Like I said above, Mr. Limbaugh of Palm Beach is very very good. Very good indeed.

Also from Frum Forum (I just like typing that)

 Reading down the front page at Frum Forum, I see a negative story calling Rush Limbaugh’s recent President Hu slur ‘offensive’. Of more interest to me though, was that David Frum’s conservative site chose to use this very unflattering photo.

From The Note:

“Hu Jintao — He was speaking and they weren’t translating. They normally translate every couple of words. Hu Jintao was just going ching chong, ching chong cha,” Limbaugh said, before launching into a 17-second imitation of the Chinese leader’s dialect.

I woudn’t call it an imitation – I’d call it a mockery. And so 1950.

Speaking of shark jumping

Has the day finally arrived? Is Mr. Bouncy-Bouncy’s reign of fear crumbling?

FOX News is once again surprising me. It’s 6:45 pm and Brett Baier has convened his panel. He plays a bit of Limbaugh from the radio today wherein he railed at who-knows-who and downright and cynically mocks the memorial service in Tucson.

Charles Krauthhamer does not love Rush Limbaugh! Juan Williams does not love Rush Limbaugh!  They were quite dismissive of the comments they heard. And –  they did not walk back their own comments.  Is it possible that folks aren’t as afraid of the un-citizen as they once were?

If anyone starts walking back, bet it’s Limbaugh – tomorrow.

Check out the 'bullet holes'

(And zounds! Just switched to MSNBC where I heard the tail end of a report about some trouble in radio land. A local station has pulled down its Limbaugh billboards today after the totally tasteless comments. An early and incomplete story here. )

UPDATE – CORRECTION – the billboard was taken down Monday before the fat man’s vulgarity of today. Not clear exactly who pulled it down – the language at the two places I’ve read the story is ambiguous.)

A double Limbaugh!

From Balloon Juice, here’s something Rush Limbaugh said today:

What Mr. Loughner knows is that he has the full support of a major political party in this country.

 The poster asks: ” What does this even mean? They’ve been speaking in tongues so long that I think they’ve shifted to a new dialect and I can’t interpret them anymore.”

He adds: “I should probably note, in fairness to our media overlords, that I tagged this post assholes. So it is important to recognize David Gergen’s point that both sides use this over the top rhetoric. Rush told millions of people that an entire political party is supporting a mass murderer, and I called him an asshole. You can see how it is the same thing, can’t you?”

You’re welcome.

Is this who we are?

Once again, I seem to have taken an unplanned break from the blog. Downtime will, I expect, become a recurring feature here. This time I think the reason is because of what happened on Saturday. It left me speechless.

The killings in Tuscon describe, on too many levels, the story of the tragedy that is us. America has produced too many assassins; some succeed, some fail, but still they discharge their weapons. Just in my own lifetime: Kennedy, King, Kennedy, Ford, Reagan, a few other Congress critters (and I am sorry I don’t remember the names) and now Rep. Gifford. The wife of an astronaut. And those are just the political ones.

Public figures of all kinds – journalists, entertainers, doctors, nurses, municipal officials – it is a list too far. Agencies of the government, the buildings that house them, the innocents who showed up for their jobs that day.

We fiercely defend our guns – even the weapons of war – in the hands of those who mean us ill.

We allow – some embrace – the language of incitement, the mindset that sees government as the enemy off all that is good. A mindset that has taken hold and is endlessly reinforced. We now think it’s okay to yell ‘fire’ in a crowded theatre.

We reward liars and fools – Limbaugh, Murdoch, Beck, Savage. Those who become obscenely wealthy toying with this nation and undermining  our national stability.

Rush Limbaugh changed the face of radio and invented today’s shabby genre of talk radio. He’s been on the air for 20 awful years, on thousands of stations around the country (even the military carries him on its stations). How big an impact has this one man had with his endless stream of nonsense-made-real?

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Mr. Weeps-A-Lot

Memories. It’s January 2009 and Nancy Pelosi is being installed as Speaker of the House. She smiles a lot, brings her 14 grandchildren to the speaker’s dais, uses the large gavel that was used when passing the Civil Rights Act in ’64 and calls the 111th Congress to order.

But she is a San Francisco liberal you know. So the Limbaugh-of-the-scorn and his wanna be’s, along with the Sean-of the outrages put their machines into gear. She is to be mocked. Too smiley! What’s that stunt with the kids? She talked about a milestone for women – playing the victim again: damn those women! And she’s pushing it with that gavel!

Forward to yesterday: John Boehner becomes speaker; he stands beside Pelosi and he cries – on camera, in front of the Congress. He took his even larger gavel and called the 112th congress into action. And the right wing noise machine saw a good thing. And they moved on.

Fair and balanced. As always.

Mr. Bouncy-bouncy feels threatened

First:  “There’s not one single male endeavor that women haven’t invaded now. They have invaded virtually everything. They have invaded the country clubs, the business clubs, and now the National Football League . . .”

Same day:  LIMBAUGH: This is a tough thing to say, because a lot of people don’t want to hear this, because it goes against everybody’s desire that we all be the same, that there be no pain in life and that there be no suffering and that everybody do well and that everybody have what they want and so forth.

But there is no equality. You cannot guarantee that any two people will end up the same. And you can’t legislate it, and you can’t make it happen. You can try, under the guise of fairness and so forth, but some people are self-starters, and some people are born lazy. Some people are born victims. Some people are just born to be slaves. Some people are born to put up with somebody else making every decision for them.

I’ll be he wishes there were a time machine to take him back to those glorious 1950’s in America – the one he remembers from television.

You mean Obama isn’t a socialist, gay Kenyan Muslim?

Andrew Sullivan today:

“I think the notion that this administration is ideological is bizarre. Did it nationalize the banks when it could have? Nope. Did it withdraw troops immediately from Iraq and Afghanistan? Nope. It followed Bush’s timetable on Iraq and has massively – and foolishly – doubled down on counter-insurgency in Afghanistan. Did it prosecute the war criminals of the last administration? Nope; it has covered for them. Has it raised taxes on anyone? Nope. It merely wants the already-sunsetted Bush tax cuts on the wealthy to expire on schedule. Did it provide a Krugman-style stimulus? Ask Krugman. Is Obama a peacenik? I suppose we have forgotten that he used the Nobel ceremony to defend Reinhold Niebuhr, has retained extraordinary rendition, and ramped up the troop-levels in Afghanistan to far beyond anything Bush ever contemplated. Has the president publicly backed marriage equality or pot-decriminalization? Au contraire. Has he even risked an iota of political capital to end the ban on gays in the military? No. In fact, it is now more likely than not that gays will still be persecuted by their own country by the end of Obama’s first term.”

No matter what FOX News says. Or Mr. Bouncy-Bouncy. (By the way, Sullivan was reponding to a column by the adored conservative intellectual and Washington Post columnist, Charles Krauthammer.)

Been a while

Good old Rush Limbaugh isn’t really worth noticing any more – he’s moved from interesting if vile, to vapid and vile. So, dung heap of history and all . . . but Wonkette resurrected him yesterday, quite stylishly, directing us to the old dear’s Facebook page where he’s posted heavily photoshopped pictures of his fourth wedding.

(How do you get a military flag parade at your wedding? I know Justice Clarence Thomas officiated at your last wedding Rush – is that the string one pulls to get Marines marching in to your wedding – your wedding on a friggin’ stage?)

I was kind of hoping he’d have given us some pictures of his other weddings. The ones to Roxy Maxine McNeely (1977-1980), Michelle Sixta (1983-1988), and Marta Maranda Fitzgerald (1994-2004), but no.

A-h-h-h.  Memories.

As I say, not as I do: PART THE THIRD

Mr. Limbaugh of Palm Beach has married yet again.  For the fourth time.  Mr. Bouncy Bouncy previously married Roxy Maxine McNeely (1977-1980);  Michelle Sixta (1983-1988) and Marta Maranda Fitzgerald (1994-2004). Yesterday, he married Kathryn Rogers (2010-).

But he doesn’t like gay marriage. Here’s what he said to the Palm Beach Post in 2004 (the year of his last divorce) about that: Marriage is about raising children. That’s the purpose of the institution.  In his three previous marriages, Rush hasn’t managed to have any children. I hear he does have a cat.

This champion of the common man – most of whom marry once – lives in a $24 million, 36,500-square-foot oceanfront mansion in Palm Beach, Florida. When he doesn’t live in his lavish $14 million condo in New York City. Which has been profiled in magazines like New York Magazine!

Mazel tov, idiot.

(To my horror, famous gay Elton John performed at the rehearsal supper for one million American dollars.)

Oil and water and Mr. Limbaugh of Palm Beach

Mr. Bouncy Bouncy is most put out with the nature of the President’s response to the Gulf spill. I think he wants Obama to grab some paper towels and head to Louisiana.

Now today, it’s looking more and more that the oil could get into the loop current and affect the east coast of Florida. And that’s where the always-on-a-diet one lives. That oil might even lap up on the private beach of Mr. Limbaugh of Palm Beach just as he’s planning his fourth marriage. That’s stressful. So maybe when Obama is done in Louisiana he  can scoot over to help with the mop up at Mr. Limbaugh’s place.

Teh Sarah. Teh Rush. Teh ignorance.

From Sekanblogger over at Kansas Mediocrity. He is remembering “Drill, Baby, Drill” and its author. Our own Sarah Palin:

“Say something to us, Sarah. Speak. Don’t just utter yet another cryptic tweet about “foreign oil co’s.”

“Your colleague Rush Limbaugh has already suggested a solution: Leave it alone. That was his solution. “The ocean will take care of this on its own if it was left alone out there,” he said. “It’s natural. It’s as natural as the ocean water.”

“You can do better than that, Sarah. Actually, my cocker spaniel could do better than that.”

Ahhh Rush. Let’s take a trip down memory lane:

“This is no different than what happens at the Skull and Bones initiation…I’m talking about people having a good time, these people, you ever heard of emotional release? You ever heard of the need to blow some steam off?” –on the Abu Ghraib prisoner abuse scandal

“The phony soldiers.” –on U.S. service members who support withdrawal from Iraq

“He is exaggerating the effects of the disease. He’s moving all around and shaking and it’s purely an act. … This is really shameless of Michael J. Fox. Either he didn’t take his medication or he’s acting.” –on an ad by Michael J. Fox endorsing Claire McCaskill for Senate for supporting embryonic stem cell research

“This will play right into Obama’s hands. He’s humanitarian, compassionate. They’ll use this to burnish their, shall we say, ‘credibility’ with the black community — in the both light-skinned and dark-skinned black community in this country. It’s made-to-order for them. That’s why he couldn’t wait to get out there, could not wait to get out there.” –on Haiti earthquake relief, Jan. 13, 2010

That last one might be my favorite.

Always right. Every single time.

A delicious moment from yesterday:

I was in the car and had tuned into my weekly ten minutes of Mr. Bouncy Bouncy. Wanted to see if he’d found anything else to talk about except the Democratic President of the United States and his nefarious plans to destroy the country. He hadn’t.

Because I said so folks!

Because of my timing, I had the distinct thrill of hearing Mr. L  respond to yesterday’s weird and sudden 900 point drop in the stock market. Poor Rush was teetering on the very edge; he could hardly keep up with his own voice. Nevertheless, he managed – through the spittle – to tell his millions of minions “remember folks, this is Obama’s economy! This is Obama’s economic policy!”

The delicious part was finding out an hour later that the market had come most of the way back just as quickly and that a human error in data entry had probably caused it.

Today I couldn’t resist. I tuned in for 60 seconds. Honest. No more than that. That one minute was a great minute. Rush had moved on. He was saying “Greece is what happens when people like Barack Obama run a country”.

Wow.

Bite me

It’s way down in this very good story from TampaBay.com, but it seems America’s premier rocket scientist, Mr. Bouncy-Bouncy, has continued to opine on the oil leak in the Gulf.

Pundit Rush Limbaugh, who has a home on Florida’s Palm Beach, suggested that the explosion could have resulted from Earth Day eco-sabotage by one of the rig workers*. Limbaugh also said a cleanup was unnecessary.

“The ocean will take care of this on its own if it was left alone and left out there,” Limbaugh said. “It’s natural. It’s as natural as the ocean water is.”

It’s okay though, cuz he probably doesn’t have any listeners in Alabama or Mississippi or Louisiana anyway.

* Which one of the eleven dead ones is Rush thinking of I wonder?

Words matter, part the eleventyteenth

From Andrew Sullivan, The Daily Dish today:

Quote For The Day

24 Apr 2010 05:21 pm

“Trust is the prime constituent of the social atmosphere. It is as urgent not to damage that atmosphere by contributing to the erosion of trust as it is to prevent and attempt to reverse damage to our natural atmosphere. Both forms of damage are cumulative; both are hard to reverse.

To be sure, a measure of distrust is indispensable in most human interaction. Pure trust is no more conducive to survival in the social environment than is pure oxygen in Earth’s atmosphere.

But too high a level of distrust stifles cooperation as much as the lack of oxygen threatens life,”Sissela Bok, Common Values, 1995.

This brings up a serious question for me re talk radio. Their stock in trade is not advocacy but scorn and they use very destructive language when targeting  a  person, a political party, a cultural institution or a government. All about naming people in particular as the enemy of the talker’s audience.

The talk radio world is conservative, but much more significant is their anti-Democrat, anti-liberal narrative, and because it is so focused, it’s bearing negative fruit. To pretend they don’t play an enormous role in the current state of political dialogue is nonsense.

(I wonder if Sissela Bok knew about American talk-radio?)

Because we need to hear more from him

In just 16 months they’ve added more than $2 trillion to the national debt . . . Had President Obama campaigned on this agenda, he wouldn’t have garnered 30% of the popular vote.

Our greatest mind, Mr. Rush Limbaugh, has a word or two to say in The Wall Street Journal today. The headline alone – “Liberals and the violence card” is accusatory – which of course is Limbaugh’s permanent tone. Be outraged, accuse someone (else) of being the cause, define them as ‘the enemy’, ‘the other’. It’s an old old song.

Not quite daily . . .

In his op-ed, he honors today’s Tea Party and says one of  the reasons for their  protests is what Obama has done to the debt. Rush has perhaps not noticed what happened between October ’08 and January ’09?

Obama was inaugurated as President of a very different country than he campaigned in. On October 14, 2008, Bush and Paulson announced the economy was on the verge of collapse and created the Troubled Asset relief Program for $700 billion.

The economy didn’t collapse. It did however crash. And the ongoing impact on our national debt spilled immediately into the Obama administration. Whether the actions of either administration were right or wrong for the country is something we don’t know yet.

It seems we need to remind Mr. Bouncy Bouncy of that little matter. We became a different country 21 days before Obama won the election.

He wraps it up with:

A clear majority of the American people want no part of this. They instinctively know that the Obama way is not how things get done in this country. They are motivated by love. Not hate, not sedition. They love their country and want to save it from those who do not.

Which is, I guess, why the American people elected Obama and the Democrats. Silly Americans.

Dear Congress, look beyond the cash please

It seems that David Frum, former speechwriter and confidant of George W. Bush, set out last week to poll the Tea Party marchers protesting in D.C.  He found the usual bumper sticker philosophy and confirmed that they aret protesting very different same things. So he decided to look only at the attitudes about taxes.

Bruce Bartlett at Forbes (link below) and Steve Benen at The Washington Monthly wrote about it this morning:

“Bruce Bartlett reported today on the survey’s results, and found that for an anti-tax group, “they don’t know much about taxes.”

But that's not what Rush said!

“Indeed, it appears much of the Tea Party crowd is simply clueless about the issues they claim to care the most about, wildly exaggerating federal tax rates, how much a median family pays in taxes, and what’s changed since President Obama took office.”

No surprise really. They take their information from Rush, Beck and pols like Monica Bachman. And of course, they check the facts with that Most Trusted Name in News, CNN. (I can’t seem to embed this video, but Jon Stewart absolutely skewered CNN’s ‘journalism’ late last year in what I think is one of his most devastating media take downs of all time. It’s here.)

I think the Dems in Congress fail to understand how significant the talk radio audience is. And it’s not just that people listen to conservative celebrities (laughing all the way to the bank) who deliberately ill-inform them; it’s that they are becoming activist because of the lies they’ve been told.

Good afternoon, Mr. Bouncy Bouncy

Again with the listening to Limbaugh. I can offer no good or rational reason why I do this to myself.  It isn’t to gather blog fuel, because it’s a behavior of mine that goes back much further than the birth of this thingee here.

Today, in his opening rant (others have opening monologues – Mr. Bouncy Bouncy opens with a rant about whatever has outraged him since 3pm yesterday), he was most distressed about jobless figures. Not about the jobless mind you. About the numbers.

He said: “Massive layoffs are edging up”.  Now that was a stand alone item, not a modifier or conditinal phrase or anything like that. Wow. Is there a mathematician or grammarian out there who can help me parse this one? It’s a construct that escapes me utterly.(Pino?)

But perhaps this unemployment numbers thing reveals that there is an upside to our fighting two wars (or is it three now) in Asia. Because if all those troops came home and mustered out, they’d need jobs. At least, as long as they’re carrying weapons, they’ve got a paycheck.

Something to think about I guess on the 137th day of the ninth year of the War in Afghanistan.

By the way, remember when he got out of the hospital in Hawaii, Limbaugh said that because he got great health care there, that meant there was no health care problem in this country? I guess by that reasoning, since he has a job, there is no unemployment in this country. What the hell is he ranting about?

And now we are asked to endure this?

Apparently there was a Miss America pageant recently. (once upon a time in a place far far away, young girls like me – um, me – were utterly entranced by the whole spectacle of what was then a huge event. And very magical.)

Anyway, it’s 2010 and they had this contest thingee and it’s not really on tv anymore, it’s on TMZ and shows up on some cable channel. Among the judges, Rush Limbaugh.  Sacrilege really.

No one, apparently, cares

And that is a very good thing. Makes my day. The Onion has written a faux self-loathing op-ed – by Rush Limbaugh and about Rush Limbaugh. The headline:  “I Don’t Even Want to be Alive Anymore.” Typical Onion.

Today, the Onion story makes it to memeorandum.com, a political news aggregator and one I check often. As with most aggregators, it grabs the original story and links to all those sites htat have picked up on the original story or the basic subject matter.

For the first time ever, today, I see an original story without any relevant links. No one cared enough to write about it. Enough people read it at The Onion, but no one wrote about it afterward.

Heh. Heh.

Ewww, wouldn’t it be loverly . . .

“The effect of this most recent Limbaugh calumny is, in my opinion, a clear SOS to mature and caring radio broadcast leaders to finally censure the man or, better yet, remove this dangerous hate-monger from the airwaves where he is increasingly and irresponsibly spreading his demagogic poison to the radical right and the emotionally vulnerable.”

Radio Ranch founder and Creative Director Dick Orkin, January 2010, in a letter requesting the National Association of Broadcasters to remove his own plaque from the Hall of Fame, until Limbaugh’s is removed. He doesn’t want to be in the smae company apparently.

Love letters

Mr. Limbaugh of Palm Beach

By now, pretty much all sentient and literate beings know the trashtalk that came from Rush Limbaugh last week after the Haitian earthquake. This sad fat man regularly reaches to the bottom of the barrel to titilate his drooling audience.Movie critic Roger Ebert has had enough I guess.On Thursday, he posted an open letter t o Limbaugh on his own website.* (I heard this exchange below in real time (masochist I am) and posted about it at the time.  It was far worse than it appears in print – full of sputtering noises, full of bluster and faux outrage.)

*It’s actually the Chicago Sun-Times’ site.

Here’s Ebert’s letter:

TO : Rush Limbaugh

FROM : Roger Ebert

You should be horse-whipped for the insult you have paid to the highest office of our nation.

Having followed President Obama’s suggestion and donated money to the Red Cross for relief in Haiti, I was offended to hear you suggest the President might be a thief capable of stealing money intended for the earthquake victims.

Here is a transcript from your program on Thursday:

Justin of Raleigh, North Carolina: “Why does Obama say if you want to donate some money, you could go to whitehouse.gov to direct you how to do so? If I wanted to donate to the Red Cross, why do I have to go to the White House page to donate?”

Limbaugh: “Exactly. Would you trust the money’s gonna go to Haiti?”

Justin: “No.”

Rush: “But would you trust that your name’s gonna end up on a mailing list for the Obama people to start asking you for campaign donations for him and other causes?”

Justin: “Absolutely!”

Limbaugh: “Absolutely!”


That’s what was said.

Unlike you and Justin of Raleigh, I went to Obama’s web site, and discovered the link there leads directly to the Red Cross. I can think of a reason why anyone might want to go via the White House. That way they can be absolutely sure they’re clicking on the Red Cross and not a fake site set up to exploit the tragedy.

But let me be sure I have this right. You and Justin agree that Obama might steal money intended for the Red Cross to help the wretched of Haiti.

This conversation came 48 hours after many of us had seen pitiful sights from Port au Prince. Tens of thousands are believed still alive beneath the rubble. You twisted their suffering into an opportunity to demean the character of the President of the United States.

This cannot have been an accident. A day earlier, in a sound bite from your show, you said “this will play right into Obama’s hands. He’s humanitarian, compassionate. They’ll use this to burnish their, shall we say, ‘credibility’ with the black community — in the both light-skinned and dark-skinned black community in this country. It’s made-to-order for them.”

Setting aside your riff on Harry Reid, consider what you imply. Obama will aid Haiti to please African-Americans. Haiti has lost untold thousands of lives. One third of the population has lost its homes. Countless people are still buried in the rubble. Every American president would act quickly to help our neighbor. You are so cynical and heartless as to explain Obama’s action in a way that unpleasantly suggests how your mind works.

You have a sizable listening audience. You apparently know how to please them. Anybody given a $400 million contract must know what he is doing.

That’s what offends me. You know exactly what you’re doing.

Vile

I heard five minutes of Rush Limbaugh today on the radio. In the midst of such a horror as what’s unfolding in Haiti, I heard some of the vilest, most hateful trash talk about people who are dying in their own streets. Mothers are crying outside collapsed building listening to their children plead for help and Limbaugh is annoyed. He is annoyed that we’ve already done too much for this country. He is annoyed because they really don’t deserve more help.

He is annoyed that the President of the US asked people to donate. He points out that the Administration directed people to WhiteHouse.gov where they could get more info about making donations. And he pretends that’s a  trick to capture address information, and pretends that the White House is trying to run the money through them and ‘maybe’ some of it will get to Haiti – about which he gives not a damn. Had the quake hit the other half of the island, the Dominican Republic, that would have been a very bad thing. Because Rush likes to fly into the Dominican Republic and frolic there. So that would have been bad.

He embellishes his lie while reading directly from the relevant page at WhiteHouse.gov but not telling his listeners the truth of  what he’s looking at. Which is a simple link directly to the American Red Cross. And another link ot a second relief organization. That’s all. An astonishing lie.

Are there no workhouses? Are there no orphanages? What a vile man.