Tag Archives: talk radio

Oh goodie!!!

Ahhh, an old-fashioned knock-down drag-out – stir in a little Sarah Palin and the GOP looks to be imploding.

Apparently little Billy Kristol said:

When Glenn Beck rants about the caliphate taking over the Middle East from Morocco to the Philippines, and lists (invents?) the connections between caliphate-promoters and the American left, he brings to mind no one so much as Robert Welch and the John Birch Society. He’s marginalizing himself, just as his predecessors did back in the early 1960s. [National Review chimed in and said ‘dude.’]

And then Glenn Beck said:

I don’t even know if you understand what conservatives are anymore, Billy. People like Bill Kristol, I don’t think they stand for anything any more. All they stand for is power. They’ll do anything to keep their little fiefdom together . . .

And then Beck accused Kristol of failing to see that:

 “we are fighting the forces of evil on this planet. . . . I think he’s still trying to get Bob Dole elected. Have you done a minute of research Bill?”

Here. More here.

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.

Here’s what I heard today

I heard Glenn Beck today. I’ve never listened to his radio show for more than two-three minutes at a stretch, but I do stop by periodically to measure the crazy.

Let me set the stage for his amazing claim today: an element of the theology of Shia Islam is that, like many religions, they await a sort of ‘messiah’, known as the Twelfth Iman. Okay, ordinary religious stuff – the theology is of course deep and complex, but it’s pretty much about a messiah. (Perhaps blogfriend umersultan can flesh this out for us.)

So, Beck. I tuned in and found out he’s making a documentary – and he’s going to show his viewers how remarkably the Twelfth Imam sounds exactly like the dreaded anti-Christ.

We shouldn’t let this man anywhere near a microphone.

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.

And now, some special words from Glenn Beck

I can say whatever I want and they pay me. Suckers.

This is taken from a radio program segment from way back in March 2001. It’s the somewhat famous Beck program in which he screams at a woman caller ‘bitch, get the hell off my program’. But the rest is new to me – the part in which he launches his little ‘people I’d like to kill with a shovel’ segment. (It’s short.)


But, but, but . . . .

Michael Kinsley asks a good question at Politico. Since talk radio et al are insisting that the only cause of the shooting in Tucson was insanity . . . what will they be saying when his lawyers plead insanity? Which they will of course. Or – horror of horrors –  when the guy is deemed unable to stand trial?

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.)

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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Damn them Bushies

New York has been ordered to replace all its street signs!! By bureaucrats! And it’s going to cost $27 million tax payer dollars! It’s an outrage for sure, so listen for this to talk radio today for this latest infringement on our liberties. Betcha FOX News picks it up tonight.

The order came down in 2003. Cities were given till 2018 to get the job done and that sounds like 15 years. Here’s the ‘rest of the story‘ (buried of course at the very end of the NY Daily News article). . .

Although the city did not begin replacing the signs until earlier this year, [city Transportation Commissioner Janet] Sadik-Khan said they will have no trouble meeting the deadline, as some 8,000 signs a year are replaced annually simply due to wear and tear.

Once upon a time in America

A huge wave of immigration into this country from Vietnam began in 1974. In spite of us having fought an actual declared war for ten years in which 55,000 Americans died, we welcomed the newcomers. We knew not to color all Vietnamese with the same brush. Many of those who came were probably Viet Cong because it wasn’t possible to document who was who.

We had become less xenophobic by 1974 because the glory days of the Civil Rights movement – which was in fact a human rights movement – were still with us. Our horizons were expanding, not contracting as they seem to be today.

It might have been a very different story had there been talk radio or Fox news in 1974 (hell, MLK would have been branded a Communist and civil rights wouldn’t have happend in the 60’s). Blessdely there was not, so we welcomed those Vietnamese – and today their grandchildren are in Congress. And it’s because that’s who we were.

At least they’re not French

In Kremlin Square

I remember in 2003 when Hannity and Limbaugh et al thought it was just the funniest, the most mock-worthy thing evah when a few thousand Parisians died in a heat wave (14,800). How I miss the days of Freedom Fries.

Moscow today.

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.)

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?)


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.