Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Piles of Steaming Limbaugh

Long before he became a US Senator, Al Franken wrote "Rush Limbaugh is a Big Fat Idiot and Other Observations." I never read it though, because I really wanted to hear it delivered by Franken himself via book on tape during one my my trips from Washington, DC to my former home state of Michigan. It's definitely worth listening to, even today, because it's hilarious and Franken called out Limbaugh looong before his latest misogynistic excrescence.  At any rate, not everyone is aware that Limbaugh has been a professionally paid misogynist for a long time. Here's a snippet from Franken's book, which was published in 1999:

I was excoriated recently by another democrat over on Politico for making ad hominem attacks on republicans--calling them drooling Limbaugh followers and explaining that they had no logic skills. What did I say exactly? Oh yeah:

Maybe I was a bit too harsh. But after thinking about it--and remembering that we're talking about a party that trembles in fear of Limbaugh and the wrath of his millions of mouth-breathing, dittohead listeners--I decided that, no, I don't think that hurling epithets is necessarily a bad thing. All one has to do is read Limbaugh's quotes over the years to justify attacking the republican party as a dim-witted, aggresively not smart, hate-filled structure that has become so extreme that even Ronald Reagan would be considered a moderate by today's standards. Is everyone in the party like this? No. But to quiescently and tacitly endorse a party that is led in part by this real-life Jabba the Hut is to endorse stupidity and hate on a massive, almost industrial scale. If a democrat said a fraction of the stuff that Limbaugh gets away with, we'd never hear the end of it--as per usual. So I thought it'd be "fun" to dredge up some of the earlier shit that Limbaugh has spewed over the years, just in case anyone's uncertain about this guy. Plus, I have fun doing graphics that make Limbaugh appear to be a pool of excrement. 

Explosive Verbal Diarrhea: Earlier Piles of Steaming Limbaugh 

"Take that bone out of your nose and call me back."
(as "Jeff Christie" on a top-40 music program in Pittsburgh in the 1970s, quoted in Gehr, Richard (8 October 1990), "Mouth at Work", Newsday, "Recalling a stint as an "insult-radio" DJ in Pittsburgh, he admits feeling guilty about, for example, telling a black listener he could not understand to "take that bone out of your nose and call me back.""; also in Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting (1995-05-01). The Way Things Aren't: Rush Limbaugh's Reign of Error. New Press. p. 49. ISBN 156584260XOCLC 31782620., and Bone VoyageSnopes.com (2007-09-04).)

"Feminism was established so as to allow unattractive women access to the mainstream of society."
"35 Undeniable Truths of Life", Sacramento Union, 29 February 1988, also quoted in "The "Truth" according to Limbaugh: Feminism established "to allow unattractive women easier access to the mainstream of society"", Media Matters for America, 16 August 2005, and Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting (1995-05-01). The Way Things Aren't: Rush Limbaugh's Reign of Error. New Press. p. 56. ISBN 156584260XOCLC 31782620.

"Styrofoam and plastic milk jugs are biodegradable! Do you know what isn't biodegradable? Paper!"
(The Rush Limbaugh Show, 15 June 1991, quoted in Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting (1995-05-01). The Way Things Aren't: Rush Limbaugh's Reign of Error. New Press. p. 19. ISBN 156584260XOCLC 31782620.)

"Militant feminists are pro-choice because it's their ultimate avenue of power over men. And believe me, to them it is a question of power. It is their attempt to impose their will on the rest of society, particularly on men." 
(The Way Things Ought to Be. Pocket Books. October 1992. p. 52. ISBN 978-0671751456OCLC 26397008.)

"There are more American Indians alive today than there were when Columbus arrived or at any other time in history. Does this sound like a record of genocide?"(See, I Told You So, Atria, 1 November 1993, p. 68, ISBN 978-0671871208OCLC 29250177)

"There are more acres of forest land in America today than when Columbus discovered the continent in 1492."
    See, I Told You So, Atria, 1 November 1993, p. 171, ISBN 978-0671871208OCLC 2925017

    "Too many whites are getting away with drug use...Too many whites are getting away with drug sales...The answer is to go out and find the ones who are getting away with it, convict them and send them up the river, too."The Rush Limbaugh Show (October 5, 1995), quoted in Cerabino, Frank (7 December 2003), "Words of wisdom for Rush: Just hush", The Palm Beach Post. (NOTE: Limbaugh admitted use of pain killers and was arrested for "doctor shopping" in 2005.)

    "You know I have always tried to be honest with you and open about my life, so I need to tell you that part of what you have heard and read is correct. I am addicted to prescription pain medication."The Rush Limbaugh Show, 10 October 2003, quoted in Cerabino, Frank (15 February 2004), "Taking on Rush", The Palm Beach Post

    "The media has been very desirous that a black quarterback do well."As quoted in "Dittohead Blues" in the LA Weekly (October 9, 2003)

    "It's sort of like hazing, a fraternity prank. Sort of like that kind of fun."Stated about abuse of Iraqi prisoners at Abu Ghraib by United States soldiers (May 3-4, 2004), quoted in — Hunt, Jim (2009). They Said What?: Astonishing Quotes on American Democracy, Power, and Dissent. Polipoint Press. p. 196. LCC JK31.H88 2009ISBN 9780981709161OCLC 313653904.

    "I'm talking about people having a good time, these people, you ever heard of emotional release? You ever heard of need to blow some steam off?"Stated about Abu Ghraib (May 4, 2004), quoted in — Stanford, David, ed (2008). Doonesbury.com's The War in Quotes. Andrews McMeel Publishing. p. 77. ISBN 9780740772313.

    "Look, let me put it to you this way: the NFL all too often looks like a game between the Bloods and the Crips without any weapons. There, I said it." 
    (As quoted in "Hey Rush, when it comes to sports ... shhh!" by Mike Freeman at CBS SportsLine (January 27, 2007)

    "You know, this is all BS, as far as I'm concerned. Cross species evolution, I don't think anybody's ever proven that. They're going out of their way now to establish evolution as a mechanism for creation, which, of course, you can't do." 
    (On evolution, The Rush Limbaugh Show, May 19 2009)

    "Let's remember one thing, folks, while we go forward. Not one Republican voted for this bailout. Remember way back in the fall, not one Republican voted for the TARP bailout, and this was why." 
    The Rush Limbaugh Show, 18 March 2009, quoted in "Limbaugh falsely claimed 'not one Republican voted for the TARP bailout'", Media Matters for America, 18 March 2009)

    "You've got enough in here that people who get hold of this — like AP or any of the state-controlled media — they're going to focus on the soap opera aspects of your book and they're going to ignore what is truly one of the most substantive policy books I've read."On Sarah Palin's Going Rogue: An American LifeThe Rush Limbaugh Show, November 20, 2009

    "Black unemployment is terrible. The black frame of mind is terrible, they're depressed, they're down — Obama's not doing anything for 'em. How is that hoax and change workin' for ya? They're all livid. I mean, they thought there were gonna be an exact 180-degree economic reversal and it's done nothing but get bad for everybody, but they're especially upset about it because they look at him as one of them, and now they feel abandoned. And I'm sure Tiger Woods' choice of females not helping 'em out with their attitudes there either."
    "From this day forward, somebody propose it, liberals should not be allowed to buy guns. It's just that simple. Liberals should have their speech controlled and not be allowed to buy guns. I mean if we want to get serious about this, if we want to face this head on, we’re gonna have to openly admit, liberals should not be allowed to buy guns, nor should they be allowed to use computer keyboards or typewriters, word processors or e-mails, and they should have their speech controlled. If we did those three or four things, I can’t tell you what a sane, calm, civil, fun-loving society we would have. Take guns out of the possession, out of the hands of liberals, take their typewriters and their keyboards away from ‘em, don’t let ‘em anywhere near a gun, and control their speech. You would wipe out 90% of the crime, 85 to 95% of the hate, and a hundred percent of the lies from society."Radio show assertions, reported in "Rush Limbaugh: Here’s way to stop 100% of lies in society" at American Grand Jury (19 January 2011)

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