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March 10, 2010

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Of course, Rush's latest stupid/vile brain droppings are actually brilliant satire of facist liberal thought, dontchaknow!

I just thought I'd get that out of the way.

What is up with that apartment?

Pink damask wallpaper?
Doves flying through the air bearing garlands, painted on the ceiling?

It's like Louis 14th meets My Little Pony.

Everybody's got their own taste, and to each his or her own. I just never made Limbaugh out to be a guy with such a heavy swag and jabot jones.

Also, how is he going to warmonger in a country that constitutionally abolished its military?

Zombie psychopaths are put to sleep by the Costa Rican Death Panels.

Usually right at the airport.

America is the only safe place for zombie psychopaths, given all of the incentives to act that way.

Costa Rican citizens have virtually free and fairly decent healthcare. The infrastructure is way below our standards and the pace of construction has the potential to swamp the country's capacity to consistently deliver water, sewer and electricity. The concept of work place safety, if it exists at all, is in its infancy. Washed out roads are often marked with a single orange cone and open sewers can be found throughout the country. Still though, it is a really nice place to visit and probably not a bad place to live, particularly for people on a fixed income. The people are extremely friendly and laid back. FWIW, I wouldn't mind Limbaugh leaving the country, but I wish he'd pick some place else.

McTex,

If you notice, I made a recommendation for Limbaugh's emigration ;)

I did. I second your recommendation, generally, but think Somalia has enough problems already. Limbaugh's as much a part of what I believe in as Sean Penn is a part of what you believe in--there may be some commonality on some issues, but in tone, tenor and often substance, I have no use for the man.

I like Sean Penn's acting. But otherwise, yeah.

So you think that traveling to Latin America with an illicit supply of Viagra is Kink-y?

Limbaugh's as much a part of what I believe in as Sean Penn is a part of what you believe in

That's as may be, but I think there's a problem with the formulation. That is, there are plenty of people who hold extremely far-left views with whom I disagree, but there is no one who fits that description who has the respect and endorsement of most of the Democratic legislators in Congress. No one who fits that description who is adored by a majority of the Democratic base.
At least, I can't think of anyone. The closest I can get is Michael Moore, but the idea that a Dem congresscritter would be forced to kowtow to Moore the way GOP critters have had to with Limbaugh doesn't fly.

It's funny, I don't think I engage with any conservatives online who have a nice thing to say about Rush. And I certainly don't think that anyone has to defend him based on party affiliation. I suppose what Im saying is that this sort of defense avoids grappling with the serious problem of how this sort of person has become the core of the GOP.

No one who fits that description who is adored by a majority of the Democratic base.

Right. Equating Penn and Limbaugh is like equating Cynthia McKinney and Dick Cheney. Only one got to turn his paranoid obsessions into reality.

"No one who fits that description who is adored by a majority of the Democratic base."

And it is a misnomer that most of those people are adored by a majority of the Republican base. They are much more widely despised by the Democratic base than adored by the Republican base, something not lost on beltway Democrats.

I put this on another thread but it seems appropriate here. James Joyner at OTB quotes Terry McDermott:

At any given moment, there are a relative handful of people (in peak hours less than five million and in non-prime hours half that, out of the U.S. population of 320 million) watching all of these networks combined. American Idol, in contrast, routinely draws 30 million. Although cable news is a comparatively small market, it is a small market with a much larger mindshare, mainly because the media are self-reflective, creating a kind of virtual echo chamber.

These people are more important to the people who need an enemy to write about than they are to the vast majority of Americans.

Oddly, I was reading this section from Frank's book The Wrecking Crew this morning before I read this post. He's talking here about the effects of extreme poverty in the Marianas Islands:

"The sex industry is another central element of the CNMI setup. It arose, predictably enough, from the other two mainstays of Saipan's economy: the garment mills and the tourist trade. One part of the island was swarming with young, desperate, and sometimes even hungry female garment workers; the other part was filled with rich men on a spree. The most elementary economic forces dictated what came next, as a lush jungle of brothels and massage parlors and karaoke joints came to flourish on Saipan.

"All this has brought about the unsavory sexual dynamic that always seems to astonish visitors to Saipan. The place is an open sexual buffet for otherwise undesirable American men, a geriatric surf city with two girls for every geezer.

...

"Being swarmed nightly by easily accessible females apparently brightens even the gloomiest male dispositions. John Bowe has seen the transformation many times. 'Suddenly, it was okay that three quarters of the population lived as second class citizens and were frequently abused, even though this was supposedly the United States,' he writes. 'Three or four blow jobs into Saipan, most white men's reaction to Saipan seemed to evolve from "Gee, this is wrong," to "Well, it's complicated."'"

I don't know why that would spring to mind when thinking about the delightful possibility that Rush "illegal Viagra" Limbaugh would go to Costa Rica. (Not so delightful for Costa Rica; sorry.)

Aw, hell, I'll defend Rush.

First, there is, of course, no way for a prominent conservative to avoid being labeled a racist by liberals, any more than there's any way for a prominent liberal to BE labeled a racist by liberals. "Racist" coming from liberals is just a content free epithet, reserved for the enemies of the left.

So Rush doesn't bother trying to avoid saying things that would result in those accusations. Indeed, his usual shtick is to say something that's not particularly racist, or to repeat something a liberal said, and demonstrate for his audience the way liberals will automatically attack.

You are, in other words, playing your roll perfectly in his act.

Quelle surprise.

what Phil said.

What Phil and cleek said.

Ditto Phil and cleek and Jes.
Gosh, this could go on forever.

Rush "illegal Viagra" Limbaugh

Illegal? No, more like an opportunity for conversational sport.

The painkillers addiction was law-breaking, no question, but had fewer opportunities for making sex-in-foreign-country jokes.

What odds on us getting a spate of Viagra comments spam, here?

How's the post-op, Phil? You recovering ok?

Brett,

So help me out, which liberal made the same joke about the "slave" Paterson finally getting to be the "massa"?

As for your other curious comment, I didn't actually call him a racist. I said that he was stoking racism. There's a difference.

So, yeah.

So help me out, which liberal made the same joke about the "slave" Paterson finally getting to be the "massa"?

But it's something a liberal would say, Eric. Limbaugh is so sharp he can satirize the things liberals say before they even say them! And because he's being satirical, he can't be offensive, unlike TV shows like Family Guy, which have nothing to do with satire, but only exist to make Sarah Palin cry.

May I have my cookie now, Brett?

Legal, illegal, not really the point I was getting at though.

PS: Nobody got the song reference in the post title?

I would have at least expected Jacob "Davies" to pin it.

You are, in other words, playing your roll perfectly in his act.

That's funny, I was just thinking this about *you*.

Mile Schilling got it earlier. Not me, though, never really got into the Kinks.

Illegal? No, more like an opportunity for conversational sport.

Second degree misdemeanor, and a possible violation of his deal with prosecutors in his Oxycontin doctor-shopping case.

And yeah, when you're Rush Limbaugh and you go on vacation to noted sex tourist destination Costa Rica, in the company of the producers of "24", with a bottle of Viagra, folks will talk.

What they will say is, "what a bunch of freaking creeps".

there is, of course, no way for a prominent conservative to avoid being labeled a racist by liberals

Yeah, whatever. We're not talking about "a prominent conservative", we're talking about Rush Limbaugh.

Rush invites charges of racism. I can't read his mind, so I have no idea what his actual thoughts about black people are.

I know what he says, publicly. And in his public statements, he likes to use language that racists like to use, in the way they like to use it.

Lay down with dogs, wake up with fleas.

No need to defend him, he's doing what he likes to do. It buys him pink damask wallpaper and paintings of doves flying around on his ceiling.

It buys him trips to Costa Rica with his "24" buddies, and buys him nice doctors who will hook him up with some nice pharma so he can bust a stiffie if a suitable opportunity presents itself.

Rush Limbaugh is a creep. If you're a conservative, he's a creep who claims he speaks for you. He backs that up by keeping the freaking party that claims it speaks for you on a nice, tight leash.

If I were a conservative, that would piss me the hell off. Enough so that I'd do something about it.

But I don't see any of that, so I assume it's kind of OK with the folks on the right side of the aisle that Limbaugh is their public face.

He's a SOB, but he's their SOB.

Rush Limbaugh is, personally, one of the reasons I do what I can to keep Republicans the hell out of any position of responsibility, wherever, whenever, and to whatever degree I can.

Oh crap, aplogies to JD and Mike Schilling.

And it is a misnomer that most of those people are adored by a majority of the Republican base. They are much more widely despised by the Democratic base than adored by the Republican base, something not lost on beltway Democrats.

That's not what misnomer means.
More importantly, if this were true then GOP figures such as Michael Steele or Sarah Palin or Eric Cantor would not have felt compelled to walk back or temper criticisms of Rush. 11% of Republicans last year said that they thought Rush "is their party's leader". Presumably that's indicative of a larger chunk that doesn't think of him as the sole leader but does accord him some significant place in or associated with the party.

How's the post-op, Phil? You recovering ok?

Posted by: Slartibartfast | March 11, 2010 at 09:40 AM

Sore and tiring, but thanks for asking. :) Surgery went quickly -- I was in surgery by 8:15, out a little after 9:00 -- then home by about noon. Don't know if you've ever had a hernia repaired, or other laparoscopic surgery, but between the incision points and the leftover CO2 used to expand my abdomen, this is probably as close to PMS as I'll ever get!

Second degree misdemeanor, and a possible violation of his deal with prosecutors in his Oxycontin doctor-shopping case.

No, you should check again. It isn't illegal in Florida, doing what he did.

Plenty of other bones to pick with Limbaugh. You don't need to be inventing new ones.

And yeah, when you're Rush Limbaugh and you go on vacation to noted sex tourist destination Costa Rica, in the company of the producers of "24", with a bottle of Viagra, folks will talk.

Dominican Republic, actually.

other laparoscopic surgery

That one. Varicocele repair.

but between the incision points and the leftover CO2 used to expand my abdomen, this is probably as close to PMS as I'll ever get!

If I'd known, I'd have advised that you go out and buy some pants a couple sizes larger than what you normally wear. That's what I did. I was walking hunched over like an old man for a few days after.

Sweat pants probably work, but those are generally less acceptable in an office setting.

Brett,

I covered your "defense" of El Rushbo in the first reply to this post. Predictable and boring, and - most importantly - absolute bullshit.

As indicated, I am no fan of Limbaugh. I don't see much difference between him and Olbermann today or Al Franken back in the day. The left seldom calls out its freaks, the right likewise. Whether Limbaugh is an active racist or into white racial grievance, I recall his loathsome comments about the Eagles' quarterback sometime ago. He's just an opinionated dick.

there is, of course, no way for a prominent conservative to avoid being labeled a racist by liberals

This is not true. Former Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson is prominent. Hank Paulson is a conservative. Hank Paulson has never (to my knowledge) been labelled a racist.

The left seldom calls out its freaks, the right likewise.

But this again ignores the significant sway that Rush has in conservative circles. I doubt that there are many people who ever considered Keith Olbermann or Jon Stewart to be the leader of the left.
Plus, I don't think Olbermann has said anything nearly as vile as the Limbaugh compendium. jic I missed something (I dont watch his show) I found an Olbermann criticism site & looked through the archives a little bit.

there is, of course, no way for a prominent conservative to avoid being labeled a racist by liberals

And thus no reason to root out actual racism in the party; that'd just be giving aid and comfort to the enemy.

Slarti: I'm not in the office -- I took the entire week off. And sweatpants are the order of the day in my house.

McKinneyTX:I don't see much difference between him and Olbermann today or Al Franken back in the day.

Could you please list for me, in alphabetical order, all of the federal Democratic officeholders who have said critical things about Keith Olbermann and then hastily backpedaled or apologized lest they risk losing voters? Thanks in advance!

My only beef with the post is that it's not fair to claim that Somalia is "libertarian."

First, there is, of course, no way for a prominent conservative to avoid being labeled a racist by liberals

Right, look at how often someone liberals really despise, like Dick Cheney, is called a racist.

Never.

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