Quotes from Rush

A compilation of heartwarming quotes from our friend, Mr. Rush Limbaugh:


”They are 12 percent of the population. Who the hell cares?” [About African-Americans]

”I’m a huge supporter of women. What I’m not is a supporter of liberalism. Feminism is what I oppose. Feminism has led women astray. I love the women’s movement — especially when walking behind it.”

“We need segregated buses… This is Obama’s America.”

”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]

”Feminism was established so as to allow unattractive women easier access to the mainstream of society. ”

”We’re not sexists, we’re chauvinists — we’re male chauvinist pigs, and we’re happy to be because we think that’s what men were destined to be. We think that’s what women want. ”

”Take that bone out of your nose and call me back. ” [To a female African American caller]

”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. ”

It’s sort of like hazing, a fraternity prank. Sort of like that kind of fun. [on the Abu Ghraib prisoner abuse scandal]

”We’ve already donated to Haiti. It’s called the U.S. income tax. ”
[Discouraging donations to support relief efforts in Haiti after the devastating earthquake, Jan. 13, 2010]

”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. ” —1995

”I’m…I am addicted to prescription pain medication. ” —2003

”I know these people like I know every square inch of my glorious naked body. ” [On Democrats]

“Obama’s entire economic program is reparations”

”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 a Michael J. Fox ad endorsing a candidate who supported embryonic stem cell research]

”And don’t forget, Sherrod Brown is black. There’s a racial component here, too. And now, the newspaper that I’m reading all this from is The New York Times, and they, of course, don’t mention that. ” [Rep. Sherrod Brown (D-OH), is white]

”Have you ever noticed how all composite pictures of wanted criminals resemble Jesse Jackson?”

We need to shut down this Gitmo prison? Well, don’t shut it down – we just need to start an advertising campaign. We need to call it, ‘Gitmo, the Muslim resort.’ Any resort that treated people like this would have ads all over the New York Times trying to get people to come down and visit for some R&R, for some rest and relaxation.

”There are more acres of forestland in America today than when Columbus discovered the continent in 1492. ” [um…no]

”Obama’s got a health care logo that’s right out of Adolf Hitler’s playbook … Adolf Hitler, like Barack Obama, also ruled by dictate.”

”Exercise freaks … are the ones putting stress on the health care system.” [What?]

“Let the unskilled jobs that take absolutely no knowledge whatsoever to do — let stupid and unskilled Mexicans do that work.”

”They oughta change Black History Month to Black Progress Month and start measuring it. ”

and

“Let me tell you who we conservatives are: we love people. When we look out over the United States of America, when we are anywhere, when we see a group of people, such as this or anywhere, we see Americans. We see human beings. We don’t see groups.”

God Hates Healthy People

According to thinkprogress.org, on April 16, Rush Limbaugh, stated that the Icelandic Volcano may be erupting as a result of God showing his displeasure of the healthcare law.

You know, a couple of days after the health care bill had been signed into law Obama ran around all over the country saying, “Hey, you know, I’m looking around. The earth hadn’t opened up. There’s no Armageddon out there. The birds are still chirping.” I think the earth has opened up. God may have replied. This volcano in Iceland has grounded more airplanes — airspace has more affected — than even after 9/11 because of this plume, because of this ash cloud over Northern and Western Europe. At the Paris airport they’re telling people to head to the train station to catch trains out of France, and when people get to the train station they’re telling people, “There aren’t any seats until at least April 22nd,” basically a week from now. It’s got everybody in a shutdown. Earth has opened up. I don’t know whether it’s a rebirth or Armageddon. Hopefully it’s a rebirth, God speaking.

You can watch the show excerpt here.

I actually laughed when I saw the headline and then passed it over to Mr. Lawyer who groaned.  Sadly, this sort of insanity is hardly unexpected anymore and besides – since Jerry Falwell croaked, who’s left to make these ridiculous statements?  No, wait – don’t answer that.  I am well aware of the innumerable loonies waiting in the wings.

So here’s a few thoughts on this:

The volcano has made an awful lot of smoke and pooped out tons (literally) of ash, but no one has actually been harmed by it, so I guess God’s not actually that upset.  I mean, conceivably he could have just blown the country apart – take that, health care!  But no.  Possibly just a warning shot?

Unless he’s actually angry at travellers, which I don’t suppose is the case:

Thousands of flights were canceled Saturday. European air traffic officials said 5,000 flights took place instead of the customary number of 22,000. About 10,400 flights took place in Europe on Friday, compared with the normal 28,000.

But not US travellers – European folk, primarily – most of whom aren’t really even clued in to our legislative processes and if they were they probably wouldn’t give a flying fig.  And those Europeans have had state-run healthcare for eons, so either God is a big-time smiting procrastinator or he’s just not that concerned about it.

There were restrictions on civil flights in 23 countries across most of northern and central Europe. This swath includes Austria, Belgium, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, most of France, most of Germany, Hungary, Ireland, northern Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia, Slovakia, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine and the United Kingdom.

And, seriously, if a Supreme Being was really hacked off about people being able to afford health care, would he really have turned on a volcano thousands and thousands of miles away?  I mean – if he can turn on a volcano with the nod of his head, couldn’t he cause one to sprout right on up in D.C.?  As someone not in DC, I can say that would be pretty cool, but no – it’s waaaay over in some foreign country most Americans (sadly) couldn’t even pick out on a map. 

And after all that, I still don’t understand why anyone, let along a benevolent God would volcano-smite us for helping people get and stay healthy.  I thought Jesus healed the sick – isn’t that what it says in the Bible?  I’m not sure a healing God would really care how that end came about as long as the ultimate goal – ending human suffering – was met.  I don’t know what religion Limbaugh practices, but he either needs to read up on his Bible basics or come up with a better theory.

Besides – how on earth would Limbaugh have such a cosy connection with God?  I doubt any Supreme Being would pay that much attention to a nasty little purveyor of hate such as Rush.  A much more likely scenario is that he’s been doing odd jobs for the red-suited dude with the pitchfork in return for information….he’s more likely to send Volcanoes of Wrath, anyway, isn’t he?  I think that’s the best theory so far.

Hey, Mr. Limbaugh

Let us know how you like Costa Rica.  I hear it’s fabu this time of year….and they have a great health care system.  Socialized, I understand.

Don’t rush back now, k?

EDIT:  Travel Agency Gives Rush Limbaugh One Way Ticket to Costa Rica

Politics Perverted

The passion against health care reform has elevated to such a level that protesters* on Tuesday mocked an apparent Parkinson’s Disease victim, scorning him as a “communist” who is looking for “handouts.”

Click for story and video from rawstory.com. 

It’s appalling by any standard – wouldn’t you agree?  Is it a “family value” to viciously mock the infirm – the weakest of us?  Is it a characteristic of a “good Christian?”  Certainly not.  And yet there it is on film.  Beyond me, but there it is.

If, as I suspect, extreme right-wing rhetoric is producing this type of activity, this type of vengeful behavior, we (we being human beings, not members of any political party) should act against those who promote it as best we can. 

In 2009 Mr. Limbaugh, for example, said he’d like to see President Obama fail.  That sort of Anti-American attitude is in no way beneficial to anyone, conservatives, liberals – no one.  But Limbaugh doesn’t care; he’s got what he wants:  people are still tuning in, feeding the spread of hate with their own personal allotment of advertising dollars.  

Stop tuning in, even for the drama, the inaccuracy, the “entertainment.”  Ratings lead to advertising dollars, no matter the reason people are watching.   Contact advertisers and express your dissatisfaction with their divisive and offensive ideas, particular if you are a moderate conservative. 

Even conservative politicians and Republican Party organizers are afraid to lash out due to the power of this divisive, hate-filled media rhetoric – afraid of being labeled a closeted liberal, a socialist, or just not a “real” conservative and given the boot…even if they know this type of media is ultimately a vile, vile creature, beneficial to no one. 

Liberals share blame, to a lesser extent, for giving these talking heads the time of day (yes, I’m doing it right now, but no one pays attention to me).  John Stewart, the love of my life, puts these fools in the limelight Monday through Thursday;  he hilariously makes them out to be buffoons on his comedy show, no doubt, but as the old saying goes even negative publicity is good publicity.  Is he serving to enlighten us or, ultimately, is his commentary, by way of sheer exposure, doing more of a disservice to the moderates among us than helping?

Conservatives – extreme right-wing rhetoric is your monster – you’ve fed it and coddled it, and seen it grow larger and more powerful and now, like the tiger in the suburban backyard, it’s not cute or entertaining anymore.  It’s scary and it is hurting people.  It’s your responsibility to cut back on its financial nourishment and let it wither into the uninteresting sideshow that it really is.  Our country, our children, will all be better off in the long run. 

 

*And on a side note to that video, how many of the elderly in that video would have a conniption fit if their “socialized” Medicare benefits were taken away.  What’s good for the goose is good for the gander, no?

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