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January 14, 2010

LIMBAUGH'S HAITI COMMENTS DRAW FIRE.... Obviously, radical TV preacher Pat Robertson's remarks on the devastation in Haiti have generated widespread revulsion. Alas, it probably won't change his leading role in conservative Republican politics.

But he's not only the only extremist who's made outlandish remarks regarding the Haitian disaster. There's also Rush Limbaugh, who told his radio audience yesterday:

"Yes, I think in the Haiti earthquake, ladies and gentlemen -- in the words of Rahm Emanuel -- we have another crisis simply too good to waste. 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."

He also rejected suggestions that people contribute to relief efforts: "We've already donated to Haiti. It's called the U.S. income tax."

While the remarks have generated some criticism, including some pushback from the White House, no one seems especially surprised by Limbaugh's callousness. Limbaugh spews bile on a daily basis, and is richly rewarded. This is just who he is.

But Kevin Drum asked the same question I always ponder every time the right-wing, drug-addled radio host crosses the decency line: "I wonder what it takes to get the conservative movement to disown this guy?"

I wonder the same thing, but it simply never happens. On the other side of the ideological divide, when a Democratic lawmaker works with MoveOn.org or appears at Netroots Nation, there's ample criticism from the right about Dems associating with "liberal extremists."

And yet, no matter how loathsome a figure Limbaugh becomes, top Republican officials not only reach out to the right-wing talk-show host, but effectively treat him as the de facto head of their political party. Indeed, in the rare instances in which a Republican actually offers subtle disapproval of Limbaugh, they invariably apologize to him and kiss his proverbial ring.

The GOP effectively lets Rush Limbaugh call the shots, and when he says disgusting things, Republicans don't dare disagree with their boss.

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It's partly the Dem's fault. Dem lawmakers should be calling him an extremist and fascist when ever an opportunity presents itself. Eventually it would seep into the public conciousness that this guy really is and he'd be forced to slink into the mud from which he came. Sadly, most politicians (regardless of political spectrum) are terrified of him, and don't want to draw his ire.

Posted by: Liam J on January 14, 2010 at 4:07 PM | PERMALINK

I think of it as flies on crap. Limbaugh is the crap and the conservatives need to feed.

Posted by: Silver Owl on January 14, 2010 at 4:09 PM | PERMALINK

The American Right has spent 40 years creating this double-standard..you think they're going to abandon it now? Hardly.

Remember, Limbaugh's audience of dittoheads LOVES what he says. They love this callous, racist crap.

It's going to take a long, long time to unwire D.C. for the Right, and re-wire it for the left--or even the Center. Although I suppose you could make an argument that DC is already wired for the Center--such as it is--or, more accurate, the Center-Right--see Broder, David..which is exactly where the GOP has been pushing DC for 40 years.

We have a long, hard fight ahead to change any of this.

Posted by: LL on January 14, 2010 at 4:10 PM | PERMALINK

Right-wing conservatives don't disown this guy because (1) that's what they believe and (2) noone across the aisle or in the MSM makes them disown him. Dems and the Press should get every GOP legislator on record and then run ads against them.

Posted by: bdop4 on January 14, 2010 at 4:10 PM | PERMALINK

Why, you act as if hatemongering were a bad thing.

Posted by: hells littlest angel on January 14, 2010 at 4:12 PM | PERMALINK

Rush is going to have to explain the difference between light-skinned and dark skinned folks in the black community.

Does he mean 1/2 blacks?

What about yellow-skinned blacks?

It's as if, because most of Haiti has dark skin pigmentation, it's open season to mock our president?

Time to call him on his racism once and for all.

Vile.

To think Obama, for a moment, thought that responding to Haiti
would raise his standing in any community in the USA is to completely ignore his humanity.

No, Obama responded because the circumstances required him to do so. His skin color. Their skin color had absolutely NOTHING to do with his response to the greatest natural catastrophe in the Western Hemisphere.

Rush, black people are humans too. Stop pretending you're not a bigot.

Posted by: Tom Nicholson on January 14, 2010 at 4:14 PM | PERMALINK

What struck me in Limbaugh's comments was his invention of light-skinned and dark-skinned "communities" within the African-American community. Not being familiar with Limbaugh's day-to-day rhetoric, I'm wondering where this notion comes from. Obviously, the recent controversy around Sen. Reid's remark quoted in Halprin's book is one possible source.

Suffice it to say that there are not distinct communities of the light-skinned and the dark-skinned in the African-American community no matter how relative lightness and darkness of skin tone may be a marker in the community. Is Limbaugh expressing some weird projection of his own white vs. black racism onto the black community as a whole where he imagines an intra-race racism to be in play?

What an ignorant sociopath he is.

Posted by: hoi polloi on January 14, 2010 at 4:16 PM | PERMALINK

"they invariably apologize to him and kiss his proverbial ring."

that's not all they kiss. Which raises the unpleasant question of where that ring is situated...

Posted by: Ken on January 14, 2010 at 4:17 PM | PERMALINK

Conservatives would disown him if he argued in favor of fair taxation, or that anthropocentric global climate change was scientific fact, or that racism was real and had negative effects primarily on non-white people, or that women were human.

As long as he keeps fighting for ignorance and bigotry, and against democracy, he will always be popular with idiots, wackos and sleazebags.

Posted by: Mark on January 14, 2010 at 4:18 PM | PERMALINK

I've been waiting for the right wing criticism to start. Fully predicable. Wait too long, and Obama would have been labeled callous and hypocritical. Response too quick, and its racial pandering. Sigh.

Though in fact, Pat Robertson's response caught me off-guard. I never thought they'd go that far.

Posted by: neverted on January 14, 2010 at 4:19 PM | PERMALINK

Republicans need to have their feet held to the fire on this one.

Posted by: BongoBob on January 14, 2010 at 4:19 PM | PERMALINK

"I wonder what it takes to get the conservative movement to disown this guy?"

you can't disown your Id

Posted by: cec on January 14, 2010 at 4:19 PM | PERMALINK

I guess I’m just not at all surprised at neither Pat Robertson’s, or or that Lush Rimjob's, comments yesterday that Haiti experienced a devastating seven point plus earthquake because it had years ago entered into a ‘Pact with the Devil’ to gain independence from France. Afterall, Robertson, and like animals - less than sufficiently evolved, not-human - believe that invisible cloud creatures speak only to them, the world is flat, six thousand years old, and it’s okay to fuck your daughters. Or in Rimjobs persuasion, little boys.

They're dogs. Nay, less than dogs, in sore need of purge from our fair society.

Posted by: Ten Bears on January 14, 2010 at 4:21 PM | PERMALINK

But you are talking about a party whose official stance is that health care reform "is the largest takeover of liberty and freedom this country has ever seen."

That might be true if we didn't count the administrations of FDR, Eisenhower, Johnson, Nixon, Reagan, or Bush 2.

So it's not surprising to see them cling to a drug addict for talking points about what direction to move this country.

Posted by: Chris- The Fold on January 14, 2010 at 4:22 PM | PERMALINK

But Kevin Drum asked the same question I always ponder every time the right-wing, drug-addled radio host crosses the decency line: "I wonder what it takes to get the conservative movement to disown this guy?"

Apparently the same thing it will take to get Pat Robertson thrown off the air; which is, there isn't anything. Their base of listeners undoubtably feel that Haiti (and New Orleans) "got what it deserved." How do you make any kind of rational argument with this underclass of racist, sub-human troglodytes?

Posted by: electrolite on January 14, 2010 at 4:22 PM | PERMALINK

"they invariably apologize to him and kiss his proverbial ring."
that's not all they kiss. Which raises the unpleasant question of where that ring is situated...
Right next to that 4-F pimple I'd surmise.

Posted by: G.Kerby on January 14, 2010 at 4:25 PM | PERMALINK

Perhaps Dems should point out that Limbaugh speaks for the conservatives, even in this instance and see if they agree.

Posted by: Becky on January 14, 2010 at 4:28 PM | PERMALINK

I can't understand how either Rush or Pat R. can ever call themselves Christian or even following Christian principles after remarks like these. A big surprise is waiting both of them when they get to those pearly gates.

Posted by: Darsan 54 on January 14, 2010 at 4:30 PM | PERMALINK

Frankly, neither Robertson's comments nor Limbaugh's comments surprised me much. Robertson is clearly insane and has a long history of statements like this. (I mean, what else can you say about a guy who threatens evolutionists and gays with God-instigated natural disasters and openly prays for someone to "take out" Hugo Chavez?) And Limbaugh, really, given what a bigot he is, you know he'd say something despicable about a situation like Hati. It must eat at his fetid excuse of a soul to see all that caring and compassion for those unworthy black folk.

Posted by: gf120581 on January 14, 2010 at 4:31 PM | PERMALINK

Though in fact, Pat Robertson's response caught me off-guard. I never thought they'd go that far.

REALLY??? This is just more 'Brit Hume'..."if they would embrace REAL Christianity they wouldn't have these problems"...geez they've been saying this crap since the Moral Majority days...

Posted by: SYSPROG on January 14, 2010 at 4:33 PM | PERMALINK

You can call him a right-wing extremist and hope Republicans disown him, but if they don't you're sorta left to make the simple conclusion that he isn't an extremist. Rather, he sits right in the mainstream of Republican dogma, just as FoxNews can say no wrong and make no error, you can only assume that it as well occupies the center of the right.

Which of course means they are living on an entirely different planet.

Posted by: George on January 14, 2010 at 4:43 PM | PERMALINK

But Harry Reid said the word "negro," so both sides are the same.

Also Imus was thrown off the air, so, you know, the system works.

Posted by: inkadu on January 14, 2010 at 4:44 PM | PERMALINK

Once again it is about words. Every referral to Rush Limbaugh should begin with the word *junkie* — as in ''Junkie Rush Limbaugh....'' Not even ''drug-addled'' — that's too tame. Junkie. Even the ditto heads will get it. Junkie, junkie, junkie.... "Today, Junkie Rush Limbaugh accused...."

Posted by: buddy66 on January 14, 2010 at 4:45 PM | PERMALINK

Jabba the Hut has Jumped the Shark. . .

Posted by: DAY on January 14, 2010 at 4:46 PM | PERMALINK

I have to agree with Liam: if Democrats, preferably high-profile Democrats, would call Limbaugh out on stuff like this the MSM would be far more likely to report on it and Limbaugh would get the kind of publicity he deserves. But they don't.

Posted by: wihntr on January 14, 2010 at 4:48 PM | PERMALINK

The lunacy, callousness and hatred from Limbauh and Robertson are features, NOT bugs, for conservatives. I've ALWAYS been struck by how callous, insensitive and unempathetic many conservatives are towards "others" -- other ethnicities, other neighborhoods, other countries. I see this even in otherwise intelligent and enjoyable friends of mine who are conservative. I've long thought that the fundamental difference between liberals and conservatives is that liberals, seeing someone suffering, think "there but for the grace of God go I" and conservatives think "that shmoe is a loser."

Posted by: rdb66 on January 14, 2010 at 4:53 PM | PERMALINK

What struck me in Limbaugh's comments was his invention of light-skinned and dark-skinned "communities" within the African-American community.

This is Limbaugh's typical style of working in a "clever", "subtle" dig at Democrats - in this case Harry Reid.

And by "clever", I mean it's typically stupid and thuggish. And by "subtle", I mean he obliquely mentions it as though the insinuation means anything. And by "typical", I mean that this kind of bullshit is all he does, all the time - and his fans are so unbelievably pants-on-head dimwitted that they think this sort of thing qualifies as brilliance. Which it does, of course, when compared to themselves.

Posted by: DH Walker on January 14, 2010 at 4:54 PM | PERMALINK

bdop4 said it.

Posted by: Cal Gal on January 14, 2010 at 4:57 PM | PERMALINK

Calling Rush out is just more publicity for him, and Dems calling him out will just further cement his rep as the biggest ReThug out there (pun intended).

They should ignore him, and asked about his remarks, they should say, "Rush who?" And when reminded about him, they should say, "Oh, I never listen to him or take what he is quoted as saying as anything more than entertainment for the sub-human racists in this country."

Posted by: Cal Gal on January 14, 2010 at 5:05 PM | PERMALINK

One wonders if Rush would say the same thing if the earthquake devastated the Dominican Republic, his little sexual playground: http://www.thesmokinggun.com/archive/0706062rush1.html

Posted by: Vondo on January 14, 2010 at 5:06 PM | PERMALINK

hey,
D.Republic.
that's a private matter

Posted by: rush's anal cyst on January 14, 2010 at 5:09 PM | PERMALINK

There are a lot of men, particularly, out there, even here in NH, who talk like Limbaugh. They really do hate the "other" and like the Republican party because they think they are, as white men, a put-upon minority.

Posted by: bloomingpol on January 14, 2010 at 5:09 PM | PERMALINK

There are a lot of men, particularly, out there, even here in NH, who talk like Limbaugh.

I've known a few. Their adoption of not only his exact phraseology, but his exact tone of voice and vocal mannerisms (as though they were amateur stage impressionists) is nothing short of creepy. It's one plane-trip-to-Guyana short of an outright cult.

Posted by: DH Walker on January 14, 2010 at 5:15 PM | PERMALINK

So...the Red Cross estimates perhaps 50K fatalities (alongside Wednesday's estimate of 100K deaths) and Rush is contemplating the political ramifications? Really--has he no shame?

Posted by: JohnnyD on January 14, 2010 at 5:16 PM | PERMALINK

The reality is, Limbaugh is an adequate representation of what the Republican Party has devolved to. In adopting the "Southern Strategy" back in the late 1960s, the Republicans opened up their party to the crazies of the heartland. Disaffected Dixiecrats and religious zealots were welcomed into the party and now they are seizing control. If the Tea Baggers split off and form another party, or if they stay and gain real control of the party apparatus, either way the Republicans' days are numbered. The braggadocio of Rove and others in in the early Bush years that they were going to create a 1000 year Reich was about as realistic as all the other times similar boasts have been made. Their success sowed the seeds of their own distruction.

Posted by: majun on January 14, 2010 at 5:36 PM | PERMALINK

Whatever, Limbaugh is Pope Paul VI compared to Pat Robertson.

Posted by: Kurt on January 14, 2010 at 6:01 PM | PERMALINK

Which is why Pat Robertson's net worth is probably TEN TIMES what Limbaugh's is.

Posted by: Kurt on January 14, 2010 at 6:03 PM | PERMALINK

Limbaugh is hick, drug taking rube compared to Pat Robertson.

Posted by: Kurt on January 14, 2010 at 6:05 PM | PERMALINK

What did the sadist do to the masochist? NOTHING. The whole point of Limbaugh is to say horrendous, outrageous things he knows will drive liberals crazy. When you register outrage, you legitimize him. Ignore him or ridicule him but don't treat him as a serious opponent. He's a malignant clown.

Posted by: dalloway on January 14, 2010 at 6:11 PM | PERMALINK

God, how I wish I had the sniper skills to take him out at, oh, about a half-mile away and escape undetected. While, as a good Dem, I'm supposed to denounce violence, I'm afraid it's the only way to shut his fat ass up for good. Why don't people start calling him out? Are the GOP -- and, for that matter, the Dems -- such moral cowards that they stand silent in the face of such filth and just watch the hydra grow more heads? I cannot for the life of me understand why the GOP continues to allow themselves to be affiliated with this monster and his pack of wingnut followers who have the collective education of a 5th grader and are completely lacking in any critical thinking or objective reasoning skills. To see actual US senators kowtow to this bloated, conceited moron is more than I can stomach. The country is becoming a very scary place when this stuff can happen with impunity. Remember what was going on in Germany during the rise of the Nazis. Remember what was going on in Rwanda with state radio with the Hutus. Rush is our own combined Giant Nazi Hutu.

Posted by: burnedalaskan on January 14, 2010 at 6:12 PM | PERMALINK

I respectfully disagree about ignoring him.

First they came for the communists, and I did not speak outbecause I was not a communist;
Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak outbecause I was not a trade unionist;
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak outbecause I was not a Jew;
Then they came for meand there was no one left to speak out.

This is the peril of remaining silent in the face of evil.

Posted by: burnedalaskan on January 14, 2010 at 6:18 PM | PERMALINK

Democrats have been too deferential to Rush in the past. I can hardly forgive Gore for saying of Loombowel: "great American's like Rush Limbaugh" support NAFTA. (Maybe not for NAFTA either.) Liberals have this weak sense that it is cool or constructive to normalize or even flatter roguish opponents and critics.

Posted by: neil b on January 14, 2010 at 6:20 PM | PERMALINK

The problem isn't that Dems or Reps don't condemn Limbaugh. The problem is that the Brian Williams of the world won't do it. It's the rich white guys in the media who cover for Rush and prop him up, mostly because they thrill to his adolescent acting out.

Mike

Posted by: MBunge on January 14, 2010 at 6:22 PM | PERMALINK

It's nice to see that Limbaugh's recent brush with his own mortality has inspired in him such compassion for his fellow human beings.

Seriously, what does he mean by the income tax remark? is he really saying that a country that receives US foreign aid (which is actually a tiny part of the US budget) doesn't deserve assistance when there's a natural disaster?

What were his talking points on the Tsunami, I'm curious?

Posted by: g on January 14, 2010 at 7:09 PM | PERMALINK

Oh, if only some decent-minded station technician had a pang of conscience and cut this guy's feed off!

Posted by: g on January 14, 2010 at 7:11 PM | PERMALINK

He can't do anything different. He has to bend over and grab his ankles everyday as the right wing base shoves their unlubed cock up his ass. Otherwise, those lunatics wouldn't listen on a daily basis and pay him his millions. He has made a pact with the devil and tells the fake christians what they want to hear in exchange for their pieces of silver. He is surely going to hell, as will his listeners because they are evil people that don't care about anyone else. They are the opposite of christian and will spend eternity with their false god.

Posted by: Patrick on January 14, 2010 at 7:46 PM | PERMALINK

I will say that Limbaugh has gone over the line and that the Republicans,
not rushing with aid to Haiti, should censure him.
Or will the comment I made be censured here?

Posted by: consider wisely on January 14, 2010 at 8:42 PM | PERMALINK

It will be interesting to see which of the wealthy RepoTaliban, TeaBagging churches behave like the tax exempt charities they are supposed to be.

Posted by: Marnie on January 14, 2010 at 8:49 PM | PERMALINK

Limbaugh is such an evil, despicable hate monger! He and Pat Robertson are both insane leeches on society!

Posted by: sandy on January 14, 2010 at 8:51 PM | PERMALINK

I expect Limpballs would be singing a different (and much higher pitched) tune, had it been the Dominican Republic part of the island that was devastated. All the underage bumboys of his, in peril...

Posted by: exlibra on January 14, 2010 at 9:20 PM | PERMALINK

Well, for what its worth, Martha Coakley's newest senate ad in MA shows Rush in a montage next to a picture of Scott Brown, the GOP nominee.

Posted by: efgoldman on January 14, 2010 at 9:46 PM | PERMALINK

I bet rush got a lot of drugs from Haiti...allegedly.....seriously why is this man not in prison for his drug offenses?

Posted by: Heathwood on January 14, 2010 at 10:09 PM | PERMALINK

To burnedalaskan... thank you for reminding us of the cost of remaining silent in the face of such vile dialog. And yes, this is getting pretty scary.
Now, what about those who do not recognize evil when staring it in the face - or bowing before it in abject veneration?

Posted by: Groundwork on January 14, 2010 at 10:12 PM | PERMALINK
consider wisely@8:42: I will say that Limbaugh has gone over the line and that the Republicans, not rushing with aid to Haiti, should censure him. Or will the comment I made be censured here?

The only reason I can come up with as to why anyone would censor your comment is that it makes no sense. It sounds like you're condemning Limbaugh just like everyone else here. So, even if the moderator here was heavy handed (which he is not), there's nothing objectionable about your post.

It just doesn't make sense.

BTW, 'censure' is a formal proceeding to which the Republican Party have no authority over a private citizen.

In you 2nd use of the word 'censure', I think what you're looking for is 'censor'.

Posted by: JTK on January 14, 2010 at 11:16 PM | PERMALINK

With these words, Mr. Limbaugh has forfeited the right to any future human decency or sympathy. Remember a few weeks ago, when he was rushed, pardon the pun, to the hospital with chest pains? Everyone said Get well soon Rush, even though almost all of us know he's an evil hatemongering bigot.

Mr. Limbaugh no longer deserves such consideration from anyone. He has proven himself not just an idiot, not just mouthpiece who stirs the pot, but a blight upon the human race. He serves no purpose in this world but to spead prejudice, fear, and racism, and to line his own pocket while he does it.

When he is gone, the world will be a far better place. I am 35 years the man's junior, and in considerably better health, so I can say that *when* Mr. Limbaugh passes away, I will offer no condolences to his family and loved ones. I will not offer them on that day - I offer them now. Because he has shown that he is all but dead this very day - no human heart beats within him. Nothing resembling a soul, whether you believe in such things or not, resides within him. The fact that our society suffers a man such as this, let alone grants him his bully pulpit and his millions, makes me almost as sad as the images coming to us from Port au Prince.

Posted by: Alexandra on January 14, 2010 at 11:45 PM | PERMALINK

I want to know more about Haiti's so-called pact with the Devil.It must have happened about 200 years ago. Who was there? Where exactly did they meet? How did the Devil look. Did he have cloved feet, a red tail and horns? Did he bring a gang of fallen angels with him to the conference table. Was the conference table square, oval, or rectangular? Did they serve coffee? Were the servers nekkid cheerleaders? How did the Devil happen to be in Haiti? Was he a tourist, there to relax, kick back or was he on the usual Mafia type business? Did all parties actually sign the document? Where is the document today? Let's have the facts, please.

Posted by: Dragpit on January 15, 2010 at 12:44 AM | PERMALINK

Disgusting. Rush's cynicism is every bit the equal of Rahm's.

Posted by: Linda Re on January 15, 2010 at 12:50 AM | PERMALINK

Rush Limbaugh for years has been making racist remarks, innuendoes and mocking the black community. No one ever says anything about it. No one ever says he should apologize. No one ever says he should be removed from his job. Rush Limbaugh is a racist bigot and proves it on a daily basis. Where are all these people that demanded Don Imus be fired from his job?

Posted by: Schtick on January 15, 2010 at 2:23 AM | PERMALINK

According to the CIA world factbook, religious affiliation in Haiti is 80% Roman Catholic, 16% Protestant, 1% none and 3% other. So if Pat Robertson thinks Haiti needs to respond to the earthquake with a great Christian awakening to break the "curse", is he really saying the Catholics are not Christian?

And while this is certainly one of Pat's most disgusting comments, I think the runner's up are not his post-9/11 and post-Katrina blame-the-victim screeds. I would instead nominate these that I found at CBS News:

Pat on Women
"The feminist agenda is not about equal rights for women. It is about a socialist, anti-family political movement that encourages women to leave their husbands, kill their children, practice witchcraft, destroy capitalism and become lesbians," Pat Robertson wrote in a 1992 Iowa fundraising letter, according to the Washington Post.

And, Pat on Diplomacy
In an August, 22, 2005 taping of "700 Club," Robertson said if Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez "thinks we’re trying to assassinate him, I think that we really ought to go ahead and do it. It’s a whole lot cheaper than starting a war. And I don’t think any oil shipments will stop… We have the ability to take him out, and I think the time has come that we exercise that ability."

Posted by: tanstaafl on January 15, 2010 at 2:25 AM | PERMALINK

I think Rush is going overboard now.

Haiti is suffering through one of the most devastating disasters ever.

If McCain were president he would have done exactly the same thing Obama is doing now...and not because he was hoping to gain the black vote.

Rush is way off base and out of line on this one.

Posted by: Norris Hall on January 15, 2010 at 2:37 AM | PERMALINK

"I wonder what it takes to get the conservative movement to disown this guy?"

huh? why would that happen, he speaks exactly what is on their minds.

Posted by: pluege on January 15, 2010 at 5:46 AM | PERMALINK

"when he says disgusting things, Republicans don't dare disagree with their boss."

Well, it's because many Republicans are disgusting people themselves. It's not complicated. I agree that Dems in general do a horribly inept job in using Limbaugh's comments against the GOP, but let's not fool ourselves: Rush is popular precisely because so many people agree with him. There's always going to be a market for fear, ignorance, and greed, and he plays to it very well.

Posted by: bluestatedon on January 15, 2010 at 6:40 AM | PERMALINK

Instead of drawing fire, maybe his comments should draw silence. His name is the headline again. That's all he's after. Everything he says is an exercise is self promotion.

Ignore him and he'll shrivel up and go away. I really don't care what he says about anything.

Posted by: Saint Zak on January 15, 2010 at 6:43 AM | PERMALINK

After he passes from this earth, and his ex-wifes write the books (that they currently cannot because of their settlements) detailing how he is twisted nutjob.

Then a Republican politician might say "Boy, maybe we shouldn't have kissed his ass all those years"

Posted by: jvoe on January 15, 2010 at 8:36 AM | PERMALINK

Is there a record of any religious leader-anywhere-condemning this filth? I am thoroughly disgusted with the way mainstream churches (such as my own Catholic church) browbeat progressive democrats at every turn while maintaining their silence at republican outrages like this (when they aren't openly supporting them).
Really, what is the point? It is really so difficult for religious leaders to speak out against actions like these that strike at the heart of every spiritual tradition, except for republicans' worship of greed, corruption, hatred and fear--their one true god.

Posted by: brokenarrow on January 15, 2010 at 8:42 AM | PERMALINK

I am floored when people suggest that we should not speak against evil rhetoric, expecting that "they will go away." Have we learned nothing from history?

Posted by: alldeepblue on January 15, 2010 at 8:47 AM | PERMALINK

The best response by any liberal/progressive/Democrat (not always the same) to the depraved remarks by those such as Robertson and Limbaugh (had to wipe my hands after just typing those names!) is to NEVER voluntarily mention them by name. Cal Gal @ 5:05 PM got it right, I think, except that I'd replace "for the sub-human racists in this country" with "pornography".
That petard thing, you know?

Posted by: Doug on January 15, 2010 at 9:26 AM | PERMALINK

You guys are a riot.
Insults and death threats against Rush? Nice.

You all take these comments out of context and start spewing hate all over Rush and Pat.

If you listened to Rush you would understand that he is taking a swipe at the racist comments of the current Dems (ie. Reid) by this comment. But you guys love to feed his fire don't you? Lolz.
Rush is not a racist, and your comntinued efforts to make him seem so just make you all look like intolerant socialist zombies.

Obama will of course use this tragedy as a political tool, as Bush did 911. Don't kid yourselves.

As for Pat, well, the myth of the whole pig pact is pretty widely accepted as Haitian lore. I don't blame him for thinking it actually happened. I do think he should get his facts straight before he says crap like that. Fact is, they sure do seem cursed!

But again, I love the remarks herein, you all are so angry! So much vitriol! I think I will reread all the comments here in an angry pirate voice!

Posted by: Ceehse on January 15, 2010 at 9:29 AM | PERMALINK

We need to cut poor Rush some slack. He just can't wrap his junkie mind around possibly 50,000 or more "light-skinned and dark-skinned" black people dying and millions more without medical care and in danger of starvation. I'd like to put it in terms he could relate to. Just imagine, Rush, that 50,000 super-rich middle-aged, sex tourist, Viagara-using, far right-wing blowhard racist, fat white guys all lost their golf clubs, had one of their mansions burn down, got locked out of their Rolls-Royces and received an IRS audit letter all on the same day. That might be a human tragedy he could relate to. 50,000 Hatians who would never have become dittoheads anyway are of no use to him. Makes me sick.

Posted by: Binasdad on January 15, 2010 at 9:40 AM | PERMALINK

"...Seriously, what does he mean by the income tax remark? is he really saying that a country that receives US foreign aid (which is actually a tiny part of the US budget) doesn't deserve assistance when there's a natural disaster?"

What ever happened to "...A thousand points of light?"
I think that was a way of saying "Don't worry, you won't have help those people".

The important thing to remember here is Limbaugh reflects the views of his listeners, not the other way around. He tells them what they want to hear.

Posted by: amorphous on January 15, 2010 at 9:47 AM | PERMALINK

Rush said people SHOULD DONATE TO HAITI, but not through the government. Mainly because more of each donated $ to religious et al charities gets to the people than government $s.

Who is hate mongering now?

Posted by: Dallas on January 15, 2010 at 9:54 AM | PERMALINK

Who is hate mongering now?

Rush Limbaugh, as usual.

Rush said people SHOULD DONATE TO HAITI, but not through the government. Mainly because more of each donated $ to religious et al charities gets to the people than government $s.

No, he doesn't say that at all. If you listen the clip (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/01/14/limbaugh-weve-already-don_n_422958.html) he says exactly these things:

"We've already donated to Haiti. It's called the income tax."

Then he suggests that if you donate to the Red Cross or other charities via the website your money WON'T go to Haiti, raises the question of where it might go, and suggests that donating to charitable organizations by clicking through the White House website you'll only put yourself on fund-raising mailing list for Obama and your money will go somewhere else.

When the caller brings up the idea of religious organizations helping them out with money Limbaugh even worse, saying it's IMPOSSIBLE to help Haitians and we shouldn't bother because of their "dictatorships" which take all the money (which is also a false characterization).

So he actually discourages people from donating relief money to Haiti at all, presumably until the U.S. overthrows their government (again) and causes chaos there.

Rush Limbaugh makes a living cleverly spreading lies and innuendo every day, stoking fears and prejudice and anger that his callers already possess and making sure they never get facts or context while making sure they feel like they have the secret truth that only besieged white men can know. He really is a piece of shit.

Posted by: trex on January 15, 2010 at 10:30 AM | PERMALINK

God forgive me but but F*** Rush L. and the rest of his puppets!

Posted by: Mydo on January 15, 2010 at 10:32 AM | PERMALINK


I'm a conservative and make no apology for it. I quit listening to and watching Limbaugh and Hannity (who I really despise) a long time ago because of their hateful attitudes and comments as well as their rudeness to and contempt for anyone who doesn't agree with their take. Neither of them holds a candle to the screaming banshee Ann Coulter with her oh so cute smirk as she cuts anyone else from speaking over her screeching. Today I'm dropping from the Republican party because of them and the idiot Pat Robertson, who has a reserve seat in hell waiting for him (assuming there is a hell) and if they would take him. I'm not going Democrat either because of the unbelievable corruption and lying from such as Obama, Reid and Pelosi. I don't think my vote means anything anymore and I'm hard pressed to find many politicians of either or any club that comes close to what I think the grassroots of this once great nation think. I'll just join Lou Dobbs and other independents and vote when and for whom I like. If these last few months don't prove the need for term limits, nothing will, not that the crooks in congress would ever let anything interfere with their life long feather bed.

Posted by: Terry Wyatt on January 15, 2010 at 10:35 AM | PERMALINK

Dear Mr. Limbaugh,

Thanks for your comments on Haiti. ......they made me rethink my donation, and as a result I DOUBLED IT!

Bob Weldon

South Carolina

Posted by: Bob Weldon on January 15, 2010 at 11:17 AM | PERMALINK

Obama will of course use this tragedy as a political tool, as Bush did 911. Don't kid yourselves.

I really would love to hear an explanation of just how Obama, or anyone, could possibly exploit the Haitian tragedy to the same degree that Bush exploited 9/11, both in terms of domestic and foreign policy.

Then again, I'd really love to hear an explanation as to why the persistent, outright rejection of even the concept of magnitude by conservatives is anything other than self-serving bullshit.

Of course, Limbaugh's claims that Obama "politicizes everything" and that he'll exploit the Haitian situation to score cheap political points not only doesn't describe Obama at all - but DOES describe Limbaugh himself to a tee. Then again, trying to point out irony and hypocrisy to a moron who actually says "lulz" is probably pointless.

And how functionally retarded do you have to be not to know blatant racism when it's right in front of you?

Posted by: DH Walker on January 15, 2010 at 11:31 AM | PERMALINK

Most of the comments on this page are from idiots. Rush is correct, the money sent to the OBAMA site won't get to the people. You cannot trust anythinG this administration does. Rush gives more away each year than any of you make. Donate to the Red Cross directly.

Posted by: JBK on January 15, 2010 at 11:34 AM | PERMALINK

Most of the comments on this page are from idiots. Rush is correct, the money sent to the OBAMA site won't get to the people.

Prove it.

What are you basing this on, other than a fact-free opinion Limbaugh just pulled out of his ass?

If we're such idiots, it shouldn't be too hard to prove us all wrong. Assuming you aren't completely full of shit, of course.

Posted by: DH Walker on January 15, 2010 at 11:41 AM | PERMALINK

Hey JBK,
Prove your point, and I don't mean by quoting that fat, fascist, sociopath you worship. Otherwise, why don't you eat shit.

Posted by: rbe1 on January 15, 2010 at 12:45 PM | PERMALINK

I am a conservative and a Republican and I disagree completely with what Rush and Pat R. said as do 90 percent of like minded people I know. Please stop buying the crap that CNN and MSNBC are feeding you that Rush speaks for all or even most of us. This is exactly want both parties want...us at each others throats. I can't believe the hypocrisy here. Your slamming Rush for being insensitive and narrow minded but look at the comments on here...your no better than him.

Posted by: CoopTD8890 on January 15, 2010 at 1:23 PM | PERMALINK

Maybe Messers Limbaugh and Robertson could clear the air somewhat here by giving a personal donation to any agency that was directly helping in the Haitian relief effort. Then Mr Limbaugh could, with some riteousness, claim that it was proof that he does not espouse a racist mentality. And Mr Robertson could maintain that he did this to understand and circumvent the Devil... not to help the Devil -- As in NOT a not a nod to Mr Wilson's goneby comment "The Devil made me do it."

Posted by: JCW on January 15, 2010 at 1:34 PM | PERMALINK

the anal cyst: "They'll use this to burnish their, shall we say, 'credibility' with the black community ..." ahhhhh, obama's approval numbers with african americans is 88%...how much more burnishing does the bloveator think is needed?

Posted by: dj spellchecka on January 15, 2010 at 2:50 PM | PERMALINK

Rush Limbaugh is only concerned about one thing...money and ratings and sadly the ignorant of America give him both. He represents the worst and most negative of America who are like sheep and cannot think for themselves.

Posted by: imgibson on January 15, 2010 at 3:00 PM | PERMALINK

Rush is correct, the money sent to the OBAMA site won't get to the people.

Look, you ridiculous assholes, there is no "Obama site" or White House fund that secretly redirects money away from the Haitians to the DNC. There is only a page on the White House web site that has the information on how to contribute DIRECTLY to the Red Cross and other disaster relief organizations.

If you were so mentally and morally challenged and dependent upon a lying windbag to regurgitate his opinions into your shrieking open mouths, you'd understand that. Rush brazenlly lied and you bought it for the gazillionth time.

God damn are you idiots stupid. I mean, you're as dumb as bags of rocks.

Posted by: trex on January 15, 2010 at 4:48 PM | PERMALINK




 

 

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