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October 18, 2011 3:35 PM Limbaugh takes heat for LRA embrace

By Steve Benen

Even for Rush Limbaugh, Friday’s rant was truly contemptible. For a change, his disgusting rhetoric has actually drawn some noteworthy rebukes.

To briefly recap, the right-wing media personality was going after President Obama for sending 100 special operations forces into Uganda to address the crisis caused by the Lord’s Resistance Army. Limbaugh condemned the move by saying the president is “targeting Christians” in the African nation, and he proceeded to read LRA propaganda on the air.

For those unfamiliar with the LRA, it’s best described as a death cult. It invades villages, slaughters the adults, and kidnaps children. These terrorists have been known to go on killing sprees with machetes and axes, and leave trails of dead bodies when their kidnapped victims don’t walk quickly enough with the rest of the cult. The cult’s leaders claim some loose affinity for Christianity, but as Blake Hounshell explained, “To call the LRA ‘Christians’ is to abase the English language.”

Limbaugh, of course, didn’t much care about any of this. His goal was to attack the American president, and if that meant Limbaugh had to side with a depraved, roving band of mass murderers, so be it.

Criticism of Limbaugh’s insane antics came from a variety of sources, and yesterday, even reached the Senate floor.

[Y]esterday he received a rebuke from the Senate floor from someone who called the controversial radio host “my good friend Rush Limbaugh.”

Using Limbaugh’s and his cohorts name, Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK), said, “some people have mistakenly said that [the LRA’s leader] is a Christian, and I want to make sure everyone knows that he was officially disavowed by the Catholic Church in Uganda.” He went on to detail their group’s atrocities.

It’s unusual for any senator to take to call out an ideological out by name from the Senate floor, but even more so considering that Inhofe has in the past looked past egregious human rights violations to lend support for Christian leaders. In April, Inhofe defended former Ivory Coast dictator Laurent Gbagbo after other African and international leaders condemned him for taking up arms to retain power after losing the election to a Muslim rival. But the LRA is terrible enough for even Inhofe to reject.

Given Inhofe’s abhorrent record, I suppose this constitutes progress, though Inhofe’s rebuke might have carried more weight if he actually got around to criticizing the far-right host.

Limbaugh conceded today he was “misinformed,” but laughed off the story.

Evelyn Apoko, a survivor of LRA atrocities, probably doesn’t find any of this funny.

Steve Benen is a contributing writer to the Washington Monthly, joining the publication in August, 2008 as chief blogger for the Washington Monthly blog, Political Animal.


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  • POed Lib on October 18, 2011 3:41 PM:

    I believe that in the past the LRA has chopped off the arms of children who refused to go with the LRA "recruiters". They are appalling killers.

  • joel hanes on October 18, 2011 3:42 PM:

    I kinda think you want "contemptible" in that first sentence.

    Yes, I'm an annoying pedant.

  • c u n d gulag on October 18, 2011 3:52 PM:

    Rushba the Hutt laughs that his three stooges are now in the Congressional record for not knowing something.

    Well, they take after their master, who's in the same record for not knowing ANYTHING.

    I'm not religious, but I wish I was.

    If there was a Hell, he's be Satan's personal f*ck slave when he was in a vicious and nasty S&M torture mood for a long time after a bad hangover, and wanted to get even for any and every slight.

  • scott_m on October 18, 2011 3:55 PM:

    Quite a graphic fantasy there, gulag. It compares favorably with departed comic genius Bill Hicks's own "dark poetry" regarding Limbaugh.

  • DAY on October 18, 2011 4:10 PM:

    Mass murder and Christianity have long been traveling partners. Perhaps the LRA are just following the trail blazed in 1212, by the "Children's Crusade".

  • June on October 18, 2011 4:14 PM:

    Limbaugh is such a prime example of selling one's soul for fame and fortune. I often wonder if he ever has a moment where he regrets it. (Rhetorical question).

  • Dredd on October 18, 2011 4:17 PM:

    Limbaugh was not misinformed he is misinformed.

  • Texas Aggie on October 18, 2011 4:19 PM:

    Misinformed his pustulus butt!! If he was able to dig up the LRA's propaganda sheet, then he knows very well what kind of an organization it is. And what about the tremendous fact checking team he brags about?! They didn't know anything about it?

    The Great Beached Whale knew exactly what kind of people they are, but to him it's just a wet dream with underage sex and mutilation of helpless victims. The man is lower than the lowest circle of Hell and more disgusting than the boil on his butt that he used as an excuse to beat the draft.

  • stormskies on October 18, 2011 4:33 PM:

    I want to second gulag's sentiments about pig shit Limbaugh ..

  • Anon on October 18, 2011 4:35 PM:

    Yeah, it seems almost certain that he was reading from Wikipedia's page on the LRA, the second sentence of which at the time was: "It is currently listed as a terrorist organization by the United States." (Turns out not to be true, but it was formerly listed.) Hard to miss that.

    This is part of a larger Limbaugh campaign though. "Obama hates white people" has been a Republican staple for the last four years or so, but Limbaugh has taken it further. The idea is now "Obama is actively trying to kill white people and Christians." Check out one of his "pearls of wisdom" (ugh) from October 17th: "... next up there will be race riots, I guarantee you, and the race riots are part of the plan of this regime."

    Yep, Obama wants to kill white people. Disgusting.

  • stormskies on October 18, 2011 4:36 PM:

    and then with have this vomit from the corporate media


    Mitchell and Cillizza Fawn All Over Herman Cain's Pizza Song - Claim it Means He's in Touch With Everyday Americans

    By Heather

    The end of this segment on MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell Reports where Mitchell and The Washington Post's Chris Cillizza were fawning all over Herman Cain's 1991 pizza song performance, after just discussing the fact that the man doesn't even think we should have exceptions for incest and rape when it comes to a woman's right to have an abortion, gave me nightmares going back to George W. Bush and the media painting him as just some regular Joe most Americans would like to have a beer with.

    MITCHELL: But we can't deny that he is entertaining, whether it's in a debate or this, some tape the Daily Beast dug up, from 1991 from the Omaha Press Club event, clearly a gridiron type show. And this was Herman Cain, I think parroting himself. […]

    MITCHELL: He's got some chops! I mean he can sing!

    CILLIZZA: Look, he can definitely sing and I will say this Andrea, I don't want to analyze too much into a guy singing an ode to pizza, but can you imagine Mitt Romney doing that? Can you imagine Mitt Romney doing that? People like this about Herman Cain.

    MITCHELL: Well, that's why he's so likeable.

    CILLIZZA: He's a regular person. You know... these things are minor things and no one's going to vote for him because he sang an ode to pizza, but he is as close to a talking to, understanding regular people as possible in an electoral cycle in which people hate politicians and all the things that come with them. So, I think this is great. Herman Cain says play it and you can hear me sing... I've got a good voice and it's good for me in general.

    MITCHELL: Indeed it is!

  • John in TX on October 18, 2011 4:39 PM:

    To paraphrase Mr. Hounshell, to refer to Rush Limbaugh as a "human being" is to abase the English language.

    And it just figures that a contemptible, grimy little rat turd like Inhofe would refer to him as "my friend."

  • max on October 18, 2011 4:48 PM:

    "Limbaugh conceded today he was “misinformed,” but laughed off the story."

    He would know; he does it for a living.

  • June on October 18, 2011 5:05 PM:

    @stormskies - thanks for posting that transcript of undeniable MSM dumbassery. Yes, it's okay to have light moments when talking politics, but to portray Cain as some kind of likable Joe - when every time he opens his mouth, out comes some mean-spirited thinking and policies?

    Ridiculous, and sheer dumbassery.

  • Cha on October 18, 2011 5:20 PM:

    I hope this wakes up some of the Military where his show is piped in to what a dangerous idiot he is.

    Freaking fact free propaganda bullshit toad.

  • Cha on October 18, 2011 5:24 PM:

    Thanks June.. I was thinking the mediawhore mode was just dripping off the dialogue.

    They're so freaking obvious..trying to make it more of a contest between whichmitt and the 999 repeater.

  • citizen_pain on October 18, 2011 5:29 PM:

    May Lush Limpball's rotting, maggot infested, boil ridden carcass fester in hell for an eternity of anguish and torment.

  • TCinLA on October 18, 2011 5:57 PM:

    So, when is someone going to get the photographic proof of how the Hindenburg, er, I mean LimpDick, has sex with his 12-year old "girlfriends" down in Santo Domingo? I'm sure those people would sell him out for a price that is "not that much."

  • TCinLA on October 18, 2011 6:02 PM:

    @Day said: Mass murder and Christianity have long been traveling partners. Perhaps the LRA are just following the trail blazed in 1212, by the "Children's Crusade".

    And the First Crusade (bloody pogroms across Germany, then "the streets of Jerusalem ran red with the blood of the citizens for three days"), the Second Crusade (more bloody pogroms in eastern Europe), the Third Crusade (bloody pogroms in Egypt), the Fourth Crusade (sack of Constantinople). When Christians accuse Islam of being bloody, it's definitely a case of the pot calling the kettle black, when in fact more people around the world have been killed in the name of the "Prince of Peace" than for any other religion anywhere ever.

  • Citizen Alan on October 18, 2011 6:40 PM:

    Why should you condemn Limbaugh for supporting a "death cult." The GOP has been a death cult for twenty years or more and is demonstrably an enemy of the entire human race.

  • Anonymous on October 18, 2011 6:43 PM:

    Quoting ThinkProgress:

    It’s unusual for any senator to take to call out an ideological out by name from the Senate floor...


  • The Oracle on October 18, 2011 10:57 PM:

    Rush just got confused. He mistook the LRA for the NRA and therefore blew a gasket.