Limburger cheese originated in Europe and is known for its pungent odor often compared to body odor. Rush Limbaugh is a (fill in the word) who originated in the United States, specifically Cape Girardeau, Missouri, who has developed an unmistakable smell doing his radio show over the years that just won’t seem to go away.
Minnesota Senator Al Franken, then a liberal humorist, had it right when he said: “Rush Limbaugh is a big fat idiot.” Although I wouldn’t want to put all of Limbaugh’s listeners in this category—some say they tune in to this bald pinhead for entertainment—but if you are one that takes him serious, you are in trouble. Some say we should keep him around just to expose extreme-right politics that has brought this country down to a level never before seen.
The Young Turks on the Limbaugh/Fluke incident in the video below:
He’s done it again but this time it seems to be more enduring when he called Georgetown student, Sandra Fluke, a “slut” and a “Prostitute.” She was testifying before Congress that she felt her school’s health insurance should cover contraception for female students. He apologized, sort of, saying: “I sincerely apologize to Ms. Fluke for the insulting word choices.” What he didn’t add was the fact that he is a pathological moron with followers who don’t have a clue.
I did an article on Limbaugh for Phoenix Examiner back in June of 2009, “If Rush Limbaugh says Sotomayor is bad, she must be good,” about how he tried to block Sonia Sotomayor’s nomination to the Supreme Court. This was actually his second attempt to stop a Sotomayor appointment; he tried to block her from the 2nd U.S. Court of Appeals several years ago. Limbaugh even predicted then that she was on her way to the Supreme Court.
|Rush Limbaugh “On the air”|
He referred to her as a “reverse racist” and a “hack,” the former due to her statement, “wise Latina woman with the richness of her experience would more often than not reach a better conclusion than a white male who hasn’t lived that life.” I asked a Latina friend how she interpreted this and she told me that, after she had thought about it, she agreed with Sotomayor.
But it was Jane Fonda, Robin Morgan, and Gloria Steinem that went for Limbaugh’s jugular in their CNN article, “FCC should clear Limbaugh from airwaves.” They emphasized the severity of the situation by saying it “was not much worse than his regular broadcast of sexist, racist and homophobic hate speech” as follows:
- “Female Cabinet members are sex-Retaries.”
- “The NAACP should have riot rehearsal. They should get a liquor store and practice robberies.”
- “The National Organization for Women is a bunch of whores to liberalism”
- “Said to an African-American female caller: ‘Take that bone out of your nose and call me back.’”
The Jane/Robin/Gloria trio says, “Limbaugh doesn’t just call people names. He promotes language that deliberately dehumanizes his targets.” Further, “This isn’t political. While we disagree with Limbaugh’s politics, what’s at stake is the fallout of a society tolerating toxic, hate-inciting speech. For 20 years, Limbaugh has hidden behind the First Amendment, or else claimed he’s really ‘doing humor’ or ‘entertainment.’”
As an example, the talk show host has called women “femi-Nazi,” for years. Other illustrations of Limbaugh degradation are subjects like people of color, lesbians and gays, immigrants, the disabled, the elderly, Muslims, Jews, veterans, environmentalists and more.
|Who’s a “slut” now?|
It could be catching up with the toxic-jock. I believe the latest is 13 sponsors that have left the show, two radio stations dropping Limbaugh. The determined trio has challenged his syndicator, Clear Channel Communications, on their plans to support this kind of hate speech which obviously will never change. However, if the sponsors stand by their decision to drop Limbaugh and more stations do the same based on a loss of revenue, you can’t call it censorship.
You can also make a complaint to the FCC. Complaints can be registered under the broadcast category of the FCC website: http://www.fcc.gov/complaints.
With any luck, the era of Karl Roves and Rush Limbaughs is coming to an end. Maybe conservatives will finally get the message and start working on talking about issues instead of the ‘we’re against everything progressive” attitude. But the liberals and moderates will have to do their part too by coming to the table with an open mind.
In the meantime, try some Limburger cheese. My father loved it.