Blog on the Run: Reloaded

Tuesday, March 6, 2012 8:31 pm

Limbaugh sliced, diced, dissected and wreckeded

I’ve never met John Cole, the proprietor of the blog Balloon Juice. But this much I know: I never want him to become my enemy.

Rush Limbaugh has been an enemy of Cole’s for a while, but his baseless attacks last week against Sandra Fluke have made Limbaugh Cole Enemy No. 1.

I don’t often say this (12 times in 10 years of blogging, in fact — this is the 13th), but, seriously, go read the whole thing. Not only is it a serious contender for Blog Post of the Year, it also is an encapsulation and indictment of just how thoroughly debased, divorced from fact and context, and vicious (in the older sense: vice-ridden) our public discourse has become, and how few consequences there are for severe, serial social deviance therein.

And that was on top of this public challenge to Hot Air (sorry, I ain’t linking to them) proprietor Ed Morrissey:

For those of you who can not watch videos, here is a .pdf of the transcript. At no point anywhere in her testimony did Sandra Fluke make any mention of her sexual activity. Never.

I challenge Ed right now — show me where she talked about her sex life in that testimony, and I will write a check for $1,000.00 to the RNC [Republican National Committee]. She simply didn’t make her sex life the topic of discussion, and Ed is lying out his ass. You could watch that video or read the transcript, and as far as you could tell, Miss Fluke might very well be a virgin.

Ed is lying. The people who made this issue, which was about medical health, into an issue about Sandra Fluke’s sex life are Rush Limbaugh and all the amoral cretins like Ed who decided that just like Graeme Frost, anyone who goes against what the right wants RIGHT NOW, is a target who needs to be destroyed.

So take the challenge, or apologize for lying, Ed. $1000.00 to the RNC the moment you can show me where she discussed her sex life, you lying sack of [excrement].

In a sane society, people like Limbaugh would live in locked, padded rooms, and whatever Cole is doing, we’d find a way to incentivize him to do more of it.


  1. On the Georgetown website it states that they *require* all students to either purchase health insurance through the university or show proof of insurance because they think “health is essential to learning”

    I guess this is the part where they assume you are male.

    I am thinking Lysistrata is going to come into play in a major way pretty soon. Or maybe I should just resign myself to losing the right to vote and hold property.

    Comment by Liz — Tuesday, March 6, 2012 10:22 pm @ 10:22 pm

  2. That requirement is actually pretty common among colleges and universities nowadays. My employer and UNC, to name just two very different campuses with which I’m familiar, both do.

    But, yeah, these people really do think The Handmaid’s Tale is an instruction manual. Fortunately, the Lysistrata-style resistance already has begun. And I have suggested in a number of forums that Carbonite’s CEO (who initially issued a weak comment on Rushing, saying that, well, talk radio is contentious, and well, this is kind of similar to how conservatives dislike NPR) issued his second statement, an unambiguous denunciation, after his two daughters, who are Fluke’s age, heard the first statement and junkpunched him.

    Comment by Lex — Tuesday, March 6, 2012 11:03 pm @ 11:03 pm

  3. Colbert’s version says a lot of the same stuff, only funnier. Don’t know how he does it:

    Comment by Beau — Wednesday, March 7, 2012 9:21 am @ 9:21 am

  4. Gets paid a lot of money, gets time to think about it, and has talented writers working for him, too?

    Naaaah …

    Comment by Lex — Wednesday, March 7, 2012 9:44 am @ 9:44 am

  5. I understand there is no claim here of fair and balance but let’s hear from the oppressed minority

    The war on consevative women?

    "I'm sorry Rush Limbaugh called 30-year-old Georgetown law student Sandra Fluke a "slut." She's really just another professional femme-a-gogue helping to manufacture a false narrative about the GOP "war on women."

    I'm sorry the civility police now have an opening to demonize the entire right based on one radio comment — because it's the progressive left in this country that has viciously and systematically slimed female conservatives for their beliefs.

    We have the well-worn battle scars to prove it. And no, we don't need coddling phone calls from the pandering president of the United States to convince us to stand up and fight.

    At his first press conference of the year on Tuesday, the Nation's Concern Troll explained that he phoned Fluke to send a message to his daughters and all women that they shouldn't be "attacked or called horrible names because they are being good citizens." After inserting himself into the fray and dragging Sasha and Malia into the debate, Obama then told a reporter he "didn't want to get into the business of arbitrating" language and civility. Too late, pal.

    The fact is, "slut" is one of the nicer things I've been called over 20 years of public life. In college during the late 1980s, it was "race traitor," "coconut" (brown on the outside white on the inside) and "white man's puppet." After my first book, "Invasion," came out in 2001, it was "immigrant-hater," the "Radical Right's Asian Pitbull," "Tokyo Rose" and "Aunt Tomasina." In my third book, 2005's "Unhinged," I published entire chapters of hate mail rife with degrading, unprintable sexual epithets and mockery of my Filipino heritage.

    If I had a dollar for every time libs have called me a "Manila whore" and "Subic Bay bar girl," I'd be able to pay for a ticket to a Hollywood-for-Obama fundraiser.

    Self-serving opponents argue that such attacks do not represent "respectable," "mainstream" liberal opinion about their conservative female counterparts. But it was feminist godmother Gloria Steinem who called Texas Republican Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison a "female impersonator." It was NOW leader Patricia Ireland who commanded her flock to only vote for "authentic" female political candidates.

    It was Al Gore consultant Naomi Wolf who accused the late Jeane Kirkpatrick of being "uninflected by the experiences of the female body."

    It was Matt Taibbi, now of Rolling Stone magazine, who mocked my early championing of the tea party movement by jibing: "Now when I read her stuff, I imagine her narrating her text, book-on-tape style, with a big, hairy set of (redacted) in her mouth. It vastly improves her prose."

    It was Keith Olbermann, then at MSNBC and now at Al Gore's Current TV, who wrote on Twitter that columnist S.E. Cupp was "a perfect demonstration of the necessity of the work Planned Parenthood does" and who called me a "mashed up bag of meat with lipstick on it." He stands by those remarks. Olbermann has been a special guest at the White House.

    Some of us have not forgotten when liberal Wisconsin radio host John "Sly" Sylvester outrageously accused GOP Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch of performing "fellatio on all the talk-show hosts in Milwaukee" and sneered that she had "pulled a train" (a crude phrase for gang sex). (Earlier, he called former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice a "black trophy" and "Aunt Jemima.")"

    Comment by Fred Gregory — Wednesday, March 7, 2012 5:54 pm @ 5:54 pm

  6. @Fred: Some random thoughts:

    — Who is seriously defending any of the acts Malkin describes?
    — Who among the offenders has anywhere near the power and influence that Limbaugh does?
    — Who among the offenders committed so many serial insults against a single human being in so short a time?

    Context: It’s not just a reading tool.

    Comment by Lex — Wednesday, March 7, 2012 8:39 pm @ 8:39 pm

  7. UPDATE:

    Keith Olberman Apologizes TO SE Cupp and Michele Malkin

    Who? This castaway jerk from MSNBC !!

    Comment by Fred Gregory — Thursday, March 8, 2012 1:05 am @ 1:05 am

  8. [[There are a great many things to disagree with in that piece (for example, there have been efforts by liberals to hold these figures accountable), and I do believe her piece gave the false impression that the two sides are equal in this, while ignoring relevant political context, but her overall point is valid …]]

    Shorter Tommy Christopher: The sky is green with chartreuse polka-dots, but the sky is red.

    In other words, stringing two contradictory independent clauses together might, technically, constitute writing a sentence, but that sentence in no way conveys a coherent thought. And the only time in recent years that conservatives have given a rat’s ass about feminism and women’s equality was when the lack of it, a lack they engineered in most cases, is leading to attacks on one of their own.

    There is no moral equivalency here. None. Keith Olbermann has never delivered upwards of four dozen specific bigoted insults, most of them sexual in nature, to a single woman by name over the course of three days, and neither has anyone else in the history of national U.S. broadcasting and cable. No one has ever even come close. Y’all need to stop acting like Limbaugh is just the one who got caught. He’s the only one. He has been for 25 years. And your lame defenses only enable him, so that makes you an accessory.

    Comment by Lex — Thursday, March 8, 2012 8:24 am @ 8:24 am

  9. Accessory . Ha . That’s a desperate rejoinder.

    Michael Kinsley ( no conservative ) pulls back the curtain on these phony attacks while still taking on the big man

    An insincere push to crush Rush

    The people who want to drive Rush Limbaugh off the air aren’t assuaged or persuaded by his apology over the weekend. They say he wasn’t sincere: He only apologized for calling a Georgetown University law student a “slut” and a “prostitute” because of pressure from advertisers.

    Well, of course he wasn’t sincere. And of course he was only apologizing to pacify advertisers — who were getting pressured to pressure Limbaugh by these very critics.

    Oh, there might have been a political calculation, too, that he’d gone too far for the good of his ratings. But any apology induced in these circumstances is almost by definition insincere.

    You can’t demand a public recantation and then expect sincerity along with the humble pie. If they wanted a sincere apology, Limbaugh’s critics would’ve had to defend his right to make the offensive remarks, and then attempt to change his mind using nothing but sweet reason. Go ahead and try.

    These umbrage episodes that have become the principal narrative line of our politics are orgies of insincerity. Pols declare that they are distraught, offended, outraged by some stray remark by a political opponent, or judicial nominee, or radio talk-show host. They demand apology, firing, crucifixion.

    The target resists for a few days, then steps downs or apologizes. Occasionally they survive, as Limbaugh probably will, but wounded and more careful from now on.

    More careful means less interesting. Limbaugh is under no obligation to stop saying offensive things just to keep me entertained. Still, it’s a pity.

    Of course, the insincerity is on both sides. The pursuers all pretend to be horrified and “saddened” by this unexpected turn of events. In fact, they’re delighted. Why not? Their opponent has committed the cardinal political sin: a gaffe.

    Comment by Fred Gregory — Thursday, March 8, 2012 10:11 am @ 10:11 am

  10. [[You can’t demand a public recantation and then expect sincerity along with the humble pie. If they wanted a sincere apology, Limbaugh’s critics would’ve had to defend his right to make the offensive remarks, and then attempt to change his mind using nothing but sweet reason. Go ahead and try.]]

    Shorter Kinsley: Rush is unrefined, unreformable and unrepentent, and it’s all his critics’ fault.

    No, sorry.

    Comment by Lex — Thursday, March 8, 2012 11:15 am @ 11:15 am

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