Conservative radio commentator Rush Limbaugh won the Author of the Year award at the Children’s Choice Book Awards for his book Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims: Time-Travel Adventures With Exceptional Americans, in which Rush Revere and a talking horse named Liberty travel back in time to visit the pilgrims. Although the book has never been a critical favorite — one review accused it of “disdain for even the most rudimentary standards of storytelling” — it has been an enormous commercial success. Four finalists for the award were chosen because of their places on bestseller lists, and the winner was chosen by children’s votes. In response to concerns about the list of finalists announced in March, the prize organizers — Children’s Book Council and Every Child a Reader — had released a delicately worded statement: This program has never been about CBC or ECAR endorsing finalists. It has always been about CBC and ECAR endorsing young readers and giving them a choice and a voice on a national scale.” In accepting the honor, Limbaugh said, “I love America. I wish everybody did. I hope everybody will. It’s one of the most fascinating stories in human history … and it’s a delight and it’s an opportunity to try to share that story with young people so they can grow and learn to love and appreciate the country in which they’re growing up and will someday run and lead and inherit.”
A few conservative pundits on Tuesday furthered a conspiracy theory that someone, possibly Magic Johnson, set up Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling’s racist rant in order to buy the team.
Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh on his show on Tuesday had a lengthy discussion with a caller about such a theory. Limbaugh attributed the theory to the caller, but seemed convinced that it was a possibility.
“Whoever set this up is really good. They covered every base. They’ve got the media wrapped around their little finger,” Limbaugh said.
“This is a fascinating theory. And, Neil, I’m glad that you held on through the break so I could dig deep, explore further,” he continued “You know, you got it.”
NN’s Don Lemon recently called Rush Limbaugh a “stunt king” for saying that LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling was in so much trouble because he hadn’t donated enough money to President Obama.
In response, Limbaugh randomly brought up the fact that Lemon is gay.
“Well, over at CNN, they interpreted that to mean that I was defending Sterling!” he said on Tuesday. “How did they get there? I don’t know how they get there. Erin Burnett played the sound bite and then went to Mr. Black Hole himself, Don Lemon—who sleeps with men, proudly—for comment.”
Rush makes the same idiotic comparison of Democratic Party policies and Communism that’s been going on for decades. It’s especially ridiculous when you consider that many of Obama’s economic policies are, in many ways, consistent with Republican Party beliefs in that they are market oriented. Especially ObamaCare, which was in large part based on Republican and conservative ideas.
And then there’s all this “enemy of the state” nonsense. As if Obama is a Stalinist. As if he had anything to do with what happened to Catherine Engelbrecht, Ayaan Hirisi Ali, or Brendan Eich.
To even suggest he did, as Rush does, is so monumentally stupid that it isn’t worthy of comment. But this is a microcosm of conservative thinking, as it has been for decades now.
This kind of “thinking” is somewhat converse to fine wine, in that it gets dumber with age:
THE DEMOCRAT PARTY IS PUNITIVE THE DEMOCRAT PARTY HAS AN ENEMIES LIST AND IT’S ANYBODY WHO SUCCEEDS WHO IS NOT A MEMBER OF THE CLAN!!!!!!!!!!11ty
What does equality of income mean? Well how would you do it? Would you base it on family size? Would you base it on hours worked? Would you base it on what somebody supposedly needs?…If you’re going to have income equality, everyone’s going to have enough income to do what? To buy what? Everybody’s going to be able to own what? Who’s going to decide this? The places and the countries that have tried this, nobody owns anything, except the leaders. There is no property, nobody’s allowed to own property. So that question’s dealt with right off the bat. Nobody’s going to have enough to own anything, and nobody’s going to be permitted to own anything. The state is going to own everything. And if you stay in good graces with the state, then you’ll be okay, as far as okay gets you. But if you’re not, you’re an enemy of the state, and that’s what we are today. Anybody that’s not an Obamaite is an enemy of the state. Anybody that’s not all in with Eric Holder is an enemy of the state. Talk to Catherine Engelbrecht, talk to Arian (sic) Hirsi Ali, talk to Brendan Eich…Who’s going to make these determinations of who gets what? Who’s going to make these determinations of what we all need to be equal? The same people who brought us ObamaCare? The same people who run the DMV? The same people running the climate change movement?…the same people who can routinely get a CEO fired for giving $1000 to a proposition that says marriage is that between a man and a woman? Can you imagine that believing marriage is between a man and a woman is enough to get you exiled in the United States of America?
Glenn Beck worked the crowd like a preacher at a rally this month in Louisville, Ky., declaring that God had responded to conservatives’ prayers by sending a slate of tea party candidates to wrest control of the Republican Party from Mitch McConnell.
But there was a more earthly benefit to the arrangement that brought Beck to the rally. It was organized by the tea party nonprofit group FreedomWorks, which had endorsed the candidates — and which has paid more than $6 million in recent years to have Beck promote the group, its initiatives and events.
The FreedomWorks-Beck relationship is just one example of a powerful and profitable alliance between the conservative movement’s most aggressive groups and the most popular radio hosts. The details of the arrangements are little-known, but they have been lucrative for the recipients, and, in turn, have helped ensure that the groups get coveted airtime from hosts with a demonstrated ability to leverage their tens of millions of listeners to shape American politics. It’s an alliance that helped spawn the anti-establishment tea party and power Republicans to landslide victories in the 2010 midterms. It’s also exacerbated congressional gridlock by pushing a hard line on the budget, immigration and Obamacare, and it is roiling the Republican Party headed into critical midterm elections.
A POLITICO review of filings with the Internal Revenue Service and Federal Election Commission, as well as interviews and reviews of radio shows, found that conservative groups spent nearly $22 million to broker and pay for involved advertising relationships known as sponsorships with a handful of influential talkers including Beck, Sean Hannity, Laura Ingraham, Mark Levin and Rush Limbaugh between the first talk radio deals in 2008 and the end of 2012. Since then, the sponsorship deals have grown more lucrative and tea party-oriented, with legacy groups like The Heritage Foundation ending their sponsorships and groups like the Tea Party Patriots placing big ad buys.
Conservative talk radio personality Rush Limbaugh has some thoughts about Academy Award Best Picture winner “12 Years A Slave”:
“If it was the only thing that movie won, it was gonna win Best Picture. There was no way. It didn’t matter if it was good or bad. I haven’t seen it (Of course not. Why do that when you already know everything about it). It was going to win. It had the magic word in the title, ‘slave.’”
We’ve run the data.
The data shows that exactly one movie with the word “Slave” in the title has been nominated for best picture and won. Yup, that would be the one that won this year.
Once again, Rush shows himself to be a totally ignorant ass.
More klass from El Rushbo:
There is Michelle Obama and the $12,000 gown by Carolina Herrera, and the French president Hollande is in the middle, and there’s Obama.
You’ll notice that this dress is bigger than the president of France. Here, let me make one more adjustment here and I’ll show you this again. Take a look at that picture. The little guy in the middle is the socialist dictator — well, not dictator. He’s the socialist president of France. On the left, that’s not Oprah. Don’t confuse that. That’s Michelle Obama. I saw a picture of this from the rear. That’s why I thought it was Oprah.
Rush Limbaugh has made plenty of attacks on women before, but now he is coming down on an entire female news team.
The radio show host directly attacked CBS’ Gayle King, Nora O’Donnell and “60 Minutes” correspondent Lesley Stahl Friday for their discussion on “CBS This Morning” about Stahl’s report on the ways in which medications affect men and women differently. Limbaugh said he was shocked to hear television hosts talk so “ignorantly” about the male and female bodies.
During the show, Stahl said that the biggest thing she learned from her study was “how pervasive the differences between men and women really are.” King later responded, “Why didn’t we know this before?”
“They didn’t know!?” Limbaugh shouted. “How is it that the mainstream media get everything wrong? Not just slightly wrong, but major, profound wrong. How is this possible, to be this stupid, this ignorant?”
Limbaugh later referred to O’Donnell as an “info-babe” and called her and King out specifically for contributing to the spread of false information.
Dinesh D’Souza, author, filmmaker, and theoretician behind the monumentally idiotic thesis that President Obama is guided by the “anti-colonial rage” of his absent father has been indicted for allegedly using straw donors on behalf of a longshot US Senate candidate in the 2012 election.
Conservative author Dinesh D’Souza was indicted Thursday on federal charges of violating campaign finance laws by using straw donors to funnel money to a U.S. Senate candidate.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York announced the grand jury charges in a statement Thursday. D’Souza is expected to be arraigned Friday in U.S. District Court in Manhattan.
D’Souza, who has written over a dozen books imparting his provocative views on religion and politics, could not be reached for comment Thursday evening. But his attorney, Benjamin Brafman, released a statement to reporters saying that D’Souza’s efforts to help a friend running for the Senate in 2012 was “at most” an “act of misguided friendship.”
“Mr. D’Souza did not act with any corrupt or criminal intent whatsoever,” Brafman said in the statement. “He and the candidate have been friends since their college days, and “at worst, this was an act of misguided friendship by D’Souza…It is important to note that the indictment does not allege a corrupt relationship between Mr. D’Souza and the candidate.”
The indictment did not name the Senate candidate in the case. But it appears to be Wendy Long (R), who lost overwhelmingly in 2012 to incumbent Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, a Democrat. Long raised less than $1 million for her long-shot campaign.
The indictment was the result of a routine review by the FBI of campaign filings with the FEC by various candidates after the 2012 election, according to the U.S. Attorney’s office.
“This office and the FBI take a zero tolerance approach to corruption of the electoral process,” Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said in a statement. “If, as alleged, the defendant directed others to make contributions to a Senate campaign and reimbursed them, that is a serious violation of federal campaign finance laws.”
And here’s where the idiots come out to play. A number of Fox “News” hosts and other commentators see this is as an act of political retribution by the Obama Administration.
For example, Laura Ingraham:
We are criminalizing dissent in the United States of America. Welcome to the Brave New World of retribution justice. Now not the retribution for all the right reasons, but retribution on the part of a Justice Department that has poo-poo’d and dismissed real claims and real allegations of voter fraud…
That’s all you really need to know about where she’s going with this, but there is plenty of derp in the above clip if you choose to indulge.
Then there is joe “You Lie” Walsh, who plays footsie with Godwin in this tweet:
And finally, El Rushbo, who thinks the Justice Department is trying to “CRIMINALIZE AS MANY REPUBLICANS AND CONSERVATIVES AS THEY CAN!!!!11TY:
And in case you forgot why Laura Ingraham referred to D’Souza as one of the most “effective critics” of the Obama Administration, watch this trailer from 2016: Obama’s America, and then make sure you never sleep without at least a nightlight on:
Further Credit Due: Media Matters