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Friday, March 03, 2006

Must See Video of Rush "I'm Afraid of Women" Limbaugh

What a great way to end a stressful week:
"1990, a year or two before he became super-famous, Rush Limbaugh guest-hosted Pat Sajak's short-lived talk show. It didn't go so well: The taping was disrupted by a group of angry activists who were seated throughout the audience.

A visibly rattled Limbaugh was unable to regain control of the show. "He came out full of bluster and left a very shaken man," a CBS executive later said. "I had never seen a man sweat as much in my life."
I want to meet the woman in this video. It's women like her who will save us from the insanity of people like Limbaugh.


At 3/04/2006 1:28 AM, Anonymous george clooney said...

Beautiful....he has since locked himself in a cave.

At 3/04/2006 8:13 AM, Anonymous timmy said...

"....he has since locked himself in a cave."

Um, this was filmed over a decade and a half ago. As for the cave he's been locked into, his annual salary there is about $150,000,000 a year. I'd like to know where that cave is.

(But yes, Limbaugh is absolutly horrible on television.)

"I want to meet the woman in this video."

The obvious charm of angry activists who disrupt talk shows notwithstanding, I'd rather meet the guy being interviewed here....

mp3: http://radioblogger.com/#001435

At 3/04/2006 8:24 AM, Blogger kat said...

Did Rush have the infamous gastro bypass surgery? How sad that as a (relatively) young man he was so grotesquely out of shape. It looks like he ate, rather than dismissed, the audience.

At any rate, I'm not sure that I agree that this clip makes him look particularly bad. Oh sure, it indicates his all-too willingness to be a smug asshole and subject his own value judgements upon women. It's also probably very instructional as to why he is so ridiculously controlling of his calls on air or why he never works with an audience.

However, the people in the crowd were bizarrely out of control. The first woman who stood up freaked me out with her screaming..and at no point should she have touched Rush. If it had been the other way around, that would have been dastardly.

Ironically, Rush looks "calm" as compared to some of these people which is saying quite a bit as I generally find Rush to be frothing.

At 3/04/2006 9:00 AM, Anonymous timmy said...

I thought much the same Kat, but since I'm such a right-wing-tool I didn't bother to say it. Geez, I would have ran out of the building. It was like a Jerry Springer audience that hadn't been fed for a week. That, coupled with Rush's size....well, I thought they were going to go Donner Party on him.

(BTW, he has lost a lot of weight. Compare the 1990 Rush to the photo on his website.)

At 3/04/2006 9:09 AM, Blogger storiesinamerica said...

The media landscape was a lot different in 1990 and most people weren't used to hearing trash talkers like Rush.

Plus, after a week of following stories about abortion bans with no exception for rape and incest in three states, continuing genocide in Darfur, violence in Iraq, Missouri wanting to declare Christianity as their "offficial" religion, it was kind of nice to hear someone scream.

At 3/04/2006 9:48 AM, Anonymous timmy said...

Well, cheer up, the abortion bans ain't gonna happen. And the Missouri thing is nothing more than good 'ol American goofy-shit.

As for all those anti-poverty program cuts you were posting about earlier, again, take a deep breath...some facts:

Federal spending on anti-poverty programs actually increased 39 percent between 2001 and 2005, and that antipoverty spending has reached a record proportion of the budget (16 percent). It has grown faster under Bush (8.6 percent a year) than it did under Clinton (5.6 percent). The number of people receiving food stamps has grown by 8 million, and the number covered by Medicaid by 10 million.

At 3/04/2006 10:02 AM, Blogger kat said...

Timmy, I'd like you more if you posted links to your statistical findings. And no, they can't come from a right wing blog.

At 3/04/2006 10:44 AM, Anonymous timmy said...

Sure, Kat. I've got more, but most of it's here....

Congressional Budget Office, “Historical Effective Federal Tax Rates: 1979 to 2003,” December 2005, at http://www.cbo.gov/ftpdoc.cfm?index=7000&type=1

Total antipoverty spending is calculated based on data from Office of Management and Budget, Historical Tables, Budget of the United States Government, Fiscal Year 2007 (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 2006), pp. 55–72, Table 3.2, and pp. 137–142, Table 8.5, at http://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/budget/fy2007/pdf/hist.pdf (February 4, 2006). The spending consists of budget functions 604 (housing aid), 605 (food aid), 609 (other income support), and Medicaid and S-CHIP for health care.

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Health Care Financing Review: Medicare and Medicaid Statistical Supplement, 2003, Table 88 and Table 95, at http://www.cms.hhs.gov/apps/review/supp/2003 (February 2, 2006)

Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured, “SCHIP Enrollment in 50 States: December 2004 Data Update,” Sep­tember 2005, at http://www.kff.org/medicaid/upload/7348.pdf

U.S. Department of Agriculture, “Food Stamp Program Participation and Costs,” at http://www.fns.usda.gov/pd/fssummar.htm (Feb­ruary 2, 2006)

Social Security Administration, “Annual Statistical Supplement, 2005: Supplemental Security Income,” at http://www.ssa.gov/policy/ docs/statcomps/supplement/2005/7a.html (February 2, 2006); data provided by the Social Security Administration; and John Karl Scholz and Kara Levine, “The Evolution of Income Support Policy in Recent Decades” University of Wisconsin, Economics Department, pp. 42–43, Table 1, and pp. 44–45, Table 2, at http://www.ssc.wisc.edu/~scholz/Research/Transfers%20Chapter%209-1-00.pdf (February 2, 2006)

Social Security Administration, “Annual Statistical Supplement, 2004: Other Social Insurance, Veterans’ Benefits, and Public Assistance,” at http://www.ssa.gov/policy/docs/statcomps/supplement/2004/9g.html (February 2, 2006), and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Family Assistance, “Temporary Assistance to Needy Families; Separate State Program-Maintenance of Effort Aid to Families with Dependant Children,” at http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/ofa/caseload/caseloadindex.htm (February 2, 2006)

Internal Revenue Service, “SOI Tax Stats—Individual Statistical Tables by Size of Adjusted Gross Income,” at http://www.irs.gov/ taxstats/indtaxstats/article/0,,id=96981,00.html (February 2, 2006), and Scholz and Levine, “The Evolution of Income Sup­port Policy in Recent Decades,” pp. 42–43, Table 1, and pp. 44–45.

At 3/06/2006 2:18 PM, Blogger storiesinamerica said...

Bush Falling Further behind on Promises to Boost Funding to Combat Poverty
The Wall Street Journal reported January 27 that President Bush is falling further and further behind on promises to boost funding to combat poverty in the developing world. The president quietly notified the Millennium Challenge Corp., a newly created foreign-aid agency, that his proposed fiscal 2006 budget likely will include billions of dollars less than he promised during his first term. Bush's budget plan, scheduled for release early next month, also includes an increase in global anti-AIDS funding that is much smaller than the pledge he made when announcing an ambitious health initiative two years ago. The shortfalls are raising alarm among health and antipoverty activists who had rallied to the president's side when he promised tens of billions of dollars to help developing nations in Africa and elsewhere. "From what we hear, the president appears to be stepping back from his promise to fully fund" the Millennium Challenge initiative, said Mary E. McClymont, president of InterAction, a Washington-based alliance of aid groups. The New York Times January 28 editorial noted: “Congress and Mr. Bush will point to the ballooning deficit and say they don't have the money. But that was a matter of choice. They chose to spend billions on tax cuts for the wealthy and the war in Iraq. They can choose to spend it instead to keep America's promises.”

At 3/07/2006 7:07 AM, Anonymous timmy said...

The numbers I cited were actual expenditures.


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