Archive for category Rush Limbaugh
House Republicans this week brought to the floor a Tea Party-inspired message bill that would have gutted the Energy Independence and Security Act, which requires light bulbs of all types to be at least 25 percent more energy efficient by 2012. The light bulb efficiency language passed the House in 2007 by a vote of 314-100, and was signed into law by President George W. Bush.
Rep. Joe Barton’s (R-TX) BULB Act — which failed under a suspension-of-the-rules procedure that required a two-thirds vote — is another example of Republicans pushing really hard on a symbolic button that doesn’t do anything. The bill bypassed the normal legislative process, including hearings.
What’s surprising is that our very own Rep. Jim Matheson (D?) voted with the Republicans to raise your electricity costs. Climate Progress points out that the current law will save consumers $12 billion a year.
Rep. Matheson hardly ever talks to the media, so we are left to guess what he was thinking. Maybe he’s been listening to Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck. Perhaps he owes Rep. Michele Bachmann a favor. Maybe he’s just happy to support anti-consumer legislation no matter who sponsors it. Otherwise, I’m at a loss to explain why he wasted his vote on a Tea-GOP attack on a practical energy policy that used to have bipartisan support.
UPDATE: Jon Stewart had the last word on this idiotic bill.
UPDATE: This is sad. Fred Upton Pushes Vote to Kill His Own Light Bulb Efficiency Standards
UPDATE: House Passes Tea Party Light Bulb Joke By Voice Vote.
Here is a video of a portion of a song heard, (they tell us), by millions, daily:
Here’s a video which I know is the whole song, because I bought it:
As far as I can tell, this song is about jobs being sent out of the country.
Why do you think Limbag cut the lyrics out?
I knew what would happen after a memo was sent out by ABC radio, convincing over 90 giant corporations to pull their advertising from Air America Radio, causing a bankruptcy filing by the radio station liberals hoped would be an attempt to fight back against the constant drumbeat, against realistic ideology, in favor of the naked capitalism pushed by a monopoly of dishonest right wing radio hosts heard non-stop in every city from coast to coast – for hours every day – for over a decade. It must have been awkward for the management of Air America to move in circles that knew the hosts on your station would actually say bad things about bad corporations, sitting republican presidents and congressmen.
When Air America met with this memo ‘misfortune’, all the overpaid corporate media shills were excitedly crowing that they had been right all along: nobody listens to left leaning radio because it’s boring. They said that’s why no liberal had ever been able to stay on the air or make millions like they did. The market decides who’s on the airwaves, and people can’t get enough of us, they said.
Don’t expect Limbaugh to disappear from the public airwaves anytime soon because he was never our choice for good public dialog in the first place; He was given away for free to struggling radio stations over a long period and was successfully marketed into a prominent position, much like tainted water in plastic bottles with fancy labels. They even gave him a television show where his very large ass was going to be running up and down aisles of his studio audience, asking pertinent questions concerning burning issues about guns, gays, and abortion. The atmosphere was so toxic, the audience was removed DURING the first show, (about 8 minutes into the video), and all subsequent episodes didn’t even have guests, if I remember right.
You’re no Phil Donahue, pig man!
Now, for the funny part:
It looks to me as though something called “Citadel Broadcasting” spent so much money acquiring Sean Hannity from the same organization that sneakingly killed Air Americas sponsorship, (ABC), that they – themselves – have had to declare bankruptcy.
From the Huffington Post:
Much of Citadel’s debt burden stems from its $2.7 billion purchase of ABC Radio from Walt Disney Co. in 2007.
From the Associated Press:
Citadel owns and operates 224 radio stations, including KABC-AM in Los Angeles, WLS-AM in Chicago, WABC-AM and WPLJ-FM in New York and KGO-AM in San Francisco. Citadel’s WABC is home to several syndicated hosts, including Don Imus, Rush Limbaugh, Joe Scarborough and Mark Levin.
My glee is somewhat dampened by the fact that Sean Hannity, who was also syndicated through Citadel fairly recently, quit the relationship, partly because of his belief that it’s CEO had liberal ideological leanings, (which in Sean Hannity’s world, means you don’t shine Newt Gringrich’s shoes for money.)
My advice to the CEO would be to fire most of his
syndicated hosts pigs, and replace them with reputable, politically honest liberal hosts which Americans are starving for and probably don’t even know it.
Build it, and they will come!
As the climate denial hysterics begin to fade into history and take their place beside witch burning, Jim Crow, McCarthyism and other embarrassments in American history, I pause to ponder the emotional scars wrought upon the children of climate denier fathers.
Throughout history, children have been victims, by accident of birth to men who stood proudly and loudly on the wrong side of history. Consider the shame and humiliation of the children of white supremacists and racists, Neocons and Talibans, Nazis and Red-baiters, polygamists, homophobes and child-molesters.
Do the climate deniers ever consider the effect of their intellectual and moral short-comings on their children?
Never mind for a moment the life-long scars of the adult children of these backwater ignoramuses. What about the innocent school age children, forced in their own homes to witnesses in silent humiliation, the hysterics of a parent blogging about sun spots and global cooling and publicly airing deluded fantasies about world-wide conspiracies and global collusion between evil environmentalist, greedy scientists, media and governments and their polar bear accomplices?
What about these beautiful children who go to school each day to learn science and things like sustainability, energy conservation and correct principles of stewardship of the Earth with other children from sane homes with intellectually honest, responsible and moral parents?
What could be worse than being ashamed of your own parents, of harboring such an embarrassing secret, of growing into adulthood while shoving the family skeleton further into the closet with each passing year as global warming devastates the planet and entire populations of people and species disappear?
I cringe at the thought of older children, returning home to say Sanpete, Clinton and St. George Utah, for the holidays, year after year, to endure yet again the troubled, painful silence at the family dinner table, like a slowly metastasizing cancer, eased only by the promise of it’s abrupt end just in time for father’s quotidian intellectual nourishment and sole, sustaining validation at the hands of false prophets; Glenn Beck or Bill O’Reilly on the boob tube. “Fox time is family time” becomes the unutterable truth and the family shame.
It cannot be easy to grow up resenting a father who loved you with everything he had. It cannot be fun to rue the thought of holidays at home, to invent excuses not to go and to consider using them. What is the cost of the sin of a lie that would spare you the predictably painful, surreal, albeit blessedly temporary visit to your parents and your ancestral home of shame?
What is the psychological cost to a child of not being able to share and celebrate with your parents the joy of your new life, a full happy, exciting one on your own terms, one surrounded by intellectually curious friends and the freedom to appreciate abstract art or a career in science, or the freedom to actually care about species extinction and your carbon foot print, and the freedom to love people you would never bring home for fear of embarrassment?
What must it be like to build a new life as an adult only to realize that the father who was to be your role model, whom you WANTED to be your role model, has become instead a manifestation of everything wrong in the world, an archetype that informs what you will explicitly reject as you build a new life and family without children because the earth has become a cruel place that can no longer guarantee a full life or natural death.
And what of the inescapable realization of the price your mother has paid, the suffering SHE has endured for the mistake of marrying a man whose ignorance and insecurity is exceeded only by his stubbornness?
And what, what of a life, a life condemned to be remembered with hurt, big hurt for a father, proud and loving man whose entire life was betrayed by a false righteousness, born, bought, paid for and at the ongoing mercy of a few cruel charlatans in the persons of Beck, Hannity, Limbaugh, O’Reilly, Murdoch and people like them?
And what of the injustice of when happy childhood memories which in adulthood become sad and soul crushing reminders of a family poisoned by a father’s life squandered in righteous ignorance?
How does one integrate once fond memories of sitting on the front porch, perched on a father’s lap, bathing in his warmth and the security of his strong arms listening to him reminisce for the one-hundredth time, as if it were the first time, about how he and his siblings used to skate on the frozen pond at the edge of the field by the river before it stopped flooding and freezing or they would dance in the moonlight to the chorus of chirping bullfrogs on hot summer nights, before they disappeared along with the insects they used to feed on?
What of a son or daughter remembering as a child, how everyone would laugh when Dad would get so enraged by the deep-throated guy on the radio, that he would get up and shake his fist at a Volvo driving by, or how proud he was of you when you screamed “damned environmentalists” with such innocent indignation in front of all the neighbors at meeting about Scofield Reservoir? How sickening it must be to realize your childhood was a string of empty misconceived bonding moments with your Father?
I mourn for the injustice of the children and grandchildren of such selfish fathers, like the one in this video.
In a blind test, the AP gave temperature data to four independent statisticians and asked them to look for trends, without telling them what the numbers represented. The experts found no true temperature declines over time.
“If you look at the data and sort of cherry-pick a micro-trend within a bigger trend, that technique is particularly suspect,” said John Grego, a professor of statistics at the University of South Carolina.
Yet the idea that things are cooling has been repeated in opinion columns, a BBC news story posted on the Drudge Report and in a new book by the authors of the best-seller “Freakonomics.” Last week, a poll by the Pew Research Center found that only 57 percent of Americans now believe there is strong scientific evidence for global warming, down from 77 percent in 2006.
Global warming skeptics base their claims on an unusually hot year in 1998. Since then, they say, temperatures have dropped — thus, a cooling trend. But it’s not that simple.
This is, plain and simple, straight up white supremacy speak. This is the kind of stuff that lands you on the Southern Poverty Law Center’s special map.
If this is allowed to go unpunished, every American should be worried. I suppose we’ll have to make a choice between an America that allows hate speech, race baiting and the promotion of ethnic cleansing or an America STOMPS out pigs like Limbaugh and a Republican Party who bows before him.