Listen to Rush Limbaugh Flame Out as He Realizes He Has No Clue What He's Talking About

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Sitting and yelling all day probably isn't good for you.
Let's say you have some friends and/or relatives who haven't figured out yet that it's not all that smart to get their news from people whose entire economic model is based upon keeping those friends and/or relatives pissed off. And let's say those friends and/or relatives occasionally puke back at you the "arguments" of the professionally angry class. You've certainly learned by now that disputing the hot-buttered bloviations of a Rush Limbaugh or a Glenn Beck is no more sensible than Bill Nye debating that creationist -- these are articles of (angry!) faith.

And attacks upon the yellers' character don't work, either. You won't get anywhere pointing out the obvious fact that Limbaugh gags like that "Barack the Magic Negro" song are racist according to the rules of The Price Is Right -- designed to come as close to hate speech as possible without going over.

Better, perhaps, to forward clips like this one, which exposes the sad truth of that yelling meat-sack's daily three-hour radio shows: For huge chunks of time, he's just pretending to be mad about stories he hasn't even read, watched, or had adequately summarized to him.

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Banning Rush Limbaugh from Radio Would Be a Failure for Feminism

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Writing on the Rush Limbaugh/Sandra Fluke controversy in his column, Frank Bruni makes the point that there are a whole lot more words in the English language for sexually "transgressive" females than there are males -- who also typically wind up being lauded for their promiscuous proclivities.

"What's a male slut?" he muses. "A role model, in some cases. In others, a presidential candidate."

Bruni, articulating the injustices of this double-standard, then details some of the backlash Limbaugh faces, including calls from some prominent feminists that the FCC remove him from the airwaves.

Of course, asking the FCC to step into the fray is nothing short of open advocacy of censorship, and it's disheartening and unconscionable to see this promoted by respected feminists.

(This point was made yesterday in the Atlantic, which also voiced concern over Limbaugh's possible prosecution.)

But it's worth emphasizing that censorship isn't just wrong -- it stands to hurt the feminist cause more than help it.

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Rush Limbaugh: Saved by Sandra Fluke?

When Rush Limbaugh called Georgetown law student Sandra Fluke a "slut" and a "prostitute" on his radio show Feb. 29, it sure seemed like the end of an era might be upon us.

Public outcry prompted sponsors to pull support from the show, leaving many to wonder whether the conservative stalwart would have much longer to lash out against liberals and ladies.

To be fair, Rush did damage control issue an apology, but many saw the mea culpa as meaningless -- worthy of all-out mocking.

But as bad as Rush's gaffe might be -- and to be clear, it is bad -- you have to wonder: could this bolster Limbaugh's languishing career?

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Angelo Carusone, Tweeter Behind @StopRush and @StopBeck, On Rush Limbaugh's Implosion

Angelo Carusone is the Director of Online Strategy for Media Matters for America. Even prior to that gig, he's been known in the Twitterverse during the past couple of years as @StopBeck, an online campaign to let Glenn Beck's advertisers know where their advertising dollars were going. The Voice spoke with Carusone by phone from Washington, D.C. after his @StopRush Twitter actively rang the Limbaugh death bell over the weekend.

Here's an edited transcript of our conversation.

Why did you start Stop Beck?

I started it on July 2nd, 2009, during the summer between by second and third year of law school. For me, it was an interesting time. I was in law school, getting an info dump. I was trying to figure out what I was going to do, and for me, it became clear that things were pretty messed up. Our policies are messed up, and didn't think the conversation around them was going well. I started looking at the irresponsible, reckless pillars of the media. Beck represented the worst of them at the time. He was extremely reckless, and illustrated the very worst of the media abdicating their responsibility. That's why I picked him as a first target. Things for him turned out to be bad business. I think people should have opinions, and express them passionately, but there is a responsible way of doing that. He was being completely irresponsible, and that's why I started Stop Beck, in July of 2009.

And then a month later, he called President Obama a racist. I started Stop Beck, and the next month, he really ramped up why he was problematic. Before that, there wasn't a magnifying glass on what he was doing. He helped put a larger microscope on the many ways his program was troublesome.

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Rush Limbaugh Apologizes To Sandra Fluke; Students Protest As Kelly Speaks On Muslim Surveillance; Romney Wins Washington State Caucuses

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Rush Limbaugh apologized to Georgetown law student Sandra Fluke Saturday, who he called a "slut" for testifying in favor of contraception coverage. "My choice of words was not the best, and in the attempt to be humorous, I created a national stir," he said in a statement. "I sincerely apologize to Ms. Fluke for the insulting word choices." Meanwhile, Limbaugh continues to see fallout as a result of his continued attacks on Fluke, in which he's likened her to a "prostitute" and mocked President Barack Obama for calling to thank her for her testimony. Quicken Loans and five other advertisers have all pulled ads from Limbaugh's show. [Rush Limbaugh, ABC, NYT]

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Rush Limbaugh and the Many Faces of Evil: A Photo Gallery

Rush Limbaugh is pretty much the king of the pot calling the kettle whatever, so, it's not terribly surprising that he decided to go off on recent photos of Barack Obama looking "demonic." And, we'll admit, the POTUS does look a little terrifying here...not that there's anything wrong with that. Not everyone can be America's Next Top Model. And, seriously, no one looks good in a shot taken from below. But Rush, as Rush does, went into the yellow territory of blatant insinuation and conspiracy-mongering on his radio show:

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Weekend Links: "Bedbug Stigma," Julian Assange Accused/Un-Accused of Rape

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  • The New York Times has a story about how bedbugs basically make people into pariahs. If you're afflicted, you may get treated like Brooklyn waitress Hilary Davis, whose "friends and even her boyfriend refused to take her in" while her apartment was being treated. [NYT]
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Rush Limbaugh Issues Sadly Predictable Racist Comments Re: George Steinbrenner

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Rush Limbaugh has decided that someone wants him to comment on George Steinbrenner's death, and, oh-no-he-doesn't (yes, he does), let forth some ridiculous and entirely inappropriate sentiments, such as, "That cracker made a lot of African-American millionaires" and "He fired a bunch of white guys as managers, left and right." You know, pretty much what you'd expect from Rush and/or, say, Mel Gibson.

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