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NFL rebuff of Limbaugh well deserved

October 22, 2009

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We are gathered here today in sympathy with our brother, Rush Limbaugh.

As you are no doubt aware, these have been difficult days for Brother Limbaugh. There he was, happily revealing that he was part of an investment group that had submitted a bid to purchase the St. Louis Rams of the National Football League. Next thing you know, Al Sharpton is on him like ugly on King Kong, urging the NFL to reject him. And NFL players, not previously known for commenting on or even visibly caring, who owns a team so long as the paychecks clear, are saying they would not play for him. And owners, who must vote to approve him, are telling reporters they will not.

It all came to a head last week as the talk show host was dumped by his fellow investors. Whose heart is so stony that it does not weep for Brother Limbaugh to find himself humiliated so? Put yourself in his shoes.

You’re a college dropout and OxyContin junkie who somehow managed to climb to the top of the media pile. You’ve made yourself one of the most popular and influential voices in the national dialogue and that, in turn, has made you rich beyond dreams of avarice. How satisfying must that be.

And you’re an avid sports fan, too, so naturally you jump at a chance to fulfill every sports fan’s dream — to buy yourself a team. You picture yourself watching games from the luxury box with a babe or two on your arm, evaluating talent and signing off on trades, partying in the locker room, champagne stinging your eyes, at the end of a championship game.

How cruel to have it all snatched away from you. And why? Because a bunch of black African-American Negroes start making noise? What reason do they have to be upset with you?

Just because you once called Philadelphia Eagles star Donovan McNabb overrated, the victim of media too eager to see a black quarterback do well?

Just because you referred to Barack Obama and Halle Berry as “Halfrican Americans?”

Just because you told your listeners Obama’s economic program is “reparations?”

Just because you called Obama “the little black man-child?”

Just because you said the NFL “all too often looks like a game between the Bloods and the Crips?”

Just because you once told a black caller to “take that bone out of your nose and call me back?”

For those “trifles” the sensitive pansies of the NFL don’t want to have anything to do with you? Why do they even care? Just because 65 percent of their players are black African-American Negroes? Oh, the shame! Oh, the humanity!

So yes, the rest of us should rally around Brother Limbaugh. If they can deny one rich, racially inflammatory media lout his constitutional right to own a football team, what’s to stop them from denying another? This is a clear and present danger. Pat Buchanan, Glenn Beck ... none of us is safe while this injustice stands.

And besides, what lesson does this teach our children?

That there are things (like respectability) even money can’t buy? That there are doors (like the one to the owner’s box) even fame can’t open? That you only have one reputation and it’s not stain-resistant, so you’d better not soil it? That karma is a female dog?

Do you really want your children to learn that sort of socialist claptrap? I don’t. How dare the high and mighty NFL act like the things we say carry consequences?

So let’s stand up for Brother Limbaugh. Indeed, here and now, I am starting a legal fund to help him carry on the fight. I will make the first contribution — a shiny new Franklin Roosevelt dime. What about you? Wouldn’t you like to see poor Rush get what he deserves?

Please give generously.

Comments

Mel Briscoe 5 years, 9 months ago

"Because a bunch of black African-American Negroes start making noise?"

LOL love it!

the author of this article obviously doesn't like rush. what's not to like?... big bloated pill-popping blowhard pig w/ diarrhea of the mouth. he's just so yummy!

Flap Doodle 5 years, 9 months ago

The lesson is that the compliant media will gladly circulate fake quotes to punish someone who dares to critize Dear Leader.

Mel Briscoe 5 years, 9 months ago

^^^ yup. and don't you forget it, snap cackle.

thewayitis 5 years, 9 months ago

All of these quotes were either taken out of context or not made by Rush. He likes to repeat quotes like these so the media thinks he said it. Leonard Pitts Jr does not listen to Rush I can assure you. He is just using Rush for ratings and to spread lies. Rush is a true american looking out for all of us. Unfortunately, most in Lawrence are too stupid to realize where we are going. Running off of a cliff into the poorhouse like lemmings while our elected leaders watch.

Mel Briscoe 5 years, 9 months ago

so rush didn't call barack and halle "halfricans". dang it!... i was going to start calling MYSELF that but now that you say that didn't come from the clever mind of mr. limbaugh-- screw it.

oldvet 5 years, 9 months ago

Yes, the NFL loves their convicted criminals but they are afraid of a guy with a talk show who might expose their inside secrets...

Mel Briscoe 5 years, 9 months ago

oh snap!! wow-- you really blew me away w/ that last post!

that effing black african-american negro quarterback mike vick IS a dog killer... therefore, anything that rush says about black folks (or HALF black folks like halle, barack or even little ol' me) is frickin' justified gottdammit. black african-american negros are inherently naughty people (that's why i'm only right HALF of the time) who should all burn for the actions of one moron pro athlete. and that's why anything rush says about us is justified.

Phil Minkin 5 years, 9 months ago

thewayitis (Anonymous) says…

All of these quotes were either taken out of context or not made by Rush

Go to snopes.com and search rush limbaugh quotes. The results are mixed in that some of the quotes are authenticated and some have not been. Even if he's not a racist (I think he is) he is a provocateur who feeds the appetites of those who are racists.

Flap Doodle 5 years, 9 months ago

Jesse Jackson, on the other hand, once said that he would like to castrate Dear Leader. He thought his mike wasn't live. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4aLGkFpsdHo No fake quotes there....

Stuart Evans 5 years, 9 months ago

why was/is it acceptable to note Obama's blackness when referring to him being the first black president. But after that, we have to forget he's black?

Mel Briscoe 5 years, 9 months ago

snap cackle, just a little tidbit in case you didn't already know this, jesse jackson doesn't speak for all black folk.

yep... you can blink your eyes a million times, rub them, medicated them w/ visine and then look at it again and those words will remain the same. not everyone whose skin tone falls somewhere in the autumn color spectrum thinks that he's the authority that HE thinks he is.

it was obvious that barack couldn't have cared less that ol' man jesse said that and i personally got a bit of a chuckle out of it when i heard it. and even if he WAS the authority that he thinks he is, what does this have to do w/ all of the mallarkey rush has spewed over the years about us black african-american negros?

Mel Briscoe 5 years, 9 months ago

blessed, i do believe you're right. good point.

Mel Briscoe 5 years, 9 months ago

... altho i don't know about it being "racist". hmm... had to re-read your post, blessed. i agree w/ what you said to an extent.

mr_right_wing 5 years, 9 months ago

Despite my name, I don't listen to Rush anymore...I quit with his first round as a druggie; to me, his credibility was gone with that first incident.

I do find it interesting though that we're hearing some retractions now, apparently there are those out there (including CNN) who misquoted Rush (or just completely made the quotes up.)

Obama has said some pretty stupid stuff himself, but before I quote him (for ridicule) I always get online and check TWO sources before I post his quote. How many nasty quotes could you come up with and attribute to Rush if you did the same?? (Well, it SOUNDS like him! Close enough!)

I know, I know...that tired democratic double-standard. Obama can say "...average white person" but Rush would be crucified for saying "...average black person."

Fascinating.

georgiahawk 5 years, 9 months ago

I have listened to Rush on and off for several years, it has been limited because there is a point (and it comes fairly quickly) where his attitude and the way he treats and talks about people gets on my nerves. I would not ever befriend someone like him, he is way too judgemental and negative. I can't help but think that even though he is rich and can have whatever he wants, that he is one miserable little man. I think that history will judge him like it has judged McCarthy (Joe, not Charley)!

Jason Bailey 5 years, 9 months ago

georgiahawk: Did you see what you did there? You talk about Rush being "too judgmental" then immediately talk about how history will "judge him". Why is it wrong for Rush to judge what he calls right/wrong based on his core worldview but it's not wrong for the world to judge him? Interesting dichotomy in your argument.

Satirical 5 years, 9 months ago

Remember, if you aren't a loyal party member your reputation will be smeared, you will be misquoted, and no person will do business with you. Left-wing loonies like Keith Olbermann can commentate an NFL game, but Rush Limbaugh is not a loyal party member, so he can't be associated with the sport run by unions.

Diversity of opinion has no place in union dominated markets.

There is a new blacklist, like the one Hollywood had for communists. Now the list is for conservatives, and it isn't restricted to Hollywood.

Satirical 5 years, 9 months ago

deathpenaltyliberal... "The difference is that Olbermann does not disrespect the product, while Limbaugh lost his gig because he disparaged the NFL."

Yeah, the charges against Limbaugh are all about him "disrespecting the product...." The smear tactics used by the left, as evidence by this very column are all about how Limbaugh is divisive and an alleged racist.

Even Juan Williams, who works for NPR and is a well-known liberal, defends Limbaugh. And for doing so, a racial slur was used against him.

Even "rich conservative white owners" (oh, nice facts supporting your claim btw) don't want to be labeled racist. Especially with the NFL's history regarding African-Americans.

georgiahawk 5 years, 9 months ago

Judgement in moderation is not a bad thing, it is part of our survival strategy. Being "too judgemental" is a bad thing in my humble, but correct, opinion.

I guess I should have said that Rush's judgements seem all to often to be very harsh and negative and that is why I have judged him, in a moderate sort of way ;-), negatively. And instead of saying how history will judge him, I should have said that the world will wake up and see that Rush is just a modern day McCarthy. But I am not going to restate the idea that he is a miserable little man!

Satirical 5 years, 9 months ago

deathpenaltyliberal...

First, even if the left didn't have a vote, the left wing media smear campaign was in full effect (see this very article and many others). The biggest issue isn't about what the owners decided, it is about the tactics used by the liberals to smear anyone with which they disagree. But you conveniently ignore that part.

Second, how positive are you that there aren't any owners which are liberal, or at least don't want to take the heat from all of the liberals who use smear tactics to attack Limbaugh? Roger Goddell certainly doesn't want to seem sympathetic to someone the liberal media claims is racist or divisive, especially with the NFL's track record on such a topic.

Third, if the NFL is so conservative, then why does it allow Keith Olbermann to be a commentator? (Don't bring up the lame counter-argument that the NFL didn't hire him). There is a clear double-standard. The left-wing wackos like Olbermann are given a free pass, but if you are conservative you will get the axe, which will be spearheaded by foaming at the mouth liberal media like Pitts.

Mel Briscoe 5 years, 9 months ago

well, by asian do you count pacific islanders because it seems like most NFL teams have a samoan or two. and they can't make up very much of the overall U.S. population so i would consider that well represented.

jonas_opines 5 years, 9 months ago

C'mon, Deathpenaltyliberal, it just Has to be a smear campaign. Anything else just would require an examination of what Rush is and his long and storied history of profiteering off of fanning controversy, and we can't have that. It has to be the machinations of some secret illuminati organization of left-wingers. Just like Rush says it is.

Brent Garner 5 years, 9 months ago

I note with interest that none of those on here bashing Mr. Limbaugh, conservatives, etc., have commented or attempted to refute what BigPrune had to say. If it is about "divisive" comments then there are several part owners who should have been excluded or, perhaps since that is the new standard, should be expelled and forced to give up their stake. As for the quality of human beings playing in the NFL, just go look at the record of criminal activities, drug use, etc. and then wonder why someone wouldn't wonder if the NFL hadn't degenerated into a battle between criminal gangs!

Satirical 5 years, 9 months ago

Deathpenaltyliberal… “I ignore any CLAIM of smear, because that's a judgement call, where emotion can overrule logic.”

So you ignore made-up quotes, and taking comments out of context to make it appear someone is a racist? That is exactly what Pitts, etc. have done. Smear would be the logical and correct definition. http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/smear

Odd that you ignore an important part of your own link which states, “The NFL’s own political action committee, Gridiron PAC, has also favored Democrats. According to the study, since its inception last year Gridiron PAC has given roughly two-thirds of its donations to Democrats.”

But again, whether 100% of the owners are conservative or not doesn’t affect whether or not the left-wing will resort to smear tactics to attack anyone with which they disagree.

The Players Union (which party do unions tend to support again?) went crazy in an effort to exclude Limbaugh (because of the left-wing loonies). And with negotiation between the owners and the players coming up, the owners decided to cut Limbaugh lose and appear two-faced (again reference Olbermann) give into the liberal smear machine and the players union.


“Olbermann has extensive experience and credibility in sports broadcasting. Limbaugh, not so much.” - DPL

Olbermann’s experience in sports broadcasting and/or Limbaugh’s lack thereof is obviously not the issue. Nice try to change topic’s because you can’t explain why the NFL would allow a completely divisive person and left-wing nut-job like Olbermann be a commentator, but won’t allow Limbaugh to buy something.

I could care less about Limbaugh. I don’t listen to him and have no plans to. What I have a problem with is the left-wing smear machine and the unions who will attack (or exclude) anyone with which they disagree. Let me ask you a question…would you have no issue with the NFL owners (whom you claim are almost entirely “rich white conservatives”) excluding a liberal African-American from being a part owner, and defend that as simply a “business decision” with no other motives?

Satirical 5 years, 9 months ago

Deathpenaltyliberal… “What part of free market do you Limbaugh apologists not understand?”

What part of “union” and “NFL monopoly” don’t you understand? This wasn't the free market. How many businesses do you know where there owners can get together and decide if they want to allow buy into the market? This is a liberal paradise where unions dominate and diversity of opinion is excluded.

You keep trying to change the topic to make it appear as if the decision was all about the owners, and we can't second guess their decision. How about you start being honest. That is not the issue. As I have repeatedly stated, the issue is what influenced the owners (the left-wing smear machine which influenced the Players' Union, which convinced the owners of the NFL to exclude Limbaugh). But you don't want to talk about that, because the truth is like kryptonite to many liberals. At least one liberal (Juan Williams) sees the insanity.

Sulla 5 years, 9 months ago

Both sides here don't get it: Limbaugh set the whole thing up and expected & got the result. Though his politics is stupid, he himself is very shrewd. St.Rush likes being a martyr - its good for ratings, ergo good for his bank. He didn't want to blow any of his dough on the Rams. C'mon.

Satirical 5 years, 9 months ago

“deathpenaltyliberal (Anonymous) says… If you want to say that there is a left-wing smear machine…you are entitled to your opinion.”

So you can be “disgusted” by Limbaugh (which you stated at http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2009/oct/22/gop-must-reject-talk-jocks/#c1027105), but you ignore when the left smears and slanders anyone on the right? No double standard here. Put your hands over your ears and continue to shout “la la la la” whenever anyone has proof of wrongdoing on the left. Ignorance must bliss….

“Why isn't Olbermanns experience relevant?” - DPL

Do you know how to read? Apparently I have to repeat myself again. This time I will try to use smaller words.

Olbermann who has a history of divisive comments is allowed to be a voice of NFL games. (Why don’t we allow Rev. Wright to comment on NFL games, I am sure he wouldn’t say anything out of line) Limbaugh who has a history of divisive comments, isn’t allowed to buy part of a team. This has nothing to do with whether Olbermann has sufficient experience or whether Limbaugh has sufficient capital. There is an obvious double standard which is created and enforced by the left smear machine. You are clearly just being obtuse on purpose because you come up with a decent counter-argument.

“And yes, I would have no issue with the NFL excluding anyone.” - DPL

So you wouldn't care (nor oppose) the NFL if it excluded African-Americans from being coaches?

“I still think it's a free country where a private group can exclude anyone they want, for whatever reason they choose.” - DPL

So a store owner can just exclude African-Americans from purchasing from their store? Have you read (or even heard) anything about the civil rights laws?

Satirical 5 years, 9 months ago

Liberals….

Please continue to close your ears to any logic. Always remember:

(1)The left wing smear machine, such as Pitts, etc. had no influence…

(2) The Players Unions didn’t have any influence…

(3) The owners didn’t sacrifice Limbaugh as a concession because they know they have a looming negotiation with the Players Union…

(4) Since it is all up to the owners, liberals are totally indifferent if the owners allowed Limbaugh to be a part owner…(ignore this and the dozens of other articles advocating the opposite)

(5) There is no double standard when a divisive person like Keith Olbermann is allowed to be a mouth-piece of the NFL, but a divisive person like Limbaugh can’t make an investment in the NFL…

Instead, just keep repeating - it was all about the owners… it was all about the owners… it was all about the owners. If you say it enough, you may even fool yourself.

jonas_opines 5 years, 9 months ago

bkgardner: "If it is about “divisive” comments then there are several part owners who should have been excluded or, perhaps since that is the new standard, should be expelled and forced to give up their stake."

But wait, I though it was the free market, where business owners could make choices based off of their own interests rather than standards forced on them by the coersian of someone else. Isn't that the great thing about the free market?

You ask for a refutation of the link? Fergie and J.Lo? Fine, refutation. hahahahahahahhahahahaha

It's very simple. Who the hell knew that Fergie and J.Lo were owners? That's because they're quiet, at least in regards to the NFL. I know, and the owners know, and I bet that you know, that Any Damned Time Limbaugh or his side didn't get their way, he would just go on the airwaves and cry and whine and moan about how evil and Liberal and Leftist the NFL was, or the ownership was, etc. just like he's done here. That's what he does every time he perceives him or his side not getting his way. Over and over again. This way, we only have to go through this nonsense once, and then in two months Limbaugh won't be able to milk it for continued controversy and will find some other thing to rant about.

Businessmen decided he would be bad for business. Why is that suddenly a bad thing now? One man built a career out of being infamous, and suddenly starts complaining about the consequences of infamy. Too bad.

Sulla, you're right I'm sure. I think it's fair prognostication to say that no organization with anything other than a definedly and usually admittedly right leaning would allow him to be a part of it. He's clearly a very clever man, so it stands to reason that he would know it too.

Satirical 5 years, 9 months ago

Porch._Person....

You keep talking to me as if I would ever respond to the arguments of a person who is notorious for putting words in people's mouth and refusing to admit "A" is different than "B."

You are wasting your time...but I guess as long as it makes YOU feel like you are apart of the conversation...

jonas_opines 5 years, 9 months ago

And Satirical's tangential deflections continue, it seems.

"Instead, just keep repeating - it was all about the owners… it was all about the owners… it was all about the owners. If you say it enough, you may even fool yourself."

Or alternatively, just keep repeating -- it was all about them. . . it was all about the liberals. . . . it was all about the Olberman's. . . it was all about the unions. . . . it was never about one man who has built a career out of being vindictive, judgmental, divisive, oft hypocritical and hurtful. If you say it enough, you may even fool yourself.

Satirical 5 years, 9 months ago

Jonas_opines…

If it were about “being vindictive, judgmental, divisive, oft hypocritical and hurtful,” then why would Olbermann be allowed to be paid to make statement and be mouth-piece for the NFL, and Limbaugh can’t even invest some money (and wouldn’t necessarily be saying anything)? Clearly it is more than just being divisive.

I have provided evidence and reasons which support my argument. This is the only argument which you can provide, which I have refuted (more than once).

llama726 5 years, 9 months ago

The real lesson is compliant extremist right wingers like snap will continue to repeat their talking points, calling Obama Dear Leader, because they can't participate in a rational debate.

Katara 5 years, 9 months ago

Satirical (Anonymous) says… So you ignore made-up quotes, and taking comments out of context to make it appear someone is a racist? That is exactly what Pitts, etc. have done. Smear would be the logical and correct definition. http://dictionary.reference.com/brows… ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Just out of curiosity because I honestly don't recall, weren't you one of the folks on here making a fuss about Justice Sotomayor and that one sentence out of an entire speech about a wise Latina? Something about how that one sentence shows how she was a racist?

If so, that is absolutely friggin' hilarious you are defending Rush Limbaugh with the argument that some of his quotes were taken out of context.

BigPrune 5 years, 9 months ago

NFL Owners who use the "N" word and wet their pants onstage...but nobody seems to be bothered....why the double standard leftists?

http://bighollywood.breitbart.com/sright/2009/10/16/nfl-owners-who-use-the-n-word-and-wet-their-pants-on-stage/

TheOriginalCA 5 years, 9 months ago

Jimmy the Greek got fired for making a truthful non racist comment based on factual history and science of why African Americans are better athletes than Caucasians. White media people are not allowed to say ANYTHING about black people unless it totally glorifies their very existence.

BigPrune 5 years, 9 months ago

porch_person, I look at EVERYTHING with an open mind thus my question of why the double standard by the leftists? see link above

Ralph Reed 5 years, 9 months ago

@Tom, re your 1832: You wrote, "Pitts is a hater extraordinaire. Wonder what Pitts would be saying if it was a black figure who had done and said some provocative things?"


Since you have such a high opinion of Pitts (check any of your rants on his commentaries), why don't you tell us what he would say, then back it up with examples.


I agree with Sulla's 1538. Most salient comment above.

gphawk89 5 years, 9 months ago

As if Sharpton has much credibility left after today's news...

TopJayhawk 5 years, 9 months ago

You all throw out McCarthy this and that. Strange that in retrospect some sixty yrs later. The psychotic McCarthy was actually right more than wrong. Like say oh, Alger Hiss. And the fact that Hollywood was full of communitsts at the time. But hey, don't let facts get in the way of your emotions.

TopJayhawk 5 years, 9 months ago

Pitts really is the pits. No backup references? I challenge anyone to find all of these things Rush has supposedly said. People often take him out of context. Often when he is quoting someone else.
I'm not a big Rush fan and rarely listen to him. But his opponents rarley get him on facts because they can't. They just trash him.

Brent Garner 5 years, 9 months ago

deathpenaltyliberal:

In response to your "who care's" remark, I care! I don't think criminals or criminal activity should be excused regardless of who engages in it. Why should you get let off the hook because you are some big name NFL football player? What about equal treatment under the law? If you or I did some of the things these "professionals" have done, you and I would be in prison! But, you and others, want to excuse their illegal conduct because they are big time football players? Maybe that attitude explains why we have professioinal atheletes from all sport with lengthy arrest records and college players who look like they were recruited from the federal penitentiaries!

JHOK32 5 years, 9 months ago

Rush Limbaugh needs to be flushed down the nearest toilet where he would be surrounded by similar thinking objects.

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