Now, I know all the ditto heads are going to show up and start arguing whether or not “horse-whipped” is spelled with a dash, but that is just a distraction. Check this out:

You should be horse-whipped for the insult you have paid to the highest office of our nation.

Having followed President Obama’s suggestion and donated money to the Red Cross for relief in Haiti, I was offended to hear you suggest the President might be a thief capable of stealing money intended for the earthquake victims.

For the record, Ebert provides a transcript of Limberger’s asinine remarks:


Justin of Raleigh, North Carolina
: “Why does Obama say if you want to donate some money, you could go to whitehouse.gov to direct you how to do so? If I wanted to donate to the Red Cross, why do I have to go to the White House page to donate?”

Limbaugh: “Exactly. Would you trust the money’s gonna go to Haiti?”

Justin: “No.”

Rush: “But would you trust that your name’s gonna end up on a mailing list for the Obama people to start asking you for campaign donations for him and other causes?”

Justin: “Absolutely!”

Limbaugh: “Absolutely!”

Raleigh North Carolina. … Sounds like a place with a lot of yahoos. Not a place I’d like to visit, that’s for sure!!!!!


Ebert’s Post is here.
Hat tip: Dean

Comments

  1. #1 @murmur55
    January 15, 2010

    Don’t give these people air time. That is how they survive.

  2. #2 Treppenwitz
    January 15, 2010

    “…the insult you have paid to the highest office of our nation.”

    This was stupid rhetoric under Bush, and it’s stupid rhetoric now.

  3. #3 Marion Delgado
    January 15, 2010

    Greg, unfortunately someone with a bad heart like broadcaster Limbaugh cannot be horsewhipped, either constutionally or under common law. We should settle for stripping him of his assets and sending him to exile without a passport.

  4. #4 Paul Lamb
    January 15, 2010

    Actually, it would be a “hyphen” not a “dash.” But I am no dittohead, so maybe I’m wrong.

  5. #5 Greg Laden
    January 15, 2010

    OMG a hyphen-troll.

  6. #6 Matt
    January 15, 2010

    North Carolina is a beautiful state.

  7. #7 Greg Laden
    January 15, 2010

    OK, Matt, I’ll take your word for it. I’ll go there RIGHT NOW!!!

  8. #8 Katharine
    January 15, 2010

    I wonder if it would be handy if somebody burned a page of a buy-bull and let him know every time Mental Mabs posted his drivel.

  9. #9 Greg Laden
    January 15, 2010

    Katherine, good idea.

    Or, if you only have an electronic version, just delete a page.

  10. #10 Moopheus
    January 15, 2010

    Both Merriam-Webster’s 11th Collegiate and the OED show horsewhip as a transitive verb, one word. So neither hyphen or dash is needed.

  11. #11 The Science Pundit
    January 15, 2010

    Raleigh North Carolina. … Sounds like a place with a lot of yahoos. Not a place I’d like to visit, that’s for sure!!!!!

    Justin probably only said he was from Raleigh because he thought nobody would know where Research Triangle Park is–now that’s a place where bubbleheaded yahoos tend to flock to!

  12. #12 Bruce H
    January 15, 2010

    Am I the only one left scratching his head at dmabus’ comment? I keep getting PARSE_ERROR every time I read it.

  13. #13 MPL
    January 15, 2010

    At least this is the upside of free speech: you can call an asshole and asshole.

  14. #14 NewEnglandBob
    January 15, 2010

    Hey, maybe that will get the attention of brain-challenged like Limbaugh.

    We can organize hundred of bible burnings all across the US. Call them Limbaugh-in-effigy.

  15. #15 Richard
    January 15, 2010

    I know Justin, he recently moved here (Raleigh) from Minnesota.

    Ok, I made that up.

  16. #16 mark
    January 15, 2010

    I noticed that Pat “True Story” Robertson invited listeners to contribute…to him (his organization would distribute the contributions). I’m curious how much his take of the contributions is.

  17. #17 Stephen
    January 15, 2010

    “Raleigh North Carolina. … Sounds like a place with a lot of yahoos”

    One person says some stupid shit, and you’re ready to write off the entire city? Seriously?

  18. #18 Joel
    January 15, 2010

    Mark @ 16 – I’m betting all of the money donated through whatever whitehouse.gov page goes to the appropriate cause and the bare minimum required by law donated through Pat Robertson’s organization goes to the appropriate cause.

  19. #19 Morejello
    January 15, 2010

    Translated from Republican:

    Limbaugh: “Are you sure the government won’t take your money and then sell your information to anyone with the cash? I bet they will, cause that’s what I would do.”

  20. #20 MadScientist
    January 15, 2010

    Aside from the Pat Robertsons saying “give me money, I’ll look after those folks”, I’ve noticed in the past 30 years the “Concert for ____ victims” has also become very popular. The usual format is invite performers to do a gig for next to nothing, rake in the money, and claim to have given money to some group – exactly as Pat Robertson does. So if someone organizes a concert near you, how do you establish where the money really goes?

  21. #21 Mal Adapted
    January 15, 2010

    Good idea! Anybody got a horse?

  22. #22 Anonsters
    January 15, 2010

    Meanwhile, no one noticed that Dubya is working w/ Slick Willy Clinton as the point-men for U.S. relief efforts in Haiti.

    Poor, poor Dub.

  23. #23 dean
    January 15, 2010

    Meanwhile, no one noticed that Dubya is working w/ Slick Willy Clinton as the point-men for U.S. relief efforts in Haiti.
    Poor, poor Dub.

    I’d call it a wash wit those two – but, if they can give the relief effort an oomph, what’s the problem?

  24. #24 Jadehawk
    January 15, 2010

    If I wanted to donate to the Red Cross, why do I have to go to the White House page to donate?”

    “have to”? yeah, I don’t think anyone is being forced to donate to the red cross via the white house site. what a stupid question. what a stupid, assumption, too. All that link does is prevent idiotic comments a la “why does the president not care?!” if there weren’t a link to some relief organization.

    Absolutely nothing seems to be able to prevent stupid comments by Limbaugh & Co. in general, though.

  25. #25 Lynn Wilhelm
    January 15, 2010

    OK Greg, there are lots of yahoos in NC, but probably no more than your fair state has.
    Please don’t discount the whole city because of one comment.
    @ #12, I assume that’s a bit of sarcasm.
    RTP (very close to Raleigh) is full of highly educated people–during the day. Many of them actually do live in Raleigh.
    Of course, highly educated doesn’t equate to open minded, but it’s a start.
    Anyway, check us out–what was your temp up there today, it was 60+ today.

  26. #26 Bob
    January 15, 2010

    At least Greg is only writing off a city today. Normally he’d tell the entire state to FOAD.

  27. #27 William
    January 15, 2010

    H. W. Bush has history in Haiti. See below from Hullabaloo.

    “Truthout has thoughtfully provided Noam Chomsky’s history of Haiti from his book Year 501.”

    http://www.truthout.org/article/noam-chomsky-the-tragedy-haiti

  28. #28 The Science Pundit
    January 16, 2010

    @ #12, I assume that’s a bit of sarcasm.
    RTP (very close to Raleigh) is full of highly educated people–during the day. Many of them actually do live in Raleigh.
    Of course, highly educated doesn’t equate to open minded, but it’s a start.
    Anyway, check us out–what was your temp up there today, it was 60+ today.

    I’ve actually been to RTP and I completely agree with everything you say. It was cold here in Philly today, but not as bone chilling as it has been for the last two weeks. I’m assuming, of course, that that question was directed at me and not Greg Laden who is currently at the ScienceOnline2010 conference in RTP (and I’ll go out on a limb and guess that he flew into Raleigh). ;-)

  29. #29 Lynn Wilhelm
    January 16, 2010

    @Science Pundit–the question really was directed at Greg as he’s from Minnesota!
    I had no idea the conference was here, cool.

    He would have flown into the Raleigh-Durham Airport, which is right next to RTP. The Research Triangle Park (RTP) is named for the geometrical triangle made by Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill. RTP is right in the middle of it.
    RTP (and the universities here) have made the area what it is now–a thriving area of the country, even while the recession raged(s).
    I came down here with one of the big IBM waves when my dad was transferred from MD. Back then, in the 70s, there were two types of kids at my school–NC natives and IBMers.

    Anyone remember the movie Brainstorm? They used the Borroughs-Wellcome (now Glaxo) building in RTP. Some cool archicture in the area.

  30. #30 jake
    January 16, 2010

    Lynn, sometimes Greg’s comments should be taken seriously, other times they should not. Multiple exclamation points are the giveaway.

    By the by, I live in the triangle area, and there isn’t anywhere else in NC I’d want to live… except Asheville, maybe. Lots of interesting places and things to do.

  31. #31 Tomato Addict
    January 16, 2010

    Greg can speak for himself, but I’m pretty sure he was poking at at himself because he is there right now – and not slamming NC.

  32. #32 Linux in Exile
    January 17, 2010

    “Raleigh North Carolina. … Sounds like a place with a lot of yahoos. Not a place I’d like to visit, that’s for sure!!!!!”

    You joke because you are there, but don’t say that based on one dumbass.

    Raleigh is actually very nice. And FYI: a lot of very smart people are there. Red Hat Software is based in Raleigh, for example.

  33. #33 Swami
    January 18, 2010

    I’ve come to the conclusion that Rush Limbaugh doesn’t actually believe half the things he says, and whether he does or not, for his purposes, is totally beside the point. He has not come to be in the position he now enjoys by making reasonable statements. While I agree with everything Mr. Ebert has said, and while I have no doubt he had the best of intentions, the fact is that the more people react, and the higher the profile of those that do react, the more it benefits Rush Limbaugh and all the more lucrative his contract will be when it comes up for renewal. Sometimes it’s best to just ignore him and hope his heart ailment worsens.

    Given the scumbags our species has a knack for producing from time to time, it should come as no surprise to anyone that someone as vile as Rush Limbaugh should come along. What I find both troubling and perplexing is why we as a society choose to elevate these wretches to billionaire status. His listeners aren’t some lunatic fringe – they’re absolutely mainstream. That’s what keeps me awake nights.

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