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AZZERAE

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The Case for Rush Limbaugh
« on: November 18, 2019, 05:02:27 pm »
Whenever a discussion about politics breaks out in my presence, my immediate impulse is to pull a fire alarm, scream something like "tsunami!" or "diarrhea!" then flee as if shot from a cannon. If a few toddlers or wheelchair-bound seniors happen to get trampled in the process, well, that's the price we pay for freedom of expression.

It's not that I don't care; it's that I don't care what you think. Nothing personal. Political discussions, especially at this tender moment in the electoral cycle, alternate between the inane (Did not! Did so! Did not! Did so did so did so did so!), the insane (harangues by the far-sides-of-the-spectrum contingents) and the unoriginal (half-articulate regurgitations of whatever CNN or The New York Times said that morning). Me, I'll stick to topics that better reflect my intellectual vigor, like power pop or darts.

Captive audience

Through a series of regrettable events, however, I recently found myself falsely imprisoned in a friend's car. The soundtrack to my captivity was "The Rush Limbaugh Show," that bastion of proud, confident conservative discourse.

I'd never heard his show before, because I avoid parking my radio dial on any station that features even a whit of political chatter. As it is, people are already too shouty at the dinner table or in line at Walgreen's. Why willingly enter an environment that indulges their dippiest argumentative instincts?

Surprisingly, there's little such back-and-forth here. To listen to a three-hour block of "The Rush Limbaugh Show" is to enter an alternate dimension in which the exalted leader is never, ever challenged. You can almost hear his listeners nodding in unison upon references to "socialist squirrel" Barack Obama or "The Treason Times." Tuesday's call from Republican veep pick Sarah Palin included the following volley from the ever-gracious host: "I admire you so much, I really don't even know what to ask." "Meet the Press," this ain't.

But after a few hours listening to Limbaugh that first day and several more over the last two weeks, I arrived at an unlikely epiphany: The guy's a genius.

Earns points for passion

Regardless of whether you subscribe to his brand of conservative political philosophy -- and I'll leave my own allegiances at the door for the purposes of this exercise -- it's impossible to deny Limbaugh's skill as a communicator. During his three-hour syndicated afternoon block, Limbaugh comes across as a preacher, a populist, a provocateur, a parodist, a pissant and a pragmatist. He presents his arguments with great passion and off-the-charts eloquence. If there's a more effective communicator in the media today, I haven't yet found him or her.

Take Monday's show, which commenced with a spirited 10-minute introductory monologue rallying his listeners to help "drag the McCain campaign across the finish line." After a quick commercial break, Limbaugh returned with a clever attack on Obama's definition of a small business. He lived up to his pre-argument promise -- "I know numbers are hard to follow, but this will not be" -- and made his case with the intelligence and logic that his critics rarely acknowledge.

Limbaugh should more often elevate the discussion in such a manner. The show sags when he drags the debate out onto the playground and revs up the name-calling, whether blaming the subprime mortgage crisis on "liberal democrat social engineering" or tiresomely referring and re-referring to "the country club media elites" (late in Monday's show he'd label Tom Brokaw a "drive-by media emeritus" -- think what you want about the characterization, but that's a nifty bit of wordplay). I know that the putdowns are a major part of Limbaugh's shtick, but the guy's jabs would sting more if he didn't throw so many of 'em.

Meanwhile, if I had something to sell, I'd sell it here. Though I hesitate to broadly stereotype millions of listeners, Limbaugh Nation (Rush-sha?) appears to be as much a cult as an audience. If something is associated with the host, directly or indirectly, his radio acolytes dig it. This makes me wonder why Limbaugh hasn't slapped his name and face atop any number of products: Rush Limbaugh's Republican Ranch Dressing, etc. Well, outside of the whole I'm-a-serious-commentator-who-would-like-to-be-taken-seriously thing.

Now, a worry from our sponsors

I digress. It surprises me that few name-brand advertisers choose to hawk their wares during "The Rush Limbaugh Show." Beyond a handful of recognizable financial brands -- HSBC, Lending Tree -- Limbaugh's three daily hours on WABC/New York are packed with below-the-radar firms that engage in economic fear-mongering. Did you hear? The IRS is hiring new agents at an alarming rate! There are powerful secrets that credit card companies don't want you to know! Liquidate your holdings! Run for the hills!

I understand marketers' reluctance to associate themselves with content that a sizable chunk of the U.S. population finds intellectually abhorrent, but really: They have the mother of all attentive audiences here. Conservatives drive cars. They eat soup. They go to the movies.

Now that I've reached across the aisle -- or, in my case, the car's back seat -- and freed myself from my GOP-leaning captors, I likely won't listen to "The Rush Limbaugh Show" ever again. But I can say this: I get Rush Limbaugh now. I get why he lures millions of listeners every day and sells gazillions of books and commands more in appearance fees than Keith Olbermann and Anderson Cooper combined.

No matter what you might think about what Limbaugh is saying, he says it with relish and an effortless command of the material. He frames his arguments in a way that Joe the Plumber, Jack the Professor and Jane the Prostitute can easily ingest. If only our real politicians could communicate quite as effectively.

Taken from an article entitled 'Talk-Radio Titan Does' Have a Way With Words' by Larry Dobrow on adage.com

Metron

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Re: The Case for Rush Limbaugh
« Reply #1 on: November 18, 2019, 07:10:54 pm »
Ya know...thanks for the false facade of conservatism you made over the past. year, you sold it so well Azz that you had ME buying into it.

Congrats man, you pulled a reverse Dr. MD MD on us.

You want to know the ugly underside of the perhaps pedophillic, formerly drug addicted, multiple divorced, prostletizing el Rushbo?

Here - as the deftly cynical Elia Kazan depicted long before the big blowhard of the right was even a tantruming toddler:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9lrmxkF-UKM

It's considered a masterpiece of political insight and derision, so much so that I rank it alongside "Citizen Kane" as one of the most brilliant political commentaries ever made.

Btw...full disclosure...I've never been much of a Rush listener myself, too mainstream, too party line, not enough challenges, echo chamber gets tiresome, etc.

As hosts go I'd far prefer to while my hours away with Dennis Prager or Mark Levin.

Just so you know... 8) :-X


AZZERAE

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Re: The Case for Rush Limbaugh
« Reply #2 on: February 18, 2020, 12:17:54 pm »
Do you think Rush's cancer diagnosis is gonna do him in?

Metron

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Re: The Case for Rush Limbaugh
« Reply #3 on: February 18, 2020, 05:52:13 pm »
Do you think Rush's cancer diagnosis is gonna do him in?

Late stage lung cancer survival rate:

https://www.healthline.com/health/stage-4-lung-cancer-prognosis

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Stage 4 lung cancer is the most advanced stage of lung cancer. In stage 4, the cancer has spread (metastasized) to both lungs, the area around the lungs, or distant organs.

According to the National Cancer Institute (NCI), 57 percent of lung and bronchus cancer is diagnosed at this late stage.

A five-year lung cancer survival rate measures how many people are living five years after they were diagnosed with lung cancer. The five-year relative survival rate for stage 4 lung cancer is 4.7 percent.

However, relative survival rates don’t take into account recent improvements in treatment. They’re based on diagnosis and treatment for at least 5 years earlier.



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AZZERAE

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Re: The Case for Rush Limbaugh
« Reply #4 on: March 16, 2020, 03:50:22 pm »
I'm awful for saying this, but I don't have much sympathy for the man.

He has spread so many fibs on the airwaves for so long. Looks like it caught up with him.


FuckTheSaffers

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Re: The Case for Rush Limbaugh
« Reply #5 on: March 16, 2020, 09:57:00 pm »
I'm awful for saying this, but I don't have much sympathy for the man.

He has spread so many fibs on the airwaves for so long. Looks like it caught up with him.



I don't know what people see in this man. He's the personification of American trash, proudly ignorant and deeply boring.

Metron

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Re: The Case for Rush Limbaugh
« Reply #6 on: March 17, 2020, 12:40:02 am »
I'm awful for saying this, but I don't have much sympathy for the man.

Well that's not very compassionate of you!

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He has spread so many fibs on the airwaves for so long. Looks like it caught up with him.



"Fibs"?

Maybe list a few?

Remember he's a mainstream political talk host, and politics by nature is the art of lying. Anyone expecting otherwise will be disappointed. But compared to other talkers in the medium, Rush is very close to gold standard.

Metron

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Re: The Case for Rush Limbaugh
« Reply #7 on: March 17, 2020, 12:42:39 am »
I don't know what people see in this man. He's the personification of American trash, proudly ignorant and deeply boring.

And yet your relative "acumen" in matters of politics has been shown to be stillborn at best.

And frankly your endless negativity is a crashing bore!


FuckTheSaffers

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Re: The Case for Rush Limbaugh
« Reply #8 on: March 17, 2020, 01:00:35 am »
And yet your relative "acumen" in matters of politics has been shown to be stillborn at best.

And frankly your endless negativity is a crashing bore!


What do you know about politics? You just swallow the garbage from right-wing websites as eagerly as you'd swallow Trump's load. You're just a typical Yank dunce.

Metron

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Re: The Case for Rush Limbaugh
« Reply #9 on: March 17, 2020, 09:22:13 pm »
What do you know about politics?

Improperly queried.

What do YOU think you know about AMERICAN politics?

 ::)

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You just swallow the garbage from right-wing websites as eagerly as you'd swallow Trump's load. You're just a typical Yank dunce.

You appear regularly here for penitente grade flagellations, even on your own nation's admittedly sallow and rancid fealty to invading Muzzie hordes.

How many times a day are you on your knees sniffing another man's bum anyway?



We all know that real Englies prefer:




FuckTheSaffers

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Re: The Case for Rush Limbaugh
« Reply #10 on: March 18, 2020, 06:50:29 pm »

How many times a day are you on your knees sniffing another man's bum anyway?
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Does that thought...excite you?

I face Mecca on my Snoopy-themed prayer rug five times a day in praise of Allah, peace be upon him. Any other details are the product of your rank, squalid mud-hole of a mind.

There is no such thing as American 'politics'. It's just a bunch of dough-brained fuckwits like you ranting at the TV. It's no more elevated than wrestling. It's embarrassing to watch, next to you idiots we're like fifth-century Athens.

Metron

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Re: The Case for Rush Limbaugh
« Reply #11 on: March 18, 2020, 09:43:54 pm »

Does that thought...excite you?

Demonstrably (not that you have the wit to capture the obvious) just the opposite. I find supplication to any multi-level faith marketing scheme to be appalling.



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I face Mecca on my Snoopy-themed prayer rug five times a day in praise of Allah, peace be upon him.

No doubt you've been downed and forced to kiss that red baron of a meteorite more times than his flying doghouse.



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Any other details are the product of your rank, squalid mud-hole of a mind.



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There is no such thing as American 'politics'.

Lead-ins like that are so self-neutering.

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It's just a bunch of dough-brained fuckwits like you ranting at the TV. It's no more elevated than wrestling.

Your House of "Commons" was so aptly named...



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It's embarrassing to watch, next to you idiots we're like fifth-century Athens.

Straight by the abattoir of Muzzie machete blood rivers:

https://youtu.be/uVSKD5XKYHQ

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AZZERAE

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Re: The Case for Rush Limbaugh
« Reply #12 on: March 20, 2020, 05:09:47 pm »
Metron has always been more of a



type of guy.

AZZERAE

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Re: The Case for Rush Limbaugh
« Reply #13 on: March 20, 2020, 05:10:16 pm »
I face Mecca on my Snoopy-themed prayer rug five times a day in praise of Allah, peace be upon him.

+777

Metron

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Re: The Case for Rush Limbaugh
« Reply #14 on: March 20, 2020, 06:40:08 pm »
Metron has always been more of a



type of guy.

True dat, ready to collect some skins any old time too: