Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Looney Tunes II

This conversation between one of my favorite right-wing media crazies and a caller who identifies himself as a Republican who voted for McCain, a Marine and Army veteran, and a person who does not approve of torture doesn't require much commentary. The caller takes issue with Limbaugh's approval of torture and states that he, Hannity, and some other right wingnuts of the air waves are "brainwashed." So what does Limbaugh do? Guess. Right. He humiliates the caller, since he cannot refute the caller's assertions. Just a measure of the ignorance of Rush Limbaugh is his declaration that he knows of no one who died at the hands of US torturers. This is absolute nonsense. As one of people commenting on this coversation points out, in March 2005, the AP reported: "At least 108 people have died in American custody in Iraq and Afghanistan, most of them violently, according to government data provided to The Associated Press. Roughly a quarter of those deaths have been investigated as possible abuse by U.S. personnel."

Soon-to-be-US-Senator-from-Minnesota Al Franken still has the most accurate characterization of Rush Limbaugh: "big, fat idiot." And, let me add, dangerous neo-fascist.

Update I: Keith Olberman blasted Limbaugh on his show last evening. The Nation's Chris Hayes commenting on the event, said it represented a philosophical divide in what's left of the Republican Party:
Right now, I really think you see a fissure between the right wing coalition in the people who want to kind of double-down and follow Limbaughism off the cliff…and then the people that have some sense that this is actually going in the wrong direction . . . I don't think there’s an iota shame in Limbaugh or in Limbaughism. There’s a large part of the conservative base that doesn’t feel it has anything to apologize for.
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