2 Decades of Decadence (or should that be Deca-dunce?)

From The Guardian:

This week, Human Events, which has been “leading the conservative revolution since 1944”, is celebrating the 20th-anniversary of Rush Limbaugh. Limbaugh, of course, is the right-wing radio monologuer who has “remade American politics”, according to Karl Rove, or is a “big fat liar” as Al Franken has called him, in homage to the man’s own distinctively rebarbative style. A distinctively American phenomenon, his partisan rants would lose any British station broadcasting him its license.

Original DVD cover.

“I’m not making this up,” is Limbaugh’s catchphrase. But, in fact, he often does just that. Rory O’Connor’s book Shock Jocks: Hate Speech and Talk Radio, details the right-wing talkshow universe and makes the point that it was not just Limbaugh’s native charm that got him launched on the airwaves. Rather, the concentration of media ownership, under a complaisant FCC, paved his way, along with the inspired political entrepreneurship of Fox CEO Roger Ailes, who offered the show free to local stations.


Limbaugh’s audience is so overwhelmed that they suffer from amnesia on the same scale as his megalomania. As he now boosts John McCain against Barack Obama, who remembers his comment that “all the candidates on our side, for various reasons, are uninspiring, or worse”? Who remembers the campaigner for drug-takers to go “down the river”, as the same pill-popping poly-prescriptive panjandrum who copped a plea deal for going into treatment? Then, maybe he thought that OxyContin, like nicotine, was non- addictive, just as, in fact, he thinks carbon monoxide is non-toxic.


For the Limbaughs of this world, gays, blacks, liberals, feminazis, Clintons, Obamas and all the rest of his Grand Guignol dramatis personae are unpatriotic, not real citizens, maybe not even human. They deserve neither rights nor respect. This is Bush’s Radio G’tmo. It epitomises the ethos of the age.

Twenty years of Rush Limbaugh radio? Eight years consecutive of Bush and Cheney? Surely it’s time for parole?

Chimpy, Poppy, and Jebby called the show to congratulate Limpy. Here are some snippets of what Chimpy and Limpy had to say:

THE PRESIDENT: President George W. Bush calling to congratulate you on 20 years of important and excellent broadcasting.


THE PRESIDENT: Well, I’m just calling along with President 41 and the former governor of Florida. We’re fixing to have lunch here, and I said, “Listen, we ought to call our pal and let him know that we care” for you. So this is as much as anything, a nice verbal letter to a guy we really care for.


RUSH: They were waving at me trying to tell me you were on the line, and I didn’t know what was going on. So you succeeded here in the surprise. How are you doing, sir?

THE PRESIDENT: I am great. We’re doing very good, thank you very much, sir. Concerned about our economy, obviously, but know we need to be drilling for some oil and gas in order to take the pressure off the gas prices — and I’m pleased with the progress in Iraq.

RUSH: Have you heard what Senator Obama wants to do? He wants another stimulus check of a thousand dollars to every American paid for by the oil companies.

THE PRESIDENT: Yeah. Well, what we ought to be doing is encouraging oil companies to find oil, and that’s the best way to take the pressure off the gasoline prices. We’re on a very strong push to get the Congress to allow for there to be offshore drilling, and most Americans understand now that an increase in oil, particularly here in America, will help take pressure off of price. And I tell people I’d rather, you know, be buying American oil instead of sending our money overseas.

RUSH: You know, Mr. President, it’s amazing. In 2004 during your campaign, Senator Kerry was constantly criticizing you for not “jawboning” with the Saudis enough to bring the price of oil down. Now, four years later, they’re doing everything they can to keep the price from coming down. They apparently want it to remain high.

THE PRESIDENT: Well, they may want to, but the American people want to see some relief. It would be like a massive tax cut when the gasoline prices decline. So we’re in times of economic uncertainty and the more money people have in their pockets the quicker we’ll be able to recover, in my judgment. You asked how I’m doing. My spirits are high; I’m going to finish strong. I love my family and I’m spending two days here with mother and dad before I head overseas.

Then it was Poppy’s turn:

BUSH 41: Do you see our man Ailes at all?

RUSH: Oh, yeah. I saw Roger at Tony Snow’s funeral.

BUSH 41: Oh, did you?

RUSH: And a couple of times earlier this summer.

BUSH 41: Are we on the radio, are we?

RUSH: (laughing)

BUSH 41: I didn’t know that. I’ll clean up my act here. I’m glad they told me.

RUSH: Yeah, we’re on the radio.


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17 responses to “2 Decades of Decadence (or should that be Deca-dunce?)

  1. Got a Grip

    Rush Limbaugh is a festering boil on the butt of humanity. I can’t think of anyone I loathe more than that man, or have less respect for. He gives all Missourians a bad name. Pompous, creepy little drug-addicted pedophile that he is.

    Did I mention that I don’t like Rush?

  2. nightowl724

    Hey, gotta, don’t hold back. Tell us what you really think! (And, I couldn’t agree more!)

    nonnie, tonight’s poster is a real kick! Plus, I love the coordinating sig line. Cute title – and so was yesterday’s, BTW.

    This phrase is a keeper: distinctively rebarbative style.

  3. nightowl,
    i love that phrase, too. nobody does a smackdown like a brit!
    gotta, the piece of $hit might be a missourian (though misery-an would be a more fitting description), but he lives in floriduhhhh. i don’t know how we will ever get the stink out!

  4. Got a Grip

    I think he only lives in Florida because it’s so much easier to tote all that Vicodin and Viagra from there than it is from more remote environs, nons. And apparently the doctors down there are generous for those with the really kick-a$$ “Screw You, I Want Mine!” health insurance plan. And, of course it’s just a hop, skip and a jump by short plane ride to all those resorts in more southern climes with the young boys an girls that Rush is so fond of. Hypocritical, twisted, perverted, lying bag of $hit a$$wipe, anyway…..

    Have I mentioned that I don’t like Rush?

  5. and don’t forget, gotta, he probably has a very delicate system, and his unmanly body cannot handle cold temperatures. i bet he walks around in bermuda shorts, hawaiian shirts, black socks and sandals when there are no cameras around.

  6. jeb

    I loved Franken’s book about Rush. I found it pee-in-your-pants hilarious everytime they’d call and mess with Rush’s fact checker.

    I can’t believe they just paid him another boat load of money to keep him on. Can’t they see his 15 minutes is up. He has become as irrelevant as the rotting and fecund corpse of the “revolution” he lead. The only thing he has left is that 20% who think Cheney is a decent man. Since they have not visited reality in a really long time, they don’t really count.

  7. jlms qkw - jenn

    i bet rush has shorts with an elastic waist!

    him are vile.

    the poster is scary!

  8. nightowl724

    jenn, I second those thoughts!

  9. jeb,
    i never read the book, and i don’t know why. i love al franken. i think i need to go to the liberry.
    it’s okay with me if they pay limpballs the big bucks. that’s money they won’t have to pay someone else when limpy’s audience disappears.

  10. jenn,
    i bet his shirt are tight around his belly, and the buttons are always on the verge of busting open.

  11. Got a Grip

    Yes Jenn, he ARE vile!! šŸ˜‰

  12. he are vile, probably in part due to his emptying many, many vials.

  13. jeb


  14. nightowl724

    This is a test of my new gravatar.

    Do not be alarmed!

    I repeat, this is only a test.

  15. jeb


    Very cool! I don’t know how to do that.

  16. nightowl724

    Well, jeb, I just learned how. You start by finding or creating an image 80 x 80 pixels*** to represent yourself. It has to be in GIF, JPEG, or PNG format.

    Then, log into WordPress and go to your profile page. In the lower right corner, you upload the image. Then you get to crop and save it, giving you an “avatar.” I don’t know if I had to, but I logged out and back in again. After that, it appeared – just like magic!

    *** If the image is larger than 80 x 80 pixels, you can just select an area of it for your avatar.

    You can also create a “gravatar” (stands for globally recognized avatar) at this web site:


    If you do it there, it is supposed to be recognized at a bunch of blogs, including WP. I’m new at this, so I can’t vouch for that. Also, because I never did this before, I created both.

    Go for it!

  17. very cool, nightowl!
    i just hope all the other kids don’t get jealous. šŸ˜‰