Time to Apologize, Rush

Submitted by Lawrence Rafferty, (rafflaw), Guest Blogger

Since Professor Turley is snowbound in the Winter Wonderland, the weekend warriors are back to bring your blood pressure up!

I have been critical of the Right Wing Mass Media for its continual banging of the drum of hate towards President Obama and the Democrats in general. Now, there are times that the Democrats and President Obama should be called on the carpet.  For instance, for not confronting the Bush torture crowd and for claiming that the President has the authority to kill American citizens without due process, just to name a couple. However, the civility that President Obama has asked for in his latest speeches, have gone unheeded by many on the Right and some on the Left.

We all succumb to the emotion at times and say things that we shouldn’t, but the Right seems to carry these statements to an extreme and they are unapologetic for it. Yesterday, fans of Rush Limbaugh faxed death threats to California State Representative and San Francisco Mayoral candidate, Leland Yee, because Lee had requested Rush to apologize for Rush’s ill-tempered and racially charged comments about the Chinese President during his recent visit to the United States. Rush mocked President Hu Jintao’s speech and Mr. Yee “..said Limbaugh owes the Chinese community an apology for his “pointless and ugly offense.” ‘. http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/crime/2011/01/leland-yee-receives-racist-death-threat

You can guess the result of State Rep. Lee’s request for an apology from Rush Limbaugh. He continued his rant and mocked Rep. Lee on the next program. I know some of you will want to know why the authorities believe that Rush’s fans are behind the death threats. Take a look at one of the faxes on the link below and you will understand.  Rep. Lee received similar threats in April of last year that are also being investigated.

I would put the fax on here, but the language is a bit “rough”.   See below for a link to the faxes in question.  Those who continue to voice their ugly rhetoric in the mass media have a responsibility for the result of that rhetoric. I for one think they are getting the response that they are looking for. What do you think?


Submitted by Lawrence Rafferty, (rafflaw), Guest Blogger

352 thoughts on “Time to Apologize, Rush”

  1. Chan,

    Are you sure you don’t exhibit the symptoms of filial mercury poisoning…

    These are just some of the symptoms..

    neuropsychiatric symptoms such as emotional lability, memory impairment, or insomnia.

    One could debate the last one, but the first two given your posts are proof positive….

    Just inquiring….

  2. Lottakatz:

    since I am neither a white supremacist nor a racist, I think I will pass on the reading.

    There are too many worthwhile things in this world to waste time on what appears to be trash.

    Thank you for the info on that and the canned tuna. We have quite a good bit of it. I probably have mercury poising by now. Although I don’t have any symptoms at this point.

  3. ChanL, Canned Tuna. The last time I was interested in the dynamics of the survivalist movement was in the 70’s and the conventional wisdom was buy canned Tuna, it will last for 20 years- the Mormons have warehouses full of it. Lol. The shelf-life was recommendation was correct though. It ain’t cheap but it’s a keeper:


    Canned tuna is one of the most shelf-stable food products available, and can be safely stored in a pantry for several years. The shelf-life of canned tuna is generally “advertised” as three (3) years. However, if properly stored in a dry pantry, the actual shelf-life of canned tuna can be as long as 10 years, provided that the integrity of the can has not been compromised due to damage or corrosion. Canned tuna can be refrigerated for up to three (3) days after opening without spoiling.

  4. Chan L., The Turner Diaries is a novel that has become a foundational document for the White Supremacist/militant Survivalist/militia types:

    “The Turner Diaries
    From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    The Turner Diaries

    Author William Luther Pierce
    Country United States
    Language English
    Series 1978
    Genre(s) Fiction
    Publisher National Vanguard Books
    Publication date 1978
    The Turner Diaries is a novel written in 1978 by William Luther Pierce (former leader of the white nationalist organization National Alliance) under the pseudonym “Andrew Macdonald”.[1] The Turner Diaries depicts a violent revolution in the United States which leads to the overthrow of the United States federal government, nuclear war, and, ultimately, to a race war leading to the extermination of all Jews and non-whites.[2] The book was called “explicitly racist and anti-Semitic” by The New York Times and has been labeled the “bible of the racist right” by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.[3][4]

    The novel has been associated with a number of real-life violent crimes. Most notably, some have suggested that a scene depicting preparation for the bombing of the J. Edgar Hoover Building, the FBI national headquarters, served as the inspiration for the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995 by Timothy McVeigh, who had promoted the book.[5][6]”

  5. Bob Esq:

    I am not sure but I think we do have warehouses of provisions and stored commodities the government buys to regulate the price of those commodities.

    I suppose the answer is the government is not effective. And why I state the private sector does more for the man on the street through personal self interest (greed if you like) than a thousand Washington weenies whinning about how compassionate they are. All the while allowing people to suffer needlessly because they are worried some poor joe might make a couple of extra bucks on a bottle of water or a hot dog.

    At least the hot dog and water will make it to the disaster in good order if there is something in it for the seller.

    No other place to be nor the ability, as of yet, to be there.

  6. Bob,
    The balast part of the equation is the easiest. It comes natural to an old guy like me.
    Arizona is going so far right that it is leaving Texas in its wake.

  7. Chan,

    I’ll have to pass on the stewed raccoon; venison is about as gamey as I get. I’m not a big fan of mud bugs either; it’s nothing but tougher shrimp in a much more inconvenient container.

    The topic of emergency prep has always fascinated me. The reason I asked about the rotation of rations comes from my fascination with incorporating emergency prep with everyday life. Takes a lot of thought and planning to do it right. But when done right, it’s tantamount to an incredibly large pantry.

    When Katrina hit the one thing that drove me bat shit was the lack of emergency prep for our own country. I couldn’t understand why we didn’t have warehouses of emergency rations (properly rotated and) strategically placed at military air bases across the country just waiting to be loaded up and dropped by parachute. Seems to me if your government is going to work for you the least it can do is be there for you in a pinch. Thus the reason I’m all in favor of spending money on the Coast Guard and other precision military responses to domestic disaster. Better we spend the money protecting ourselves than pissing it away in over the top foreign aid grants and fighting wars without any clear objective. Then again, since you can’t depend on others to always take care of you in a pinch, prudence dictates that you should make emergency preparations yourself.

    So unlike others on this blog, I think incorporating a large pantry into your lifestyle is pretty cool (in a modern marvels kind of way) rural thinking. Granted I don’t foresee a coming political apocalypse or final shoot out, but then again I own guns as well and know they don’t control or alter my view of the future. It’s the people who look at the guns and by anticipating the fight thereby bring it on who are truly bat shit. Those are the people that Gyges and Buddha are talking about.

    One last thing. Balast. Taking on weight to gain stability. While I agree with you on a lot of the basic principles regarding the autonomy of the individual in society, if there is one contradiction in your political philosophy it’s this:

    Breeding discontent is never in your best interest. Failing to tend to the tragedy of the commons, i.e. breeding discontent, is tantamount to failing to rotate your rations. I don’t know how else to put it. But if you strip away all the sniping remarks between you Buddha and Gyges, you all have the same interest in so much as you have no desire to breed discontent; which ultimately makes your arguments seem kind of funny.

    Stay in your own movie,


  8. rafflaw:

    It seems Arizona is beating Texas to the punch. In the last week, the legislature has been drafting bills that opt out of Medicaid, nullify federal laws that “conflict” with state laws, and conducting, through the secretary of state, its own vetting process before putting any presidential candidate on state ballots. And, the legislature is also seeking to further relax it’s already very lax gun control laws. I told my sister to not only invest in Kevlar, but buy vests for her family.

    I’m at the point where I have absolutely no desire whatsoever to visit the state.

  9. Bob Esq:

    the dried foods are grains, beans, wheat, peas etc. The canned foods last pretty long about a year plus. The water isn’t a problem because we have wells.

    We help our mothers can food as well. Canned food, when done properly can last a long time.

    So yes we do have a system of rotating our food. Large shelves in the basement which we can stock from the back and move the food forward. But the salt content is getting to the older folks and they try to eat the home canned goods. The kids love the canned chili and anything Chef Boyardee[?].

    We keep the grains in 5 gallon paint that we buy at home depot, they are stacked to the basement ceiling, we must have at least 20 each of beans, rice, wheat and barley. The grains and beans last pretty long but you have to keep them dry.

    We grow everything ourselves except for the rice. But we have a source in LA [the state] that we purchase the rice from. Fucking coon ass always cheats us. Although he does give use some alligator meat and a couple of bags of mud bugs, crayfish I think you call them. So it does make up somewhat.

    If you give me your address I can send you a jar of my mamma’s stewed raccoon. It is really good and I miss it while away at school.

    Thanks for asking, I hope I answered your question.

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