Posts tagged "Rush Limbaugh"

h/t: Kenneth Vogel and  Mackenzie Weinger at Politico

h/t: Brian Tashman at RWW

For commentators who claim to despise lawlessness and who have attacked the Obama administration for allegedly feeding disorder and politicizing it, conservatives were quick to embrace a lawless Nevada rancher who for two decades has refused to pay federal grazing fees on public land and is now promoting his cattle crusade as a war against the federal government.

According to the right wing media, paying the obvious penalty for openly refusing to obey the law for decades suddenly translates into victimhood for rancher Cliven Bundy and “harassment” by the government, as conservative commentator Dana Loesch tried to spin away Bundy’s contempt for law and order.

Aside from ignoring the law, Bundy and his armed, anti-government supporters have repeatedly threatened violence and fanned the flames of confrontation with revolutionary, insurrectionist rhetoric, like declaring a “Range War.” (“Serious bloodshed was narrowly avoided,” the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported last week from the site of the flash point.)

All of the incendiary rhetoric and the loaded allegations about a tyrannical government has been marketed and promoted by Fox News and the rest of the conservative media, which claims to revere America as a nation of laws; the same Fox News that declared war on Occupy Wall Street protesters in 2011 and condemned them for being lawless. (“Domestic terrorists”!)

But now, suddenly the rules of engagement have shifted. Bundy is a right-wing hero and a massive Fox News flip-flop has taken place.

The facts of the Bundy case are not in dispute.

Since 1993, Bundy has refused to pay grazing fees for his use of 600,000 acres of public land. Bundy does not recognize the unambiguous authority of the federal government to administer the lands. In July 2013, a federal court ordered the defiant rancher to remove his cattle from the land or they would be confiscated to pay off the $1 million in fees and trespassing fines Bundy owes. He disobeyed, and confiscation of the cows began last week, before being halted because of the Bureau of Land Management’s “serious concerns about the safety of employees and members of the public.”

Even Fox’s Megyn Kelly conceded that legally, Bundy “doesn’t have a leg to stand on.”

Nonetheless, the stampede of support for lawbreaker Bundy has been nearly all encompassing on the right. National Review Online’s Kevin Williamson called the presence of armed agents “inflammatory” and condemned the government’s actions as a “siege,” while The Drudge Report recklessly hyped the growing fear of a violent standoff between anti-government militia members and federal forces.

On Fox, Sean Heannity has served as ringmaster for the insurrectionist circus that unfolded in Nevada and Hannity has clearly singled out law enforcement as the enemy. “Not once did Hannity mention concern for the well-being of law enforcement officials,” noted the Fox-watching site NewsHounds. “Not once did Hannity discuss the federal government without demonizing them and suggesting that they were behaving in a criminal, fascist manner that deserved to be fought.”

Yet that’s the same Hannity who’s been part of the right-wing campaign to denounce Obama for being outside the law; for his alleged ”pattern of lawlessness.”

"Obama’s Politicized, Lawless Executive Branch," was the headline to David Limbaugh’s TownHall.com column just last week. “Obama Adds Irrationality To Lawlessness — While Threatening Prosecution,” came from National Review Online’s Andrew McCarthy this winter. (“It is wearying to catalogue President Obama’s lawlessness,” he complained.)

And from Rush Limbaugh in February [emphasis added]:

What do we do to stop somebody as lawless, some president as lawless this?  What do we do?  Nobody knows.  Nobody knows what to do.  Nobody knows how to stop him giving away money.  Nobody knows how to beat him giving away money.  Nobody knows how to deal with a guy who makes up the law every day as he gets up. We’ve never confronted this before. We’ve never had a president who is so lawless. We’ve never had a president who is so unconcerned with the Constitution

That central attack theme has been repeated hundreds (thousands?) of times across the right-wing media since Obama was first sworn in and has come to define the conservative opposition to Obama: The current President of the United States, who happens to be an attorney and a former law school professor, shows no obedience to American laws or its courts, which is why Fox News, for instance, has repeatedly wondered if Obama should be impeached for his alleged lawbreaking.

Someone so arrogantly lawless that he pays no mind to U.S. jurisprudence? Kind of like a Nevada rancher who’s been in open defiance for more than 20 years and views himself as being immune to federal law? 

How can you tell the embrace of Bundy and his lawbreaking crusade is so obviously driven by partisan politics? Just recall the Occupy Wall Street movement and how conservative pundits uniformly howled their indignation. Why? Because left-leaning activists were breaking the law.

At National Review, editor Rich Lowry warned, “It’s become clear during the past few weeks that there is a lawlessness at the heart of Occupy Wall Street.”

Lowry was amazed at how activists refused to obey orders from police:

When asked to do something by an officer of the law, the instinct of most people is to comply, especially if they are violating a rule. The instinct of many of the Occupy protesters is to resist, then inflate their arrests or clashes with the police into a monumental struggle with the forces of oppression.

Keep in mind Lowy’s claim that “most people” comply with officers of the law while watching this clip from a Nevada confrontation over the weekend, dubbed a “Ranch Riot” by a Bundy sympathizer. In it, pretesters not only fail to comply with “officers of the law,” would-be militia members rain down epithets on law enforcement officials, denouncing various officers as being a “terrorist,” “loser,” “chickenshit,” and a “fucking pussy.” (Lots of the name calling starts at the 5:00 mark.)

It’s safe to say Sean Hannity would have started hyperventilating on-air if he ever got his hands on a profanity-laced, anti-police Occupy Wall Street clip like the one that came in from Nevada. (Anarchists!) But suddenly at Fox, anti-government loudmouths who condemn law enforcement officials as chickenshits are the ones being cheered and depicted as freedom fighters.

So much for law-and-order at Fox News.

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h/t: Eric Boehlert at MMFA

h/t: Jason Easley at PoliticusUSA

crooksandliars:

Rush Limbaugh's Latest Conspiracy: Democrats Using FBI To Weed Out Bad Apples Before Midterms

Rush Limbaugh must be boozing it up on the air because he’s been coming up with all sorts of weird conspiracies emanating outside his bubble. The last one I wrote about was Liberals wanting to hijack Mass transit so they can control the population’s movements or something insane like that. His latest one is just as kooky. Supposedly, the FBI is taking orders from Obama’s honchos to weed out all their corrupt pols before the midterm election so that people will forget about them.

How many people think that the FBI is a bastion of Liberal thinking? I bet they lean Republican 90% and I doubt they would fall in line with orders like that, but to Limbaugh, since State Senator Leland Yee was arrested, he believes they are involved in a lefty conspiracy.

Limbaugh: Now folks, if this is strictly Democrats which so far it is, we don’t know if there are other investigations to be revealed. The FBI has been working on all of this for years, not a peep folks.

I don’t know it’s hard to conclude otherwise. The FBI has been working secretly behind the scenes since Obama was elected and if this sweep is strictly Democrats, which, so far it is. What does that mean? What does that tell you, does it tell you anything?

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We already have, ladies and gentlemen, I don’t know how many museums for women all over the country, they are called malls.

From the 03.18.2014 edition of Premiere Radio Networks’ The Rush Limbaugh Show:

Grow up, Sickobaugh!

Conservative extremists want to make children work (likely a violation of child labor laws) for their school lunches and/or end the programs altogether. Also, it is part of their strategy of dog-whistling tactics to shame the poor and attacking unionized school personnel.

h/t: Sahil Kapur at TPM

From the 02.27.2014 edition of Premiere Radio Networks’ The Rush Limbaugh Show:

From the February 24 edition of Premiere Radio Networks’ The Rush Limbaugh Show:

LIMBAUGH: What we have here is a portion of the play-by-play of the Brooklyn Nets center Jason Collins, the first openly gay player to actually play in a professional sports game. It happened last night. The Brooklyn Nets against the Los Angeles Lakers. This is the Nets play-by-play announcer Ryan Ruocco, as Jason Coll — who by the way took number 98 in solidarity with Matthew Shepard, who was, it’s now been proven didn’t happen, but reputed to have beaten up by a bunch of anti-gay bigots.

Mr. Doctor-Shopper, the murder of Matthew Shepard IS a Hate Crime!

justinssportscorner:

Macho Man Rush doesn’t get it.

From the 02.24.2014 edition of Premiere Radio Networks’ The Rush Limbaugh Show:

justinssportscorner:

From the 02.19.2014 edition of Premiere Radio Networks’ The Rush Limbaugh Show:

Grow up, Rush, and retire for good!

By the way, I probably shouldn’t ask this, but if it’s OK for a man who has sex with other men to be in a shower in an NFL locker room with other men, is it OK for a guy to be in a shower with women?