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I did not see it here but if someone has a more elaborate diary, please point me to it in comments and I will throw up the link.

Rush Limbaugh proposes segregated busing.

With no following announcement concerning his removal from his media bully pulpit. WTF does it take????

WTF does it take to get these racist, bigoted blowhards silenced?

WTF does it take to call out and validate the very simple, very obvious, and very painful conclusion that RACISM HAS GONE MAINSTREAM?

WTF does it take to realize that what is happening is the incrementalizing of racist rhetoric to make it more palatable to the populace?

WTF is it going to take to say that enough is enough?

Originally posted to pablito on Thu Sep 17, 2009 at 07:26 AM PDT.

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    •  Recommend. Limbaugh calls for segregation. (5+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      Cedwyn, buddabelly, Nica24, imamish, aymandaman

      You knew it was in his heart.  Now, at long last, it's on tape.

      Brian, Katie, Jim, Charlie?  I have a story for you...

    •  uh, guys? might wanna hold off on this one (0+ / 0-)

      my connection is too slow to listen to the stream, but from reading brief snippet of the transcript posted at TP, it looks like limbaugh may have been accusing blacks/obama of wanting segregation.  that would fit with his previous MO of trying to paint liberals as everything that conservatives actually are.

      can anybody provide more of the transcript?  we don't wanna look stupid on this one.


      by the disinfector on Thu Sep 17, 2009 at 08:17:01 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  ok, halfway through the stream now (0+ / 0-)

      and he's accusing newsweek of calling for segregated busses.


      by the disinfector on Thu Sep 17, 2009 at 08:18:34 AM PDT

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    •  confirmed (0+ / 0-)

      come on everybody, we're smarter than this.  listen to the whole stream.  his whole rant, including segregated busses for white kids with bars on the windows, is something he's accusing the media of calling for.  he's saying that the media is telling all whites they're racist.  listen for yourself.  he's projecting, plain and simple.


      by the disinfector on Thu Sep 17, 2009 at 08:23:14 AM PDT

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      •  but, worth considering (0+ / 0-)

        is the possibility of rush employing a pretty standard, tired old strategy of making the unpalpable palpable. he is introducing these ideas into the discourse simply for the sake of introducting these ideas into the discourse. he knows that these ideas will break off and begin to have a life of their own regardless of how he attributes them initially. eventually they get separated from the source and the 24-7 news cycle floats them along.

        my point is this: this is part of the growing and forceful effort to increase the acceptability and mainstreaming of racist thought incrementally. i agree with brklyngrl's comments regarding the fact that racism always has been around. it has. but now, it's going much more mainstream than at least i can remember in my relatively shorter memory. it is also a subtle form of fearmongering in both directions.

        "The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated." -- Mahatma Gandhi

        by pablito on Thu Sep 17, 2009 at 08:31:36 AM PDT

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        •  i can kinda see that (0+ / 0-)

          anybody with half a brain who gets that rant in any kind of context knows that he's calling newsweek racists.

          i'm sure it wouldn't break his heart, though, if one of his (millions of) idiot listeners, who doesn't have half a brain, takes him literally and the meme started to propagate.

          in any case, all the people here taking it literally are going to look just as stupid as the dittoheads are.  if he gets wind of this, we're handing him a huge, and deserved, PR victory.  let's not do that.


          by the disinfector on Thu Sep 17, 2009 at 08:39:08 AM PDT

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        •  Being in favor of segregation is not (0+ / 0-)

          necessarily racist, although segregating people on the basis of superficial characteristics is easy and attractive to the lazy.  In Baghdad, the American military has segregated Iraqis who all look the same on the basis of their religious affiliation.  The same was true for the Nazis who segregated Jews on the basis of their religion.

          Most recently, in the U.S., there's been a lot of self-segregation based on wealth.  That certain populations are denied access to money and that these same populations were previously segregated by observable criteria (age, race, gender) is not a happenstance.  But, that it happens isn't proof of racism or sexism or ageism either.  What it's proof of is the preference for a stratified/segregated society in which some people are inherently/inheritedly better than others.

          In other words, the strategies they employ aren't motived by antagonism towards their victims; they're motivated by selfish self-centered interest.  And some of it is motivated by the fact that some people derive satisfaction from depriving others of things they don't even want for themselves--like appropriate medical care.

          If you define their behavior in terms of the effect on their victims, then the behavior cannot be changed.  Because, what you're counting on is either shame or empathy and these people have neither.

          How do you tell a predator from a protector? The predator will eat you sooner rather than later.

          by hannah on Thu Sep 17, 2009 at 09:34:12 AM PDT

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    •  Uhm he's always said shit like this seriously (0+ / 0-)

      this isn't anything new for him.  But his listeners will just claim it is sarcasm!

      GOP = Godless opposition party We Hassle to make America a Vassal (state)

      by Shhs on Thu Sep 17, 2009 at 08:23:55 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  It is sedition--why they don't start prosecuting (2+ / 0-)
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    jodygirl, Front Toward Enemy

    is beyond me.  Most likely--as in many instances in this country--they will react when something happens, rather than be proactive about it.  Limbaugh should be charged with sedition--as should Glen BeKKK.

    I love my President! Who'da thought THAT was possible?

    by livjack on Thu Sep 17, 2009 at 07:29:42 AM PDT

  •  Rush is throwing a temper tantrum... (15+ / 0-)

    Because Glenn Beck is getting all the wing nut publicity these days.  

    He's basically trying to pick a fight, any fight.  He's hoping Sharpton or Jackson will take his bait.  

    Republicans only care about deficit spending when a Democrat is in the White House.

    by Jonze on Thu Sep 17, 2009 at 07:31:10 AM PDT

  •  Well, sadly, I think racism was already pretty (4+ / 0-)

    mainstream. Although this is ugly and painful to watch, I don't think we're going to see too many Americans jumping on board with Rush's call for segregated busses.

    I mean, hey, if Rush and his ilk want to argue openly for a return to segregation, well, it's a free country and I can't stop them. I just hope they don't expect me to pretend to take them seriously when they say they aren't racists.

    •  What makes me crazy is that people keeping (0+ / 0-)

      saying this is's about 25% to 30% of our population.  White people are about 65% of our population and it is about half of white people.  Granted it is the older half and a portion of the uneducated, poorer group but is not a fringe group as people keep saying.  It is a large enough portion of this country to be of serious concern.

      •  I think my point is, this is nothing new. (0+ / 0-)

        Its not as if the people who have these views just developed them recently. They may be in a full blown panic right now, and so be out and proud with their racism, but that's because they're losing and they know it. These are the same people who wanted segregated busses in the 1960s, and they still want them now. If 50 years hasn't changed them, I doubt they're going to change. Fortunately, the rest of us now have the numbers to outvote them.

        •  I think it is changing and it will change as (0+ / 0-)

          the older people die off and our population becomes more educated but right now the demographics are not in our favor. What we don't want to have happen is that this older generation passes on this hate to their grandchildren and people like Rush are not helping.  He foments hate and he gives voice to their anger and ugliness.

      •  UHm I don't think half of all white people (0+ / 0-)

        (even the older ones) are racist maybe soft bigots in certain situations.  

        GOP = Godless opposition party We Hassle to make America a Vassal (state)

        by Shhs on Thu Sep 17, 2009 at 08:29:42 AM PDT

        [ Parent ]

  •  aha... so the De Facto head of the republican (8+ / 0-)

    party now supports a return to segregation!  Good to know!  Are segregated drinking fountains next?

    A learning experience is one of those things that says, 'You know that thing you just did? Don't do that.' Douglas Adams

    by dougymi on Thu Sep 17, 2009 at 07:32:09 AM PDT

    •  It's a battle (7+ / 0-)

      Rush has found himself in a dogfight over control of the Republican party with Glenn Beck, it could get much much worse.

    •  They do want to turn the clock back to the 50's (4+ / 0-)

      at the least. That is when they all were the happiest. These folks and those who follow these folks just can not deal with progress, any kind of progress.
      Nothing suprises me from this fat ass blowhard. What surprises me is no one, absolutly no one is calling him out by name, he is what is wrong with America and the sooner that is pointed out the better we all will be.
      Almost 20 years ago, Governor Mario Coumo predicted just how dangerous Limbaugh and his hate speech would be for America, I guess we are seeing it come to pass.
      I worry what will the end result be, this asshole needs to be stopped before the real damage is done, and the same is true for Beck.

  •  he is sick. (2+ / 0-)
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    marina, Front Toward Enemy

    I don't think Rush represents a good example of mainstream, though.  But, sadly, a number of (dumb) Americans listen to him and nod their heads in agreement.  He and Beck and the like are so corrosive and toxic.  The people that listen are the same.  It is sad that anyone should be so hateful.  Blech.

    Say "Yes" to Michigan!

    by jodygirl on Thu Sep 17, 2009 at 07:36:18 AM PDT

  •  Rush, etc. have made racism trendy (3+ / 0-)

    When other people see and hear these dummies spread hate, they then assume that it is okay to do so and do it themselves.  We have all seen the signs carried by people at tea bag parties.  Rush, Beck, Levin, Hannity, and Co. have made racism almost a fashion statement, although they won't admit to it.  It is vile, it is wrong, but I am at a lost to know what to do about it.  You can't educate them.  Their minds are sealed behind ten feet of stubborn concrete.

    Keep your head up and be hopeful. Just remember to look at what you are stepping in once in a while...

    by trekguy66 on Thu Sep 17, 2009 at 07:38:16 AM PDT

    •  No, no, no, hate is never trendy. (0+ / 0-)

      And that is exactly what this is hate speak, plain and simple, hate speak. It needs to be put to an end, this is not the intention of the right of free speech.
      I wonder, exactly what Scalia, Alito, and Sotomayer all children of immigrants who at one time were targets of the very same hate speech think of what is going on today. Not what Scalia and Alito say, what they really think about all of this. This type of talk is not Conservative or Progressive, it is Un-American. Are we going to go back to seperate but equal?

    •  I hope they choke on it. (0+ / 0-)

      Say "Yes" to Michigan!

      by jodygirl on Thu Sep 17, 2009 at 07:52:43 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Rush wants segregation? (4+ / 0-)

    Fine!  Let's give it to him!  Anyone that doesn't want to be a part of this society can have second rate busses and public bathrooms.

    We'll set aside special restrooms for him and his compatriots.  Doesn't mean we'll clean them.

    We'll set aside a small portion of seperate busses for his ilk.  Doesn't mean we'll maintain them properly.

    Don't want to eat with your fellow Americans?  Fine, pick up your meals at the back door of the restaurant.  I hope the smell of the dumpster doesn't spoil your appetite...

    "When all you have is an assault rifle every problem looks like a target." - Something the Dog Said

    by PvtJarHead on Thu Sep 17, 2009 at 07:39:39 AM PDT

  •  I wish Rosa Parks was here... (1+ / 0-)
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    jodygirl kick Limbaugh's fat ass.  

    Y'know, guys like Limbaugh are whining that "their America" is getting taken away from them... and, frankly, the more they tell me about "their America," the more I'm hoping that it is being taken away.  There doesn't seem to be anything about it worth preserving.

    Rush Limbaugh is a useless nothing that provides nothing of benefit to society... and yet he thinks the rest of the world should exist to protect his way of life.   I'd rather eradicate it.

    "Glenn Beck ends up looking like a fat, stupid child. His face should be wearing a chef's hat on the side of a box of eclairs. " - Doug Stanhope

    by Front Toward Enemy on Thu Sep 17, 2009 at 07:40:49 AM PDT

  •  Rush wants a return to Jim Crow (2+ / 0-)
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    jodygirl, HawkRock33

    where rich people have special rights and the poor can fight amongst themselves.

    It i seasier to distract us with black versus whiet rather than rich vs poor, and the middle class is the new poor

    The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power. Now do you begin to understand me?' - 1984

    by MinistryOfTruth on Thu Sep 17, 2009 at 07:45:55 AM PDT

  •  WOW! (0+ / 0-)

    lets hope the media catches on, and this is exposed.

    "Too busy playing World of Warcraft? Just shit yourself." - rexymeteorite (I SAID THAT OKAY!)

    by rexymeteorite on Thu Sep 17, 2009 at 08:03:44 AM PDT

  •  This windbags ratings must be slipping to Beck. (2+ / 0-)
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    sidnora, HawkRock33

    He has to become even more ridiculous and outrageous to regain the "King of Mean/Stupid" title. IMHO.

  •  Evil. (0+ / 0-)

    The man is pure, unmitigated evil.

    He must be dealt with accordingly.  

  •  Email the fucking pig. (0+ / 0-)

    The meaner, the nastier, the better.

    I want 5 minutes with this sack of shit.

    •  better: boycott his LOCAL radio sponsors (0+ / 0-)

      sorry to tell you this but email won't work- they don't read the complaints

      instead, it's easy and fun to listen a bit once in a while to get the local phone numbers

      ask the managers and owners if they agree with rush until they either say they do, or find alternatives for their ad money- most are just trying to get on the loudest stations in the state and use to believe these guys were just partisan entertainers

      make the limbaugh/beck/hannity stations have to find all the most racist business owners in their range

      ignoring the talk radio monopoly continues to be the biggest political blunder in decades

      by certainot on Thu Sep 17, 2009 at 02:25:19 PM PDT

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  •  this is crap (0+ / 0-)

    limbaugh is a racist all right, but this is a rant where he's simply accusing others of racism.  everything he says about segregated busses is something he's accusing newsweek of saying.

    we're gonna look like first class morons if we try to paint this as something limbaugh was actually saying.  this is a red herring, and deleting the diary wouldn't hurt.  i don't know for the life of me what TP was thinking.


    by the disinfector on Thu Sep 17, 2009 at 08:25:32 AM PDT

    •  you've got to be kidding. (0+ / 0-)

      limbaugh throws a string of false accusations about segregation, raises the possibility that a school bus fight is because we have a black president, and a diary providing a succinct summary of his hate and his method should be deleted?

      "The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated." -- Mahatma Gandhi

      by pablito on Thu Sep 17, 2009 at 08:40:24 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  What does it take? (0+ / 0-)

    It takes for weasels like him and his racist views to be such a minority that that bloc has no power for advertisers....

  •  If you want to tag... (0+ / 0-)

    ...Boss Limbaugh with the racist card, just go back to the Sonia Sotomayor transcripts where Boss was screaming "She's a racist!" into his golden microphone every day for a month.

    That's one thing that disappointed me about Keith Olbermann last night:  After Keith played the Boss clip where Boss called Jimmy Carter names for bringing teabagger racism to the forefront, Keith didn't even have the presence of mind to play the four dozen sound bites of Boss calling Sonia Sotomayor a racist.

    Mott the Hoople and the game of Life, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah

    by wyvern on Thu Sep 17, 2009 at 08:45:31 AM PDT

  •  But But Morning Joke says Limbaugh has never (0+ / 0-)

    said anything racist?  He can't be wrong...

    "Republicans drove the country into a ditch and now they are complaining about the cost of the tow truck"-Jim Cornette

    by justmy2 on Thu Sep 17, 2009 at 08:50:13 AM PDT

  •  local RW radio sponsors need serious boycotting (0+ / 0-)

    they need to be asked over and over if they agree with the limbaugh/beck/hannity racism and hatred of america until they say they do or find alternatives for their ad money

    ignoring the talk radio monopoly continues to be the biggest political blunder in decades

    by certainot on Thu Sep 17, 2009 at 02:17:15 PM PDT

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