Rush Limbaugh has gone nuts. Calls for riots at Democratic convention.

I usually don’t pay much attention to Rush Limbaugh because, well, he’s raving lunatic. A point which is driven home by his recent call for riots at the Democratic convention:

“Riots in Denver, the Democrat Convention would see to it that we don’t elect Democrats,” Limbaugh said during Wednesday’s radio broadcast. He then went on to say that’s the best thing that could happen to the country.

Several callers called in to the radio show to denounce Limbaugh’s comments, when he later stated, “I am not inspiring or inciting riots, I am dreaming of riots in Denver.”

Limbaugh said with massive riots in Denver, which he called part of “Operation Chaos,” the people on the far left would look bad.

“There won’t be riots at our convention,” Limbaugh said of the Republican National Convention. “We don’t riot. We don’t burn our cars. We don’t burn down our houses. We don’t kill our children. We don’t do half the things the American left does.”

He believes electing Democrats will hurt America’s security and economy and appeared to call on his listeners to make sure that doesn’t happen.

“We do, hopefully, the right thing for the sake of this country. We’re the only one in charge of our affairs. We don’t farm out our defense if we elect Democrats … and riots in Denver, at the Democratic Convention will see to it we don’t elect Democrats. And that’s the best damn thing that can happen to this country, as far as I can think,” Limbaugh said.

Later, Limbaugh downplayed his “dreaming of riots in Denver” statement, and said that he wasn’t calling for riots and was referring to warnings of trouble if superdelegates decide the nomination at the Democratic National Convention.

Apparently Rush is more afraid of the Democrats winning in November than I thought. Perhaps we should start letting him abuse drugs again. He seemed a lot less totally fucking nuts when he was high most of the time.

69 thoughts on “Rush Limbaugh has gone nuts. Calls for riots at Democratic convention.

  1. He’s just a blowhorn for the red. I think the republicans all hold perverted sex conventions at the White House.  Something you’d see in Conan The Barbarian, snakes, mustaches, long hair, and everything else..

  2. Far left Democrats?

    I guess he likes his friends as well as his foes to be imaginary…

  3. Far left Democrats?

    I guess he likes his friends as well as his foes to be imaginary…

    Yeah, the US doesn’t really know what left is anyway. Coulter and her ilk wouldn’t even know a real socialist when she saw one.

    Why doesn’t anyone make a complaint to law enforcement? Incitement is illegal, and it would keep the spotlight on the far right.

    Its only illegal when you threaten the POTUS, apparently. Also, they would just call “crybabies, crybabies”.

    And lets not be too reactive anyway. One thing I feel many press commentators these days are missing is that its all about Obama and Hillary. Who the hell talks about McCain?

  4. “We don’t riot. We don’t burn our cars. We don’t burn down our houses. We don’t kill our children. We don’t do half the things the American left does.”

    No, I guess they don’t.  But they do spend billions of taxpayer dollars to field a disastrous war where they do those things to people in other countries.

    Why doesn’t anyone make a complaint to law enforcement? Incitement is illegal, and it would keep the spotlight on the far right.

    IF there are riots in Denver, Limbaugh should be arrested for conspiracy charges, maybe even treason.  After all, the two remaining Democratic candidates are US Senators, not exactly a small time position in itself.

    I believe the most likely thing to happen will be some idiotic Dittoheads will attempt to start shit themselves in response to their god’s decree. Kinda like all the morons that mobbed the White House back in 2000 when there was a hint that Gore won the election.

    I don’t think people are going to get pissed off enough about the Super Delegates to do anything like riot, but a protest that gets attacked by the Police might qualify as a riot in Limbaugh’s diseased mind. I guess compare the protests that got really violent thanks to Police action in Seattle a few years back to say, the Watts riots, or the more recent LA riots, there’s a huge difference in at least scale.

  5. “There won’t be riots at our convention,” Limbaugh said of the Republican National Convention. “We don’t riot.

    We just bar any non-conformist from our events and herd the rest into pens out of our sight.

    We don’t burn our cars.

    We just haul yours to the impound yard.

    We don’t burn down our houses.

    We build our McMansions to fall apart after we’ve sold it for twice the price and moved out.

    We don’t kill our children.

    We just poison yours.

    We don’t do half the things the American left does.”

      And that’s why we’re stuck in two wars and falling into recession.

  6. The talk of riots are evil but the ‘talk’ between the two Democratic candidates will do more harm than any demonstration against the convention.  People are going to get tired of hearing the claims being made and the drawn out arguments these two candidates keep throwing at each other until McCain will reap the benefits of the tired and the undecided voters.  I would hate to see this happen but it is a real possibility.  It is time to shut up and unite or we will have more of the same crap that the last eight years have had.  Also what is this shit about taking a look at Iran?  Do our illustrious leaders want to start another war before they leave office?  Or maybe it is setting the scene for the next leader to carry on or straighten out.  We should unite the Democratic party and use this time being wasted to investigate and fight what is about to transpire.

  7. I am dreaming of my country finally seeing Rush Limbaugh and his band of sociopathic wingers for what they really are: completely antithetical to the spirit of our constitution and a pluralistic society. I am dreaming of them in the dustbin of history.  I am dreaming of our country getting back to the business of “a more perfect union”. 

    Unfortunately I keep waking up to the right-wing media.  Anyone who thinks mass media leans left just isn’t paying attention.

  8. I guess compare the protests that got really violent thanks to Police action in Seattle a few years back to say,

    Quite right, we all know it’s okay to be detained by fellow private citizens exercising their right to protest.  Police who interfere with such matters are facists.

  9. If anyone takes the time to get a free transcript of Rush’s remarks, or takes the time to actually listen to him, you will find the blogs are taking things out of context and don’t understand his humor. HE’S AN ENTERTAINER. He has no army, no minions that follow his directions. He merely comments, in his droll way, on what he sees happening in the world. Anybody who takes “Operation Chaos” seriously is really unaware of what the man is trying to do. Lighten up and listen to the whole conversation sometime.  tongue wink

  10. Leguru, I have listened to Rush.  The problem is that people DO take him seriously, people who vote take his idiotic blathering as if it were The Truth. I hear his talking points repeated all the time in serious conversation by people who should know better.

  11. I’ve listened to him on more than one occasion for as long as I could stomach. I don’t find him particularly amusing. If someone on the left had made a comment like that the right-wingers would be climbing up the walls over it. Not sure I see why we should be any less unhappy about it.

  12. I agree with DOF that Rush has many followers who uncritically swallow whatever he spews up.

    By the way, I would have responded to this thread earlier, but as a member of the left in America, I was busy burning down my house.

    Oh well, at least I’m not into watching nude boy scout wrestling, like so many Republican Senators and Congressmen.

  13. “There won’t be riots at our convention,” Limbaugh said of the Republican National Convention. “We don’t riot.

    Earlier in his statement:

    “Riots in Denver, the Democrat Convention would see to it that we don’t elect Democrats,”

    Why the fuck does anyone listen to him? It’s absurd how he gets away with the bullshit hypocrisy.

    Besides this it creates a dilemma. On the one hand, listening to Rush causes retardation on about all levels of the brain. So not listening to him or caring about what he says is a good thing.

    On the other hand, if we don’t listen to him and ignore him, many morons may jump on his bandwagon and defeating Limbaugh arguments becomes harder as we don’t know what those arguments are.

    I think I still prefer the ignore line as it allows me to limit the stupid I clutter my head with.

  14. I just tried to post this and I was told it was black listed,( so I wrote the dots).  Les, if this is your policy it’s worth letting it through just so we can see how Rush treats a regular listener.

    www dot rushlimbaugh dot com/home/daily/site_042408/content/01125107.guest.html

    He would get taken apart by Paxman or Humphries on the BBC- he’d resort to ineffectual name calling.

  15. LH, I’ll double check the blacklist. I don’t recall blocking Rush’s site, but that doesn’t mean it didn’t come in a download of the blacklist from EllisLabs.

  16. Les, I’m not that worried whether right wing bigots can link out, but I thought that the transcript, on what appears to be his official site, was rather revealing.

  17. “Teh stupid, it BURNS!!!”

    Can’t you spell, dof?  It’s “stoopid”, stoopid.

    And as to whether Limbaugh is serious, or “just” an entertainer, what’s the diff?  Nowadays, if a fact, or a position, ain’t entertaining, it ain’t a fact.

  18. Ok, I live in Minnesota, and work in an office building directly across the street from the Minneapolis Hyatt, which is where the RNC will be headquartered during the convention.  So, I’ll have front row seats for some of the street action.  The convention itself will be across the river in St Paul, but the delegations will be housed in hotels all over the metro area.  I expect to be late to work most days during this shindig. 

    Actually, I don’t see how it makes sense for riots at the Democratic Convention to be detrimental to the left – the left will be throwing their riots here in Minnesota, protesting the right.  If anyone riots in Denver, it would have to be the righties, protesting the left.  So, go ahead, riot away.

  19. It appears that Les is as dumb as he looks …

    Why not the American hating Nobama teamed up with the last of the clinton bimbo eruptios in 2008…

    Sounds like Mondale-Ferraro and a huge landslide over the left wing lunatics—-???

    LMAO at lib pussified traitors!

  20. Unfortunately, those dumb trolls can vote, and they vote Republican.  So it’s actually more sad than funny.

  21. Rush Limbaugh recently claimed “I hope Obama fails” after discussing how his republican “friends” were saying that they want him to succeed. How more evil can you get?
    He’s so stuck up on his party that Obama could have been running as a republican (with the same policies) and he would’ve blindly voted for him.
    He is not wanted by the rest of republicans because he is a messy extremist who stamps a bad name onto them. I can see why some people are faithful to the Republican Party (very patriotic, good for small businesses, “take care of yourself” policies) but if they are blind enough to see that those have been twisted into greed, and behind the scene conspiracies then we have a much larger problem on our hands.

    WORST CASE SCENARIO: rush limbaugh runs for pres.

  22. O_o: Please include context, or at least listen to him, yourself. What Rush claimed was that he hoped Obama’s liberal agenda failed. Do you think any conservative hopes the liberal agenda fails? ANY? And, by the way, Rush is NOT Republican, he is conservative. DUH!

  23. Legaru: If I wanted Obama to succeed, I’d be happy the Republicans have laid down.  And I would be encouraging Republicans to lay down and support him.  Look, what he’s talking about is the absorption of as much of the private sector by the US government as possible, from the banking business, to the mortgage industry, the automobile business, to health care.  I do not want the government in charge of all of these things. I don’t want this to work.  So I’m thinking of replying to the guy, “Okay, I’ll send you a response, but I don’t need 400 words, I need four: I hope he fails.” (interruption) What are you laughing at?  See, here’s the point.  Everybody thinks it’s outrageous to say.  Look, even my staff, “Oh, you can’t do that.”  Why not?  Why is it any different, what’s new, what is unfair about my saying I hope liberalism fails?  Liberalism is our problem.  Liberalism is what’s gotten us dangerously close to the precipice here.  Why do I want more of it?  I don’t care what the Drive-By story is.  I would be honored if the Drive-By Media headlined me all day long: “Limbaugh: I Hope Obama Fails.”  Somebody’s gotta say it.  <—- full quote.

    You can read the rest of it, but even Rush makes it clear his final response is that he hopes “he fails.”
    Him wanting Obamas “policies” to fail is basically wanting Obama to fail (thats what president is about– applying your plans, and leadership for the best interest of America) DUH!

    “I’m happy to be the last man standing.  I’m honored to be the last man standing.  Yeah, I’m the true maverick.  I can do more than four words.  I could say I hope he fails and I could do a brief explanation of why.  You know, I want to win.  If my party doesn’t, I do.  If my party has sacrificed the whole concept of victory, sorry, I’m now the Republican in name only, and they are the sellouts.”<—- another quote from same broadcast…
    Notice that he is a REPUBLICAN
    Conservative= Republican DUH!

    If you want to argue that both of these quotes aren’t screwed up, and twisted for someone in their right be my guest…

  24. Oh and also if your blind enough that you can’t see that its not the liberals that have destroyed this country bottom up maybe you should move out of the fucking country because I know that republicans have lost their place in politics for a very…very long time.

  25. It didn’t work with the Pilgrims, it didn’t work with the U.S.S.R., it doesn’t work in China – when the government controls everything, we the people DON’T control anything. Power corrupts, absolute power corrupts absolutely. The Constitution was NOT designed to give power to government, but to bind them and prevent them from getting too much power. If you believe your liberal views are right, go to Cuba, or Venezuela and find out how swell life is for the common man. If I think a greedy corporation is making too much money, I can find a way to compete with them and take some of that power away, peacefully. If I think a totalitarian leader is too powerful, I will wind up in jail or dead. I don’t know, you pick which system is best.  tongue wink

  26. Existence of government != communism.  Socialism != totalitarianism.  Many socialist countries are doing quite well, thank you, with better health care than US (as reflected in their mortality and morbidity statistics), and their kids are passing ours right by on standardized tests.  They don’t have one out of a hundred adults in prison, their public transportation works, and the streets are much safer.

    Government is the corporation of the people, entrusted with the care of the commons.  Like anything else, it has to be done well to have a good outcome.  Done incompetently it leads to… well it leads to what we have now.

    Creating a competing corporation is all dandy unless the problem is consumption and/or pollution, and the “free market” is ignoring that cost to the commons.  Corporations aren’t evil, they’re amoral. But sometimes it’s a distinction without a difference.

  27. Corporations aren’t evil, they’re amoral. But sometimes it’s a distinction without a difference.

    And some corporations are evil or at least immoral, not just amoral.

  28. Legaru: What to the pilgrims have to do with this?? Their system was under very different circumstances then we are today. Surviving is not an issue because we have enough food (clearly) and obviously communism worked for them otherwise we would not be here.

    If anything Bush’s 8 years were communism, DICK CHENEY?! we all know he had complete power, and if you ask me, it was worst because he was a shadow that wasn’t openly claiming that he was in control.

    It is not a question of “one man can’t have power” its a question of “What man can have power?” and the United States chose Barack Obama, thinking he was good for the job… Is he? we don’t know, but before you start accusing us of chaotic communism (in his first 4 days as president) maybe you should chill out and accept the fact that its a new day.

    If you are a member of the republican party (as I can tell) then know this: Your party has a “do it yourself” factor, where whatever people make is theirs and theirs only. Thats nice that people can have MORE money for themselves but separation in this world results in war, conflict, and bad resolutions.

  29. And it will make it hard for people with certain circumstances (mental illnesses, childhood abused children, handicapped, etc;) to make a living,

  30. Many socialist countries are doing quite well, thank you, with better health care than US (as reflected in their mortality and morbidity statistics), and their kids are passing ours right by on standardized tests.  They don’t have one out of a hundred adults in prison, their public transportation works, and the streets are much safer.

    OK I can believe that. But do they have the amount of freedom you do?

    As a citizen of a country that has been ruined by socialism I tend to take a somewhat jaundiced view of it (from an economic point of view).

  31. As a citizen of a country that has been ruined by socialism

    Riiight… there couldn’t be any other explanations for India’s condition. Nothing in your history or culture suggests that outcome. /snark

    As for freedom, there’s a balance to be struck.  Another word for unlimited freedom is anarchy. Fine, if you sleep with one eye open.

  32. And some corporations are evil or at least immoral, not just amoral.

    A corporation only has the actions of its agents imputed to it.  You may believe those actions to be moral or immoral.  To impute the morals of an agent to an entity that is not capable of any is unfounded though.

    As for freedom, there’s a balance to be struck.

    I for one always want that balance in the favor of more rather than less, but if you want to be the anti-freedom guy, so be it.

  33. I for one always want that balance in the favor of more rather than less, but if you want to be the anti-freedom guy, so be it.

    Consi, have you been watching Fox news?  It just sounds like one of their false dichotomies.

    Our freedoms are already constrained by nature, and by consequence.  To study nature is to foresee consequence, and to head off consequence one must constrain action.  To expect otherwise is wishful thinking.

  34. Riiight… there couldn’t be any other explanations for India’s condition. Nothing in your history or culture suggests that outcome. /snark

    China was in much the same condition as us in 1945. Since then their economy has grown as our’s has not. For all their talk of Communism, they definately have a better free market system than we do.

    Look, the fact is that the bigger role the government plays in business, the more chances they get to screw you. The entire govermental bureaucracy gets involved any time you want to do something. Try dealing with the local government in one of our cities and see how far you get without greasing palms. It’s enough to make one feel that anarchy is a better option sometimes.

    I guess you could point to some European countries and say that they don’t have such problems. But how many of them are as free as America? Britain still has blasphemy laws on the books. In much of Europe, Holocaust denial is a criminal offence. In Germany displaying a Swastika ( even for Hindus ) or doing a Nazi salute is illegal.

    I’ve never seen a socialist country that is both prosperous and free.

    You’re correct when you say that there’s a balance to be struck. But that balance should be to the right of socialism. America could stand to be much more liberal (financally) than you are now without crossing over into socialism.

    Oh never mind me. I don’t even know anything about economics. I just get frustrated by the government intereference here and from my point of view, I honestly find it hard to understand why anyone would want more goverment intereference. Probably I’d see it differently if I were on your side of the fence.

  35. The entire govermental bureaucracy gets involved any time you want to do something. Try dealing with the local government in one of our cities and see how far you get without greasing palms. It’s enough to make one feel that anarchy is a better option sometimes.

    I guess you could point to some European countries and say that they don’t have such problems. But how many of them are as free as America? Britain still has blasphemy laws on the books. In much of Europe, Holocaust denial is a criminal offence. In Germany displaying a Swastica ( even for Hindus ) or doing a Nazi salute is illegal.

    Several issues garbled up here.  In our alleged “free market” system, the corruption simply moves up to a higher level.  And the speech restrictions you mention are not economic issues so much as social-policy issues.  We have some commenters on this blog who agree with certain speech restrictions.

    China has been growing 30% per year for a while now, and is only now slowing down.  That’s a rough ride, and they’re paying an environmental price.  When the Himalayan glaciers are gone, and the rivers dry up, they will be in a world of hurt, along with all of South Asia (that would be of no small concern to you I believe).  This is foreseeable, but heaven forbid there be any interference in the “free market” that would turn the trend on global warming.

    Corporations always overdrive their headlights, and so does the voting citizenry.  The lights shine only as far as the immediate political and economic situation.  Somebody has to look farther down the road.  It has fallen to the “liberals” to be the party of long-term thinking.

  36. You’re probably right. And please don’t think I am a conservative or a Republican fan although I admit that I’m not expressing my self as well as I would like (it’s 0430 my time). I, like most of the non-US world was rooting for Obama. And I do consider myself a liberal who thinks that the Bush economic policies went too far.

    I just feel that socialism is taking it too far in the other direction.

    It has fallen to the “liberals” to be the party of long-term thinking.

    Yes obviously long-term thinking is needed. However I feel interference would only be a good thing if there was a strong scientific body either making the decisions or advising whoever is making the decisions.

    I believe that environmental concerns are valid and something needs to be done. Hovever we need Scientists to advise us on what to do and not just to tell us that Global Warming is happening. And that is something I don’t see happening. I don’t see either individuals, corporations or goverments actually getting scientific advice on how to fix the problems.

  37. I don’t see either individuals, corporations or goverments actually getting scientific advice on how to fix the problems.

    But, there is plenty of POLITICAL advise. And, we know how reliable that can be.  tongue wink

  38. Actually Obama has got himself quite a team of qualified scientific advisors, and they are giving him good advice.  This is in contrast to Bush, who had one scientific advisor who was under instructions not to bring up science issues at cabinet meetings.

    Of course there is plenty of political schmooze going on too, which explains why Obama is still using the words “clean coal”.  But on the whole he is doing very well.  A large chunk of his conservation policy is a two-fer, funding retrofitting of buildings with better insulation on a massive scale.  That’ll save a buttload of energy without having to invent any technology, it’ll put people to work right away, and it doesn’t involve anyone sacrificing comfort – because no American seems willing to do that.

  39. it doesn’t involve anyone sacrificing comfort – because no American seems willing to do that.

    PICKY, PICKY, PICKY!  LOL

  40. Britain still has blasphemy laws on the books

    and it’s still illegal to give presents on Christmas day.  They are unused.  Attempts to bring private prosecutions are invariable thrown out, or found against.  The cour found in favour of “Jerry Springer- the Opera”. I can hardly think of anything more likely to be blasphemous.  Try running the Bus ads in the US. Lets find out where religeous speech is freer.

  41. The fact that scientists are making it appear that we the people are the #1 cause of Global Warming is an illusion. Many public figures such as Al Gore, are clearly telling us that if we use our car less, recycle, etc; we can stop the melting of the glaciers. I would say that could cover about 5 % of the damage. 50% is the universe’s way, and 45% is the large corporations and men in control of military operations. Thats why we need a good team of informative scientist working in high places with important leaders.

    A large chunk of his conservation policy is a two-fer, funding retrofitting of buildings with better insulation on a massive scale.  That’ll save a buttload of energy without having to invent any technology, it’ll put people to work right away, and it doesn’t involve anyone sacrificing comfort – because no American seems willing to do that.

    During the election he stated that it would take a lot more money than in the past to kick off the environmental policy. I am afraid that the American people (who are awfully spoiled) will not be cooperative or understanding of the circumstances. Your going to have the snobby real-estate workers complaining about “How the green-roofing doesn’t look attractive to clients” and Fox news bashing the president for eating up the countries money (which is ironic after the Iraq war) not understanding that cash will be the least of our issues if we do not put these plans in action.
    It seems like a very small conflict right now, but when were freezing our asses off because of a triggered ice age, or jamming our house with air conditioners, the world will regret EVERYTHING.

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