Al Franken responds to Rush Limbaugh on TravelGolf.com
TravelGolf conducted a question-and-answer session with Franken this week, and his responses were both hilarious and illuminating.
And while he admitted frankly that he didn’t know enough about Michelle Wie to comment on Limbaugh’s opinion of Wie as a marketing invention, he did have a lot of other things to say, about Limbaugh and other topics. From golf, to wrestling to the Civil Rights Act.
Like his comments on Limbaugh’s prescription drug abuse. Franken was asked what advice Stuart Smalley (the self-help character Franken has lampooned on Saturday Night live and in movies) would give to Limbaugh?
“Take responsibility for your actions, according to your values,” Franken said. “(Limbaugh) used to say that people who used drugs illegally should be put away. I guess then he should ask to be put away for the longest possible time. (Limbaugh) made it pretty clear all those years what his values were, and that was to imprison anyone who used drugs illegally, which is clear he did. So I guess Stuart would tell him: ‘turn yourself in and offer to go to prison for a long time.’ “
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Then you go to a comic for commentary who knows nothing about the issue or GOLF. Is this site about Golf or bashing Rush Limbaugh? It seems to be called "TravelGolf." Perhaps a new web address is in order? It's really too bad that some people cannot leave their political views out of anything.
Like religious fanatics, they have to apply it to everything. Someone can't even talk about golf if he's a heretic! The man said he admired Miss Wie, but that she needs to start winning. It's the exact thing said about Anna Kournikova, and unfortunately it turned out she preferred marketing to her sport. I don't think that's the case with Miss Wie, but then it's not really about her, is it?
It's about a chance to lash out with McCarthyist fervor at an effective spokesman for blasphemous views. We may not burn heretics at the stake anymore, but man, if you could get your hands on this intellectual infidel you'd do just that.
But I can understand the laziness. Why go through all the work of learning facts? Why take the time to debate intelligently? Nah, it's so much easier -- as McCarthy and so many other despots taught us -- to simply throw a label at someone and therefore discredit anything they say.
This blog should be in the dictionary to illustrate "ad hominem attacks."
Never mind the distinctions! A liberal will tell you what you meant by what you said, or what you meant by what you didn't say, or what your words mean if they are "code words," which is the whole basis of this Wie absurdity. Contrarily, if a liberal says something a conservative MAY NOT interpret it or hold them to it. A liberal will tell you just what that liberal meant.
Liberals also decide who is a hypocrite, and it's never one of them. No, they "grow" or "change with the times" or "evolve." Rush doesn't get the option to change his opinion through experience, just like he's being prosecuted (persecuted?) under a law used one or two times since.
Note that the ACLU backed Rush's medical privacy case. Note that no charges have been brought, and that even conservatives used to be "innocent until proven guilty."
Nah, drugs -- legal and illegal, although making the distinction here probably makes me racist or sexist becuase it's inconveient -- are cool when it's parties at Saturday Night Live. They're briefly serious when one of the cast dies. But instead of extending some compassion or a "right on" to someone you hate, it's a chance to attack.
Wow, this is a great "golf" site.
Tim McDonald, is all about name-calling and has nothing substantive to say, probably cause it would take a little brainpower to do otherwise. Throw as much crap up on the wall and let’s see what sticks is probably his motto.
As far as Rush's previous drug problem goes, who in there right mind does not make a distinct difference between a person who get addicted to prescribed prescription drugs that originally had a valid purpose, and the drug addict who started using for recreational purposes and now is addicted.
What happened to Rush can happen to anyone.
My wife recently was told during a doctors visit they could do nothing for her sore throat except give her something for the pain. The doctor offered to subscribe her vicodin for a soar throat.
The point is that what happened to Rush could happen to anyone. He did not make a choice to start taking those drugs because he wanted to get high. And any comparison of him with a person that started using drugs for fun is ridiculous and repulsive.
I'm really done with Tim McDonald's blogging, I think everyone who reads it is dumber after having read it. I'm through losing brain cells on his blog.
The Limbaugh, Franken, etc. articles are there for those who choose to read them, and who find them worthwhile and interesting. If you and/or others find them objectionable, I urge you to bypass them and read the more golf/travel-oriented articles.
Who cares if you don't care? The act of not caring would seem, by definition, to elicit a non-response altogether. Yet, by your response, you demonstrate that you do, indeed care. You seem to be trying to make a statement, yet are bound by either language or cognitive limitations.
I also noticed how the author of this story is not only a terrible writer, but is also afraid to respond to his critics. It seems liberals are all alike in this regard: perfectly willing to bad-mouth and name-call people they don't like, but afraid or unable to defend themselves when called on it.
"Rush himself tells his listeners you need to hear his show for at least 6 weeks before you begin to understand his satirical humor"
I really need to try that. Just read my blog every day for the next several weeks. If you still don't understand my humor, try reading it for a few more weeks.
Suddenly I remember why I rarely respond to these comments. Have fun with your lack of knowledge of ellipses, among other things.
I guess you didn't get William's hint that you're misusing ellipses. There likely is information available on the web about it.
As for Mr. Limbaugh, here are some quotations of his I found regarding drug use and what should be done to drug users:
"What this says to me is that too many whites are getting away with drug use. Too many whites are getting away with drug sales. Too many whites are getting away with trafficking in this stuff. The answer to this disparity is not to start letting people out of jail because we're not putting others in jail who are breaking the law. The answer is to go out and find the ones who are getting away with it, convict them and send them up the river, too." 10/5/95
"When you strip it all away, Jerry Garcia destroyed his life on drugs. And yet he's being honored, like some godlike figure. Our priorities are out of whack, folks." 8/20/95
"I want to let you read along with me a quote from Jerry Colangelo about substance abuse, and I think you'll find that he's very much right…'I know every expert in the world will disagree with me, but I don't buy into the disease part of it. The first time you reach for a substance you are making a choice. Every time you go back, you are making a personal choice. I feel very strongly about that.'... " 9/23/93
"In the audio link below, I go into detail about these non-thinking talking points that 'you can't tell people what to do with their bodies' and 'you can't legislate morality.' First of all, we tell people what they can do to their bodies all the time--no cocaine, no prostitution, no throwing yourself off a building. Second, laws are nothing but defining morality! " 6/27/03
He does seem to have a double standard--send drug users to prison, except when it's himself.
By the way, the drugs he was abusing are legal to use only with a valid prescription. He didn't have a valid prescription, so his drug use was illegal.
And there was his classy ridiculing of Chelsea Clinton when she was 13 years old. Nice guy.
Talk about someone that needs to told to pick on someone his own size.
Did anyone else notice Bill tried to sneak in a little namecalling with his use of the word idiot?
I don't blame Will for not responding, people like you aren't going to listen no matter how many facts you are presented with. I won't label that extreme behavior conservative, however, as I've seen you use the line "typical liberal" all too much.
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