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Bubbly Cocktails to Sip While Rush Limbaugh Fizzles

Raise a glass to Sandra Fluke—or drink our custom cocktails to the demise of Rush's career.


Welcome to Buy You a Drink, where GOOD’s resident mixologist selects the libations to pair with each week’s newsmakers. This week: cocktails perfumed by the sweet smell of schadenfreude.

The past 10 days of media scandal have provided me the rare and exciting opportunity to define the boundaries of my personal moral code. As it turns out, I’m fundamentally opposed to dancing on the graves of the recently deceased—even if the deceased were scum-sucking bottom feeders like Andrew Breitbart and you swear the grave-dancing is an homage to scum-suckery itself. But when it comes to living assholes, I’m all in favor of a little schadenfreude. And if the health of Rush Limbaugh’s radio program really is in jeopardy, then pardon me while I lace up my dancing shoes.

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Rush Hour: Why Limbaugh's Latest Screed Hit a Nerve Why Rush Limbaugh's Latest Screed Hit a Nerve

The lesson for Limbaugh may be not to stop being a bigot, but to stop insulting white women with epithets pegged to the news.


I make it a policy to ignore Rush Limbaugh, the conservative radio commentator who has been a thorn in the side of liberals for years. Still, when national headlines quote his comments and my inbox is flooded with petitions and press statements, I sit up and take notice. Why are people freaking out about his attack on Georgetown law student Sandra Fluke? Out of every outrageously bigoted thing Limbaugh has said over the years, why did this one prompt the president of the United States to call his target on the phone and pledge his support?

Let's review what Limbaugh said over the past few days: He called Fluke—who was initially barred from the all-male House hearing on birth control and later expressed her views about why Georgetown should cover contraceptives—a "slut" and a "prostitute" who "wants to be paid to have sex." (He also said "[s]he's having so much sex she can't afford the contraception," as if that's the way birth control works.) When called out on his misogynistic comments, he doubled down, saying, “If we’re going to have to pay for this, then we want something in return." His request? Videos of "all this sex posted online so we can see what we’re getting for our money.”

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Quotatious: Rush Limbaugh Blames Japan's Environmental Consciousness for the Earthquake

Rush Limbaugh says that "Gaia" was trying to tell Japanese environmentalists something with the earthquake and tsunami.

\n\n\n\n At roughly 0:33 in the clip above, a caller—let's call him callous Chris in Indianapolis—asks Limbaugh, "If these are the people that invented the Prius, have mastered public transportation, recycling, why did mother earth, Gaia if you will, hit them with this disaster?"

After playing (and mocking) an audio clip about Japanese earthquake and tsunami victims recycling in their temporary disaster housing, Rush goes on to answer Chris's question:

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