Advice for the hungry, from a silly man who can’t control his appetites


Cassie graduated from high school and has already moved on to college.  College is where our young Diogenes get bigger and brighter lamps to search with.

And so it is that Cassie calls Rush Limbaugh on what is surely one of the most offensive things he’s ever said.

To this woman:

Dorothea Lange's photo, "Migrant Mother"

Photo by Dorothea Lange

Rush said, “Go to McDonald’s.”

No, seriously.  Go read the transcript at Media Matters, it gets worse; he’s commenting on the report that a lot of kids will go hungry in America over the summer because they are not attending school where they get a good meal every day:

There are also things in what’s called the kitchen of your house called cupboards. And in those cupboards, most likely you’re going to find Ding-Dongs, Twinkies, Lays ridgy potato chips, all kinds of dip and maybe a can of corn that you don’t want, but it will be there. If that doesn’t work, try a Happy Meal at McDonald’s. You know where McDonald’s is. There’s the Dollar Menu at McDonald’s and if they don’t have Chicken McNuggets, dial 911 and ask for Obama.

And — you know, Dave Barry wouldn’t make this stuff up even if he could, because it’s not funny — Rush said this:

There’s another place if none of these options work to find food; there’s always the neighborhood dumpster. Now, you might find competition with homeless people there, but there are videos that have been produced to show you how to healthfully dine and how to dumpster dive and survive until school kicks back up in August. Can you imagine the benefit we would provide people?

A few of my students do that.  They would be the first to tell Rush, it’s not a great way to get a good meal.

Rush should be ashamed of himself.  Perhaps he has no sense of shame.

It’s not as if the signs of hunger in America were not clearly visible.

Vermont Food Bank, via David Osler, Dave's Part

The refrigerator is empty. Image from David Osler

Yeah, I know:  Rush is deaf.  Really. I didn’t know he is blind, and heartless, too.

It’s time he go mute, on his own.  Get out of the way and let some hungry person, some person hungry for the truth, take over the microphone and speak the facts.  Maybe Rush should turn over the microphone to Cassie — she’s got real experience, and a real heart.

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5 Responses to Advice for the hungry, from a silly man who can’t control his appetites

  1. Ellie says:

    He’s a lying, egotistical, bombastic, heartless, slimy bigot. He’s also very smart. He found a way to make money hand over fist catering to people with the lowest level of human compassion and empathy. When one’s own deepest feelings are vile, one embraces the Limbaughs of the world and makes them into heroes. It’s easier to excuse one’s own lack when he can be pointed to as an “authority figure.”

    If I were God (good thing I’m not!), he’d be living IN a dumpster. That’s where he and his statements belong — in the garbage. Perhaps there is hope for him, but it would have to come in the form of divine intervention.

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  2. Ed Darrell says:

    Michael Savage recently talked about how the kids who didn’t get fed breakfast when he was growing up were better off, because hunger made them tough.

    Then he said, “But you can overcome the toughness if you parboil them for a couple of hours first.”

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  3. Jim Stanley says:

    Rush’s list of racist and hateful rants is epic. I’ve gone from loathing the man to sincerely pitying him. I can’t imagine what a self-loathing, lonely creature he is. That would explain his drug addiction, for sure. It would probably explain his tendency toward serial divorce and remarriage while proclaiming family values.

    His mindset expressed in the thread above is classic Libertarian-Right Wing Republicanism. “I’ve got mine, Jack. Now root (in the dumpster), hog or die.”

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  4. Michael Savage recently talked about how the kids who didn’t get fed breakfast when he was growing up were better off, because hunger made them tough.

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  5. george.w says:

    I don’t know… “most offensive thing Rush Limbaugh ever said” is a tough call. Kind of like; “Most disgusting parasite”. Actually I think the first one answers the second.

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