NFLPA to Rush: get lost Update: Rev Al joins the chorus

Rush Limbaugh’s bid to buy the St Louis Rams has drawn fire from the NFL Players Association and actually I am not sure why. NFL Players executive director DeMaurice Smith (from ESPN):

In an e-mail to the union’s executive committee on Saturday specifically addressing Limbaugh’s bid, Smith said, “I’ve spoken to the Commissioner [Roger Goodell] and I understand that this ownership consideration is in the early stages. But sport in America is at its best when it unifies, gives all of us reason to cheer, and when it transcends. Our sport does exactly that when it overcomes division and rejects discrimination and hatred.”

Discrimination and hatred? Such as … oops, no specifics mentioned. Is it that a political commentator wants Obama’s policies to fail? I do. Is it the way Limbaugh exposes the vile hate (Nancy “swastika” Pelosi, or Democrat “Tea Party Mob” Party) from the left. Perhaps it’s the way Limbaugh exposes the political nature of the race card played as a weapon to silence opposition instead of to use it to exclusively expose true racial inequality.

But no, what we find from ESPN is that the NFLPA objects to this:

Limbaugh has expressed a number of controversial racial ideas in the past. For example, he suggested that Gen. Colin Powell supported Barack Obama’s presidential candidacy simply because he was black, and he also stated that the media wants black quarterbacks to do well and that Donovan McNabb doesn’t deserve much of the credit he has received for the Eagles’ success.

Set aside the fact that Rush is not a racist, that his producer is an African American, has never said anything that is racist, spends his time pointing out hypocrisy and double standards on the left, and promoting a market system that serves as the real solution to inner city poverty … we have come to this. Unless an individual tows the politically correct line, speaks only when spoken to and then only in support of the young President, you are no longer qualified to partiipate in the free market.

Oh … this was my favorite line in the ESPN story. Just in case you didn’t know NFL;

Among the half-dozen interested buyers of the Rams, there are strong African-American ownership groups interested in buying the Rams, including businessmen Donald Watkins and Dave Steward.

I think its great that there are qualified bidders who are African American. It’s a sign of economic success that transcends race. But it is not and should not be a qualifier above anything else nor should it be a reason to exclude Limbaugh. The only thing that should matter to these players is success. Financial success.

There was a time when sports were a way to escape from day to day politics. That is more important now than ever. But first NBC decided to include Bob “Bush is a failed President” Costas and then Keith”Bath Tub Boy” Olberman in it’s Sunday telecast. Now this.

I love the Giants and the Pats. I watch regularly and attend one very expensive game each year. Money that helps pay the freight of these NFL players, many of whom are coddled, spoiled and narcissistic, as well as overpaid and under-performing (where’s the NFL pay czar when we need him). But should the NFL disqualify this bid based on Limbaugh’s political views I will no longer watch (as I have with baseball, apparently with a lot of other people). I have better things to do with my time.

UPDATE: yes predictable … the Rev Al has joined the chorus. No Rush.

Obama makes white people feel good.

Nuff said don’t you think. Joan Walsh on Hardball thinks Rush and Glenn Beck are projecting their own racism when they criticize Obama, in particular for his handling of the  Gates “gate”.

Why everyone knows Obama loves white people and he makes white people feel good for trying hard … so sayeth Joan of Hardball.


Just remember when you try hard … Obama likes you.

Rush … taken out of context … is labled a racist.

This was just too much to pass up. Former New York State Supreme Court Judge Leslie Crocker Snyder is asked to comment on comments made by Rush Limbaugh in which Limbaugh calls Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor a reverse racist. Read more

Powell … Republican Vision

I am posting this video more to to get discussion started. The former Secretary of State says he supported Obama because he was best qualified. That deserved a follow up and one was not forthcoming. Really? And what made him best qualified … speaking as a Republican of course. Hmmmmm.

So here’s the discussion. the General says the Republicans need to be more inclusive. I agree … but that does not mean adopting the Democrats big government principles … otherwise … I am out … what about you? What do you think. Take the poll … leave a comment.


Did He Laugh?

Silly I know … but the Wanda Sykes thing is worth at least one post. Here’s video whacking Rush Limbaugh. Funny? Ummm, no. But the real question is … why did the President laugh? Hmmm. Or did he? Some say he was just being polite. Polite? You judge.


Here’s Press Secretary Gibbs reponse to this yesterday. Hot Air has a nice commentary on this … I am with them.


and here’s Britt Hume’s response. I’m with him.


You be the judge.

Update-Rove “Biden Serial Exaggerator” – Another Joe Biden bedtime story?

He finally comes out of hiding and the Vice Gaffamatic is at it again. Read more

Limbaugh to pull out of New York

I understand Limbaugh’s situation is an individual case, but when you target high-wage earners with putative income taxes, those high-wage earners have the ability to work somewhere else. And sometimes they do. Read more

White House political appointees keep Citigroup bonuses (Audio)

As congress continues to call AIG executives to task in televised hearings, Executive Branch political appointees keep year-end bonuses from Citigroup and that’s perfectly fine since – get this – there is no need to bother them with that trivial stuff since the government “needs the talent we have” and faces “enormous challenges” so they need “all hands on deck.”

Within the last couple of days, the New York Times quietly reported that three political advisers to the White House received year-end bonuses from bailed out Citigroup. From Charlie Savage’s piece in the Times

Several members of the Obama administration worked for financial companies that received bailout funds, raising the question of whether they should keep any bonus they received.

At least three members of the still-growing team of political appointees, for example, worked at Citigroup and were eligible for year-end bonuses. One of the former Citigroup executives, Michael Froman, the deputy national security adviser for international economic affairs, has decided to give his bonus to charity. The White House declined to provide specific details on what the other two — the deputy Secretary of State, Jacob J. Lew, and David A. Lipton, the White House’s senior director for international economics — will do.

Why are they not stunned and “obviously angry” about the bonuses paid? Any demands to return the cash to the government? Have they been targeted for a 90 percent tax on the money?

Jennifer Psaki, a White House spokeswoman, said in a statement that the administration had scrutinized “the employment and compensation history of all our appointees,” but the administration is not forcing people to give up their year-end bonuses.

“While we don’t require former executives to forgo their bonuses when they come to work here, some made the choice to give their bonus or other compensation up,” Ms. Psaki added. “Executives who come to work for this Administration take a major pay cut to do so because they believe in the efforts of the President to change the system–including his long time commitment to stronger regulation of the financial services industry.”

So, if you go to work for the government, you get a pass since you’re doing The One’s work, but if you agree to a $1 salary and only get paid if you stick around and work your tail off to solve a problem in a division of AIG that is slated to be closed, you’re evil.

On today’s Rush Limbaugh show – which I rarely get to listen to these days – he tuned us into an interview with David Axelrod, President Obama’s top political adviser who had no problem with the bonuses. They really need to keep the talent in the White House, it’s really important and they need to have all hands on deck. Here’s the audio.


I guess AIG’s problem is not all that important.

Food Fight

This took place on CNN last night and Nicolle Wallace could very well be my new hero (heroine?). She handles CNN’s White House plotter in chief Paul Begala with ease. Wolf never asks Begala if he indeed was behind the Limbaugh/Obama battle … but allows Begala to continue his screed “Rush is the leader of the Republicans”. But Nicolle, bless her heart, puts the brakes on that one and puts the Obama administration in its proper perspective.


Food fight indeed. Grow up children. Rome is burning.

The Screamin’ Voice Of Reason – Update: Begala Speaks

Update: Makes sure you also view our companion post “Food Fight.” Begala speaks.

In light of the news from the Politico that the entire Rush Vs Obama smackdown was a prehatched, prefabbed, political plot by CNN/White House pundits Paul Begala, James Carville, Rohm Emmanuel (and as Ed Morrissey points out Obama himself) Pat Buchanan’s input is on the mark. When you can’t govern … politic. Or, when Rome is burning … play that funky fiddle.


Oh … and here’s a bit from the Politico piece.

The strategy took shape after Democratic strategists Stanley Greenberg and James Carville included Limbaugh’s name in an October poll and learned their longtime tormentor was deeply unpopular with many Americans, especially younger voters. Then the conservative talk-radio host emerged as an unapologetic critic of Barack Obama shortly before his inauguration, when even many Republicans were showering him with praise.

Which kinda puts this clip I posted in January (and went national) in perspective doesn’t it?


These guys are good. Or is that bad?