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Kit
- 3045 days ago - truth-out.org
Try to contain your shock, but yes, Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh went out of their way to peg the needle on the Ghoul-o-Meter in the aftermath of the Japan calamity.



   

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Kit B (276)
Saturday March 19, 2011, 11:59 am
I've spent the last few days walking around my quiet little Boston neighborhood looking at the houses, the cars, the shops, the trees. I look at my wife, my neighbors, my cat. Then I close my eyes, and in that darkness I see it all wiped out, washed away, obliterated, shattered to kindling and utterly gone. I see a moonscape of annihilation, no reference points in sight, nothing familiar. I see the day after the end of everything, and the horror of it comes nowhere close to the reality that is Japan.

There are no words for this. Only the pictures can tell the tale, but you can't photograph radiation, so even that falls short. It is, quite simply, one of the worst events I have seen in my life, and I am half a planet away. Actually being there, buried in rubble or looking for missing loved ones or staring down a nuclear nightmare, is more than my mind can encompass.

And it's not nearly over. The horror of all this is only just beginning. The funeral industry in the stricken northern region is already overwhelmed, and there are still thousands - if not tens of thousands - of bodies waiting to be found. The process of cleaning up the devastation and then rebuilding will be Herculean in scope. Looming over it all is the seemingly inexorable threat posed by six damaged nuclear reactors.

The destruction and suffering involved here is unspeakable...and so, of course, the ghouls descended.
In this, there are degrees of ghoulishness. Comedian Gilbert Gottfried made some Twitter jokes which failed with such terminal velocity that he was fired from his Aflac spokesman gig an hour after he hit 'Send.' Rapper 50 Cent sent a Tweet about having to "evacuate his hoes," another attempt at humor that fell utterly and obnoxiously flat. The moral here, I suppose, is that celebrities should have their Twitter accounts suspended whenever a disaster takes place, so as to save them from themselves.

These are two fairly nauseating examples of some of the reactions to what happened in Japan, but these pale in comparison to the reactions from a pair of soulless cretins we know all too well. Try to contain your shock, but yes, Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh went out of their way to peg the needle on the Ghoul-o-Meter in the aftermath of the Japan calamity.

Mr. Beck, facing the recently revealed possibility of being removed from the Fox tribe, decided to double down on The Crazy by claiming the earthquake and tsunami in Japan were divine retribution from God for bad behavior and the existence of Islam, among other things:

BECK: We can't see the connections here. Now look, I'm not saying God is, you know, causing earthquakes.

Well - I'm not saying that he - I'm not not saying that either.

God - what God does is God's business, I have no idea. But I'll tell you this: whether you call it Gaia or whether you call it Jesus - there's a message being sent. And that is, 'Hey, you know that stuff we're doing? Not really working out real well. Maybe we should stop doing some of it.' I'm just sayin'. And - yesterday I got home and I was thinking about all the messages that I could bring in, all the things that I could tell ya, and oh I've got stuff on Hezbollah. Oh, I have stuff on radical Islam in America that'll make your eyes fall out. Or I could just tell you the answer, and the answer is: Buckle up. Buckle up, 'cause it's going to be a bumpy ride.

Make sure you keep your arms and legs inside the car at all times. Because, things are gonna get bumpy and, just a few reminders there at the beginning as this rollercoaster takes off, always a good safety tip: Keep your arms and legs in. Don't do anything stupid, what do you say we follow the big top ten. You can call them Moses' ten commandments, or ten rules of thumb. What do you say we start doing those things? Because the things we are doing really suck and they're not getting better.

(Emphasis added)
So yeah, Beck is not saying that God struck Japan because you're a bad person doing bad things and because he has stuff on radical Islam...but he's not not saying it, either.

Got it?

Me neither.

The theme of a vengeful Gaia is suddenly all the rage for the scumbag wing of the Radio Right, as evidenced by Rush Limbaugh's gleeful reaction - literally: gleeful - to the catastrophe in Japan. The March 15th edition of his radio show featured a caller who joked about nature taking a hard shot at Japan despite that nation's excellent recycling policies. Vomitous hilarity ensued:

CALLER: I need some of your wisdom. I'm confused. At the top of the first hour, you played a clip. Diane Sawyer, I believe, about the recycling that is still going on in Japan.

LIMBAUGH: I did. You're right.

CALLER: 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?

LIMBAUGH: Well, that's an interesting question. Let's go back and grab Diane Sawyer. Audio sound bite number nine. This is her report on a shelter for refugees in Japan and how they are handling their waste management.
[PLAYS CLIP]
DIANE SAWYER: This is a shelter. Some of these people here for days, and look, it's recycling. Organized for recycling.
GUEST: Plastic, combustible, burnable, canes.
[END CLIP]
LIMBAUGH: Did I really hear this? Did I really hear -- Diane Sawyer is in a refugee camp in Japan. Play this again. This is almost like a kindergarten teacher talking to the four year olds. That is how old you are in kindergarten, right? Five? Five? Four? Alright. This is - some of these people here for days and look, look it's recycling, organized for recycling.
[PLAYS CLIP]
SAWYER: This is a shelter. Some of these people here for days and look it's recycling, organized for recycling.
GUEST: Plastic, combustible, burnable, canes.
[END CLIP]

RUSH: My god, she sounds like she saw her husband for the first time in six months there. Oh, it's recycling, look, organized for -- these people are in the midst of earthquake devastation and the credit they're getting is for recycling and our caller Chris with a great question. The Japanese have done so much to save the planet. He's right. They've given us the Prius. Even now, refugees are still recycling their garbage, and yet Gaia levels them [laughs], just wipes them out. Wipes out their nuclear plants, all kinds of radiation. What kind of payback is this? That is an excellent question. They invented the Prius. In fact, where Gaia blew up is right where they make all these electric cars. That's where the tsunami hit. All those brand new electric cars sitting there on the lot. I like the way this guy was thinking. It's like -- it's like Gaia hit the Prius in [inaudible]. It's like they were in the crosshairs, if we can use that word, it does. What is Gaia trying to tell us here? What is the mother of environmentalism trying to say with this hit? Great observation out there, Chris.
(Emphasis added)

It is worthwhile to note that, for reasons passing understanding, Rush Limbaugh is still prominently featured on American Armed Forces radio. Currently, there are scores of American service members in Japan assisting with the search for the lost and the injured. They are witnessing firsthand the reality of this disaster. One wonders if those men and women find it all as funny as Rush does.

Do me a favor, gentle reader.

Step outside. Look all around you at your familiar surroundings, your home, your car, your place of business, your garden, your family, your pets, your neighbors, your friends, your life.

Now close your eyes and imagine all of it gone, just gone, reduced to matchsticks and blood.

Now make a joke. Blame it all on people you don't like.

Yeah, I didn't think you could.

You're a human being, not a ghoul.

by William Rivers Pitt for Truthout
 

Past Member (0)
Saturday March 19, 2011, 12:00 pm
Noted, thanks Kit. No shock...ghouls are ghoulish. I signed a petition a little while ago to remove Beck from Boston radio...and it stated Fox had already dropped him..hope that's true.
 

Hans Mueller (591)
Saturday March 19, 2011, 12:19 pm
Why do we continue to do service to these two imbecils (Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh ) by reporting on their every act of disgusting behavior. Turn off your DVR''s and TIVo's when their sideshows are aired and promise to break their evil magnetic spell. Add Hannity to your list of nut cases. O'Reilly is OK and he even had Obama on his show.
 

Past Member (0)
Saturday March 19, 2011, 12:48 pm
It's the phony multiple ID pigs that are the real problem, a total waste of everyones time.
 

Toni C (508)
Saturday March 19, 2011, 12:51 pm
Thanks for the article, Kit... another good one. I honestly don't undertand why these two morons are on the air or why people even listen to their stupidity... Are americans that lame brained? Holy cow, I should hope not! It's time for these two to GO!
 

Kit B (276)
Saturday March 19, 2011, 2:35 pm

I do like William Rivers Pitt and his unique take on situations. I don't know if Americans are lame brained or just looking for some one or something to lash out at because of their own boredom or financial stress. It's for sure all this was in bad taste and in no way funny. I guess I don't want the visual image in my head of everything being gone and, yet I know the stark reality is, that is what's happening to those in Japan. To me this article is about the loss of empathy - compared to Haiti far fewer donations have come in for Japan, but the need is so great.

If you have not done so then please sign this petition for those in need in Japan:

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/8/help-me-helping-survivors-of-tohoku-kanto-earthquake-in-japan/

 

Kathy Chadwell (354)
Saturday March 19, 2011, 3:19 pm
So let me get this straight. beck (like bush) knows what God wants?
Somebody bitch slap that fat whimp
 

Yvonne White (229)
Saturday March 19, 2011, 3:39 pm
Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh will do anything to get attention. I'm surprised they didn't call Charlie Sheen in to get his take on the situation. I just feel sorry (no, make that sickened) that people still watch them for "news"..:(
 

Hans Mueller (591)
Saturday March 19, 2011, 3:46 pm
@Yvonne ... Some of those most critical of them, here on Care2, actually record their shows for article fodder.
 

Terry King (113)
Saturday March 19, 2011, 6:18 pm
Beck. Limbaugh, Hannity, and O'reilly... The four horsemen of the apocalypse!
 

Linda h (86)
Saturday March 19, 2011, 7:57 pm
John A. I so agree with you. They should have to put up all their persona at once in a collage. It would save time for everyone.
 

Kit B (276)
Saturday March 19, 2011, 8:13 pm

I have to wonder how any one would know or dare to state as knowledge what another person does or does not do in their own home. Even if some one told me they recorded Fox, and they were some one I knew to sane and not republican I would assume they were joking.

Linda - you are so right it ought to be a law.
 

Linda h (86)
Saturday March 19, 2011, 9:39 pm
http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/11/18/dispute-over-dead-sea-scrolls-leads-to-a-jail-sentence/
So it looks like there is a law of sorts.
 

Carmen S (69)
Saturday March 19, 2011, 10:25 pm
they are the four horsemen and they are not human.
 

Walter Firth (45)
Sunday March 20, 2011, 2:51 am
Noted.I read the article and the comments,I don't know these people and I am sure I don't want to.They thrive on your attention,why not ignore them and their programmes.
 

Cindy C (125)
Sunday March 20, 2011, 4:09 am
oh dear me they have suffered in a horrible way and god bless them - scary isnt it ?
 

Past Member (0)
Sunday March 20, 2011, 4:35 am
People in the media have to wise the feck up!! They'll both be regretting this.
 

Carol H (229)
Sunday March 20, 2011, 5:57 am
noted, thanks Kit
 

John Y (67)
Sunday March 20, 2011, 5:58 am
Thanks for the information.
 

Kit B (276)
Sunday March 20, 2011, 7:13 am

Interesting article, Linda thanks.
 

donald Baumgartner (6)
Sunday March 20, 2011, 12:24 pm
Kathy C ROCKS!!
 

Dianna M (16)
Sunday March 20, 2011, 12:35 pm
I will never understand why ANYBODY would waste their time listening to either one of these two hate-mongers. These guys have zero interest in improving anything. They're interested in lining their own pockets: Period. Do you really think they care about your problems, or even your opinions?
 

Harry Schneider (43)
Sunday March 20, 2011, 1:19 pm
Just don`t watch anything where those two appear, just turn the damn thing off, if more than half of America`s tv viewers do that, they will not stay much longer. It is that easy!
 

Roger G (148)
Sunday March 20, 2011, 1:44 pm
yep these nuts should be fired immediately !
 

Doug C (51)
Sunday March 20, 2011, 3:13 pm
We are doing something wrong so God is punishing us. Okay. What we are doing wrong is disrespecting the Earth, planting land mines, using DU ammunition, removing mountaintops for coal, poisoning the oceans, overfishing, clear cutting, abusing animals, invading soveriegn nations, denying human rights, and most heinously allowing pinheads airtime.
 

Susanne R (236)
Sunday March 20, 2011, 3:29 pm
Beck, and his equally ridiculous counterpart, Limbaugh, suggest that the earthquake and Tsunammi that struck Japan was retribution for something they've done. If retribution from a higher power is something that actually occurrs, those two half-wits would have been swallowed up by a sinkhole a long time ago. Limbaugh dares to laugh at recycling, energy-efficient vehicles and a nation of people who are so dedicated to being kind to the earth that they continue to do it in the midst of great suffering. The people of Japan are to be lauded for their courage, kindness and strength of character. Personally, I would like to see our heavenly Father give Glenn and Rush a swift kick in their big asses just before that aforementioned sinkhole opens up. I hope the people of Japan know that the majority of Americans do not agree with either of these so-called journalists. To most, they're nothing more than sad, ignorant, loud-mouthed clowns. They diminish the character of our country, and most of wish they would simply go away.
 

Kit B (276)
Sunday March 20, 2011, 4:56 pm

It's interesting to me that many read the article and took from it only Limbaugh and Beck being the same jerks we know them to be. I found it touched something deeper, about a loss of empathy in this country.
 

Laverne Wallace (59)
Sunday March 20, 2011, 5:15 pm
noted
 

Marco C (31)
Sunday March 20, 2011, 5:27 pm
Yes, but that lack of empathy can be more than made up for by the warm hearted folks right here amoung us. There is a post which we can all go to and though a small token show our empathy and restore a bit of dignithy to those who have lost so much......yet not everything, we have something to say about it.

Please...

http://www.care2.com/news/member/451276626/2752874

and if the shoe were on the other foot......I'm sure you understand.
 

Brenda Rogers (3)
Sunday March 20, 2011, 5:30 pm
Maybe it is a lack of empathy in the whole world. I feel for these people, but I fear that before it is all said and done many of us will face similar devastation.
 

Kit B (276)
Sunday March 20, 2011, 5:34 pm

Thanks Marco - bless your heart. The link Marco listed is for Socks for Japan. Many have said they want to do something meaningful, this something personal and very meaningful. The people have no socks and it's cold, very cold. No stores are open, no money as banks are closed or destroyed. Please consider doing what you can to help.
 

Anne K (139)
Sunday March 20, 2011, 5:50 pm
How can Glenn Beck be so presumptuous? If there was a god, wouldn't he/she/it be striking down Beck, Limbaugh, et al?
 

Jason T (8)
Sunday March 20, 2011, 6:07 pm
"BECK: We can't see the connections here. Now look, I'm not saying God is, you know, causing earthquakes. "

Typical Beck.

There is inorganic nature, and organic nature. Inorganic nature is not alive, it is merely the playing field for life. I do not consider it to be "mother nature".

If the phrase "mother nature" is appropriate, I can only think of Gaia as the biosphere itself, life on Earth. Life on earth is powerful, but 10,000 is the blink of an eye for it. It can not possibly respond (adapt) to human civilization fast enough. And it cannot create earthquakes or even things like hurricanes. In the odd event Gaia's wrath ever became a reality, it would have nothing to with earthquakes. Rather though, I strongly suspect humanity will wipe itself out.

Time and time against here on Care2 and elsewhere, we've seen that nothing, literally nothing, is to low for humanity. In our reckless pursuit of total order and control, we disrupted of the natural balance and waged war on most other species, and that can lead only to destruction. Humanity as a whole has earned whatever fate is receives 1,000x over. There are good people, but they are the minority.
 

MaryBeth M (5)
Sunday March 20, 2011, 10:00 pm
Kit B., I could not say it any better. With amazing restraint you positively responded to two offensive individuals, who, for whatever reasons find it acceptable to lash out in irresponsible and hurtful ways. Ghoulish, foolish, insensitive...the list could go on and on. We all reap what we sow, and those who practice mercy and compassion will also find it. What goes around comes around. I shudder to think of the karma that Beck and Limbaugh are accumulating.
 

Susan L (150)
Monday March 21, 2011, 2:11 am
Well said Doug C and I agree. Kit, you are right of course, it's just that 'that' is all we ever hear from the likes of them. The real problem, as I'm sure you intended as well, is that it's not 'just them'. I am always struggling over how SO MANY are like that. True, as Marco said, "Yes, but that lack of empathy can be more than made up for by the warm hearted folks right here amoung us." guess we just have to work harder. I simply 'know' that we can't possibly have that many 'ignorant' people - so, it seems to me that there are just more selfish people around than we (I) knew possible. Otherwise, how can we have an entire (practically) political party and a good part of the other that are doing everything they can to disrupt as many lives as they can? It's so disappointing.
 

Julie W (33)
Monday March 21, 2011, 3:23 am
What is worse than these two? The idiots who listen to them!
 

Brenda Towers (0)
Monday March 21, 2011, 3:59 am
Noted with sorrow at their inhumanity.
 

Judith H (27)
Monday March 21, 2011, 7:59 am
Anything to make a buck, what assinines!
 

Shaheen N (64)
Monday March 21, 2011, 12:21 pm
Noted.
 
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