Dumbass Quote of the Day


Okay, even for Rush Limbaugh this one is incredibly stupid. On his radio show recently, he actually claimed that the new Batman movie is part of an anti-Romney conspiracy because the bad guy is named Bane and that sounds like Bain. No, I’m not making this up:

Have you heard, this new movie, the Batman movie—what is it, the Dark Knight Lights Up or something? Whatever the name of it is. That’s right, Dark Knight Rises, Lights Up, same thing. Do you know the name of the villain in this movie? Bane. The villain in the Dark Knight Rises is named Bane. B-A-N-E. What is the name of the venture capital firm that Romney ran, and around which there’s now this make-believe controversy? Bain. The movie has been in the works for a long time, the release date’s been known, summer 2012 for a long time. Do you think that it is accidental, that the name of the really vicious, fire-breathing, four-eyed, whatever-it-is villain in this movie is named Bane?

Uh, yes. I think it’s a coincidence. I’m not even a comic book guy, but even I know that Bane was around long before Romney was running for president.

Comments

  1. kyoseki says

    Additionally, the movie has been in production for a couple of years, Bane was chosen as the villain at least that long ago.

    So there’s really only one logical explanation;

    Christopher Nolan clearly engineered Romney’s nomination …

    … It just makes sense*

    * If you’re Rush Limbaugh (or listen to Rush Limbaugh)

  2. says

    even I know that Bane was around long before Romney was running for president.

    Yeah, but if Romney can retroactively have quit his job at Bain, then Obama may have retroactively written Bane into all those comic-books! It just stands to reason!

  3. Randomfactor says

    And Bane was a character in a previous Batman movie back around the time that rMoney retroactively resigned from Engulf & Devour. So now we know why he would later have already done it. Or something.

  4. cthulhusminion says

    Bane was obviously created 20 years ago by the same time travelers who placed Obama’s birth announcement in Hawaiian newspapers to hide his Kenyan birth.

  5. wholething says

    If they were trying to get Rmoney, they would have just spelled it “B-A-I-N”. No sense trying to be subtle in politics.

  6. gshelley says

    He’s now trying to claim that he wasn’t actually advocating some bizarre theory, he was just trying to say the Dems might use it against Romney. Sadly, people are buying it

  7. 'Tis Himself says

    No, jayarrrr, Limbaugh isn’t necessarily back on drugs. He’s playing one of his favorite games, throwing mud against the wall in hopes that some of it sticks. Glen Beck plays the game more often than Limbaugh, but the latter is fond of it.

  8. criticaldragon1177 says

    Ed Brayton,

    Someone should have told Rush that Google is his friend. Seriously, all he’d have to do is look up Batman and Bane to see that the character had been around long before anyone thought Romney would run for president.

  9. Sastra says

    What would Limbaugh have the movie executives do? Call for a press conference and proclaim “The villain ‘Bane’ has nothing to do with Mitt Romney’s venture capital firm ‘Bain.’ Repeat. There is no connection between the wicked, evil “Bane” in the Batman movie and Romney’s former company, ‘Bain.’ Please do not draw any parallels. Do not. Please.”

    They could send out Barbara Streisand as their spokesperson.

  10. typecaster says

    Someone should have told Rush that Google is his friend. Seriously, all he’d have to do is look up Batman and Bane to see that the character had been around long before anyone thought Romney would run for president.

    While this is unquestionably true, it rests on an assumption that Limbaugh is somehow interested in the truth. What possible evidence is there that might lead one to such a conclusion?

  11. says

    Bane is a word. It means, more or less, “something that brings ruin or death.” The Online Etymology Dictionary says that particular usage of the word goes back to the 1570’s.
    Damn. They’ve been gearing up to smear Romney for a long time.

  12. ehmm says

    Oh, God why does this jackass have a platform?

    More and more I’m becoming convinced that Limbaugh is just acting like a petulant little child or a poe half the time. There’s no way he can believe half the shit he says. He dreams up some ridiculous meme and puts it out there and sits back and giggles while half the blogosphere and news media criticizes him for it and the other half takes it and runs with it. He’s part of a media machine that poisons the discourse in this country and he doesn’t care as long as it helps line his pockets. What an ass.

  13. Rip Steakface says

    Let’s ignore the comic book continuity for a moment (such as the fact that Bane is from the god damn early 90s), because Rush would too.

    Bane has been a word in the English language for centuries (going back to Shakespeare) that means “something that causes death.” Does this mean this is a conspiracy going back four hundred years to before English settlers arrived on American shores? Seriously, the drugster knows no bounds.

  14. Trebuchet says

    Oh, God why does this jackass have a platform?

    Money, of course.

    Meanwhile, a certain FTB Blogge-er seems to think that Rush’s outburst was a response to the Colorado theater shooting, or something.

  15. left0ver1under says

    I’m not even a comic book guy, but even I know that Bane was around long before Romney was running for president.

    I doubt that Limbaugh even knows that bane is a word in the dictionary.

    Then again, that’s to be expected from someone who claimed “puff the magic negro” wasn’t racism.

  16. Dennis N says

    even I know that Bane was around long before Romney was running for president.

    Hasn’t Romney been running for president for the past 25 years? Maybe it just feels like it.

  17. andrewlephong says

    More and more I’m becoming convinced that Limbaugh is just acting like a petulant little child or a poe half the time. There’s no way he can believe half the shit he says.

    Sometimes I wonder this too. At this point in his career, his paychecks are so fat the concept of integrity has to be utterly meaningless to him, and he’ll just say whatever he needs to to get another fat check whether he personally believes it or not. I know Limbaugh is aware of how crazy he is perceived as — he’s appeared on Family Guy twice to ridicule himself.

  18. Ian says

    Limbaugh has never had any geek cred, so he couldn’t lose by this. But he has permanently disqualified himself from ever gaining any.

  19. says

    But I wouldn’t have a problem had the Nolan brothers noticed a happy coincidence between a character name, the plot and Romney. From the Wikipedia summary:

    Bane attacks the stock exchange and engineers risky investments in Bruce’s name, bankrupting Bruce and forcing him to relinquish control of Wayne Enterprises. Correctly suspecting that his business rival, John Daggett, employed Bane to aid in this aggressive take-over of his company, Wayne entrusts Tate to keep full control out of Daggett’s hands. Bane, however, has other plans, and kills Daggett to take control of his infrastructure.

    But then it gets more complicated.

    http://www.rollingstone.com/movies/news/christopher-nolan-dark-knight-rises-isn-t-political-20120720

  20. F says

    I think Sastra @ 10 has a solution which should satisfy everyone. It’s worth at least 2 or 3 internets.

  21. Childermass says

    Having watched the movie I can say that Bane would have hated anyone associated with Bain.

    What will Rush have to say to get exiled from the air waves anyways? (Exiled by losing his job.) How many companies are left that want to be associated with stupidity and bigotry? And how can that many millions of viewers not notice this wannabe Dr. Jonathan Crane has a bad track record even by media-personality standards. I can remember him predicting all-out disaster when Clinton’s tax hike on the rich passed.

    Sometimes I wonder the cost-benefit ratio of Rush. He can mobilize the folks who are too lazy to think on one hand. But on the other side, he does make conservatives look stupid, evil, and hypocritical.

  22. vmanis1 says

    Last week Rachel Maddow picked up on Limbaugh’s announcement of the Bane `conspiracy’, and lumped it in with several other well-known conspiracy theories in a segment on her show. The following day she showed video of him denying he’d ever said the things he had said on video the day before.

    Truth and wingnuts seem not just uneasy companions but downright enemies.

  23. Trebuchet says

    @16 His idiotic rant predates the shootings, so no.

    See here: http://freethoughtblogs.com/physioprof/2012/07/20/violent-eliminationist-right-wing-rhetoric/

    I can’t tell if the Goode Comrade thinks Limbaugh’s rant is about the shootings (no, as you pointed out) or is the cause of them (exceedingly unlikely.)

    If what he thinks is the latter, he’s just as bad as the various rightwingers blaming the shooting on evolution, liberal Christianity, public education, atheism, etc. etc. etc.

  24. Hercules Grytpype-Thynne says

    going back to Shakespeare

    Farther than that. It goes back to Old English (Anglo-Saxon) bana, meaning “slayer, murderer”. IIRC it shows up in Beowulf.

  25. says

    Last week Rachel Maddow picked up on Limbaugh’s announcement of the Bane `conspiracy’, and lumped it in with several other well-known conspiracy theories in a segment on her show. The following day she showed video of him denying he’d ever said the things he had said on video the day before.

    Larry Klayman, please pick up the white courtesy phone…

  26. ehmm says

    @26 I think it’s the latter.

    I think he’s speculating based on other similar events in recent years, so I wouldn’t say “he’s just as bad”, but I’d say he’s definitely getting ahead of himself a bit. Yes, eliminationist right wing rhetoric is real and scary. Yes, it has influenced acts of violence.* But no, I don’t think that’s what’s going on here.

    *This is the one that really sticks with me and IMO, was very underreported at the time. The murder of George Tiller would be another, though the national news coverage of that was huge.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Knoxville_Unitarian_Universalist_church_shooting

  27. dan4 says

    @28: Definitely not a Larry Klayman fan…but how does he connect with your blockquote?

  28. StevoR says

    Shh.. Nobody tell Rush Limbaugh but I’m pretty sure one of the Sith lords in the Star Wars ‘verse was named Darth Bane too!

  29. StevoR says

    Darth Bane founded the rule of two .. We know of Darth cheney which … would make RMoney Darth Mittens the apprentice right? ;-)

  30. says

    Damn you Hercules Grytpype-Thynne you’ve deaded what I wanted to say!

    Though on less goonish consideration I think I can outdo you, since the word goes back to proto-Indo-European!!

    Yes, thousands of years ago the speakers of a language family that stretches clear around the World (indeed does it several times over by now) inoculated the US against Rmoney. Truly they must not just be his bane (or even his *gwhen- in PIE) but his very nemesis.

    …sorry got carried away…

  31. d cwilson says

    Bane is a word. It means, more or less, “something that brings ruin or death.” The Online Etymology Dictionary says that particular usage of the word goes back to the 1570′s.
    Damn. They’ve been gearing up to smear Romney for a long time.

    Has asked Romney why the name of his vulture venture capitalist firm is a homophone for such a word? Was it meant to strike terror in the hearts of blue collar workers or was that just a happy coincedence?

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