Rush Limbaugh’s Advice to Starving Children


In the wake of the appalling story of a Utah school that took school lunches from dozens of children and literally dumped them in the trash in front of them because they had a balance on their accounts, Daily Kos points to a diatribe by Rush Limbaugh on his show a few years ago giving advice to children who have to go without school lunches during the summer.

“Where to find food… Of course the first will be, try your house. It’s a thing called the refrigerator. You probably know about it. Try looking there. There are also things in, 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 Rigged Potato Chips, all kinds of dip and maybe a can of corn 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!

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…”

The audio is found in this clip from the Young Turks. I don’t care how much money Limbaugh has, he is a failure at life. And this is symptomatic of the entire Republican attitude, which is “screw the poor.” Tom Colicchio was on with Chris Hayes the other day and he stated the obvious, that we shouldn’t be passing a farm bill that makes even one person hungrier.

Comments

  1. Chiroptera says

    Rush Limbaugh’s Advice to Starving Children

    He gave advice? I woulda thunk he’d just laugh in their faces.

  2. says

    And right out the gate, an ad hom fat joke. As predictable as asshats calling Ann Coulter a man are asshats calling Rush Limbaugh fat, both of them somehow mistaking that for a) funny and/or b) an argument.

    I was going to respond to this:

    There’s another place, if none of these options work, to find food. There’s always the neighborhood dumpster.

    …by asking, is Limbaugh instructing children to break the law? Doesn’t he know that in the UK some people were arrested and almost went to trial for stealing old food from a skip?

  3. kevinalexander says

    I’ve taken to calling him Rush Hindenburg.
    There’s gas bags and then there’s flaming gas bags.

  4. says

    And this is symptomatic of the entire Republican attitude, which is “screw the poor.”

    No. It’s bigger than that. It’s “There is no problem that can’t be solved by giving someone below me a good, swift kick in the ass.” (Poor? Kick. Working poor? Kick. Unemployed? Kick. Gay? Kick. Muslim? Kick, etc, etc). It’s John Boltonism.

  5. says

    Of course the first will be, try your house. It’s a thing called the refrigerator. You probably know about it. Try looking there.

    I suspect if you slow-cooked Rush, he might be tolerable eating. And you could get high off any residual opiates in the meat. Bonus!

  6. dugglebogey says

    Not just “Screw the poor.” That would be less harmful.

    It’s about HATE the poor. Blame them for everything that’s wrong. Dehumanize them. They are the enemy. They are not like us, they want to destroy us and take our things. They want to ruin our way of life and our cozy existence.

    They don’t want to screw the poor, they want to demonize them so they have a boogie monster to scare people with.

  7. sc_72717b0d8dc4053e632b6512091cef73 says

    Why couldn’t this vile piece of trash have overdosed instead of Phillip Seymour Hoffman?

  8. marcus says

    If the world had an actual, physical anus through which to expel its rotten, noxious waste that asshole would be Rush Limbaugh.

  9. justsomeguy says

    The common dodge when this stuff comes up is that Rush is an entertainer, not a newscaster, and that these horrible things he says are just jokes.

    I don’t know what would be worse: if he really and truly believes what he said here, or if he doesn’t really believe it but still thinks it’s hilarious.

  10. eric says

    On the recent case: the school administration has at least admitted that what they did was wrong, very poorly thought out, etc., and won’t do it again. Unlike many creationist cases, they seem to want to work to fix the issues rather than fight the allegations.

  11. colnago80 says

    Re jlustsomeguy

    Lardass limpdick Limbaugh does this to attract attention. When it’s negative attention, he cries all the way to the bank.

  12. Synfandel says

    Better still, “Screw the poor children.” Sounds even nicer, dunnit?

    I suspect that Limbaugh could hardly get through Oliver Twist for laughing.

  13. eamick says

    I suspect that Limbaugh could hardly get through Oliver Twist for laughing.

    And he probably threw A Christmas Carol across the room in disgust when Scrooge went soft.

  14. raven says

    Even by GOP standards this is very poor policy.

    1. Income inequality has been increasing for half a century. The poor are on their way to becoming the majority.

    2. The Romans knew how to deal with this. Bread and circuses. This is how to keep the lid on a failing society.

    3. These days we have made circuses into a high art. Cable TV, the internet, marijuana, alcohol etc.. The USA is renowned for its circuses.

    But they forgot the Bread part. Humans don’t just live on circuses. Without bread and circuses, one of these days our society may well blow the lid off. They might be surprised if their heads end up on pikes. It’s happened in the past.

  15. says

    eamick “And he probably threw A Christmas Carol across the room in disgust when Scrooge went soft.”
    I’ve got the “Conservative collector’s version” on DVD. It’s only the first act.

  16. dugglebogey says

    When I lived in Alabama, for every single problem, no matter what it was, everything was blamed on black people.

    My mother used to pick up trash on the side of the street every week. It was a street leading to a lake and no black person would dare to drive down that street. Yet when my mother asked where all the trash was coming from (beer carton, empty cans, fast food trash) the neighbors always blamed it on black people. (And that’s not what they called them.)

    It’s not politically correct to blame everything on black people in national politics (still fine in parts of Alabama.) So the GOP uses the poors instead. If you look closely, the demonization is very familiar sounding.

  17. billgascoyne says

    “The Law, in its majestic equality, forbids the rich, as well as the poor, to sleep under the bridges, to beg in the streets, and to steal bread.”
    Anatole France (Jacques Anatole Thibault) (1844-1924)

  18. cry4turtles says

    I imagine somewhere, not far from this school, there resides a fracking well of which the owners received a colossal tax break.

  19. Friendly says

    And he probably threw A Christmas Carol across the room in disgust when Scrooge went soft.

    I’ve got the “Conservative collector’s version” on DVD. It’s only the first act.

    Funny, my “Conservative Collector’s Edition” is complete. In it, Scrooge is visited by the Spirits of Flintheartedness Past (Margaret Thatcher), Present (the Koch brothers), and Future (Renee Paul, Rand Paul’s Goth great-granddaughter), who collectively convince Scrooge that his personal views are absolutely correct and that what needs to be done with poor children is to toss them out in the snow to force them to toughen up — starting with that lazy little Tiny Tim, whose parents are obviously encouraging him to fake being lame just to get charity.

  20. some bastard on the net says

    …Lays Rigged Potato Chips…

    Wait, don’t go for those! You might set them off and get shot in the face with diabetes!

  21. dogmeat says

    And right out the gate, an ad hom fat joke. As predictable as asshats calling Ann Coulter a man are asshats calling Rush Limbaugh fat, both of them somehow mistaking that for a) funny and/or b) an argument.

    To be fair Gretchen, when an obscenely wealthy obese man has the lack of humanity to provide advice to hungry poor people, he sort of invites the “fat man” commentary. There is a certain extra bit of “fuck you” thrown in there that reduces the ad hominem element a bit. Much like when Coulter makes a comment about someone and their sexuality. I don’t partake in this, but I don’t fully condemn it either. I consider them both vile examples of humanity and probably why aliens would likely avoid our planet if they were in the neighborhood.

  22. chilidog99 says

    Food, glorious food!
    We’re anxious to try it.
    Three banquets a day —
    Our favourite diet!

  23. lofgren says

    When a fat man tells a starving person that they shouldn’t complain because their cupboard is probably full of ding dongs, the fat man’s fatness becomes relevant to the conversation.

  24. howardhershey says

    Just like homosexuals, the poor (children or not) are an affront to Rush by their mere existence. I can almost hear him huffing, “Let them eat farm subsidies.”

  25. bahrfeldt says

    Leslie Salzillo’s post at Kos featured an excerpt from an earlier Limpbag statement, describing hungry American children as “Wanton little waifs and serfs dependent on the State. Pure and simple.”
    He is not only apparently a greedy vicious psychotic drug sotted s.o.b. but he appears to have slightly screwed up idea about what being a serf meant.

  26. says

    Rush Limbaugh is a piece of shit; if he was fit and trim, he’d still be a piece of shit.

    I’m 64. I hope I live long enough to hear that Limbaugh has died from some horrible disease or, even better, that he was shot in the face by one of his fanbois who was just standing their ground in the buffet line at Shoney’s.

  27. Johnny Vector says

    Where is Jello Biafra when we need him?

    Efficiency and progress is ours once more,
    Now that we have the neutron bomb.

    Tra-la-la.

  28. StevoR : Free West Papua, free Tibet, let the Chagossians return! says

    @21. Mr Ed : “To paraphrase, let them eat cake.”

    ..Rotten cake from a dumpster.

    Then get food poisoning and die.

    If anyone ever doubted the depths of heartless evil in Rush “sack of shit” Limbaugh then here’s proof.

    What a piece of shit that man is and how little he understands or empathises with almost everybody else has never been clearer surely?

  29. jonathangray says

    Why couldn’t this vile piece of trash have overdosed instead of Phillip Seymour Hoffman?

    When you know the answer to that question you will have attained a measure of wisdom.

  30. matty1 says

    Why couldn’t this vile piece of trash have overdosed instead of Phillip Seymour Hoffman?

    When you know the answer to that question you will have attained a measure of wisdom.

    I see where you’re going with this. Rush will live forever as neither God or Satan is willing to take him in.

  31. DaveL says

    “Wanton little waifs and serfs dependent on the State.

    So Rush thinks it was the serfs who were dependent, as opposed to enslaved, by the elite. That explains so much.

  32. Moggie says

    StevoR:

    What a piece of shit that man is and how little he understands or empathises with almost everybody else has never been clearer surely?

    I think it’s worse than that. If I lacked empathy for a group – and I feel kinda dirty typing this, but I suppose none of us has an inexhaustible supply – I’d feel indifference. Limbaugh, on the other hand, in that extract is genuinely revelling in the suffering of hungry children. He’s enjoying the misery of kids whose only fault is being born to parents he disapproves of. A mere lack of empathy would actually make him a better person!

  33. Thumper: Token Breeder says

    @Gretchen #3

    Not just fat-shaming, also insulting his virility. But then colnago80 always was a fucking idiot, regardless of what name he posts under.

    On the topic at hand; I really hate Limbaugh. His actions and words mark him as a person entirely lacking in empathy and decency; and on occasion he even seems to feel some sort of superior smugness at the suffering of others. Not that he enjoys it exactly, as some others have suggested, but he seems to feel somehow validated by other people’s bad luck. I suspect it’s due to the typical Republican thinking: it’s their fault they’re poor, and it’s Limbaugh’s achievement to be well off. With that world view, I suspect seeing poor people grubbing in a dumpster for food would make you feel validated.

    Anyway, enough conjecture. The man’s an arsehole no matter which way you slice it.

  34. says

    “Not just fat-shaming, also insulting his virility.”

    Actually, I think that Colnago80 is insulting Limbaugh for his LACK of virility, and Limbaugh’s fair game, imo, for any insult. He is so fucking far beyond the pale that his death will be a good reason for me to hoist a beer or twelve.

    ”f I wanted the opinions of a bloated junkie, I’d move back to the Tenderloin.”

    I thought Oxyboy went to Dominica to get his “wild sexy” on.

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