More cold

But I am so grateful for the pool: 2000 yards (5 x 200 on the 4; 3:15, 3:13, 3:13, 3:12, 3:12). Yeah, these are slow times compared to real swimmers, but it was a nice set for me. Up do recently, I couldn’t even do 50’s at this pace.

Then I had almost a whole yoga class; I had to leave early to teach. As I left, Vickie (my teacher) was in horizontal frog and facing away from me; I wish that I had a camera.

frog pose

One item of interest: Media Matters monitors right wing websites and pundits and points out when they lie, make mistakes or just act in an obnoxious manner.

Check out their entry on Rush Limbaugh and his opinion on why Chicago Bear quarterback Rex Grossman is catching so much heat: it is because he is a white quarterback!

LIMBAUGH: And before we go to the break here, folks, I’ve got to get something off my chest. You know, the game was the game. And the game was what it was. But I – I can’t handle anymore press criticism of Rex Grossman. They’re writing his name W-R-E-C-K-S. They’re just — worst quarterback ever to play in the Super Bowl. And it’s been like this since the Green Bay game — actually since the Arizona game, a little crescendo of it in the Green Bay game, the last game of the season for the Bears. And it’s just unrelenting! It’s just — they’re focusing on this guy like they don’t focus on anybody! And I tell you, I know what it is. The media, the sports media, has got social concerns that they are first and foremost interested in, and they’re dumping on this guy — Rex Grossman — for one reason, folks, and that’s because he is a white quarterback.

That’s right: two interceptions, dropped snaps from center (and not shotgun snaps either, but direct t-formation snaps), bad decisions. Nope, none of that matters; it is because Mr. Grossman is white.

I suppose that means that Grossman’s backups are black? (nope: no. 2 and no. 3 are both white). Manning? PLEASE.

I don’t know if Limbaugh really is that dumb or if he is getting desperate for ratings and his listeners are that dumb, but is it a wonder that he got fired from his “football pundit” job at ESPN, following his remarks that Eagle quarterback Donovan McNabb was overratted by sportswriters because he was black?

As a reminder:

Poor Rush. Not.

Do I think Rush Limbaugh’s cracks about Donovan McNabb are seriously racist? Not really.

Do I think they were offensive? Mildly, not profoundly.

Do I like it when the thought police, the language cops and the political correctness enforcers pounce on an utterance and declare it illegal? No, I hate it.

Am I delighted to see Rush Limbaugh attacked, ridiculed and forced out of his ESPN gig? Absolutely. Justice is being served.

Limbaugh routinely insults those he disagrees with. He gives them nasty nicknames; he mocks them, besmirches them and makes fun of them far more adeptly than his current attackers. This is how he makes his millions. It is ludicrous for him, and for his defenders, to claim he is being treated unfairly. Others are simply doing unto him what he does unto others. That’s justice in my book.

Limbaugh’s public shtick for years and years has had a constant hum of low-grade racism and race baiting. When he talks about black people on his radio show, he often uses “ax” instead of “ask,” apparently to be funny. When the topic is Carol Moseley Braun, his producers play the theme song from “The Jeffersons.” This is how he entertains his audience. This is how he makes his millions.

Given Limbaugh’s track record, why did the McNabb remark cause such a frenzy when so many other cracks hadn’t? I really don’t know. Maybe because it was on TV. Maybe because it was about football and his audience, for a change, was actually knowledgeable about what he was talking about – and knew that what he was saying was stupid and wrong. I don’t know, but as I said, I am delighted.

It doesn’t matter if I think Limbaugh’s remark was racist or offensive. Many other people did. And just as Limbaugh has a right to speak his piece, so do they. And they did. And Limbaugh left the ESPN gig. What is unfair about that?

Limbaugh is an entrepreneur who peddles the spoken word in the open market. The market has firmly rejected his latest public offering. Markets do that, and Limbaugh worships the market. So what’s unfair here?

Well, Limbaugh and his defenders say he is being deprived of the right of free speech. I quote from his Web site:

“You know, this is such a mountain made out of a molehill. So much needs to be said here. I guess at the top of the list would be that we supposedly have freedom of speech in this country, but if you don’t say what people who consider themselves the Arbiters of What Can Be Said agree with, then they want to come after you with everything they’ve got and try to humiliate you and take a stab at your reputation and otherwise get your mind right.”

That, of course, is exactly what Limbaugh does for a living – he humiliates those who he thinks don’t have their minds right and he takes stabs at their reputations. He calls opponents of the Iraq war unpatriotic, for one very mild example. This doesn’t deprive anyone of his or her free speech rights. Nor is Limbaugh being denied his rights now.


February 8, 2007 Posted by | football, politics/social, swimming | Leave a comment