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Leveling Limbaugh (WSJ Editorial Warns of Conservative Uprising)
The Wall Street Journal ^ | Friday, October 16, 2009 | Editorial Staff

Posted on 10/15/2009 5:25:42 PM PDT by kristinn

The National Football League, in which each Sunday men weighing 365 pounds slam headlong into men weighing 245 pounds, has decided it can't handle Rush Limbaugh, talk-show host, age 58. C'mon guys, show some guts.

What began as a normal business deal—Mr. Limbaugh's participation in a group bidding to buy the St. Louis Rams NFL franchise—has degenerated into an unfortunate flap whose repercussions could extend well past Sunday afternoon football.

SNIP

What happened here, and is happening elsewhere in American life, is that Mr. Limbaugh's outspoken political conservatism is being deemed sufficient reason to ostracize him from polite society. By contrast, MSNBC's Keith Olbermann, who fires off his own brand of high-velocity, left-wing political commentary but lacks Mr. Limbaugh's sense of humor, appears weekly as co-host of NBC's "Football Night in America." We haven't heard anyone on the right say Mr. Olbermann's nightly ad-hominem rants should disqualify him from hanging around the NFL. Al Franken made it all the way to the U.S. Senate on a river of political vitriol.

But Rush Limbaugh gets hung out to dry by someone of Roger Goodell's establishment prominence, and barely a soul from that same fastidious establishment has the courage to step forward to criticize it.

It is no secret that this country's politics has become intense across the ideological spectrum. Rush Limbaugh lets his listeners blow off steam and then get on with the rest of their day. But if the people who claim to worry about such things want to see a truly angry right develop in this country, they should continue to remain silent while the left tries to drive Rush Limbaugh and others out of American political life. If that happens, the NFL by comparison will look like an afternoon tea.

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Hit 'em in the wallet first. If you have tickets--don't use them, don't sell them, don't give them away. Empty seats hurt their image and concession sales. If you have an NFL cable package--cancel it. Ignore the games on TV. Don't buy fan merchandise.

It'll be easy for me. The Redskins are still suffering under the rein of Dan Snyder.

1 posted on 10/15/2009 5:25:42 PM PDT by kristinn
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To: kristinn

Try being a Lions fan!


2 posted on 10/15/2009 5:28:03 PM PDT by Panzerlied ("We shall never surrender!")
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To: kristinn

I am not going to support the NFL at all, no watching any games.


3 posted on 10/15/2009 5:29:44 PM PDT by stockpirate ("if my thought-dreams could be seen. They'd probably put my head in a guillotine" Dylan)
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To: kristinn
It'll be easy for me. The Redskins are still suffering under the rein of Dan Snyder.

I raise you a Redskin and BUMP you a Lion. Long-suffering here in Michigan, kristinn...although I quit watching them 15-20 years ago. My Sundays have been fantastic for 15-20 years.

4 posted on 10/15/2009 5:29:45 PM PDT by PGalt
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To: kristinn

I can live without professional sports. First was baseball, then the nba and now nfl. I’ll go outdoors and create my own sport.


5 posted on 10/15/2009 5:31:13 PM PDT by steveo (Two Thousand Ten - Never Again)
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To: kristinn

College ball just looks better and better.

Go Bucks!


6 posted on 10/15/2009 5:31:56 PM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: kristinn

I have been say the same thing all afternoon. I wish conservatives would ban together just this one time into a group and STOP anything to do with the NFL. DO NOT BUY A PRODUCT FROM A SINGLE ADVERTISER! DO NOT WATCH A GAME!


7 posted on 10/15/2009 5:32:25 PM PDT by devane617
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To: kristinn
After this, opposition to Mr. Limbaugh emerged from Baltimore Colts owner Robert Irsay

Baltimore Colts? What rabid football fans they must be at the WSJ!
8 posted on 10/15/2009 5:32:26 PM PDT by irishjuggler
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To: kristinn

Also let us not forget the other community organizing steet thug Sharpton, lets get a list of his sponsors and supporters and BOYCOTT THEM! We need to learn to use thier tactics on them.


9 posted on 10/15/2009 5:33:46 PM PDT by ronnie raygun (Leaders who refuse to lead will be lead by the people)
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To: kristinn
NFL 1-212-450-2000 or (212) 581-4742

Congratulate the new NFL on their new Commissioner, Al Sharpton.

And then UNLEASH HELL!

10 posted on 10/15/2009 5:33:55 PM PDT by roses of sharon (Call the NFL and welcome their new Commissioner, Al Sharpton.)
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To: kristinn

The NFL know not what they have wrought.


11 posted on 10/15/2009 5:35:18 PM PDT by 2nd Bn, 11th Mar (The "P" in democrat stands for patriotism)
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To: irishjuggler

I was sure the opposition came from the Chicago Staleys or the Canton Bulldogs.


12 posted on 10/15/2009 5:35:41 PM PDT by Carl LaFong (Experts say experts should be ignored.)
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To: irishjuggler
Baltimore Colts? What rabid football fans they must be at the WSJ!

They're long time fans.

13 posted on 10/15/2009 5:35:46 PM PDT by Vince Ferrer
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To: kristinn

I hate tackle football, period. Dopes beating up on other dopes.


14 posted on 10/15/2009 5:36:13 PM PDT by qwertypie
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To: kristinn

Now that the Dolphins are going to have a skank for a co-owner (apparently Steve Ross has a “celebrity” fetish) I won’t be going to their games ever again.


15 posted on 10/15/2009 5:37:03 PM PDT by clintonh8r
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To: kristinn

Looks like Goodell will be a really soft target for the NFLPA in the next contract negotiations. What a pu$$y.


16 posted on 10/15/2009 5:38:52 PM PDT by clintonh8r
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To: kristinn

I REALLY want to quit watching, but I did that when the Colts left Baltimore.

Would it help if I signed up, and then quit?


17 posted on 10/15/2009 5:38:59 PM PDT by Mr Rogers (I loathe the ground he slithers on!)
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To: ronnie raygun

I never heard Rush or anyone on his show wish violence or death upon opponents, unlike the garbage that spews from the mouths of the left.

When/where is the Super Bowl this year? Maybe a few thousand people outside protesting would send a message.


18 posted on 10/15/2009 5:39:11 PM PDT by TNCMAXQ
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To: ronnie raygun

And here are Al’s sponsor’s
AMERICAN HONDA, ANHEUSER BUSCH, COLGATE-POLMOLIVE, COMCAST, ENTERGY, FORD MOTOR CO, HOME DEPOT,JOHNSON AND JOHNSON, MACY’S PEPSICO, PFIZER and WALMART. Lets hit them where it hurts, in the pocket!


19 posted on 10/15/2009 5:39:29 PM PDT by ronnie raygun (Leaders who refuse to lead will be lead by the people)
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To: clintonh8r

Lets me see , Go to Gators games or winless Bucs.


20 posted on 10/15/2009 5:39:57 PM PDT by scooby321
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To: stockpirate

College ball is much better anyway.


21 posted on 10/15/2009 5:42:09 PM PDT by P8riot (I carry a gun because I can't carry a cop.)
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To: kristinn
Here in Green Bay, it'll be hard. The Packers are part of our community here, more popular than Sunday church services.

The real losers of this though, is going to be the Rams football team, their fans, and the city of St. Louis. Checketts group was a way to keep the franchise in St. Louis and maybe renovate the Edward Jones Dome. I don't know if the Soros rumors are true or not, but without Rush's money it'll be hard to find a partner with a hundred million dollars burning a hole in their pocket. I think the team is going to move and all those workers and fans will be left in the dark, while the leftist vultures who took down the bid will move on to another carcass.

22 posted on 10/15/2009 5:42:54 PM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist (90% of the fedgov is unconstitutional. The other 10% besides the military doesnt know what it's doin)
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To: scooby321

Nope, I’m not in that whole Gators/Canes/Noles fan-boy thing. I can live without football. I’ll miss the NFL, but they’ve ruined it for me, so I’m better off not watching.


23 posted on 10/15/2009 5:44:42 PM PDT by clintonh8r
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To: kristinn

Done and done, I’d stopped supporting the NFL sham a few years ago. I’m not giving a thin dime to these hoodlums.


24 posted on 10/15/2009 5:45:14 PM PDT by SoDak (bitter clinger)
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To: irishjuggler
Baltimore Colts? What rabid football fans they must be at the WSJ!

So typical of the MSM.

25 posted on 10/15/2009 5:46:14 PM PDT by Doe Eyes
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To: kristinn

Arena Football/Arena 2 Football...


26 posted on 10/15/2009 5:48:18 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2 million for Sarah Palin if she runs; What will you do?)
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To: kristinn

College football yes. NFL, NO! What racist crybabies hope the owners have the guts to make the players goe out on strike, and stay out. Maybe the ONE can then own or bailout the NFL.


27 posted on 10/15/2009 5:48:31 PM PDT by wita
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To: Vince Ferrer

That lying weasel Robert Irsay has been dead for a few years. Don’t think I will get over the Colts being taken out of Baltimore in the middle of the night after he said he would not.


28 posted on 10/15/2009 5:48:42 PM PDT by gunnut
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist
"I think the team is going to move"

The Salt Lake City Rams name just has no ring to it.

29 posted on 10/15/2009 5:51:30 PM PDT by AGreatPer (Impeach Obama)
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To: kristinn
I'm a 40 year Redskins fan, and after years of being on the season ticket waiting list, I just throw out every invite I get now that there's any available. I won't buy coffee if there's a Redskins helmet on the cup. To hell with Dan Snyder and his lapdog Vinny.


30 posted on 10/15/2009 5:52:43 PM PDT by Viking2002
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To: kristinn
We haven't heard anyone on the right say Mr. Olbermann's nightly ad-hominem rants should disqualify him from hanging around the NFL.

Well, to be honest, I say that all the time and I'm not alone in doing so.

31 posted on 10/15/2009 5:53:29 PM PDT by NonValueAdded ("The President has borrowed more money to spend to less effect than anybody on the planet. " Steyn)
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To: kristinn

bttt


32 posted on 10/15/2009 5:54:56 PM PDT by Matchett-PI (A Socialist becomes a Fascist the minute he tries to enforce his "beliefs" on the rest of us.)
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To: Panzerlied

“Try being a Lions fan!”

You lucky bastard!
-a Raider fan


33 posted on 10/15/2009 5:55:09 PM PDT by willk
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To: devane617
I have been say the same thing all afternoon. I wish conservatives would ban together just this one time into a group and STOP anything to do with the NFL. DO NOT BUY A PRODUCT FROM A SINGLE ADVERTISER! DO NOT WATCH A GAME!”

Seconded.
The funny thing is, neither Al Sharpton nor Jesse Jackson are even football fans. Let us conservatives stop buying anything whatsoever from the NFL, and lets see where exactly where the NFL get with their race baiting crap. It may be time for conservatives to grow a pair for a change

34 posted on 10/15/2009 5:55:11 PM PDT by SmokingJoe
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To: P8riot

College ball is better. Unlike the overpaid divas that play pro ball.


35 posted on 10/15/2009 5:57:41 PM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: kristinn

I don’t never give a flying carp anyhow,,, It is Deer Season..

I love seasoned deer..... seasoned with rosemary and black peppercorn.....


36 posted on 10/15/2009 5:58:20 PM PDT by waterhill (Zero, you suck..)
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To: kristinn
What began as a normal business deal—Mr. Limbaugh's participation in a group bidding to buy the St. Louis Rams NFL franchise—has degenerated into an unfortunate flap whose repercussions could WILL extend well past Sunday afternoon football.
37 posted on 10/15/2009 5:58:21 PM PDT by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...)
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To: SmokingJoe

Long past...


38 posted on 10/15/2009 6:00:37 PM PDT by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...)
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To: kristinn
re: It'll be easy for me

Well, being a Tampa Bay Bucs fan I haven't had the guts to watch any of there games for over two years now. Is it too late to attribute that to my disdain for the way Rush has been treated. Do I have to attend a few games just so I can quit supporting them. Sorta like subscribing to the New York Times just for the joy of being able to call up and cancel?

39 posted on 10/15/2009 6:00:51 PM PDT by jwparkerjr (God Bless America, and wake us up while you're about it!)
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To: NonValueAdded

But the difference is that conservatives have not brought pressures upon NBC or anyone else to force Keith Olbermann off the air for those games. Whereas in the case of Rush, liberal forces were brought to bear which resulted in Rush being declared unfit to own an NFL team.

I think we all know that liberals will complain about conservatives, and vice versa. But in the Rush case, we see the liberals using their power to force him away from the NFL. Have conservatives ever used such force to get rid of a liberal from a prominent position? Maybe they have but I sure can’t think of anything like this happening to a liberal.


40 posted on 10/15/2009 6:02:26 PM PDT by Dilbert San Diego
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To: kristinn

Never really was a sports fan anyway, so the NFL won’t miss my non-viewership. If I had season tickets, I’d have a ticket burning ceremony in front of NFL offices. I already have a list of people whose CDs & concerts I won’t buy/attend, because I don’t want a political lecture.


41 posted on 10/15/2009 6:03:03 PM PDT by stratman1969 (IMPEACH OBAMA for putting terrorist security ahead of American security)
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To: scooby321

It will be a cold day in hell when I go to see any Gator game. I will wear Red and Black until the day I die. I still remember when Charlie Pell sent Gator spies with cameras into the trees in Athens. Once a cheater, always a cheater...


42 posted on 10/15/2009 6:04:40 PM PDT by luckybogey
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To: waterhill
Washed down with a pint of Leinenkugel's!
43 posted on 10/15/2009 6:04:41 PM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist (90% of the fedgov is unconstitutional. The other 10% besides the military doesnt know what it's doin)
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To: Mr Rogers
I REALLY want to quit watching, but I did that when the Colts left Baltimore.

The writer's giving away his age.

And so are you!

;^)

44 posted on 10/15/2009 6:04:42 PM PDT by sonofagun
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To: kristinn

No SUPERBOWL!


45 posted on 10/15/2009 6:05:58 PM PDT by Freddd (CNN is not credible.)
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To: kristinn

“Baltimore Colts owner Robert Irsay” This guy needs to get into the 21th century. The “Baltimore” Colts have been in Indianapolis for 25 years and old Bob has been dead for at least 15. His son Jimmy was the one with the big mouth and small brain.


46 posted on 10/15/2009 6:06:02 PM PDT by redangus
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To: freekitty

Yeah, I just can’t get into a couple dozen millionaires busting heads and slapping each other’s butts either.


47 posted on 10/15/2009 6:06:22 PM PDT by P8riot (I carry a gun because I can't carry a cop.)
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To: kristinn

I’m still puzzled how people can spend Sunday afternoons watching half-literate thugs stretch 4 15-minute quarters into a 3 hour marketing campaign. I always hear people say they’ll stop buying this or watching that; I’m the worst nightmare to the people who market this trash. I haven’t watched this sh!t in decades, and the next generation doesn’t either. I recently had to explain to my children that a kids show on in the afternoons is made by people who hate them for being white, and created a show that makes white look infantile. Sad when they have to learn that young, but that’s what a father’s job includes.


48 posted on 10/15/2009 6:06:36 PM PDT by Carlos Martillo II (Guernica was a work of art...and I don't mean the painting.)
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To: SmokingJoe

“The funny thing is, neither Al Sharpton nor Jesse Jackson are even football fans.”

And not a peep from these slime balls about Michael Vick, and HE’S ALLOWED TO RETURN TO THE GAME AFTER PRISON!
Those classless idiots (including M Vick) aren’t fit to tie Rush’s shoelaces.


49 posted on 10/15/2009 6:07:27 PM PDT by GWMcClintock ("When the foundations are being destroyed, what can the righteous do?" Ps.11:3)
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To: kristinn

I never understood being a sports fan of any kind. You are making an emotional investment in the outcome of an event over which you have
no control. Why torture yourself?


50 posted on 10/15/2009 6:07:38 PM PDT by brianr10
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