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Video: Limbaugh laughs at Japan disaster, suggests Gaia struck on purpose because country was environmentally aware

By Joe Romm  

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LIMBAUGH:  The Japanese have done so much to save the planet … 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 and [Nissan] Leaf place. 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.

You just can’t make this stuff up.  Indeed, this would be hard to believe — even for Limbaugh — if it weren’t all on video.

I agree with AmericaBlog:  “If anyone on the left talked like this, the Republicans would have their job in a day. It really is a sign of how badly the powers-that-be on the left play the political game, that Rush Limbaugh is still on the air.”

Media Matters has the video and full transcript:

LIMBAUGH: Does anybody know how much it cost to rebuild after Hurricane Katrina? Anybody have the number? Snerdley, they have started it. I have been to New Orleans. They have started rebuilding. It’s got to be several hundred billion, right? Has to be. I have been to New Orleans. They have started rebuilding. Don’t start getting snarky on me like that. When are they going to start rebuilding? They have.

Chris in Indianapolis, great to have you on the program, sir. Hello.

CALLER: Great to be on the program.

LIMBAUGH: You bet, sir.

CALLER: [Inaudible] conservative dittos.

LIMBAUGH: Thank you very much.

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….

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 and Leaf place. 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.

Here’s Tom in Naples, Florida. You’re next on the EIB network. Hello.

CALLER: Hey, Rush Limbaugh, how you doing?

LIMBAUGH: Fine sir, thanks much.

CALLER: Hey, I know, I’m calling about and I was trying to just add a little levity to the day. My issue is that I don’t want Obama to pick Ohio State in his brackets, because that’s who I’m picking.

AmericaBlog adds a useful explanation for those reading this from outside of America:

And for any Japanese media out there, you need to understand that this man is the number one radio personality for Republicans in our country. Every Republican presidential candidate and every Republican White House goes on Limbaugh’s radio show to try to curry his favor. Even the head of the Republican party does what Limbaugh wants. This isn’t just some crazy right-wing American guy. He’s a leader in the Republican party, and supported by all the leaders of the Republican party. You’re being attacked by a lead member of the Republican establishment in America. Let’s see if any Republican leaders have the courage to criticize Limbaugh for his comments. More likely, you’ll see them interviewing on his show again soon.

Note:  I corrected the transcript.  MM couldn’t hear “and Leaf place.”

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38 Responses to Video: Limbaugh laughs at Japan disaster, suggests Gaia struck on purpose because country was environmentally aware

  1. Wit's End says:

    And then there’s Alexandra Walsh who should be expelled from UCLA

    http://witsendnj.blogspot.com/2011/03/alexandra-wallace-and-david-sanger.html

    and David Sanger, who should be fired from the NY Times…

    http://witsendnj.blogspot.com/2011/03/rage-im-just-furious.html

  2. Lou Grinzo says:

    My only surprise is that it wasn’t much worse. Perhaps Limbaugh is saving the really nasty stuff for later.

    I almost expect to see a time machine pop into existence on my front lawn, full of seriously p***ed off people from about the year 2100 who want to know what the heck we were thinking to tolerate CC deniers, thugs like Limbaugh, etc. for so long. Honestly, I wouldn’t have a good answer.

  3. Colorado Bob says:

    Sifting through CQ MoneyLine’s giant data pot I found a few radioactive morsels.

    For starters, two of the nuclear industry’s top outfits together spent nearly $6 million lobbying Washington last year – an association of companies called the Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI), and a corporation, Exelon, which claims to own or operate “the largest nuclear fleet in the nation and the third largest fleet in the world.”

    http://blogs.cqrollcall.com/trailmix/2011/03/nuclear-cash-in-congress.html

  4. Mimikatz says:

    The next hurricane that hits Florida will obviously be payback for Limbaugh (who broadcasts from there) and Gov Rick Scott. If it hits SC it is payback for Jim de Mint. Let’s be consistent.

  5. Robert In New Orleans says:

    Now if the tsunami had wiped out the Viagra factory, Rush would be crying a different tune.

  6. Michael Tucker says:

    Anyone and everyone who says:
    “Gaia is doing it” or “mother nature is doing it” or “God is doing it”

    NEEDS TO BE IGNORED!!!

    Whatever else they have to say must also be a joke!

  7. Ominous Clouds Overhead says:

    I am truly embarrassed to be on the same planet as Limbaugh. It’s sad that Planet Earth could produce such a disgusting life form.

  8. darth says:

    Simple Math:

    Rush Limbaugh = idiot

  9. Anonymous says:

    When someone shows the exact opposite of humanity, they seem anti-human. When someone shows the exact opposite of the compassion of Christ, they seem like the. . .

  10. Anonymous says:

    If someone shows the exact opposite of humanity, they seem anti-human. If someone shows the exact opposite of the compassion of Christ, they seem like the. . .

  11. Anne van der Bom says:

    I’d like the GOP to repeal Poe’s law. Now that would be useful.

  12. Mike Roddy says:

    Rush’s wives don’t split because he needs Viagra, it’s because he’s scarier when he takes it.

    This shit fountain should have been fired a long time ago. He’s an embarrassment to the human race.

  13. Anonymous says:

    It’s the Oxy talking (both codone and moron). . .

  14. He’s not talking to us. He’s talking to his hate filled followers.
    To try to get in their heads is just asking for a new double breasted sport coat with wrap-around sleeves.

  15. Some European says:

    Probably he pronounces Gaia like gay-a so that it would sound more ridiculous in the ears of his homophobic listeners. I can imagine Frank Luntz gave that advice.

  16. Michael Tucker says:

    “If anyone on the left talked like this, the Republicans would have their job in a day.”

    Did the Republicans fire Ron Schiller or Vivian Schiller? I don’t think they even had a chance to raise a stink before those two were cleaning out their desks.

    It was the spineless organization they worked for that ‘took’ their jobs away.

    Freaks like Limbaugh and Beck work for organizations that do not care about public opinion only advertisers. NPR should try to be a little more assertive.

  17. malcreado says:

    >Freaks like Limbaugh and Beck work for organizations that do not care about public opinion only advertisers

    So go after the advertisers…start emailing them about their support of such opinions.

  18. Joan Savage says:

    “Gaia blew up” is undefined and unprovable, so I’ll pass on that.

    Rush’s definitely wrong about where the electric cars are made.
    The Toyota Prius is manufactured near Nagoya, south of Tokyo, not in the path of the earthquake or tsunami. The Nissan Leaf is manufactured in Oppama, Yokosuka, also south of Tokyo.

    The factory shutdowns are largely due to dependence on the electric supply. The vulnerability of the electric supply to forces of nature has become obvious, but the electric car factories are only temporarily shut down.

    Reuters has an update on Japanese manufacturing shut downs:
    http://af.reuters.com/article/energyOilNews/idAFL3E7EG1CK20110317

  19. Peter M says:

    “Again, RL shows his intoleranc­e and ignorance. When the coming climate change disaster begin to strike with monthly regularity in years ahead, what few listeners he has left, will be living in caves.”

  20. Bill Maddox says:

    Time for a re-read of Al Franken’s book: Rush Limbaugh Is A Big Fat Idiot. Franken nailed it then, nice if he would do a sequel. The subject material relentlessly refreshes itself.

  21. Wes Rolley says:

    I don’t see why there is not a public demonstration taking place at every media outlet that carries Mr. Pain Killer Inducer.

  22. Geo77 says:

    Despicable is way too kind a word for Ol’ Lard Butt, however, it’s the only one I could think of appropriate for a family blog.

  23. catman306 says:

    Thank you, Joan Savage. Only truth can fight a barrage of lies.

  24. Rob Honeycutt says:

    Rush’s audience isn’t interested in the truth. They just want to listen and laugh at someone who piles on the bile supporting their misguided political position.

    Wait. Didn’t fat-mouth say he was going to move out of the country if Obama was elected? It’s taking him a long time to pack.

  25. Jeffrey Davis says:

    Actually, Limbaugh has it backward. A nuclear disaster is exactly what Gaia would do to get rid of us — drive us further into carbon energy. Gaia wouldn’t be fighting for Justice or handing out merit badges. She’d be trying to get rid of us.

    He’s an idiot.

  26. 350 Now says:

    Actually I think he does us a great service. His mouthing off on air sheds light to the rest of the world how pathetic he and his ilk are. The Koch boys et al likely mirror his demented mind, but they come off sweet as southern gentlemen in the press to the other neocons. Otherwise, they’d just go from day to day doing their evil deeds without much notice in the world. I hope he lives long enough to see the damage his words has fraught and that if there is a hell, that he’ll burn there forever and ever, amen.

  27. Jim Groom says:

    What an ass. No offense to asses intended.

  28. Scott says:

    His goal, accomplished, was to poke a stick into the eye of environmentalists by conflating Gaians with climate scientists and recyclers and tree-huggers and anyone else concerned about the future of the planet and offering his opinion that by her actions Gaia doesn’t really seem to like us. Don’t be mad, get even.

    #17. malcreado is right. Go after the advertizers.

  29. J Bowers says:

    Ummm…

    Landmark Legal Foundation Nominates Rush Limbaugh for 2007 Nobel Peace Prize

    http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/landmark-legal-foundation-nominates-rush-limbaugh-for-2007-nobel-peace-prize-54151562.html

    We are offering this nomination for Mr. Limbaugh’s nearly two decades of tireless efforts to promote liberty, equality and opportunity for all mankind, regardless of race, creed, economic stratum or national origin.

    Something has gone very wrong with the world.

  30. Turboblocke says:

    Was Gaia also taking revenge when the Australian coal mines were flooded?

  31. 350 Now says:

    As a kid in sunday school, we were told stories of christians being thrown into the lion’s dens.

    But it’s making more sense now…

    http://sanctification.wordpress.com/2007/10/09/rush-limbaugh-quote/

  32. nyc-tornado-ten says:

    God is going to hit rush with a big one soon. How can I know what God is going to do? I have a soul, no different from anyone elses.

    Btw, I heard that a gas guzzler factory in shreevepot was shut down because parts were not coming from japan, so there is some good in all of this, although it is certainly not worth it.

  33. Mulga Mumblebrain says:

    J Bowers #30, considering the quality of (Ig)Nobel Peace Prize winners over the years, particularly in recent years, Limbaugh would be a worthy addition. If I might express my personal opinion, and avoid unpleasant and vituperative animadversions, I believe that here Mr Limbaugh exhibits certain behaviours, ie lack of human empathy and callous indifference to the suffering of others, that are absolutely ubiquitous on the Right, and are salient features of notorious psychopathologies. Certainly, in my opinion, such opinions are expressed over and over by the legions of Rightist opinion-makers in this country. That this country, and, I believe, yours, or any other, is bound to become socially crueler, more callous and more inhumane when subjected to decades of relentless fear and hatemongering by the Rightwing MSM, cannot really be disputed. at least in my opinion and experience.

  34. jyyh says:

    It sure looks like your country is becoming a political disaster area, but the nice thing about disaster areas is one can build windmills over them since they are NIMBY. ;-)

  35. A face in the clouds says:

    He can bend the trees on a golf course too. The Golf Channel now regularly features him waving a lightning rod while wearing giant short pants from the silent movie era. All things considere, including the emergency room visit for heart trouble in Hawaii, his brain is probably becoming sliced limburger.

  36. John Mason says:

    Joe, I’ve been thinking about this comment:

    I agree with AmericaBlog: “If anyone on the left talked like this, the Republicans would have their job in a day. It really is a sign of how badly the powers-that-be on the left play the political game, that Rush Limbaugh is still on the air.”

    I’m not particularly left-wing at all, yet I find this man disgusting. I would stop bringing up false polarisation where none exists. I’ll try and explain, so please bear with me.

    Yes, in most countries we do have the extreme right (and the extreme left), but most of us are in between those wide goalposts. They are extremists, and they are typically a vociferous minority, just as a thunderstorm makes far more noise than 95% of cloud formations. So, here in the UK for example, you can be conservative, labour or liberal without belonging to those extremes. I’m to the right of some of my friends, but I find the likes of Limbaugh beyond repulsive, as do they. It is possible to be in the centre – as I am and therefore to the right of the left, and it is possible to be on the right of that and not behave like this hate-monger does. What I would prefer to see is extremism marginalised full-stop, because on either political wing that is where it deserves to end up, because the root cause is simple – authoritarianism.

    You do not need to be left-wing to wish for fairness and equality. All you need is a sense of fair play.

    Cheers – John

    [JR: I'm not sure what the "false polarisation" is. It isn't just Limbaugh on radio, it's Beck, and O'Reilly and Hannity. While there are people who spread spew disinformation and hate speech in any part of the political spectrum, the extremists on the right have their own TV network and have captured an entire political party on the climate issue.]

  37. John Mason says:

    Joe,

    Yes, in reflection it wasn’t the best choice of terms. What I was trying to put across is that these guys transcend the traditional right-centre-left divisions in politics. It’s almost as if those traditional divisions can now be placed on one side of the fulcrum and the extreme right on its own on the other. Perhaps these sides can be renamed “ordinary” and “extraordinary” respectively, though I am sure there are more apt terms that people can think of!

    Cheers – John