Dear Paul Allen: Say “No” to Limbaugh

With Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay already promising to vote against approving Rush Limbaugh’s bid to buy the St. Louis Rams, it is time for other NFL owners to step forward and vow the same… and time for local fans to lobby their team owners to break their silence.

A controversial and divisive figure, well known for his racial slurs, Limbaugh is a poor fit and even worse role model for a league that has worked hard to make off-field racial harmony as much an emblem of the sport as its brutal on-field competition. It would be an insult to the players to approve Limbaugh as an owner, and an insult to fans, better than fifty percent of whom Limbaugh routinely characterizes as cowards, imbeciles, traitors or worse.

Seahawks owner Paul Allen is not known for his civic leadership, but with other owners so far reluctant to follow Irsay’s example, this is a golden opportunity for him to step forward and show that he cares as much about the integrity of the league as does about its ability to turn a profit. And so I urge Seahawks fans to urge Allen to publicly oppose Limbaugh’s ownership bid, and I urge my friends in the media ask him to make a statement as to where he stands.

Comments

  1. 2

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    I would go further and suggest boycotting the Seahawks if Allen votes to approve Limbaugh as an NFL owner.

  2. 8

    Puddybud Remembers spews:

    Since it was leaked from secret negotiations, Puddy wonders if Limbaugh has a case? Since it was leaked on CBS first hmmm…?

  3. 10

    spews:

    So if Jesse Jackson or Al Sharpton tried to purchase an NFL team, can we expect those people who object to Rush to also object to the two poverty pimps as well?
    After all, they have a long history of racist comments against jews, asians, and white people.

    just checking to see if what’s good for the goose is good for the gander…

  4. 12

    Michael spews:

    Yes, Rush is an annoying gas bag. Yes, Rush has made all sorts of horrible comments. Yes, Rush if he has the cash, should be able to by (into) the team.

    They let Michael Vic back into the league. If he can play why can’t Rush be part owner?

    I’m betting the only difference between Rush, Jesse Jackson and a big chunk of the NFL ownership is that Rush and Jesse made their comments in public.

  5. 15

    Quimface Norquist spews:

    re 7: You have a keen eye for detail when it’s your guy getting slammed.

    Kiss my ass, you fucking lightweight.

  6. 16

    Quimface Norquist spews:

    Rush is right. We’re just beating up on him cause he’s white — and a racist.

    All Howard Cosell ever said was “Look at that little monkey run!!” and it was all over for him.

    I’m sure there are plenty of soundbites online of Rush saying racist things. I heard half a dozen of them on the radio today.

    Hey, Waxx, still mad at that NYC liberal for saying ‘little monkey’? Knowing your priorities, I’ll bet you are.

  7. 22

    FakeDavidGoldsteinHA spews:

    Dave Checketts, chairman of the St. Louis Blues and head of the group attempting to purchase the Rams, dropped Limbaugh as a potential limited partner. My post and influence were decisive.

  8. 23

    spews:

    Nobody here would deny that Jesse Jackson is anti-semitic. Would he be allowed to buy an NFL team? Of course he would. So Rush should be allowed to buy one, as well.

  9. 25

    Mark1 spews:

    Who cares.

    And Rodent @2:

    Go right ahead, I’m sure you won’t even make a dent. Nice try, but no real threat there.

  10. 26

    FakeDavidGoldsteinHA spews:

    I got up late this morning, having had too many Manny’s at Montlake’s last night. At this moment I feel a lot better. The passage of time, learning that Rush was dropped, and the chill of the house have revived me now. I don’t feel guilty about my schadenfruede; too many of my enemies have enjoyed my own misfortunes. I don’t believe in karma either.

  11. 27

    seabos84 spews:

    football sucks. 60 minutes of playing time sprinkled amoung 210 minutes of moron commercials.

    oh, and, by the way … 1/2 the games every weekend are 1/2 decided by the refs and the ridiculously complicated rules – it is a perfect game for people who can’t accomplish anything other than having meetings and sueing each other.

    and rush is a pervert, drug addict bigot – hope he buys the seahawks.

    I had my appendix out 3 yrs ago and they gave me those oxy things for the pain – holy high as a kite batman! I didn’t take all 20 of the things cuz they left me a drooling idiot … and rush got caught with 4000! I do love that the jackasses who love rush are too stupid to see THAT hypocrisy!!!

    Rush + NFL owners = heaven for seabos84 – you all deserve each other.

    rmm.

  12. 28

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    On second thought, maybe letting Rush pay the health care bills for an NFL team isn’t such a bad idea after all.

  13. 29

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    Speaking of health care, one of the compromise proposals being floated in Congress is to have a public option on a state-by-state basis, allowing states to opt out.

    I think it’s a lousy idea.

    Employer-provided health insurance was a makeshift recruiting tool created to circumvent World War 2 wage controls. It was kept after the war because of its popularity among workers. But there’s nothing inherently better about employment-based health coverage. That system has always had drawbacks, even before costs got out of control and employers began dropping health benefits, and keeping it is like never upgrading your computer from Windows 95: It was useful in its time, but its time has come and gone. In any case, employers are ditching it, so it’s doomed anyway.

    If there’s a public option, it should be national. The benefits are obvious. You’d have complete portability. Administration would be vastly more efficient than trying to run 50 different programs. Fifty separate plans with differing costs, coverages, and benefits would be hopelessly confusing for consumers. Public option health coverage should be standardized and available on a national basis.

    Opt-out is a lousy idea, too. It would create inequality among citizens of various states. It would be a vehicle for corruption in state politics as powerful private insurance interests jockey for control of state-run public-option programs in order to undermine them.

    Moreover, states opting out would find themselves getting bitten in the ass. Would you work in a place where you couldn’t get affordable health coverage for your family? Employers in those states would quickly learn they can’t attract the best workers. Companies doing business in those states would find their employees refusing transfers to those locations.

    All in all, state-based public option is a bad idea, and opt-out is a worse idea. One concept that might work, though, is having a national program but letting states administer it within their boundaries under federal guidelines, much as is done with a number of other programs today.

  14. 30

    proud leftist spews:

    28
    It’s also not such a bad idea that Rushbo buy the Rams as their chances of winning even two games this year is about zero. So, he’d lose money. And, the talent pool open to the Rams would get shallower with his purchase, so improvement would be unlikely. He’d overpay white players to come to St. Louis, but the team’s record would not reflect his payments. Actually, the more I think about it, the more I think I’d like to see his group buy the Rams.

  15. 32

    ArtFart spews:

    @29 The lady who’s apparently the designated apologist for the insurance industry’s threat to jack everyone’s premiums if the “public option” happens is running around explaining that it would “take younger, healthy, low-risk people out of the insurance pool” and thus leave the private companies with a smaller pool of cash to cover the care of whoever was left.

    Somehow, this strikes me as one of the best arguments for a single-payer system I’ve heard in quite a while.

  16. 34

    spews:

    #33 the difference is the fact that the “mouths” on Air America don’t have to lie on a daily basis like the Limbaughs of this world.

    Big difference.

    But of course you don’t care about all that truth stuff right????? You don’t care if it is true as long as it fits your “ideology” right?

    All Facts Support My Positions

    Facts matter to folks like me. Right wingers….. not so much….

    So tell me traffy. What lie did anyone on Air America ever tell? C’mon spit it out!!!

    I dare ya.

    I double dare ya!

  17. 35

    Rush Limbaugh Fan spews:

    It’s just too, too karmic to see the mighty Rushbo, denied his wet dream of actually becoming part owner of an NFL franchise because he is once again being outed for the racist bastard that he really is.

    Ya see, back there in Cape Gerardo, where Rush was going through the motions of becoming the adult he never quite actualized; he failed miserably at sports, not to mention interpersonal relations (see his subsequent failed marriage record).

    It’s even more delicious to learn that after over 20 years of spreading scurrilous lies about others, he is hoisted on his own numerous petards of racist comments.

    And now the FURY of his disappointment shows as he spends his entire three hours today attempting to discredit ONE of the Oh So Numerous racist comments he made by disavowing that single statement.

    Who cares Rush, whether we got one wrong or ten wrong; we’re still batting over .900 with all the others we can replay through the modern miracle of voice recording. We got your number and it adds up to you being a racist asshole. Deal with it.

  18. 36

    spews:

    Do tell traffy. What lie did Rachel, Franken, or Hartmann ever tell on Air America?

    If you can name one single lie Thom Hartmann, Al Franken, or Rachel Maddow ever told, I will pay pal you $20.

    Tic toc tic toc…

    Make the charge and run. Right Wing 101. Politics for wet brains.

  19. 43

    Quimface Norquist spews:

    re 19: That wasn’t my wife. You got tricked again — but I’m guessing it was just another crying game.

  20. 45

    Puddybud Remembers spews:

    Puddy placed the whois information for the liberal lying turkey who placed those non-Limbaugh quotes used by MSNBC and CNN and HA Leadership erased the Puddy entry… Puddy also sent to Rush’s private email address the full whois on this jerk.

    The IP Address of the moron is 69.64.213.146 – UDScott

    69.64.213.146 – Whois Information
    OrgName: RCN NEW YORK COMMUNICATIONS, LLC
    OrgID: RNYC
    Address: 55 Broad Street
    Address: 22nd Floor
    City: New York
    StateProv: NY
    PostalCode: 10004
    Country: US
    ReferralServer: rwhois://rwhois.electricfiber.net:4321
    NetRange: 69.64.192.0 – 69.64.223.255
    CIDR: 69.64.192.0/19
    OriginAS: AS27506
    NetName: RBS-NYC

    So why did the HA Leadership remove this info from before? Is it only Goldy who can seek out an expose? Puddy still has in the PuddyCache the original posting HA Leadership.

  21. 47

    Puddybud Remembers spews:

    The worthless book used as a libtardos bible attribute this quote on page 232 of “101 People Who are Really Screwing Up America” To Limbaugh. There is no air data and it didn’t happen. See the Amazon link Puddy placed above.

  22. 50

    correctnotright spews:

    @49: Puddy will pick out one of these and claim that it did not happen….ignoring the preponderance of data you cited above.

    You cannot argue with people who already have their minds made up….Rush is a hero to Puddy despite the fact that Rush is clearly a racist fool who lies continuously.

    How does it feel to support a racist Puddy?

  23. 52

    Jonesy spews:

    I kinda wish Rush did get to own an NFL team. It would have been funny to watch an all white team compete.

    One thing is for sure: Limbaugh’s cheerleaders would have the skimpiest outfits in the league, right in line with dittohead religious right “values.”

    A couple more conservative “values” related to the NFL: commercialism, violence, exploitation, sexual innuendo, hype over substance and manufactured rivalries.

  24. 53

    ArtFart spews:

    @50 “You cannot argue with people who already have their minds made up”

    Mind? what mind? As if he has one…

  25. 54

    Jonesy spews:

    Why is it racists take pride in fomenting racial divisions – but, when they get called on it, all of a sudden they start back-peddaling?

    Conservatives’ anger is largely based on the fact their racist / sexist thoughts don’t fair so well outside their brains…it must be frustrating for angry old white guys to keep their lips zipped. I feel their pain.

    Rush’s racist Talibangelist base loves him because he pushes the envelope – playing games with his dog whistle innuendo.

  26. 55

    Puddybud Remembers spews:

    Ahhh yes the tedious Zotz…

    Did you know he’d screw his mom except that there’d be no one keeping an eye on him?

    This isn’t the first time you claimed Oedipus complex issues.

    When did you stop screwing your mother? Did she finally get tired of your premature ejaculation issues? Was your dick too small and she got no pleasure? Tell us all about your issues.

  27. 56

    Puddybud Remembers spews:

    Zotz, another one we who think right laugh at all the time.

    “NFL all too often looks like a game between the Bloods and the Crips.” – Mercury Morris Miami Fla Running Back agreed.

    Limbaugh on Gates controversy: “Here you have a black president trying to destroy a white policeman.” – And the white policeman’s department agreed with Rush. Did you forget all the black policemen in the picture when Gates was screaming his head off fool?

    •Limbaugh suggested Colin Powell only supported Obama because of race. – And Colin Powell admitted it.

    There are other comments for the other comments but why waste the pixels on HA Libtardos who can’t figger things out unless they first visit the whackamole kook-aid sites in the morning for their “coffee cream”?

    Man you are a loony tune. Crooks and Liars. Bwaaaaaaa haaaaaaaaa haaaaaaaaa haaaaaa haaaaaaaaa haaaaaaa

  28. 58

    Zotz spews:

    Pudpuller!

    I bet your mom told you, you were special, huh?

    Did you ever wonder what she really meant?

  29. 59

    Puddybud Remembers spews:

    Such projection from Zotz, another of headless’ 35 sock puppets.

    How do you keep all those “personalities” straight? What “mechanism” triggers which personality to come to the forefront? Do tell us how you became who you are today and how your mommy helped you be “all you can be”?

    When did you stop screwing your mother? Did she finally get tired of your premature ejaculation issues? Was your dick too small and she got no pleasure? Tell us all about your issues.

  30. 60

    X'ad spews:

    MMMmmm….Puddy has the private email of Rush Limbaugh. I am not surprised. ‘splains a lot.

    Nice to know we have such a huge Rush supporter that he gets his privvy stuff.

    Most others here lcaim that I’d find it funny. But I believe Puddy and find it slightly chilling.

    Where is the repellent?

  31. 61

    Michael spews:

    If you have the cash you should be able to do what you want with it. That’s the current righty mantra, right. So, let him buy the team, sit back and watch the whole thing blowup in his face. It should be a fun show.

  32. 62

    X'ad spews:

    I cannot see why a guy, no matter how much of an asshole, should be inhibited from buying anything that’s legally for sale.

    Why the hell not?

  33. 63

    czechsaaz spews:

    @62

    Ownership of an NFL team is unique. All the other owners must approve your bid. (Not unlike many housing/condo co-op boards.) NFL owners are required to not bring any sort of controversy or “dishonor” to the league.

    We can argue what controvery or dishonor entail, but getting fired from an NFL broadcasting gig for making a statement that people want x player to succeed just because they want to see a (insert racial minority) player suceed, well, I think that pretty much falls under failing to prevent controversy. If they weren’t dead, and were trying to buy a team, the fraternity of owners shouldn’t approve Howard Cosell or Jimmy the Greek for similar reasons.

  34. 65

    Zotz spews:

    PudPuller’s buddies over at RedState are in full crazy. This DKos diary is a must read (a no BS hoot!):

    http://www.dailykos.com/story/.....s-Crushed)

    This mocking snark from Ballon Juice is my fave:

    “…When they came for the morbidly-obese-three-time-divorcee-child-sex-tourist-convicted-felon-junkie-talk-show-hosts, I said nothing, for I was not a morbidly-obese-three-time-divorcee-child-sex-tourist-convicted-felon-junkie-talk-show-host…”

  35. 66

    Zotz spews:

    @64:

    I think he was born that way, sadly.

    But I assume from his increasingly deranged prattling that much more damage has occurred since.

    It’s pretty clear he loves being abused, huh?

  36. 68

    Zotz spews:

    re 65: Here’s another great bit of Niemoller-snark from the comments:

    “…First they came for the communists, and I did not speak out—because I hate those god damned communists;

    Then they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out—because I like killing socialists;

    Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out—because trade unionists support ACORN;

    Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—because the damn Jews took my money;

    Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak out for me. So I rambled pointlessly for several years…”

  37. 69

    Sam Adams spews:

    Rush vs the Air America types:

    BOTH sides claim the truth

    NEITHER will concede to the other.

    Talk about Dumb and Dumber.

  38. 70

    correctnotright spews:

    Poor little Puddy says:

    correctnotright,

    Didn’t your “abortion” happen?

    Umm, was that supposed to be an insult? Was that because I asked why you were supporting a racist (Rush)? do you have to resort to insults when you have no retort?

    Are you afraid to answer that question?

    Or do you blindly follow the rightwing nonsense machine?

  39. 71

    the peanut gallery spews:

    @69…Sam Adams gets it.

    The lemmings are too blind to see the logic….they, like 95% of people here, are tools.

  40. 72

    Puddybud is shocked SHOCKED spews:

    MMMmmm….Puddy has the private email of Rush Limbaugh. I am not surprised. ’splains a lot.

    And headless (Zotz), if you research the Internet you could find it too.

    Butt, ridicule is you play headless, not intelligence.

  41. 73

    Puddybud is shocked SHOCKED spews:

    How stupid and feckless is correctnotright…

    You cannot argue with people who already have their minds made up

    So Puddy asked didn’t your abortion happen. Your mind is MADE UP!

    Butt you didn’t get the satire. Went right over your puny head and small mind.

  42. 74

    Puddybud is shocked SHOCKED spews:

    Notice headless (Zotz) had no retort for #56. Why? Because they all happened and he can’t change history.

  43. 75

    spews:

    seabos84 @ 27

    football sucks.

    Exactly right.

    We used to live for football weekends. Huskies on Saturday, Seahawks on Sunday.

    I almost cared about football again when the Seahawks got to the Superbowl. Then the refs gave the game to the Steelers. Everyone could have just stayed home.

    Remember when the Cowboys played here for Monday Night Football? I was dragged to the game as punishment for a job well done (at work). That game was also stolen.

    The game’s rigged. I don’t like the gladiator culture. The teams are indistinguishable. It’s just not fun.

    Rush should own a football team. End the fiction that pro football is a sport.

  44. 78

    DCG spews:

    just checking to see if what’s good for the goose is good for the gander…

    Of course not…You are conservative – go away. Lies about Rush’s statement – OK. Capitalism in its finest form – only for those who think like us.

    Van Jones – OK, Dunn – OK, Tax cheats – OK. Lobbyists – OK. ACORN fraud – OK. Etc., etc. Hypocrisy is only for me but not for thee.

  45. 79

    Zotz spews:

    “Ridicule is he only weapon which can be used against unintelligible propositions. Ideas must be distinct before reason can act upon them…”
    — Thomas Jefferson

  46. 80

    spews:

    FACE IT,If your white, you are NOW considered a “RACEST”! You voted for change and you got
    it… Who always brings up raceism at every
    oppertunity? Obama,dems,blacks,or reps.?

    If you dare to question why Rush is treated in
    this matter, your a racest. If any of you
    who post on this site are white, your time is
    coming. Have you been blinded as to all the
    changes that are being made?

    ’till Now, any team that was going broke would
    have jumped at the offer of 35mil., from anybody…….NOT now…. Only Rush would
    have been questioned about every word he has
    ever said. How many of YOU would PASSED this
    test? I know I wouldn’t have.

  47. 81

    czechsaaz spews:

    @80

    I know this is a really old thread and you’re not likely to see this, but have you heard of Eddie DeBartolo. He’s white, had a team once, and isn’t allowed to buy another one. Something about being controversial…

    BTW, work on your spelling, typing and punctuation. I’m not anal about these things, but if you add commas where they don’t belong, misspell a word, and misuse a personal pronoun all in your first sentence, you’ll have a hard time being taken seriously. You had two oppOrtunities at Racist/Racism and reps. generally is used to refer to members of the House of Representatives.