Archive for the ‘I Hate to Rush!’ Category

Mr. Literal Says He is Standing on Solid Ground!

Monday, January 18th, 2010

Today at 2;34pm EST, Rush said “I am grounded in Reality” and “I am Mr. Literal.”
As the Pharaoh used to say: “So Let It be Written; So Let It Be Done.”

As for me, it has been a long time since I have heard such blatant nonsense. One of the surest ways of getting something you say to be accepted as truth is to say it as matter-of-factly as you possibly can with as little embellishment as possible.

Why? Because most people listen to things with their emotions first and their intellect second, if at all. So, if you do not rouse their emotions, there is a good chance their intellect will never come into play.

Rush is a pro at this. He will prance about the show raving about this or that; and, then he will suddenly calm down and say something like ‘I am grounded in Reality.”

I always give credit where it is due. Rush has this technique down to a science.

What a Program’s Advertisers Tell Us

Monday, January 4th, 2010

Sometimes a program’s advertisers tell us more about the show than about whatever product they are pitching. Their product may even be worthwhile and of value to many people. So this post is not about any particular company or its products or services.

Rather, it is about what we can learn about a program’s audience from what kind of advertisers pay to be able to reach that audience.

I was listening to the Glenn Beck show the other morning and it suddenly dawned on me that both his show and Rush’s show have a disproportionate number of commercials which offer products and or services which are meant to prevent or deal with some kind of personal disaster.

As I said earlier, these products may be fine in of themselves; but, the fact that these companies feel that the listeners of conservative talk shows are the kind of audience that are most likely to buy their product tells me that these listeners are all about Doom & Gloom.

They feel that they are helpless to prevent disaster from striking them; and, the only option they have left is to prepare for the inevitable catastrophe which is hanging over their heads.

Keep in mind, that these are the same people who say they believe in the supremacy of the individual. I guess that supremacy only applies when they get to make all of the ground rules. It seems that if someone makes a set of rules not to their liking, they not only don’t want to play the game; but, they believe that everyone is going to lose. There will be no winners unless they make the rules; and of course, if they make the rules, they will be the winners.

I guess they have never really thought about life in general; because I don’t know about you; but, I have never made any of the truly important rules in my life. I did not pick my parents, my physical abilities, my mental acumen, the state of my general health, etc. So if I followed their line of reasoning, I would have committed sepaku long ago.

I want to add to the list of Mr. Beck’s sponsors:

  • A company that helps defend you from the IRS. Can this mean that the Righteous Right can be cheating their Uncle Sam?
  • A company selling gold to help protect you from an economic meltdown.
  • A company that will sell you food processed to have a long enough shelf life to keep you safe during a full blown breakdown of our civilization.
  • A hair restoration company to help protect you from the tragic of losing your hair.
  • A company promising you up to $1700/month for part time work from your home and $7900 for full time home work. Of course this is at least as legit as the rest of this site because someone of such high standards as Mr. Beck would not be supported by a bunch of crooks.
  • Now of course, I am sure it has never occurred to the producers of these shows that airing commercials which foretell upcoming disasters will only serve to give more credence to the message these shows are promoting. If the makers of these products were smart, they could ask for a advertising rate discounted by an amount proportional to the pessimism of their ads message.

    The Problem with “Rush”-ing Through Life

    Monday, November 16th, 2009

    Like most people, I am not a big fan of Rushing. We tend to miss too many things when we are Rushing. We tend to make mistakes when Rushing. We tend to have poorer balance; and, our more likely to get hurt when Rushing.

    When we are Rushing, our minds tend to be where we are Rushing to, even though we are somewhere else.

    In short, we tend not to enjoy life when we Rush through it.

    So, even though I listen to his radio talk show every once in a while, I tend to avoid “Rush”-ing as much as possible.

    “You Know I am Right”

    Monday, November 16th, 2009

    This afternoon, I managed to catch a few minutes of Mr. Limbaugh’s show. At one point after during either a before or after moment surrounding a commercial, they played a pre-recorded sound bite where Mr. Limbaugh says: “You know I am right.”

    I can not believe Mr. Limbaugh doesn’t realize that just about everyone in America, and most certainly everyone listening to his show, knows where he stands politically. Why else would he have to keep on telling us? Can there be any doubt in any sane person’s mind about Mr. Limbaugh standing to the right of……..?

    In any case, if you are reading this, Mr. Limbaugh, kindly take note that this statement of yours is redundant.

    “Advertising on a Web Site”

    Sunday, November 15th, 2009

    I own two web sites in addition to this one. Even though I have the usual “middle, middle class” struggles to pay my bills, none of my web sites have any advertising on them. IMHO, advertising changes the whole tone of a web site into that of “make as much money in as many ways in as little time as possible.” One of my sites has absolutely no advertising or affiliate links whatsoever. The other one will shortly have affiliate links on my product page, where i do sell items I recommend. However, my info pages are just that: for information only!

    Now, on with my story:

    I live in Palm Beach county Florida. The talk radio airwaves down here are filled with infomercial programs and one news/political station. That one station is a Fox affiliate (maybe it is even owned by Fox); and, therefore it is no surprise that its programming is dominated by the stars of the conservative universe.

    That makes it easy for me to listen in and see what is going on in their part of the world. So I listen to Rush several times a week for varying amounts of time as I drive from one work place to another. However, I have never been to his web site until just now.

    I actually didn’t read any of his commentaries, posts, articles or anything else. I was just shocked to see that a multi-multi millionaire has the mind set to have to make money by having advertisements on his home page. Actually, I am fairly certain that the ads for the various products are actually affiliate type links where the owner of the web site will get paid a percentage of the sale from the banner ad if a person from the original site actually makes a purchase on the linked site. He may or not be paid for the banner ads themselves. He may or may not be paid for just “click-throughs”( That’s the term to mean all a person has to do his click the ad and go to the advertiser’s site in order for the original site to get paid). Regardless of the method(s), Rush is making money in some form from these ads.

    So that begs the question that if he needs the money so much as to cheapen his own personal web site (which is his “avatar” in cyber space for the universe to see), what else would he cheapen to make the dollars he so obviously¬†thinks he needs?