“I’m 53 years old and I’m jumping up and down on my bed!”
That’s what a female caller told Larry Elder when she phoned in to his new talk radio show on KABC Los Angeles, the station he left suddenly almost two years ago.
As that caller and others made clear all this week, the “Sage from South Central” has been sorely missed by his many fans, who value his dry sense of humor and unpredictable, non-partisan take on the world.
Elder is in a tough time slot; his show airs the same time as Rush Limbaugh’s. However, every episode of his show is available for free downloading at the KABC site.
Rush Limbaugh fans may be reluctant to tune in to his “appearance” on the off-color animated series “The Family Guy” this Sunday. The show’s foul-mouthed characters and dark-humored plots are notorious.
This week, Rush assured listeners, “They didn’t put any curse words or foul mouth in my script. You know, I am El Rushbo. I come out looking like a champ on this thing.”
On a serious note, Rush probably surprised his audience by offering up some biblical exegesis on Wednesday, after President Obama misquoted scripture by explaining to a reporter that we should be our “brother’s and sister’s keeper.”
As Rush pointed out, that expression comes from the story of Cain, who murdered his brother Abel – not exactly an individual whom Christians and Jews are meant to emulate!
Limbaugh also raised the uncomfortable fact that “Obama’s brother is still living in a hut – a 6-by-9-foot, un-air-conditioned, no-running-water, no-electricity hut in Kenya” (FREE video).
Later in the week, Limbaugh called Obama a “foreigner” who just doesn’t understand or love his country: “Let me put it this way. We don’t need a birth certificate to know that Obama is a foreigner, in this sense: He’s born in the United States, but he doesn’t think like most of us think. He doesn’t look at this country and its people, its history, its accomplishments the way most of us do. He doesn’t look at our history with pride.”
As part of his new “Meet the Candidates” feature, Sean Hannity welcomed Sean Bielat to the show. Bielat is hoping to unseat powerful Democratic incumbent Barney Frank in Massachusetts.
The candidate assured Hannity, “There are a lot more conservatives here than people would think. There are a lot of independents – in fact, the state is half independent. People are ready for something new; they’ve had Barney Frank around for 30 years, and they’re starting to think things through a little bit.”
Hannity also interviewed grassroots favorite, Lt. Colonel Allen West, who’s running for Congress in Florida’s 22nd District (FREE audio).
An ongoing feud between Mark Levin and former George W. Bush speechwriter David Frum heated up again this week, when a conservative Canadian newspaper columnist implored the Toronto-born commentator to “come home” and leave the “uncivil” atmosphere of American punditry behind.
She accused talk radio hosts like Levin, Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh of being “coarse and childish.”
This week, Rand Paul of Kentucky and Dino Rossi of Washington state called to talk to Levin about their respective Senate races. Levin also welcomed David Kahane to talk about his new book, “Rules for Radical Conservatives.”
In a memorable segment, Levin read excerpts of “Communist Manifesto” and noted that its language was eerily similar to that used by Obama and the Democrats (FREE audio).
Michael Savage is reminding listeners that his new book, “Trickle Up Poverty,” is due out next week. The book, subtitled “Stopping Obama’s Attack on Our Borders, Economy and Security,” unveils “The Savage Manifesto” for restoring America.
On the topic of the economy, Savage was pessimistic on the air this week, declaring, “I don’t think anybody can create jobs anymore,” not the government or even the private sector. “That’s the Rush Limbaugh, free market theory of economics. I don’t believe it. America is on the way down” (FREE audio).
In one memorable monologue, Savage began by discussing health-care reform but then mused about the superiority of “pelican mothers” over human “welfare mothers,” and ended with a report on a UFO citing by an Air Force officer.
Andrew Breitbart sat in for Savage on Wednesday. He welcomed national security expert Frank Gaffney as his guest. Gaffney broke a hair-raising story concerning Islamist infiltration of American institutions – most recently, of the FBI training facilities! (FREE audio).
A self-described African American caller named J.J. told Ingraham he didn’t vote for Obama and has “taken a lot of grief” for opposing the president’s policies and going to tea-party rallies. This candid yet respectful discussion about race and politics was a refreshing change from the political correctness that saturates the culture (FREE audio).
Laura Ingraham’s guests this week included: Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., talking about “stealth amnesty,” Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., on Obama’s drilling and Ashley Taylor discussing the shocking Black Panther voter intimidation case (FREE audio).
Off the air, Ingraham will be joining Andrew Breitbart and fellow talk show host Michael Berry at a Texas tea-party event next week.
A lengthy profile of Glenn Beck in the New York Times Sunday Magazine dominated online conversations this week.
The writer observed, for example, “Fans approach Beck and give him hugs. Do people feel they can hug Limbaugh?”
Parts of the profile were predictably snarky and unflattering, but most of the negative revelations were provided by a characteristically candid Beck.
“He tells of walking into a bookstore,” the Times writer relates, “and loading up on books by a hodgepodge that included Alan Dershowitz, Pope John Paul II, Carl Sagan, Nietzsche, Billy Graham and Adolf Hitler. ‘The library of a serial killer,’ he called it.”
The progressive media’s obsession with Glenn Beck continued with a cover story about the host in the “liberation theology” magazine Sorjourners, entitled, “Why Glenn Beck Hates Community Organizers.”
And now, from the left side of the dial …
Listening to progressive talk radio, it’s sometimes hard to remember what year it is. Despite Barack Obama’s victory in 2008, many of them remain obsessed with former President and Vice President George W. Bush and Dick Cheney.
Even Mediate – a media watchdog site not immune from liberal bias – noticed when Mike Malloy said that Cheney “at the very least allowed, at the very worst engineered the worst attack on this country since the War of 1812″ – meaning, the attacks of September 11, 2001.
Malloy went on to attack Cheney’s daughter Liz, shouting: “Shame on you, Liz Cheney. Go plan your father’s funeral. Just do that. Do at least one thing in your useless life that will have some meaning.”
For people who call themselves “compassionate” “progressives,” it’s telling that so many of these professional hate mongers actually seem to live in the past.