Friday, January 15, 2010

Keith Olbermann speaks for me and many people in this response to Pat Robertson and Rush Limbaugh.

22 comments:

Bane of Anubis said...

Not a huge fan of Keith, but even an unhuger fan of that assclown Robertson.

HWPetty said...

Would it be gauche of me to shout "AMEN" after that?

Yeah... probably, but still. I think I want a t-shirt with that speech on it.

Amanda Makepeace said...

I don't think anyone could have said it any better.

David said...

Anytime I hear someone recommending hell for Rush and Pat is the right time. I'd like to hear KO and his pal Dan Patrick get after the other two. If only Rush would call out Pat with the same sarcastic inflection on 'The Reverend' that he uses when he says 'The Reverend Jesse Jackson.'

Watery Tart said...

yes, very well said I'd say. It's baffling to see people reveling in the misery and hardship.

annerallen said...

I think the AMEN is appropriate, HWPetty. What is most chilling about those two morally bankrupt bottom-feeders is that both their speeches could have been spoken a hundred years ago by murderers in pointy white hats as they readied themselves for an evening of genocide. Why can't we evolve beyond this kind of evil?

African American Mom said...

Couldn't have said it better myself.

philip said...

Thanks Colleen, Keith Olbermann speaks for many of us. Phil

Lindsey Himmler said...

They deserve a smack-down. I love this response from God @ The Borowitz Report: http://www.borowitzreport.com/

Katherine Hazen said...

I'm glad somebody found the words I was searching for when I was left sputtering in outrage at their stupid comments.

Thank you for this link.

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Virginia said...

I'm with HWPetty....I'll say "Amen."

Lance said...

I have to disagree with the sentiments posted here. All of you exhibit no clue that you understand the reality of what Hell is. If you understood, you'd never wish anyone there. For we'd deserve it ourselves, were it not for the gift of Jesus' sacrifice.

Two wrongs don't make a right.

Steve said...

I agree with Lance...

Assuming that you believe hell exists. It certainly wasn't something the Jews ever understood, and when you look at the evidence, hell becomes sort of a cheap marketing campaign to get people to agree with you. Our idea (as Christians) that God places people in eternal torment if they do not ask forgiveness makes no sense, and has little backing historically. The only reason it gets play is that people insist on reading the New Testament literally and as if it was written in English.
Love Olberman's comment...

shonagonchan said...

I originally found your blog through querytracker, in hopes of querying you with a steampunk novel (which I will!)

BUT.

Thank you for posting this. I ♥ Olbermann, and I envy his ability to put the righteous smack down so neatly and elegantly.

This new debacle reminds me of the Robertson / Falwell asshattery after 9/11. They both made similar comments, that “God will not be mocked and when we destroy 40 million little innocent babies, we make God mad...I really believe that the pagans and the abortionists and the feminists and the gays and the lesbians who are actively trying to make that an alternative lifestyle, the ACLU, People for the American Way, all of them who try to secularize America...I point the finger in their face and say you helped this happen.”

Well, it just seems to me that if “god” made 9/11 happen and “satan” was responsible for Haiti, then according to these two, God and Satan operate in much the same way, don't they? When they get mad or collect on a deal, they're kind of the same person.

Thanks for posting this and thanks for keeping this blog, too.

Malanie Wolfe said...

Hi Colleen, I just found your blog - love it.

Thank you for posting this!
Unfortunately, fundamentalist are so identified with their dogma/agenda that they have a distorted view of love and compassion.

Brandy said...

That was the best response ever.

CKHB said...

Amen indeed.

Shelby said...

Not a fan of the three of them, Olbermann, Robertson & the other guy.

Two things:
Robertson and the other guy make money from sensation-alizing the extreme (and I mean extreme) right/narrow thinkers.

Olbermann makes money from sensation-alizing the public outcry from whatever Robertson and the other guy put out.

It is a war of money for words between all 3 of them.

IF Olbermann had a history, which he does not - of compassion and kindness and sincerity for all that is good in the word, then I would love his take on this. However, since his 'usual and customary' take on things is crass and pointless.. I shall continue to be wary of his motives for bashing whoever his choice of the day is.

Having said that - I wholeheartedly disagree with Robertson and the other guy on most if not all their perspectives. Their purpose, whatever they think it should be, is not serving any real good.

And on the Olbermann take, I would be more inclined to jump on his preacher take on this issue if he would consistently perforom here on out with this particular stab at mercy. We'll see what he does for money and ratings. There's always hope.

Story Ideas said...

I'm a Christian and a paramedic. I'm not a stranger to pain, suffering, and death, but admittedly I have seen nothing comparable to this. (Few in modern times outside of Haiti have.)

I don't know if Keith Olbermann had an agenda behind his comments or not, but frankly I DON'T CARE. He said what needed to be said, and I applaud him for it.

As for Rush Limbaugh, I don't get how he's still on the air! How can his sponsors still support him after this? They should pull their funding at once and donate it something of use and good. Like helping the injured, thirsty and starving in Haiti!

As a Christian I am personally offended at Pat Robertson's comments. His statements reflect horribly on my God and my faith. I would like nothing more than to jump on a plane and fly down there help in the limited way that I can, but I cannot. All I can give the people of that country, Haitians, refugees, workers alike is my financial donations and prayers.

I don't know why this has happened. As a paramedic I've learned that such questions just don't have any answers. These kind of things don't have brightsides. What were seeing in Haiti is just the beginning. There will be more death. Much more. Famine and disease will have its turn.

Thank you Keith Olberman for speaking out. Thank you Colleen sharing it.

I for one will not give atrocity of Robertson's Limbaugh's comments any more thought. That is how people like them maintain their twisted power. Instead I will do what I can for those in need. The paramedic in me is a realist and can see how much bigger this is than all of us, but the Christian in me will keep praying and hope for a miracle.

Kristine Overbrook said...

What is particularly chilling is that there are Americans that take Robertson and Limbaugh's words as gospel. I live in a town that is prone to that kind of thinking.

The only good I've found in living here is confirmation that truth Is stranger than fiction. So there is very little that can be considered over the top.

Thank you Colleen. I loved listening to the clip. I wonder if Robertson and Limbaugh watched it?

christine tripp said...

OMG, I'm so late in finding out about and seeing this clip but I felt like standing and cheering. Not only did Mr. Olbermann put into elequent sentences thoughts I have ALWAYS had about these two (their reactions to the Hati devestation did not surprise me in the least, having heard the vile stupidity that comes from these characters on so MANY subjects) I can not believe he took a stand and put himself out there and it is wonderful to see a man with some power of the press use it and use it well and speak for the thinking/caring/compassionate people of this world!!!!
(and he is right, hell is too good for people such as these)