from a friend in music and on FB, Deborah Anne Goss:
SO sorry to see that Christopher Plummer died this morning. He was one of my favorite actors. Saw him in person twice in the musical 'Cyrano' and he won the Tony that year - the show itself was panned which annoyed me. I'll never forget it and paid twice for 2nd balcony seats - just HAD to see it again. And I bought the LP. It's a wonderful score. He fenced and he jumped on furniture and he was funny and he sang just fine - actually, better than just fine.
Sorry, not Christopher Plummer, though I remember him fondly as a great and accessible actor.
Decades ago, I watched Gérard Depardieu's 1990 performance in that role of Cyrano de Bergerac -- I assume that that was a standard script. At the end as Cyrano is dying, there in the full presence of Roxanne, he declares that that one shining thing that kept him striving on was his ... panache.
NAFTA would not have been possible without his support.
In 1991, Brit Hume and Henry Kissinger had an important meeting, at the request of the Bush administration, with Rush. He was told, gor the good of the country, that he needed to risk loosing half his audience, by supporting NAFTA. He did the tight thing, but lost lots of money and supporters over his brave stand. Helped endure enough Republican support, in the tight fight, for sure.
The world owes him a debt.
He had to backtrack on his longtime pro immigration stands, around the middle of the first decade of our century. He was generally silent, and careful previously.
Chuck Schumer had a secret meeting with Rush , according to Rush himself, telling the host how good it would be for Republicans to support the immigration legislation around 2007.
Rush had to be anti immigraion. I suppose. He was at least silent for a long time. Until Lou Dobbs blew the issue into a burning, unavoidable one.
He was a good member of the loyal opposition, in so many ways.
2 people are responsible for NAFTA.
Bill Clinton, who took the political hitting his party for supporting it.
Bill Clinton told Larry King that he owes him a debt that could never be stamped "paid", as NAFTA would never have passed without the incredible, historic Gore-Perot 1993 debate.
During the debate, Al Gore singled out 3 diverse and "distinguished" people who supported NAFTA: Colin Powell, Thomas "Tip" O'Neill, and RUSH LIMBAUGH.
The history and multi nation battles that led to the culmination of NAFTA would blow minds.
Before Mexico was shockingly included, there was the decade long battle for the U.S.-Canada free trade deal. It nearly sunk bBrian Mulroney's Progressive Conservative party in a battle for reelection. It was such an uphill fight for free trade and the fight against xenophobia. The fight for humanity sharing common ground and common aspirations.
Rush Limbaugh was a friend of humanity. Bill Clinton said free trade was the most humane thing that this country ever did, and literally billions of humans were helped.
This man is owed a lot, and if cannot be repaid. Thank you for being where you were Rush.
Rush Limbaugh used to mock people who died of AIDS. Fuck him
It's not enough to bash in heads, you've got to bash in minds soon I discovered that this rock thing was true Jerry Lee Lewis was the devil Jesus was an architect previous to his career as a prophet All of a sudden i found myself in love with the world And so there was only one thing I could do Was ding a ding dang my dang along ling long - Jesus Built my Hotrod Ministry Live every week like it's Shark Week! - Tracey Jordan Just a monkey in a long line of kings. - Matthew Good If "elitist" just means "not the dumbest motherfucker in the room", I'll be an elitist! - Get Your War On *not an actual doctor
In the mid/late 90's, Rush also took his shtick to TV with a half-hour show. When it came on, my then-wife and I decided to watch it in order to see what he and the Right (AKA "the Wrong") had to say. Don't depend on their critics for all your information about their policies and beliefs, but rather also go straight to the source and hear them for yourself. For decades, I'd been doing the same with creationists.
That show was horrendously devoid of any content. Rush had nothing to say, but rather just mocked everybody he didn't like and edited video to mock them in the most idiotic manner. For example, he took a video clip Maxine Waters, chose two words out of context, and looped the video to repeatedly rewind and replay those two words over and over and over and over again. I don't know what adjective applies to Rush, but whatever it is it makes puerile appear sophisticated and erudite in comparison.
We tried to give his show another chance, a couple times maybe (it's been more than two decades and the experience was not memorable). Those shows were no better and were even worse than the first.
This morning on the radio, I heard the comment about Rush: "Don't celebrate his death. Rather, mourn his life."
A few months ago, PBS played Rick Steves' special on the rise of fascism in 20th Century Europe -- yes, that Rick Steves. After describing how rambling and unreadable Mein Kampf is, he showed two small bookshelves, one for Nazis and the other for their opponents the Communists. Communists had to do a ton of reading and studying of the 20+ books on their shelf, while Nazis only had that one book, Mein Kampf, which virtually nobody ever read because it is virtually impossible to read (rather like the Bible for "true believers").
Similarly, one to two decades ago I tried to research into Nazi doctrine in order to understand what they believed. What I found is that there was no actual doctrine outside of "follow the leader" (dem Führer, hence his title -- BTW, folgen takes the dative, hence that declension). And that makes current events more revealing as the GOP is transforming itself into a fascist movement, it is losing any and all semblance of its former ideals, replacing them with blind obedience to mindlessly follow their new Führer.
The only praise Rush rightfully receives is for his genius in creating and manipulating a movement. Unfortunately he chose to use it for evil instead of for good.