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When all you have to keep you warm on the cold winter nights is bile.

It has now been more than two weeks since Rush Limbaugh first launched his misogynistic attacks on Georgetown law student Sandra Fluke on February 29. As we've documented, Limbaugh's misogynistic attacks on Fluke continued unabated for three days, and he has since launched misogynistic attacks on other women as well.
It is not a sign of strength.

It is however, a sign of insecurity and lack of faith in self.

This has been the case as long as I can remember [hey, it's not that long!] the group think of the right.

Someone is always conspiring against them.

No matter how often their logic is disproved, the world is against them.

Conservatism will work, they say, if only, the reality would change to accommodate their beliefs.

The world marches on, like Cnut they seek to hold back the tide, they better move, like the king; otherwise they will be drowned.

If only the reality would change, then their world could exist.

Sadly, for them, this is not going to happen.

The only new "castrati" are those that have wielded the knife themselves.

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  •  Tip Jar, If it were not so vile; I would weep (20+ / 0-)

    "Another world is not only possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing." Arundhati Roy

    by LaFeminista on Mon Mar 19, 2012 at 01:31:35 PM PDT

  •  What is sad is (10+ / 0-)

    I had to guess amongst several candidates who the sad little man would be.

    Education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance.

    by Horace Boothroyd III on Mon Mar 19, 2012 at 01:38:13 PM PDT

  •  Actually, no. Limbaugh is a sad, very large man. (6+ / 0-)

    "Soylent Green is a corporation!"--Mitt Romney. Eat the rich.

    by ubertar on Mon Mar 19, 2012 at 01:41:57 PM PDT

    •  Depends where you are looking (8+ / 0-)

      ;-)

      "Another world is not only possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing." Arundhati Roy

      by LaFeminista on Mon Mar 19, 2012 at 01:42:39 PM PDT

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      •  He may be a large man with a small penis (3+ / 0-)
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        but he is still a large man. Using "small" as an insult against a man is insulting because it's meant to be infantilizing or feminizing. It implies that people who are small are insignificant. You may counter that what you mean is "small-minded", but 1. that's not what you said, and 2. no one uses "small" as an insult against a woman. Think about that second one for a bit. Using "small" as derogatory against a man is derogatory to women in the same way calling a man a "pussy" is derogatory to women. Just some food for thought...

        "Soylent Green is a corporation!"--Mitt Romney. Eat the rich.

        by ubertar on Mon Mar 19, 2012 at 01:51:06 PM PDT

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        •  I believe the title of the diary used (7+ / 0-)
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          myboo, Smoh, ms badger, Aunt Pat, bythesea, NonnyO, avsp

          "sad", little was secondary and more referred to his "id" than his "ego".

          Twas you who brought "size" into preeminence.

          One cannot use snark these days, how sad.

          "Another world is not only possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing." Arundhati Roy

          by LaFeminista on Mon Mar 19, 2012 at 01:54:46 PM PDT

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          •  Actually, no. The word little in the title (2+ / 0-)
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            is modifying the word "man". There's no mention of id or ego. Stop rationalizing. If you want to call him a sad, insignificant man, call him a sad insignificant man. If someone called Limbaugh a woman as a way of insulting him, would that bother you? He's not a woman, and "woman" shouldn't be used as an insult. Likewise, he's not a small person. Rather than just respond defensively, please take some time and think about this.

            "Soylent Green is a corporation!"--Mitt Romney. Eat the rich.

            by ubertar on Mon Mar 19, 2012 at 02:03:18 PM PDT

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            •  A sad little man, now I would define that (6+ / 0-)
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              as someone who  bullies the rest of the world, whilst whining about how much of a victim he is by blaming the victims..

              Small does not imply "woman", small implies his stature of spirit and in fact I object to that conflation.

              Little in t5his case has nothing to do with stature but to intellect.

              Perhaps my first reply was flippant, I have not looked at what is between his legs, it is of zero interest to me. What I look at is the "size" of his intellect.

              The reference to man is factual, as a man, his self confidence is lacking.

              "Another world is not only possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing." Arundhati Roy

              by LaFeminista on Mon Mar 19, 2012 at 02:09:52 PM PDT

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              •  word salad. (0+ / 0-)

                Ok, so "small" means "lacking in confidence"?
                Your rationalization is expanding by the moment. It reminds me of the people who use "gay" as an insult and then claim they meant anything and everything but "homosexual" by it.
                If you don't see how the use of "small" as an insult against a man (and I defy you to find an instance of it used similarly against a woman) is not meant to be feminizing, then what about small men? How are they supposed to feel about what they are being used as an insult? Is there something wrong with small men?
                This is not an attack against you. I'm just trying to bring your attention to something you probably haven't thought about before. Please think about it, rather than just respond with lame defenses.

                "Soylent Green is a corporation!"--Mitt Romney. Eat the rich.

                by ubertar on Mon Mar 19, 2012 at 02:17:19 PM PDT

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                •  No more than yours. n/t (1+ / 0-)
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                  "Another world is not only possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing." Arundhati Roy

                  by LaFeminista on Mon Mar 19, 2012 at 02:30:35 PM PDT

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                •  A definition (2+ / 0-)
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                  small-minded
                  adj
                  narrow-minded; petty; intolerant; mean
                  small-mindedly  adv
                  small-mindedness  n
                  Please show me where Limbaugh is not defined by this.

                  Yes, I take your point, but nowhere in the diary was "penis" size referrred to, hence my use of

                  It is however, a sign of insecurity and lack of faith in self.
                  As I say my reply was flippant but in jest based on your initial comment.

                  What do you think my reply should have been?

                  Rush is a big man?

                  With all that that implies.

                  As for his "physique", why would I insult others?

                  "Another world is not only possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing." Arundhati Roy

                  by LaFeminista on Mon Mar 19, 2012 at 02:39:04 PM PDT

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                  •  You didn't call him small-minded. (0+ / 0-)

                    You called him little. The definition of "small-minded" is not germane to the discussion.
                    You've been caught off-guard by something you've never thought about, and instead of stopping to think about it, you're getting all worked up trying to defend yourself. You're not under attack. It's constructive criticism and food for thought.

                    "Soylent Green is a corporation!"--Mitt Romney. Eat the rich.

                    by ubertar on Mon Mar 19, 2012 at 02:45:57 PM PDT

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                    •  asdf (1+ / 0-)
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                      It is not a sign of strength.

                      It is however, a sign of insecurity and lack of faith in self.

                      means what?

                      Yep, if you read the title without the substance

                      "Another world is not only possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing." Arundhati Roy

                      by LaFeminista on Mon Mar 19, 2012 at 02:49:57 PM PDT

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                      •  This isn't about you. (1+ / 0-)
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                        Smoh

                        It's not a personal attack. It's about a common use of language that people take for granted. I'm asking you to not take it for granted... to think about and deconstruct it a little. Stop defending yourself-- it's not necessary.

                        "Soylent Green is a corporation!"--Mitt Romney. Eat the rich.

                        by ubertar on Mon Mar 19, 2012 at 02:55:48 PM PDT

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                        •  Oh I'm sure you mean well, otherwise (2+ / 0-)
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                          I wouldn't bother arguing

                          Using "small" as derogatory against a man is derogatory to women in the same way calling a man a "pussy" is derogatory to women. Just some food for thought.
                          Correct, they use "little"

                          Always look at the intent,

                          If I wanted to call Rush "a little prick", I would, no qualms about it, I have never minced words.

                          "Another world is not only possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing." Arundhati Roy

                          by LaFeminista on Mon Mar 19, 2012 at 03:39:14 PM PDT

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                  •  "Rush is a big man? With all that that implies." (1+ / 0-)
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                    What does that imply? Why does that imply that? That's what I'm getting at here, though you don't seem to see it at all. Why is it good to be called big and bad to be called small, and only if you're a man?
                    THINK.
                    Calling someone a "big man" is a compliment, but calling someone a "big woman" is not. Calling someone a "small man" is an insult, but calling someone a "small woman" is not. Why?
                    It's not enough to defend this usage by saying you're not referring to size. Ultimately, the WHY of it comes back to size.
                    THINK.
                    Please.

                    "Soylent Green is a corporation!"--Mitt Romney. Eat the rich.

                    by ubertar on Mon Mar 19, 2012 at 02:53:41 PM PDT

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        •  I'm tipping this comment, (2+ / 0-)
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          not because I necessarily agree with it, but because  you stop me dead in my tracks and make me think.

          It's here they got the range/ and the machinery for change/ and it's here they got the spiritual thirst. --Leonard Cohen

          by karmsy on Mon Mar 19, 2012 at 02:01:36 PM PDT

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        •  "Little" has a derogatory male term for women (1+ / 0-)
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          LaFeminista

          forever...

          •  snap, see my comment above (2+ / 0-)
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            atana, NonnyO

            "Another world is not only possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing." Arundhati Roy

            by LaFeminista on Mon Mar 19, 2012 at 03:39:43 PM PDT

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          •  Sure, but it's no longer acceptable in polite (0+ / 0-)

            discourse. You just don't see someone like Palin or Bachmann called "a little woman" derisively the way you see it used against men, at least not in any respectable forum. What would be the reaction here, I wonder, if someone did? Maybe we should do an experiment. The next time you see a fresh diary about one of those two, post, "What a sad, little woman", and see what kind of response you get. PM me to let me know. I'm really curious. Are people offended? Confused? I'm guessing if it's Bachmann, they'll be offended, and if Palin, confused and maybe a little offended, even though no one here likes either of them. Call a man we don't like "a sad, little man", and no one (well, except me) thinks twice about it, whether the man is 5'2" or 6'2".

            "Soylent Green is a corporation!"--Mitt Romney. Eat the rich.

            by ubertar on Mon Mar 19, 2012 at 04:35:56 PM PDT

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      •  You hit the nail on the head... (5+ / 0-)
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        Someone is always conspiring against them.
        Their personal insecurity dictates the need for an enemy. It's what drives them, fundamentally. It's obsessive paranoia, and it leads, inevitably, to a constant state of decline.

        It's certainly no way to run a country.

        That men do not learn very much from the lessons of history is the most important of all the lessons of history. ~ Aldous Huxley

        by markthshark on Mon Mar 19, 2012 at 01:53:30 PM PDT

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      •  I assumed heart and soul. (2+ / 0-)
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        Cats are better than therapy, and I'm a therapist.

        by Smoh on Mon Mar 19, 2012 at 02:47:31 PM PDT

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        •  That was the original intent (2+ / 0-)
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          "Another world is not only possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing." Arundhati Roy

          by LaFeminista on Mon Mar 19, 2012 at 02:50:21 PM PDT

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          •  I'm not questioning your intent. (1+ / 0-)
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            I'm asking you to examine what's behind a common phrase, if you just scratch the surface a bit. Again, this is not a personal attack.
            Did anyone ever call Palin a "sad, little woman"? What would be the response if someone did? She certainly is small of mind, heart and soul, yet probably the most common reaction would be confusion. This configuration is only used against men. Why is that?

            "Soylent Green is a corporation!"--Mitt Romney. Eat the rich.

            by ubertar on Mon Mar 19, 2012 at 03:17:14 PM PDT

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    •  With a LITTLE limp dick.... n/t (0+ / 0-)

      I'm sick of attempts to steer this nation from principles evolved in The Age of Reason to hallucinations derived from illiterate herdsmen. ~ Crashing Vor

      by NonnyO on Mon Mar 19, 2012 at 07:45:17 PM PDT

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  •  Limbaugh has more lives than a cat. (3+ / 0-)
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    Michael J. Fox and the Oxycontin stories come to mind.  I would be more than happy to see this cockroach disappear.

  •  This is true (3+ / 0-)
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    No matter how often their logic is disproved, the world is against them.

    To paraphrase Stephen Colbert, logic has a liberal bias.  

    And maybe the world is against them.  Look, what better way to be against someone than to give them so much power and influence that they consider themselves to be invincible, and then give them the opportunity to show everyone how much they don't deserve it?  

    You know, aside from having them born into poverty, a war zone, a plague or some other such thing.  But you know, other than that?

    "The first rule of pillow fight club is do not talk about pillow fight club." --Keith Olbermann

    by Julie Waters on Mon Mar 19, 2012 at 01:59:55 PM PDT

  •  "Those who can, do; those who can't, bully." (1+ / 0-)
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    LaFeminista

    Don't know where I came across this line, but it's great. It implies bullies are deeply thwarted, frustrated people--bullying isn't natural--and if it's actively encouraged, that's a real problem.

    It's here they got the range/ and the machinery for change/ and it's here they got the spiritual thirst. --Leonard Cohen

    by karmsy on Mon Mar 19, 2012 at 02:00:02 PM PDT

  •  Rush Isn't Worth Your Time (0+ / 0-)

    Trust me on this one.

    He's become too vile for even Corporate America.

    Like Rupert Murdoch, his time is coming soon.

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