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Foot in mouth

Rush Limbaugh has radio followers who like his style. The other day he overdid it, even for many of them.

Unless you live in outer space, you know about the college student who spoke out in the controversy about prescription insurance paying for birth control pills. She didn’t think that the prescription should be denied coverage. Limbaugh called her a “slut” who wanted to get paid for sex. He also called her a prostitute and said he wanted her to videotape her sexual activity and put it on the web so we all could watch.

He said all of this on the radio. His comments were generally condemned, including by several of his advertisers.

I read a comment online that I want to pass along: “…it is important to speak out against him so that his methods never become acceptable by acquiescence.”

And that’s what I’m doing: Rush Limbaugh is not funny, he is destructive. His comments are beneath contempt.

Teacher story

I was trying to get my seventh-grade history class to understand how the Native Americans must have felt when they first encountered the Spanish explorers.

“How would you feel,” I asked, “if someone showed up on your doorstep who looked very different, spoke a strange language, and wore unusual clothes? Wouldn’t you be a bit scared?”

“Nah,” one boy answered, “I’d just figure it was my sister’s date.”

Thoughts about Aging

When you get to a certain age, these things are hilarious. If you need to, clip out this column and read it when you’re older.

• You’re getting old when you wake up with that morning-after feeling and you didn’t do anything the night before.

• You know you’re getting old when you stop buying green bananas.

• When you lean over to pick something up off the floor, you ask yourself if there is anything else you need to do while you’re down there.

• It starts in middle age  – work is a lot less fun and fun is a lot more work. That’s also when it takes longer to rest than to get tired. It’s also when a man is cautioned to slow down by his doctor instead of by the police. Maybe it’s true that life begins at 50, but everything else starts to wear out, fall out, or spread out.

• You know you’re getting old when you find yourself in the middle of the stairway and you can’t remember if you were downstairs going up or upstairs going down.

• You’re getting old when you don’t care where your spouse goes, just as long as you don’t have to go along.

• There are three signs of old age. The first is your loss of memory. I forget the other two.

• The cardiologist’s diet: if it tastes good, spit it out.

Last thoughts, almost

Last Will and Testament: Being of sound mind, I spent all my money.

Very last thoughts

The aging process could be slowed down if it had to work its way through Congress.



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