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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Dell (Jan. 12 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0440508649
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440508649
  • Product Dimensions: 13.9 x 2.2 x 20.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 381 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars 348 customer reviews
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Rush Limbaugh claims his talent is on loan. With this book, Franken demonstrates that he owns. The frankly Democratic author's shtick reminds us how much of a free ride conservatives have gotten in the mainstream media. For instance, he really drives home the weirdness of the conservatives' preachiness about "family values" in light of Newt Gingrich's and Bob Dole's first marriages, and Rush Limbaugh's first, second and third marriages. And he has great fun with Rush's and Newt's miraculous draft deferments in a chapter where he imagines all of the great conservative "chicken-hawks" out on a Vietnam war patrol under the leadership of Ollie North. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Franken, a writer and performer on Saturday Night Live and in feature films, does to Limbaugh what the conservative talk-show host has been doing to Democratic politicians for years. Using admitted half-truths and out-of-context quotes, he skewers Rush & Friends as no liberal has done in years. Franken does a retrospective of Limbaugh's life from when he "fed off the largesse of the government in the form of unemployment insurance"; how he failed to register to vote until he was 35; how he used two airline coach seats to fit his opulent hind-quarters; and how he got a 4-F deferment because of a pilonidal cyst. There are two hilarious sketches: "My 'Conversation' with Rush Limbaugh" uses out-of-context quotes to corner Rush in much the same way that Limbaugh once had a "conversation" with Hillary Clinton; and "Operation Chickenhawk," with Ollie North leading Vietnam draft-dodgers Limbaugh, Quayle, Buchanan, George Will and Clarence Thomas to their demises in Asian rice paddies. Franken also doesn't have anything nice to say about Newt Gingrich, Jerry Falwell, Pat Robertson, Phil Gramm and others of the haranguing right. A mean-spirited, albeit funny, diatribe that will delight liberals. Illustrations not seen by PW.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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I've read this book straight through twice.
I really thought I'd never laugh out loud, as frequently and as uproariously, the second time as the first time, but I did.
Franken's "review," ostensibly by Jeanne Kirkpatrick, of RLIABFI is, alone, worth the price of the book. I laugh so hard when reading this I double over.
This humor is not for everyone -- it is for people who, like Franken, are both intellectuals and political junkies.
On the down side, I do have trouble with the title. It's funny, but ... it's rude and mean. I don't have a solution here. I don't know how to create humor that never hurts anyone's feelings, and I don't know the best way to respond to hatemongers like Rush Limbaugh.
If nothing else, the title of this book, which has become a classic, got us thinking and talking about the Right's muddying of public debate and its abandonment of civil discourse.
Too, at times I do find Franken's ability to be impressed by his own intelligence and high-power connections a bit hard to take, but ... I forgive him for that, he is such a valuable resource.
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Al Franken jokes that he first thought of this book's title and then panicked when he realized he would actually have to listen to Rush Limbaugh. That's the kind of hilarious pathos that Franken passes on from his days at "Saturday Night Live". He never lets up with the Rush Limbaugh fat jokes and just when they an seem to be on the edge of 'just plain mean', he blasts out another semi-truth that's even funnier. Limbaugh is only one of many conservatives that get analyzed, chewed and spit out. No one escapes the humorous wrath of Al Franken, especially regarding hypocrisy in issues like war, marital fidelity and religion. Just take a look at the chapter selection to see who's lined up for public ridicule. Jeane Kirkpatrick's New York Times book review is at the beginning of the book with a riotous response from Franken that sends the highly respected reviewer into a frenzied, screaming, man-eating maniac! Also, the entire Index is a faux - relating every word to Rush Limbaugh and his extraneous girth. How Franken gets away with his highly amusing (and rightfully deserved) conservative Republican bashing is confounding. There is still hope for a dreadfully depressed and ungainly uptight America!
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I come from a house where Rush is considered King. In any heated political debate, Rush is mentioned with his on-the-ball "facts". AFter all, he is right 97.9% of the time, according to his website. I was particularly intrigued when Franken interviewed his fact checker. The one inaccuracy that caught my attention was the one that said, "There are more acres of forest land today than in 1492 when Columbus discovered the continent." I told my father, a rush fan, this quote, and he said, "That is just plain stupid, Rush wouldn't say that. You show me that and I will admit maybe Rush is not always right." I say, "Okay." Gearing up for the challenge, I went to the local library, and checked out both of Rush's books. What I found, in both, was no parenthetical citations or a bibliography, or any reference of any kind. I learned in about 9th grade to always cite my sources. And right smack dab on page 171 I found the forest quote. I ran downstairs, book (piece of crap) in hand, and showed my father what I had found. "I don't believe it" he said. I was overjoyed.
More about this book. It is hilarious, to say the least. I wish Franken would have said that stuff to Gingrich when it looked like a brawl was to ensue. This book was a real page turner; I read it in two days! It was filled with facts, humor, and keen political insight from a very gifted individual. Thank you, Mr. Franken.
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Saturday Night Live's comedian Al Franken takes on Rush and the rest of the right wing in this very funny, though thoroughly vicious, satire. Should one cry foul? Somehow, the spirit of impartiality within me doesn't think so. Rush, for the most part, has been unchallenged. A few books here and there about Rush's factual errors have popped up, but for the most part, no one has ever called Rush on the carpet. This is probably due to the fact that Rush bills himself as an entertainer, which he is. His unique position allows him to bluster his opinions -- often supported by blatant misrepresentations -- and fire potshots at political figures with impunity.
Hence, it takes another entertainer to take on the Rushter. A researcher, political analyst or scientist tackling Rush could not be taken seriously. Shouldn't these people be more concerned with more pressing issues than the factual errors spouted on talk radio? Enter Al Franken, champion of the liberals, to call out Rush on his many years of inconsistency, hypocrisy and outright fabrications.
Franken mops up the floor with Rush. I almost pity Limbaugh, because it's essentially no contest. After years of spouting his opinion without challenge, someone on his own level confronts the schoolyard bully. The book is a must read for anyone interested in supporting the liberal perspective on virtually any issue: gun control, supply side economics, the environment, you name it. In addition, the Republicans now find themselves on the receiving end as Franken also takes on such ideologues as Gingrich, Gramm, Buchanan, Robertson.
Thanks, Al. We needed it.
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