Friday, May 25, 2012
The Associated Press reports the state of Missouri is spending $1,000 to guard the controversial talk show host's bust in the Hall of Famous Missourians.
Rush Limbaugh newly-enshrined bust in the Hall of Famous Missourians is reportedly the only one there with a security camera aimed at it. The outspoken talk show host was formally inducted into the hall during a closed door ceremony in the Missouri General Assembly near the close of the just-completed legislative session. The Associated Press reports that the House Clerk went ahead with the $1,100 expenditure because of vandalism concerns. State Representative Jill Schupp (D-Creve Coeur) told Patch via email this week that the placement of the bust in the hall, after the end of the session was indicative of a "shroud of secrecy" and that she hoped the state Office of Administration would refuse to allow it to remain on display.
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Rush Limbaugh was inducted into the Hall of Famous Missourians this week. An honor well deserved? Or a mistake on the part of Missouri lawmakers?
Rush Limbaugh, the controversial conservative commentator, was enshrined into the Hall of Famous Missourians this week, sparking controversy across the state and country on whether Limbaugh should be worth of such an honor. Limbaugh's name now sits amongst such famous Missourians as Mark Twain, Dred Scott, Jack Buck and Stan Musial. According to the St. Louis Beacon, Missouri House Speaker Steve Tilley gave reporters less than a half-hour’s notice of the ceremony. From the Beacon: Tilley’s decision to honor Limbaugh, a Cape Girardeau native, has sparked opposition from Democrats and progressives because of Limbaugh’s often strong words when he talks about people with whom he disagrees. Limbaugh’s bust will be placed in the Capitol’s Hall …
Monday, May 14, 2012
Controversial talk show host inducted into the Hall of Famous Missourians despite opposition over Limbaugh's recent remarks about a Georgetown graduate student.
In a ceremony kept private by GOP state lawmakers Monday afternoon, Missouri native and conservative radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh was formally introduced as a member of Missouri's Hall of Famous Missourians. Limbaugh's candidacy for the honor has been under fire by Democrats for months, sparked by his comments made about a Georgetown University graduate student who had spoken out in support of birth control. In March, Creve Coeur area State Representative Jill Schupp spoke out against the honor, saying it would inflame half the state and "could detract from the greatness of those Missourians included in the Hall of Famous Missourians." In his remarks, which can be seen in this YouTube clip Limbaugh said he was stunned, "but not …
Saturday, April 21, 2012
Other towns get more than 300 comments over neighbors upset by a book.
Listening to talk radio, I don’t really care what "Bob from Affton" thinks about the Cardinals’ bullpen or if "Alice from O’Fallon" wants Congress to ban abortions. But Chesterfield Patch likes feedback from its users. That's why you see weekly surveys asking about your favorite type of restaurant. Although after 45 weeks or so, we could run low on types of restaurants and be down to a survey on favorite Mongolian eateries! While I don’t set out to write a column that will generate a lot of feedback, I have done a few that I thought would get comments—but was surprised when few or none appeared. At first, I thought nobody was on the site, or looking at my columns. However, I have been told otherwise, which leads me to believe that St. …
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Chesterfield public agency has no room for wording reminiscent of Rush Limbaugh's "feminazi" or Jerry Seinfeld's "Soup Nazi."
When there is a rare open public meeting at Chesterfield's March Fire Protection District, someone from Chesterfield Patch tries to attend. On Monday night, there were a total of three people at the meeting, including me. One left early. Here's what I heard. A Nazi on staff: During a discussion about increasing firefighter/paramedic on-the-job training from half-an-hour a day to two hours a day, district Training Officer Robin Echele used statistics to make a point. He referred to a staffer as the “Data Nazi” who had come up with certain statistics. It struck me as odd that a person working in a political subdivision that included a sizeable Jewish population would even consider using the word “Nazi” in this way. Nazis killed and tortured …
Sunday, March 11, 2012
If fame is key, then here's a suggestion.
I was a cop for the City of Liberty, MO, in the 1980s. Liberty is one of the oldest cities in Missouri, founded in 1822. It is the county seat of Clay County and home of William Jewell College, a Baptist-based school. Most residents during the Civil War were southern sympathizers. The Confederate flag flew over the courthouse until World War I. When I worked there, the place was pretty conservative. There were only a few city liquor licenses and the town pretty much rolled up the sidewalks at sundown. Perhaps the city's biggest claim to fame was that it was the location of the first daylight bank robbery in the U.S., in 1866. A citizen on the town square tried to stop the robbers and was shot dead. The Clay County sheriff was also wounded…
Thursday, March 8, 2012
Think twice about Halls of Fame.
For several years when I lived in Kansas City, Rush Limbaugh had an afternoon drive radio show on KMBZ radio. He was bombastic, made fun of local politicians and in particular one local community. Much like today, Rush didn’t make fun of the rich people living on Ward Parkway or in Mission Hills. No, for some reason he made fun of the community of Raytown on the south side of Kansas City. Raytown was a mostly working class white city. Contrary to the official Limbaugh bio that he was heard by a radio executive driving through town and hired away to work at a station in California, I understand he was fired for a combination of low ratings and insulting comments, and later hired by the station in Sacramento. Of course the rest is history. …
Saturday, November 19, 2011
Judge Stephen Limbaugh to narrate "Peter and the Wolf" with orchestra.
Judge Stephen Limbaugh, a family member of radio talkshow megastar Rush Limbaugh, is scheduled to read the speaking part of Peter and the Wolf Dec. 10 at Logan College, in Chesterfield. St. Louis Civic Orchestra is hosting the holiday concert at the chiropractic college. Limbaugh will narrate Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf and Bob Kramer's Marionettes will perform. A series of male Limbaugh family members is made up of lawyers and judges, according to Wikipedia, and hailed from Cape Girardeau, MO. Both an uncle and cousin of Rush Limbaugh are named Stephen Limbaugh and were members of the state Supreme Court. The Saturday evening concert will include other holiday musical favorites, according to the orchestra. Email stlouiscivicorchestra@…