Rush Limbaugh: Nithing of the Month

Awhile back I came up with something I called the Nithing of the Week, a sort of anti-award for those who by their heinous words or deeds so richly deserved condemnation. Eventually, A Heathen’s Day became difficult to keep up with what with things going on in my life, heart surgery, recovery, moving and various other family-related events including my son’s Gaucher Disease and a new focus on politics due to Tea Party extremism and Republican control of the House of Representatives – and not least the fundamentalist threat to our freedoms religious and otherwise.

Since it’s been awhile, I will offer again my explanation for these awards:

I am introducing a new feature today: Nithing of the Month. I will bestow this name on those whose behavior is deemed by me according to accepted standards of behavior in Norse Heathen culture, especially egregious or reprehensible.

What is a nithing?

Nithing (ON niðingr) A nithing is a villain, scoundrel, coward, vile wretch. A nothing could also be a truce-breaker or a traitor. A niðing deed (niðingsverk) is an ill deed, or villainy. A person guilty of this sort of behavior was held in contempt. According to the Oxford English Dictionary (Shorter OED, 3rd ed, 1959) the meaning is “A vile coward; an abject wretch; a villain of the lowest type”. Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) offers this definition “A coward; a dastard; — a term of utmost opprobrium.”

The word nið could be applied to those who failed to provide hospitality; it is also used in the sagas to describe libel, such as in a libelous verse written about another. Such an act could have dire consequences, as in the fate of the hapless Galti:

Brand…slew Galti the son of Ottar at the Hunavatn’s Thing on account of a libelous rhyme by Hallfled. (Landnamabók (3: IV)

My original goal was to offer the award weekly but as I said above, that became difficult and momentum once lost is difficult to maintain. Here I will resurrect it as a monthly award instead. And my first nithing for the year 2012 will be Rush Limbaugh, the March Nithing of the Month:

I name before all people Rush Limbaugh nithing for his libelous attacks upon Sandra Fluke, a student at Georgetown Law School, for standing up for women before a panel of misogynist Republicans in Congress led by another nithing, Darrell Issa, the committee chair, nithing. Let him stand shamed and condemned before all for his vile and reprehensible behavior.

Here is what Rush Limbaugh did to earn his award:

Fluke was supposed to speak before Issa’s congressional committee about contraception. But Issa and his fellow patriarchs reframed the discussion as one not about women or women’s reproductive rights, but about religion, thus denying a woman’s voice – the sole woman’s voice – from the debate, essentially barring women from a discussion about their own vaginas.

Rush Limbaugh accused her of promoting casual sex (never mind that as Fluke pointed out, contraception can prevent growth of cysts):

“Can you imagine if you were her parents how proud…you would be?” he said. “Your daughter … testifies she’s having so much sex she can’t afford her own birth control pills and she wants President Obama to provide them, or the Pope.”

Not satisfied with being a total ass, Limbaugh went for the whole tamale:

“What does it say about the college co-ed Susan Fluke [sic] who goes before a congressional committee and essentially says that she must be paid to have sex — what does that make her? It makes her a slut, right? It makes her a prostitute. She wants to be paid to have sex. She’s having so much sex she can’t afford the contraception. She wants you and me and the taxpayers to pay her to have sex.”

Limbaugh continued, rethinking his expert analysis of prostitution and promiscuity: “Ok, so she’s not a slut. She’s round-heeled.” But he wasn’t through:

“So, Miss Fluke, and the rest of you Feminazis, here’s the deal. If we are going to pay for your contraceptives…We want something for it. We want you to post the videos online so we can all watch.”

I see no reason not to call a spade a spade: This is one sick fuck, and he represents everything that is wrong with the conservative male in America: self-righteous, bigoted, sexually repressed, misogynist and, not to put too fine a point on it: ignorant.

It is not easy to outdo Bryan Fischer, but Rush Limbaugh has proven that it can be done. He has more than earned March’s Nithing of the Month.

You can join me and all sane and honorable men in denouncing Rush Limbaugh here. If you respect and trust women, I hope that you shall do so.

Author: Hrafnkell

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  1. Working up a pole, but I think I’ll substitute a horse’s ass for the head . . . .

  2. I am certain that would be appropriate! I can’t see our ancestors objecting to such a practical adjustments to longstanding practice, unless there is some religious issue I am not aware of

  3. Congratulations to Rush! He certainly deserves it.

    I’m quite disturbed at the manner in which the Right’s “religious freedom” rhetoric is increasingly becoming a war on women’s rights. Hating gays and practitioners of minority religions wasn’t polarizing enough? How is all this becoming so mainstream?

  4. They’ve been given a free pass by the mainstream media for a long time. I’ve seen it said that the media doesn’t think it’s their job to fact check or analyze but that’s not true either…sometimes, they simply choose to not report the news, particularly when it might be harmful to Republican candidates – for example, presenting Rick Perry as a mainstream candidate even after The Response in 2011. I am certain Rush feels he can speak with impunity

  5. Rush is beyond worthy of this. The hateful blatherings of the Neocons is so beyond normal behavior that I often wonder if their brains were eaten by zombies or something. It is beyond comprehension why they think these pronouncements will be popular or would in any way help their cause. it’s like they’ve all gone mad.

  6. As the days progressed, his vitriol and indignation increased exceptionally as the criticism of his remarks increased.
    I would love to say “pay him no attention” but unfortunately, that won’t work. We are caught between a rock and a hard place. The more attention we pay to this waste of human skin, the more publicity he (I hate to use that pronoun on such a despicable vile pile of smelly manure) receives.
    What is so disturbing about the current extreme discourse by the GOP, and this pile of excrement is that it is the lack of outrage by the main stream media towards the incredible hate filled venom “vomited” forth by the entire field of Presidential (sic) candidates.
    The current ideas and statements, especially by Santorum and the pile of excrement would have been howled off the stage 20 years ago. It would have been considered too extreme. Today, it is an accepted idea???
    We, the moderates, liberals, progressives, and those willing to compromise are in a dangerous position. We have been labeled as traitors to this country; as individuals who can not be trusted for we are trying to indoctrinate our youth into a socialist secular agenda that is an anathema to the conservative christen fundamentalist idea of how this country should be. Welcome to the 13 century of witch burnings, beheading, torture and intolerance towards scientific ideas (Global warming)! We are living in dangerous times, for the attitude of “My Way of the Highway” is now the accepted norm and this rigid uncompromising mind set is being led by the above mention goon. Be afraid, be very afraid, our very way of live, civil liberties and freedoms of speech and expression and choice are on the line.

  7. I have said before and I believe this more than ever, that this 2012 election will be the most important election since 1860. We are at one of those points in history given the forces unleashed. I absolutely agree with you, David. We’ve seen how little respect these people have for the Constitution and legal processes and if they lose in 2012, that leads to some very scary thoughts as well.

  8. Ceworth, thanks for commenting. Like I said, I didn’t think anyone could outdo David Fischer, but Rush did it; he lapped him big time. I didn’t update the post to reflect this but rather than apologize, Rush added this remark: “I will buy all of the women at Georgetown University as much aspirin to put between their knees as they want.”

  9. Hrafnkell, I agree with you calling him a sick fuck. As a woman, I really feel like I’m going to puke to hear his words.

  10. You almost have to see our culture as on the ropes when somebody can say these things and be excused by all important Republicans. As Maureen Dowd said, “Have you no shame, Rush?” Once upon a time, such a simple question was enough to put the breaks on insanity – but no longer.

  11. “Nithing” is a wonderful name for a skunk, isn’t it? Not the four- legged ones, who are rather cute.

    Thank you for referring me here. I agree: this probably is the most important election since 1860. They’re already out in force trying to shout down and shut up whoever disagrees with them.

    We do what we can. Then, let Wyrd be done.

  12. And it’s good to see you hear, Reynardine. It is a wonderful term. I wish it would gain wide currency because it is so applicable today, more so than at the time the sagas were written, certainly.

  13. Alas, the frequency of profanity has dulled the public appreciation for such excellent appellations as “nithing”, blowhard”, “pipsqueak”, and “lackwit”.

  14. That’s true, sad to say though I do especially love lackwit – it’s a classic

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