Rush Limbaugh made a significant impact on American culture. During his 30+ years on nationally-syndicated radio, he influenced, deeply at times, our national political debate. He did it by cleverly and often humorously framing the the debate in ways that were difficult for his opponents to easily answer, and his effectiveness caused him to be one of the admitted and most hated men in the country.
Sometimes he could frame the debate with a single word or phrase.
Consider the word feminazi.
The word Rush coined is now so charged, so verboten, that I had to fight with autocorrupt to be able to type it. Yet, it is a excellent summary description of one segment of the left, that group of generally upper-class radical feminists who wish to deal with their personal failures in life by imposing their control on society, at least with respect to the issues they care about, through totalitarian means. It would be a useful term simply for that terse summary. However, it has the extra utility of pointing out that the marxist kooks to which it refers are more like National Socialists (Fascisti and Nazis) than any of the Republican they call nazis.
Kevin Zeese died this morning of a heart attack. He was 64.
Zeese will be remembered for his failed campaign for the U. S. Senate in Maryland on the Green Party ticket, his involvement in Occupy DC, his support for Bradley Manning and the Maduro regime in Venezuela, and his involvement with Brett Kimberlin’s Protect Our Elections.
Connie Hoge (née Constance Ann Potter) died at 6:16 pm this evening in home hospice care after a brief struggle with a recurrence of metastatic breast cancer. She was 62.
Connie received a B. A. degree in Audio Production from Indiana University in 1977. She was the first person to graduate from that program at IU. When she died, she was pursuing a Master’s Degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of Maryland. In between, she enjoyed several careers. She worked as a recording engineer in Nashville with several gold and platinum records to her credit and was the founding Vice Chairman of the Nashville Section of the Audio Engineering Society. She was the founding Director of the Williams-Sonoma Cooking School in Costa Mesa, California, and operated the Westminster’s Personal Chef home cooking service for several years. She was a beekeeper, a Master Gardener and Flower Show Judge. Connie was Chairman of the Carroll County, Maryland, Forest Conservancy Board, and a member of the Maryland Governor’s Sustainable Forestry Commission. She was a member of Westminster Church of Christ and active in several of the congregation’s ministries.
She is survived by her husband W. J. J. Hoge and son William Hoge, IV, both of Westminster, Maryland; her brother, Robert E. Potter, III, of Illinois; her half-sisters, Mary Olson-Menzel of New York and Patricia Davis of Illinois; her step-sister, Sondra Jean Witsman of Kansas; and her step-brother, John Richard Potter of Montana.
The funeral will be held at Roger’s Funeral Home in Jasper, Tennessee, with burial in the Hoge Cemetery. Arrangement are incomplete for now. A memorial service in Westminster, Maryland, will be held at a later date.
Leon Russell died in his sleep on Sunday at his home near Nashville. He was 74.
Almost every time that I saw him, we were on opposite sides of the glass. I was usually in a control room, but the last time, the glass was the windshield of Leon’s car. He almost ran over me one day in the early ’80s while I was crossing 19th Ave. South from Marchetti’s (a restaurant) to Nicholson’s (a audio equipment store).
Phyllis Schlafly has died. She was 92. She is probably best known as a leader in the movement to defeat the proposed Equal Rights Amendment in the ’70s and ’80s, but she was an important conservative activist supporting may other causes.
Noted composer and conductor Pierre Boulez has died. He was 90.
I had a couple of opportunities to hear him conduct, once in New York and once in LA. The New York performance was near the end of his tenure with the Philharmonic. I was in town for a convention of the Audio Engineering Society, and a group of us were given comp tickets to hear the performance in the recently retooled Avery Fisher Hall.
I greatly enjoyed the first half of the concert which included an interesting interpretation of a Mozart symphony. I found the second half … odd and a perfect example of why Boulez’s tenure in New York was a bit rocky. The closing piece for brass, winds, and percussion was Et Expecto Resurrectionem Mortuorum written by Olivier Messiaen. (Boulez studied harmony and composition under Messiaen in the ’40s.) It was weird, but I liked it. However, over half the audience walked out on the performance.
He was a brilliant conductor of 20th-century music who was equally at home with Bach and Mozart.
He was 91. This past weekend was the third anniversary of his passing. While he will be remembered by most people for his jazz recordings in uncommon time signatures (Take Five, Unsquare Dance, etc.), he was also the composer of religious works such as A Light in the Wilderness, an oratorio with texts from the book of Matthew.
Fred Thompson had died of a recurrence of lymphoma. He was 73.
He was quite a character. I remember him from when he was a law school student at Vanderbilt while I was an undergraduate.
He delivered many memorable lines in his varied careers, but the most important was probably, “Mr. Butterfield, are you aware of the installation of any listening devices in the Oval Office of the President?”