Tuesday, October 16, 2007

They say the biggest conservatives are liberals who've been mugged. 
We'll see.

[Air America talk show host] Randi Rhodes was mugged on Sunday night on 39th Street and Park Ave, nearby her Manhattan apartment, while she was walking her dog Simon.

According to Air America Radio late night host Jon Elliott, Rhodes was beaten up pretty badly, losing several teeth and will probably be off the air for at least the rest of the week. At of late Monday night we have not able to locate any press accounts of the attack and nothing has been posted on the AAR website.

Several liberal blogs, including the Randi Rhodes Message Board and Democratic Underground have logged numerous posts on the Rhodes mugging with most of the posters expressing concern about the condition of the popular lib talker.

Morning talk host, Lionel filled in for Rhodes on Monday, but did not say anything about why she wasn’t on hand to do her show. The Randi Rhodes board reports that Sam Seder, who does a Sunday afternoon show for AAR, will be filling on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Elliott was extremely agitated when he reported on the incident. He opened his show by saying "it is with sadness that tonight I inform you that my Air America colleague Randi Rhodes was assaulted last night while walking her dog near her New York City home."

Pointing out that Rhodes was wearing a jogging suit and displayed no purse or jewelry, Elliott speculated that "this does not appear to me to be a standard grab the money and run mugging."

"Is this an attempt by the right wing hate machine to silence one of our own," he asked. "Are we threatening them. Are they afraid that we're winning. Are they trying to silence intimidate us."

Some of blog posters also expressed concerns that the attack on Rhodes was hate crime. Other posters warned that we need more facts before any judgements are made.

According to Elliott, Rhodes was resting in her New York City apartment and was not hospitalized.

I blame the Boys and Girls Clubs of America.

At any rate, all my prayers for a speedy recovery for Randi, a sister South Floridian, and and for her quick return to the air waves.

I also hope the creep who attacked her is arrested, prosecuted vigorously, and goes away for a long, long time to come, with scant hope for early release or furloughs.

Which is more than Randi can say for her liberal colleagues and her dozens upon dozens of listeners.

Splash, out


P.S., in what apparently passes for reasoning among the half-wits at Air America, the morning host simultaneously on the widening gap between rich and poor and a deliberate hit that came as a result of the hate talk coming from "Fox Noise" espousing both contradictory theories within thirty seconds, while at the same time rejecting the need for actual evidence to reach a conclusion. "Call it 'a woman's intuition," she said - no doubt referring to the same innate, instinctive sense that helped Hillary steer universal health care through Congress in 1994, and helped Randi avoid her attacker.

Oh, wait...

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In other news, Air America is evidently still on the air somewhere.
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