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UPDATE: Sculptor Hard at Work on Bust of Rush Limbaugh for Missouri State Capitol

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Update, March 6: More information at the end of the post, including Senator Claire McCaskill's protest and an answer to commenter Mike N's question about whether this wad of bronze is funded by taxpayer money.

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The eagle-eyed bloggers at Fired Up! Missouri posted the news earlier this afternoon that E. Spencer Schubert, a Kansas City sculptor, is working on a bust of Rush Limbaugh that will eventually be displayed in the Hall of Famous Missourians in the state capitol in Jefferson City.

Schubert actually posted the news on his website last month, but it's much, much funnier now. (You see? There is some advantages to failing to pay attention to the new inductees to the Hall of Famous Missourians.)

Interestingly, Schubert chose to feature an older photo of Limbaugh on his website, one in which the radio host still had cheekbones, before he became the bloated, wailing infant we all know today. (We have a call into the sculptor for more details.)

Still, far be it from Daily RFT to criticize House Speaker Steven Tilley (R-Perryville) for his choice. Rush Limbaugh is, indeed, famous -- it is fair to say that, at the moment, more Americans have heard of him than this year's other inductees, Dred Scott and Buck O'Neil (both also sculpted by Schubert). As for the Missourian part, the historical research geniuses at Tweets of Old have proof that Rush's roots here, not to mention his obnoxiousness, extend far deeper than his Cape Girardeau boyhood.

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Schubert at work on his bust of Rush Limbaugh.
​The crew at Tweets of Old uncovered this gem from the July 7, 1894, edition of The Newsboy of Benton, Missouri:

Newt Jarrit shot John Limbaugh at a camp on Ed. Marshall's place near Sikeston on Thursday of last week. The ball entered on the left side of the abdomen and passed around to the right where it was extracted by Dr. Wyatt.

To a Newsboy reporter Limbaugh said: "Jarrit and I were the best of friends. We roomed together. Thursday night we had some whiskey at the camp and the boys were trying to get up a scrap. I tried to keep it down. This enraged Jarrit and he began to abuse me. I called him a name and he told me not to do so again. I told him I would say what I pleased. At this point he drew a revolver and said he would kill me and I ran in under him."

It's likely this John Limbaugh was Rush's great-great grandfather -- and a man who was so obnoxious that even his best friend couldn't help wanting to shoot him. It's almost enough to make us feel a little sorry for him and consider leaving a bottle of aspirin as an offering -- well, if we were ever to visit the Hall of Famous Missourians in the first place.

Update: The Kansas City Star caught up with House Speaker Tilley, the man responsible for enshrining El Rushbo, for his take on the controversy.

Predictably, Tilley said he would stand his ground and not back down.

"It's not the 'Hall of Universally Loved Missourians,' " Tilley informed the Star. "It's the Hall of Famous Missourians." He noted that other inductees, including Mark Twain and Harry Truman, had had their moments of unpopularity as well. Not that either of them ever called anyone a "slut" or a "prostitute" in a public forum, but why quibble, especially since the Rush-shaped hunk of bronze has presumably been bought and paid for?

Fortunately, taxpayers will be happy to know, the money for the statue does not come from public funds. Tilley raised money for it through the
Speakers Annual Golf Classic, a nonprofit event held in St. Joseph every year. (However, it looks like the golf outing is supposed to raise money for student scholarships, not bronze busts of controversial radio hosts?)

Meanwhile, Senator Claire McCaskill went on Hardball last night to discuss the controversy with Chris Matthews. McCaskill denounced Rush for being an asshole and for failing to make an adequate apology to Sandra Fluke. (Just in case you've been living under a rock, she's the Georgetown law student whom he called a "slut" and a "prostitute"; Rush said he probably shouldn't have used those words without bothering to say he was sorry for the sentiments behind them. Fluke rejected the "apology." For the record, Rush did not apologize for originally saying her first name was "Susan" or for repeatedly mispronouncing her last name, which should rhyme with "book.")

McCaskill also denounced Republicans everywhere for their failure to stand up to Rush -- by the way, does no one remember the time she told David Letterman to stop making fun of the Palin girls? -- and Tilley in particular for the Hall of Famous Missourians fiasco. If you're interested, McCaskill has a poll on her website asking whether Rush deserves his place of honor. Have at it.

Meanwhile, McCaskill asked plaintively, can we start talking about jobs again? Even though laws and budgets and stuff make for far more boring news coverage? At least the discussion probably won't give Rush Limbaugh any more undeserved attention.


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Tinathiemebrown
Tinathiemebrown

ARE YOU KIDDING ME?  This disgusting radio talk show host has blasted women everywhere  who use contraception, and asked for porn videos from the women who are the Georgetown female students asking for contraceptive prescription coverage.  Those who support Rush are the saying they agree with Rush's slander. What does that say about Missouri, that we got this close to putting a statue of him in our state capitol?  I am a Missouri native, living in Maryland now and embarrassed that anyone would find a reason to enshrine this poor excuse for a man.

Mac
Mac

Statue is fine as long as he poses with an apple in his mouth.

lg
lg

As a fellow Missourian I am just so embarrassed of Rush of the stuff that comes out of his mouth.  Rush is a jerk, constantly puts his foot in it, and never learns from any of his mistakes he continues to say idiotic things.  His bust should not be allowed to be displayed next to such greats like Walt Disney, Harry Truman and Samuel Clemens (aka Mark Twain).  He is an entertainer.  He is far removed from the human race and is such a low life.  Steven Tilley (MO speaker of the house) should lose his job for making a mockery of this honor and Rush is not an honorable man, he is a horrible human being and a disgrace to his family and fellow Missourians.  They should have honored Jack Buck a famous sports caster with dignity and class not Rush a poor excuse for a human being.

MandoMadMan
MandoMadMan

Headline. "Scluptor 'hard' at work." Is that with or without Viagra Rush-style?

Walter Fox
Walter Fox

Thank goodness that the citizens of the state (especially me) won't have to help pay the bill for Mr. limbaugh's bust and that two other state citizens of nobler reputation are ALSO having bust made.

jack kass
jack kass

Will his bottle of oxycontin or viagra be in bronze next to him?

KittyLitterKing
KittyLitterKing

"A French married lady cannot enter even a menagerie without bringing the purity of that menagerie under suspicion."  -- Mark Twain

Gypsyjacks
Gypsyjacks

Doesn't Missouri have any famous serial killers we can honor as well? I mean, if FAME is the only criterion....

MandoMadMan
MandoMadMan

It must be a bust with  a really, really, really big head. 

Loudim
Loudim

Wow Missouri is really desperate for famous people!!!

Mike N.
Mike N.

The question I don't see answered in this post is: are Missouri tax payers paying for this?  Because the thing is, he actually *is* a famous Missourian, as embarrassing as that may be.  I liken it to Time Magazine naming Adolph Hitler 'Man of the Year' in 1938.

lg
lg

I forgot to add.  He was a famous drug user who lied about it and caused a lot hoopla for nothing.  He is a looser and so is Tilley.

LL
LL

Look again.

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