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Too much fat not enough idiot
on 27 April 2004
If you've read Al Franken's more recent "Lies and the lying liars that tell them..." you may find this book a touch dissapointing. It's a little less well structured and there is an over-reliance on the 'fat' element of the title for cheap laughs, while most of it's readers are probably more concerned with reading evidence of the 'idiot' side of things.
Anyway, I hear that Rush has lost weight now, there's even rumours that this book might have been the spur he needed to make him do it. One can only hope it might also spur him to increase the accuracy of his facts too.
No doubt about it though this is a funny book and it makes some serious points in a humorous manner.
I come from the UK and although I'm aware of Rush Limbaugh, who he is, what he does and the way he does it, I am well aware that the majority of my countrymen don't. Well let me say right now that this doesn't matter, you don't need to know Rush to enjoy this book. If you've ever wondered where those right wing folks who post their "liberals are evil, smoking doesn't cause cancer, the US doesn't pollute" rants on disscussion forums get their ready-mixed 'just add water' opinions from then there's a pretty good chance that old Rush is source. So why not save yourself a whole lot of hassle and read about them here with Franken's amusing commentary.
I read this one before "Lies...." and it makes a good intro to the later book, but if you only read one Franken book, then read "Lies..." it's a far more cohesive expose of the political dishonesty of US right-wing media pundits, and it's got less lard jokes too.