“You can pick your friends and you can pick your nose, but you can’t pick your friend’s nose,” the legendary stand-up comic George Carlin once observed.
Conservative blog American Thinker notes that you can’t choose your high school classmates either, in response to the “news” that the pastor in Florida threatening to burn a Koran — presumably at least once — ate sloppy joes in the same cafeteria with controversial pundit Rush Limbaugh, who is no friend to Muslims or, apparently, cultish book burning fringe figures either.
“For the record, Rush does not support the Koran burning, and thinks the whole incident is a distraction,” Thomas Lifson informs his blog readers. “But that won’t stop lefties from trying to slime him with this random connection.”
At Politics Daily, Tom Kavanaugh writes, “The Cape Central High School (Missouri) website has the perhaps unsurprising coincidence front and center, noting: ‘Rush Limbaugh USED to be Cape Girardeau’s most prominent export. One of his classmates from the Central High School Class of 1969 is dominating the news right now: Terry Jones, the Gainesville, FL, preacher who is threatening to hold an ‘International Burn a Koran Day’ on September 11.'”
Gregg Hopkins, a Cape Central alum, recalled Jones in a comment on the site:
“I knew him the early 70s. He graduated from Central (I think) in 69. He was a funny, friendly guy back then, when he was dating my friend, Lisa. My how the years change some people. Every picture I’ve seen of him, he’s wearing an intense scowl.”
MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann was one of the first to call attention to the Limbaugh/Jones nexus when he posted news of it on Twitter overnight: ” ‘Rev.’ Terry Jones was classmate of none other than Rush Limbaugh (Cape Central class of ’69). Coincidence?”
USA Today picked up the item from Politics Daily but notes, “Nobody is suggesting any political or ideological connection between the pair.”
Wonkette’s Lauri Apple jokes, that after Olbermann saw the “coincidence” comment he used “the Twitter machine and retweeted her message to his 109,000 followers, who retweeted the message to their followers, and so on. Subsequently, most of the Tweeple Nation spent the night tossing and turning in their futon-beds while ruminating over the shocking Limbaugh-Jones nexus.”
Perhaps Jones and Limbaugh once shared a bottle of Haterade, which made them the haters they are today, ha ha.
Now Jones has captured the world’s attention with his book-burning act and finally become “Cape Girardeau’s most prominent export,” at least for this week. He has achieved A-list status, however fleeting. Predictably, Limbaugh responds as though they never walked the same public/socialist school hallways together — calling Jones a “crackpot.” What does it all mean? That Limbaugh has become the envious one, naturally.
Curiously, a Google image search shows 583 results for “haterade limbaugh.”