BoogerGate: Digging for the Truth

Thanks to alert Balloon Juice commenter WereBear, I learned that Rush Limbaugh was possibly caught on film picking his snoot in Patriot owner Robert Kraft’s booth during last night’s Super Bowl. There is much speculation about it on the Google: Did he or didn’t he shove his finger knuckle-deep into his nostril in full view of all the swells in the skybox, including Steven Tyler?

Deadspin has a pretty definitive photo here. However, some wingnut site called the “Daily Rushbo” gives the clip the Zapruder treatment and concludes that no nose-picking occurred. Not content to rely on the analysis of someone daft enough to run a Limbaugh fan site, I used advanced digital still analysis techniques and found that the truth is far worse than the original rumor.

First, here’s the Deadspin still:

And here’s a detailed view of Limbaugh in mid-pick — the enhanced image clearly shows a viscous, green glob of mucus dangling from his index finger:

And a couple of frames later, the horrible truth is revealed: Not only did Limbaugh extract a slimy, revolting booger from his snout, he disposed of it by wiping it on the back of his host, Mr. Kraft.

Jesus, that’s disgusting. But it kind of puts the NFL ownership’s rejection of Limbaugh’s bid to join their little club in a new light, doesn’t it? It’s not that the owners were put off by Limbaugh’s constant race-baiting and misogyny; it’s just that he’s one crass motherfucker.

[X-POSTED at Rumproast]

54 replies
  1. 1
    Brian S says:

    It’s clearly a fake. Everyone knows Limbaugh would never let calories go to waste.

  2. 2

    Well that’s funny. I got a good chuckle out of these images, even if I’m not sure how much is reality and how much is make-believe. :-)

    OTOH, why is Steven Tyler and Rush Limbaugh watching a ballgame together? Did something happen while I wasn’t paying attention? What the hey?

  3. 3
    russell says:

    You invite Limbaugh into your sky box, you lose the SuperBowl.

    Karma.

  4. 4

    hilarious, but sadly limbaugh in one owner’s box, eric cantor in the other, and david tyree on the sidelines.

    it wasn’t the best super bowl to watch as an escape from politics and the culture wars.

    optimistically i would like to think mara and kraft had to flip a coin, winner gets choice of cantor or limbaugh, who do you think won? couldn’t the owners have done a seamus raw money if they wanted to?

    and some one should have asked tyree, which caused more anarchy in new york, the giants winning the super bowl, or marriage equality.

  5. 5

    hilarious, but sadly limbaugh in one owner’s box, eric cantor in the other, and david tyree on the sidelines.

    it wasn’t the best super bowl to watch as an escape from politics and the culture wars.

    optimistically i would like to think mara and kraft had to flip a coin, winner gets choice of cantor or limbaugh, who do you think won? couldn’t the owners have done a seamus raw money if they wanted to?

    and some one should have asked tyree, which caused more anarchy in new york, the giants winning the super bowl, or marriage equality.

  6. 6
    ruemara says:

    Steve’s just there, man. And obviously not having a good time. Watching the man and one of the boys play dominos with a set of double 12s. These 2 are adorbs. Smelly, because they won’t shower regularly or wash their clothes, but adorbs. I think we lost the other one, though. He is currently engrossed in his new PSP and has move beyond the ken of mortal parents.

  7. 7
    PeakVT says:

    Finally, a place where it’s appropriate to post this video of a rabbit herding sheep (no, really).

  8. 8
    Rick Massimo says:

    Yeah, I’m officially no longer sad the Patriots lost. Mind you, with Cantor on the other side I’m not happy the Giants won, either.

  9. 9
    Martin says:

    If you pick up the audio you can hear him uttering: “Back. And to the left. Back. And to the left.”

  10. 10
    GregB says:

    @Rick Massimo:

    Kraft jinxed the Patriot’s by inviting that crass, racist, sex-tourist Jonah into the owner’s box.

    Congrats Bob.

  11. 11
    beltane says:

    Where was Jerry Seinfeld during all of this?

  12. 12
    JGabriel says:

    My god, is that booger RADIOACTIVE? That would explain so much about Limbaugh’s mental state.

    .

  13. 13
    Martin says:

    @Linda Featheringill: Oh, it is Steven Tyler. I was wondering who that unattractive woman was.

  14. 14
    JGabriel says:

    @Linda Featheringill:

    OTOH, why is Steven Tyler and Rush Limbaugh watching a ballgame together?

    They bonded over addiction.

    .

  15. 15
    Lolis says:

    OT: Romney unabashedly supports the original Komen decision. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/.....58653.html

  16. 16
    Martin says:

    @Lolis: It’s almost as though Romney doesn’t realize that winning 27% of the vote in November won’t get him into the White House.

  17. 17
    PanurgeATL says:

    @Martin:

    Dude looks like a lady! :-P (But I thought we were supposed to be above that sort of thing?)

  18. 18
    Martin says:

    @PanurgeATL: Well, we are. But there are a few exceptions.

  19. 19
    Joel says:

    And here I thought Kraft was one of the good guys (with Rooney and Mara). Pretty much every other football-involved person is 100% wingnut, as far as I can tell.

    ETA: As pointed out above, if Cantor was in the Mara booth, that leaves Rooney. And I ain’t pullin’ for the Steelers. Sorry, Cole.

  20. 20
    Ella in New Mexico says:

    If only he’d have penetrated his ethmoid bone. The world would be relieved of one less piece of human excrement.

  21. 21
    Suffern ACE says:

    @Martin: It’s almost as if the press and a lot of liberals are dupes for calling him a moderate.

  22. 22
    gnomedad says:

    This sort of juvenile abuse cheapens the political discourse and … oh, wait, it’s about Rush. Never mind.

  23. 23
    Martin says:

    @Suffern ACE: Well, that’s the great thing about Mitt. By taking every imaginable position over the last decade+, you average in the current insane position with the historical sane position, and you get the moderately insane label.

  24. 24
    Jay says:

    What the hell was Limbaugh doing in Kraft’s booth? I don’t have much insight into Kraft’s politics, but he is, for example, a major hawk on Israel, to the point that he considers Danny Ayalon, Israel’s far-right prick of a deputy foreign minister, his close personal friend. I don’t know. Maybe Ayalon introduced the two; after all, Ayalon is nothing more than a slightly better – educated version of Limbaugh. Or perhaps Kraft’s son made the call on Limbaugh.

    I have a hard time figuring Robert Kraft as a die – hard Dittohead. If he fit that bill, he probably would’ve been an alienating force in the NFL’s labor negotiations, right?

    One last thing: this whole business brings to mind the uproar that came about in the sports world when it was revealed recently that Jerry Sandusky was in the Penn State President’s luxury box during the PSU/Illinois football game last year. Point being: such “boxes” are actually rather big, big enough so that any number of people can determine who goes in and out.

    Also, too: for all the harm they’ve caused, Limbaugh and Sandusky deserve each other.

    Creeps.

  25. 25
    Spaghetti Lee says:

    Of course, this doesn’t rank in the top 10 of disgusting things he does every day. If you count morally disgusting things, it doesn’t rank in the top 100.

  26. 26
    Matt Mangels says:

    This is the kind of low-IQ pablum that I’d expect from a winger blog. Frankly, it makes this blog look stupid. Which of course I know it isn’t, but that’s why I came here to complain.

  27. 27
    Calming Influence says:

    At first I was skeptical, but pictures don’t lie: there’s no way to fake the hideous green that the combination of Oxycontin, Viagra, and Dominican Republic water imparts to ones boogers.

  28. 28
    Hill Dweller says:

    OT: PPP’s most recent polls have Frothy Mix leading Willard by 12 in Missouri and 9 in Minnesota.

    Willard’s camp starting hitting Santorum hard today, so those numbers are likely legit.

  29. 29
    Countme In says:

    My sources tell me that Limbaugh, rather than offloading the booger on someone’ back, pocketed it for later offering as a snack to whichever Republican Presidential primary candidate or fellow right-wing media snot accorded him the most loyalty ans fealty.

    Word has it that the usual suspects came forward like trained seals barking for a fish, but at the last minute Redrum’s Erick Erickson swooped in and napped the delicious morsel with his Confederate vermin tongue.

  30. 30
    Calming Influence says:

    Seriously, Moderation – if we can’t talk about O*ycontin, Vi*gra, and the Dominic*n R*public when commenting on Rush Limbaugh, what else is left? Yer tyin’ our frickin’ hands here!

  31. 31
    David Koch says:

    Gawd.

    Considering his past racist statements on football (Donovan McNabb), I’m shocked he’s allowed into a stadium.

  32. 32
    Martin says:

    @Hill Dweller: Yeah, there’s some residual damage here.

    Romney unfavorables: 46%
    Santorum unfavorables: 35%

    Favorables for both around 29%. The GOP voters are torn between a guy they don’t like and a guy they don’t think can win. They haven’t fully absorbed the notion that their broad dislike for Romney translates into a loss as well.

    To my knowledge, no candidate has ever been put forward from a major party with a negative favorability rating. The GOP are on the verge of doing that possibly for the first time ever. There has to be some general feedback mechanism within the primary process that prevents that from happening. It may not fully happen this cycle, but we might get some hints of it yet.

  33. 33
    amk says:

    I am not believing this. I suspect that fat fuck put that green thingy back into his own mouth.

  34. 34
    amk says:

    @Hill Dweller: mittmentum baby.

  35. 35
    BGinCHI says:

    50 bucks the Smales kid eats it.

  36. 36
    Villago Delenda Est says:

    @beltane:

    “Back…and to the right. Back…and to the right…”

  37. 37
    David Koch says:

    @Martin: what poll is that?

  38. 38
    Villago Delenda Est says:

    OT, but of interest to the Juicitariat: m_c is kicking balls into the empty net on one of today’s earlier threads.

    AGAIN.

  39. 39
    Spaghetti Lee says:

    @Matt Mangels:

    Dude, it says right in the header that we’re shallow and uninformed, not to mention a hive for a mass of vicious vitriolic jackals, so I don’t know where this is coming from.

  40. 40
    Martin says:

    @David Koch: Listed? TPMs aggregate favorability polls. Both Gore and Kerry had favorables in the mid-50s.

    Actually, I just did find another exception. Mondale finally rolled into the election with a 27/47 rating, but it took until September to dive that low. Back during the campaign it appears he was closer to a net 0. Pretty damn weak, but not unfavorable. Romney is already in Mondale territory. So is Newt. And Santorum isn’t far behind, but he’s at least a bit better, mostly due to being less known by the public.

    That’s a hell of a bad place to be starting from.

  41. 41
    Boxer Beater says:

    Was Cantor actually in the Maras’ box? I didn’t see anything about it on the news.

  42. 42
    Pat In Massachusetts says:

    I’m not a great fan of the NFL since I would have to sell my car to see a live game, or have a cable TV bill in the three-digit range to watch them all on TV, but now I have become even a less of a Patriots fan now that I know the Kraft family are tight with the likes of Rush Limbaugh. Disgusting is the first word that comes to mind and I will leave it there.

  43. 43
    WereBear says:

    Thanks fot h/t Betty!

    And might I add that Dittoheads getting upset about this baffles me. Rush Limbaugh is a sick racist misogynist who has no problem bullying children; but this they get upset about? They are going to try and cover up Boogergate?

  44. 44
    Betty Cracker says:

    @Pat In Massachusetts: I still haven’t forgiven Elton John for singing at Limbaugh’s wedding.

  45. 45
    harlana says:

    You are a caution, Ms. Betty. srsly

  46. 46
    harlana says:

    why is Steven Tyler sitting next to a woman in business dress, big gold collar and everything? doesn’t look like his type at all. but then, Betty tells me Elton sang at Rush’s wedding, so you never know what these crazy celebs are up to.

  47. 47
    HeartlandLiberal says:

    Another reason, it appears, that the Patriots deserved to lose. They were hosting Rush Limpbaugh. Game over.

    Also, I am glad you used the same kind of forensic analysis the Reich Wing is so famous for in their analyses. It works very well to reveal the truth.

  48. 48
    redshirt says:

    @HeartlandLiberal: I’m a big time Pats fan but have to agree with this analysis – cozying up to Rush? You suck and deserve suckitude.

  49. 49
    victory says:

    Everyone is missing the real story here.

    Limbaugh is an avowed Steelers fan. What the hell is he doing sitting in the owners box of the mortal enemy of his beloved Steelers, the Cheating Patriots* ??!?!?!!

    My god! We all knew he was an overweight, drug addled, booger eating wackjob. The news here is that he is a turncoat traitor as well!

  50. 50
    call_me_ishmael says:

    Isn’t that Andrew Breitbart beside Limbaugh, too? It’s Wingnut central up in there!

  51. 51
    call_me_ishmael says:

    @BGinCHI:

    “This is good stuff. I got it from a Negro. You’re probably high already and you don’t even know it.”

  52. 52
    WaterGirl says:

    Not only did Limbaugh extract a slimy, revolting booger from his snout, he disposed of it by wiping it on the back of his host, Mr. Kraft.

    Okay, I believe that was actually meant as a *factual statement.

    Embarrassed to ask, but is this real or is it photoshop?

  53. 53
    Betty Cracker says:

    @WaterGirl: It’s a real photoshop. ;-)

  54. 54
    WaterGirl says:

    @Betty Cracker: I actually snorted with laughter when I read that he wiped the booger on the guy in front of him. I am crushed to find out that isn’t true.

    Still, how pathetic is it for Rush that I found it perfectly plausible that he would do that. (‘Cause I’m pretty sure he really cares what I think of him.)

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