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Rush's Rush to Judgment; Or, the Bane of the College Dropout

Posted: 07/19/2012 3:43 pm

This is an example of why it's not a good idea to drop out of college even if it makes you a lot of money. Recently, Limbaugh came up with this patently ignorant statement: "Do you know the name of the villain in this movie? Bane," Limbaugh said during his show.

The villain in The Dark Knight Rises is named Bane. B-A-N-E. What is the name of the venture capital firm that Romney ran, and around which there's now this make-believe controversy? Bain. "The movie has been in the works for a long time, the release date's been known, summer 2012 for a long time. Do you think that it is accidental, that the name of the really vicious, fire-breathing, four-eyed whatever-it-is villain in this movie is named Bane?

So, once again, the always perspicacious Limbaugh deconstructed the whole "Bane-Bain" thing and, apparently, thrilled with his Derridean decipherment, gleefully (and secretly) must have compared himself with either Sherlock Holmes or Auguste Dupin. Wow! Bane equals Bain! What eloquent deduction. Only a master mind could have disentangled that conundrum, but as Basil Fawlty might have said of Rush, "He's the king of the bloody obvious."

As Wikipedia states,

Because of his parents' desire to see him attend college, he enrolled in Southeast Missouri State University but left the school after two semesters and one summer. According to his mother, "he flunked everything," and "he just didn't seem interested in anything except radio."
On the one hand, it's admirable that he'd know at such a young age what he truly wanted to do with his life. The downside of that decision is that, for the most part, he doesn't know what he's talking about. The fact he seemingly doesn't use a script during his shows (something which was absolutely mandatory for someone like Reagan) has a lot to say about his ability to think before opening his mouth. Certainly, one of the courses he must have failed (or avoided taking) was "etymology" and if he had taken etymology (or at least read books) he would eventually have discovered the word "bane."

Amazingly enough, what Limbaugh seems to overlook is the fact the word "bane" not only predates the current Batman movie [the character didn't appear until Vengeance of Bane #1 (January 1993)], but predates the invention of Batman, which began in 1939. Gee, who would have thought? This is why Rush should have stayed in school and maybe have taken (or passed) that etymology class, since the etymology of the word "bane" is rather fascinating.

It comes from the Old English "bana," which literally meant "slayer" in the sense we now use "killer" or "murderer." As far back as the 13th century, the English word "bane" was used in the general sense of "cause of death," and by the 14th century "bane" was used in the specialized sense of "poison." Its modern usage, in the sense of "that which causes ruin or woe," dates from the late 16th century.

Perhaps the reason he dropped out of college (or out of that class) was due to the pilonidal cyst he allegedly had that kept him out of Vietnam. According to the Mayo Clinic,

A pilonidal cyst is an abnormal pocket originating in the skin that usually contains hair, skin debris and other abnormal tissue. A pilonidal cyst is almost always located near the tailbone at the top of the cleft of the buttocks. The term "pilonidal" comes from the Latin words for hair ("pilus") and nest ("nidus").
In other words, it's a "pain in the ass," which, for a lot of us who actually finished college and felt reading wasn't a chore, pretty much sums up Limbaugh's intellectual acumen as well. I'd deconstruct the word "acumen" for Rush, but I've said enough already.

 
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