October 19, 2007

Rhodes' Trip

Air America host Randi Rhodes is back on the air, sort of explaining the circumstances that cause her dental work to intersect with the local infrastructure.

Listen for yourself.

You'll note very clearly and distinctly that one of the first things Rhodes said was that her hands did not break her fall. That's odd.

There is a quirk is the physiology and the psychology of conscious human beings that compels most of us to put out our hands to break a fall.Most of us know people who've suffered abrasions, lacerations, sprains, or even fractured bones in their hands as a result of a fall.

That Rhodes states so clearly that her hands didn't even begin to break her fall suggests that she fell while losing consciousness, or after she had already lost consciousness. That Rhodes will not reveal whether or not she had been drinking in the pub prior to her fall (at Gawker, a commenter alleges she had, and how), and that she readily admits to not have eaten that day, certainly seems to make a loss of consciousness both the most logical reason for her fall, and the most logical explanation of why she did not follow the quite normal human tendency of sticking out her hands to protect herself from impacting the ground.

Frankly, I could care less over the cause of Rhodes slipping into unconsciousness, providing of course it wasn't the source of a serious underlying medical condition (regardless of political differences, she is a fellow human being and I bear her no ill will). Whether she had been drinking or not on an empty stomach really matters very little.

What is of greater concern is her apparent need to immediately spin this cause-undetermined blackout into an assault with a two-line email in which she says she had been mugged.

That she almost immediately fabricated a dramatic excuse instead of merely stating what she actually knew about the incident should raise character issues about Ms. Rhodes. If she would lie so easily about this matter, it should cause Air America listeners to wonder just how cavalierly she is willing to dismiss the truth or manipulate facts on the air to deliver to a more entertaining story for her listeners.

Posted by Confederate Yankee at October 19, 2007 02:27 PM

If she had been mugged, and she believes that was the case....where is the police report? Why didn't she report it to police? Why did she not go to the hospital that evening? Why doctor appointments the next day?

Would it all be because that 1)she had been falling down drunk? 2)she was making an excuse for work and never expected it to be made public?

I'm askin...

Posted by: Tracy Coyle at October 19, 2007 03:33 PM

If she would lie so easily about this matter, it should cause Air America listeners to wonder just how cavalierly she is willing to dismiss the truth or manipulate facts on the air to deliver to a more entertaining story for her listeners.

Air America listeners?


Hell, for them that type of personality trait is consider an asset.

Posted by: ThomasD at October 19, 2007 05:47 PM

What a crock.

She was in an Irish pub watching football all day and had nothing to eat. Gee, I don't suppose she had something to drink?

A pretty big detail to omit. Kind of a black hole.

If she was struck from behind so hard that she lost consciousness before she could break her fall, there would be evidence of the blow.

But then, I don't suppose she could admit that she passed out drunk in public before it was even eight o'clock in the evening.

That would be pathetic for a teenager.

For a middle-aged woman, it's grotesque.

Posted by: lyle at October 19, 2007 06:01 PM

Now that I think about it, that's awfully early to pass out drunk, even for the world's skankiest alcoholic. And what was that bit about smashing her face on a metal grate?

Is she referring to a subway ventilation grate or a sewer grate?

How about this for an explanation...

After drinking all day on an empty stomach, she staggered outside to puke in the street. She held a cigarette in one hand, and used the other to pull her hair out of the way. She bent close to the sewer grate so she wouldn't soil her clothing. When she convulsed, she lost her balance and landed face first.

Or it could have been Blackwater.

Posted by: lyle at October 19, 2007 06:21 PM

Maybe she's got a wide stance.

Posted by: Frederick at October 19, 2007 06:26 PM

Fat, Drunk and Stupid is no way to go through life...

Posted by: Dean Vernon Werner at October 19, 2007 07:08 PM

Air America listeners?

All three of'em.

Posted by: Purple Avenger at October 19, 2007 08:19 PM

I finally got to listen to it...and I laughed quite hard!

Two things: In a pub and had nothing to eat? Must have been hydralic sandwiches for dinner then. I thought smoking was something only right-wing fascists did to destroy localized air quality and add to global warming?

Posted by: Mark at October 19, 2007 09:02 PM

Were the sidewalk or grate damaged? Is the city seeking damages? Where can I send a card?

Posted by: daleyrocks at October 20, 2007 10:00 AM

A small footnote to a trivial story about a nonentity with no ratings.

If I recall correctly, in a documentary about Air America's startup, Rhodes said something about blowing her first year's paycheck on dental work. So we may simply be talking about damaged dentures rather than anything more serious.

Posted by: lyle at October 20, 2007 10:43 AM

One Tequila
Two Tequila
Three Tequila

Posted by: Doc at October 20, 2007 01:23 PM

Anyone who has listened to Rhodes cannot help but think that the woman is just plain nuts. She rattles off fantasy after paranoid fantasy nonstop.
I literally cannot stand her inncessant stream of consciousness for than 5 minutes. If not an organic goofball, she surely has enough controlled substances in her 24/7 to melt right through the pee cup.
She needs help. Check into treatment Randi, and give K-Fed custody of the pooch.

Posted by: Cris at October 20, 2007 09:54 PM

Rumour has it there were two guys behind her right before the incident took place

They have been apprehended and are now in custody.

Their names:

Johnny Walker and Jack Daniels.

Posted by: TMF at October 22, 2007 07:54 PM