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Posted by Richard Bonine, Jr. (+14950) 9 years ago
http://usnews.msnbc.msn.c...sex-videos




Conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh, already under fire from Democrats over his language in discussing a Georgetown University law student who testified about contraception, ratcheted up his rhetoric on Thursday, saying the student should post an online sex video if taxpayers are forced to pay for contraception.
Limbaugh on Wednesday had referred to student Sandra Fluke as a "slut" for supporting a requirement that health insurance cover contraception. On his radio show Thursday, Limbaugh went a little further:

"So Miss Fluke, and the rest of you Feminazis, here's the deal. If we are going to pay for your contraceptives, and thus pay for you to have sex. We want something for it. We want you post the videos online so we can all watch."

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi had called on Limbaugh to apologize Thursday about the "slut" comment, made after Fluke testified recently about contraception before an unofficial Democratic committee.
Here's what Limbaugh said on Wednesday's edition of Premiere Radio Networks' The Rush Limbaugh Show:

"What does it say about the college coed Susan Fluke [sic], who goes before a congressional committee and essentially says that she must be paid to have sex? What does that make her? It makes her a slut, right? It makes her a prostitute. She wants to be paid to have sex.
"She's having so much sex she can't afford the contraception. She wants you and me and the taxpayers to pay her to have sex. What does that make us? We're the pimps.

"The johns, that's right. We would be the johns -- no! We're not the johns. Well -- yeah, that's right. Pimp's not the right word."
Fluke had been turned away in February from testifying before the Republican-controlled House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on the Obama administration's policy requiring that employees of religion-affiliated institutions have access to health insurance that covers birth control.

The Health and Human Services Department ruled earlier this year that, under the new health care law, religious-affiliated institutions such as hospitals and universities must include free birth control coverage in their employee health plans.
That mandate has raised a storm of criticism and protests from Catholic leaders and others who disapprove of contraception on religious grounds. The issue continues to divide the Congress. On Thursday, the Senate defeated a proposal that would have allowed employers and health plans to opt out of paying for medical services that are contrary to their religious beliefs or moral convictions.
Fluke later testified at an unofficial Democratic-sponsored hearing on Feb. 23, where her comments about the importance of reproductive health care to women drew applause from a small group in attendance, including Pelosi.
She said that contraception can cost a woman more than $3,000 during law school.

On Thursday, Pelosi denounced Limbaugh's comments about Fluke and called on GOP leaders and members to denounce the "slut" remark:
"When Sandra Fluke testified before the House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee after Republicans attempted to silence, she courageously spoke truth to power. As a result, today, she has been subject to attacks that are outside the circle of civilized discussion and that unmask the strong disrespect for women held by some in this country. We call upon the Republican leaders in the House to condemn these vicious attacks on Ms. Fluke, which are in response to her testimony to the Congress. Democrats will always stand up for women's health and women's voices."

Fluke released a statement Thursday in response to Limbaugh's rhetoric, saying "numerous commentators have gone far beyond the acceptable bounds of civil discourse.
"No woman deserves to be disrespected in this manner. This language is an attack on all women, and has been used throughout history to silence our voices.

"The millions of American women who have and will continue to speak out in support of women's health care and access to contraception prove that we will not be silenced."

Meanwhile, Thursday evening, wptv.com in Florida reported that a bomb squad had been called to Limbaugh's Palm Beach home.
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Posted by howdy (+4943) 9 years ago
Limbaugh has to be one of the most disgusting creatures on earth bar none...
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Posted by Amorette Allison (+11757) 9 years ago
My lord. Every time I think the Far Right can't sink any lower, some assh*le like Rush Limpdick proves me wrong.
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Posted by Wendy Wilson (+6165) 9 years ago
I just don't undertand why he's still on the air.
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Posted by howdy (+4943) 9 years ago
I have wondered that for years Wendy...plus has such high ratings?????
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Posted by Levi Forman (+3712) 9 years ago
Saying absurd things is what he does for a living. I don't know why anyone should be surprised by this.
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Posted by howdy (+4943) 9 years ago
But Levi, don't ya think he goes wayyyyyyyyyyyyy beyond absurd????
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Posted by Richard Bonine, Jr. (+14950) 9 years ago
IMO, the problem isn't the absurd things he says (although that is a problem). The bigger problem is the way in which he mezmerises millions of people and they never question anything he says. Critical thinking is hard, but very necessary.
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Posted by Steve Craddock (+2743) 9 years ago
Exactamundo, Richard. Well said.

As for Rush's sick twisted "if we pay for women's birth control, then that makes them prostitutes" delusion: Medicaid pays for viagra; that doesn't mean limp-dicked old men are gigolos (tho I'm sure that's a fantasy many of them have, especially Rush).

And just why does Medicaid pay for viagra? If the wing-nuts can prohibit tax dollars from being spent on providing safe abortions to poor women "who shouldn't have been having sex in the first place," then it's only fair that tax dollars shouldn't be wasted on giving hard-ons to old men who shouldn't be having sex either!

[This message has been edited by Steve Craddock (3/1/2012)]
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Posted by Richard Bonine, Jr. (+14950) 9 years ago
I just noticed that Rush, who claims to be right 99.6% of the time, didn't get Miss Flukes first name correct. He called her Susan and her name is Sandra.
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Posted by Levi Forman (+3712) 9 years ago
He doesn't really have millions of listeners. He gets those numbers because radio counts listeners in a very weird way. And anyone who was into critical thinking probably wouldn't be listening to Rush regularly anyway. People listen to Rush to be told that they are right and the other side is wrong, which he accommodates very well.
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Posted by Bridgier (+9193) 9 years ago
The bigger problem with rush isn't that rubes in fly-over country listen to him, it's that he wields actual influence amongst elected officials in Washington.

How many times has someone had to walk a statement back because it doesn't sit well with Rush or Hannity or whomever?

That's why the Republican Party is overrun with crazy at the moment - the lunatics are in charge, and they like scalps.
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Posted by Richard Bonine, Jr. (+14950) 9 years ago
Yes, but it is the, as you so delicately put it, "rubes in fly-over country" that place elected officials in Washington DC where they can be "influenced". I think he wields direct power over elected officials and is reenforced by his radio parishioners also contacting their elected officials.
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Posted by Bridgier (+9193) 9 years ago
Oh yes, it's a glorious positive feedback loop.

Just like the one driving global warming
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Posted by Kelly (+2706) 9 years ago
At least now there are reports of companies like Sleep Train pulling their sponsorship of his show.
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Posted by Gunnar Emilsson (+17318) 9 years ago
Wrong again ...I thought this was going to be about all the late 1980s albums with the synthesizers.

Those really sucked.
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Posted by Steve Craddock (+2743) 9 years ago
And so does Limbaugh! (ba da boom)
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Posted by howdy (+4943) 9 years ago
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Posted by tax payer (+344) 9 years ago
I suppose the law students want us to pay for their beer too. NO one said they can't have sex! The line of entitlements has to be be drawn. This country is broke and still people do not want to take responsibility for their own actions!

[This message has been edited by tax payer (3/2/2012)]
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Posted by Sandy Kiltie-Losing (+258) 9 years ago
No one said the "Tax Payers" should pay for Sandra Fluke's birth control, she said her private insurance, which is provided by a Catholic college, should cover her Birth Control needs. Unless you are paying for her insurance I don't think you need to worry about it.
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Posted by nativemc (+913) 9 years ago
First of all, Rush is a loudmouth lunatic. I would almost bet that in his past he had unprotected sex. Maybe even with a woman. He must not realize that birth control pills are not used for birth control only. Some of the women on here will know what I am talking about. It is a health issue. Think about it. If they have insurance, they are working. Therefore they are paying taxes and probably a share of their insurance. So tell Richard Cranium (Rush) to just shut up.
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Posted by Richard Bonine, Jr. (+14950) 9 years ago
Dear Rush,

Attached below is my response to your latest outburst. Have nice life you ignorant slut.

A former parishioner,
Richard Bonine, Jr

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Posted by Amorette Allison (+11757) 9 years ago
As we say here on the internets

O M G
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Posted by tax payer (+344) 9 years ago
Sandy she is a student not working for the college the way I read it. Correct me if I am wrong on that. Insurance companies will take the cost on to premiums of others, so mine goes up then yes I am paying for it. Mine had gone up 1500-2000 for the last couple years for high deductable. I haven't used it as never meet the deductible!
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Posted by Bridgier (+9193) 9 years ago
uhmm... unless they got rid of the child tax credit recently, the government is ALREADY paying you to have sex.

and anyone here can easily google "rush viagra dominican republic" for more information.

Also, if tax_payer had ever attended an institution of higher learning, he would know that, if you do not already have insurance, they will provide it - for a fee of course.

[This message has been edited by Bridgier (3/2/2012)]
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Posted by Denise Selk (+1670) 9 years ago
Since when are women the sole beneficiaries of contraception? Correct me if I am wrong, but men benefit just as much from safe sex as do women. Why are these women sluts, but the men with whom they are having sex are spared his condemnation?
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Posted by Sandy Kiltie-Losing (+258) 9 years ago
Tax Payer, yes my understanding is that she is a Law Student. However she pays for her own insurance, it is the policy of most if not in fact all colleges to require thier students to purchase insurance from the school, even if they have other coverage through thier parents or employment. Ms. Fluke testified that she felt her insurance, that she is required to carry as a student of the college, have coverage for birth control.
The key point in the debate was that she wanted the insurance that SHE PAYS FOR OUT OF HER OWN POCKET to cover her BIRTH CONTROL needs.
I do not think that your tax dollars enter into the equation in any way.
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Posted by Steve Craddock (+2743) 9 years ago
I think Rush has done Feminazis and the men who love them a great favor (beyond convincing Richard that Left is truly the right side). It takes a recognizable face that crystalizes the deep ugliness of bigotry before people will take action. And let's face it, there hasn't been a lot of progress toward achieving true equality for women since the 70s.

Rush just volunteered for the job of being the Sheriff Bull Connor of our times. In one bloated and gaseous emission of what for him substitutes for thought, he reminded everyone why bigotry always ends up on the wrong side of history.

Every crisis holds within it an opportunity. It's up to us to turn it from a negative into a positive. Rush just provided visible proof that we've NOT come a long way, baby! He reminded us that we have a long way to go before female Americans can feel truly rid of the shackles of good old-fashioned prejudice.

Rush gave us a chance to gain some ground. The time is ripe for progress!
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Posted by tax payer (+344) 9 years ago
Thanks for the reply Sandy
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Posted by howdy (+4943) 9 years ago
Excellent point, Steve!!
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Posted by Wendy Wilson (+6165) 9 years ago
In one bloated and gaseous emission of what for him substitutes for thought . . .


This is the best thing you've every written, Steve.
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Posted by Richard Bonine, Jr. (+14950) 9 years ago
Further, after all Limblab has said about "wanting the President to fail", "in one bloated and gaseous emission of what for him substitutes for thought" he sealed the reelection of President Obama.

That is really a great line, Steve. You done good.
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There is so much hot air in Limbaugh that he is his own sleep number.
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Posted by Amorette Allison (+11757) 9 years ago
Rush Gasbag claims women are afraid of him. No, we find him a pathetic loser who we look down upon with contempt.
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Posted by Russell Bonine (+246) 9 years ago
For What Its Worth:

A Statement from Rush
March 03, 2012
For over 20 years, I have illustrated the absurd with absurdity, three hours a day, five days a week. In this instance, I chose the wrong words in my analogy of the situation. I did not mean a personal attack on Ms. Fluke.

I think it is absolutely absurd that during these very serious political times, we are discussing personal sexual recreational activities before members of Congress. I personally do not agree that American citizens should pay for these social activities. What happened to personal responsibility and accountability? Where do we draw the line? If this is accepted as the norm, what will follow? Will we be debating if taxpayers should pay for new sneakers for all students that are interested in running to keep fit?In my monologue, I posited that it is not our business whatsoever to know what is going on in anyone's bedroom nor do I think it is a topic that should reach a Presidential level.

My choice of words was not the best, and in the attempt to be humorous, I created a national stir. I sincerely apologize to Ms. Fluke for the insulting word choices.



SOURCE:

http://www.rushlimbaugh.c..._from_rush
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Posted by Bridgier (+9193) 9 years ago
What a procreateing prick.
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Posted by Sandy Kiltie-Losing (+258) 9 years ago
It would be nice if Mr. Limbaugh could take the time to actually read or watch Ms. Fluke's testimony so that he could understand the totality of his error.

Here is an excerpt of her testimony:

"Without insurance coverage, contraception can cost a woman over $3,000 during law school. For a lot of students who, like me, are on public interest scholarships, that's practically an entire summer's salary. Forty percent of female students at Georgetown Law report struggling financially as a result of this policy. One told us of how embarrassed and powerless she felt when she was standing at the pharmacy counter, learning for the first time that contraception wasn't covered, and had to walk away because she couldn't afford it. Women like her have no choice but to go without contraception. Just last week, a married female student told me she had to stop using contraception because she couldn't afford it any longer. Women employed in low wage jobs without contraceptive coverage face the same choice.

"You might respond that contraception is accessible in lots of other ways. Unfortunately, that's not true. Women's health clinics provide vital medical services, but as the Guttmacher Institute has documented, clinics are unable to meet the crushing demand for these services. Clinics are closing and women are being forced to go without. How can Congress consider the Fortenberry, Rubio, and Blunt legislation that would allow even more employers and institutions to refuse contraceptive coverage and then respond that the non-profit clinics should step up to take care of the resulting medical crisis, particularly when so many legislators are attempting to defund those very same clinics?

"These denials of contraceptive coverage impact real people. In the worst cases, women who need this medication for other medical reasons suffer dire consequences. A friend of mine, for example, has polycystic ovarian syndrome and has to take prescription birth control to stop cysts from growing on her ovaries. Her prescription is technically covered by Georgetown insurance because it's not intended to prevent pregnancy. Under many religious institutions' insurance plans, it wouldn't be, and under Senator Blunt's amendment, Senator Rubio's bill, or Representative Fortenberry's bill, there's no requirement that an exception be made for such medical needs. When they do exist, these exceptions don't accomplish their well-intended goals because when you let university admin istrators or other employers, rather than women and their doctors, dictate whose medical needs are legitimate and whose aren't, a woman's health takes a back seat to a bureaucracy focused on policing her body."

Where does Ms. Fluke suggest that "American citizens should pay for these social activites..."?
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Posted by Amorette Allison (+11757) 9 years ago
Some men want their genitals insured but tremble at the thought of women being allowed to make the same decisions about their genitals.

It all comes down to some men do not want to allow women the freedom to chose sex without patriarchal permission. You can't keep women down unless you forbid them to control the most important choice in their lives. That is the heart of this entire issue.

Women are still second class citizens, not quite equal to those with a penis. At least, according to the owners of penises.

This is a HEALTH issue. Not a whoopee issue. Get that through their little pin heads and some men might realize how stunningly stupid they sound.
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Posted by Richard Bonine, Jr. (+14950) 9 years ago
In my monologue, I posited that it is not our business whatsoever to know what is going on in anyone's bedroom nor do I think it is a topic that should reach a Presidential level.

My choice of words was not the best, and in the attempt to be humorous, I created a national stir. I sincerely apologize to Ms. Fluke for the insulting word choices.


So if you truly believe that it should not reach a presidential level, why did you raise it to that level? You are apologizing for a choice of words over an attempt to be humorous? Since when are women's health issues humorous? Why not apologize for raising the issue in the first place?

No matter how you spin this, the apology is insincere, hypocritical, and unacceptable. I have come to prefer listing to my tinnitus to your pompous bloviating diatribe.

[This message has been edited by Richard Bonine, Jr. (3/3/2012)]
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Posted by Steve Craddock (+2743) 9 years ago
Wendy and Richard and Howdy: Your praise inspired the following definition:

Fatulence: The bloated and gaseous emissions of Rush Limbaugh that he and his dittoheads* vainly attempt to pass off as thoughtful political commentary and/or insightful social comedy.

*See "Republican presidential hopefuls"
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Posted by Steve Allison (+981) 9 years ago
One big thing that gets me is how stupid it is not to want to pay for birth control. One pregnancy and dealing with the resulting baby will cost a lot more then a whole life time of birth control. If you want the government to behave more like a business, you should be insisting that insurance covers birth control.
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Posted by howdy (+4943) 9 years ago
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Posted by Bob Netherton II (+1904) 9 years ago
Wow. Rush is truly a man of his convictions. I'm sure its purely coincidental that Rush's apology came AFTER his sponsors started pulling out. There's NO WAY LOSING MONEY had anything to do with his decision to apologize.

I do give him credit for not using the "I'm an entertainer so I can say anything I want, even if it is not true" excuse, like he often does after being caught in a lie.

[This message has been edited by Bob Netherton II (3/3/2012)]
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Posted by worldmom (+422) 9 years ago
I've always thought Rush was a complete moron (along with Glenn Beck), but I'm still shocked by this. Wow.

I appreciate what the law student is advocating, but for the record, my birth control pills from Walmart cost me nine bucks a month. They're generics, but they seem to do the trick. I agree that insurance companies should provide coverage for birth control for women, but we all have to concern ourselves with how much it will add to our insurance premiums if companies are forced to provide the gold standard of birth control. $3000 for birth control during the course of law school would be a hardship for most students, but it doesn't have to cost THAT much.

But back to the topic at hand... What Rush said is just shameful. I'm embarrassed for him, even if he isn't for himself. I think he should turn to his Bible for a little refresher course on how to treat others, even those he considers "sinful": "He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her."
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Posted by Mary B. (+201) 9 years ago
That's interesting, worldmom. I, too, use generics, and my portion after my insurance gets done paying is still more than you are paying.
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Posted by Bridgier (+9193) 9 years ago
You're not using the "asparin-method" are you?
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Posted by Steve Craddock (+2743) 9 years ago
When it comes to absurdity, this article tops them all~!

http://news.yahoo.com/lim...00823.html

Anyone who calls Rush a gentleman loses credibility instantly, but his whole premise is just crazy. These folks who say Rush shouldn't apologize until X, Y, and Z liberals apologize to Palin, Ann Coulter, etc. are oblivious to the most salient fact: Those women, along with Hilary Clinton, Michelle Obama, Rachel Maddow, etc. are all political and/or media figures.

Ms. Fluke isn't in that category. She has more in common with Willow Palin than Sarah. She engaged in the political process not for personal gain, but to speak on behalf of a group who needed a voice. In Willow's case, there's a question as to whether a girl as young as that was actually engaged in the process or merely being used as a prop. But neither one should be fodder for potty-mouthed old men to salivate over.

Just as David Letterman needed to apologize to Willow and Sarah the mother (not Sarah the politician), Rush needs to SINCERELY apologize to Ms. Fluke. That carefully structured statement was released to appease his unhappy advertisers, not to comfort Ms. Fluke. And the author of the above article is an idiot if he truly believes otherwise.

As for Sarah, Ann, Hilary and Michelle, they can take care of themselves.

[This message has been edited by Steve Craddock (3/4/2012)]
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Posted by Wendy Wilson (+6165) 9 years ago
Fatulence, indeed. Thanks, Steve!
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Posted by Amorette F. Allison (+1916) 9 years ago
As of noon today, nine advertisers have pulled out, although some will no doubt head back for the bull poo once the current upset dies down. There is money to be made in being an assh*le.
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Posted by Kelly (+2706) 9 years ago
And Batpoop Crazy as usual...

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Posted by Richard Bonine, Jr. (+14950) 9 years ago
Seems like those ad spots are being filled with Gingrich SuperPAC money.
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