UPDATE: Limbaugh posts apology for ‘personal attack’

UPDATE: Rush Limbaugh has posted an apology on his website:

“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.

For the record, Fluke did not ever discuss “personal sexual recreational activities before members of Congress,” as Limbaugh asserts. Nor did Limbaugh attempt to ” illustrate the absurd with absurdity.” He leveled a vicious personal attack. You can’t excuse such behavior with a giggle and a “hey, it’s just a joke.”

That said, the apology is duly noted.

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After Rush Limbaugh’s initial attack on Sandra Fluke, in which he called the college student a slut and a prostitute for arguing in favor of contraceptive coverage, a handful of Democrats started calling on Republican colleagues to repudiate those vulgar remarks.

My initial reaction was that such statements weren’t necessary. After all, it was Limbaugh who said those things, not Republican politicians. He should be the one to answer for them.

However, when Limbaugh upped the ante the next day — demanding to know who had paid for Fluke’s condoms back when she was in the sixth grade, marveling that she could even walk with all the sex she was having and insisting that Fluke make a sex tape so that Limbaugh could watch — the climate changed considerably.

With his powerful microphone and unchallenged influence in the conservative movement, Limbaugh was now dictating the terms in which this issue would be discussed. He had taken a debate about government health-insurance mandates and religious freedom and transformed it into a vicious media stoning of women who dared to be sexually active and to speak up for themselves in the public arena.

If that was not the terrrain on which Republican leaders wanted to debate the issue, they had an obligation to say so in no uncertain terms. And if a person long embraced by GOP officials as a leader of their movement, a man whose favor many of them had publicly sought, had now exceeded the bounds of basic decency, it would be useful to hear them say that as well.

With rare exceptions, they have not chosen to do so.

Oh, the brave Mitt Romney stepped into the fray by reminding us that “it’s not the language I would have used.” Gee, good to know, Mitt. Thanks for the principled moral leadership.

John Boehner sent a spokesman out to tell us that Limbaugh’s words were “inappropriate,” another marvel of meaningless understatement. Rick Santorum, who generally loves to preach about the decline of standards in this country, said Limbaugh was being “absurd” and then shrugged it off on the grounds that the talk show host is an entertainer, as if it’s entertaining to publicly demean young women in such fashion. (Judging from the reaction in some quarters, for too many it is exactly that.)

U.S. Rep. Darrell Issa, whose hearings into the issue helped create this firestorm, responded by insisting that the real problem is the tone set by Democrats. He asked them to apologize for some of the language that phone-callers have used with his staff.

The only elected Republican to take on the issue directly has been U.S. Sen. Scott Brown of Massachusetts, a father of two daughters who tweeted that “Rush Limbaugh’s comments are reprehensible. He should apologize.”

Carly Fiorina, vice chair of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, also condemned the remarks as insulting and incendiary. For her candor, she has been chastized by conservatives on grounds that she just doesn’t get it.

Dana Loesch, editor of the conservative Big Journalism site, also applauded and echoed Limbaugh’s approach, complaining that “More have admonished Limbaugh’s description of Sandra Fluke than admonished a 30 year-old woman embarrassing herself before Congress by testifying that she simply cannot stop getting it on and her inability to control her urges constitutes infringing upon everyone else for a bailout.”

It’s become more and more apparent that for some, this debate really is about women who “simply cannot stop getting it on” and who dare to insist on the right to not get pregnant while doing so.

In a revealing piece published this week in the Wall Street Journal, OpinionJournal editor James Taranto made the point far more politely than Limbaugh, alleging that what this is really about is a liberal feminist “war on fertility:”

“Yes, in the short term, contraception is cheaper than fertility. In the long term, however, a war on fertility is an act of cultural and economic suicide. Today’s low fertility is tomorrow’s shortage of productive citizens–of the taxpayers who would have to pay for the ever-expanding entitlement state.The continuing collapse of European welfare statism is as much a crisis of demographics as of sclerotic government. Even communist China, which somewhat ironically lacks a Western-style welfare state, is having to reckon with the unintended long-term consequences of its one-child policy.

America has some hope for the future, though. Its fertility rate has not declined as sharply as in other Western nations, in part thanks to families like the Romneys, Santorums, Pauls and Palins. The polarization of American politics gives reason for hope about America’s political future, too. As we posited years ago in “The Roe Effect,” the left’s war on fertility is likely to have its greatest success in reducing the fertility of left-leaning women, thereby ensuring that future generations are more conservative.”

It is, in other words, still 1969, and we are still fighting the same old battles in slightly altered guises. I find that fascinating and depressing.

– Jay Bookman

668 comments Add your comment

JamVet

March 3rd, 2012
9:32 am

Off to be a good little capitalist, but will check in later to see which of our conmen here give him a free pass.

Again, and as always…

J C

March 3rd, 2012
9:33 am

Women are so flukey. If they did not vote, this would not be an issue.

jconservative

March 3rd, 2012
9:40 am

So if I have the Limbaugh argument correct, every mother, wife, sister, daughter, who receives contraceptives through an insurance program is a slut.

That about it?

Lord Help Us

March 3rd, 2012
9:40 am

Conservatives get their talking points and perspectives from a thrice married drug addict with a limp little tallythingy…

Here’s your sign…

Oscar

March 3rd, 2012
9:41 am

Rush is a sick man. Don’t know why people chose to listen to him As for the GOP, I don’t understand what has happenned to them.

Bruno

March 3rd, 2012
9:43 am

With his powerful microphone and unchallenged influence in the conservative movement, Limbaugh was now dictating the terms in which this issue would be discussed…..And if a person long embraced by GOP officials as a leader of their movement

Keep dreaming, Jay. Rush is a highly paid entertainer. Somehow everyone but the Libs seems to understand this.

kayaker 71

March 3rd, 2012
9:43 am

Oh, poor baby. Now she can’t have sex 5 times a week because the taxpayer won’t pay for her birth control devices. A 65K/yr education and she can’t afford a 50 cent condom. Elizabeth Warren’s new political ad is so descriptive of what the left is doing. “Join us to fight for women’s rights”. Most liberals are no more upset about poor Sandra’s dilemma than Rush Limbaugh is. Can you spell, “being used” Even the pres, who no doubt has other pressing things to attend to, gives Sandra a call to express his “support” for her plight. If this were not so obvious, it would be pathetic. Where was Bozo’s indignation when that idoiot Bob Maher called Sarah Palin a c*nt….. over the open airway for everyone to hear. Don’t think that Sister Sarah got a call from Bozo expressing his sympathy for her plight. This is nothing but a ploy to get women’s votes. Anyone with half a brain can see that.. Nothing more.

Thomas Nelson

March 3rd, 2012
9:44 am

I think we may have witnessed a McCarthy Moment.
One has an initial fascination with watching bullies, particularly those who rely on the public media to get their vituperative messages across. As the number of victims and the degree of harm inflicted increase, however, there is a growth of aversion, which most deal with simply by turning away – which leaves the bully free to continue entertaining his diminishing number of supporters. But when the bully finally crosses a line, often by engaging in what larger society deems a truly reprehensible and unwarranted personal attack, the latent disgust erupts and the bully loses much of his power; in short, the bully ends up disgracing not his target but himself.
Our political process has become so partisan that it has taken Mr. Limbaugh a long time to cross the threshold, just as it did for Joe McCarthy in 1954. But today we’re left to ask, “Mr. Limbaugh, have you no shame, sir?”

fro

March 3rd, 2012
9:45 am

Limbaugh =hatred. The GOP =Limbaugh.

O'ByteMe - Fake-Irish Goon

March 3rd, 2012
9:46 am

I find that fascinating.

I find it horrifying. Seriously. Standing on the sidelines with no skin in the game makes it fascinating. Having daughters should make it horrifying.

Limbaugh also thinks Democrats should apologize for politicizing this issue that Republicans tried to politicized to get their base excited about social issues instead of depressed by a growing economy.

Jay

March 3rd, 2012
9:46 am

Right, Bruno.

Is that why our own U.S. Rep. Phil Gingrey had to go on Rush’s show to abjectly apologize for dismissing Rush as just an entertainer? Is that why RNC chair Michael Steele also had to publicly prostrate himself before Rush after criticizing something that he said?

You fool no one with such silly statements. Rush’s influence is no more deniable than the fact that the sun rises in the east.

O'ByteMe - Fake-Irish Goon

March 3rd, 2012
9:47 am

Now she can’t have sex 5 times a week because the taxpayer won’t pay for her birth control devices

Leave it Kayaker to think this is about someone getting more than him.

Out By The Pond

March 3rd, 2012
9:47 am

What? Blame the “Roe Effect” on the liberal left? Abortion was first championed by the conservative right. Does no one remember history or have we become so accustomed to the revisionist right rewriting history.

Lord Help Us

March 3rd, 2012
9:47 am

I made the mistake of reading the comments on the Erick Erickson article linked above. Seems the resident neanderthals here are quite numerous over at RedState.

Their comments on this matter and this young lady that did nothing other than offer a reasonable counter to the Issa hearing makes me sick…along with the ‘oh, he’s just an entertainer’ non-denouncement of the pillar of moral decency, Santorum (who, given as much as he has said about this issue and his role in raising its prominence, should, perhaps have a ‘Sister Souljah moment’).

Santorum, Gingrich and Romney have an opportunity to show leadership on this issue. Let’s see if they do…

timbo

March 3rd, 2012
9:48 am

Jay,

Have you ever covered the personal attacks on Sarah Palin?

kayaker 71

March 3rd, 2012
9:50 am

Bozo even said that her parents should be proud of her. If I were her father, I would be nothing but embarrassed. Where does this thing end? The entitlement mentality is killing this country. Must the government provide it’s citizens with everything to sustain their lives?

Bruno

March 3rd, 2012
9:50 am

But today we’re left to ask, “Mr. Limbaugh, have you no shame, sir?”

Thomas–The real shame about this story is that the central point is now being obscured by Rush’s rudeness. I don’t question the young ladies morals for seeking birth control, but I do challenge her morality for believing that someone else should be paying for her personal supplies. In my generation, we were taught that self-reliance was a virtue, that it was morally wrong to expect others to pay your way. In our current Entitlement Society, people now insult you for suggesting that folks budget their money and support themselves.

Real issue

March 3rd, 2012
9:50 am

I agree that Rush is ‘extreme’ in his remarks. That said, let’s focus folks…the issue is she doesn’t need her fellow taxpayers subsidizing her “recreational” activities.

Gracin

March 3rd, 2012
9:51 am

kayaker 71

March 3rd, 2012
9:52 am

Oh, Byte me,

Everyone gets more than me, my friend. I was born many years too soon.

anne

March 3rd, 2012
9:53 am

kayaker71–talk about someone who ‘just doesn’t get it’. Mr. Republican–Limbaugh is your guy–not mine. If you agree with his vulgar name-calling of a person who has a different opinion, then YOU are the one who ‘just doesn’t get it’. Rush Limbaugh is a political animal whose favor is sought after by many Republicans. And few of them have stepped up to disagree with his words. That tells me all I need to know about the state of the GOP and its lack of decency.

Lord Help Us

March 3rd, 2012
9:53 am

Unfortunate all around. However, it does serve to enlighten moderates and independents regarding the attempts by the GOP to use the government to control their lives. Ironic…

timbo

March 3rd, 2012
9:54 am

The lefts FAKE anger toward Rush over comments he made about this woman are more about trying to silence Rush than it is about helping women. The left could give a damn about women’s health issues, but they have been trying for years to throw Rush off the air.

Gracin

March 3rd, 2012
9:54 am

Real Issue-

Did it ever occur to you that she and other women take hormone treatments for things other than birth control? Maybe to stay fertile so that they may have babies in the future? No? Go educate yourself . As far as I am concerned if none of you neanderthals have a uterus or ovaries, you have no dog in this hunt. Go back to your cave.

Bruno

March 3rd, 2012
9:54 am

Is that why our own U.S. Rep. Phil Gingrey had to go on Rush’s show to abjectly apologize for dismissing Rush as just an entertainer? Is that why RNC chair Michael Steele also had to publicly prostrate himself before Rush after criticizing something that he said?

Rush has a core audience of about 3 million listeners per day. Only a small fraction of the country, but a big enough bloc that a wise politician would want to stay on his good side. Very different from declaring the man the ideological leader of the Republican Party. If that’s the case, where are the references to Rush on the RNC website?? Where are the scholarly Rush Papers?? How come he’s not getting any lip service during the debates??

Howard Duncan

March 3rd, 2012
9:56 am

I stumbled upon this article. Take a straight foreward bad taste comment and spin it into a political attack. Interesting.

Gracin

March 3rd, 2012
9:56 am

Bruno-

CPAC?

frodo

March 3rd, 2012
9:56 am

What I’d like to know is if Rush is getting his Viagra paid for by his insurance does that not make him guilty of the same crime as Ms. Fluke and do we then get to see the home movie,UGH!!!! on second though I’ll pass.

O'ByteMe - Fake-Irish Goon

March 3rd, 2012
9:58 am

Everyone gets more than me, my friend.

Envy isn’t pretty.

Have some empathy. If this was your daughter up there taking a stand — even if you didn’t like the stand — does Limbaugh get to call her those names and question her having sex in the 6th grade?

JC Rettaliata

March 3rd, 2012
9:58 am

All women are not the “SLUTS” and “PROSTITUTES” as Rush Limpball, and others would suggest,other wise I would have gotten a lot more sex, growing up than I did.

timbo

March 3rd, 2012
9:59 am

Jay,

Did you hear me? Have you ever come out against the people who have attacked Sarah Palin?

O'ByteMe - Fake-Irish Goon

March 3rd, 2012
9:59 am

Did it ever occur to you that she and other women take hormone treatments for things other than birth control?

In general, you’ll find the guys agreeing with Limbaugh have absolutely no information about “women’s issues”. Educating them without wanting to just yank their “little brain” out of its socket is unlikely.

fro

March 3rd, 2012
9:59 am

No outcry from Republicans. They are silent. What does that tell women? Like the Catholic Church, women are second class citizens to the GOP.

Brosephus™ - Always bet on Black!

March 3rd, 2012
10:00 am

Rush picked the right girl to pick on. Had he said that about my daughter, sister, cousin, or family member, he’d be spending the rest of his days in the witness protection program. Anybody who defends him, defends that bullsh*t, shrugs it off, or try to deflect the blame towards Democrats need to have their heads examined. He’s basically calling any female that has ever used contraception, a slut. That means that he’s talking about your female family members too.

O'ByteMe - Fake-Irish Goon

March 3rd, 2012
10:01 am

timbo doesn’t get that false equivalence is no equivalence at all.

Gracin

March 3rd, 2012
10:01 am

Rational

March 3rd, 2012
10:01 am

Am I really the only one who thinks its odd that there’s all this fuss about who pays for contraceptives for women, but no one thinks twice about the fact that insurance (including medicare and medicaid) covers Viagra and similar ED products? Hipocrisy much?

timbo

March 3rd, 2012
10:02 am

The folks on the left are driven by their desires to silence any and all opposing views.

O'ByteMe - Fake-Irish Goon

March 3rd, 2012
10:02 am

If this was your daughter up there taking a stand — even if you didn’t like the stand — does Limbaugh get to call her those names and question her having sex in the 6th grade?

And do Republicans — who as a Party genuflect in Rush’s direction every chance they get — get a free pass for not standing up for your daughter?

Lord Help Us

March 3rd, 2012
10:02 am

‘Have you ever come out against the people who have attacked Sarah Palin?’

Good question. Since Palin was so offended by the word ‘retarded’ (when uttered by a Dem), seems she might have a strong denouncement of a much worse offense…instead…silence…

Carl

March 3rd, 2012
10:03 am

Does any one have a list of Rush’s advertisers?

Brosephus™ - Always bet on Black!

March 3rd, 2012
10:04 am

Now she can’t have sex 5 times a week because the taxpayer won’t pay for her birth control devices.

And the ignorant and uneducated continue to make themselves known. Taking contraception does not automatically equate to having sex. Dude, birth control pills have to be taken daily for them to be effective at all. Some women have the prescribed to ease issues that come courtesy of PMS. I really wish some people would educate themselves before opening their mouths and showing the world how big of an idiot they are.

:roll:

MTHASC

March 3rd, 2012
10:05 am

My sister is on the pill. She is in her ’50s, post-menopausal. It’s to keep her from bleeding so much she becomes anemic. THAT WHORE.

Bruno

March 3rd, 2012
10:05 am

Did you hear me? Have you ever come out against the people who have attacked Sarah Palin?

Why would Jay come out against himself, timbo?? It’s called selective outrage.

Of course, Jay is trying to differentiate between public office holders and private citizens who come forward to voice their opinion in an attempt to sway public opinion. Which would hold a little more credence if he hadn’t used his column to publicly ridicule a Georgia teacher recently who voiced her opinion about rules regarding alt-sex and teaching. Of course, Jay avoided the mud-slinging himself, knowing that his minions would do the dirty work for him. Which they obliged him, of course.

kayaker 71

March 3rd, 2012
10:07 am

Gracie,

It would be highly doubtful that this Georgetown University Law student and her prolific friends are concerned about most anything else than preventing a pregnancy during their frequent sexual encounters. When I was teaching at the University of Florida, the university health service,provided all the birth control devices at the student health center that any one could use…. ostensibly free of charge but paid for in health service fees, ultimately by the student, whether they were sexually active or not. Hannity talked to a Walmart pharmacist yesterday on his program and she stated that a woman could get a full month’s supply of a generic birth control pill for the staggering cost of $5/mo. at Walmart. Hell, lunch costs more than that. All of us have a dog in this hunt, my dear…. all of us.

O'ByteMe - Fake-Irish Goon

March 3rd, 2012
10:07 am

Some women have the prescribed to ease issues that come courtesy of PMS.

My ex- had this issue. THANK GOD for the pill. On the other hand, I probably would have dumped her earlier had she not gotten on the pill. :lol:

Lord Help Us

March 3rd, 2012
10:08 am

‘Which would hold a little more credence if he hadn’t used his column to publicly ridicule a Georgia teacher recently who voiced her opinion about rules regarding alt-sex and teaching’

Jay called someone a slut and prostitute?

Jeannie Weller Cooper

March 3rd, 2012
10:08 am

You mean *1869.* I DO think this whold contraception/reproductive rights issue is a little too timely for the dems. I can’t imagine any of the suits, red or blue, in DC wishing their wives and chippies to have less access to birth control and abortions.
HOWEVER, if there is not a rebuke from female (hopefully former) listeners, I will be horrified. When did we surrender our brains and our morals to be info-tained? As disgusting as his style and message is, I urge any reader to listen for him/her self.

Re: Taranto quote ” tomorrow’s shortage of productive citizens–of the taxpayers who would have to pay for the ever-expanding entitlement state.” He inadvertently spotlighted the most pressing issue -that is NOT being addressed by either the reds or the blues-
We currently don’t seem to be able to employ the US citizens we have here now.
We need a way to earn bread, and less circuses.

O'ByteMe - Fake-Irish Goon

March 3rd, 2012
10:08 am

It would be highly doubtful that this Georgetown University Law student and her prolific friends

I notice Kayaker is sticking with this line of attack instead of answering my question to him about his daughter. Maybe he doesn’t have one and has no empathy for them. If so, you have my sympathies, because daughters are way cool.

James C.

March 3rd, 2012
10:08 am

Fluke’s actual testimony was about how her friend developed ovarian cysts and found that the oral contraception she needed to stop the cysts from growing was not covered under the school’s insurance. Not able to afford the pill on her own, she went without it. Her cysts progressed and she is now infertile. A young woman, infertile, because of religious zealotry interfering with her health care.

Brosephus™ - Always bet on Black!

March 3rd, 2012
10:09 am

O’ByteMe

I had a friend who was like Jekyll/Hyde until her doctor gave her a prescription. We were good friends for 3wks out of the month, but on that 4th week, I went out of my way to avoid her. She could chew up railroad iron and crap steel during that week.

Raul

March 3rd, 2012
10:09 am

Bruno, stop this ‘entertainer’ illusion. It’s a sore excuse to brush the problem away. People like Rush drive sane people away from what should be a serious party — much needed for a democracy to work! He’s NOT an entertainer, he’s a loose mouth that speaks out loud what a large bunch of horrible people in this country think. Let’s face the truth and take the principled actions instead of hiding the pig under a mantle.

jhaemus

March 3rd, 2012
10:09 am

He called he a prostitute? He just provided her a good slander lawsuit. The statement cant be proven true and he did it out of malice. All she needs.

BrownClown

March 3rd, 2012
10:10 am

Why doesn’t the negro in charge mind his own business and fix the mess he caused and stay out of the petty fray with rush. just cause rush has more brains that the brown clown, doesnt mean bozo ears needs to get dirty,,he is brown enough

Lyon in the Sun

March 3rd, 2012
10:10 am

Let’s start by getting the facts straight. Ms. Fluke spoke in favor of private sector – paid – insurance coverage for a hormone pill that can interrupt fertility among other uses. She did not speak in favor of a taxpayer subsidization of health care, ‘recreational’ activities or any entitlement.

Steven

March 3rd, 2012
10:10 am

To all you Republicans who don’t want to subsidize “getting it on,” would you rather be subsidizing unwanted and abandoned babies, or cheap little pills? Take your pick.

To the person who said abortion used to be a Republican issue, you are 100% correct. They didn’t (and in their heart of hearts still don’t) care if “bad genetic stock” would rather sterilize themselves and get abortions, until they found it was the issue to split the Democrat Catholic vote… the rest is history.

Thanks Catholics.

Brosephus™ - Always bet on Black!

March 3rd, 2012
10:10 am

Hannity talked to a Walmart pharmacist yesterday on his program and she stated that a woman could get a full month’s supply of a generic birth control pill for the staggering cost of $5/mo. at Walmart.

And it all depends on the prescribed pill, the amount of hormones, and many other factors. My wife’s prescription was over $50 for a 90 day supply, and that was with insurance.

Toby3061

March 3rd, 2012
10:11 am

Yep, if I have to help her have sex by paying for it, I want to at least watch…Otherwise she foots the bill.

Jm - ill mannered centrist

March 3rd, 2012
10:11 am

Limbaugh is not the “leader of the GOP” as much as jay might wish it were so

David

March 3rd, 2012
10:11 am

How dare Limbaugh exercise his “free speech ” rights . This bad man must be silenced along with anyone who doesn’t go along with Obama liberal policy.Fathers, this woman Sharon Fluke is someone you want your daughters emulating and we should be proud to pay for her ability to “do it ” any way she sees fit.

Gracin

March 3rd, 2012
10:12 am

Kayaker 71-

My name is not Gracie, and I am NOT your Dear…

You are a throw back to the 50’s- when you evolve into a citizen of this century, your opinions will matter. You have no dog, much less a seat in this hunt.

Lord Help Us

March 3rd, 2012
10:12 am

‘Why doesn’t the negro in charge mind his own business and fix the mess he caused ‘

He’s one of your, cons…and one of the reasons the GOP is losing moderates and independents.

Edward

March 3rd, 2012
10:13 am

The Church’s insurance pays for Viagra and Cialis. Why? Isn’t it obvious? So the pedophiles can get it up for the children. That has to be it, that’s the only reason. Defending the Church is defending pedophiles! Why are you people enabling the pedophiles???

Hey, I can use the same logic as Rush and all you sycophants. Neat!

Bruno

March 3rd, 2012
10:13 am

Not able to afford the pill on her own, she went without it.

James–Do you have any personal knowledge of the young lady’s finances??

Freedom to Speak

March 3rd, 2012
10:13 am

Republicans have declared WAR on American women….We will see you at the polls!!!

Lord Help Us

March 3rd, 2012
10:14 am

‘Do you have any personal knowledge of the young lady’s finances??’

Do YOU?

Brosephus™ - Always bet on Black!

March 3rd, 2012
10:14 am

Limbaugh is not the “leader of the GOP” as much as jay might wish it were so

He’s not GOP leadership, but he is one of the premiere mouthpieces of the conservative movement. The fact that people here are assuming that she’s having loads of sex based on what Rush said proves that. People have assumed a rant to be fact without questioning things.

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O'ByteMe - Fake-Irish Goon

March 3rd, 2012
10:14 am

Bro: yes, you know what I’m talking about :)

Common Sense isn't very Common - Papist Independent

March 3rd, 2012
10:15 am

Yaker – why don’t you ask your daughters about their choices of BC?

They may enlighten you somewhat.

AND this is about the insurance coverage for BC NOT sex.

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timbo

March 3rd, 2012
10:15 am

The killing babies argument on the left wasn’t going so good, so now they have switched to preventing babies instead. I would not be shocked at all if this woman is a plant for Planned Parenthood, and is working with libs to get this birth control issue out there for the election. Looks like the trial balloon is still out there floating around.

Pazone

March 3rd, 2012
10:16 am

How about Bill Maher calling Sarah Palin a c*%t you didn’t see the left writing articles about that not to mention the million dollar contribution that he gave(Bill Maher) to the Democratsm (obama). Don’t we have Plant Parenthood to give these contrastives? Don’t they get enough money from the government? Then they turn around (Obama administration) and mandate this on US taxpayers. If your too cheap to take your butt to the clinic to get your pills for whatever reasons that’s your fault. Don’t force us to pay for it. The left, if your so worried about this how about you guys pay for it? Let’s not forget how this is another tactic to avoid talking about the real issues at hand! The economy the debit, JOBS JOBS JOBS> Gas prices, Solyndra bales outs Car bail outs, Bank bail outs broken promises >>a ton of broken promises! The list keeps going on. Let’s just hope the green stays green because that’s were the real thinking and effort happens. Wake up people don’t vote for the popular person vote for the most qualified! Our President does not cut it one bit!!!! This is coming from a independent that is simply feed up with the ” Free stuff GIVE AWAY”!!

willie lynch

March 3rd, 2012
10:17 am

Rush Limbaugh has posed a question that I have always thought to be applicable to his situation. After looking at his 4th wife I thought the same thing…she’s having sex with him for the money. Wow, he outs his own wife. If it walks like a duck….

Jm - ill mannered centrist

March 3rd, 2012
10:18 am

Shouldn’t we be happy about all this “open conversation” involving conservatives speaking openly about sex? :)

One Voice

March 3rd, 2012
10:18 am

Rush is a piece of TRASH, and those that follow him are in the category.

living in the fly over state

March 3rd, 2012
10:19 am

Someone in reasonable non-sound bites tell me why my tax dollars are going to pay for her birth control. Shouldn’t the men provide at least half of the condoms? And if she 26 or under isn’t she on her parents medical insurance? My son worked his way through Law School and never once asked me to help him with his condoms.

But I do have to agree with the above comment’s – Where were you when they assailed Sarah Palin.
I am a dem who is deeply ashamed of my party and canceled my membership in NOW. We are suppose to stand with all women not just the ones we like.

O'ByteMe - Fake-Irish Goon

March 3rd, 2012
10:20 am

How about Bill Maher calling Sarah Palin a

Worthless deflection. You can’t take responsibility for your cult leader’s words, can you?

No one in the Democratic Party bends over backward to gain Maher’s favor. False equivalence is no equivalence at all.

Dave

March 3rd, 2012
10:20 am

I+ was listening to the program when Rush made that comment. I thought it was funny and spot on. Where does this woman get the gonads to go in front of a subcommittee and request money for contraceptives? Why aren’t our seniors going up and begging for free blood pressure medicine?

Rush doesn’t need to apologize for anything. If nothing else, he has effectively brought attention to this issue. Jay Bookman is one of the many reasons I dropped my subscription to the AJC.

Jm - ill mannered centrist

March 3rd, 2012
10:20 am

Bro, I agree he’s a mouthpiece (of sorts)

A filthy one at that

Jim Munro

March 3rd, 2012
10:20 am

By exposing himself in public in this way, Rush Limbaugh has shown himself to be a bitter woman hater and one wonders how this little balding weasel of a man came to be this way. He seems to have been bright enough.to get Bush electred, or at lease cunning enough.
What a pathetic character, he would be
More likable and happier if he liked women

O'ByteMe - Fake-Irish Goon

March 3rd, 2012
10:20 am

jm @10:18: thanks for the chuckle.

willie lynch

March 3rd, 2012
10:21 am

Brosephus™ – Always bet on Black!

March 3rd, 2012
10:14 am

“People have assumed a rant to be fact without questioning things.”

Why should they try to start now? They’ve been listening to these idiots (Repug mouthpieces) all these years without having anything to back up their nonsense.

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Matt

March 3rd, 2012
10:22 am

Two words. Jeremiah Wright. Why do we expect the politicians on the right to apologize for what some mororn on the right said, but give politicians on the left carte blanche on what every moron on the left says? Can we at least be consistent?

O'ByteMe - Fake-Irish Goon

March 3rd, 2012
10:22 am

I thought it was funny and spot on. Where does this woman get the gonads

Another guy without daughters. We’re sorry for your loss.

O'ByteMe - Fake-Irish Goon

March 3rd, 2012
10:22 am

By exposing himself in public in this way, Rush Limbaugh

Ewww…. right there I barfed.

Gracin

March 3rd, 2012
10:22 am

Matt-
This applies how?

Lord Help Us

March 3rd, 2012
10:22 am

‘If nothing else, he has effectively brought attention to this issue.’

Exactly. Moderates, Independents and women have a better understanding of the GOP thanks to Rush…

Curtis Rivers

March 3rd, 2012
10:23 am

Having read Ms. Fluke’s testimony, it concerned cases in which students needed birth control for various reasons. Her testimony was not about her own sexual practices. Mr. Limbaugh invented his own interpretation to villanize Ms Fluke. That is simply an arrogant and churlish practice using his own inventions to fire up his listeners. It is immoral for Mr. Limbaugh to exploit this young woman’s honest testimony for his own personal gain and the spread of misinformation.

timbo

March 3rd, 2012
10:23 am

To all the women out there threatening to ‘not vote for the GOP’ in this next election….news flash….you never were going to vote republican in the first place. Smart women know that the democrats don’t give a damn about your rights.

It will come out, this Ms. Flake was a plant put up there by Planned Parenthood.

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Gracin

March 3rd, 2012
10:23 am

O’bytte- same here- breakfast gone now

O'ByteMe - Fake-Irish Goon

March 3rd, 2012
10:24 am

Two words. Jeremiah Wright

More worthless deflection. You own him, morons! Rush is a jerk cult leader and you are one of the cult! Own it!!!

Let us know when Jeremiah Wright was every someone the Democratic Party tried to curry favor with. Until then, work on your empathy gene. I’ve heard you can grow one with a little help from a woman.

jhaemus

March 3rd, 2012
10:24 am

@timbo:

No politician or pundit should ever use vulgar language to describe any woman or a man. There is a big difference, legally, between an insult and slander though. C’nt, slut, dik, are insults. Prostitute, pimp, rapist…that’s slander if you can’t prove it is true.

kayaker 71

March 3rd, 2012
10:24 am

If any of you want a good read to describe how it really is in an American university regarding sexual encounters, read Tom Wolf’s book, “I am Charlotte Summer”. It would be astounding to the outside observer how much sex is really going on in most schools, especially in co-ed dorms. Their weekend party starts on Friday morning and extends into the following Tuesday, then a couple of days of classes then back to Friday again. Hell, Florida even had university buses picking up students at the downtown bars at 3:AM to keep them from driving while so drunk they couldn’t stand up. Wolf’s book describes this in some detail Friends with benefits is a living and breathing thing, my friends. It isn’t just Sandra enjoying the thrill of the moment….. there are thousands more just like her out there.

Pazone

March 3rd, 2012
10:24 am

damm iphones !!!

O'ByteMe - Fake-Irish Goon

March 3rd, 2012
10:25 am

To all the women out there threatening to ‘not vote for the GOP’ in this next election….news flash….you never were going to vote republican in the first place.

Look at Obama’s poll for women. They’ve been growing a lot lately. Wonder why? You’re part of the reason, timbo.

Lord Help Us

March 3rd, 2012
10:25 am

‘Smart women know that the democrats don’t give a damn about your rights.’

Smart women know the GOP knows more about how they need to use their private parts…

Gracin

March 3rd, 2012
10:25 am

kayak- one track mind, huh? Lonely? Ought to get out more, DEAR.