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PostPosted: Fri Mar 02, 2012 11:15 pm 
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I know there are some people here who like Limbaugh. I am not one of them. I think his comments about that young lady, regardless of whehter or not you agree with her viewpoint, were completely inappropriate.

It's a bit ironic when a guy with a history of substance abuse problems feels that he has a right to use crude language to make allegations about another person's moral state.


http://www.ksee24.com/home/Limbaugh-in-Hot-Water-with-Sponsors-Over-Slut-Remark-141250963.html

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After a firestorm of calls, posts and Tweets from angry consumers, two companies pulled their advertisements with Rush Limbaugh and his radio program after the conservative radio talk show host called a Georgetown University law student a "slut" for speaking out about the current debate over birth control.

“Due to recent commentary by Rush Limbaugh that does not align with our values, we’ve made the decision to immediately suspend all advertising on that program," Gabby Nelson, company spokeswoman at mattress manufacturer Select Comfort, said in an emailed statement.

Select Comfort, which advertises its Sleep Number brand bed, was the second company to sever ties with Limbaugh over the growing controversy.

Sleep Train was the first to sever ties. It sent a message out on Twitter earlier today, telling consumers, "We are pulling our ads with Rush Limbaugh and appreciate the community's feedback."

The law student, Sandra Fluke, testified before a House committee this week about the high cost of hormonal contraception and the burden this places on women who need it for medical reasons last week after being barred from an earlier Congressional committee hearing on the topic.

Other companies are distancing themselves from the talk-show host, including some who say they don't advertise with Limbaugh, but have been overwhelmed with phone calls and online messages.

The Twitter feed of online dating site eHarmony read, "We’ve never paid for ads on Limbaugh show. We’re looking into the matter of 'network buys' and will let you know what we discover." (Updated at 4:25 p.m. ET.: Spokeswoman Becky Teraoka said via e-mail, "We do have that confirmation" that a network buy did not land eHarmony advertising on Limbaugh's show.)

Ray Pohlman, spokesman for AutoZone, said the company had never advertised with Limbaugh and was working with its media buyers to find out if any ads did air. "If a commercial ran, it was in error," he said. "We're running it down."

Some companies indicate they'll be sticking with Rush, though.

"While we do not condone or agree with Limbaugh’s statements regarding Sandra Fluke, we respect his right to express his views, as well as those who disagree with him," Quicken Loans spokeswoman Paula Silver said in an emailed statement.

A statement posted on ProFlowers' Facebook page late Thursday night was more circumspect. It read, "We would like to assure you that we do not endorse the views expressed by Rush Limbaugh. We understand your concerns and value your feedback." The post was inundated with hundreds of comments from Facebook users urging the company to drop its advertising.

Limbaugh did not reply to msnbc.com's request for a comment.

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It's bad manners to call anyone a slut, but Fluke's testimony is much more outrageous than anything that's been said about her.

What's most troubling to me is that this thirty year old woman feels no shame in going before Congress to urge them to force Georgetown to subsidize her anti catholic lifestyle.

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I'm about to unlike Hispanics For Santorum on Facebook because they're making the same kinds of remarks. It's not appropriate behavior. This woman is wrong and her point isn't even valid since she can get the generic version of one of the more popular forms of birth control pills for $9 at the Target near Georgetown. Instead of calling her names and being ugly Limbaugh could have just asked why she doesn't just budget in $9 a month and buy her own pills. I get food stamps and I could come up with $9 a month for a medication if I felt it was needed for my health and well being. That would have been a valid criticism that would have made the political point just fine. As usual Limbaugh had to stoop over wrought rhetoric.

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Well, I guess he could've used the Biblical term, "fornicater". Would that make everyone feel better?


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Well, I guess he could've used the Biblical term, "fornicater". Would that make everyone feel better?


That certainly is a better word than "slut." Just like Rush would appreciate being called a person who has struggled with substance abuse rather than being called a "junkie."

But, seriously, this is not about whether or not the woman's point was wrong. Nobody is even talking about the underlying issue now - thanks to Rush's inflammatory garbage, the issue is now him and his tone and the tone of conservatives in general and not the original issue. And think about how you would feel if someone called your daughter that word. Her point may not be one that we agree with but can't we allow people we disagree with the chance to talk without subjecting them to high school level insults? We are better than that.

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I have never been a big fan of Rush although I do tune into his show from time to time. I think he is crass and full of his own ego.

With that said, he has fallen into the left's trap and moved the conversation away from Religious Liberty and onto a topic of getting into people's bedrooms.

People of all faiths, Moderates, Independents and Conservatives were united in stopping the mandate on grounds of Religious Freedom founded in the First Amendment.

Now no one is talking about that in part because of Limbaugh.

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I have never been a big fan of Rush although I do tune into his show from time to time. I think he is crass and full of his own ego.

With that said, he has fallen into the left's trap and moved the conversation away from Religious Liberty and onto a topic of getting into people's bedrooms.

People of all faiths, Moderates, Independents and Conservatives were united in stopping the mandate on grounds of Religious Freedom founded in the First Amendment.

Now no one is talking about that in part because of Limbaugh.


I don't agree with Limbaugh's language but this isn't the first time he has used this type of rhetoric. I see it as typical Rush. Like it or not, he is number one in his field. The problem isn't his, it's ours for listening. The same way Romney's negative ads have pulled down Santorum and Gingrich. Unfortunately it works.


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Looks like Limbaugh has apologized.

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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.


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Of course he apologized now that he's losing some of his sponsors (http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/abc-blogs/sponsors-rush-away-limbaughs-show-200153851--abc-news.html) and he's getting a little flack from GOP politicians who are finally more afraid of voter backlash over his comments than they are of him.

By the way, Rush, I sincerely apologize to you if you were offended by being called a junkie.

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Perfect timimg..........Huck's new radio show is going to fill the vacuum.
Rush is an obnoxious bully. I will never get over how he has treated Huck....pure hypocrisy.



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TheValuesVoter wrote:
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...But, seriously, this is not about whether or not the woman's point was wrong. Nobody is even talking about the underlying issue now - thanks to Rush's inflammatory garbage, the issue is now him and his tone and the tone of conservatives in general and not the original issue...


You're right. This reminds me of how those who oppose abortion and use physical violence (or even inflammatory language) distract from the issue of saving our babies--and those who oppose Obama take the wind out of our sails when they call him names and draw a Hitler mustache on him. It's really frustrating and sad that valid viewpoints are able to be buried with things like this!

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Of course he apologized now that he's losing some of his sponsors (http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/abc-blogs/sponsors-rush-away-limbaughs-show-200153851--abc-news.html) and he's getting a little flack from GOP politicians who are finally more afraid of voter backlash over his comments than they are of him.

By the way, Rush, I sincerely apologize to you if you were offended by being called a junkie.



I personally know people who are struggling with prescription drug dependency. It's nothing to joke about. They live in chronic pain which led to the dependency just as it did for Rush.


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I think it's refreshing that someone has the balls to call bad behavior for what it is. I find the term slut to be totally appropriate. I wish he didn't apologize because he kind of admitted defeat. We don't need to be afraid to call liberals socialists. Norman Thomas said the American people would never accept Socialism. But, if you call it Liberalism they would accept it in every way

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I think it's refreshing that someone has the balls to call bad behavior for what it is. I find the term slut to be totally appropriate. I wish he didn't apologize because he kind of admitted defeat. We don't need to be afraid to call liberals socialists. Norman Thomas said the American people would never accept Socialism. But, if you call it Liberalism they would accept it in every way


Which is why he should have called her a Socialist as that is far more the issue at stake. A Socialist and a militant radical secularist trying to impose her values on private religious institution would have been better yet. The issue is religious liberty and state mandated funding of attacks on ones religious liberty. Rush made the issue himself. Sadly millions of conservatives will now fight an even more uphill battle over the issue of religious liberty. That is why who we make "the face" of our causes matters so much.

It looks like God has decided to call in ole Rushbo's loan concerning his talent. I suppose it was inevitable as Rush has seemed morally bankrupt for some time.

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I think it's refreshing that someone has the balls to call bad behavior for what it is. I find the term slut to be totally appropriate. I wish he didn't apologize because he kind of admitted defeat. We don't need to be afraid to call liberals socialists. Norman Thomas said the American people would never accept Socialism. But, if you call it Liberalism they would accept it in every way


Which is why he should have called her a Socialist as that is far more the issue at stake. A Socialist and a militant radical secularist trying to impose her values on private religious institution would have been better yet. The issue is religious liberty and state mandated funding of attacks on ones religious liberty. Rush made the issue himself. Sadly millions of conservatives will now fight an even more uphill battle over the issue of religious liberty. That is why who we make "the face" of our causes matters so much.

It looks like God has decided to call in ole Rushbo's loan concerning his talent. I suppose it was inevitable as Rush has seemed morally bankrupt for some time.


He might have to untie the other half of that brain out from behind his back in the coming weeks.

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Joshua Clinard wrote:
I think it's refreshing that someone has the balls to call bad behavior for what it is. I find the term slut to be totally appropriate. I wish he didn't apologize because he kind of admitted defeat.


Really? How would you envision yourself reacting if you had a daughter and someone used that term toward her? Even if your daughter had very different political views than most of us here do and she argued for a position that many of us disagree with. But she is well spoken, professional, and just trying to articulate her viewpoint. And a nationally syndicated talk show radio host calls her a "slut." Just curious about how you would react to that, even if you disagreed with your daughter's political stances.

As for myself, if I had a daughter and someone said that about her to the whole nation, regardless of whether or not I agreed with her on the underlying policy, I would be very tempted to march down to the broadcast studio and find a new location to place that golden EIB microphone. I'm sort of wondering how many other fathers feel similarly.

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I'm also continually baffled about the timidity of some GOP politicians in rebuking Rush Limbaugh when he says something that needs to be rebuked. His comments about the young lady - not just the word choice but also his suggestion that she post video tapes of herself online - were just ignorant and completely inappropriate.

I'm thinking especially about Mitt Romney and his typical refusal to take a stand on anything that could lead to people disapproving of him. But, honestly, they all seemed a lot angrier at President Obama's suggestion that kids should have a chance to go to college than they were at Limbaugh openly stating that this law student was a slut and a prostitute.

I suppose that it's possible for someone to not be that bothered by the tone of the comments, which is in itself disturbing to me. But I think that it's also possible that a guy running for President disapproves of the tone but doesn't want to take the risk of rubbing Rush the wrong way - which I think is not exactly a projection of strength. If someone doesn't have enough testosterone in the tank to stand up to Rush when he's very clearly wrong, I have a hard time imagining them standing up to Iran and North Korea or doing anything else that requires courage and leadership in the face of adversity and possible disapproval.

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I agree that Rush Limbaugh's word selection was inappropriate. However, Rush is a radio host and in the field of intertainment. If the candidates addressed all the inappropriate words used by political pundits (Ann Coulter for example) they would take up too much time and draw too much attention from the political issues.


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Newt weighs in:

http://video.msnbc.msn.com/meet-the-press/46619533#46619533



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We need bold leadership like this in the White House. To quote a Facebook friend, Newt would Nuke Obama in a debate.



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