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Is the USS Limbaugh sinking?

Let me say that I’m shocked that Rush Limbaugh issued anything besides a big FU on Saturday. Sure, his apology was crap, but it was much more than I ever thought. Rush Limbaugh hasn’t been humbled since it looked like he was going to jail for his oxycontin habit. Somehow he weathered that storm. This current storm seems to be something else entirely. 14 advertisers have dropped Rush. 14! Two radio stations have also dropped him. I’m blown away.

It is time for women to wake up. They have to understand what’s going on. The way that I see it, Rush Limbaugh and many of the Republican leaders have declared open season on women and women’s rights. The big USS Limbaugh has taken plenty of hits over the past four or five days. It is going to be interesting to see if he stays upright.

Rush has a history of saying stupid, thoughtless things about women:

13-Year-Old Chelsea Clinton As The “White House Dog.” As reported by the late columnist Molly Ivins, during an episode of his television show in the early years of the Clinton administration, Limbaugh “put up a picture of Socks, the White House cat, and asked, ‘Did you know there’s a White House dog?’ Then he put up a picture of Chelsea Clinton, who was 13 years old at the time and as far as I know had never done any harm to anyone.”

Ivins added:

When viewers objected, he claimed, in typical Limbaugh fashion, that the gag was an accident and that without his permission some technician had put up the picture of Chelsea–which I found as disgusting as his original attempt at humor.

The “Testicle Lockbox.” One of Limbaugh’s (many) running attacks on Hillary Clinton is that she is in possession of a “testicle lockbox” that represents, in Limbaugh’s retelling, “the worst characteristics of women … totally controlling, not soft and cuddly. Not sympathetic. Not patient. Not understanding. Demanding, domineering, Nurse Ratched kind of thing.” He boasts of having invented the concept, and deploys it whenever he perceives weakness by men (Clinton need not have any connection to the story).

Are Cain’s Accusers Appearing Together Because “They Want To Synchronize Their Menstrual Periods?” During a November 2011 discussion of sexual harassment allegations against Herman Cain, Limbaugh wondered: “I did ask yesterday, what’s the big deal with the panel here? Do they want to synchronize their menstrual periods? Why appear together? What, does it give added weight?”

Presidential Limo “Weighs Eight Tons Without” Michelle Obama. Michelle Obama’s nationwide anti-obesity campaign has rankled Limbaugh and other conservatives, who have responded to the fitness drive with a barrage of nonsensical attacks on Mrs. Obama’s weight — Limbaugh is fond of referring to the First Lady as “Michelle, my butt,” and has said “it doesn’t look like Michelle Obama follows her own nutritionary, dietary advice.” Last September, commenting on the size of the presidential limousine, Rush said: “The beast weighs eight tons without Michelle in it. Eight tons. Sixteen thousand pounds.”

“Translating” Obama Statement On Clinton: “I Don’t Know Why The B-I-Itch Is Staying In.” On his March 31, 2008, show, Limbaugh discussed comments by then-candidate Barack Obama that “Senator Clinton can run as long as she wants.” Limbaugh responded:

LIMBAUGH: Can I translate that for you? “I don’t know why the B-I-itch is staying in. I feel like a damn hostage here. But I can’t say it because she’s a woman. And if I say that, they’re going to jump down in my throat for being a sexist.”

Feminism “Was Established To Allow Unattractive Women Easier Access To The Mainstream.”Anyone who has listened to enough Rush Limbaugh knows that he holds feminism in low regard and will often refer to feminists as “feminazis,” a term he proudly takes ownership of. Last June, in trying to explain attacks on Sarah Palin, Limbaugh declared that feminism “was established to allow unattractive women easier access to the mainstream.” He elaborated, saying the “feminazis” were “trying to reorder human nature because of how unkind it was to them.”

Women Think, “Cheat On Me, Just Don’t Tell Me About It.” In March 2009, Limbaugh discussed a poll showing support for President Obama despite respondents saying Obama is likely to raise taxes on those earning less than $250,000. Limbaugh commented: “They know [Obama is] lying through his teeth and they still support him. It just means this: what women have always known, ‘cheat on me, just don’t tell me about it.’ ”

The following day, Limbaugh told listeners: “[W]hile my closing comment yesterday was certainly a comment containing a large element of truth, it still perhaps was inappropriate and so for that, I apologize.”

“Everybody Knows It Was The Vacuum Cleaner That Liberated Women More Than The Pill.” In March 2009, Limbaugh discussed a claim that the washing machine was “more liberating [to women] than the pill”:

LIMBAUGH: This continual playing to stereotypes must stop. It must be challenged, and it must be swept aside.  Women face enough tough decisions each and every day particularly during this recession. We all know that during economic downturns women and minorities are hardest hit, and it’s no different now. And in this time of economic challenge, downturn, hopelessness, where is the next car coming from, the next job for the husband? The husband!  Where is the husband coming in? Where is the next man coming?  To sit here and pretend that you are a comedian and to say that the washing machine was more liberating than the pill according to the Catholic church, this has gone far enough.  Besides, everybody knows it was the vacuum cleaner that liberated women more than the pill.

Accidentally Attacking A (Male) Journalist As A “Stupid Babe.” In Limbaugh’s world, the media are under constant threat of “chickification” and women journalists are not news professionals, but rather “info babes.” Limbaugh’s ardor for sexist attacks on female reporters has backfired on him, however, like when he (wrongly) assumed that reporter Sasha Abramsky was a woman and attacked the decidedly un-female journalist for his analysis of Obama’s political style, saying: “This is what this stupid babe at Salon believes. This is what she wants! Sorry, ‘stupid.’ Take it back. Ignorant, hopeful, uninformed — this is what she thinks! This is what she wants!”

NOW Are “A Bunch Of Whores To Liberalism.” Limbaugh often channels his disdain for feminists and feminism into attacks on the National Organization For Women, which he has charmingly renamed “NAGS, the national association of gals.” In October 2010, Limbaugh declared that the “the NAGS are a bunch of whores to liberalism, and that they are not faithful to women, and they never have been about women’s issues.”

Attacking Danica Patrick’s Statement On Contraceptive Coverage “What Do You Expect From A Woman Driver?” Late last month, professional auto racer Danica Patrick was asked her opinion of the Obama administration’s mandate that employers provide health plans that cover contraceptive care. Patrick responded: “I leave it up to the government to make good decisions for Americans.” Limbaugh attacked Patrick, saying that her answer “sums up the Democrat mindset perfectly,” adding: “What do you expect from a woman driver?”

Justices Kagan And Sotomayor Discuss “Life Experience” Because “They’re Women — That Means They’re Victims.” Limbaugh, as one would expect, opposed the nominations of both Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court. Rush said that both were “not qualified,” adding: “The whole point of talking about life experiences — who are we talking about here? Sotomayor and Kagan. What are they? They’re women — that means they’re victims. That means they’re minorities. That means they’ve been discriminated against. That means we owe them!”

Oh, there’s more.

By |2013-11-01T15:07:50-04:00March 6th, 2012|Civil Rights, Party Politics|Comments Off on Is the USS Limbaugh sinking?

Rick working the crowd

One of the things I love about politics is that it is so predictable. Conservatives have been labeling liberals as elite snobs for over three decades. How can a guy who grew up in the inner city worked in the inner city of Chicago be elite? But what I find funny in this clip is that former Senator Rick Santorum is 100% wrong on Paul Ryan’s healthcare plan. The conservative Heritage Foundation has a summary of the healthcare plan and nowhere in the description does it mention that this is exactly the same plan that Congress is using. No where. Now, it could be that the Heritage Foundation missed this talking point or it could be that Rick Santorum is lying through his teeth. Remember that Paul Ryan proposed replacing Medicare with a voucher system. You would get a check and then you could go and buy healthcare anywhere that you wanted to. You would have to look through a dizzying array of plans and choose the right one for you and your family. Once the voucher had run out, there was nothing left. The rest of your healthcare expenses would come out of your pocket. I don’t think that this is the plan that Congress has.


According to the Congressional Research Service, the FEHBP offers about 300 different private health care plans, including five government-wide, fee-for-service plans and many regional health maintenance organization (HMO) plans, plus high-deductible, tax-advantaged plans. All plans cover hospital, surgical and physician services, and mental health services, prescription drugs and “catastrophic” coverage against very large medical expenses. There are no waiting periods for coverage when new employees are hired, and there are no exclusions for preexisting conditions. The FEHBP negotiates contracts annually with all insurance companies who wish to participate. There is plenty of competition for the business; FEHBP is the largest employer-sponsored health plan in the U.S.

Those who don’t like their coverage may switch to another plan during a yearly “open season” period. To help with the choices, FEHBP conducts an annual “satisfaction survey” of each plan with more than 500 members and publishes the results.

Maybe I missed it but didn’t see anywhere in the description where there was a voucher system. Did you see it?

Maybe I’m being too hard on Rick Santorum. Maybe, he isn’t lying for his own personal gain. Maybe he is just misinformed. Maybe.

We need universal healthcare. You should not (thanks to Ron for pointing out my typo!) have to chose from column A and something from Column B. You and I don’t have enough information to make these decisions intelligently. What are the chances that I will have heart attack this year? I don’t know. What are the chances that my gallbladder will flare up? How much will that cost? Do I have enough in my health savings account? What if my daughter takes a field hockey stick to the face? I need a great plastics guy to repair that. What will that cost? It is nice to sit back and figure out what options you need on your new Cadillac. We aren’t Cadillacs. The consequences of you making a bad decision on a Caddy isn’t life threatening. If you chose the wrong healthcare plan that could bankrupt you and your family or worse. We need universal healthcare.

Finally, if you are in the 1% of Americans who use a ton of healthcare resources you would be completely screwed by Paul Ryan’s plan. You aren’t going to get a voucher for $90,000. That ain’t happening. So you are just out of luck. Kiss your loved ones goodbye. Paul Ryan ain’t got nothing but hard times for ya’.

By |2012-02-15T10:33:01-04:00February 15th, 2012|Congress, Healthcare, Party Politics|Comments Off on Rick working the crowd

Students are standing up!! (updated)

I really like this. Students have gotten the shaft in this country for 30 years. Reagan raised student loan fees and interest rates. The states followed and it has been open season on students ever since. Why is tuition so ridiculously expensive?

From CNN:

A movement born of $1 billion in budget cuts to California’s state university system has blossomed into a nationwide protest, as students and professors in 33 states will challenge administrators and state lawmakers to ante up.

Most of Thursday’s demonstrations will focus on cuts to state-funded colleges and universities, which supporters say drive up tuition, limit classes and make higher education unobtainable to many.

A blog called Student Activism said in a Twitter update that 122 events are slated from coast to coast — most on campuses, and some at state capitals.

Dissatisfaction, anger and an uncertain future have led professors and students to call for a day of action to defend education. (more…)

From LAT:

A day of passionate protest against education funding cuts attracted thousands of demonstrators Thursday to generally peaceful rallies, walkouts and teach-ins at universities and high schools throughout California and the nation.

From Los Angeles to New York and from San Diego to Humboldt, students, faculty and parents at many schools decried higher student fees, reduced class offerings and teacher layoffs in what organizers described as a “Day of Action for Public Education.”

“We are paying more to get less of an education. That’s why I’m out here today to protest against that,” said Cal State Long Beach art education student Jessica Naujoks, who joined an estimated 2,500 others at a campus rally there.

There were reports of some trouble in Northern California. Demonstrators blocked access to UC Santa Cruz and smashed the windshield of a car, triggering denunciations of such violence. At UC Berkeley, fire alarms were pulled in some classroom buildings, interrupting lectures. But statewide, no arrests were reported by early evening. (more…)

By |2010-03-04T12:34:27-04:00March 4th, 2010|Domestic Issues, Education|Comments Off on Students are standing up!! (updated)
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