Monday, March 5, 2012

Unapologetic Rush: Pregnancy is a Desease

Freedom of religion, freedom of speech vs. woman's health 

1. Rush didn't really apologize
Limbaugh's rambling statement belongs in "the bulging archive of inadequate apologies issued by celebrities and media figures whose egos just won't allow for contrition," says Eric Wemple in The Washington Post. Rush could have just said, "I sincerely apologize to Sandra Fluke." But no, Limbaugh had to insert his "incriminating verbiage" about word choice. "Implication: Limbaugh doesn't regret the meaning of what he said; doesn't regret the associations he made; doesn't regret impugning Fluke's integrity across the country." No wonder critics haven't accepted his apology.

2. He still doesn't understand his mistake
Even worse than Limbaugh's "complete refusal to recognize that the uproar... isn't just about name-calling," says J. Bryan Lowder at Slate, is "his offensive misunderstanding of the importance and uses of birth control." Fluke didn't testify about her sex life, but about watching a friend have an ovary removed because she couldn't afford the treatment: Birth control pills, which have "many medical uses aside from contraception." Remember, "many women depend on birth control, not for 'social activities,' but for their basic health," and Limbaugh's galling ignorance of female biology is only amplified by his apology. It's sad we have to explain this, says Violet Socks at Reclusive Leftist, but even if you do use these pills for contraception, "you don't take a pill when you're going to have sex, and you don't take more or less of them depending on your sexual activity."

3. The attacks on Fluke and birth control haven't stopped
Limbaugh's "total fabrication and vicious smear" about Fluke getting taxpayer dollars to have lots of sex has spread to other right-wing talkers like Bill O'Reilly, Michelle Malkin, and Erick Erickson, says John Chandley at Firedoglake. "The memo's gone out: Tell the lie about government paying for sex." I guess that makes this a teachable moment, says Socks. "Taxpayers aren't paying for Sandra Fluke's health care," or any private employer's plan.

4. Liberals smell blood
"Make no mistake, the fight is not over Rush's words," says William Jacobson at Legal Insurrection. The Left's big stink about this "one joke gone bad" is part of a larger "attempt find something, anything, to force Rush off the air." Yes, we liberals do smell "blood in the water," says Barbara O'Brien at The Mahablog. It's about time for Rush "to learn to be afraid of pissing off women."

5. Limbaugh himself may not drop it
Everyone is up in arms about Limbaugh's latest on-air bile, but "this is his job," says Alexandra Petri at The Washington Post. We used to pillory people for the "gift of saying exactly the worst possible thing," but now we give them talk shows. Limbaugh may be losing friends and advertisers, "but ratings have never been higher." More to the point, says Doug Mataconis at Outside the Beltway: You can bet Limbaugh will keep talking about this, and "find a way to spin this to his advantage. He always does."
The Week's Editorial

ATLANTA -- SB 469, an anti-union and anti-protest bill, would turn nonviolent civil disobedience into a felony punishable by imprisonment for one year and a fine of ten thousand dollars for organizations and one thousand dollars for individuals. It also has provisions intended to weaken unions.

While conservatives talk shows personalities are fighting for their freedom of speech rights and defending Rush Limbaugh, they are silence about the bill that could criminalize the constitutional right of freedom of assembly.

The bill was introduced by State Reps. Don Balfour (R-Snellville), Bill Hamrick (R-Carrollton), Bill Cowsert (R-Athens), and Ross Tolleson (R-Perry).  All four Senators are members of an organization called the American Legislative Exchange Counsel (ALEC).  ALEC bring corporations and lawmakers together to draft template legislation that is introduced in other states to change policy. ALEC claims to be nonpartisan but is funded by several right-wing thing tanks.

"In a state which lays credible claim to being the cradle of the Civil Rights Movement, State Senators Don Balfour, Ross Tolleson, Bill Hamrick, and Bill Cowsert have just demonstrated palpable disrespect for Georgia’s rich history of protest and activism.

They are the sponsors of Senate Bill 469 which, had it been law in 1960, would have made Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Rev. Dr. Joseph Lowery, John Lewis, Joe Beasley, Minnie Ruffin, and many other luminaries of the Civil Rights Movement into felons," Sara Amis of Occupy Atlanta.

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