Rush: Sorry If Anyone Offended By My 'Blowing Off Some Steam'

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    I saw it described this way (5.00 / 2) (#5)
    by Edger on Sat Mar 03, 2012 at 06:24:40 PM EST
    by another lawyer today....

    That was no apology. That was a lawyers letter wrapped in a commercial.

    Yes, I think he is blotting his (5.00 / 3) (#6)
    by KeysDan on Sat Mar 03, 2012 at 06:32:09 PM EST
    tears with yellow legal pads.

    Also, (5.00 / 3) (#8)
    by Edger on Sat Mar 03, 2012 at 06:37:54 PM EST
    and I don't know if this comment can stay here with this link - it's up to Jeralyn or Armando - but here is George Carlin with about the best 1 minute description of Limbaugh I've heard.

    (warning - extremely graphic and colorful Carlin-esque language)


    I don't even know what to say (5.00 / 1) (#16)
    by Militarytracy on Sun Mar 04, 2012 at 09:24:58 AM EST
    about the latest Rush behavioral spotlight.  I'm surrounded by so many people who love his behaviors and how he expresses himself and the things that he says.  I feel like I'm in a kind of stand off with these people and this mindset.  At this point we are simply standing here staring at each other full of loathing.

    It is a new round of fighting for equal rights.

    I think the two sides are compatible: (5.00 / 2) (#17)
    by observed on Sun Mar 04, 2012 at 09:31:53 AM EST
    one side wants to act loathsomely, while your side wants to loath them.

    I don't want to loath them (none / 0) (#19)
    by Militarytracy on Sun Mar 04, 2012 at 09:38:10 AM EST
    My survival dictates that I have two choices here, I buckle under and tell myself that as long as I'm Republican with a vagina I can hopefully avoid the slut label or stand up for all women being human beings deserving of dignity and respect.  Survival dictates I either loathe them at this point or become them.

    Maybe Rush would be (5.00 / 1) (#18)
    by Edger on Sun Mar 04, 2012 at 09:35:58 AM EST
    a good first use/test case of the Obama NDAA Disappearing Americans Provisions?

    Such a test might as a side benefit to getting rid of Rush generate broad spectrum support for progressive opposition to unitary executive psychosis, too? ;-)


    I am a little late to this one (1.00 / 5) (#2)
    by Slado on Sat Mar 03, 2012 at 05:48:55 PM EST
    So I went back and read what he said.

    I will only point out that in the same breath of calling her a "slut" he called himself a "pimp".   Was it a bit over the line to use the "slut" word? Yes.  Was it worth this firestorm?  No.

    For us on the libertarian side of the coin his point is sound.  It's not ok to have taxpayers pay for contraception.   it's not a right to have sex with no consequences.   it is a right to have sex and children if they result from said sex.

    Please go back and read some (5.00 / 2) (#3)
    by KeysDan on Sat Mar 03, 2012 at 05:53:45 PM EST

    Ha! (5.00 / 6) (#4)
    by Big Tent Democrat on Sat Mar 03, 2012 at 06:12:53 PM EST
    What a font of misinformation you are.

    Wow (5.00 / 4) (#7)
    by TeresaInSnow2 on Sat Mar 03, 2012 at 06:37:35 PM EST
    You have absolutely no idea what you're talking about....

    Just wow!


    Can you please post a video (5.00 / 3) (#14)
    by observed on Sat Mar 03, 2012 at 08:59:10 PM EST
    of yourself saying these idiotic things?
    We need the laugh (and as a reminder, you didn't mention EVERYTHING Rush said to Fluke).

    Most ridiculous comment ... (5.00 / 1) (#15)
    by Yman on Sat Mar 03, 2012 at 09:26:35 PM EST
    ... evah!

    what kind of libertarian is he? (none / 0) (#11)
    by TeresaInPa on Sat Mar 03, 2012 at 08:04:43 PM EST
    he is a new kind, called a Santorum Libertarian.

    He's the kind of LIbertarian who can (none / 0) (#12)
    by observed on Sat Mar 03, 2012 at 08:47:37 PM EST
    say he's embarrassed to vote for Bush, McCain, etc... even though his voting record is no different someone who calls himself a Republican.

    Santorum Libertarium (none / 0) (#13)
    by MKS on Sat Mar 03, 2012 at 08:54:05 PM EST
    New term....Awesome.

    As a resident... (none / 0) (#26)
    by kdog on Mon Mar 05, 2012 at 11:37:07 AM EST
    quasi-libertarian, yeah there is a lot of sh*t I'd prefer the government stay out of and not spend my money on, stuff I have serious moral objections to...but to draw the line at birth control pills as part of an insurance plan, which have medical uses other than to prevent pregnancy btw, and not at foreign military installations or the war on drugs or coporate welfare is just the stupidest thing I ever heard of Slado my friend.  

    It's a culture warrior posing as a libertarian manuever...I mean Rick Santorum is the one whining the most and he's the furthest thing from a libertarian.  A libertarian would require no prescription for contraception, and it would probably be as cheap as aspirin once the permission slip requirement was removed. Then  its a non-issue.    


    Buckley used to say that (none / 0) (#28)
    by jondee on Mon Mar 05, 2012 at 12:45:18 PM EST
    a conservative was someone who stood athwart history yelling "stop!" Libertarians these days are like people straddling reality itself yelling "get out of my gated community"..

    It's a real bitch that everthing is so interconnected that the repurcussions of having a lot of unloved, unwanted children, and a lot of overwhelmed and overwrought parents and families effect all of us in society. The Intelligent Designer/Job Creator obviously never read Atlas Shrugged.


    Shorter apology: (none / 0) (#1)
    by KeysDan on Sat Mar 03, 2012 at 05:39:41 PM EST
    I am sorry I defamed Sandra Fluke by calling her "inappropriate names".   Individualizing my crudity didn't play well in Peoria, so I will make amends by broadening my ignorant tirade to "entertain" all women not just Sandra.

    Just wondering (none / 0) (#9)
    by TeresaInSnow2 on Sat Mar 03, 2012 at 06:39:13 PM EST
    Can Rush be sued?  Are there grounds?  

    (I hope so).

    Or is this just about preserving his job...

    As I noted on a earlier thread, (none / 0) (#20)
    by KeysDan on Sun Mar 04, 2012 at 12:13:55 PM EST
    I, too, hope that Sandra  Fluke considers legal action. Of course, it would not be easy for her,  but Ms. Fluke seems to be a courageous woman.

    Rush called Ms. Fluke a slut and a prostitute and continued on a public, national, named, and personalized discussion of her sexual life for two days. In my view, It would seem that a good case for defamation and slander (or libel since delivered by radio), could be posited.  The public figure exemption should not apply, for knowledge of Ms. Fluke derives from her being a private citizen who merely appeared (or attempted to appear) at a legislative hearing.

    Indeed, Ms. Fluke's testimony included discussion of a friend who needed coverage for the pharmacological treatment of ovarian cysts.  Unless, Ms. Fluke is, in fact, and Rush can show that Ms. Fluke is as he characterized her as being, it would seem that the characterization is not just "inappropriate" but false and his intention was to bring harm and malice to her reputation.  And, to do so, in the service of discrediting her opinion and crediting his.  

    Rush would have to show, too, that he was just an "entertainer", not a political commentator. Also, he would need to discern between his satire and his commentary, if that is what he claims.  His deposition would also be interesting in establishing his informational base of the matter and the role his comments may have played for the political party he promotes.    At least, this is how I see it.


    Unfortunately, money rules (none / 0) (#22)
    by NYShooter on Sun Mar 04, 2012 at 01:07:40 PM EST
    in politics, and in the courthouse. Limbaugh's lawyers could maneuver, file motions, confuse, and even counter sue to the tune of millions of dollars. It would take a half dozen years, and several million dollars to engage Limbaugh.

    And that's only round #1.

    Then, the appeals, rinse, lather, and repeat.

    The courts? No way.

    Her only recourse: find a multi-million dollar backer, or take the fight to the only court that's realistically available to her.....the court of public opinion.


    Your right, of course. (none / 0) (#23)
    by KeysDan on Sun Mar 04, 2012 at 02:00:23 PM EST
    Litigation is not easy, and this very high profile case would be very difficult., indeed.   Ms. Fluke already is far ahead in the court of public opinion, with not only her resolve but her grace.  And, this give her a good head-start on any legal action she may consider.

    Money is not an issue for Rush, we well understand, but the legal process is not likely one he would relish, nor his sponsors.  One thing he can't afford is a weakening of his puppet master position  or an erosion of his bullying pulpit.  Politically, he has already ripped the carefully constructed  fig leaf of "religious liberty" away from the wingers to reveal their culture war's religious fanaticism.  My guess, is that Rush would settle quickly, and learn his lesson that he is safer in his misogynistic polemics on the behalf of religious and political zealots when directed at all women, not a particular woman.  His political puppets and religious zanies will also appreciate it.


    As with health care (none / 0) (#24)
    by NYShooter on Sun Mar 04, 2012 at 03:13:02 PM EST
    European countries are way ahead of us in leveling the playing field as far as victims (plaintiff's) rights go. Here, a plaintiff has to have the wear-with-all to finance his/her lawsuit up front. Unless it's a virtual slam dunk personal injury case lawyers rarely enter into contingency arrangements with plaintiffs. And then, even if they win the case, they're still out the legal fees. In Europe (not sure how many) the loser pays both sets of legal fees. Obviously, that's so much fairer. Then, this young lady could take on the behemoth, Limbaugh, and have a realistic shot at cleaning his clock.

    It (none / 0) (#21)
    by lentinel on Sun Mar 04, 2012 at 12:43:23 PM EST
    doesn't actually appear that Rush said that he was only an entertainer. But the fact is, that is what he actually is.

    The best advice is what Jeralyn has already suggested: that we ignore him. He is an entertainer, but he does not entertain me. So I don't find myself listening to him or interested in what he says.

    On the other hand, people who claim to be uninterested, or say that we should ignore him, somehow find a way to make him or one of his emissions a subject for discussion.

    Rush is not in power. He doesn't even, imo, even have any power to persuade anyone to do anything or to vote for anybody.

    But people we should be listening to, don't get the same kind of attention on liberal blogs.

    Go figure.

    Whats pathetic is that he does persuade (none / 0) (#27)
    by jondee on Mon Mar 05, 2012 at 12:15:03 PM EST
    people. Which is, however, no more pathetic than the fact that John Hagee and Tim LaHaye persuade people..

    Unfortunately, we have a lot of lost sheep in this country - who, unfortunately, also vote.


    Hard for me to imagine (none / 0) (#25)
    by BobTinKY on Mon Mar 05, 2012 at 07:56:46 AM EST
    a worse human being than Limbaugh.

    If that were my daughter he said that about, well, in a way it was.