So Rush Limbaugh apologized, sort of. It was a pretty weak apology, obviously, and of course it starts out with an excuse, right up front, first sentence.
For over 20 years, I have illustrated the absurd with absurdity, three hours a day, five days a week.
This is the conservative version of personal responsibility, folks.
In the second sentence, Rush seems to imply that the real problem was that he forgot to bring his thesaurus to work that morning.
In this instance, I chose the wrong words in my analogy of the situation.
Right. Because Rush’s main point was correct, but he chose the wrong words?
By the third sentence, he gets down to lying.
I did not mean a personal attack on Ms. Fluke.
Of course he did.
Rush said that Ms. Fluke was asking Congress to pay her for having sex. He wondered aloud whether this made her a slut and/or a prostitute. He suggested that she must have boyfriends lined up around the block. He suggested to her that perhaps she should consider having not so much sex. He suggested that he’d be willing to pay for that sex if he could watch the video tapes. He said that her parents should be ashamed of her. This did not happen in one show, in a single segment where he momentarily lost his mind. It happened over a course of three days on three broadcasts.
Word choice was not the problem.
And make no mistake, Rush didn’t apologize because he thought about it and felt bad. He apologized because he lost about eight sponsors in four days.
The Virginia legislature passed that transvaginal ultrasound bill before revising it in the face of public outcry. But Virginia isn’t alone. Texas has had a similar law enacted three weeks ago. Similar laws have been passed and are being challenged in North Carolina and Oklahoma. Alabama, Kentucky, Rhode Island, and Mississippi are also considering transvaginal ultrasound legislation. Twenty states now require some sort of ultrasound before an abortion can be performed. Small government!
Since Republicans swept into power on promises of fixing the economy in 2010, they have enacted 92 laws in 24 states to restrict abortion.
This is your government in the hands of the GOP, America. Jobs, jobs, jobs!
In January, the Susan G. Komen Foundation decided that Planned Parenthood would no longer receive a grant to provide free breast cancer screenings because 3% of its services were for abortion. The ensuing scandal forced out (former GOP gubernatorial candidate) Karen Handel, but the damage to Komen’s reputation was done.