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Rush Limbaugh apologizes to Sandra Fluke

I apologize if you're offended by this apology.

Here's the text of Rush's apology:

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.

P.S., note to Sandra Fluke: Please keep your hands out of my wallet. I don't want to pay for your new entitlement with my tax dollars, either. Please find another source of income for your activities.

P.P.S., I think Rush should have apologized to Fluke right after Bill Maher apologized to Sarah Palin for calling her a c--t. Just sayin'...

10 comments to Rush Limbaugh apologizes to Sandra Fluke

  • Honey

    I am offended by this apology and I sent notes to Rush and to the president of Sleep Number beds and I urge you to send your own versions of this to both - we are all Breitbart, now:

    I want all of you to please send Rush and Carlsen letters. Rush@eibnet.com and dalecarlsen@sleeptrain.com.

    Subject: I am incensed - at YOU!
    To: dalecarlsen@sleeptrain.com
    Date: Sunday, March 4, 2012, 8:13 AM

    Mr. Carlsen:

    Please tell me how many times Sleep Number Beds canceled advertisements on shows when a liberal commentator called Sarah Palin a cunt or other beautiful things or called her children filthy things as well. I wonder how many times you canceled ads on shows when the Tea Party was said to be full of racists and bigots. How many times was Cheney called Satan or Bush called ugly things? My list here could go on for paragraphs, but you get the idea.

    This selective indignation is disgusting.

    A woman goes to Georgetown University, a Catholic institution, by choice. She disgraces herself and mocks the religion and university she goes to by publicizing her sex needs. She demands that the government provide her with her birth control, which, by her own description, costs her a lot of money. Well, that means she is having a great deal of sex. TMI for one thing and not my business. What do we generally call someone who asks for others to pay for her sex? And she is the one who told the world about this.

    Please tell me where else your ire has shown up. I do believe this is the first time I have heard of your sensitivity.

    I hope Sleep Number Beds loses sales because of your selective indignation. Rush has apologized for the word. I have never heard Maher, Matthews, Maddow, and the list is endless, ever apologize for the filth they spew incessantly.

    This gal is no victim. She is a studied political activist for left wing organizations and you played right into her hands. You are the ones who owe me an explanation.

    Sleep Train and the Betrayal of Rush Limbaugh
    my brain ^ | march 4th, 2012 | me

    Posted on Saturday, March 03, 2012 9:43:31 PM by gaijin

    Dale Carlsen was about 24 years old and had been merely selling mattresses, but finally Dale got frustrated and went into the biz for himself. He was coming up on having to make a payment on the loan for his new, tiny mattress company.

    He didn't have much money, and this loan was at over 20% interest, ok?

    Worse was that Dale had chosen the location of his first mattress store in gritty South Sacramento, near Sac State, alongside some train tracks, next to a flea market. He'd thought the flea market foot traffic would bring customers, but in fact flea market afficianados are not huge mattress spenders, right?

    And in fact that first Sleep Train location had lots of drug dealers and SLUTS nearby --I'm serious.

    So in fact young Dale was looking at a major business failure for his little struggling company. But next door to his little disheveled mattress dump was a pizza place, and that's where Dale, the CEO of the erstwhile tiny Sleep Train, Inc. would eat:

    A drummer had taken time off from touring with his band to sell radio ads for KFBK, a Sacramento radio station, simply cuz his buddy worked there. So this drummer had gotten this gig as an, "Account Exec" and he would eat at the pizza place next to Dale's tiny, dumpy mattress store:

    One day Dejected Dale is staring off into space over an oily pool in a piece of pepperoni, muttering about not being able to sell mattresses to sluts (a bit like that Georgetown feminazi from hell, except that these really were pro sluts). Meanwhile sitting next to him was Mr. Radio Account Exec, drumming his hands on the table, and he chirps back to Dale's, to cheer him up a bit, "Well there's a new guy at KFBK who just moved into town, and he needs a mattress..."

    Dale goes, "OK well send him by..."

    Maybe you have figured out that this guy who needed a mattress was Rush Limbaugh...?

    OK well, poor fat Rush (who by that time had been fired 7 times and was 42 or so) waddles into Dale's place to buy his mattress for his tiny and empty apartment in none other than Rio Linda (which was the only place poor Rush could afford to live in Sacramento, at the time).

    Rush bought a mattress, and being a natural salesman also convinced Dale to consider advertising on his show, on KFBK.

    And Dale did exactly that, he took out ads on the show of fat, poor Rush Limbaugh, the unknown whose career would shoot skyward like a P51, and completely transform AM radio from an empty backwater for kooks and weather afficianados into a hotbed of politics and a, "Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy".

    And Rush turned on the charm, and talked up Dale's mattresses so much that they drove from miles and miles around, saying, "I want the same mattress Rush sleeps on..."

    And so with that thunderclap of Rush-mediated publicity it turned out that Dale could make the payment on his +20% interest loan --he survived. And soon after he opened up a branch adjoining the parking lot of Rush's station, so intimate was the link between the growing success of each man.

    And now Dale Carlsen has over 250 stores, in Sleep Train, making 1/3 of a billion dollars yearly.

    But then something happened:

    Dale fired Rush, the saleman extraordinaire, who'd saved Dale decades before.

    Why?

    Because Rush insulted dishonest feminist who thinks the government should pay for contraceptives.

  • Honey, can you please post the link where you got this. It's excellent!

  • drillanwr

    George, Honey, et al:

    Maher To Limbaugh: I Can Call Palin C**t, ‘I Don’t Have Sponsors – I’m on HBO’

    http://tiny.cc/wnez0

    Protests to HBO should be in order...

    As to Mz. Fluke, she is not at all what she seems in the general MSM presentation ... you know, the persona Pelosi, the White House, and the left MSM want the public to believe:

    http://tiny.cc/zpejh

    And Prof. Jacobson chimes in: Something missing from Georgetown Law’s condemnation

    http://tiny.cc/mmsyd

    This was ALL a set up from the start ... Back a couple months to the ABC GOP debate where the candidates were pressed on contraceptives.

    1.) it set up fertile ground for a straw man debate on birth control, that is NOT threatened. As Rush and others have pointed out NOBODY in their right mind would ever consider outlawing them. But you have a Muslim appeasing self-centered Marxist worshiping atheist in the WH, and at least 3 of the GOPers have a very strong connection to their own Christian faiths/religions. The left/Obama/dems have to set them up as unreasonable radicals, and wait for it, as dangerous as the Islamist radicals.

    2. the HHS mandate for contraceptive coverage is so weak that this controversy HAD to be crafted in the media to make it look urgent ... a "crisis", if you will. For all the championing of Planned Parenthood by these very same entities, it proves PP is NOT the all encompassing "woman's health" organization they insist it is. Women can get various methods of birth control/contraception before and 'after' the fact from PP for graduated pricing (and even free). You cannot tell me these same Georgetown coeds don't have a way to the local PP for such help. Nope, PP, as reports have shown, makes massive amounts of money primarily on abortion. It IS their core/key purpose for their existence. And right now you have not only the GOP in the US Congress trying to defund PP, but on a state level there are several states that are doing just that. The administration is biting back:

    http://tiny.cc/057as

    So exactly WHY is the "contraception" mandate so important to the HHS, administration, ObamaCare?

    Sebelius: Decrease in Human Beings Will Cover Cost of Contraception Mandate

    http://tiny.cc/cvsqe

    Believe me (and this admin. has been 'transparent' because I have seen through them from the 2008 campaign) this will force all levels of abortion coverage on insurance coverage for ALL providing to their employees (including "late term/partial birth"). It doesn't say so now, but throughout the ObamaCare law the HHS Secretary has full power, charge, discretion to spend where/what she wants, and to mandate what she wants at the drop of a hat.

    Chairman of The House Ways and Means Committee Demand’s to Know Why Obama Wants an Extra $111 Billion

    http://chandlerswatch.com/?p=673

    If this survives, we WILL be using China's "One Child Rule" in the not too distant future. After the massive earthquake in China a couple years ago some families lost their only child. They had to appeal to the government for PERMISSION to have another child. Not all were given. You saw my post last week about the new prenatal testing for Down Syndrome, and the article showed how soon people will have the ability to choose to abort for gender reasons. THAT has been happening in China for decades, even after a baby was born a girl.

    Anyhow, I've gotten far down the track here, but this current "crisis" that was crafted by the WH is the basis for what is to come.

    BTW, the HHS Sec.'s statement about the cost effectiveness to healthcare through fewer babies WILL roll over to the gov.-run healthcare refusing care for those they deem too sick, not worth the money, and the aged. Yeah, Sarah Palin was right.

    Susan Fluke is being made into this generation of leftist butchers' Margaret Sanger.

    FINALLY, all this bullshit over the straw man is keeping attention off the things that are actually very dangerous for Americans right now ... the price of gas and goods, the economy, the nation's real enemies festering in the Middle East and the Muslim world, the continually failing public school machine in the country, and the out of control gov. spending with plans for massive taxing all while taking more and more of our individual rights away.

    But don't let's worry about that. No, some poor female bullshit activist got her feelings hurt by a man who, himself stressed, has absolutely NO power to do ANYTHING to her or to taxation, healthcare, etc.

    As with the contraceptive mandate, the attack on Limbaugh is another shot at the First Amendment...

    "We are well and truly fucked" if this country doesn't wake the hell up soon.

  • drillanwr

    Oh, and hey ... I found this juicy bit on my Face Book feed this a.m.:

    Scottish Judge Rules Catholic Midwives Have No Right to Conscientiously Object to Participation in Abortions

    http://www.nationalrighttolifenews.org/news/2012/03/scottish-judge-rules-catholic-midwives-have-no-right-to-conscientiously-object-to-participation-in-abortions/

    And look for Obama's DOJ to go after this:

    Pharmacies cannot be forced to sell 'Plan B' pill, federal judge rules

    http://www.catholic.org/politics/story.php?id=44892

  • [...] under pressure from radio sponsors, Rush Limbaugh has apologized to “coed” Sandra Fluke: For over 20 years, I have [...]

  • FreedomForCuba

    This is my take on this issue,

    Once and for all conservatives and the GOP need to grow some freaking balls and stand up to the liberal agenda and call it like it is; even if it ruffles some feathers and hurts some people's sensibilities (anyway the Sandra Flukes of this world are not innocent characters to begin with)

    We must stop apologizing about it, even Rush with all his bombastic persona dropped the ball on this one.

  • marc in calgary

    George, "Judge Roy Bean" ... perfect.

    and I think leaving "Breitbart is Here" on the sidebar is exactly what Andrew would have expected.

  • drillanwr

    Kirsten Powers @ The Daily Beast: Rush Limbaugh Isn’t the Only Media Misogynist

    http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2012/03/04/rush-limbaugh-s-apology-liberal-men-need-to-follow-suit.html

    Rush Limbaugh apologized on Saturday for calling a Georgetown Law student a slut for testifying about contraception and starting a firestorm of outrage. Kirsten Powers says the liberals who led the charge need to start holding their own side accountable.

    Did you know there is a war on women?

    Yes, it’s true. Chris Matthews, Keith Olbermann, Bill Maher, Matt Taibbi, and Ed Schultz have been waging it for years with their misogynist outbursts. There have been boycotts by people on the left who are outraged that these guys still have jobs. Oh, wait. Sorry, that never happened.

    Boycotts are reserved for people on the right like Rush Limbaugh, who finally apologized Saturday for calling a 30-year-old Georgetown Law student, Sandra Fluke, a “slut” after she testified before congress about contraception. Limbaugh’s apology was likely extracted to stop the departure of any more advertisers, who were rightly under pressure from liberal groups outraged by the comments.

    [...]

    But if Limbaugh’s actions demand a boycott—and they do—then what about the army of swine on the left?

    [...]

  • Honey

    George, other than what it says here, I don't know the origin. But I will try to find out.
    I did get a reply which completely ignored my letter to them. I will post it here next.

  • Honey

    On top is my response to theirs to me which is underneath:

    Date: Sunday, March 4, 2012, 10:51 PM

    And have you shown such concern for the hundreds of offensive comments against women from the other side?
    That was my point.
    She is a political operative and you fell right into her trap. She is offensive to me.

    --- On Sun, 3/4/12, ProFlowers Customer Care wrote:

    From: ProFlowers Customer Care
    Subject: RE: Other (#8896-283314956-9664)
    To: janetcantor37@yahoo.com
    Date: Sunday, March 4, 2012, 10:10 PM

    Dear Janet,

    Thank you for contacting ProFlowers. We appreciate your email and thank you for openly expressing your concerns regarding the current situation.

    At ProFlowers, our mission is to delight our customers with fresh and long lasting flowers, and that is our singular focus each and every day. We do not base our advertising decisions to align with any particular political view or opinion as our employees and customers are as diverse as the USA. Mr. Limbaugh?s recent comments went beyond political discourse to a personal attack and do not reflect our values as a company. As such, ProFlowers has suspended advertising on The Rush Limbaugh radio program.

    The point is George and everyone here, if we don't start becoming proactive like Breitbart, we are all going to lose everything. We have to organize a boycott of all of those who have stopped their advertising on Rush and write them angry letters. It can't just be me. They must be inundated. I am so angry that the smarmy left is getting away with their dishonesty and thuggery.