questionsdid rush limbaugh go too far when he called…

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Yes he did, but that is sadly his job.

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@raremonkey: Maybe we should find a way to put him in the unemployment line.

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Yes, he went to far calling her those names. But, Ms. Fluke also went too far by testifying in front of Congress over what is ultimately a minor compensation issue. If she isn't being compensated fairly, she should look for a new employer. If I think I deserve more money (or think I am entitled to more benefits from my employer), I wouldn't go testify in front of Congress, that is between me and my employer (or perhaps another employer).

I actually was just reading a news article about this. The article is about how much worse names Bill Maher has called Sarah Palin publicly. Yet, Maher apparently gets a pass. The point is, you can call republicans names if you donate large amounts of money to democrats, apparently.

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@benyust2: The question wasn't about Fluke, it was about Limbaugh. There is no justification for what Limbaugh did, and it saddens me that our nation has grown to tolerate such comments from the media. He should be out of a job.

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@benyust2: What names did Maher call Palin that are worse that whore and slut?

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He absolutely went too far. Calling a woman names based on her perceived or actual sexual activity is degrading and absolutely unacceptable. If you disagree with her, then disagree with her. But do so based on the argument.

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@tarasadies: Well, I answered that too and this woman's testimony was a huge factor in Rush's response.

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@benyust2: So do I take it you feel that anyone who testifies before Congress on any issue is fair game for the likes of any prominent figure who disagrees with the testimony?

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What enrages me more is that he also said "So Miss Fluke, and the rest of you Feminazis, here's the deal. If we are going to pay for your contraceptives, and thus pay for you to have sex. We want something for it. We want you to post the videos online so we can all watch." Am I the only one that sees that as sexual harassment? He's suggesting that in order to have contraceptives covered, women should have to video tape themselves and broadcast it on the internet? He is disgusting.

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This seems just like typical hyperbole for the sake of making a point. Like other commentators suggesting only pedophiles become Catholic priests, or that all Muslims are trying to blow up airplanes.

Mostly silliness in my opinion, but what do I know, I don't listen to any of that tripe anyway.

Don't want it to continue? Don't pay attention. Then ratings go down, advertisers stop ponying up, and it'll go away.

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@figgers3036: I have been trying to ignore him for years, and he still won't go away...

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@bnbsouthworth: It worked for Air America. Given enough time it could work here too.

Though the simple solution for you is to just turn it off. If you don't care what he has to say, then why are we talking about it here anyway..?

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If a democrat says something like this it is "freedom of speech, live with it". When a conservative says this it's time to protest. All this stupid woman had to do was go to planned parenthood and they would give her birth control. The only thing they like to do better is KILL A BABY.

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@benyust2: That article did not have what Palin was called. Can you provide another link?

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@figgers3036: Sorry but ignoring a problem doesn't make it go away. It just means the person who is ignoring it doesn't have to deal with it.

I doubt very much that if Limbaugh called one of your loved ones the same names he called Sandra Fluke you would not simply ignore him. I know, without a doubt if he attacked one of my family members with such vitriol I would be in jail right now for what I would do to him!

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I don't think what he said was right, however I do believe he said what he did precisely for the reaction we are seeing. He wanted to be heard and he got his wish.

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@jnissel: So, you are saying that if someone calls you, or someone you care about a name. Even if most people think the person calling you said name is a jerk, you would do physical harm to them?

Why not just shrug it off? A jerk is a jerk is a jerk. If that happened to me or towards my loved ones, I might say, "That dude is a [censored]." and then move on with my life.

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@jnissel: I'm called a fascist by liberals on tv, a woman hater by NARAL, and a hick that clings to my religion by the president.

I haven't started an angry thread on deals.woot.com about it though, nor called for curbing their freedom of speech.

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Who cares. If you are concerned with what Rush says you have bigger problems.

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@imshadow22: I mean EXACTLY what I said. I find it hard to believe if your daughter or wife were called a slut or whore you would just, as you said, shrug it off.

Btw...if you truly have a problem with how I would defend the honor of my loved ones maybe you had better report me because I wouldn't care if it were Limbaugh or some unknown, I would handle it the same way.

At least after the beating he would get Limbaugh would be able to start taking the Oxycotton again, assuming that the druggie ever stopped.

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@imshadow22: Thank you for the link.

While I despise Palin with a passion it was wrong for Maher to call her what he did.

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From what I heard of Limbaugh's rant, I hope that Miss Fluke sues the crap out of him for slander and defamation of character. If you have a problem with someone's views, how about trying a reasoned and logical argument to back up your own viewpoint. Raving like a lunatic just guarantees that I'm not even going to listen to anything you have to say. (I also have little regard for people who support lunatics who think people like Limbaugh and Beck are anything other than insane extremists.)

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@jnissel: You and I will never be able to see eye to eye. I detest violence. I would never want to beat someone up just because they called me a name.

Let's look it another way. Let's say I make fun of Mohammed, does that give people that believe in Islam the right to beat me up because I insulted them? What if it was Jesus and Christians? Should Palin or her friends and family beat Bill Maher for calling her much worst names? Where does it stop? Should everyone be beating everyone else that doesn't agree with them or insults them is some way?

I think it is wrong what was said. I am not arguing that. However, violence is not the answer to what someone says about your character.

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@kllangellier: Totally agreed. And I wonder if men wanting their Viagra covered would also get the same Limbaugh treatment?

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I wish people realized the specific words that come out of the mouths of Rush or any other political commentator mean nothing to them beyond the goal of generating ratings and reactions.

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@imshadow22: When it comes right down to it your character/reputation is all you really have. Unfortunately if something negative is said about someone enough times people will start to believe it, even if it's not true.

Believe it or not I too detest violence. But I also detest people who think that they can get away with saying anything they want about others. Sometimes violence is the only way to deal with these people.

While growing up I was taught that there is none more important than family and true friends. In fact I was told that family is number 1 and friends are number 1.5. I have lived believing that way my entire adult life. No one, and I mean no one, screws with my family or friends. I'm not saying that I get into fights defending them but I will do whatever it takes to protect them.

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It's Rush! That's why we listen to him!
It's called entertainment. His job is to sell advertising space for a premium price. By acting like this he is ensuring that even more people will listen to him tomorrow, making his advertisers pay more money.
Believing anything that Rush says is like going out to the desert with a metal detector, to make money on all the anvils the Coyote had missed the Roadrunner with all these years.
If he ever told the truth it was utterly by accident.

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@benyust2: Umm, no. This the camel's nose, the slippery slope.
What if a Board Director of Ford decides to be Muslim? Oh, it's a religious issue and he's a Republican, and now it's OK if we don't allow women to have any rights, benefits or even jobs. What if Chrysler decides that it's a "blood" thing, and surgeries are no longer even allowed for employees?
This is the second decade of the 21st Century, and this should be moot. Some of the things that made America great was the great standards, of public education, of health care, and middle class cost of living. The Republicans have been stridently removing all this for decades, and it needs to stop. This just another excuse for the Republicans to take away what you already paid for.
Give me back that quarter of my salary that goes to the benefit pool, and all my health plan benefits deductions back. Pay me back all the money that you took. If you won't give me what I paid for, it's fraud. Let me get my own plan.

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@benyust2: Sorry, but your link is useless. It's from a guy who claims Maher said things about Palin that are worse that what Limbaugh has said about Fluke, but the author doesn't bother telling us what he claims was said or even providing links or citations for his allegations.

In other words, his commentary is one long allegation without substance or support. It has as much credibility as any other internet rumor: zip.

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@kllangellier: Even more interesting is that he's soliciting her to provide him with pornography.

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@imshadow22: He's different from other jerks because he's got a radio show to perpetuate and validate the double standard of women being "whores" if they have sex. But I agree he does it for the ratings. It's just still annoying.

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He is a jerk.

When did birth control become such a huge issue in the Catholic Church?
The Church has always been against it, but nobody ever listened.
Heck, in the early 70's, in health class, we were taught every birth control method out at the time.
We learned more than the public schools were allowed to teach. My all girl Catholic school knew that if they didn't want us to have an abortion, they better teach us about birth control.
When did the Church become so unreasonable?

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@nickhawk: LOL I bet your one of those people who think life begins at erection. too funny dude

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she wants the taxpayers to provide her with $3,000 worth of condoms over 3 years. At $1 per condom guesstimate, that's 3 condoms per day mon-sat, and two on sunday.

If she needs 1,000 condoms a year, she's a slut. If it were a man, I'd feel the same way.

to compare viagra to birth control is ridiculous, viagra treats a medical condition so that a person can perform a basic act of a normal life. A woman does not need birth control to correct a medical inability to engage in a normal human activity, if she wants birth control, she already has that ability.

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@dontwantaname: It's not about the church being unreasonable, it's about the government mandating religious organizations provide something that is directly contradicted by their doctrine. It's about religious freedom. Birth control can be easily obtained by just about any American at reasonable cost. This entire argument has gone of course, it should simply be about not forcing religious groups to pay for something that goes against their teachings. It would be like forcing a muslim or jewish group to provide pork meals to their non-muslim/jewish employees, or forcing a hindu group to provide beef to their non-hindu employees.

I'm honestly shocked this has become the big deal it is, there are far more pressing matters that we should be paying attention to, you are all going exactly where the media wanted you to go. All while paying no attention to the potential beginning of WWIII in the middle east.

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This certainly isn't the first time Rush Limbaugh has said something outrageous and it almost definitely won't be the last. It concerns me when conservative commentators do this because I often agree with their viewpoints, just not the way they present it or spin things. it tends to make non-conservatives assume all conservatives are extreme. In truth, most people would agree with most conservative values if they were presented in a more rational way and people listened with an open mind.

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Can anyone help me with equivalent terms to describe a fat balding middle aged white guy who goes on a male only stag weekend to the Dominican Republic with a fraudulent prescription for Viagra ?
Thank God his health insurance didn't pay for that otherwise he'd be a hypocrite.

http://www.thesmokinggun.com/documents/crime/rush-limbaughs-dominican-stag-party

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either way, it looks like he's issued a formal apology, but I'm sure that won't be enough for the people who dislike him to begin with.

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@kamikazeken: are u a guy? It would explain why you wouldn't know that some birth control pills are used to stop the female's body from destroying her own ovaries. Some women have to start taking the pills as soon as puberty hits cause the body is sometimes confused and starts taking out body parts and the pills help calm down hormones so that most women can have a functional daily life.

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one of my cousins would literally be in bed all day for nearly a week balled up in the fetus position due to her period. It wasn't till she got on birth control that she was able calm down and survive the pain.

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Saying the initial statement was bad enough. drawing it out for several days after that really took it over the line.

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@kamikazeken: No it's not enough for me, especially since he does the same BS over and over again. He will continue to do his impersonation of Donald Duck with his penis caught in his zipper tirades and I will continue to dislike him with the same passion that I have in disliking the Nazi Party, and the KKK. In fact I wouldn't bet against Limbaugh being a card carrying member of either hate group, especially the KKK.

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He is nothing but a bully. It's too bad people don't rally to get rid of him or boycott his sponsors to make a point, but all that does is give him more attention and ratings.

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@amoraluv: Well, I'm a guy and I knew about it. Although the only reason I knew was because my late mother was on them for many years to help a similar problem.

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@jnissel: I'm glad you were in tune enough to care about the women in your life. We need more men out there who can understand what some of us go through to survive.