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My Take: Rush Limbaugh's 'apology' fails test for public confession
The author argues that Rush Limbaugh didn't really apologize for maligning a Georgetown Law student.
March 6th, 2012
01:05 PM ET

My Take: Rush Limbaugh's 'apology' fails test for public confession

Editor's Note: Stephen Prothero, a Boston University religion scholar and author of "God is Not One: The Eight Rival Religions that Run the World," is a regular CNN Belief Blog contributor.

By Stephen Prothero, Special to CNN

Dear Rush, which part of “I’m sorry” don’t you understand?

The ritual of public confession is so formulaic in American culture that it’s hard to imagine that someone as media savvy as Rush Limbaugh doesn’t know how to do it. But his so-called apology for calling Georgetown Law student Sandra Fluke a “slut” and a “prostitute” shows he doesn’t know the first thing about this rite, so here is how it goes.

First, admit that you have done wrong. Say this straight. Do not hedge. Do not confuse things by saying that others have wronged you. Do not say that others have committed similar sins.

Here the Book of Common Prayer of the Episcopal Church is a good model:

Most merciful God,

We confess that we have sinned against you

in thought, word, and deed,

by what we have done,

and by what we have left undone.

Second, show that you are truly sorry. Saying “I’m sorry” (which Limbaugh did not do) is a good start, but it isn’t enough. You have to make yourself believable. Here tears are not necessary, but they help. Others need to believe that you are confessing for the sake of your soul, and not merely for the sake of your career. Hint: the best way to make that happen is to actually be sorry.

Third, humble yourself. Admit that you are a human being like the rest of us. This can be difficult for people with a high opinion of themselves. So what. Suck it up.

Fourth, repent, turn around, promise that you will go and sin no more.

Look familiar? It should, if you’ve ever gone to Catholic Mass or observed Yom Kippur. But Limbaugh flubbed it big time.

First, he didn’t really apologize for turning a public policy question into a vicious personal attack. In fact, he said, “I did not mean a personal attack on Ms. Fluke.”

Second, he tried to justify his unjustifiable behavior by claiming that he was trying to be “absurd” and “humorous.” He wasn’t trying to libel or slander Fluke, or to shut her up or humiliate her. He was just trying to have a little fun.

Third, Limbaugh stopped apologizing almost as soon as his apology had begun. Instead of detailing his many and manifold sins, he launched into a reprise of his argument against birth control coverage in U.S. health plans, and criticized President Obama along the way for coming to Fluke’s defense. In other words, he changed the subject, so the bulk of his ”apology” wasn’t an apology at all.

Finally, when he got to something approaching apologizing, Limbaugh did not apologize for what he really did. He did not apologize for launching a multi-day ad hominem attack against a private citizen. He did not apologize for dragging the American public through the muck and mire of his misogynistic fantasies. He did not apologize for inspiring a series of copycats in the right wing blogosphere.

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Instead he apologized for “insulting word choices.” In other words, he apologized for using the word “slut” instead of some less insulting synonym.

Given this abysmal performance, we should not be surprised that Fluke did not find his remarks particularly apologetic, or that she and many others believe he issued it not out of genuine remorse but in an effort to stanch the hemmoraging of advertisers from his show. “I don’t think that a statement like this issued, saying that his choice of words was not the best, changes anything, and especially when that statement is issued when he’s under significant pressure from sponsors who have begun to pull their support,” said Fluke, a Georgetown Law student.

Neither should we find it surprising that advertisers, including AOL, are fleeing the show en masse, and that some radio stations are now refusing to air it.

Limbaugh could have stanched the bleeding by practicing what historian Susan Wise Bauer has described as “the art of the public grovel.” Instead he gave us the art of the public equivocation.

Why? So why couldn’t he say, "I'm sorry"?

In a word: ego.

Republicans and Democrats will doubtless disagree about vices and virtues of the man who would be a GOP kingmaker. But there is no doubting that Limbaugh admires himself. And he is not about to sacrifice that form of worship at the altar of Sandra Fluke or anyone else.

That is why he is now blaming not himself but the companies who have stopped advertising on his show for their decision to separate themselves from his hate speech. “They’ve decided they don’t want you or your business any more,” he told his radio audience on Monday.

This in my view is a foolish course. Americans are a forgiving people. Many of the public figures profiled in Bauer’s “The Art of the Public Grovel” have come back into the public eye, not least President Bill Clinton. But the American public will not forgive you unless and until you confess and repent. And so far at least Limbaugh has refused to do either.

At this point, what is dragging Limbaugh down is not so much his incendiary attack on Fluke but his refusal to admit that, like the rest of us, he is a sinner, too. Until he does that, he will continue to float around in a celebrity limbo of his own making, praised by his true believers but damned - and rightly so - by most of the rest of us.

The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of Stephen Prothero.

- CNN Belief Blog contributor

Filed under: Celebrity • Church and state • Culture wars • Politics • Sex • Sexuality • United States

soundoff (1,250 Responses)
  1. Reality

    Going to the nitty gritty of birth/STD control and way beyond the likes of Limbaugh and Prothero:

    The Brutal Effects of Stupidity: ->>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

    : The failures of the widely used birth "control" methods i.e. the Pill ( 8.7% failure rate) and male con-dom (17.4% failure rate) have led to the large rate of abortions and S-TDs in the USA. Men and women must either recognize their responsibilities by using the Pill or co-ndoms properly and/or use safer methods in order to reduce the epidemics of abortion and S-TDs.- Failure rate statistics provided by the Gut-tmacher Inst-itute. Guttmacher has listed these safer methods in their on-line reviews. Doubling up i.e. Pill plus condom or mutual masturbation are not listed but should be.

    Added information before making your next move:

    from the CDC-2006

    "Se-xually transmitted diseases (STDs) remain a major public health challenge in the United States. While substantial progress has been made in preventing, diagnosing, and treating certain S-TDs in recent years, CDC estimates that approximately 19 million new infections occur each year, almost half of them among young people ages 15 to 24.1 In addition to the physical and psy-ch-ological consequences of S-TDs, these diseases also exact a tremendous economic toll. Direct medical costs as-sociated with STDs in the United States are estimated at up to $14.7 billion annually in 2006 dollars."

    And from:

    Consumer Reports, January, 2012

    "Yes, or-al se-x is se-x, and it can boost cancer risk-

    Here's a crucial message for teens (and all se-xually active "post-teeners": Or-al se-x carries many of the same risks as va-ginal se-x, including human papilloma virus, or HPV. And HPV may now be overtaking tobacco as the leading cause of or-al cancers in America in people under age 50.

    "Adolescents don’t think or-al se-x is something to worry about," said Bonnie Halpern-Felsher professor of pediatrics at the University of California, San Francisco. "They view it as a way to have intimacy without having 's-ex.'" (It should be called the Bill Clinton Syndrome !!)

    Obviously, political leaders in both parties, Planned Parenthood, parents, the "stupid part of the USA" and the educational system have failed miserably on many fronts. ...

    Note: Some words are hyphenated to defeat an obvious word filter

    March 7, 2012 at 7:47 am |
  2. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things .

    March 7, 2012 at 7:05 am |
    • Jesus

      The statistical studies from the nineteenth century and the three CCU studies on prayer are quite consistent with the fact that humanity is wasting a huge amount of time on a procedure that simply doesn’t work. Nonetheless, faith in prayer is so pervasive and deeply rooted, you can be sure believers will continue to devise future studies in a desperate effort to confirm their beliefs!~

      March 7, 2012 at 8:22 am |
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      March 7, 2012 at 8:33 am |
  3. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things .

    March 7, 2012 at 7:04 am |
    • Jesus

      ~The statistical studies from the nineteenth century and the three CCU studies on prayer are quite consistent with the fact that humanity is wasting a huge amount of time on a procedure that simply doesn’t work. Nonetheless, faith in prayer is so pervasive and deeply rooted, you can be sure believers will continue to devise future studies in a desperate effort to confirm their beliefs!~

      March 7, 2012 at 8:22 am |
  4. errr

    I wonder if Bill Clinton has called her for a date yet?

    March 7, 2012 at 5:12 am |
  5. Ken Oberman

    The hooker that rush attacked is nothing more than the liberal version of joe the plumber. Look her up. She isn't who she says she is.

    March 7, 2012 at 3:26 am |
    • Stuck in the Middle

      Thanks for demonstrating for us that one can get by without credibility or respect.

      March 7, 2012 at 6:48 am |
    • Ken Oberman

      It's the American way!

      March 7, 2012 at 8:31 am |
  6. Julee Meltzer

    Stephen- Nicely written article, I think you explained it perfectly. The guy did NOT apologize and that is angering people even more.

    March 7, 2012 at 3:05 am |
    • Ken Oberman

      Why should he apologize? He isn't allowed to exercise freedom of speech?

      March 7, 2012 at 4:11 am |
    • Stuck in the Middle

      Because Ken, That's what grown ups do when they've wronged someone. If you can't see that then perhaps you're no better than he is.

      March 7, 2012 at 6:52 am |
    • Ken Oberman

      Who did he wrong? Look up the slut's history. Like I said, you idiot, she isn't who she says she is.

      March 7, 2012 at 8:31 am |
  7. p41

    Rusty-Limpd!ck should go away now. No one likes you Limpweinee. Hope he gets this in time before the next airing of his stinch-of-a-show. The saddest part is the millions of racist Limpd!ck followers who tune in to that septic tank. Oh well, I guess the world needs tireplugs...oh, I mean rush-fans.

    March 7, 2012 at 12:53 am |
  8. anonymous@tom,tom, the Piper's son

    K. P. part of me intended for your other posts

    March 7, 2012 at 12:04 am |
  9. Tom Tom Piper's Son.

    I'm calling now my surgeon to have my butthole transferred on my forehead.

    March 6, 2012 at 11:37 pm |
    • Stuck in the Middle

      Tom, you and Rush seem to have a lot in common. When either of you realize you can't logically counter an argument you resort to grade school personal attacks. Fortunately most of us see your rantings as the desperate attempts to preserve your ego that they are. Rude doesn't make you right or smart, it just makes you rude. So run along now and find a valid argument, the adults would like to talk.

      March 7, 2012 at 7:01 am |
  10. Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

    I do keep wondering, though: what "question" did you ever ask, Irrational? I never noticed a single one. Why don't you re-post it so all can see it?

    Honey.

    March 6, 2012 at 10:49 pm |
    • Nah

      tom: "I do keep wondering, though: what "question" did you ever ask, Irrational? I never noticed a single one. Why don't you re-post it so all can see it?"

      Aww, you're asking pitiful condescending questions again because you want to ignore what a person has said? Because you can't meet the merits of their arguments?

      How sad 🙁

      March 6, 2012 at 11:03 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      So you can't manage to state the question?

      Thanks for playing.

      March 6, 2012 at 11:22 pm |
  11. Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

    I wonder if Irrational Libertarian can still get "it" up without some help from Cialis or Viagra.

    I'll bet his health care plan covers his *ahem* erections (if they can be called "erect").

    Not that it matters, much. He's still disappointing in bed, no doubt.

    March 6, 2012 at 10:45 pm |
    • Tom Tom Piper's Son.

      I haven't been laid for a couple of decade or more. I should've had my butthole transferred on my forehead.

      March 6, 2012 at 11:33 pm |
    • Really?

      @Tom imposter

      Atleast make yourself believeable by putting the comments in your name.

      March 7, 2012 at 2:42 am |
    • Really?

      Sorry, I meant to say commas. It's late and I've been half asleep all day.

      March 7, 2012 at 2:43 am |
  12. Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son's Mother

    Please excuse my son. I smoked crack, shot heroin, dropped acid, drank alcohol, went bungie jumping and went horse back riding during my pregnancy, so this may explain his behaviour.

    March 6, 2012 at 10:36 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Oh, you're a hoot. Don't quit your job servicing pimps.

      March 6, 2012 at 10:38 pm |
    • Tom Piper'Sr..

      Oh honey, I told you those will never work. You should have listen to me and had MMA match with Bruce Lesnar and made contraceptive pills as food suppliments.

      This world would have been a better place to live, if, without our pr.ickin son Tom Tom.

      March 6, 2012 at 11:55 pm |
    • anonymous

      ~ an eye for an eye will make us all blind ~ Ghandi

      March 7, 2012 at 12:08 am |
  13. Ummmmm

    What really cracks me up is watching these idiots whiiiiiine about the cost of contraception as if it were made of gold.

    Jesus Christ, you idiots. If you don't wanna pay for that, then you should be bound by law to get snipped or wear a rubber.

    Take your pick!

    March 6, 2012 at 10:19 pm |
    • Rational Libertarian

      Agreed.

      March 6, 2012 at 10:22 pm |
    • Ummmmm

      I vote YOU get cut, you witless dolt.

      March 6, 2012 at 10:27 pm |
  14. Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

    I'll bet azzholes like Irrational don't even have jobs that they've held for more than a decade.

    Prove me wrong, Liberdolt.

    March 6, 2012 at 10:16 pm |
  15. Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

    One can only laugh at idiots like Irrational Libtard, who think that insurance coverage is "free". It's pretty obvious such neophytes have never worked in all their short little lives, or they'd know that coverage of medications isn't "FREE" by a a long shot. I would be their mommies and daddums have been paying for their meds all along and they wouldn't know what a heath-care plan entailed if it bit them on their fat little azzes.

    Here's a little wake-up call, Princess:

    We PAY for our health care already. We PAY premiums through our employers for coverage of meds.

    Grow up, you little warts, and figure out what that means before you start vomiting your nonsense here.

    March 6, 2012 at 10:11 pm |
    • Rational Libertarian

      This is the last time I'll respond to you, as you are clearly the cretinous spawn of a douchy liberal and a retard.

      There is a difference between contraceptive pills and medication. Generally, medication is a necessity, whereas this is rarely the case for the contraceptive pill. If someone does NEED the contraceptive pill, it should be covered under their insurance premium. However, it should not be covered when someone WANTS contraception.

      I hope that someday you will learn to engage in rational discourse without the need to insult and belittle. You have even dragged me down to your level. I rarely insult others, but I had to make a special exception for you. Please, try to grow up.

      March 6, 2012 at 10:21 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Feck off, you brainless boob.

      March 6, 2012 at 10:28 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Feck off, you brainless bo ob. Lemmee know when you forgo fuckin your whi r e of a girlfriend because she might beget your ba stard because you won't wear a rub ber, you azz wipe.

      March 6, 2012 at 10:32 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Why SHOULDN'T insurance pay for contraception, Irrational? Because you don't want to pay for someone else's birth control? So what? I don't want to pay for your Viagra or Cialis, either, and they're no more necessary to your health than are acne medications or antidepressants. Guess what, Einstein? That's the price you pay for living in a society. Don't like it? Go blow. Live in Ecuador or China.

      This is the US. Our way of life has quality and value. If you don't want to help bear the cost, then take your petrified little scrotum and beat it out of here. Live elsewhere. Nobody will miss you, guaranteed.

      March 6, 2012 at 10:57 pm |
    • Nah

      rational: "There is a difference between contraceptive pills and medication. Generally, medication is a necessity, whereas this is rarely the case for the contraceptive pill. If someone does NEED the contraceptive pill, it should be covered under their insurance premium. However, it should not be covered when someone WANTS contraception."

      Lol. Tom, Tom is at it again.

      Don't worry about him. The words "troll" and "dogmatic liberal" fit him well.

      Too bad he's so poor at trolling.

      It's nice to see someone is still pretending to be him and posting gibberish. Not that you can really tell the difference between him and the impostor.

      March 6, 2012 at 10:58 pm |
    • Nah

      tom: "I don't want to pay for your Viagra or Cialis, either, and they're no more necessary to your health than are acne medications or antidepressants. Guess what, Einstein? That's the price you pay for living in a society."

      Then cancel your insurance. Or protest against insurance coverage of Viagra. But, of course, you can only protest if the government mandates that insurance cover Viagra.

      "This is the US. Our way of life has quality and value. If you don't want to help bear the cost, then take your petrified little scrotum and beat it out of here. Live elsewhere. Nobody will miss you, guaranteed."

      Oh. Right. The U.S.'s way of life is about quality and value. Which means, of course, that everyone should have to pay for the things you value, and only support the qualitative "goods" you value. Right?

      March 6, 2012 at 11:01 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Keep pretending, dear.

      I'll keep you informed as to what I hear from CNN.

      March 6, 2012 at 11:06 pm |
    • queenbee10

      Rational libertarian: Is viagra and cialis a "necessity" their only purpose is to let a man boink again and get someone pregnant–they don't need a stiff one to pee, so is it a necessity or something men "want" because it sure as heck is covered by insurance...

      March 6, 2012 at 11:08 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      You got it, queen bee. Too bad the boneheads like child-abuser Nah and his pal Irrtional are brain-dead.

      It's sad their d!cks don't work any better than their brains.

      March 6, 2012 at 11:29 pm |
    • Nah

      queen: "Rational libertarian: Is viagra and cialis a "necessity" their only purpose is to let a man boink again and get someone pregnant–they don't need a stiff one to pee, so is it a necessity or something men "want" because it sure as heck is covered by insurance..."

      You're right, they're not necessities. But the question here is about the government mandating that insurance companies cover some medication. The question isn't about an insurance company willingly covering some elective medication over another.

      March 6, 2012 at 11:39 pm |
    • Nah

      tom: "It's sad their d!cks don't work any better than their brains."

      It's sad that this is the extent of your analytical abilities. Feeble ad hominems with a distinct lack of substance.

      tsk tsk.

      March 6, 2012 at 11:40 pm |
  16. Tom Piper'Sr.

    My son Tom Tom had his straitjacket unstrapped! Call 911, FBI, CIA, NASA, NATO and Dr. Phil. It's the end of the world!

    March 6, 2012 at 10:06 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Oh go such your own disk. Nobody else will, loser.

      March 6, 2012 at 10:12 pm |
    • Ummmmm

      Troll, you aren't even close to entertaining.

      March 6, 2012 at 10:17 pm |
    • Tom Piper'Sr.

      Yeah! I lost 20 bucks for that staraitjacket you ran with when you broke from the asylum. Give it back to me son, so that I could have my refund.

      March 6, 2012 at 11:24 pm |
  17. Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

    "Rational Liberartian"! What an oxymoron, with an emphasis on MORON.

    March 6, 2012 at 10:03 pm |
  18. Ran

    http://youtu.be/7v6-cnSRE54

    March 6, 2012 at 9:44 pm |
    • The Return of the Revenge of the Wild Sorority Girls of Planet Playtex

      Hey stupid! Atheists don't put the word "Reverend" in front of their name like this guy does. Just more phony "I used to be an atheist but Jesus saved me" bullshit.

      Why do you Christians lie so much anyway?

      March 6, 2012 at 11:36 pm |
  19. Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

    Yeah, how about that? All it took to get rid of Nah was to tell the truth about his treatment of his children.

    Good omen, that.

    One less belligerent Republican here to bray his asinine nonsense.

    March 6, 2012 at 9:35 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Oh,Nah? Nah? Where are you, dear? Aren't you going to come and defend your buddies?

      Yeah, I thought you'd run like a little girl.

      March 6, 2012 at 9:44 pm |
    • Nah

      tom: "Oh,Nah? Nah? Where are you, dear? Aren't you going to come and defend your buddies?"

      Lol. You're still responding to me hours after I've gone.

      Hilarious.

      March 6, 2012 at 10:59 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Maybe that's because you have been busy abusing your kids.

      March 6, 2012 at 11:04 pm |
    • Nah

      tom: "Maybe that's because you have been busy abusing your kids."

      Lol, at least you're consistent with your inane responses.

      March 6, 2012 at 11:41 pm |
  20. Rational Libertarian

    Once you get past all the horrible name calling, Rush made one good point: Why should Sandra Fluke (or indeed anyone) expect free contraception from any health organisation, be they public or private, religious or secular?

    March 6, 2012 at 9:28 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Because it ISN'T FREE, dumbazz. Nor is it contraception! God, please give this idiot the brains to read and comprehend the facts!

      March 6, 2012 at 9:30 pm |
    • HawaiiGuest

      @Rational Libertarian

      A single use of a medication does not define it. Do some research there are a lot of things those pills are used for besides contraception.

      March 6, 2012 at 9:38 pm |
    • Rational Libertarian

      First of all Tom, you are a c unt.

      Secondly, she argued that all private insurance plans should cover contraception, which sounds pretty much like she wants free contraception. Take your stupid liberal head out of your a ss.

      March 6, 2012 at 9:40 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Idiot, it's no more "free" than is your diabetes, heart, or psychiatric medication. She, and I, are paying premiums for our prescriptions, you cretin.

      What the hell is wrong with you, that you are so brain-dead?

      March 6, 2012 at 9:43 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Oh, and you can save the cunt business. I'm not impressed by your di ck-waving, you little boob.

      March 6, 2012 at 9:46 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Where's your brave compadre, Nah, honey? Do you think, as he does, that people should PAY for their "sins"?

      Get a clue bub. You aren't in charge any more. Your sort aren't the majority any longer. Go suck on that for a while, you little cauliflower-dick.

      March 6, 2012 at 9:48 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      "Rational" my azz. You're a fuckin moron who thinks because he owns a pe nis, he's "special".

      The one you've got wouldn't make you special in the special Olympics, you limp d ick.

      March 6, 2012 at 9:50 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Go ahead, Irrational. Are you going to defend a child abuser like your pal?

      See if you can find a rationale for that, why don't you?

      March 6, 2012 at 9:52 pm |
    • Rational Libertarian

      If you are diabetic or have a heart condition, any medication you need is a necessity, so they should be covered by your health insurance. I realise the contraceptive pill can be used to treat certain illnesses and condition, Fluke mentioned a friend with polycystic ovary syndrome, but Fluke seems to think she should get the pill for free for purely contraceptive use.

      Also, I only called you a c unt because you insulted me in your first post, rather than trying to engage me in rational discourse.

      March 6, 2012 at 9:55 pm |
    • Rational Libertarian

      When have libertarians ever been in the majority? There has either been a bunch of conservative rednecks in charge who want to control everything you want to do, or there has been a bunch of douchy liberals in charge who want to control everything you want to do.

      March 6, 2012 at 9:59 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Your excuses and lame reasoning are insulting. Get a clue, you worthless piece of dreck, i don't give a sh!t about your opinions.

      March 6, 2012 at 10:00 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      If you are such a delicate little flower, you ballet-dancer, then stay off these boards. Poor little weakling.

      March 6, 2012 at 10:01 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Go cry to your mommy.

      March 6, 2012 at 10:04 pm |
    • Rational Libertarian

      So, when I ask a question which you clearly can not answer, you resort to childish name-calling. I was right the first time, you really are a c unt.

      March 6, 2012 at 10:09 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      WHen you manage to ASK a question that IS a rational, sensible question, you moronic, dickies azz, do alert the media. It'll be a sensation. You've never done it yet.

      March 6, 2012 at 10:14 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Yeah, that's what I thought. You don't have a comeback, you limp lizard.

      Fuck you and the impotent horse you rode in on.

      March 6, 2012 at 10:21 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      :Oh, and you? Your'e cunt-lapping whore

      March 6, 2012 at 10:23 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      It's just precious to read how you were "dragged down" to some level you think is beneath you, you brainless f@ cktard. You couldn't be dragged to any level lower than the one you inhabit, you sh 1twit.

      You're a loser and a waste of oxygen.

      Your progeny are doomed. They haven't got a chance; their very DNA is damaged.

      March 6, 2012 at 10:35 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      My money is on Obama to win a second term, get universal health care passed, and frustrate the f3cking sh2t out of these losers.

      Can't wait for the inauguration.

      March 6, 2012 at 10:42 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      I wonder, would your mama like to see you calling women "cu<nts"? I'll bet she'd be just SO proud of you.

      March 6, 2012 at 10:47 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Here's the bottom line, Irrational: Why SHOUDN'T they? If the majority approve, why shouldn't contraception be covered under insurance coverage that employees pay premiums for?

      Got an argument?

      MAke it.

      March 6, 2012 at 11:00 pm |
    • Nah

      tom: "WHen you manage to ASK a question that IS a rational, sensible question, you moronic, dickies azz, do alert the media. It'll be a sensation. You've never done it yet."

      If his questions, positions and arguments are so irrational, insensible and moronic, then it should be easy to defeat them, shouldn't it?

      So why do your "rebuttals" always consist of irrelevant conclusory statements that merely assert "that" a person is wrong without ever actually proving it?

      Pretty dumb of you, eh?

      March 6, 2012 at 11:06 pm |
    • Nah

      tom: "It's just precious to read how you were "dragged down" to some level you think is beneath you, you brainless f@ cktard. You couldn't be dragged to any level lower than the one you inhabit, you sh 1twit. ... You're a loser and a waste of oxygen."

      Lol. You're so angry. It's kind of cute.

      March 6, 2012 at 11:07 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Does your wife ever let you fuck her anymore, loser?

      I'll bet not.

      March 6, 2012 at 11:24 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Can't say I blame her.

      March 6, 2012 at 11:25 pm |
    • rtbrno65

      Tom, I read some pretty sharp and thoughtful comments from you earlier, now you sound like an infantile raving loon. Did you smoke some dusters or something?

      March 7, 2012 at 2:37 am |
    • Ken Oberman

      Tom said I need anger management. Go figure. I feel like I just read a screenplay for an elementary school playground fight.

      March 7, 2012 at 4:01 am |
    • Primewonk

      If you choose to be ignorant about this situation, and if you choose to not even read Fluke's testimony, why would you come on here and demonstrate that ignorance?

      First of all, at no point in her testimony did Fluke discuss her s.ex life or the se.x life of anyone else. Why do people still post these lies?

      Secondly. Flike did not say she wanted the government to pay for her BCP. She did not say that she wanted BCP to be free. Graduate stidents at GU are required to purchase a student health insuance policy. She pays $1900 a year for that policy.

      She, and others, have offered to purchase the insurance plan that GU offers to their employees. That plan DOES cover contraceptives.

      If you want to continue to post lies about Fluke, perhaps at the beginning of each post you could post a disclaimer that you have chosen to ignore what she actully said, and instead prefer to simply re-spew the lies told by Limbaugh?

      March 7, 2012 at 8:50 am |
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