Not a Fluke

March 3, 2012

Because there’s two kinds of women.
There are two kinds of women and you, as we well know, are not the first kind.
You, my dear, are a slut.
— Victor Komarovsky to Lara Antipova, Doctor Zhivago

In a respite from worrying about the weather, we’ve encountered once again the soulless, nasty cruelty of today’s Republicans, as funnelled by fat-ass blowhard, Rush Limbaugh, who experienced (also once again) a vile diarrhea-like outpouring from his pie hole.

Although Rush claims his bullshit last week on Sandra Fluke was just “my blunt talk,” he doesn’t have enough integrity to even follow the truth of the matter, and he’s just being his normal self — a humongous asshole.

Remember: “Women were doing quite well in this country before feminism came along.” (Radio show, quoted in FRQ, Summer/93)

(Illustration found here).

And Rush continued yesterday: “So the woman comes forth with this frankly hilarious claim that she’s having so much sex — and her buddies with her– that she can’t afford it…And not one person says, did you ever think about maybe backing off the amount of sex that you have?”

Of course, Fluke wasn’t about sex, but health, especially ovarian cancer.
From a part of the testimony by Fluke before the US House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee:

“How can Congress consider the [Rep. Jeff] Fortenberry (R-Neb.), [Sen. Marco] Rubio (R-Fla.) and [Sen. Roy] Blunt (R-Mo.) legislation to allow even more employers and institutions to refuse contraception coverage and then respond that the non-profit clinics should step up to take care of the resulting medical crisis, particularly when so many legislators are attempting to de-fund those very same clinics?
“These denial of contraceptive coverage impact real people.
“In the worst cases, women who need these medications for other medical conditions suffer very dire consequences.
“A friend of mine, for example, has polycystic ovarian syndrome, and she has to take prescription birth control to stop cysts from growing on her ovaries.
Her prescription is technically covered by Georgetown’s insurance because it’s not intended to prevent pregnancy.
“Unfortunately, under many religious institutions and insurance plans, it wouldn’t be.
There would be no exception for other medical needs.
And under Sen. Blunt’s amendment, Sen. Rubio’s bill or Rep. Fortenberry’s bill there’s no requirement that such an exception be made for these medical needs.

“I learned about all of this when I walked out of a test and got a message from her that in the middle of the night in her final exam period she’d been in the emergency room.
She’d been there all night in just terrible, excruciating pain.
She wrote to me, ‘It was so painful I’d woke up thinking I’ve been shot.’
“Without her taking the birth control, a massive cyst the size of a tennis ball had grown on her ovary.
She had to have surgery to remove her entire ovary as a result.
“On the morning I was originally scheduled to give this testimony, she was sitting in a doctor’s office, trying to cope with the consequences of this medical catastrophe.

And, of course, the above mentioned ‘originally scheduled‘ was the farce-of-bullshit from GOP turd-face Rep. Darrell Issa’s  way-dumb-ass hearing a couple of weeks ago in which Fluke was denied a chance to testify.
Instead, the hearing had nothing but old, white assholes talking about women’s private parts — such a joke if not so freakin’ pissed-off stupid.
What kind of woman would vote Republican nowadays?

And what about the GOP’s front-running presidential candidates?
Mitt Romney — from a CNN Tweet: When CNN tried to get Romney to comment on Linbaugh he walked right by our camera. You’ll see the footage on @CNNSitRoom at 5p eastern
In typical Romney bullshit — from CBS:

“I’ll just say this, which is, it’s not the language I would have used,” Romney told reporters after an event in Cleveland.
Instead, he said, “I’m focusing on the issues that I think are significant in the country today, and that’s why I’m here talking about jobs and Ohio.”
Upon seeing the quote, David Axelrod, senior advisor to the Obama campaign, issued a sarcastic tweet:
“Wow. Profiles in Courage” as well as “What about the spirit of what Rush said? Was that OK?”

And what language would have Mitt used?
Spanish? German?
Or maybe the tree line was not at the right height to allow the correct words.

And total freak-toid Rick Santorum?
From CNN:

Well, he’s taking – you know, he’s being absurd.
But that’s, you know, an entertainer can be absurd.
And — and he’s taking the absurd, you know, the asurd — absurd, you know, sort of, you know, point of view here as to how — how far do you go?
And, look, I’m — he’s — he’s in a very different business than I am.

Well, like, you know, sort of, not.

Juan Cole in a post this morning nails tricky Ricky:

Limbaugh is not just an entertainer.
He is a major force in Republican politics and in shaping political discourse in the United States.
None of the Republican candidates wants to admit that they are joined at the hip with Limbaugh.
More important, Limbaugh’s defamation of Sandra Fluke is simply a logical extension of what Rick Santorum has said.
He wasn’t being “absurd.”
He was engaged in a reductio ad absurdum, taking an argument to its ultimate conclusion.
Santorum said that contraception is not all right because it allows people to do things sexually that they aren’t supposed to do.
(His discomfort with the very subject and awkward phrasing are in themselves very suspicious).
In other words, Santorum believes that freely-available contraception encourages people to engage in casual sex, which he believes the government should forestall by abrogating any right to privacy.
While there isn’t a typical pejorative for a man who sleeps around, there are lots of words for a woman who does.
One of them is “slut.”
So when Limbaugh called Sandra Fluke that, he was simply making explicit something that Santorum had already said.
Limbaugh isn’t “entertaining” when he lashes out at a private citizen like that.
He is putting into practice the principles Santorum had enunciated.
Limbaugh is just Lenin to Santorum’s Marx.
Indeed, we ought to speak of Limbaugh-Santorumism.
Santorum says he is in a very different business than Limbaugh.
He isn’t.
Both of them are in the business of Inquisition.

Santorumism doesn’t sound political, however, more like depicting a mental illness or a type of anal cancer.

What bad shape the political system in the good, old US of A.
One hopes that come November the vast unwashed mass of US peoples responds in the right way and throw them bums out — and make sure it ain’t no fluke of judgment.

Anyway, back to that freaked-out weather…

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