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Fluke Flap

editorial cartoon about Sandra Fluke, Rush Limbaugh, and Bill Maher

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The Fluke Flap grows. Sandra didn’t testify before Congress. She testified before a souped up press conference arranged by some members of Congress. And it turns out Rush is far from the biggest pig in the land, though he does seem to be the only one with any wit.

Bill Maher’s idea of pushing the first amendment envelope is to use the “c” word on HBO. (Must stand for “c”ash, since he was able to give Obama’s super pac a million dollars.) Meanwhile The One mangles the first amendment by forcing the Catholic Church buy abortion pills. Give him credit for a sense of irony.

Kirsten Powers takes offense in the Daily Beast.

Dispatch From the Right Wing War Against Women

The Fluke Flap has not gone well for Rush Limbaugh.

It all began when Georgetown law student Sandra Fluke advocated, before a congressional committee, for the Obama free contraception mandate . On his show last week, Rush riffed that Fluke wants us to pay for her sex, and when you are paid for sex that makes you a prostitute. His comments over the next 3 days were even less gentlemanly. This being a “war against women”, the enemy counterattacked with full frontal vengeance.

By Saturday one of Rush’s few remaining advertisers was his own iced tea company. He apologized.

The real question is whether Georgetown University should be forced by the federal government to violate its religious principles. Then again, when an institution willingly covers up its religious principles, maybe not.

Click for NBC Washington story about Georgetown University covering Jesus symbol for 2009 Obama speech.

James Taranto thinks Fluke is the Cindy Sheehan of The Pill.

Fighting Words

Sheriff Clarence Dupnik has used the Tucson tragedy as a platform to attack his political enemies. Paul Krugman did the same even before Dupnik’s yellow crime scene tape was up. Los Angeles Times columnist, Andrew Malcolm, takes a dim view of Dupnik’s police work. Victor Davis Hanson wonders, in National Review, why people like Dupnik and Krugman focus on Sara Palin’s crosshairs on a map but not the president’s search for an ass to kick. And finally, here’s the Krugman view expressed in a more thoughtful way by Jacob Weisberg in Slate.

If some deranged person strangles an elephant, I’m in trouble.

This item from today’s NYT is by Yale history professor Joanne Freeman on congressional violence – by congressmen!- back in the good old days. I met Joanne at a conference in Boise last October. She spent 10 years digging up stuff for a book about duels, fist fights, and other interesting behavior in Congress.

History Lesson