Armed Forces radio debates dropping Limbaugh amid mounting criticism: let’s get this done!

“No one in the Army listens to [him] anyway. AFN carries him for the retired white 65 to 90 crowd.” — American soldier, deployed to Afghanistan, who was not authorized to speak about Limbaugh.

Republican shock jock Rush Limbaugh covers his face as an ex-Marine calls him a "Nazi" during a radio segment in 2009. Screenshot via YouTube.
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Unfortunately, the white 65 – 90 crowd also includes Pentagon officials and top military brass, most of whom would like to ‘shape the young minds‘ they lead, to fit with their conservative military-political aspirations.

I’ve said this several times before, but it bears repeating: AFN and Armed Forces radio is funded with tax payer dollars — yours and mine. On the serious side of that fact: it’s simply unacceptable for more than half the taxpayers in America (if not more) that part of the taxes we pay to the federal government are going into Rush Limbaugh’s bank account! Period. On the less serious side of it: that means we’re actually subsidizing Limbaugh’s Viagra co-pay. In other words, the taxpayers are paying him to have sex! See how that circled around and actually works?

Amid mounting criticism, Armed Forces radio debates dropping Limbaugh

Will the Pentagon pull Rush Limbaugh’s radio show from the armed forces radio network?

Broadcast to troops in bases throughout the world and aboard US Navy ships, the network’s self-described mission is to provide “a touch of home” for service members overseas.

Yet as the furor over Mr. Limbaugh’s description of a Georgetown University student as a “slut” reaches troops overseas, US military veterans as well as soldiers serving in Afghanistan are asking the Pentagon to drop Limbaugh’s radio program from its lineup.

An organization of some 100,000 US military veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, VoteVets.org, is also circulating a petition calling for the removal of Limbaugh’s show from the US military’s network, and signatures on it are growing everyday, says Maj. Jon Soltz, the chairman of VoteVets.org.

There are currently more than 11,000 military veterans and family members who have signed the petition.

[...] For now, Pentagon officials say they have no plans to drop the show. “Our goal is to provide a wide array of programming for service members overseas that would be available to them stateside,” says Pentagon spokesman George Little. “Airing programming on the American Forces Network does not constitute endorsement of what is said or shown.”

That said, Mr. Little adds, “We always take seriously the feedback of our service members.”

The U.S. Army pulled their ads from Limbaugh’s radio show. It’s time for AFN to do the same. From last week:

Female Veterans Demand Rush Limbaugh’s Show Be Pulled From American Forces Network — Rush Limbaugh has a freedom of speech and can say what he wants, but in light of his horribly misogynistic comments, American Forces Radio should no longer give him a platform. Our entire military depends on troops respecting each other – women and men. There simply can be no place on military airwaves for sentiments that would undermine that respect. When many of our female troops use birth control, for Limbaugh to say they are “sluts” and “prostitutes” is beyond the pale. It isn’t just disrespectful to our women serving our country, but it’s language that goes against everything that makes our military work. Again, we swore to uphold our Constitution, including the freedom of speech, and would not take that away from anyone – even Limbaugh. But that does not mean AFN should broadcast him. In fact, it shouldn’t.

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Thursday morning’s 6 barely interesting things

Sen. Levin would ‘love’ Armed Forces Network to drop Limbaugh – Sen. Carl Levin (D-MI), chairman of the Armed Services Committee, said Wednesday that the Armed Forces Network should drop conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh. “I would hope the people that run it see just how offensive this is and drop it on their own volition,” Levin told CNN. VoteVets.org, the largest progressive group for American military veterans, is calling on the American Forces Network to stop broadcasting Limbaugh’s show in the wake of his attack on Georgetown law student Sandra Fluke. “Rush Limbaugh has a freedom of speech and can say what he wants, but in light of his horribly misogynistic comments, American Forces Radio should no longer give him a platform,” they said. “Our entire military depends on troops respecting each other – women and men. There simply can be no place on military airwaves for sentiments that would undermine that respect. When many of our female troops use birth control, for Limbaugh to say they are ‘sluts’ and ‘prostitutes’ is beyond the pale.” || Send an e-mail to the Armed Forces Network, telling them there is no place on military airwaves for talk like Limbaugh’s|| Remember, your tax dollars fund the Armed Forces Network, which means you’re funding Rush’s co-pay for Viagra — so essentially we’re all paying Limbaugh to have sex! [image: leftish]

ANALYSIS: In Almost Every Primary, Romney Wins Big Among The Rich, Loses The Working-Class Vote – In both states, Romney won among those making more than $100,000 by 14 points, even though he lost among all other income demographics. This trend occurs in virtually every state that has voted thus far. A ThinkProgress analysis of exit/entrance polls from the 14 states that have conducted them shows that Romney consistently does best among those earning more than $100,000 or $200,000 a year, while more often than not losing among middle- and working-class voters. The only states where this wasn’t true were Massachusetts, his home state where he served as governor, and Virginia, where Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich weren’t even on the ballot.

Number of U.S. Hate Groups on the Rise, Report Says – [A]ccording to a report released Wednesday by the Southern Poverty Law Center… which has kept track of such groups for 30 years, recorded 1,018 hate groups operating last year. The number of groups whose ideology is organized against specific racial, religious, sexual or other characteristics has risen steadily since 2000, when 602 were identified, the center said. Antigay groups, for example, have risen to 27 from 17 in 2010. The report also described a “stunning” rise in the number of groups it identifies as part of the so-called patriot and militia movements, whose ideologies include deep distrust of the federal government. In 2011, the center tracked 1,274 of those groups, up from 824 the year before.

Gun Sales Rise In Texas As NRA Spouts Anti-Obama Fantasies (or how the rightwing nutjob base will believe ANYTHING the NRA tells them!) - National Rifle Association Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre, recently claimed that Obama would eliminate the Second Amendment — and guns owners’ rights — if he is re-elected. “All that first term, lip service to gun owners is just part of a massive Obama conspiracy to deceive voters and hide his true intentions to destroy the Second Amendment during his second term,” he said at the Conservative Poliltical Action Conference last month. Once he does not have another election to worry about, LaPierre told conservatives that Obama would “get busy dismantling and destroying our firearms’ freedom.”

Never Do Anything / Your GOP-led Congress not at work – The reason [Boehner] lost the urban/suburban Republicans is because Teabaggers stripped out mass transit funding, since Madison, Hamilton and Washington didn’t ride light rail. Boehner knows he’s in trouble: “The American people entrusted us with the majority in the House. What we do with it us up to us,” he said. “We can use it to take steps together, one at a time, toward the vision we share. Or we can do nothing. We can squander the time we’ve been given … allowing our internal disagreements to paralyze us.” Only the soft bigotry of low expectations would let someone think that passing a highway bill, the most bog standard piece of everyday legislation, is an indicator that the House isn’t paralyzed. Boehner knows he’s doomed to repeat 1948 and his suicide caucus won’t let him do anything about it.

Massive solar storm heading for Earth – Airlines and energy suppliers are on alert as the largest solar storm in five years heads toward Earth, threatening to disrupt flights and power lines. The eruption on the surface of the sun, known as a coronal mass ejection (CME), has led to a “massive amount of solar particles heading towards Earth”, which are due to hit the planet between 6am and 10am on Thursday morning, a Met Office spokesman said. But he added that the phenomenon was likely to go unnoticed by most. The forecaster has advised airlines that they may reroute planes from near the polar regions where the radiation caused by the storm is likely to be most intense, while energy suppliers have been warned that the National Grid could also be affected. Solar storms can also cause communication problems, such as radio blackouts, as well as affecting satellites, disrupting oil pipelines and making global positioning systems (GPS) less accurate.

Nasa footage shows two solar flares erupting on the sun:

The “Who else hates F%&king Rush Limbaugh” evening wrap up

It almost seems like maybe some of these advertisers were just waiting for a opportune time to drop this festering hemorrhoid on humanity’s ass. Apparently the time is here.

ADVERTISERS:

Netflix… has announced that it will halt all advertising on The Rush Limbaugh Show. In an email to Boing Boing, Netflix spokesperson Joris Evers said: …We do buy network radio advertising and have confirmed that two Netflix spots were picked up in error as part of local news breaks during the Rush Limbaugh show. We have instructed our advertising agency to make sure that this error will not happen again.

33 advertisers pull ads – SO FAR

Rush Limbaugh’s latest misogynistic tirade against Georgetown University Law Student Sandra Fluke may be the last straw for many of the shock jock’s corporate sponsors. Thousands of angry customers have been inundating dozens of Limbaugh’s corporate sponsors, demanding that they cut ties with the program.

So far, Sleep Number, The Sleep Train, Quicken Loans, Legal Zoom, Citrix, Carbonite, ProFlowers, Tax Resolution, AOL, Bonobos, Sears, Allstate Insurance, Sensa, Bare Escentuals, Vitacost, Hadeed Carpet, Thompson Creek Windows, PolyCom, Service Magic, AccuQuote Life Insurance, Geico, John Deere, Stamps.com, St. Vincent’s Medical Center, Bethesda Sedation Dentistry, Cascades Dental, Philadelphia Orchestra, Goodwill Industries, Heart & Body Extract, Netflix, Downeast Energy, Capitol One, JCPenney, Matrix Direct,and Reputation Rhino have pulled ads from the program, and several others are considering following their lead.

NOTE: From the Great Orange Satan:  If all these advertisers, and especially KPUA, recognize that Limbaugh has gone way beyond the bounds of decency on this issue, you’d think Armed Forces Network would at least consider reviewing his show and whether it has a place on a taxpayer-funded network. Let’s see if we can get them to reconsider. So far Kossacks have sent over 22,000 e-mails to Armed Forces Network. Let’s hit 30,000 tonight. Send an e-mail to the Armed Forces Network, telling them there is no place on military airwaves for talk like Limbaugh’s. || Remember, your tax dollars fund the Armed Forces Network, so you’re funding Rush’s Viagra co-pay, so essentially we’re all paying Limbaugh to have sex!

FYI: 15 Of The Worst Comments Limbaugh’s Advertisers Have Sponsored Since 2004

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MUSICIANS / BANDS: 

EXCLUSIVE: Rush Pulls Music from Limbaugh Show — Here’s the official cease & desist letter from Bob Farmer, the head legal affairs for S.R.O. Management Inc., Core Music Publishing and The Anthem Entertainment Group Inc. [...] Here’s to more recording artists following Rush’s and Peter Gabriel’s lead.

From Peter Gabriel’s website — Peter was appalled to learn that his music was linked to Rush Limbaugh’s extraordinary attack on Sandra Flute [sic]. It is obvious from anyone that knows Peter’s work that he would never approve such a use. He has asked his representatives to make sure his music is withdrawn and especially from these unfair aggressive and ignorant comments.

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POLITICIANS: 

The President, today: (click link for video)

“I don’t know what’s in Rush Limbaugh’s heart so I’m not going to comment on the sincerity of his apology,” the president told reporters during a Tuesday press conference. “All decent folks can agree that the remarks that were made don’t have any place in the public discourse.

The reason that I called Ms. Fluke is I thought about [my daughters] Malia and Sasha, and one of the things I want them to do as they get older is to engage in issues they care about, even ones I may not agree with them on. I want them to be able to speak their mind in a civil, thoughtful way. And I don’t want them attacked or called horrible names because they are being good citizens. And I wanted Sandra to know that I thought her parents should be proud of her.

We want to send a message to all our young people that being part of democracy involves argument and disagreements and debate, and we want you to be engaged and there’s a way to do it that doesn’t involve you being demeaned and insulted, particularly when you’re a private citizen.”

Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) Slams Limbaugh: ‘Just Wrong’

 “What he said was just wrong. Just wrong. In the end, I’m a little bit disappointed that there hasn’t been greater condemnation of his words by people in leadership positions.” She said she was “stunned” by the comments, but given Limabugh’s long record of attacking and belittling women, it should come as no surprise.

Rep. John Yarmuth (D-KY) on the House floor today

“Rush Limbaugh’s appalling attack on Georgetown University law student Sandra Fluke is no isolated incident, but part of a larger GOP assault on women’s health.

Republicans have ushered in women’s history month with legislation to allow employers and insurance companies to deny women needed health coverage, but lets also take a look at the recent record on issues important to women’s health. Last year, Republicans voted to end federal funding for Planned Parenthood, the largest provider of reproductive health services in the United States. They voted to eliminate funding for Title X family planning, which for forty years has provided family planning services, cancer screenings, and other preventive health services to low-income women.”

And with their attempt to repeal the health care reform law, Republicans voted to allow insurance companies to once again deny women coverage if they have ever been pregnant, had a C-section or been the victim on domestic violence.

Republican’s idea of women’s history month is re-enacting the women’s equality fight of 100 years ago. I call on my GOP colleagues to join us here in the 21st century, where women not only raise families, they have jobs and they even wear pants.”

 

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