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.”

 

images: sandandglass

Conservative Senators introduce a bill to enrich health insurers and screw over the consumers

This figures: Senate Republicans and two DINOs have introduced a bill to take away money that was designated to go to consumers as part of the Affordable Care Act, in the 80 / 20 ratio:

New Legislation Would Pad Health Insurance Coffers While Screwing Over Consumers

As part of the Affordable Care Act, health insurers must spend at least 80% of the money they earn from premiums on actually providing health care, with the remaining cash used to cover all administrative, advertising and payroll costs. Those insurers with plans that don’t follow this ratio are soon supposed to start giving the extra money back in refunds and discounts. But new legislation introduced in the Senate this week could jeopardize this, while giving insurance companies even more money to stick in their dog pillows.

The bill, introduced by Senator Mary Landrieu (DINO) of Louisiana and co-sponsored by John Isakson (R) of Georgia, Lisa Murkowski (R) of Alaska and Nebraska’s Ben Nelson (DINO), is intended “to preserve consumer and employer access to licensed independent insurance producers” by eliminating insurance broker commissions from the administrative overhead.

Does that “intent” sound like bullshit to you? Does to me. Broker commissions not coming out of insurance companies’ overhead helps WHO exactly? That’s right. It helps insurance companies and those who receive commissions.

So under the current rules, an insurer that takes in $100 million dollars in premiums must spend $80 million on paying for health care and those broker commissions are included in the remaining $20 million.

But if this bill becomes law, those commissions — let’s just put a number of $3 million on them for this example — would no longer be part of the equation. That would mean the insurer would only have to spend $77.6 million on health care but would now have $22.4 million to use for its own purposes.

The National Association of Insurance found that altering the rule to remove broker compensation will result in a loss of more than 60% of forthcoming rebates for consumers.

Conservatives in Congress like Landrieu, Isakson, Murkowski, and Nelson just can’t stop themselves from fighting for the best interests of the corporations and the one percent.

And, by the way, this is part of Obamacare, part of health care reform, so would all the Republican base voters who hate, hate, hate Obama and the Democratic Party, and pay for health insurance, please explain how this new conservative trick bill will work out better for them personally? I’d like to hear that argument.

Hubris, Joe Miller-style

TPM:

Reliving the day back at the end of September when Tea Party candidate Joe Miller went to DC to start house hunting and buy some new furniture for his new job as senator.

The blog Mudflats and Slate reporter Dave Weigel also noticed.

Today, they’re gone.

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Ha. “Then there’s the matter of a name plaque for the door.”  Is that the plaque that should now read: “Joe Miller: Palin-approved sore loser”?

Hilarious

TBogg: Alaskans Always Thinking About Killing Mooselims

Bible Spice-endorsed candidate Joe Miller is running neck-and-neck with Lisa Murkowski in one of those races where  you’re just rooting for injuries, and already Miller is making plans to come  to Washington and just start shooting up the place.

Ha ha. Ah Jeebus…whatta douche.

Yeah. Yeah.  We get it. You’re an outdoorsman and you’re all macho and shit with your manscaped beard, but, seriously, after the last couple of years of listening to that babbling snowbilly grifter natter on about your Alabama-with-a-snowpack hellstate, we’re kinda of Alaska’d out about the Great White North and we wish you guys would just take our tax dollars and shut the fuck up about your bullshit last frontier self-sufficiency.

We’re kind of Alaska’d out … God, how true is THAT.