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Behold the cover of Rush Limbaugh’s new children’s book! LOOK AT IT! Already available for pre-sale on Amazon, Limbaugh insists there’s no politics in the book. It exists for the purposes of “’teaching what isn’t being taught’ to school children today about American exceptionalism.”
Here’s the description:

Nationally syndicated radio talk-show host Rush Limbaugh has long wanted to make American history come to life for the children of his listeners, so he created the character of a fearless middle-school history teacher named Rush Revere, who travels back in time and experiences American history as it happens, in adventures with exceptional Americans. In this book, he is transported back to the deck of the Mayflower.

Yeah. You read that correctly. Rush Revere. He’s long wanted to make history come alive for the kiddos, but not so long that he had time to think of a different first name for his protagonist.
I feel bad for the kid that gets this in their Christmas loot. Not because I think the book will be terrible — for the record, I do — but because Rush has never had any kind of historically accurate sensibilities when discussing the past AND present. I know this is a book for children, I get that.
But he’s presenting this book as something that is “teaching what isn’t being taught” in school, superior to what kids are learning, and that’s just a big ol’ steaming cup of NOPE.

Behold the cover of Rush Limbaugh’s new children’s book! LOOK AT IT! Already available for pre-sale on Amazon, Limbaugh insists there’s no politics in the book. It exists for the purposes of “’teaching what isn’t being taught’ to school children today about American exceptionalism.”

Here’s the description:

Nationally syndicated radio talk-show host Rush Limbaugh has long wanted to make American history come to life for the children of his listeners, so he created the character of a fearless middle-school history teacher named Rush Revere, who travels back in time and experiences American history as it happens, in adventures with exceptional Americans. In this book, he is transported back to the deck of the Mayflower.

Yeah. You read that correctly. Rush Revere. He’s long wanted to make history come alive for the kiddos, but not so long that he had time to think of a different first name for his protagonist.

I feel bad for the kid that gets this in their Christmas loot. Not because I think the book will be terrible — for the record, I do — but because Rush has never had any kind of historically accurate sensibilities when discussing the past AND present. I know this is a book for children, I get that.

But he’s presenting this book as something that is “teaching what isn’t being taught” in school, superior to what kids are learning, and that’s just a big ol’ steaming cup of NOPE.

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Sign your name to call on Speaker John Boehner to remove Rep. Todd Akin from the House Science and Technology Committee

Wait…

Rep. Todd Akin is on a SCIENCE COMMITTEE? He doesn’t know how the science or biology works!

He recently said: 

"First of all, from what I understand from doctors [pregnancy from rape] is really rare… If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down."

As Sarah Seltzer pointed out, women aren’t ducks. This is the latest in a series of untruths from radical members of the GOP. Akin tried to walk it back on Former Gov. Mike Huckabee’s radio show, saying:

"I made that statement in error. Let me be clear: rape is never legitimate; it’s an evil act that’s committed by violent predators. I used the wrong words in the wrong way. What I said was ill-conceived and it was wrong, and for that, I apologize."

You know what’s ill-conceived, Todd? Pregnancies resulting from rape. Because they do happen. From the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology:

The national rape-related pregnancy rate is 5.0% per rape among victims of reproductive age (aged 12 to 45); among adult women an estimated 32,101 pregnancies result from rape each year.

CONCLUSIONS: Rape-related pregnancy occurs with significant frequency. It is a cause of many unwanted pregnancies and is closely linked with family and domestic violence. As we address the epidemic of unintended pregnancies in the United States, greater attention and effort should be aimed at preventing and identifying unwanted pregnancies that result from sexual victimization.

That’s from people who actually do the science for a living, Todd.

He continues to dig the hole deeper, explaining that he “never used the word legitimate to refer to the rapist, but to false claims like those made in Roe v. Wade and I think that simplifies it. There isn’t any legitimate rapist. [I was] making the point that there were people who use false claims, like those that basically created Roe v. Wade.”

Seriously. Stop.

Just stop. 

Multiple prominent Republicans have called for Akin to leave the race — if he doesn’t do so today, the path to nominating another candidate becomes nearly impossible for the Missouri GOP.

Even Rush Limbaugh has condemned Akin, claiming he doesn’t know how the science works. THAT Rush Limbaugh, you know, the one who thought you had take a birth control pill every time you had sex. That one.

But THE SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY COMMITTEE?! Really?

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See this comic book cover? It’s the first issue with Batman villain Bane. It’s from 1993. No big deal, right?
Wrong. If you’re El Rushbo, and your ratings have dipped, IT’S A GODDAMN CONSPIRACY FACTORY! Seriously. Here’s what Rush Limbaugh had to say:

Have you heard this new movie, the Batman movie, what is it, The Dark Knight Lights Up or whatever the name is. That’s right, Dark Knight Rises. Lights Up, same thing. Do you know the name of the villain in this movie? Bane. The villain in The Dark Knight Rises is named Bane, B-a-n-e. What is the name of the venture capital firm that Romney ran and around which there’s now this make-believe controversy? Bain. The movie has been in the works for a long time. The release date’s been known, summer 2012 for a long time. Do you think that it is accidental that the name of the really vicious fire breathing four eyed whatever it is villain in this movie is named Bain?


Or maybe so. This one is just as ridiculous as the bithers. Maybe even more so — so now, super-villain evil genius time-traveler Kenyan Muslim usurper Barack Obama is now a comic book author and illustrator? All this about a guy the right-wing bitches is completely ineffective and can’t get anything done. Let me just say, for someone who can’t accomplish anything, Obama’s accomplished a lot. Gawker breaks it down:

Obviously, Limbaugh deserves to be commended for his groundbreaking work uncovering how in 1993, Obama convinced comic writer Chuck Dixon to create a super-villain named Bane, knowing that two decades later he would be locked in a close presidential election campaign with the obscure son of a moderate Republican governor, at the time making gobs of money in Boston.

Obviously. And I guarantee, there’s at least one dude swearing at work that the new Batman movie is Obama propaganda. 
Is Rush even trying any longer?

See this comic book cover? It’s the first issue with Batman villain Bane. It’s from 1993. No big deal, right?

Wrong. If you’re El Rushbo, and your ratings have dipped, IT’S A GODDAMN CONSPIRACY FACTORY! Seriously. Here’s what Rush Limbaugh had to say:

Have you heard this new movie, the Batman movie, what is it, The Dark Knight Lights Up or whatever the name is. That’s right, Dark Knight Rises. Lights Up, same thing. Do you know the name of the villain in this movie? Bane. The villain in The Dark Knight Rises is named Bane, B-a-n-e. What is the name of the venture capital firm that Romney ran and around which there’s now this make-believe controversy? Bain. The movie has been in the works for a long time. The release date’s been known, summer 2012 for a long time. Do you think that it is accidental that the name of the really vicious fire breathing four eyed whatever it is villain in this movie is named Bain?

Or maybe so. This one is just as ridiculous as the bithers. Maybe even more so — so now, super-villain evil genius time-traveler Kenyan Muslim usurper Barack Obama is now a comic book author and illustrator? All this about a guy the right-wing bitches is completely ineffective and can’t get anything done. Let me just say, for someone who can’t accomplish anything, Obama’s accomplished a lot. Gawker breaks it down:

Obviously, Limbaugh deserves to be commended for his groundbreaking work uncovering how in 1993, Obama convinced comic writer Chuck Dixon to create a super-villain named Bane, knowing that two decades later he would be locked in a close presidential election campaign with the obscure son of a moderate Republican governor, at the time making gobs of money in Boston.

Obviously. And I guarantee, there’s at least one dude swearing at work that the new Batman movie is Obama propaganda. 

Is Rush even trying any longer?

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Rush Limbaugh to 14-year-old girl: "This show has no boundaries," you're a "Rush baby" AND "Rush babe"

Just when you thought El Rushbo couldn’t get any creepier… he deems a 14-year-old girl a “Rush baby” and “Rush babe”:

LIMBAUGH: Let’s go to Katie, Island Park, Idaho. Glad you called, great to have you on the program. Hello.

CALLER: Hi, Rush. Yeah, my name is Katie, and I’m 14, and I’m not sure if I qualify to be a Rush baby or a Rush babe. What do you think?

LIMBAUGH: You’re 14?

CALLER: I’m 14.

LIMBAUGH: You’re four— you’re both. You are Rush baby and a Rush babe both. We’ll count you both.

CALLER: All righty.

LIMBAUGH: Have you signed up at our Facebook page?

CALLER: Yes, I just did this morning.

LIMBAUGH: Well, then you’re a Rush babe. That’s it.

CALLER: All righty.

LIMBAUGH: Fourteen. Well, thanks very much, Katie, I appreciate it.

CALLER: Thanks. Thanks, Rush.

LIMBAUGH: See, folks, this program has no boundaries. We have people from all three sexes, we have people from all religions, we have people from all genders, all demographics, all ages. A 14-year-old Rush babe.

Yes, Anderson Cooper. It IS disgusting. Note to Rush, who sounds like he’s practically drooling: Age of consent in New York is 17 and Idaho’s law sets it at 18.

Here’s the Rush Babes FB page. The comments are, well, odd.

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In Conservative Media, A "Race War" Rages

Essentially, conservatives give no fucks about being called racist any longer because there’s a race war raging.

Seriously.

It’s 2012, and here’s where we sit. From Buzzfeed:

But while Norfolk may be the most high-profile chapter yet in the “race war,” it’s hardly the only one conservatives have highlighted. Over the past four years, the Drudge Report has run dozens of headlines chronicling acts of violence against white victims — often by black youths.

In one particularly memorable Drudge front page last year, the site culled the newswires for articles about “urban” crime that took place over Memorial Day weekend, and then grouped them together. Among the headlines: “Miami ‘war zone’ during urban weekend;” “Rib fest at Rochester beach turns rowdy;” and “Unruly urban crowd shuts down Nashville water park.”

And on September 15, 2009, Drudge led with the headline, “WHITE STUDENT BEATEN ON BUS; CROWD CHEERS.” The story — which showed video of a black teenager in Illinois beating up a white classmate — went viral in the right-wing blogosphere, prompting Rush Limbaugh to weigh in. “In Obama’s America, the white kids now get beat up with the black kids cheering,” Limbaugh declared.

It is an article of faith among many conservatives that Obama has exacerbated nationwide racial tensions. Ward Connerly, a veteran California anti-affirmative action activist and leading black conservative, accused the president of trying to take political advantage of “racial disputes,” rather than diffuse them.

"Obama has been more racial than any white president has ever been in my lifetime," said Connerly, adding, "Candidly, I think that race relations are probably worse now among the average person on the street than they were the day President Obama was elected."

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Republicans date women, they marry women, they have children with women. They take women to dinner. They buy women diamonds and open car doors for women. Yet there’s this Republican war on women, and the Republicans want to actually somehow reach into their purses and grab their birth control pills and take ‘em away from ‘em. The Democrats actually think that they’re going to win with this!

Rush Limbaugh, explaining last Thursday why there’s no Republican war on women.

Shorter Limbaugh: “We buy you sluts diamonds and dinner! What more do you ungrateful feminazis want?!”

Ah, I see. So bullheaded restrictions on reproductive rights, opposing the Violence Against Women Act, not supporting the Lilly Ledbetter Act, etc… All that is perfectly fine because Republicans buy diamonds for women they’re dating, AMIRITE?!

And yes, Rush. The more you keep running your mouth like this, the more you help Democrats. Democrats would love to focus on the economy, but when the Blunt Amendment is offered before a jobs bill, it’s a little hard.

Rush, you’ve been paid to say terrible shit about ethnic and racial minorities, women, the GLBTQ community, and liberals in general for nearly 30 years. 

We’re paying attention now. 

Oh, and P.S.: Not all Republicans marry women. Please see Log Cabin Republicans.

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Westboro releases ‘You Might Be a Slut’ ad for Limbaugh’s show

Yep, Uncle Freddy’s Miserable Miscreants are at it again:

Westboro spokesman Steve Drain told Southern Poverty Law Center’s Hatewatch that the church had some commonalities with Limbaugh, although he declined to say specifically what they were.

"The ad’s message will be that America is doomed because Americans have cast aside the standards of God, and won’t quit their proud sinning," Drain explained.

Drain told Raw Story that while his organization has had their differences with Limbaugh, they were on the same page when it came to labeling Georgetown University law student Sandra Fluke a slut. “Even a blind hog can get an acorn every once in a while,” Drain explained.

Drain also echoed Limbaugh’s earlier statements:

"That lady basically believes she wants the government to pay to kill her babies," Drain said. "That implies a certain level of promiscuity. She wants to fornicate her brains out, but she doesn’t want a child. Sounds like a slut to me, and God hates sluts."

A fox can smell its own, no? Rush Limbaugh and Westboro Baptist Church… I imagine the love story began like this:

(Source: cognitivedissonance)

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BREAKING: Rush Limbaugh Syndicator Suspends National Ads For Two Weeks

From ThinkProgress:

Radio-Info.com reports that Premiere Networks, which syndicates the Rush Limbaugh show, told its affiliate radio stations that they are suspending national advertising for two weeks. Rush Limbaugh is normally provided to afflilates for free in return for running several minutes of national advertisements provided by Premiere each hour. These ads called “barter spots.” These spots are how Premiere makes its money off of Rush Limbaugh and other shows it syndicates.

But without explanation, Premiere has supended these national advertisements for two weeks. Radio-Info.com calls the move “unusual.” The development suggests that Rush Limbaughs incessant sexist attacks on Sandra Fluke have caused severe damage to the show.

(Source: cognitivedissonance)

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BREAKING: 98 Major Advertisers Dump Rush Limbaugh, Other Right-Wing Hosts

ThinkProgress digs up a scoop from broadcast industry site Radio Info:

When it comes to advertisers avoiding controversial shows, it’s not just Rush From today’s TRI Newsletter: Premiere Networks is circulating a list of 98 advertisers who want to avoid “environments likely to stir negative sentiments.” The list includes carmakers (Ford, GM, Toyota), insurance companies (Allstate, Geico, Prudential, State Farm) and restaurants (McDonald’s, Subway). As you’ll see in the note below, those “environments” go beyond the Rush Limbaugh show:
"To all Traffic Managers: The information below applies to your Premiere Radio Networks commercial inventory…They’ve specifically asked that you schedule their commercials in dayparts or programs free of content that you know are deemed to be offensive or controversial (for example, Mark Levin, Rush Limbaugh, Tom Leykis, Michael Savage, Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity)."

So, how’s that free-market thingy working out for you, folks?

Just a few advertisers, Rush? Just a few?

There’s over 50 advertisers who’ve left Rush specifically. And now there’s 98 who are asking their spots be run any single time other than right-wing radio. 

Preemptive note: Pushing back on advertisers to leave a program is not limiting someone’s free speech. It’s holding companies accountable for ideas they’re sponsoring via their dollars, and letting them know should they continue to sponsor speech like Limbaugh’s with their money speech, we’ll use our money dollars elsewhere.

(Source: cognitivedissonance)

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Rush Limbaugh loses 42 advertisers

Companies are continuing to join the rapidly growing list of businesses that have ceased advertising on Limbaugh’s show, responding to the flood of grievances that are pouring in from disgruntled customers — even as the radio host dismissed the reports of advertisers pulling their commercials on his program Wednesday.

The list of companies that officially announced on Twitter, Facebook or in statements to other media outlets that they would stop advertising on the radio show include: AccuQuote Life Insurance, Allstate Insurance, AOL, Aquarium of the Pacific, Bare Escentuals, Bethesda Sedation Dentistry, Bonobos, Capital One, Carbonite, Cascades Dental, Citrix, Consolidated Credit Counseling Services, Constant Contact, Cunningham Security, Freedom Debt Relief, Geico, Girl Scouts, Goodwill Industries, Hadeed Carpet, JCPenney, Legal Zoom, Matrix Direct, Netflix, Norway Savings Bank, O’Reilly Auto Parts, Philadelphia Orchestra, PolyCom, Portland Ovations, ProFlowers, Quicken Loans, Regal Assets, Reputation Rhino, RSVP Discount Beverage, Sears, Sensa, Service Magic, Sleep Train, Sleep Number, St. Vincent’s Medical Center, Tax Resolution, Thompson Creek Windows and Vitacost.

In addition, the Canadian rock group Rush has also asked Limbaugh’s show to stop using its music on the air, according to media producer Bob Cesca. “The use of Rush’s music in this manner implies an endorsement of the views expressed and products advertised on the show,” an attorney for the band said in a letter to the radio show, as Cesca reported. “Accordingly, we hereby demand that you immediately stop all use of Rush’s music and confirm that you will do so.”

Ahem…

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On radio advertising…

stfuconservatives:

cognitivedissonance submitted

I saw you got a question regarding ad buys, so maybe I can help.

I worked for Clear Channel back in the day, and I can clear up some of this confusion regarding Limbaugh sponsors. Granted, this was several years ago, so things may have changed. We had major ad buys that would be rotated on affiliates throughout the day, regardless of programming, for a certain number of times during certain hours. I had to load these spots weekly. So an ad may air during Limbaugh or another show, but not be a sponsor of that program. For example, company X has an ad buy with Premiere Radio through Clear Channel. They want to run fifty fifteen-second ads between 10 AM and 10 PM. Odds are, one or two would run during Limbaugh unless they said not to run them then. It was an automatic rotation.

Each ad would be loaded by the affiliate station because it would be sent to them from a larger corporate office weekly on CD. This didn’t always go smoothly. Let’s say Topeka, Kan. boned pulling the ad from rotation if it was to be pulled during a specific time. It may air at the wrong time instead of being pulled during Limbaugh’s program. So Topeka folks might think Company X is a sponsor.

Also, local ads may air during Rush because Billy Bob’s House of BBQ bought ad time on that local station between 10 AM and 2 PM. The satellite feed for Limbaugh’s program will typically leave room for local advertising. It doesn’t mean they necessarily sponsor Limbaugh.

During Rush’s program, there’s also ads that run because they’re bought specifically for the program. Honestly, it’s difficult to tell unless the ad is voiced by Limbaugh. A suggestion would be to contact the company, OR contact your local Premier/Clear Channel affiliate airing Limbaugh and ask if the spot is run locally from a Premiere ad buy, or via satellite. If it’s satellite, odds are greater that it’s a Limbaugh sponsor. If it’s not, you can tread a little lighter with an email to the specific company asking if they specifically wish to sponsor Limbaugh, versus blasting them for doing so. It may be unintentional. 

Hope this clears up some of the confusion. 

______________________________________________________

Very informative as usual, thanks!

-Joe

You’re welcome, and anyone can correct me if I’m wrong here. Again, this was the process awhile ago. As far as I know, it hasn’t changed. 

(Source: stfuconservatives)

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At ProFlowers, our mission is to delight our customers with fresh and long lasting flowers, and that is our singular focus each and every day. We do not base our advertising decisions to align with any particular political view or opinion as our employees and customers are as diverse as the USA. Mr. Limbaugh’s recent comments went beyond political discourse to a personal attack and do not reflect our values as a company. As such, ProFlowers has suspended advertising on The Rush Limbaugh radio program.

Rush Limbaugh loses another advertiser – for now.

Suspending means they haven’t ended the actual ad buys/contract. But really, how would you feel sending flowers on Mother’s Day using a company that condones such hateful statements about women by advertising on Limbaugh’s show?

It’s telling advertisers are still fleeing even after his fauxpology. El Rushbo has a history of giving pseudo mea culpas on those rare occasions he’s issued anything close to an apology.

For the latest, follow StopRush on Twitter. Rush has a history of misogyny and bigotry, and it’s about goddamn time people step up and say enough is enough. If conservatives want to tout the free market, well, let the market punch him where it hurts: Square in the wallet. 

As one of my feminist pals put it: Rush, you’ve got 99 problems and they’re all bitches. Why?

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