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By Luke Broadwater | June 21, 2011
On weekday mornings, I'll post the most controversial, shocking and (of course) ridiculous stories for your reading pleasure. That way, when you walk into work, you'll be the master of witty conversation. Articles  • Why not? Everyone else got bailed out : $1 billion homeowner bailout offered. ( NASDAQ )  • The fun side of politics: Perry preps for smear campaign. ( Politico )  • Kind of like all his other positions? Obama's position on same-sex marriage 'evolving' ( Politico )
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By Leonard Pitts Jr and By Leonard Pitts Jr | December 5, 2013
I like capitalism. Specifically, I like the idea that if I write a better book, have a better idea, build a better mousetrap, I will be rewarded accordingly. A system where everyone gets the same reward regardless of quality or quantity of work is inconsistent with excellence and innovation, as the mediocrity and inefficiency that beset the Soviet Union readily proves. The woman who is successful under capitalism gets to eat steak and lobster whenever she wants. That's never bothered me. What does bother me is the notion that the unsuccessful man who lacks that woman's talent, resources, opportunities or luck should not get to eat at all. There is something obscene in the notion that a person can work full time for a multinational corporation and earn not enough to keep a roof over his head or food on his table.
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By LEONARD PITTS JR | January 26, 2009
I hope he fails. -Rush Limbaugh It is, of course, a calculated outrage. Meaning, it was spewed by a clown in the media circus to kick a familiar sequence into motion: angry denunciation by bloggers, pundits and supporters of President Barack Obama (the "he" whose failure is hoped), followed by Rush Limbaugh refusing to retract a word, a courageous truth teller who will not be moved. And, trailing behind, like the folks with brooms trail the elephants in the circus parade, Mr. Limbaugh's devotees, complaining that their hero has been misquoted, misunderstood or otherwise mistreated.
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By Cal Thomas | March 10, 2012
The first apology by Rush Limbaugh, posted on his website over the weekend, sounded forced, qualified, almost defensive. The second, broadcast live on his Monday show, sounded sincere and heartfelt. Rush Limbaugh did something not usually associated with either himself or bombastic talk radio. He apologized for calling a woman a "slut" and a "prostitute. " The woman, 30-year-old Sandra Fluke, a law student at Georgetown University, wants the Catholic school to pay for contraceptives in its insurance policy because, she says, she and her friends cannot afford the cost otherwise.
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By SOUTH FLORIDA SUN-SENTINEL | July 6, 2006
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Rush Limbaugh didn't go with any more Viagra jokes on his radio show yesterday, after Palm Beach County prosecutors cleared him for possessing the erectile-dysfunction pills in his psychologist's name. Prosecutors determined that Limbaugh, 55, of Palm Beach, had been prescribed the pills, but they referred the case to Miami-Dade prosecutors for review because the prescription was issued there, not in Palm Beach County. Customs agents detained Limbaugh for more than three hours June 26 at Palm Beach International Airport when he returned from the Dominican Republic and was found to have a Viagra prescription in someone else's name in his luggage.
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By GREGORY KANE | October 4, 2003
THIS HAS been a bad week for me, maybe the worst since David Ruffin left the Temptations. First I learned that director Jonathan Demme plans to film a remake of The Manchurian Candidate. Denzel Washington will be the star. I have nothing against either Demme or Denzel, but I will if they do this remake. The first version, with Frank Sinatra, should stand on its own fine merits. Then, of course, there's my old pal Rush Limbaugh. "I'm used to being embarrassed," I find myself telling people at times, "I'm a black conservative."
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September 3, 1993
Rush Limbaugh says the effort to revive the Fairness Doctrine VTC is an attack on him specifically and radio talk show hosts generally because they are conservatives. Ditto says syndicated columnist Cal Thomas (Opinion * Commentary page, Sept. 1), ditto says the Wall Street Journal editorial page, and ditto say lots of local radio talk jockeys.Whack-o, we say. Paranoid fantasy. Consider:* The leader of the effort to codify the old Fairness Doctrine is Sen. Ernest Hollings, D-S.C. Americans for Democratic Action says his "liberal quotient" in Senate votes last year was 35. By comparison, Paul Sarbanes and Barbara Mikulski got 100. Even Sam Nunn, D-Ga.
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By RICHARD REEVES | February 18, 1994
Glens Falls, N.Y. -- I do not own a car, which means I rent more than a few, which means I never understand how the radio on the --board works. They don't have knobs anymore, you know, and I often find myself risking my life, driving blind as the fingers of my right hand clumsily search panels more complicated than synthesizers, feeling for ''Seek'' and ''Scan'' and AM-FM.Usually I get it wrong. My sanity rattles over the edge -- and the car over the yellow line -- as voices and sounds fly past in two-second bursts.
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By Kenneth A. Willaman | January 12, 1994
BALTIMORE'S talk-radio fans now have to do some irksome changing of listening habits and time schedules. Their loyalties are being tested as both AM talk stations, WBAL and WCBM, take on new talkmeisters and revamp their lineups.For many years, for example, WBAL's afternoon host, Ron Smith, and morning man, Allan Prell, provided a comfortable symmetry. This duo satisfied the ideological needs of most area listeners, conservatives choosing Mr. Smith, liberals listening to Mr. Prell, and many of each opting for both.
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By Los Angeles Times | December 1, 1993
WASHINGTON -- Rush Limbaugh has made it into the homes and automobiles of much of America but getting into the Pentagon is different.Although the ultraconservative talk show host might seem at ease among the nation's military forces, the Pentagon has banned his programs from its Armed Forces Radio and Television networks because Mr. Limbaugh "presents only one point of view" -- not to mention that GIs apparently would rather watch sports and listen to...
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March 8, 2012
In response to the recent article by Kim Geiger ("Limbaugh stands by words in clash on contraceptives," March 3), I would just say that if it necessitates extreme commentary to identify and expose the absurd demands of Sandra Fluke, than so be it! Instead of focusing on the content of Ms. Fluke's demands, the Democrats and their liberal media cohorts are slamming Rush Limbaugh and painting the Republicans as anti-women. This is typical rhetoric of the left, using diversionary tactics to spin and distort facts for political gain!
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By Jill Rosen and The Baltimore Sun | March 8, 2012
The whole dustup surrounding Rush Limbaugh is decidedly not rated G. Slut this. Prostitute that. So when confronted by a critic, the station that airs the Limbaugh show locally understandably attempted to point to something even worse than a talk show host that calls a Georgetown law student a "slut" on air. What could be worse? In the opinion of Bob Petitt, the general manager of WCBM 680 AM, it might be 98 Rock's "Jugs for Plugs" feature, where women eagerly volunteer to flash themselves before the morning disc jockeys in exchange for air time to promote their businesses.
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By Jill Rosen and The Baltimore Sun | March 7, 2012
Though national advertisers are fleeing Rush Limbaugh after he called a birth control activist a slut, Baltimore seems immune to the exodus. Executives at WCBM, 680 AM, the affiliate that airs the Rush Limbaugh show locally, said Tuesday that not a single advertiser has dropped out. According to promotions director Eddie Applefeld, the worst that's happened is the station has fielded "about 30" phone calls. And traffic to the station's website spiked about 25 percent -- if that's a problem.
NEWS
March 6, 2012
Rush Limbaugh is the reigning shock jock of conservative political punditry - insults, outrage and outsized bluster are his stock in trade - so it takes quite an uproar for him to apologize. But that's what he has done at least twice now, if unconvincingly, after calling 30-year-old Georgetown law student Sandra Fluke a "slut" and "prostitute" for testifying to a Congressional panel in favor of the Obama administration's birth control mandate. Last week's personal attack was outrageous, particularly given that Ms. Fluke's testimony was never about her desire to have "recreational sexual activities" as Mr. Limbaugh continued to describe the matter in his on-line apology.
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Thomas F. Schaller | March 6, 2012
Rush Limbaugh apologized. Those three words are big news because apologizing ain't Mr. Limbaugh's thing. The nation's top conservative radio talker got where he is today by making controversial and crude remarks, not apologizing for them. Soft, politically correct liberals issues apologies, not "Rushbo. " He tells it like it is, scornful critics be damned. In case you didn't hear the original remarks that forced Mr. Limbaugh to apologize — and yes, he was forced — he called Georgetown Law School student Sandra Fluke a "prostitute" and "slut" after she testified in front of a congressional panel about health care coverage for contraception.
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Gus G. Sentementes | March 5, 2012
The fallout of Rush Limbaugh calling a law student a "slut" and a "prostitute" for advocating insurance coverage for birth control continues: AOL pulled its advertising money from his radio show, according to a Facebook update by the technology company . (AOL has a major division, Advertising.com, in Baltimore.) Per AOL, two hours ago on its FB page, which has 279,000+ followers: At AOL one of our core values is that we act with integrity. We have monitored the unfolding events and have determined that Mr. Limbaugh's comments are not in line with our values.
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By New York Times News Service | March 12, 1995
WASHINGTON -- To hear about "scandal lurking" in the White House, the "environmentalist wackos" in Congress and the "self-important media elite" who report on both, millions of Americans turn to Rush Limbaugh.And for his own political material, the wizard of conservative call-in radio turns to a 27-year-old who looks young enough to pass for a congressional page.His name is Joel C. Rosenberg, and his title is director of research for The Limbaugh Letter, a monthly publication that is a part of Mr. Limbaugh's empire.
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By MICHAEL OLESKER | October 5, 1993
Yesterday morning, with earwitnesses all around, Allan Prell called Rush Limbaugh a bozo on the radio. I'm quoting Prell loosely here, but it's OK since Limbaugh's not in town and never heard what Prell said. But lots of people around here heard it, including Jeff Beauchamp, who fought off hyperventilation long enough to assert that Prell was only joking.''Tongue in cheek,'' declared Beauchamp. He is vice president of WBAL radio and catching considerable flak from listeners since it was announced that Limbaugh, the syndicated broadcaster who's the darling of conservatives, will be moving to WBAL from a station slightly to the left on the radio dial but far to the right of human reasonableness.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Luke Broadwater | June 21, 2011
On weekday mornings, I'll post the most controversial, shocking and (of course) ridiculous stories for your reading pleasure. That way, when you walk into work, you'll be the master of witty conversation. Articles  • Why not? Everyone else got bailed out : $1 billion homeowner bailout offered. ( NASDAQ )  • The fun side of politics: Perry preps for smear campaign. ( Politico )  • Kind of like all his other positions? Obama's position on same-sex marriage 'evolving' ( Politico )
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By Luke Broadwater | May 23, 2011
On Sunday's episode of "Family Guy," which served as a parody of "Return of the Jedi," Jabba the Hutt dropped Chris Griffin (playing the role of Luke Skywalker) into a pit.   What horrors awaited him there? Snakes? Scorpions? Lions? No. A giant, drooling, snarling Rush Limbaugh.  Ranting about tax-dodgers (which is odd, because Rush has defended corporations who don't pay taxes on his show) Limbaugh chased Skywalker throughout the pit, until Luke activated a falling gate, which struck the cartoon conservative and killed him.  It must have been a cathartic moment for those around the country who hate Limbaugh.
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