Sandra Fluke is a 30 year old student at Georgetown University, a Roman Catholic University in Washington, District of Columbia. On Henri Richard's birthday, February 29, 2012, a controversy erupted regarding her and the loud mouth Tory [they call them Republicans in the Lower 48 but a rose is a rose is a rose] Rush Limbaugh who had the temerity to disrespect Ms. Fluke because of what she said in a government hearing.
To wit when speaking before the House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee in a hearing that was recorded but not televised Ms. Fluke, a practicing Protestant, argued in favor of requiring religious institutions, including those with moral objections to some or all contraception, to provide free contraception in their health insurance. She said that over the three years as a law student, birth control could cost $3,000.
Mr. Limbaugh called her a slut.
This is actually what he said on his radio program:
What does it say about the college coed Susan Fluke [sic], who goes before a congressional committee and essentially says that she must be paid to have sex? What does that make her? It makes her a slut, right? It makes her a prostitute. She wants to be paid to have sex.
Can you imagine if you're her parents how proud of Sandra Fluke you would be? Your daughter goes up to a congressional hearing conducted by the Botox-filled Nancy Pelosi and testifies she's having so much sex she can't afford her own birth control pills and she agrees that Obama should provide them, or the Pope.
Here is what I say.
If you for a second think that the above diatribe just flew out of the man's mouth I want you to send me half the money you won this morning in the Nigerian Lotto. Mr. Limbaugh isn't some small time talk show host on a local station. He is the man. And if you think for a second that the man is not scripted, well, again, send your cash to me, in care of here. That address once again is me, in care of here.
Why would he do that? Well this is the era of the PPM, which is a pager like device that measures the listening habits of listeners for ratings. Je suis willing to wager that his numbers spiked in March and a lot of those ears were outside his usual demos. Sure they have lost broadcasters but this is America, not Halifax. There is an endless supply of folks who want to sell stuff and if Mr. Limbaugh can bring the numbers to the wireless that is all that counts. This ain't the CBC.
I think he was wrong but I don't think he misspoke.
This doesn't let Ms. Fluke off the hook though. Why in the name of Jesus, Mary and Joesph would someone who wants her school to pay for her contraception, a concept that I fully endorse and have used at my alma mater Carleton University in Ottawa, go to a Roman Catholic uni? Give your head a big f'ing shake girl. Big shake.
I know we, Catholics, use contraception at the same level as the rest of the USA/Canada but officially it is against the rules.