Tuesday, March 6, 2012

I interrupt your regularly scheduled programming ......






Warning:  I never get into social issues here on my blog.  But today, I just had to.  So I apologize beforehand for those of you who come to get away from all that.  

Sandra Fluke.

Do you recognize that name?  Perhaps you may.  She has been on the news for over the past week.  How about Rush Limbaugh.  Now I have your attention.  Georgetown Law School.  Is the puzzle coming together?
Social and news medias have been having a heyday with this controversy.
And I am weary of the argument.

This all began from a hearing on infringement of religious liberty and contraceptive mandates.  Being non-Catholic nor religious nor in need of birth control at my age, I paid little attention.  But when I did use birth control, back in my day, it wasn’t covered by insurance.  I paid for it.  Out of my own pocket.  Didn’t occur to me that the government should do so.

But an editorial in today’s Wall Street Journal “Limbaugh and Our Phony Contraception Debate by Cathy Clever Ruse, (a senior fellow for legal studies at the Family Research Council, J.D. From Georgetown Law in 1989), got me thinking.

I know. I know.  A very controversial issue.  


I’m not one to push my own beliefs.  And I totally respect others beliefs that may differ from my own.  As long as they are not forced upon me.  But like I said, I am weary of all the media hype, how Sandra Fluke is a "victim" and how the real issue has gotten lost with Limbaugh’s comments.  

Disgusting as he is.

If the subject interests you, take the time to read Ms. Ruse's story here.

If not, hope you enjoy the photo.  It was taken at Owl's Head Lighthouse up in Maine.

Later my friends,

 

36 comments:

Brian Miller said...

first, i will say, rush is a $&#*^$ sorry...cant stand the man...also really struggling with all the freedoms that our government is currently trying to take from us at this point...that said, but your own contraceptives...or dont have sex...its a choice...if it was a disease or asthma or whatever i would understand...and it goes to the argument of making healthcare affordable which just does not seem to work in this country for some reason...but rush was way out of line...

ok off soap box...crawling back in my hole...smiles.

lovely shot by the way...

Just Stuff From a Boomer said...

Waaaaaay back..... I was a Rush fan. Not so anymore. Now I believe he is a pompass ass. I hope he losses his show. It happened to Don Imus, although, he is back on the air now.

I found you from Suldog's blog. Nice to meet you.

Pat Tillett said...

I'm free to say what I want.
I'm free to go where I want.
I'm free to believe what I want.
I'm free to vote for who I want.
I'm free to have firearms.
I'm free to worship what and where I want.
I'm free to publish what I want.
I'm free to pursue life, liberty and happiness.
Not one single president in our lifetimes, either democrat or republican has taken away a SINGLE one of our rights. NONE!
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Issues come up from time to time and things change. Some for the better and some for the worse. But that is just the way our political system operates. That is what needs to change.

Whew....
I really like the photo. Nice colors and fantastic lighting!

bobbybegood1 said...

Freedom of Speech only goes so far, and IMHO certain "freedoms" are only relative. We are all slaves to something or other. In the words of Bob Marley, "take the mental chains off." Peace!!

bobbybegood1 said...

Oops! Lovely pic. Cheers reena!!

Daryl Edelstein said...

Rush is a pompous pill head .. I wonder if his insurance paid for his addiction. I believe the meds he took were for recreational purposes, perhaps we could ask him to supply us with video of how he acted while healthcare paid for his recreation

He was completely wrong, inappropriate. His 'apology' wasnt an apology it was a CYA remark to stave off fleeing sponsors.

If you have an issue with someone's POV: attack that, NOT the person

Another holier than thou Christian the 'actress' Patricia Heaton picked up Rush's gauntlet and slung her own crap at Ms Fluke via Twitter ... and now she's 'apologized' .. no doubt because the network lawyers suggested it.

And I love that photo

Sylvia K said...

Amen to everything that you and your readers have written!!! I haven't been this disgusted with politics, politicians and the Limbaughs of the world in a very long time. I think it's the worst I've seen in my many years. The only thing it is good for is weight reduction -- who can eat after listening to these jerks!!!
Thanks for writing what I've been thinking, Reena, and I love your photo!

Sylvia

Beth said...

oh, i have been to that lighthouse. i love maine!! just a gorgeous place to visit.

i'm angry with virginia because of their ruling on the whole issues. not sure what all other states are doing with that issue. i feel if a woman wants to do whatever she may wish to do is her choice not the governments. just like everything else in this silly nation of ours ... people moved here for freedom & the right to do as they wish. but there is not much it & seems to get worse as the days go on ... so sad. i wish for freedom for all & the right to pick whatever choice you wish for, for yourself on all issues out there that you do come in contact with. (:

Rambling Woods said...

As usual, he didn't have the facts and didn't care about them anyway. It makes me so angry that I am losing my desire to stay calm and centered, but there are always going to be morons..too bad we put them on TV/radio and sometimes elect them...Rush is really an idiot...

Florida Farm Girl said...

Oh, DON'T get me started on issues like this one!!! Of course, I agree with what you've said.

Sandra said...

love the photo and the shadow of the cross that is reflected on it.

Bob Bushell said...

As one who is an atheist, I just want to think about that picture, it is pretty beautiful photo.

Andrew said...

A lovely image Reena... and I am so pleased to sit at home in the UK and watch all your political stuff from a distance.

Country Girl said...

I don't think Georgetown Law School should have to pay for students birth control pills. Birth control pills are covered under most insurance policies but only if they are prescribed for a medical issue. And I think that's how it should be. Sandra Fluke has been portrayed as a victim here and she needs to get off her soapbox.

We already know Rush is an ass. He may have been heading down the right track on this issue but his assholism mucked it all up.

Mental P Mama said...

mmmmm gah

Ann said...

I read it and why does it surprise me that people have got that much nerve.
Love the shot

eileeninmd said...

Hi Reena, I have to agree Rush is an ASS. I also agree that the women should pay for her own birth control, I had too back when I had to use it. I think a man who has affairs and wants to have his cake and eat it too should also be called a slut. Sorry, just me opinion.

S. Etole said...

Wonderful photo with the shadow as accent.

Ivanhoe said...

Any other DJ would have already been fired. Long time ago. Just my two cents :)

Steve Gravano said...

Great colors and effects on this. And the shadow adds to your topic. I do agree with you, Birth control pills should only be covered for medical reasons. On the other hand, when you disagree with someone you argue the point, not call someone names. Hey, but that's our new political arena, it is embarrassing.

grammie g said...

Hi Reena...well now..lol..Lets just get rid of Rush right of "I agree with everything above about him" what is wrong with this country..get a grip we have people who just went through hell in tornadoes that they had no control over and insurance will never replace these losses!
I read Ms.Ruse's story ...I'm sorry,but I have no emphathy about this issue when it comes to insurance paying..go dutch treat, or pay your own way or as my Mom always said "keep it in your pants"
Some people get great pleasure out of eating chocolate, but insurance companies don't pay for tummy tucks or gastric bypass when they over indulge !!!
Should she have been called these names ..definately not,but put yourself out there with a controversial subject like this and you better be expecting some flack!!!!
I do have faith in God,but believe people have the right to do and believe what they want to!!
I will interupt this rant( sorry ) and close with "fantastic shot", there is no place like Maine...of course being a Mainer ; }
I do like the way the reflection forms a cross on the roof!!
Grace : }}

Anonymous said...

Daryl, you are the best.

Just the Right Peace.

My Journey With Candida said...

LOL.... you sure can open up a can of worms when you want. Whew!! some people get hot don't they.


Great picture.

rainfield61 said...

Great picture.

Linda R said...

WOW girly.. Looks like you got some folks fired up with this post.. And I have to say I agree with almost all of it. I also had to pay for my own BC pills. But when my daughter was young she had to be put on them for medical reasons and insurance would not pay for them.. They were $60. a month. Crazy.. Oh well we made it through. That LIFE.. You know what gets me fired up is how much money is spent on campaigning.
We could pay off our national dept with all that money.. It just makes me laugh that all the money is spent so they can lie to us and tell us how great they will make this country.. It really is crazy..

OK, I'll stop now.. I am way off subject..

Anyway on to your gorgeous shot. It is lovely!!!

Marcie said...

The photo is wonderful - love the colors! As for the controversy - I remain speechless...

Kathy said...

I like the photo. Enough said!

Suldog said...

I feel contraception should be covered by insurance IF you choose to have it so and are willing to pay the added premium. Period. Birth control is not an entitlement. Limbaugh's language was crude, and the apology in that regard well-deserved, but the underlying point is valid, IMVHO.

islandwonder said...

Nice shot!!!

Madi and Mom said...

What a lovely picture. I find it kind of ironic that the shadow looks like a cross. As for your soap box...is there room up there for me? I 100% agree with you. Folks need to stop blaming others for what is wrong with them and need to stop expecting everyone else to pay their way. In short, take responsibility for themselves!!
Hugs C

Ginny said...

I don't know how Rush Limbaugh manages to stay on the air. Nor Howard Stern either. It really doesn't matter if his opinion is right or not, he fights dirty. People CAN have a reasonable debate without vicious name calling. But many people like to watch this kind of stuff. I'm glad the sponsors pulled out and aren't supporting his unnecessary showmanship.

Pat said...

A lovely photo.

Larry said...

Well Reena I am beginning to understand why there are so many political blogs on the internet ;-)

I have a tendency to get all riled up when it comes to things like this. I agree with what most of your readers have said and I must say that I thought everyone knew that Rush Limbaugh was not only a complete A$$H*** but a hypocrite as well. I don't understand folks that can listen to his gibberish for even a second.

All that aside, I don't understand why Catholics are both against birth control and abortion? Birth control completely ELIMINATES abortion! Obviously if you prevent the pregnancy, you don't have an abortion problem.

My personal opinion is that there are too many people on the planet as it is and the more unwanted pregnancies we can avoid, the better off we will be. Anything that will help women avoid unwanted pregnancies will save untold calamities and huge sums of money down the road compared to the cost of a supply of birth control pills.

A bit off topic but can we get rid of the Super PACS? Talk about turning our political process into a real mess. Uncontrolled donations by corporations and wealthy individuals getting politicians elected doesn't seem like a good idea to me. And while we're at it, how about getting rid of the Electoral College and electing politicians by popular vote? We do have computers now :-D

Did I mention that these political discussions get me riled up?

I love the title of this post BTW, "I interrupt your regularly scheduled programming." Brilliant!

Thanks for the opportunity to vent ;-)

Joe said...

Can't stand Limbaugh but I also can't stand people like this lady that think they are entitled to everything for free. The sense of entitlement is what really bothers me about this issue.

bon bon said...

i always paid out of pocket myself and didn't give it much though, but i must say i was a bit perturbed when viagra first hit the market and was covered by insurance, no questioned asked. seems to be a double standard.

Margaret said...

Viagra is medicine for a medical problem. Fertility is not a medical problem. This is a HUGE topic, as you know. So many view points AND starting points AND so many differences of understanding...

With that said, I have to defend Rush. I am not a listener, and a long, long time ago fan of his (18 years ago) I have traveled a long road and am very opinionated myself (ha, what 45+ woman isn't?)

I don't think he specifically called her a slut, if I am correct he was following a "logic of thought" which I have to say was worthy of a bit of discussion.

Why is it wrong to think that sex shouldn't be a weekend recreation? A long term committed relationship is one thing, covering her "birth control" for recreational sex is a whole other issue. Think about it, the pill in NO way protects from STD's...

I could go on and on... sorry.

I do love your blog and you are UBER talented.