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They don’t want an apology, they want a confession

They don’t want an apology, they want a confession

Ann Althouse gets deep into the weeds on apologies, and finds that some apologies are more equal than others in the eyes of the Democratic Commisariate (emphasis in original):

Now, I believe in general principles, and I want to know what the general principle is about accepting apologies. I’d like to nail down people like Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Eric Boehlert, because their candidate, Barack Obama, is one of the greatest purveyors of apologies in the history of the world!

There is a difference between heartfelt apology, and a political confession.  An apology would not be enough to obtain release from prison, while a confession, which is a political statement that has nothing to do with the heart, held out the possibility of getting one out of prison:

Rush apologized for two words he used, but he has not confessed, so expect the Demagogic reign of terror to continue.

In other apologetic news, which I deeply regret having to present to you:


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Lying b!tch Sandra FLUCK, who perjured herself before Congress, has rejected Limbaugh’s apology.

As expected.

Now, we continue the attack. FLUCK lied. Repeatedly. Often. And pretty much always.

This will be shown over the coming days. Example: the puuuurrr lady who lost an overy.

That is ONE example.

    BannedbytheGuardian in reply to Ragspierre. | March 5, 2012 at 6:19 pm

    Fluke did NOT testify.

    She was not permitted to testify as she did not have any qualifications legal medical or religious for that hearing.

    She fronted a Faux panel arranged by the Dems.

    Think straight man. You are not going to win relaying false info & getting all emotional.

      Ragspierre in reply to BannedbytheGuardian. | March 5, 2012 at 6:38 pm

      A worthy question…

      was she put under oath? The transcript I have does not mention that.

        BannedbytheGuardian in reply to Ragspierre. | March 5, 2012 at 6:47 pm

        A Democratic steering committee.

        I would not think so as I am guessing these are focus fishing things. However I am more knowledgeable about The westminster system.

        Here -yes to a Senate or Parliamentary Tribunal .

        If it were for one of our Parties no one would give it any merit . They would care less.


      Karl Rogue in reply to BannedbytheGuardian. | March 5, 2012 at 9:22 pm

      Exactly right. It was staged testimony, and therefore was not under oath. Agit-prop.

Forgive me if this is posted on the wrong post, but I feel the urge to share this in the hope others will likewise send emails. We do not need to intimidate advertisers like the left, but we can certainly express our dismay. Just emailed carbonite.

“Dear Carbonite,

I am writing to ask how a company could willingly kowtow to those who strive to silence free speech rather than support a discourse of the issues of the day?

I first heard of your product because of your advertising on the Rush Limbaugh show, but can no longer support anyone who cowers and tries to stifle debate. You fell for a typical tactic of those who cannot have an argument and who know they are wrong, a tactic that tries to remove those who voice the truth from the public.

Only those who are wrong and cannot debate the actual issues silence their foes, and you threw your lot in with them. Lost in this whole faux controversy is the fact that Rush was right! You may not like one or two of the words he used, but that does not change his entire argument, an argument that goes well beyond one student trying to get others to pay for her sexual endeavors.

Further, who decides what is and is not offensive? Those same people calling for you to stop advertising on Rush’s show are the same people who hurl insults at anyone who disagrees with them, who have called conservatives (and especially conservative woman) the most vile names imaginable. Insults used simply because those conservative speaks the truth and does not conform to the leftist group think. You still support some of those leftists via advertising. Will you pull support from them?

Many so called tolerant liberals strive to remove all manner of Christianity from the public view, both by abusing the legal system and by calling anyone religious the most disgraceful names. Just the other day a liberal host was mocking God and the faith of the victims lost in the deadly storms across the country. Where is the outrage there? There is none because it was a liberal saying the words supporting liberal dogma. They claim offense at some symbols of Christianity. Should we kowtow before their absurd claims as well?

There are plenty of products out there I can support where my money does not go to support a group trying to stifle free speech. Once I find a viable option, of which there are many, I will no longer support you.

Be Breitbart,

Ps. Just to be clear, I am not asking you to pull support from the liberals. They can easily be defeated in debate, there is no need to silence them via intimidation tactics.”

Surprise, surprise. Sandra Fluke seems to have a problem being called a “slut” for expecting the government to violate First Amendment guaranteed rights, and is unwilling to accept a phone call from Rush Limbaugh, and doesn’t think his apology is valid, yet had no problem running down stop signs in her dash to get on the Ed Schultz show, the same Ed Schultz who called Laura Ingrahma a “right-wing slut.” Perhaps the adjective “right-wing” made Schultz’ comments acceptable in Ms. Fluke’s mind. Nor did she mention that her host also called Sarah Palin a “bimbo.”

Outrage is selective with this woman. And I warned all of you (only to get dislike marks) that Rush’s apology would NOT be accepted and this ploy on the left to destroy him will continue, and continue, and continue.

But hey, no problem. We hold the higher ground, right? Just like Don Imus, Lou Dobbs and Pat Buchannan, right before they were fired. Too bad most of you are not old enough to remember GE firing Ronald Reagan because he told the truth.

    Ragspierre in reply to retire05. | March 5, 2012 at 5:27 pm

    “We hold the higher ground, right?”

    I was taught that that is the right ground to hold. Somebody change that when I wasn’t looking?

    FLUCK is just the tar baby dejour, and will be used up and discarded before long, or move to the dizzy heights of infamy occupied by “Summer Soldier” Kerry.

    Neither a place I envy.

      retire05 in reply to Ragspierre. | March 5, 2012 at 6:52 pm

      It may be the right ground to hold, but it is pure stupidity to throw your ammunition into the creek below. Sooner, or later, the enemy is going to climb that high ground, and then what?

      Karl Rogue in reply to Ragspierre. | March 5, 2012 at 9:27 pm

      You take the high ground, and they take your job and your freedom. bad trade.

    Terri in reply to retire05. | March 5, 2012 at 6:52 pm

    Funny you mention Imus.

    Don Imus On Rush Limbaugh: ‘He’s A Fat, Gutless, Pill-Popping Loser’

    I can’t believe these people! No wonder the world is going straight to hell!

    Karl Rogue in reply to retire05. | March 5, 2012 at 9:26 pm

    You were right. Rush’s only mistake was apologizing. It will make matters much worse for him, and will certainly cause these kinds of gait-prop attacks to increase vs conservatives. I love the guy, but he made exactly the wrong move, once it became clear to him that he had stumbled into a trap.

Don’t forget to sign up for your 15-day free trial of Carbonite. Ten days should be plenty to make up your mind.

Also, be sure to watch their two minute video first (maybe three or four times, just to be sure).

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So, if you used a free compression utility like 7-zip to create a copy of your Windows Install disks, and then added a new 1-byte file to it every day for your 10 days of trial, that could add up to quite a bit of space on Carbonite’s servers. So you might want to keep that in mind when you cancel after 10 days or so.

Of course, I’m just kidding and would never encourage anyone to actually do something like that.

Remember the Left won when Rev. Al managed to get the NFL to lock Rush out of owning a team. This is the warped value system of our political culture. A guy who defamed a man and whose riot led to 7 deaths, gets to dictate who is moral enough to spend millions to buy a football team.
And Sharpton has no regrets.

    BannedbytheGuardian in reply to Soccerdad. | March 5, 2012 at 7:04 pm

    Thank you for remembering this.

    Yankel Rosenbaum is someone I often think about . He went to NY to further develop his fiery Jewishness & got killed by Sharpton’s people.

    Anthony Wiener was the political winner taking that borough in NY elections possibly as a secular non trouble making Jew.

    Time moves on & some of us still remember .

“It’s the economy, stupid.” Jobs. Energy. The price of gas. The endangered safety net. The retirement crisis. Health care. The national debt. The living standards of future generations.

No no no: let’s spend the next day being shocked shocked that Arianna Huffington’s AOL has dropped Limbaugh.

Then we can get back to debating whether Fluke should or should not be called a slut.

After that, surely Axelrod, MSM et al will have other distractions that we can feel morally superior for falling for.

Soon enough it will be November, and it will feel so good to be furious about how those stupid independent voters reelected Obama.

    ohiochili in reply to gs. | March 5, 2012 at 6:24 pm

    This is not about Rush. This is about the left trying to silence another conservative voice. I am a nobody in Columbus, Ohio. I attend TEA party rallies, I write emails and letters, work for my candidate and send what donations I can, but I do not have a national voice like Rush or Mark Levin. I doubt very seriously that Nancy Pelosi has ever read one letter I sent her, but I am pretty sure she hears every mention of her made by Rush. For 30 years, the left has been working to destroy conservatism in America. We just lost one major force for the right, we don’t want to lose another. The time has come to take a stand, and this is just as good a place as any. I can sit here and type comments on blogs all day and come election day, it won’t matter a hill of beans what I say. The problems you mention that we face are much more important than this manufactured Fluke drivel, but the left has made it important because they are using it to try to silence Rush. He can reach more ears in a day than a 1000 of us can reach in a month.
    We have to fight the left on many levels, and we all have different ways of doing battle, but I am not going to sit with my hands in my lap while the left tries again to extinguish those who speak for us.

      We probably disagree on some things but I salute the good work you are doing.

      I remain exasperated that, once again, the Right is fighting in terms of the Left’s narrative, at a time and place of the Left’s choosing—without creating linkage, in the public mind, to the election-deciding issues my previous comment mentioned.

      It’s also my suspicion that an in-depth analysis of this train wreck would conclude that the problems started with House Republicans’ inability to anticipate or parry Democrat ploys on the issue.

    SmokeVanThorn in reply to gs. | March 6, 2012 at 7:50 am

    What is your point? That conservatives should have ignored the attack on the Catholic church via the HHS mandate? That Rush should not have called Fluck a slut? That we should abandon Rush?

    How should this have been handled?

theduchessofkitty | March 5, 2012 at 5:23 pm

Don’t forget Galileo, Professor.

In order to be spared from the burning stake, he had to retract everything he said regarding the revolution of the Earth around the Sun and be put on house arrest for the rest of his life… by the self-same Church that now fights for freedom of conscience…

    Ragspierre in reply to theduchessofkitty. | March 5, 2012 at 5:33 pm

    Galileo was defended by the Church, as well. Things are seldom one way or the other altogether.

      BannedbytheGuardian in reply to Ragspierre. | March 5, 2012 at 7:23 pm

      I had a laugh when I saw Prof’s example. Being a Russiaphile myself i appreciate the chutzpah. A god tactic exploiting all the elements . BRAVO.

      Duchess has hit back perfectly. Go Girl.

      Rags -your reply is limp. You need to stiffen it up as it were. Better still if you are a Catholic boy then we got some real angst.

        Ragspierre in reply to BannedbytheGuardian. | March 5, 2012 at 7:36 pm

        Sod off, old son. A lot of the Galileo story is old Protestent propaganda, come down as “accepted wisdom”.

        The Church (of which I am no part) was instrumental in the long evolution of the ideals of the scientific method, free speech, etc.

        I’ll limp your angst for you, you begger…!!!

          theduchessofkitty in reply to Ragspierre. | March 5, 2012 at 8:13 pm

          That’s why I included a Wikipedia link, so those who need a refresher course can read and see for themselves.

          Besides, have you not thought of the one external force that influenced the trial and conviction of Galileo more than anything else – the Protestant Reformation, which was sprouting north of where Galileo’s event took place.

          When Martin Luther posted 95 thesis for discussion with an agent selling “indulgences”, he barely knew he was setting off a firestorm that would spread beyond the Church and into every corner of humanity. It was, ironically, his Reformation that sprouted a Counter-Reformation, whose leaders were the Jesuits under St. Ignacio de Loyola and their feminine counterparts, the Ursulines, under St. Angela Merici. These two orders, among others, contributed in many ways to the spread of knowledge and discovery for the next hundreds of years.

          No one seems to remember this, but it was a Jesuit, Fr. George Lamaitre, who formulated the Theory of the Big Bang, concerning the origins of the Universe. Nowadays, the Vatican has a nice Observatory, and there have been even a little speculation from the Vatican on whether there is life in other planets. Galileo would be pleased.

          Sadly, both the Jesuits and Ursulines in America have been thoroughly corrupted by the “Social Justice” gospel and “theology of liberation”, which JPII condemned strongly during his Papacy.

          BannedbytheGuardian in reply to Ragspierre. | March 5, 2012 at 8:26 pm


          The modern scientific world I recognise comes from Protestant countries. England & Germany.

          The hero imo is Martin Luther who liberated the thought process from the Catholic Church.

          I grant you The Jesuits have put up a good intellectual fight but today it is sadly represented by Georgetown & Sandra Fluke.

          Of course the current Pope is of the order formerly the Grand Poobahs of Torture And repression.

          Rags -you need more humour & a little lateral thinking.

    I get it: Galileo was forced to recant 379 years ago, ergo American Catholics should be prevented from enjoying freedom of conscience. Can we have back all the blood shed by American Catholics in defense of our Constitution, or was all that blood shed too recently for you?

      theduchessofkitty in reply to Quite Rightly. | March 5, 2012 at 6:00 pm

      That’s not what I mean – and you know it.

      I’m quite convinced Catholics worldwide have learned the lessons from the Galileo debacle – and realized that truth and conscience go hand in hand. The formal apology to Galileo from Pope John Paul II sets that in stone for posterity.

      I’m sure they knew that by the time they began to arrive to these shores with the foundation of the colonies, including Maryland…

If leftists didn’t have double standard they would have no standard at all…

A better “apology” would have been apologizing for calling Fluke a prostitute because prostitutes give something in return.
What is most apparent from the whole affair is that the denizens of the “liberal” world lack grace.

theduchessofkitty | March 5, 2012 at 6:05 pm

“A better “apology” would have been apologizing for calling Fluke a prostitute because prostitutes give something in return.”


Uncle Samuel | March 5, 2012 at 6:08 pm

An apology or a confession or thousands of them will not make any difference.

Rush is in a war with people who hate and don’t ever forgive. They take no prisoners. Their goal will be destroy Rush. Ms. Fluke is planning to sue. Emily’s list and the NOW are formidable enemies…of unborn life, marriage and social conservatives. Soros will help out just for the fun of it.

    Uncle Samuel in reply to Uncle Samuel. | March 5, 2012 at 6:16 pm

    If Netanyhu were to go home and tell Israel, ‘We can rely on Obama,’ they would have him committed permanently to a treatment facility. In fact, he probably didn’t eat or drink anything while he was in the White House.

    theduchessofkitty in reply to Uncle Samuel. | March 5, 2012 at 6:23 pm

    We all know what they want: Rush living in penury, under a bridge somewhere, just as they wish it to all of the “Neanderthals” who oppose them.

    It’s time to stand, people. If they do it to Rush, they will do it to anyone from among you.

    Ragspierre in reply to Uncle Samuel. | March 5, 2012 at 6:25 pm

    Hey, Unc, Rush knows all that. He’s been around the barn, and knows a thing or two.

    Her lawsuit would be a FESTIVAL for Conservatives, trust me. EVERY claim, EVERY assertion would be subjected to discovery. Hell, I’d volunteer my services for that. I bet Mark Levin would be chomping at the bit for that gig.

    Plus, she made herself a public figure, and “New York Times” makes her burden of proof VERY high.

      Uncle Samuel in reply to Ragspierre. | March 5, 2012 at 7:39 pm

      Thanks for the laugh. It would be a media circus for sure. Maybe you and Mark Levin could be co-counsel. We at LI would definitely want a live stream.

    Karl Rogue in reply to Uncle Samuel. | March 5, 2012 at 9:32 pm

    An apology or a confession or thousands of them will not make any difference.

    Indeed, it will only make matters worse. And already has.

Fluke defined her character in practice and testimony. She is a product of the sexual revolution and the massive distortion of the natural order which followed. She, and others like her, have voluntarily mimicked the behavior — real and perceived — of their male counterparts. She has also followed the logic of left-wing ideologues to rationalize the conduct of progressive involuntary exploitation for individual benefit at the expense of preserving mutually consistent dignity. It is her arguments, and similar, that have formed the foundation of corruption in our society.

It’s not just Catholics who are targeted; although, they represent the single largest group of like-minded people in this nation. The protestant groups are cleaved and are capable of projecting less power individually. And every other group with American sentiments are in the minority.

It may well be that they have passed the point of no return, which would explain the merit of promoting and fostering antagonism within each division, which eventually encompasses the whole population. The only caution I would offer is that the distinction between left and right is measured in degrees. Whereas American conservatism can justifiably be considered moderate, we are factually to the left of American libertarianism.

As for the left-wing leaders, they need to step back and recognize that they are wrong and dissociate with allies that do not share this nation and her citizens’ best interests. There was an “original compromise”, which consumed several hundred thousand American lives to resolve. We should tread carefully when deviating from the prescriptive guidelines set forth in The Declaration of Independence and Constitution. We cannot afford to perpetuate the denigration of individual dignity and devaluation of human life.

If Americans want to preserve their liberty, then they must be capable of self-moderating behavior. Individuals like Fluke are representative of a significant portion of our population who are either incapable or unwilling.

Hey, Professor, more bad news….they’re going after Paula Deen now for racism and sexual harassment. I guess Moochelle didn’t like it when Paula called her out on her eating habits. We are just beginning to see the coordinated attacks on all conservatives now. The war truly is begun.

myohmymanatee | March 5, 2012 at 7:26 pm

Unfortunately for Rush, the government is the biggest consumer right now. For all the EBT cards, welfare card, food stamps card, viagra card, money card that government spread around, they can pressed the BS on corporations that doing business with government.

9thDistrictNeighbor | March 5, 2012 at 7:29 pm

Come on now, ladies and gentlemen…as of 7:25 p.m. eastern standard time only 517 people had signed the White House Petition!!!! Let’s get with the program!

BannedbytheGuardian | March 5, 2012 at 7:41 pm

I googled .Fluke = ‘DC Slutwalks ‘ & came up with a Georgetown campus paper using this word & associated terms quite happily & freely.

The Georgetown admin did not object then . Their current outrage is feeble.

Also have a peek at Fluke’s scholarships . These include one from the Methodists . Vets of Foreign Wars & even THE KNIGHTS OF TEMPLR.

She knows how to fleece the system.


Now where is my “Da Vinci Code” .Is there a chapter on infiltrators & Deep Throats of The Illuminati?

Or are all of these fronts a trap & the real guys still in a medieval castle in Poland pulling the strings?

Popular culture can be fun . Sadly I actually knew someone who had a terminal illness when reading |Da Vinci / & went to the grave believing it.

Rush loses his first station over the Fluke issue. Who would have guessed it would be one in Asia ;0

Hilo, Hawaii-based KPUA AM 670 announcing that they will no longer air his show.

theduchessofkitty | March 5, 2012 at 8:22 pm

Hey guys,

Did you see this?

Revealed: Abortion Agenda of Campus Group Headed by Sandra Fluke

Bon apetit, everyone!

Ms Fluke and her compatriots in the RJ club claim to need access to contraceptives. So, they must engage in those activities for which one would need contraceptives. If anyone out there has been providing the ceptive that needs to be contra-ed, perhaps he could let us know how it was. Maybe we are being hasty; maybe there is an upside for the casual sperm donor. Ms Fluke claims to be not alone; she claims to have lots of members in her RJ club. Maybe there are sample performances on the web somewhere. Maybe there are phone numbers. The possibilities are endless.

Larry Sheldon | March 5, 2012 at 10:19 pm

Althouse said “their candidate, Barack Obama,”?


Has she no integrity at all?

As I recall just before I recognized my error she side she was voting for Obama. Had she any integrity she would have said “our candidate, Barack Obama,”

For shame.

tranquil.night | March 5, 2012 at 11:01 pm

“They want a confession.”

Echoes of the Inquisition..

Or what the Left believe went on during the Inquisition at least.

Fluke lied.

Obama cried.

Rush apologized.


BannedbytheGuardian | March 6, 2012 at 1:26 am

Whoah Kitty – I did not see your post when i replied to Rags.

It is very rare for me to find anybody on an American site that thinks anything like me.

Bravo .

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