Monday, March 05, 2012

Call Them Out By Name: Sandra Fluke, David Gregory and David Friend

After going to an Andrew Breitbart memorial event on Saturday, I am more inspired than ever to fight back against the Left.  Three things that were said stood out to me in that regard.  Number one, Dana Loesch said we need to follow Breitbart and hit Leftists by "calling them out by name."  Then Brandon Darby mentioned that the Left was taking advantage of our grief and we were losing on Limbaugh.  Finally, I'm struck with the image of Breitbart himself in this tribute video looking straight at the camera and simply saying, "War."

This is war.  I am going to defend Limbaugh from the radical Leftists who want to take him off the air.  And I am going to call out our opponents by name.  Starting with Sandra Fluke, David Gregory and David Friend.

Sandra Fluke. 
Sandra Fluke is a 30 year old woman who is president of Law Students for Reproductive Justice and went to Georgetown Law despite knowing that their insurance does not cover birth control - because they are a Catholic institution - and made it her mission to force them to change their policy.  Remember when I mentioned how feminazis lied and said a Congressional hearing on religious concerns about the Obamacare contraceptive mandate was only men?  They had wanted Sandra Fluke to testify - I guess Allison Dabbs Garrett and Dr. Laura Champion, the two women who DID testify at the "all-male" panel, just don't count as women because they don't toe the radical feminist line.

When the 30 year old woman, Sandra Fluke, did finally speak, she claimed that she and her fellow law school attendees were suffering under the strain of paying for their own birth control out of pocket - she said it costs $3,000 over a 3 year law school term!

I have no idea what kind of birth control she was claiming cost $3,000.  Out of pocket, condoms are free or about $1, the Pill costs as low as $4 a month/ $10 over three months, an IUD is $500 but lasts 5 years, etc.  There really is not a birth control that should cost $3,000 over 3 years (you can't count the first doctor's visit because obviously the yearly OB-GYN exam is covered by her insurance), this woman is vastly overpaying.  You'd think by age 30 she'd have shopped around and figured out the most economical solutions to her problem.  Why does her Catholic law school - and the rest of us - have to pay for her bad shopping choices? 

[UPDATED: On February 7th, before her testimony, Georgetown's law newspaper wrote about some of her background in radically crusading on this issue, including a campaign to lobby GU and the Obama Administration, and even a sex discrimination claim.  She explicitly says she wants to make GU's policy illegal:
Former LSRJ Co-President Sandra Fluke, 3L, organized a lobbying campaign to try to persuade the university to reverse course before the mandate was announced in August 2011.  When the campaign was unsuccessful, the group turned its efforts to lobbying the Obama administration to extend the mandate to universities like Georgetown, and even considered filing a sex discrimination claim against the school.
“We’re very excited that these regulations may make that unnecessary and would make it crystal clear to the administration that continuing this policy would be illegal,” Fluke said.
Another blogger dug into her background and wonders if she's being managed by the Glover Park Group.]

In regards to Rush Limbaugh, he was making the point that she wants others to pay for her to have sex. She wants to be paid for having sex by forcing Catholics and their insurers (i.e. every one of us who will be forced to buy insurance under Obamacare) to pay for her birth control.  He literally shouldn't have said "slut" because a slut doesn't get paid and he later retracts, but he did also say "prostitute," which better fit his analogy.  Clearly not a well thought out rant as he goes back and forth on several words.  Here is the transcript from 2/29/12 for which Rush has since apologized:
"RUSH: What does it say about the college co-ed Sandra Fluke, 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. She's having so much sex she can't afford the contraception. She wants you and me and the taxpayers to pay her to have sex. What does that make us? We're the pimps. (interruption) The johns? We would be the johns? No! We're not the johns. (interruption) Yeah, that's right. Pimp's not the right word. Okay, so she's not a slut. She's "round heeled." I take it back."
Ridiculously, but predictably, Democrats are seizing on Rush Limbaugh's statement to do two things they love to do: change the subject and raise money. Even the President of the United States took time out of his busy day (presumably filled with strategy sessions on how to save our economy, lower the price of gas, and get Americans back to work) to call this 30 year old woman who shamelessly told the world about her overspending problem (hey, they have something in common!).

In response, Laura Ingraham tweeted, "Ed Schultz called me a slut last May...still waiting for Obama's call" (more on Schultz later).  Don't forget this is the same president who whined about having to take more pictures with the troops!  I hope he called from the DNC and not the White House because this was a purely cynical campaign op and Democrats are raising millions off this and the media are making in-kind contributions with all the attention they've brought to the issue - which brings me to David Gregory.

David Gregory. 
David Gregory is the host of NBC's Sunday morning show "Meet the Press" who spent the first 5 minutes of his interview with Newt Gingrich this week trying to push the liberal line on Limbaugh and birth control.  God Bless Newt Gingrich for slapping back at Gregory - Newsbusters recorded Newt's great response:
"You know, David, I am astonished at the desperation of the elite media to avoid rising gas prices, to avoid the President's apology to religious fanatics in Afghanistan, to avoid a trillion dollar deficit, to avoid the longest period of unemployment since the Great Depression, and to suddenly decide that Rush Limbaugh is the great national crisis of this week."
Newt continued:
"There is no debate about access to contraception. There is a debate, which Cardinal George of Chicago has pointed out, is a war against the Catholic Church. You do have this weird situation where President Obama apologizes to Islamic extremists while waging war against the Catholic Church."
David Gregory: useful idiot of the Left.  I hear the other Sunday morning shows made the issue a focus as well, but Gregory has the distinction of getting his butt whooped on it so I wanted to rub it in and highlight Newt's great response.

Video of the Newt v. Gregory exchange:



David Friend. 
David Friend is an Obama campaign donor and the CEO of Carbonite who decided after Rush Limbaugh apologized to still withdraw ads from his program, despite the fact that Carbonite still advertises for other men who call women sluts, Ed Schultz and Howard Stern.  Friend wrote on the Carbonite website explaining the decision to drop advertising:
“No one with daughters the age of Sandra Fluke, and I have two, could possibly abide the insult and abuse heaped upon this courageous and well-intentioned young lady. ..."
I'm going to go out on a limb here and guess that he has no idea that Fluke is in her 30's.  He probably thinks, like the myth the media has been perpetuating, that she's of undergrad college age.  I can't imagine him bringing up his own daughters or calling her a "young lady" (how patronizing, by the way) unless he thought she was in the 18-22 range, but I guess it's possible.  And if that's the case, then he should be equally upset that Laura Ingraham, a woman in her 40's (an age his daughters will be someday), was called a slut by Ed Schultz, one of the men his company sponsors.  Ben Howe's on the case asking, Carbonite Drops Ads from Rush Limbaugh but Not Ed Schultz?

And how about him calling Fluke "courageous and well-intentioned?"  Puh-LEAZE!  As if she was an innocent victim who was thrown into this, instead of an adult liberal activist who crusaded on this issue and ran to the press and the world to demand that the government force the religious institution she attends to violate its beliefs and give her contraception for free.  Begging for a government handout is not courageous and her years of activism on this very issue shows she was not well-intentioned.  Fluke knew full well what she was getting into and as Ed Morrissey said, "If you want your sexual choices to remain private, don’t use the government to force other people to subsidize them."

Before they made the decision to pull their ads, Friend said that "the outcry over Limbaugh is the worst we’ve ever seen."  Well, Dittoheads, let's make the outcry over them dropping Limbaugh the worst they've ever seen!  Here is Carbonite's contact page, and be sure to Tweet them and Facebook them!


This is war.  We lost an amazing leader when Breitbart died, but pieces of him live on in the hearts of millions of us now.  He is still here.


UPDATE: People are having fun with making petitions on WhiteHouse.gov:

We Petition the Obama Administration to:
and my personal favorite:
UPDATE 2: The Media Research Center has an I Stand With Rush petition that I just signed, please share:

The Petition States:

I stand with Rush Limbaugh and appreciate the massive contribution that he has made to the conservative movement and our nation over the last 25 years. Rush has apologized. But the radical left will never accept it because they despise him and want him off the air. I condemn attempts by radical left-wing organizations and the media to censor Rush and his commonsense conservative message.

Related Posts:
No, Planned Parenthood, Birth Control is NOT "Basic Health Care"
Debunking the Myth that 99% of Women Are Using Birth Control

Controlling the Birth Control Debate

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29 comments:

Anonymous said...

Just called out David Gregory on Twitter--felt good!

Anonymous said...

Alexa, great article. Keep naming names. More on Davey Gregory:

"Thursday night on Last Word, David Gregory was invited on to promote his web-only show 'Pass with David Gregory.' I guess the 'pass' is, 'I'll pass on mentioning, in all my Freddie / Fannie investigations, that my wife, Beth Wilkinson, was one of the four top executives in Fannie Mae who resigned as the federal government took it into receivership in 2008.'"

http://crooksandliars.com/bluegal-aka-fran/hey-david-gregory-didnt-your-wife

Thank you.

Cold Warrior

Anonymous said...

Already tweeted the twits and I am true to my word. We will not use any of the products/services nor will I let it rest. I will be sure to let all my friends know that the traitorous companies have decided to flaunt and ignore the 1st Amendment to pad their bottom line.
Thanks Alexa for your work.

@Chingasso

Anonymous said...

Thanks Alexa! Tweeted @Carbonite - HYPOCRITES

Karnival said...

I say we send a message. After years of watching and 'accepting the fact' that we are constantly called racists, fascists, homophobes, anti-women, anti-planet, neanderthals, and what have you, I'm done. Done. Done.

Time to slug back in the face. I say Everyone drop HBO this month. Now. This March. You can live without it. Sign up for Showtime if you need something (it has better programming anyway). But- drop HBO. If a few hundred thousand HBO subscribers suddenly quit, I think someone might get a little nervous.

Even if Maher is untouched by it, HBO will not be. And...they will know there is a price to pay going forward. I'm done. I'm so done. Breitbart is Here.

Anonymous said...

Oops - I think I just accidentally canceled my Carbonite service...

Jay -- Arlington Virginia Condos said...

David Friend is a donor to hate filled MoveOn.org and its ancillaries. His comments about his daughters are 100% insincere. Lots of pieces out today about him and hypocrisy on this. He is a left winger who gives $$$ to the shutting down of free speech. That's his true identity--not the I'm an offended father bullcrap.

http://m.spectator.org/169477/show/8f43abff451f433b25e3e4af614ad494/

@ChampionCitizen

Big E said...

Alexa, do you have their direct emails?

Would be happy to pass this on to a couple of hundred good close conservative friends so the can feel some Alinsky style heat from the right!

Not a fan of Rush, but "all it takes for tyranny to prevail is for good men to do nothing." The lies and deceit of these people needs to be exposed.

Dan said...

Just canceled my carbonite service, and will not patronize any company that quit advertising on Rush. We should do all we can to discredit Sandra Fluke before she becomes the next Gloria Allred.

Zilla said...

Great post, Alexa. I got here through The Other McCain. Will add you to my blogroll.

Anonymous said...

`we need to follow Breitbart and hit Leftists by "calling them out by name."'

LOL. Which you do anonymously from behind an alias "Alexa".

I guess you're also inspired by the chicken hawks you revere, who urge war and yet avoid military service.

Stsmith said...

I think it's too late for that sadly. This was a well thought out campaign, planned weeks or months ago. That young woman needs $1k of birth control a year like I am an astronaut (and I'm afraid of heights if you take my meaning). This is her life's work, her activism: making anything to do with sexuality a government subsidized activity be it contraception, abortion, gender replacement surgery. Look at her credentials.

Goethe Girl said...

I went to the Carbonite site to leave a message of protest and found that its "Contact" link has been locked. The company must be getting lots of furious messages and, I hope, cancelations.

Anonymous said...

In response to a request above, here is the e-mail address of David Friend, CEO of Carbonite:
david.friend@carbonite.com

Alexa said...

Thank you all for your support - keep fighting back and putting the pressure on Carbonite's David Friend, David Gregory, and Sandra Fluke!

Big E, no I don't have personal contacts for them, unfortunately.

Zilla, I'll add you back.

LOL - funny to be attacked for anonymously hiding behind an alias by someone posting as "ANONYMOUS"!!! (comment from March 06, 2012 7:54 AM)

Ozarkrunner said...

Re: the Bill Maher petition:

"The petition you are trying to access has been removed from the site under our Moderation Policy because it is in violation of our Terms of Participation. "

Ken said...

Went to sign the two petitions below :


apologize to Laura Ingraham for Ed Schultz's offensive remarks about her, as seems to be White House policy now.

return Bill Maher's $1million dollar donation unless and until he apologizes for calling Sarah Palin a "slut."


But could not find them. Did the "White House" remove these while allowing other left-radical ones to remain ? Yea, if so, this "White House" is "listening" to "the people"...

Anonymous said...

Ms Fluke's Testimony

As I read through the testimony, particularly the part
about Ms. Fluke's friend, I was struck by the cost of birth control - $3000
just didn't make sense. So, being a numbers guy, I decided to check things
out. The first thing I did was check out the cost claim. It was wildly
inflated to say the least. A woman with a prescription can go to the
Georgetown Target store and get a months supply of commonly available
generic birth control pills for $9 or a little over $100 per year. The most
expensive birth control was about $50 per month. The only time I could find
anything approaching $200 was for a doctor visit to check out a woman for
STDs and give her an appropriate prescription.

Since Ms. Fluke had either lied or misstated the cost information, I decided
to check the accuracy of her anecdote about Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
(PCOS). Per wikipedia, the use of COMMONLY AVAILABLE birth control pills is
for treatment of excessive hair on a woman's body. Ms Fluke stated that her
friend was a lesbian. PCOS involves an aberration in male hormones.
Surgical removal of an ovary for this condition is not normal practice as
laproscopic surgery can be used to drain the cysts. A cancerous ovary,
however, would certainly involve ovarian surgery to remove the diseased
organ and subsequent treatment could be expensive - a lot more than a few
thousand. Ovarian cancer is certainly a serious and life threatening
medical condition which should normally be covered under even the most
limited of insurances.)

Interestingly, many of the women at Georgetown have tried to con the
insurance company that operates under the guidance of Georgetown University.
This company provides limited health care coverage meeting Georgetown's
guideline, and those guidelines apparently exclude payment for birth control
medications. (I speculate that what Georgetown does is provide its
students with very low cost healthcare coverage, and the insurance company
carefully checks any and all claims of medical need for the use of a birth
control pill or medication.) Apparently, Ms Fluke's friend was unable to
provide sufficient proof of medical need although how that is possible based
on the situation doesn't make any sense to me. Once again, I suspect Ms.
Fluke has either lied or misstated the situation.

Unfortunately, Rush Limbaugh made this idiocy personal rather than
professional. I can certainly understand his skepticism, and am
sufficiently certain that this is another one of the cleverly crafted sob
stories of the left. However, he should know that you are not going to win
an argument like this and his apology to Ms Fluke was appropriate not only
because it was right to do so but also because it makes good business sense.

My bottom line: It appears that Ms. Fluke "cooked the books" rather
substantially to make her statement and anecdote more significant. Rush got
caught in the trap.

Dan L said...

Just gave Carbonite an earful. Keep it up!

Anonymous said...

You are just like all liberals: A liar, a cheat and a charlatan. Replace that last word with a bag of...no, I won't stoop to your level. You socialists/communists will soon be just a bad memory.

jason6311 said...

So I have all kinds of problems with the anecdotal, provably problematic, and biased agenda-driven testimony of Ms. Fluke on this issue. As should any objective, reasonable person who is paying attention. And we would agree that Obama's phone call to her smacks of a political stunt.

But really, to defend and even lionize Limbaugh on this? The man does next to nothing for healthy political discourse in the country (Olberman is a similarly anger-filled over-the-top affliction from the far left). He apologized (well sort of) and that is good enough for me. The additional penalty of some woes from advertisers (likely temporary) seems a lot more like just desserts than something worthy of "going to war" over. I can't help but think we would all be better served by letting him take his lumps on this one and letting it fade away.

Koozebane said...

I'm sorry Jason, we've been doing it your way and letting things slide for decades.

And what do we have to show for it? We have a magical mystery radical in the Whitehouse who thumbs his nose at the American people as he openly tramples their rights.

Unlike you, I'm ready to take the fight straight to them over every single issue they fabricate, obscure, or deflect.

War.

jason6311 said...

That is a path to failure. You pick your battles on the things that count. And Rush "ain't it".

Anonymous said...

Birth control is only that cheap if your insurance covers it which is the whole point... uncovered oral contraception is easily 50-100/ month.

Alexa said...

Wow, so much fail, "Anonymous" March 07, 2012 10:11 AM.

Apparently you missed my paragraph on the cost without insurance of different contraceptives. Oral contraceptives are $4-9 at Wal-mart, as you'll see.

I guess you're as bad at finding deals as Sandra Fluke!

Rachel Mace said...

Alexa,

I lost my ovary on 12/29/2011 at Fairfax Hospital. It was because my IUD had become lost in my uterus and I had grown VERY LARGE ovarian cysts. Apparently, Levonorgestrel, the active ingredient in Mirena has the "side effect" of growing ovarian cysts in 12% of users. Yes, that's 12%. Levonorgestrel is also found in... PLAN B! Why aren't people fact checking Sandra Fluke at all? Does the "medical fact-checking" only apply to liberals when they tout the benefits of hormonal birth control? Even with my bad experience with hormonal birth control, I say sell it in pharamcies to adult women with proper ID. I say, make it widely available... I say let the Catholics keep their first ammendment right and NOT pay for it in any way. Sandra Fluke isn't a slut. Men aren't attracted to that kind of manipulation. Sandra Fluke is a b*tch. And a liar. And Carbonite is a ridiculous product.

Anonymous said...

Do not cry War! unless you are ready to kill the enemy. Until then, cry Politics! or some other nonsense.

Stop changing the meaning of terms to express your outrage. War is a fight unto death or surrender, not a bitter argument.

Gunny G said...

LOVE IT! You go girl.

Added you to my blog roll.


www.theantiliberalzone.com

Anonymous said...

Its birth control, you religious nut! not abortion control. The catholic church should have no problems with this. The problem with the catholic church is they will not allow their priests to marry, that is why they have to scrape the bottom of the barrel to find priests, who are pedofiles. They have been practising pederasty in the church for years. Just like the indulges that led Martin Luther to break with them. Their rules are insane. The Borgias literally stole a papacy. It scandalized the church for a millenia. The catholic needs to understand that the bible is a living document which means that some parts of it can be adjusted to the times we live in, same as the constitution. It is people like you who do not understand that life is about change that keep the world going backwards instead of forwards. You probably dislike muslims and jews also. Why not try reading the bible, and other historical documents regarding the church. The dogma needs to stop. How can a 70 year old man who has never known intimacy or the love of a good woman, going to be able to tell millions of men and women what they should do with their bodies. Its people like you who miss everything the gospels were meant to change.