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5/22/2014

This Happened Today

Filed under: 2014 Election,General — JVW @ 3:41 pm

[guest post by JVW]

My hometown newspaper, The Daily Breeze, published their endorsements for the June 3 primary today. Who did they judge to be among the best two choices for the state senate in my district? None other than Sandra Fluke.

Seriously, Sandra Fluke.

Here is what they had to say:

Fluke is an attorney and women’s rights activist best known as the woman who radio’s Rush Limbaugh called a slut — he later apologized — after she testified before Congress in favor of birth control. She may be young (she’s 33) and a first-time candidate for public office, but she has the spine and the know-how to take on Sacramento.

Her fast rise to national attention and the way she handled all the buzz was impressive. Even more impressive are her clear and thoughtful ideas on policy. If elected, she said she would focus on issues such as water conservation measures, easing congestion on Los Angeles’ Westside, expanding Hollywood tax credits, and coastal preservation.

So according to the Los Angeles News Group (they are the parent company of the Breeze and they make the endorsements), a woman who rose to fame on the specious yet obnoxious notion that a Catholic university should be forced to pay for birth control for 30-year-old law students is the best choice to represent my district in Sacramento. So hey, you might be saying, perhaps ol’ Sandra has some really good ideas for how to reinvigorate the California economy, create a stable flow of tax revenue that does not depend upon windfalls from the stock market, or address the looming public pension bills which threaten to overwhelm our budget. I will save you having to make a visit to her puerile campaign website, chock full of trendy liberal talking points delivered straight from the hack factory at the DNC, but here are the issues that Sandra specifically calls out:

* affordable health care
* access to a quality education
* LGBTQ rights
* economic justice

In other words, she’s running a 2008 campaign in 2014. Is there anyone with even one iota of sense who thinks that any of the four items above (with the possible exception of education) is a burning issue in 2014? Even if you think that health care and education are important, I doubt if you would be impressed with Ms. Fluke’s proposed solutions. Not to mention the fact that Ms. Fluke’s whole adult life appears to have been spent either as a student or working for some left-wing nonprofit advocacy group, all of which I’m sure will be invaluable in helping to facilitate growth in the private sector.

Oh well, we’ve ruined this state so much that maybe at this point it would just be fun to watch it all crumble down in a spectacular way. Go Sandy!

- JVW

66 Responses to “This Happened Today”

  1. Sexist

    JD (9f0beb)

  2. Fluke me to tears, they couldn’t be any lamer.

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  3. I wish Sandra would Fluke off.

    Elephant Stone (6a6f37)

  4. What can I say. In California we’re Fluked.

    Skeptical Voter (12e67d)

  5. At a loss why anyone would vote for a 30+ student who cannot find a CVS nor spring the $6 for a pack of Trojans. And she expected a nominally-Jesuit school to pay for it.Like going to Katz’s Deli and asking for a ham sandwich.

    Bugg (f0dbc7)

  6. I will save you having to make a visit to her puerile campaign website, chock full of trendy liberal talking points delivered straight from the hack factory at the DNC, but here are the issues that Sandra specifically calls out:

    * affordable health care
    * access to a quality education
    * LGBTQ rights
    * economic justice

    In other words, she’s running a 2008 campaign in 2014.

    She’s guilty of plagiarism.

    Sammy Finkelman (d22d64)

  7. Like going to Katz’s Deli and asking for a ham sandwich.

    A professor at a the University of Judaism defended Fluke’s position vis a vis Georgetown and birth control in an op-ed piece. I wrote a letter to the editor pointing out that it was akin to a student forcing the school to serve non-kosher food on the university’s meal plan, when a student could simply go across the street and have the ham dinner at Denny’s for just a few bucks out of pocket.

    JVW (feb406)

  8. “The heaviest penalty for declining to rule is to be ruled by someone inferior to yourself.” – Plato

    And so it is that the distracted American public receives what it deserves.

    Scippio Africanus (deb449)

  9. Are you guys talking about this movie?

    felipe (098e97)

  10. You Californians should be concerned. Maybe she won’t win this race– but be concerned. Actually, we should all be concerned. She has clearly been being groomed for much bigger things by the Democrat elites for a while. Yes, they have their “elites” and kingmakers too.

    She’s untested, and we here justly mock her ideology and believe everything about her is phony and calculated and unserious. But her young age and her sex and her back-East legal education, and her connections, and her “causes” and her questionable “endorsement” make her all the more dangerous–not less. She appeals to a certain big and growing demographic, and unfortunately she may be around politics for a whole long time.

    Besides twilight years Hillary, and Fauxahantas, what other Liberal women have name recognition? (We won’t count Debbie Poodleman or Nancy P. here.) Barack Obama started small, too, and did not win all his early races. He started out in a state senate, too. He emerged from a state which has a bunch of electoral votes and rich donors, too. He got inordinate early press and was made a featured speaker at the Democratic National Convention, too. He was more flash than pan, too. But he currently is living in the White House.

    Meanwhile, I’ll never forgive Rush Limbaugh for emboldening her and her handlers by helping make her a household name.

    elissa (1120d0)

  11. So when USSC declines to hear a case, they are allowing an inferior court to rule? :-P

    felipe (098e97)

  12. ” She has clearly been being groomed ”

    You must, somehow, be related to an Aunt of mine who has an affinity for the phrase “I done did that”.

    felipe (098e97)

  13. If Sandra gets elected, she’s going to screw us. Even though we said, “No, Sandra, get your hands out of my pants—that’s my wallet !”

    Elephant Stone (6a6f37)

  14. She “testified before Congress in favor of birth control.”

    I like this clever avoidance of the real reason she was blasted. Didn’t she say the government should be paying her $1,000-a-year abortion bills?

    Yet she could afford $30,000-a-year tuition at Georgetown Law School.

    AZ Bob (c949f7)

  15. Fluke me running, you’d think these cheeseating flaming assholes would be embarrassed to run someone like this bimbo.

    Colonel Haiku (007fd1)

  16. The biggest mystery to me is why Sandra thinks she needs a $1500 monthly stipend from the government for birth control. I guess we’ll never find out from the Daily Breeze.

    Dirty Old Man (4ec992)

  17. Unfortunately, lots of places are getting Fluked.

    Check out this recent column from National Review, which chronicles how liberals are drooling over the mayor of San Antonio, a young Hispanic whom Obama is eyeing for a cabinet position.

    http://www.nationalreview.com/article/378413/castronomically-overhyped-jim-geraghty

    Compared to Fluke, Castro is James Madison, but his resume contains relatively few actual accomplishments. I’m assuming he must be clean and articulate.

    Whitey Nisson (253e9e)

  18. Her ballot line says “Social Justice Attorney” whatever that is.

    Kevin M (b357ee)

  19. If she wins, my Congresswoman (Maxine Waters) will be looking much better. At least we know Maxine isn’t a slut.

    Kevin M (b357ee)

  20. OTOH …

    I have gotten enough campaign literature to make a small sailboat, but not a single piece from Ms Fluke. Perhaps she’s waiting until just before the election, as her constituency has such a short attention span. Amy Howorth seems a much better choice from what I’ve seen.

    Kevin M (b357ee)

  21. Oh well, we’ve ruined this state so much that maybe at this point it would just be fun to watch it all crumble down in a spectacular way. Go Sandy!

    I often evoke the names of “Detroit,” “France,” “Venezuela,” “Greece” and “Mexico” because they’re textbook illustrations of just how far down a place can go — and remain, or plummet even further — without most of the people of such communities or societies blinking an eye.

    Between the interminably lazy-liberal political trends of California and its increasingly mediocre demographics, my hunch is you ain’t seen nothing yet.

    BTW, I associate the Daily Breeze with where it’s based, which is a traditionally (and originally) more middle-class, previously heavily defense- and aerospace-oriented part of the LA area. The fact a loony leftist person can occupy a rather prominent position in that paper and pen things to its opinion page without any sense of self-consciousness and embarrassment goes hand-in-hand with the fact the Daily Breeze is only a few miles from where the Toyota Motor Company of America has long had its headquarters, at least until their recent announcement they’ll be moving to Texas.

    I don’t think one and the other is purely coincidental.

    Mark (99b8fd)

  22. With Sandra Fluke in charge, Government can step in with Brazilian wax subsidies!

    Dejectedhead (06f486)

  23. Limbaugh stole my comment

    now when I say she’s a stupid slut it sounds like I’m copying

    happyfeet (8ce051)

  24. i think those radio hosts should sue Entercom Rochester for defamation

    there’s nothing hateful about saying the brokedick city of Rochester shouldn’t be paying to indulge the whimsical caprices of nutjob trannies

    that’s just common sense

    happyfeet (8ce051)

  25. Rush Limbaugh is a big fat idiot. The girl had no clue about the cost of contraceptives. She’d never bought any because she didn’t do what you need contraceptives for. She wasn’t a slut — she was a wallflower pretending to be a sophisticated feminist.

    There’s some they do and some they don’t and some you just can’t tell;
    And then we have Miss Sandra Fluke; with her it’s just as well.

    Anyway, she’s married now so that’s out of the way, and she can start thinking seriously about her life.

    nk (dbc370)

  26. last time I heard Rush it was the day after food stamp got reelected and he was carrying on about how Mitt Romney was the most magnificent man never to win the presidency or somesuch nonsense

    i figured he was back on the meds

    happyfeet (8ce051)

  27. Fluke the Fraud is married to Cutie Pants Mutterperl, son of the extraordinary wealthy Bill Mutterperl, a 1%er so high up in the exclusive top tier of NY corporate finance his son can afford to cover Sandra’s health insurance premiums including birth control pills out of his weekly allowance.

    ropelight (72e05d)

  28. I’ll start early: she gets >60% of her district’s ballots.

    htom (412a17)

  29. …she’s married now…

    after a year or two her husband will pull a rubber over his head and die happy

    steveg (794291)

  30. Like going to Katz’s Deli and asking for a ham sandwich.

    FYI, Katz’s Deli is not kosher. It probably doesn’t happen to have ham sandwiches on the menu, but it does have Reuben sandwiches, which are every bit as treif, so there’s no logical reason why it wouldn’t have ham. A customer could not be blamed for asking.

    Milhouse (b95258)

  31. Meanwhile, I’ll never forgive Rush Limbaugh for emboldening her and her handlers by helping make her a household name.

    Rush’s only mistake was to call her a literal slut instead of merely a figurative one.

    Milhouse (b95258)

  32. Blame Rush? Sounds like the same people blaming boooosh and Palin.

    mg (31009b)

  33. It’s not like she can find any other honest work other than politician.

    Mark L (da8bb9)

  34. Rush did indeed do something wrong.

    Sandra Fluke had never claimed to need free birth control pills herself. She claimed she had friends that did. so she never was defining herself, in any way, as a “slut” who couldn’t discuss this with her boyfriend or husband.

    Now the thing that the Democrats were claiming was so against reality, that they needed a very educated person to testify to make that claim.

    The claim was the absence of free contraception = birth control pills – was not just a matter of principle – it was a real practical problem, too!!

    This was simply not true.

    Sandra Fluke greatly exaggerated the cost of birth control. Somebody must have researched what is the most amount of money that could be spent on birth control pills, and then added some more maybe.

    Sammy Finkelman (42d229)

  35. Comment by nk (dbc370) — 5/22/2014 @ 8:11 pm

    The girl had no clue about the cost of contraceptives. She’d never bought any because she didn’t do what you need contraceptives for. She wasn’t a slut — she was a wallflower pretending to be a sophisticated feminist.

    I think she did know the amount was wrong. And she didn’t have any friends on campus who spent that amount of money on birth control.

    Sammy Finkelman (42d229)

  36. Greetings:

    So, Mssss. Fluke (and don’t I just love that last name), who can’t get her affluent paramour to front her for her contraceptive needs, is “ready to take on Sacramento”. Really ???

    11B40 (6abb5c)

  37. Comment by 11B40 (6abb5c) — 5/23/2014 @ 8:50 am

    Mssss. Fluke (and don’t I just love that last name), who can’t get her affluent paramour to front her for her contraceptive needs, is “ready to take on Sacramento”. Really ???

    She wasn’t saying that at all. She was claiming she had friends who needed to buy birth control pills, and that birth control pills cost $3,000 a year.

    Sammy Finkelman (42d229)

  38. * economic justice

    Tailor-made candidate for the liberals typically found in an urban California environment.

    Blacque Jacques Shellacque (d3cdd0)

  39. Education?

    The Progs have been ruining education in CA (and elsewhere) since Mario Savio first came on the scene.

    askeptic (8ecc78)

  40. ” I wrote a letter to the editor pointing out that it was akin to a student forcing the school to serve non-kosher food on the university’s meal plan, when a student could simply go across the street and have the ham dinner at Denny’s for just a few bucks out of pocket.”

    The school’s meal plan is likely pricier than Denny’s.

    joelk (bc90e7)

  41. Fluke is an attorney and women’s rights activist best known as the woman who radio’s Rush Limbaugh called a slut — he later apologized — after she testified before Congress in favor of birth control.

    No, Fluke didn’t “[testify] before Congress in favor of birth control.”

    I’m talking to you, Daily Breeze. Let me repeat that in case you didn’t understand: Sandra Fluke did NOT testify before Congress.

    NO, SHE DID NOT.

    I know you remember seeing Fluke in a stately-looking room somewhat like one of those hearing rooms you commonly see on C-SPAN. If you made the assumption that because there were Congressmembers holding a meeting that looked like a Congressional hearing that it WAS a Congressional hearing, congratulations. You’ve been duped. Your J-school sheepskins are not magic — you’ve still got to use what brains you have.

    Here are the facts: Fluke was NOT allowed to testify at a scheduled Congressional hearing because as nothing more than a Georgetown Law School undergrad, she was (rightfully) deemed not qualified to be an expert on the actual topic of the hearing, which was the effect of ObamaCare’s mandatory requirement of contraceptive coverage on the religious freedom of faith-based employers and institutions.

    Here’s the video of the actual Congressional hearing that day, all four and a half hours of it. You won’t find Fluke at the table with, y’know, the actual panelists. You might find her sitting in the gallery, because the Democrats — led by House Oversight Chairman Darrell Issa’s personal tormentor, minority ranking member Elijah Cummings — invited her to show up anyway and serve as a #WarOnWomen prop.

    If you want to watch Fluke’s testimony, you’ll have to leave the realm of what we know as authentic Congressional hearings and go into internal Democrat Party politics, and watch a meeting of the Democratic Steering and Policy Committee chaired by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. After flooding social media with the disingenuous (yet irresistible to the MSM) straw story that Issa blocked a woman from a discussion about contraception, Pelosi brought Fluke to a meeting of the Steering & Policy Committee one week later for the purpose of changing the nature of the national conversation. And it worked: Lost was the fact that the Obamastration demanded people violate their consciences, replaced by an argument tailor-made for Democrat partisans in the media and out. Rush Limbaugh, whom I thought knew better, foolishly crossed a line with his overreaction. Mission accomplished.

    I can almost anticipate Fluke-lovers saying “It’s a Congressional hearing if it’s a hearing in front of Congress people.” It is to laugh. It’s not six of one and a half-dozen of another, it’s the difference between being cross-examined in court and sitting down with your personal attorney in a press conference.

    Some of us know the difference. The rest write for The Daily Breeze, and spread ignorance.

    L.N. Smithee (6796fe)

  42. Yes let’s remember the actual hearing was a bunch of dudes. Can’t lose that image.

    joelk (bc90e7)

  43. Yes let’s remember the actual hearing was a bunch of dudes. Can’t lose that image.

    Comment by joelk (bc90e7) — 5/25/2014 @ 3:38 am

    And as we know, images are more important than facts. Right?

    L.N. Smithee (6796fe)

  44. The image perfectly captures the fact that there’s no room in the discussion of “religious freedom” for what the impact is on women’s access to contraception. At least as some folks want to frame the discussion.

    joelk (bc90e7)

  45. #43, narciso (always click on his links), Allen West is late to the party but his info is on-target and was widely available within days of the Benghazi attack, although it was ignored by MSM and has remained taboo to GOP investigators.

    The CIA’s Benghazi Annex functioned to collect weapons (initially supplied by Obama to Libyan rebels and those stockpiled by Gaddafi) for shipment through the Turkish port of Iskenderun and then overland to Aleppo destined for Al-Qaeda’s affiliated forces fighting to overthrow Bashar al-Assad.

    And, yes, the CIA operatives at the Annex were ordered to stand-down that fateful night, and subsequently they’ve been threatened to keep them from pointing the finger at those responsible: Hillary and Obama.

    ropelight (5dcfc2)

  46. I am sure you all will be shocked to find out that joelk’s whiny passive-aggressive voice(s) share an IP address with imdw.

    JD (67cbaf)

  47. Great comment, LN.

    JD (67cbaf)

  48. 51. Comment by JD (67cbaf) — 5/25/2014 @ 6:04 am

    Great comment, LN.

    I only half-remembered, if I understood clearly, that she was not actually a witness in a Congressional hearing. Fake hearings are now a standard Democratic tactic. They started doing them when they were in the minority.

    To make people think she actually testified, the Democrats, though, have to lose their talking point of how Republicans stopped her from testifying. Her not appearing at an actual hearing, though, prevented her from being cross-examined by any member of the committee, so that’s maybe what the Democrats wanted actually!

    In fact I think I remember reading something so that they staged it that way – put her on the witness list too late or something like that, or was that some other incident??

    It was always clear that she was a Democratic witness. That’s not the problem. What was not so clear to reporters was how threadbare and transparently false her story was. (Remember, what the Democrats were pushing was the idea that coverage for contraception was not just a matter of principle for them, but a huge practical issue. This was enormously false. It was pointed out, but not strongly.)

    She wasn’t even claiming to be speaking from personal experience. She never named any other person, or described any kind of situation anyone was in or had been in, in detail.

    Sammy Finkelman (f1bb90)

  49. Bravo, L.N. Smithee!!!!

    elissa (b7fb30)

  50. “She wasn’t even claiming to be speaking from personal experience. She never named any other person, or described any kind of situation anyone was in or had been in, in detail.”

    Sammy – BS. She wasn’t necessarily talking about her own experience, but her failure to name names does not mean she was not talking about others or that she believed she was talking about others on behalf of WIMYN everywhere. She was and is a propagandist, pure and simple, but unlike you I don’t claim to be able to read her mind.

    daleyrocks (bf33e9)

  51. Here is some of what Ms. Fluke said:

    Without insurance coverage, contraception can cost a woman over $3,000 during law school. For a lot of students who, like me, are on public interest scholarships, that’s practically an entire summer’s salary. Forty percent of female students at Georgetown Law report struggling financially as a result of this policy.

    http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052970204603004577269491399954950

    daleyrocks (bf33e9)

  52. It was big squirrel, repped by SD Knickerbocker, the firm that slimed Ann Romney, (Hilary Rosen),
    and the Huntress through ‘Julianne’s Bender’

    real women of accomplishment and poise, don’t qualify;

    http://sharylattkisson.com/thousands-of-qaddafi-era-missiles-missing-in-libya/

    narciso (3fec35)

  53. She wasn’t even claiming to be speaking from personal experience. She never named any other person, or described any kind of situation anyone was in or had been in, in detail.”

    Comment by daleyrocks (bf33e9) — 5/25/2014 @ 8:48 am

    Sammy – BS. She wasn’t necessarily talking about her own experience, but her failure to name names does not mean she was not talking about others or that she believed she was talking about others on behalf of WIMYN everywhere.

    I heard the quote. It was “friends” of hers.

    Of course this was a claim that WIMYN everywhere were in this situation.

    I don’t know who it was intended to fool. Maybe alot of people, since on;y people who didn’t have any form of onsurance hat covered contraception, and had an interest in it, would know what it cost.

    Making all users of borth control pills price-insenstive would raise the price – and benefit Pfizer and other major pharmaceutical companies:

    http://finance.townhall.com/columnists/danieljmitchell/2013/12/03/lesson-from-the-birth-control-mandate-big-government-and-big-business-result-in-big-corruption-n1756156/page/full

    Pfizer had strong connections to the Democratic Party:

    http://www.boston.com/news/nation/articles/2011/07/15/obama_camp_moves_event_from_pfizer_offices/

    http://www.nationalreview.com/node/304639/print

    She was and is a propagandist, pure and simple, but unlike you I don’t claim to be able to read her mind.

    I was saying she never spoke about herself, and I don’t believe she believed a word she said.

    Although she was not cross-examined, there was always aposisbility the Republicans might agree to let her testify – therefore the Democrats had to pick somebody dishonest who was educated enough to stand up to questioning and dodge and bob and weave.

    Sammy Finkelman (f1bb90)

  54. It shows the deadwoodness of McCain that Pelosi could sell Fluke but he couldn’t sell Obagy.

    nk (dbc370)

  55. To be fair, I find “make love” more appealing than “make war” too.

    nk (dbc370)

  56. “I was saying she never spoke about herself, and I don’t believe she believed a word she said.”

    Sammy – I provided her quote in 55 saying she is talking about women at Georgetown law school. I’m glad you now say it is your opinion, not fact, that she did not believe a word she said.

    daleyrocks (bf33e9)

  57. ==Although she was not cross-examined, there was always aposisbility the Republicans might agree to let her testify –therefore the Democrats had to pick somebody dishonest who was educated enough to stand up to questioning and dodge and bob and weave.==

    Sammy you never cease to amaze me.

    elissa (b7fb30)

  58. “Although she was not cross-examined, there was always aposisbility the Republicans might agree to let her testify”

    Sammy – I think we need to thoroughly consider other possibilities which did not occur in order to more effectively hijack the thread.

    daleyrocks (bf33e9)

  59. Sammy, I think daleyrocks has hit on an important point, here. Before hitting “submit comment” if you could think in terms of using words such as “I believe”, or “I think”, or “in my opinion”, to preface some of your thoughts, assumptions and conjectures –it would help the rest of us to separate those from other “statements” where you want us to accept your statements as irrefutable fact.

    elissa (b7fb30)

  60. elissa – Thanks. It’s sorts of like the most vehement global warming alarmist scientists. I don’t think most of them believe a word they say or write, but I have no irrefutable facts to prove such a statement.

    daleyrocks (bf33e9)

  61. Notice this: (emphasis mine)

    contraception can cost a woman over $3,000 during law school.

    I didn’t even catch that this was three years.

    So that’s $1,000 a year, and only in the sense that you can overpay for anything else.

    We’re talking $20 a week.

    This $20 a week,

    that’s practically an entire summer’s salary.

    That is, 8 or 9 weeks of salary is required to cover 3 years of expenses for some item.

    156/9 = 17.33, the reciprocal of which is 5.77%.
    Round it down to 5%. If their onl income over 3 years was summer salary, it is not nearly 100% but more like 30%,

    It’s as high as 5% because a lot of expenses are covered by the scholarship.

    Forty percent of female students at Georgetown Law report struggling financially as a result of this policy.

    This must be some (non-random probably) survey or a survey that asked something like would an extra $20 a week make a difference to them.

    This is all lying with statistics.

    Sammy Finkelman (f1bb90)

  62. Venice vacations
    Sandra Fluke does enjoy them
    can’t afford condoms

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)


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