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Julian Englis

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Kohler pulls Limbaugh ads

Source: Sheboygan Press/AP

Kohler Co. has stopped advertising on radio commentator Rush Limbaugh’s nationally syndicated talk show, the company confirmed Monday, because of comments made by Limbaugh earlier this month calling a Georgetown University law student a “slut” during an on-air attack of her after she testified about birth control policy during a congressional hearing.

“We do not support the comments from Mr. Limbaugh and have pulled our advertising from his show,” said Jennifer Taylor, director of global public affairs for Kohler Co., said in a statement released by the company.

Kohler made the same announcement earlier Monday on the company’s official Twitter page.

Read more: http://www.sheboyganpress.com/article/20120326/SHE0101/120326144/Kohler-Co-pulls-Limbaugh-ads?odyssey=nav|head

Insert joke about toilet maker not being able to handle this sort of crap.

Keep the pressure up.
Posted by Julian Englis | Mon Mar 26, 2012, 06:52 PM (34 replies)

Radio campaign next step against Rush Limbaugh

Source: Associated Press

Rush Limbaugh's opponents are starting a radio campaign against him Thursday, seizing upon the radio star's attack of a Georgetown law student as a "slut" to make a long-term effort aimed at weakening his business.

The liberal Media Matters for America is using a past campaign against Glenn Beck as a template. In Limbaugh, however, they're going after bigger game. He's already fighting back and the group's stance has provoked concerns that an effort to silence someone for objectionable talk is in itself objectionable.

Media Matters is spending at least $100,000 for two advertisements that will run in eight cities.

The ads use Limbaugh's own words about student Sandra Fluke, who told congressional Democrats that contraception should be paid for in health plans. Limbaugh, on his radio programs, suggested Fluke wanted to be paid to have sex, which made her a "slut" and a "prostitute." In return for the money, he said Fluke should post videos of herself having sex. Under sharp criticism, Limbaugh later apologized.

Read more: http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5jFCzNPqhK4Wblf1LsphUnLn7lZbA?docId=94bec8b86d87461f8f7abb2a1e71deb9

One of the ads points out the obvious--it urges people to call stations carrying Mr. Limbaugh's show and complain. We need to keep the pressure up. Call the stations and tell them you don't want them carrying the radio show of a hate spewing drug addict.
Posted by Julian Englis | Thu Mar 22, 2012, 03:06 PM (24 replies)

Economic recovery here to stay? Conference Board indicators rise

Source: Los Angeles Times

Does the economic recovery actually have legs? Long ones, according to the Conference Board, whose index of leading economic indicators (including jobless claims) continued to perk up in February in the biggest increase in nearly a year.

The index, which includes improving measures such as income and sales, was up 0.7% last month to 95.5 after rising 0.2% in January and 0.5% in December. That’s the most substantial advance in 11 months and the highest point since June 2008.

Fueling the uptick: a promising jobs market, with the unemployment rate at a three-year low and first-time claims for jobless benefits falling last week to a four-year low, according to a Labor Department report Thursday.

Building permits are up, according to the index, as are stock prices, which late last month helped the Dow Jones industrial average close above 13,000 for the first time since the financial crisis. And with more income in their pockets, the country’s consumers are spending more this year – expenditures that make up 70% of economic activity.

Read more: http://www.latimes.com/business/money/la-fi-mo-conference-board-20120322,0,7580395.story?track=rss&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+latimes%2Fmostviewed+%28L.A.+Times+-+Most+Viewed+Stories%29
Posted by Julian Englis | Thu Mar 22, 2012, 02:18 PM (2 replies)

The Onion: Poll Shows Best Part Of Primary Season Has Been Really Getting To Know, Spend Time With 4

Poll Shows Best Part Of Primary Season Has Been Really Getting To Know, Spend Time With 4 Great Guys

According to a Gallup poll released Thursday, a majority of Americans believe the best and most satisfying aspect of the entire 2012 presidential primary experience has been the opportunity to spend extended time in the company of four just really terrific guys.

Calling Republican candidates Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich, and Ron Paul "truly great individuals right down the line," and a group they had long wanted to get to know better, citizens across the country expressed deep gratitude for the chance not only to be around the four men, but to really learn more about who they are as people.

"The thing I'll miss most about the primaries, once they've sadly drawn to a close, won't be the process of figuring out who should be our next president, but getting to see my four new friends every day and have them in my life," said poll respondent Marie Sedran, echoing the sentiments of millions nationwide. "I mean, how many opportunities do you get in life to spend quality time with even one smart, charming, likable, sensitive, and downright lovely human being, let alone four at once!"

"Honestly, all through this entire primary season I've been pinching myself," Sedran added. "What did we do to deserve these four fantastic gentlemen?"

More at: http://www.theonion.com/articles/poll-shows-best-part-of-primary-season-has-been-re,27715/
Posted by Julian Englis | Thu Mar 22, 2012, 01:28 PM (1 replies)

The Dallas Fed Is Calling For The Immediate Breakup Of Large Banks

Source: The Business Insider

Richard FisherIt's hard not to think it's a big deal when a branch of the Federal Reserve system calls for the breakup of major American banks.

The bank has just released its annual report, and the title of the letter is: Choosing the Road to Prosperity Why We Must End Too Big to Fail—Now.

Here's the full letter from Dallas Fed President Richard Fisher, generally known as one of the most hawkish and conservative Fed Presidents.

Letter from the
If you are running one of the “too-big- to-fail” (TBTF) banks—alternatively known as “systemically important financial institutions,” or SIFIs—I doubt you are going to like what you read in this annual report essay written by Harvey Rosenblum, the head of the Dallas Fed’s Research Department, a highly regarded Federal Reserve veteran of 40 years and the former president of the National Association for Business Economics.

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/dallas-fed-calls-for-breakup-of-big-banks-2012-3#ixzz1plgWWQ7l

I am surprised that this is not bigger news.
Posted by Julian Englis | Thu Mar 22, 2012, 09:58 AM (44 replies)

U.S. Marine faces boot for anti-Obama Facebook posts

Source: USA Today

A Marine sergeant who started a Facebook group that is openly critical of President Obama and posted comments saying he will not follow the unlawful orders of the commander in chief is facing possible dismissal from the Corps.

The Marines on Wednesday told Sgt. Gary Stein — a Camp Pendleton Marine who started the Facebook page called Armed Forces Tea Party — that he is in violation of Pentagon policy barring troops from political activities.

Stein, a nine-year member of the Corps, said he started the page to encourage fellow service members to exercise their free speech rights. He has also criticized U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta for his comments on Syria.

The Marine Corps said in a statement that Stein's commanding officer ordered a preliminary inquiry on March 8 after receiving allegations that Stein posted the political statements violating the Pentagon's directives.

Read more: http://www.usatoday.com/news/military/story/2012-03-22/marine-obama-facebook-free-speech/53697996/1
Posted by Julian Englis | Thu Mar 22, 2012, 08:23 AM (67 replies)

The Trayvon Martin tragedy is shining a national spotlight on "stand your ground" laws in at least 2

The laws — in places like Texas, Idaho, and Alaska — allow every day citizens to use deadly force against someone else if they fear for their life. They also say people do not have to retreat if threatened or attacked.

George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watchman in Sanford, Fla., fatally shot Martin as the 17-year-old was walking to his father's home from a 7-Eleven. Zimmerman told police he was attacked by Trayvon and acted in self-defense. He has not been arrested or charged. Civil rights groups are calling for Zimmerman's arrest, saying Martin was targeted because he was black. Zimmerman's father says he is Hispanic.

Police have said officers were prohibited from arresting Zimmerman because he claimed to have used "justifiable" force.

More at: http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/story/2012-03-21/stand-your-ground-law-trayvon-martin-florida/53690608/1?csp=34news
Posted by Julian Englis | Wed Mar 21, 2012, 07:48 PM (30 replies)

Rush Limbaugh Show fires back at Media Matters and David Brock

Yesterday, David Brock posted a piece on Politico entitled "Fleeing advertisers doom Rush Limbaugh’s business model."

Today, spokesperson (their term) Brian Glicklich published a response to Mr. Brock's well reasoned opinion piece, "'Rush Limbaugh Show' responds to Brock."

Here's a summary from RadioNews of Glickich's tirade:
Limbaugh Show spokesman Brian Glicklich says Media Matters for America, which has been alerting listeners and particularly advertisers to Rush's remarks about Sandra Fluke, "stands for censorship, and nothing more than that." The statement posted on Politico says "David Brock is so outraged at Rush Limbaugh’s words of three weeks ago that he started organizing a protest - almost 3 years ago. It was planned ahead and activated at the first moment Brock could manipulate a media frenzy." Glicklich is the Limbaugh spokesman who issued a statement several weeks ago telling a longtime advertiser it would not be welcome back on the program. Now he says "By putting small business in the crosshairs of their war on expression, Media Matters is causing real harm. They are hurting these businesses, their employees and their families. As a business owner, imagine waking up one morning and being assaulted by hundreds of coordinated attacks from operatives who never were or will be your customers." Glicklich says the tactic is to "barrage small business with threats until they cancel their advertising."

More at http://www.radio-info.com/news/rush-limbaugh-show-fires-back-at-media-matters-and-david-brock

I get the feeling that Mr. Limbaugh is running scared.

Posted by Julian Englis | Wed Mar 21, 2012, 05:46 PM (8 replies)

Author of "stand your ground" law: George Zimmerman should probably be arrested for killing Trayvon

Source: CBS News

The authors of Florida's controversial "stand your ground" self-defense law say George Zimmerman should probably be arrested for shooting Trayvon Martin, reports the Miami Herald.

"He has no protection under my law," former Sen. Durell Peaden told the newspaper.

Florida's law, called "stand your ground" by supporters and "shoot first" by critics, was passed in 2005 and permits residents to use deadly force if they "reasonably believes it is necessary to do so to prevent death or great bodily harm to himself or herself or another or to prevent the commission of a forcible felony."

Traditionally, self-defense laws did not typically extend beyond a person's home, but the Florida law, and at least 20 more passed across the country since them, allows a resident to "meet force with force" almost anywhere, including the street or a bar.

Read more: http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-504083_162-57401619-504083/author-of-stand-your-ground-law-george-zimmerman-should-probably-be-arrested-for-killing-trayvon-martin/

An interesting attempt to distance the "stand your ground" law from its natural consequences.
Posted by Julian Englis | Wed Mar 21, 2012, 01:29 PM (69 replies)

Israel Bans Ultra Skinny Models

From Reuters:

Israeli lawmakers have banned underweight models from catwalks and commercials, a measure they hope will reduce eating disorders and promote a healthy body image.

The law, passed late on Monday, says women and men cannot be hired for modeling jobs unless a doctor stipulates they are not underweight, with a body mass index (BMI) -- a measure expressing a ratio of weight to height -- of no less than 18.5.

The law also bans the use of a person who "appears underweight" and says advertisers must explicitly state if graphic manipulation was done to make a model look thinner in a photo.

Rachel Adato, one of the lawmakers who pushed the bill, said ahead of the vote she hoped the law would protect youth from pursuing unattainable ideals of beauty. "Beautiful is not underweight, beautiful should not be anorexic," she said.

More at: http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/03/20/us-israel-models-law-idUSBRE82J0G420120320
Posted by Julian Englis | Tue Mar 20, 2012, 12:08 PM (2 replies)
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