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Tilley names Limbaugh to Hall of Famous Missourians

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

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FILE - In this Jan. 13, 2009 file photo, conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh talks with guests in the East Room of the White House in Washington. Limbaugh apologized Saturday, March 3, 2012, to a Georgetown University law student he had branded a "slut" and "prostitute" after fellow Republicans as well as Democrats criticized him and several advertisers left his program. The student, Sandra Fluke, had testified to congressional Democrats in support of their national health care policy that would compel her college to offer health plans that cover her birth control.
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House Speaker Steve Tilley is unapologetic: Radio talk show host and famous Cape Girardeau native Rush Limbaugh belongs in the Hall of Famous Missourians, alongside the likes of Stan Musial, Harry S. Truman and Walt Disney.

On Monday, Tilley confirmed he has chosen Limbaugh -- along with Dred Scott -- to have busts of their likeness placed in the Missouri State Capitol. And Tilley, R-Perryville, said Limbaugh's recent controversy in which he called a law student who testified about birth control policy a "slut" didn't give him a minute's pause.

"Keep this in mind: It's not called the Hall of Universally Loved Missourians," Tilley said Monday afternoon. "We've inducted people like John Ashcroft, Warren Hearnes and Harry Truman. They certainly had their detractors."

Tilley said he made the decision on Limbaugh before last week's comments and backlash.

But as soon as the news broke, some were already demanding that Tilley, who has sole decision-making power as House speaker, reconsider. Progress Missouri, a self-described progressive advocacy group in Jefferson City, publicly denounced the decision.

"Rush Limbaugh has no place in the Missouri Capitol in a place of honor," said Sean Soendker Nicholson, the executive director of the group. "... Someone who is as divisive and just wretched and mean and horrible as Rush Limbaugh has no business being there."

Limbaugh's nationally syndicated radio show was seeing other forms of backlash from the comments as well. Seven of his advertisers have pulled their spots from his conservative radio show, prompting Limbaugh to issue an apology Saturday.

"For over 20 years, I have illustrated the absurd with absurdity, three hours a day, five days a week," Limbaugh said in his written apology. "In this instance, I chose the wrong words in my analogy of the situation. I did not mean a personal attack on Ms. Fluke."

Limbaugh called the 30-year-old Sandra Fluke a "slut" and a "prostitute" last week after she testified to congressional Democrats in support of national health care policies that would compel employers and other organizations, including Georgetown University where she attends, to offer group health insurance that covers birth control for women.

But Tilley, who is being forced out of office by term limits at the end of the year, said Limbaugh has a broadcast record that makes him deserving to be in the hall along with the 39 others.

Tilley noted that Limbaugh, whose show is listened to on more than 600 stations, has the most successful radio talk show career in the industry's history.

"He's also been the strong voice for the conservative movement for a generation," Tilley said. "Very few Missourians are as famous as Rush Limbaugh."

With regard to the controversy, Tilley said his job isn't to support or condemn what Limbaugh said.

Tilley referenced John Ashcroft, who served as U.S. attorney general and governor and senator in Missouri. Following the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, Ashcroft was a supporter of the U.S. Patriot Act. President Harry Truman was criticized by some for his decision to use nuclear weapons on Japan.

"Those individuals took positions that at times could be controversial, clearly," Tilley said. "Rush is no different than any of the other people. But it's undeniable, the impact he's had on radio and America and how successful he's been."

Also to be inducted is Dred Scott, the former 19th-century slave who unsuccessfully sued for his freedom. A sculptor in Kansas City is creating the busts, though Tilley said a timeline is not yet available.

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This has to be a Joke.

-- Posted by 3forone on Mon, Mar 5, 2012, at 4:42 PM

Any other druggies on the list?

-- Posted by Username1 on Mon, Mar 5, 2012, at 4:49 PM

I can't even believe this one. You can tell Tilley has reached his term limits, and not filing for any other elected office in 2012. Deals like this is what really hurts the republican party not a good political move at all in an election year. People can read between the lines the politcians I hope will learn that some day.

-- Posted by swampeastmissouri on Mon, Mar 5, 2012, at 5:22 PM

Maybe the next Missouri nomination will be Rush's Class of 1969 classmate Terry Jones, the Koran-burning preacher.

http://www.capecentralhigh.com/students/...

They are arguably the best-known Cape Girardeans of the last decade.

"Keep this in mind: It's not called the Hall of Universally Loved Missourians," Tilley said.

-- Posted by Ken1 on Mon, Mar 5, 2012, at 5:45 PM

"Progress Missouri, a self-described progressive advocacy group in Jefferson City, publicly denounced the decision."

I'm shocked! A self-described progressive (eg. LIBERAL) advocacy group doesn't like this.

Hey, if Whitney Houston - a drug addict - can get flags lowered to half-staff when she dies then maybe Rush should get a bust! Honestly I don't care either way. Just poking.

-- Posted by Dug on Mon, Mar 5, 2012, at 6:06 PM

Stan Musial, Harry S. Truman and Walt Disney, etc and Tilley thinks Limbaugh is on par with these people!

-- Posted by wuzthinking on Mon, Mar 5, 2012, at 6:23 PM

Dug, you really don't care? When I'm out of state and someone asks me where I'm from and they put it together with Rush, they don't seem too impressed and most often laugh. I cringe.

-- Posted by Username1 on Mon, Mar 5, 2012, at 6:34 PM

He's a famous Missourian....deal with it.

-- Posted by FreedomFadingFast on Mon, Mar 5, 2012, at 6:35 PM

Who are the other Talk show host that are in the Hall of Famous Misourians,,I would think Jack Buck would be a better choice..At some point Rush needs to held accountable for what he says. Anyone who has a daughter should be upset with what he said...I wonder how Rush would feel if somone said these things aout his daughter...oh...he doesn't have a daughter or any children does he...INTERESTING...

-- Posted by stlthoughts2 on Mon, Mar 5, 2012, at 6:52 PM

Infamous is more like it!

-- Posted by bball15 on Mon, Mar 5, 2012, at 6:52 PM

" to have rush (now THAT'S an odd name) in the same story as truman, is; not a little "amusing"..."

-- Posted by tennisnut on Mon, Mar 5, 2012, at 6:59 PM

Rush is an embarrASSment to many Missourians and I wrote Tilley and told him that. I also asked him to reconsider his plan. I wonder if Tilley has any daughters and what he would think if anyone treated his as Rush treated theirs?

Steven.Tilley@house.mo.gov

-- Posted by Username1 on Mon, Mar 5, 2012, at 7:17 PM

Melange

When did rush say he expected women to be barefoot and pregnant? Expecting someone to pay for their own birth control means you want them barefoot and pregnant? And how does what one man's ill advised words make all men look like red-neck hicks. And why do you use the term red-neck hicks? Are you a bigot? Do your words reflect on all women?

And by the way, that woman is a public figure. She chose to be one when she became an activist for FREE birth control. Just another mooch wanting someone else to pay for her wants and needs.

-- Posted by FreedomFadingFast on Mon, Mar 5, 2012, at 7:37 PM

Some people have very low esteem. The fact that Rush Limbaugh is from Missouri and in particular from SE Missouri does not bother me one single bit. I have enough confidence in who I am to not let anyone else define me. And I would think Rush Limbaugh would not want anyone else to define him.

If someone were to say "Oh, you're from SE Missouri. You must be a redneck because that's where Limbaugh is from" I would laugh. Is Rush Limbaugh a redneck? Not that I know of. Some people just need to grow up.

Live and Let Live - excellent questions!

Remember - we have a president that said "Although I don't know the facts, whatever the police in Cambridge did was stupid". He cut down a law officer (white) in the line of duty who correctly arrested Obama's friends (black) for being disorderly. I guess that makes all black men from Chicago racists?

-- Posted by Dug on Mon, Mar 5, 2012, at 7:51 PM

Live & let live :..Jesse James was a famous Missourian too !!!! Lets build him a shrine ...what a joke

-- Posted by stlthoughts2 on Mon, Mar 5, 2012, at 7:51 PM

Tilley, you're out next!

-- Posted by grandma73 on Mon, Mar 5, 2012, at 7:57 PM

Jesse is a famous and legendary Missouri figure, I'm all for a Jesse James shrine. Where do I send my donation for the statue?

-- Posted by FreedomFadingFast on Mon, Mar 5, 2012, at 8:17 PM

Disorderly on his own front porch Dug? I'd be ticked and disorderly too!

And you think President Obama's comment about this compares to Rush's 4 day rant and nastiness?

Based on Rush's comments and attitude, I'm guessing that Rush will now pop a Viagra and invite the young woman over so he can offer her his apology.

-- Posted by Username1 on Mon, Mar 5, 2012, at 8:25 PM

I could care less about rush and what he says or believes. If the freeloading activist wants rush's money, I'm sure she'll go for it. I would expect someone who demands others pay for her birth control would also demand money she didn't earn.

-- Posted by FreedomFadingFast on Mon, Mar 5, 2012, at 9:09 PM

Tilly terms out this year, and isn't running for anything. So I guess he figured he could get away with this. As for Limbaugh, he is an embarrassment to our area, and people who have worshipped his kind of entertainment should have second thoughts.

-- Posted by foxtrot007 on Mon, Mar 5, 2012, at 9:10 PM

I have 2 problems with the article on honoring Rush Limbaugh. 1. Others mentioned were honored for service as statesmen, even if we disagreed with their views. Not even close with Rush. In his apology, he admits to being purposefully obnoxious. 2. Rep. Tilley was almost as bad when he was quoted as saying he did not really care about Rush's uncalled for insult to a young woman who expressed an honest opinion

-- Posted by MartyWalsh on Mon, Mar 5, 2012, at 9:17 PM

Disorderly on his own front porch Dug? I'd be ticked and disorderly too!-- Posted by username1 on Mon, Mar 5, 2012, at 8:25 PM

It's easy - and actually a dumb thing to do. Have a neighbor call the cops on you as you try and break into your own house because you don't have keys. That's not the problem. When the cops show up

a) refuse to provide an ID

b) cuss out the officer

c) get into a shoving match

What's even dumber? The president of the US making a comment denigrating the police "although I don't know all of the facts". Goes right along with "I will cut the deficit in half in my first term" or "I will close Gitmo in the first year" or "I will end the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan in my first year".

-- Posted by Dug on Mon, Mar 5, 2012, at 9:24 PM

It looks like the Hall of the Famous has now become the Hall of the Infamous.

-- Posted by pedln on Mon, Mar 5, 2012, at 9:28 PM

Not that I agree with making this "law",-- Posted by Me'Lange on Mon, Mar 5, 2012, at 9:14 PM

And yet that is what this whole frenzy is about, isn't it? Not the lies from the media and the left that the right wing wants to outlaw birth control, but that by law and/or presidential fiat, birth control should be free.

Do I feel as strongly about flu shots, pap smears, and prostate exams? No. The flu and cancer are not choices, sex is. Want to have sex? Fine, but have it on your dime.

BTW Hope you're doing well.

-- Posted by FreedomFadingFast on Mon, Mar 5, 2012, at 9:46 PM

Frankly, I pay dearly for prescription coverage. Last time I checked birth control pills are by prescription only. Anyone with insurance coverage for prescriptions obtaining this type of birth control is paying for it on "their dime"!

Just because Catholics or any faith has problems with birth control pills does not mean that the many non catholics on the payroll should not have insurance coverage for the pill. I see no difference between using the temperature method and or the pill. It seems to me the result of both are the same. Although one may be a bit more certain than the other I suppose. Either way they both result in no pregnancy which is why I have never understood the arguement. As for Rush, he escaped punishment years ago and should, like many unknown folks who abused pharmacueticals and illegally obtained them, be in prison! He is indeed an embarrassement to Missouri, himself, his advertisers and Cape Girardeau. Liberal or not this woman has every right to take Rush into civil court and sue his oversized pants off.

-- Posted by GREYWOLF on Mon, Mar 5, 2012, at 10:18 PM

Tilley probably thinks Rush best expresses his own views.

-- Posted by InReply on Tue, Mar 6, 2012, at 1:10 AM

Now it will be the Hall of SHAME.

-- Posted by Dexterite1 on Tue, Mar 6, 2012, at 5:48 AM

Please leave Rush Limbaugh out of any Hall of Fame. He is just a loud mouth, with a sick mind. I remember years ago when I delivered mail in Cape, I remember hearing him say that any woman that was raped, asked for it. And I took offense to that, because I was raped and NO I did not ask for it. Of course I never did get on his show, to be able to challenge his comment. Of course, that is because they screen all calls. And yes when people ask me where I am from and I say Cape Cirardeau, and they say "Oh" the home of Rush Limbaugh, I ask them not to hold it against me. And most are not impressed with the name of Rush Limbaugh. To bad he couldn't have gotten some of the class, that the rest of his family has.

-- Posted by bamagirl65 on Tue, Mar 6, 2012, at 7:22 AM

People are now calling for boycott's of Missouri. Way to go Tilley!

-- Posted by grandma73 on Tue, Mar 6, 2012, at 7:27 AM

Some of the things I'm reading here really takes a lot of Dutch courage to digest. The argument Rusty made was spurious at best and ill-informed and nasty at worst. Limbuagh is just like a lot of the people from around Cape. When you're wrong, just puff out and get louder. Does "bully" mean anything? BTW, what about women who have sex and then have a baby? Isn't that a consequence of sex? Following Limbaugh's convoluted logic would lead me to believe that we shouldn't be paying for those costs either (e.g. childbirth, family leave, etc.). Get over it. We have to pay for things all the time that we don't agree with. That's how living in a society that provides greater benefits for the whole works. Whew!

-- Posted by girardeaud on Tue, Mar 6, 2012, at 7:47 AM

Wow. I feel ashamed for my State. Maybe the night janitor at the Capital will 'accidentally' throw that trash out.

-- Posted by demopublican on Tue, Mar 6, 2012, at 8:05 AM

Rush Limbaugh? Is that all we have to offer?

-- Posted by arrestthem on Tue, Mar 6, 2012, at 8:26 AM

I have to say, I'm pleasantly surprised that the majority of theses comments seem to reflect an understanding of what Tilley is trying to do. You need to understand the county that he comes from: It's mostly an intolerant, racist, forboding group of people who are opposed to women having any power or control over their own lives. He truly does reflect his community.

-- Posted by Raunchy on Tue, Mar 6, 2012, at 8:33 AM

You need to understand the county that he comes from: It's mostly an intolerant, racist, forboding group of people who are opposed to women having any power or control over their own lives.-- Posted by Raunchy on Tue, Mar 6, 2012, at 8:33 AM

Talk about an uninformed, redneck rant - I believe you top them all - a typical liberal. Where to start?

Let's see - the mayor of Perryville is a WOMAN. The mayor of Cape is a MAN. Now who is "opposed to women having any power or control"? Racist? African Americans and Latinos are in Perry County in numbers. Please post any reference to harassment or discrimination from Perry County. I'll await your "no response".

And where, pray tell, is Rush Limbaugh from? Perry County? Why no! He's from Cape County.

You're out of your league "Raunchy". Your name says it all.

-- Posted by Dug on Tue, Mar 6, 2012, at 8:42 AM

ugh...I can not believe this! Lets all just say....yay....It is ok to teach our children that you too can become famous by being a bullie and calling people names ......just think of the wonderful tourism it will bring to our beautiful state. Maybe someday( I myself don't believe this) Rush should win an award for being so famous.....(for?????I'm still not sure)but now? Right now??NOT now!

-- Posted by heyaandj on Tue, Mar 6, 2012, at 9:03 AM

NO WAY!

-- Posted by calypso12 on Tue, Mar 6, 2012, at 9:24 AM

Good try Live & Let Live, but liberal platitudes die hard.

-- Posted by Mark Rutledge on Tue, Mar 6, 2012, at 9:39 AM

First, let's do some corections to this article and Mr. Limbaugh's susequent diatribe.

Ms. Fluke is not 30 years old, as this article says. She is a 23 year old law student at Georgetown University, (the same college that Otto Porter Jr. is now attending, coincidentally). She spoke to a Democratic representatives hearing on womens health issues, not a Congressional committee or even subcommittee. Why? Because the Republicans in the HoR blocked her from speaking! Imagine that!

Also, she WAS NOT speaking for herself. What she said was, (and I quote)"I personally know a women that cannot get the birth control that she need to stop the ovarian cysts from developing in her body so that someday might be able to have a child, because it costs $3000 a month! And because she works at a place that is owned by the Catholic Church, her insurance will not cover the costs."

Second, Mr. Limbaugh is an IDIOT and so is Mr Tilley for nominating him for a bust in the Capitol rotunda. The only Limbaugh that was worth his salt was his father, Rush Limbaugh Sr., whom I knew when I was an adolescent.

Saying Rush Jr. deserves a bust in Jefferson City (or even Cape Girardeau for that matter) is like saying Adalf Hitler deserves a statue in Jerusalum!

Grey wolf, I hardly ever agree with you, however this time I think you're spot on with your comment.

-- Posted by muthatrucker on Tue, Mar 6, 2012, at 10:43 AM

Muthatrucker, from Wikipedia:

Sandra Kay Fluke, born April 17, 1981 (age 30)

-- Posted by small talk on Tue, Mar 6, 2012, at 10:53 AM

GREYWOLF,

You want to put poor ole Rush in prison for abusing pharmaceuticals, along with all the other unknowns who abused and obtained them illegally?

Sounds good to me! Do I not remember you saying over the years that jail is not the place for these poor souls and the police should find something more productive to do because the "war on drugs" has been lost? Don't start gnashing your teeth again, I am just asking a question. If you did in fact say that in the past perhaps you have changed your mind, after all, this is not a political debate and you can do that. Perhaps just certain people belong in jail or prison if they abuse drugs.

Also, I like your new pose.

-- Posted by arrestthem on Tue, Mar 6, 2012, at 12:35 PM

"Any other druggies on the list?

-- Posted by username1 on Mon, Mar 5, 2012, at 4:49 PM"

Yes there are. Josephine Baker and Charlie "Bird" Parker. Both were heroin addicts. It's funny to me how upset people get over this. Like the man said the list is of famous Missourians and there's no denying Rush is famous. Nobody said everybody had to like them. I would be all for including Jesse James, Redd Foxx and any other famous or "infamous" Missourian to the list.

http://www.house.mo.gov/famous.aspx?fm=d...

-- Posted by Data48 on Tue, Mar 6, 2012, at 12:39 PM

Greywolf and muthatrucker right on!!

-- Posted by ecfd3977 on Tue, Mar 6, 2012, at 12:42 PM

I agree with Me Lange!

-- Posted by Spinning on Tue, Mar 6, 2012, at 12:50 PM

Wonderful advertisement for the great state of Missouri. We enshrine fat, ignorant, bigoted misogynists.

-- Posted by heye1967 on Tue, Mar 6, 2012, at 1:21 PM

Who deal drugs.

-- Posted by heye1967 on Tue, Mar 6, 2012, at 1:22 PM

Muthatrucka, you have a good point of view, but your quote is inaccurate (I'm not sure what you are quoting from)and doesn't help the cause. :) Her transcript states: "A friend of mine, for example, has polycystic ovarian syndrome, and she has to take prescription birth control to stop cysts from growing on her ovaries. Her prescription is technically covered by Georgetown's insurance because it's not intended to prevent pregnancy.

Unfortunately, under many religious institutions and insurance plans, it wouldn't be. There would be no exception for other medical needs. And under Sen. Blunt's amendment, Sen. Rubio's bill or Rep. Fortenberry's bill there's no requirement that such an exception be made for these medical needs.

When this exception does exist, these exceptions don't accomplish their well-intended goals because when you let university administrators or other employers rather than women and their doctors dictate whose medical needs are legitimate and whose are not, women's health takes a back seat to a bureaucracy focused on policing her body.

In 65% of the cases at our school, our female students were interrogated by insurance representatives and university medical staff about why they needed prescription and whether they were lying about their symptoms.

For my friend and 20% of the women in her situation, she never got the insurance company to cover her prescription. Despite verifications of her illness from her doctor, her claim was denied repeatedly on the assumption that she really wanted birth control to prevent pregnancy. She's gay. So clearly polycystic ovarian syndrome was a much more urgent concern than accidental pregnancy for her.

After months paying over $100 out-of-pocket, she just couldn't afford her medication anymore, and she had to stop taking it."

So, while Fluke is 30, not 23, and while her friend was paying $100 a month, not $3000, she was testifying on behalf of women who are paying for medical coverage who are not getting the benefits they need to be healthy.

And the man who called her a slut and a prostitute because she did so is about to be honored along side Presdient Truman and Mark Twain. If you think this is wrong, you can say so at:

http://www.clairemccaskill.com/rushfixed

or

https://secure3.convio.net/pn/site/Advoc...

-- Posted by mamaof3 on Tue, Mar 6, 2012, at 1:48 PM

Disgusting! Why reward bad behaviour?

Limbaugh is a pompous horses behind and he was exactly that before he made his remarks. He is an over rated bag of wind.

If this actually happens...can they make the bust without a mouth?

-- Posted by Bickiestew on Tue, Mar 6, 2012, at 3:53 PM

A CUT & PASTE from the above news article;

Tilley said he made the decision on Limbaugh before last week's comments and backlash.

But as soon as the news broke, some were already demanding that Tilley, who has sole decision-making power as House speaker, reconsider.

I don't see why any ONE man should have the right to put who he/she wants there. It looks like that would be a good oppertunity for some one with a lot of money to buy one for themselves. Not saying any one did or has in the past but still sounds like the could.

-- Posted by Retired93 on Tue, Mar 6, 2012, at 7:53 PM

Limbaugh is a pompous horse behind and the worst person, that Cape Girardeau could put up for anything or any kind of a awarded .

-- Posted by Thunder1814 on Wed, Mar 7, 2012, at 2:36 AM

Hey Arrestthem, good to hear for you. In answer to your well worded question I must say I may have confused a few here. I have not changed my opinion on the drug war or punishments involved with it. I was trying to convey to everyone that Rush seems to be above the law. The point I was trying to make is that the laws and punishment are much different for those with influence and money then it is for those without. If you or I had done the things Rush did to obtain pain pills we would both still be behind bars more then likely. I still feel that the drug war is a terrible waste of time, effort and money. The punishments associated with it are archaic and criminal in themselves. Things are changing slowly however, too slow for my liking.

-- Posted by GREYWOLF on Wed, Mar 7, 2012, at 6:08 AM

As usual Greywolf speaks the truth and makes sense.

-- Posted by Bickiestew on Wed, Mar 7, 2012, at 10:59 AM

Greywolf;

Got to disagree with you. Rush is not above the law. If I had done the exact same thing that Rush did as a first time offender I would be on supervised probation, exactly as he is now.

-- Posted by Data48 on Wed, Mar 7, 2012, at 1:27 PM

Tilley is an idiot and so is Rush. Tilley need never worry about a life in politics again after this really stupid decision. You both make the people of Perryville sick and embarrassed to be associated or lumped in with Tilley. Rush had a drug problem, and apparently has a mouth problem as well and he never learns from his mistakes. Rush is a horrible human being and Tilley must be also to want to take this pile of demented ideals and make him a great Missourian. He's garbage and so is Tilley for suggesting him. There is no accounting for class Tilley and Rush both have no class. Rush is not even a great entertainer he's a full fledged jerk who cares nothing about others and is just so hateful and reckless with his comments. Mr Tilley you are wrong in this instance, find some other way to honor this poor excuse of a human being but not in the hall of great Missourians, Show some respect for the rest of us and the other highly esteened great Missourians of the past. In another words show some respect.

-- Posted by newlg on Wed, Mar 7, 2012, at 3:44 PM

I don't see how this is a good man who deserves in anyway to be represented as a positive role model or a good person in any way.I have children in college and school,I cant imagine how proud I would be that they thought so much of my child they asked her to testify in congress.the vile horrifying things he has said makes my blood boil.to lie and say any of this would come out of our pockets is so sad,a lie and completely untrue.We know without doubt this man uses viagar was a drug addict divorced 3 woman and adds nothing but hate to our state and we are to honour him .In the past all of our large family have voted Republican,but if this is how they work and the party sees nothing wrong with it,the 23 adult on this ranch will be voting Democrat across the board.they no longer speak nor care for us,making themselves more money and are willing to hold up this animal as a person to be revered by my state and children I am having none of.

-- Posted by noodles on Wed, Mar 7, 2012, at 7:20 PM

I'm proud that most folks are commenting against what Rush stands for, and I'm being serious here. I believe it shows that there truly are progressive, tolerant folks in this part of our great state, who practice critical thinking at its finest. I sure hope Representative Tilley reads all these comments.

And to one person who said that there are any number of black families in Perry County, you're wrong. I believe there is exactly one black family in the county, and they have no kids. Nothing wrong with that, but the white folks there just don't see many black folks and it's always easier to demonize a group of people if you don't know any specific member of that group. And that's what's happened in Perry County. It's a sad commentary on the human condition. What I was saying is that Representative Tilley comes from that dominant social upbringing. He probably can't help it: He's ignorant of other cultures to the point of it being a handicap to him when he tries to reason things out.

But maybe all this outrage will indeed cause Representative Tilley to change his mind about naming Rush as a famous Missourian, with a bust in the Capitol. One can only hope.

-- Posted by Raunchy on Thu, Mar 8, 2012, at 11:34 AM

1) Georgetown requires all students to purchase health insurance - the same policy that the faculty has except they have contraception included. The students want contraception included like the faculty. They pay for their insurance like any other student at any other university. What is the big deal?

2) For those of you here that are not embarrassed by the thought of Rush being honored, you have no empathy for at least half the citizens of our country. This man represents how low, how vile our discourse has become. This ex-druggie, 4 times married, repugnant, divisive "entertainer" does nothing positive for mankind; his only claim to fame is throwing red meat to people who love to hate anyone with even slightly different views. He was fired from ESPN for his repeated racist remarks and barred from buying the NFL Rams because of his hate speech. This is a man to be honored?

Missourians must suffer from self-loathing.

-- Posted by 30words on Fri, Mar 9, 2012, at 7:28 PM

How can any man who is a true conservative and real Republican show such a distinguished honor to such a vile, ignorant, rude, and unchivalrous boob? To have one's effigy in a great hall of government should be reserved for those who have accomplished something to be honored, in order to express pride. Rush Limbaugh is a potty mouthed boor one would expect to meet in a dive bar on the wrong side of town, in his cups, spouting the worst sexism, racism, and misinformation imaginable. You celebrate his tasteless behavior as though it should be an example to the youth of Missouri, you immortalize him. When your constituents and cohort complain you stubbornly dig in. Are you trying to say that a respectable young law student trying to learn about and participate in free speech and democracy should be told on public radio that she "has so much sex that [Rush] can't understand how she can walk to the House", that she is a "slut", that Rush wants to watch videos of her having sex? What is wrong with you, who must certainly have been raised to be a gentleman and a scholar, to put this man, in effigy, on a pedestal? What next? Who are the worst people to ever come out of Missouri, shall we then place busts of them as well? This is so absurd you probably can't believe you are doing it, right?

-- Posted by IsaDesOsiers on Thu, Mar 22, 2012, at 5:09 AM

How about we include George "Tiny" Mercer. He's famous for being the last inmate executed at "the Walls". He had better moral character than Mr. L.

-- Posted by VirgilFlowers on Wed, May 30, 2012, at 2:50 PM

That Helmig guy that just got out of prison for not killing his mom is pretty famous. Then there was the national guardsman that got arrested for murder a couple of years ago, after dna technology improved enough to prove he killed his wife. If Limbaugh can be among famous Missourians, shouldn't all the other criminals that have achieved the status of notoriety be included as well?

-- Posted by VirgilFlowers on Wed, May 30, 2012, at 2:56 PM

And why don't we include Mr. Tilley for good measure?

-- Posted by VirgilFlowers on Wed, May 30, 2012, at 2:56 PM

I DON'T HAVE ANY RESPECT FOR RUSH LIMBAUGH AND FEEL THAT WAY ABOUT DAVID THE MORE I PICK UP THE REPUBLICAN...I MEANT MISSOURIAN. I THINK THIS MR. LIMBAUGH WAS A DEMOCRAT. AT LEAST, DAVID LIMBAUGH'S WIFE IS VERY NICE.

-- Posted by RAILROADFAN on Thu, Nov 8, 2012, at 8:41 PM

I THINK IT IS AN A DISGRACE THAT HE WAS SELECTED TO THIS HALL OF FAMOUS MISSOURIANS. I BELIEVE IT IS UNCOMFORTABLE THEM BOTH BEING FROM MISSOURI AND ESPECIALLY CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO. AS FAR AS MY GRANDMOTHER WOULD BE ASHAMED, SHE WOULD FEEL THE SAME WAY. I AM SORRY WE CAME THIS FAR NORTH WHEN WE MOVED BUT HAD NO OTHER CHOICE. DAVID AND RUSH ARE TOO MUCH. DAVID'S CHILDREN ARE WONDERFUL...HOPE THEY DON'T TAKE AFTER HIM OR THEIR UNCLE.

-- Posted by RAILROADFAN on Thu, Nov 8, 2012, at 8:48 PM


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