MAHER UN­LEASHED

The Washington Times Daily - - Politics - BY JEN­NIFER HARPER

Bill Maher still lobs in­sults, though he’s now a lead­ing fig­ure in the con­tro­versy over Rush Lim­baugh’s un­to­ward com­ments about Ge­orge­town Univer­sity law stu­dent San­dra Fluke, for which he apol­o­gized. Twice. Mr. Maher, a $1 mil­lion donor to Pres­i­dent Obama’s re-elec­tion cam­paign and host of his own HBO talk show, sym­bol­izes a dou­ble stan­dard to con­ser­va­tives who won­der why press and pun­ditry don’t de­mand that Mr. Maher apol­o­gize for com­ments he made about Sarah Palin and Rep. Michelle Bach­mann in re­cent days.

“Lim­baugh has been sin­gled out and con­demned across the na­tional me­dia — ABC, CBS, NBC, CNBC, MSNBC, NPR, PBS, As­so­ci­ated Press, the New York Times, The Washington Post, the Los An­ge­les Times and USA To­day. How many of these out­lets have con­demned Bill Maher with equal vigor for his at­tacks on Palin?” asks Me­dia Re­search Cen­ter founder Brent Bozell, in a let­ter to CNN host Piers Mor­gan.

“How many of these out­lets con­demned him at all? Ed Schultz called Laura Ingraham a ‘slut’ on his ra­dio show. MSNBC sus­pended him for a week, but none of Schultz’s ad­ver­tis­ers dropped his show un­der me­dia pres­sure. There was no pres­sure.”

Mean­while, Mr. Maher is still, uh, quip­ping. For the cu­ri­ous: a cat­a­log of barbs from his lat­est open­ing mono­logue:

“I thought the elec­tion was gonna be all about the econ­omy. But the econ­omy started do­ing bet­ter. So Repub­li­cans went to plan b: call­ing women whores.

“San­dra Fluke got a call to­day from the pres­i­dent. Pres­i­dent Obama called her to thank her for her tes­ti­mony. And then Pres­i­dent Clin­ton called Obama to get her num­ber.

“Rush Lim­baugh: Four wives, he’s had — no chil­dren. Dude, you are birth con­trol.” from a fed­eral agency that seeks the public’s help in iden­ti­fy­ing a pair of sailors who went down with their ship 150 years ago. The Na­tional Oceanic and At­mo­spheric Agency (NOAA) con­tin­ues to honor the lost crew of the USS Mon­i­tor, a Civil War-era Union iron­clad war­ship that took on the Con­fed­er­ate iron­clad CSS Virginia in ocean wa­ters off Hamp­ton Roads, Va., on March 9, 1862.

Less than a year later, the Mon­i­tor cap­sized and sank off Cape Hat­teras, N.C., send­ing 16 crew mem­bers to their deaths.

A decade ago, the wreck was dis­cov­ered and the Mon­i­tor raised from the ocean floor; the skele­tal re­mains of two sailors were found in the ship’s gun tur­ret, the fate of the other 14 re­mains un­known.

NOAA’S Of­fice of Na­tional Ma­rine Sanc­tu­ar­ies has re­leased images of the faces of the lost men, based on foren­sic re­con­struc­tions by an­thro­pol­o­gists at Louisiana State Univer­sity. The agency is now in search mode.

“These are the faces of men who gave their lives for their coun­try at a piv­otal mo­ment in Amer­i­can his­tory,” says David Al­berg, su­per­in­ten­dent of Mon­i­tor Na­tional Ma­rine Sanc­tu­ary, es­tab­lished by Congress in 1975. “The best-case sce­nario is that some­one will emerge, per­haps a de­scen­dant, who can give these faces a name.”

The sci­en­tists es­ti­mated one man to be be­tween 17 and 24 years old and about 5 feet 7 inches tall; the other man was an inch shorter, be­tween 30 and 40 years old, and prob­a­bly smoked a pipe. See de­tails here: http://mon­i­tor.noaa.gov/150th/

“When Navy divers dis­cov­ered the hu­man re­mains in Mon­i­tor’s tur­ret, they im­me­di­ately be­gan re­fer­ring to them as ‘our ship­mates.’ Look­ing into these two faces is very mov­ing for me and, I’m cer­tain, for ev­ery­one in­volved in the Mon­i­tor re­cov­ery op­er­a­tions,” says re­tired NOAA ar­chae­ol­o­gist John Broad­wa­ter.

Fa­cial images have been made based on foren­sic re­con­struc­tions of skele­tal re­mains of two sailors aboard the USS Mon­i­tor, a Civil War iron­clad ship that sank in 1862.

NOAA IMAGES

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