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.