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It appears that at least eight corporate sponsors have now dropped the Big Gas Bag. Hooray for them – though one might ask the question: what in the heck took you so long?

Now there’s a movement afoot in North Carolina to extend the effort. As noted on Blue NC this morning, signatures are being gathered by activists to get UNC Tar Heels athletic program to drop its affiliation with Limbaugh stations. Here in the Triangle, for instance, UNC football and basketball games are broadcast on 106.1 FM “Rush Radio.”

You can sign the petition to support this latest “dump Rush” effort by clicking here.

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The hole that this man and the other anti-contraception nuts are digging just gets deeper and deeper. Check out this morning’s post at Think Progress on Santorum’s latest utterly amazing statements. In case you missed it previously, Santorum has said the U.S. Supreme Court was wrong nearly half a century ago when it struck down state laws that sought to make contraceptives unlawful.

Am sure it’s just a matter of time until the “libertarian” think tanks to weigh in against Big Brother Rick.

As is so often the case. Linda Greenhouse of the NYT explains and makes sense of the newly manufactured (and obviosuly politically-motivated) debate over contraceptive coverage.

“Permitting Catholic hospitals to withhold contraception coverage from their 765,000 employees would blow a gaping hole in the regulation. The 629-hospital Catholic health care system is a major and respected health care provider, serving one in every six hospital patients and employing nearly 14 percent of all hospital staff in the country. Of the top 10 revenue-producing hospital systems in 2010, four were Catholic. The San Francisco-based Catholic Healthcare West, the fifth biggest hospital system in the country, had $11 billion in revenue last year and treated 6.2 million patients.

These institutions, as well as Catholic universities – not seminaries, but colleges and universities whose doors are open to all – are full participants in the public square, receiving a steady stream of federal dollars. They assert – indeed, have earned – the right to the same benefits that flow to their secular peers. What they now claim is a right to special treatment: to conscience that trumps law.”

You can read her entire informative piece by clicking here.