Saturday, April 29, 2006

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spysmasher said...

Rush Limbaugh Prescription Drug Case Settled

In response to media and other inquiries, Roy Black, Rush Limbaugh's attorney, released the following statement Friday concerning a settlement agreement with the Palm Beach County State Attorney's Office to end the investigation of Mr. Limbaugh:

"I am pleased to announce that the State Attorney's Office and Mr. Limbaugh have reached an agreement whereby a single count charge of doctor shopping filed today by the State Attorney will be dismissed in 18 months. As a primary condition of the dismissal, Mr. Limbaugh must continue to seek treatment from the doctor he has seen for the past two and one half years. This is the same doctor under whose care Mr. Limbaugh has remained free of his addiction without relapse.

"Mr. Limbaugh and I have maintained from the start that there was no doctor shopping, and we continue to hold this position. Accordingly, we filed today with the Court a plea of 'Not Guilty' to the charge filed by the State.

"As part of this agreement, Mr. Limbaugh also has agreed to make a $30,000 payment to the State of Florida to defray the public cost of the investigation. The agreement also provides that he must refrain from violating the law during this 18 months, must pay $30 per month for the cost of "supervision" and comply with other similar provisions of the agreement.

"Mr. Limbaugh had intended to remain in treatment. Thus, we believe the outcome for him personally will be much as if he had fought the charge and won."

The actions taken today are as follows:

-- The State Attorney has filed a single charge of doctor shopping with the Court. The charge is being held in abeyance under the terms of an agreement between the State and Mr. Limbaugh.

-- Mr. Limbaugh has filed a plea of "Not Guilty" with the Court.

The formal agreement between Mr. Limbaugh and the State Attorney will be filed with the Court on Monday. The terms of the agreement are substantively as follows:

-- Mr. Limbaugh will continue in treatment with the doctor he has seen for the past two and one half years.

-- After Mr. Limbaugh completes an additional 18 months of treatment, the State Attorney has agreed to drop the charge.

-- Mr. Limbaugh has agreed to make a $30,000 payment to the State of Florida to defray the public cost of the investigation.

The Iron Patriot said...

The Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office arrested Rush Limbaugh, read him his rights, took his mug shot, and searched his anal cavity.

If he can stay in drug treatment and out of trouble for 18 months, the county will drop the charge.

But the likelihood of Rush staying drug-free for 18 months is, to put it mildly, remote.

After he stopped gorging himself on food, he gorged himself on drugs. The only things left to him are alcohol and lead paint chips.

He'll choose drugs.

El Duque said...

Riddle: What do Rush Limbaugh and George W. Bush have in common?

Spysmasher?

Anybody?

The Retropolitan said...

They both got them 'shifty eyes.'

El Duque said...

What do Rush Limbaugh and George W. Bush have in common?
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They both work two hours a day.

spysmasher / Mark Steyn said...

John Kerry announced this week's John Kerry Iraq Policy of the Week the other day: "Iraqi politicians should be told that they have until May 15 to deal with these intransigent issues and at last put together an effective unity government or we will immediately withdraw our military."

With a sulky pout perhaps? With hands on hips and a full flip of the hair?

Did he get that from Churchill? "We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender, at least until May 15, when I have a windsurfing engagement off Nantucket."

Actually, no. He got it from Thomas Jefferson. "This is not the first time in American history when patriotism has been distorted to deflect criticism and mislead the nation," warned Sen. Kerry, placing his courage in the broader historical context. "No wonder Thomas Jefferson himself said: 'Dissent is the greatest form of patriotism.' "

Close enough. According to the Jefferson Library: "There are a number of quotes that we do not find in Thomas Jefferson's correspondence or other writings; in such cases, Jefferson should not be cited as the source. Among the most common of these spurious Jefferson quotes are: 'Dissent is the highest form of patriotism.' "

Did Kerry's speechwriter endeavor to point that out? "Hey, boss, diss ain't a Jefferson quote."

"Yeah, that's right. Dissent -- a Jefferson quote. Shove one in around the fifth paragraph, but snap it up, will you? I got a fitting for my new even-more-buttock-hugging yellow lycra cycling shorts in 20 minutes."

It was the Aussie pundit Tim Blair who noted the Thomas Jeffefakery. American commentators were apparently too busy cooing that "Kerry may be reflecting a new boldness on the part of liberals to come out and say what they believe and to reclaim the moral high ground on patriotism" (CBS News) to complain that KERRY LIED!! SCHOLARLY ATTRIBUTION DIED!!! Instead, KERRY MISQUOTED!! MEDIA DOTED!!!

Indeed, America's hardboiled newsmen can't get enough of the Thomas Jefferbunk. The Berkshire Eagle used it as the headline for last year's Fourth of July editorial. Mitch Albom of the Detroit Free Press thundered: "We need to stop slicing this country in half, and saying those who support this act or this politician are 'good' Americans, and the rest are not. Sometimes 'dissent is the highest form of patriotism.' I didn't make that up. Thomas Jefferson did."

Er, no. You made up that he made it up. But former Georgia state Rep. Mike Snow uses it, and Miranda Yaver of Berkeley wore it on a button to the big anti-war demo in Washington last year, and Ted Kennedy deployed it as the stirring finale to his anti-Bush speech:

"It is not unpatriotic to tell the truth to the American people about the war in Iraq. In this grave moment of our country, to use the words of Thomas Jefferson, 'Dissent is the highest form of patriotism.' "

The last time Sen. Kennedy went rummaging for an old quote was when he stood up at the 2004 Democratic Convention in Boston and announced that "here once the embattled farmers stood and fired the shirt around the world." But at least several of those words are genuine, albeit not the reference to the menswear department.

As far as I can tell, it was Nadine Strosser, the ACLU's head honcho, who cooked up the Jefferson fake. At any rate, she seems to be the only one who ever deployed it pre-9/11. Since then, however, it's gone nuclear, it's everywhere, it's a bumper sticker and a T-shirt slogan and a surefire applause line for the entire Massachusetts congressional delegation. As Sen. Kennedy's brother so memorably said, "Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what a fake quote can do for you."

What does it mean when so many senior Democrats take refuge in an obvious bit of hooey? Thomas Jefferson would never have said anything half so witless. There is no virtue in dissent per se. When John F. Kennedy said, "We shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and the success of liberty" -- and, believe it or not, that's a real quote, though it's hard to imagine any Massachusetts Democrat saying such a thing today -- I could have yelled out, "Hey, screw you, loser." It would have been "dissent," but it wouldn't have been patriotic, and it's certainly not a useful contribution to the debate, any more than that of the University of North Carolina students at Chapel Hill who recently scrawled on the doors of the ROTC armory "F--- OFF!" and "WE WON'T FIGHT YOUR WARS!"

But the high holiness of dissent for its own sake is now the core belief of the Democratic Party: It's not what you're for, it's what you're against. Their current denunciations of Big Oil have a crudely effective opportunism but say to them "OK, what's your energy policy?" and see what answers you get: More domestic oil? Ooh, no, we can't disturb the pristine ANWR breeding ground of the world's largest mosquito herd. More nuclear power, like the French? Ooh, no, might be another Three Mile Island. Er, OK, you're the mass transit guys; how about we go back to wood-fired steam trains? Ooh, no, we're opposed to logging, in case it causes global warming, or cooling, or both.

Dissent for its own sake is like the Democrats' energy policy: We're opposed to any kind of energy; we prefer to be mired in enervated passivity. If the right is full of armchair generals, the left is full of armchair generalities: Nothing can be done, any course is futile, everything's a quagmire. All we can say for certain is that saying so for certain is the highest form of patriotism.

It's truer to say that these days patriotism is the highest form of dissent -- against a culture where the media award each other Pulitzers for damaging national security, and the only way a soldier's mom can become a household name is if she's a Bush-is-the-real-terrorist kook like Cindy Sheehan, and our grade schools' claims to teach our children about America, "warts and all," has dwindled down into teaching them all the warts and nothing else. Or as the Capital Times of Madison, Wis., concluded its ringing editorial on the subject:

"Thomas Jefferson got it right: 'Dissent is the highest form of patriotism.' And teaching children how to be thoughtful and effective dissenters is the highest form of education."

Teaching them authentic Jefferson quotes would be a better approach.

--Mark Steyn

Ginger Mayerson www.hackenblog.com said...

Y'know, you'd have to Limbaugh and it'd have to be Florida to get this kind of deal. Anyone anywhere else would have been doin' time six months after the arrest.

Can't we just break the country up in to workable sections? Because stuff like this just makes me hurl and want to give up on the whole "truth," "justice" and "the American way" bullshit.

spysmasher said...

Translation of the above comment from the liberalese:

"Damn! I wanted them to convict Limbaugh regardless of the facts! There's just no justice in this country when I can't get what I want!"

Jim Chadwick said...

Spysmasher: Did you see where George Bush made fun of himself at the White House Correspondents dinner last night? I ask you, why does the President hate himself so much and doesn't he realize that this sort of "comedy" gives solace to both Al Qaeda and the Iraqi insurgents?

Carrie Oakey said...

Rush Limbaugh deserves our forgiveness! Not only is he a true patriot, but he's rather handsome as well. Why the liberals feel he should go to jail while millions of illegal aliens can march in the street is beyond the reason of decent Christian folk like me!

spysmasher said...

Mr. Chadwick--

Since you can't fight me with facts, you try to mock and trivialize me -- much like your leader, the idea-free Superfrankenstein.

The facts are these: we have a booming economy and a safe country, and yet you hate Bush anyway.

This is YOUR problem, not anyone else's.

Jim Chadwick said...

I never said I hate George Bush. You are putting words in my mouth. Therefore, you are a liar. For the record, I think he's the least intelligent President to serve the office in my life time and a dupe of the corporate robber barons and leaders of the military industrial complex who propped him up in the primaries for folks like you to vote for so that he could do their bidding. They laugh at your moral posturing all the way to the bank and thank you for your blind loyalty.

As for Rush Limbaugh, I don't think he should be put in jail unless due process determines he should go there. Doesn't mean I don't enjoy the fact that he's being put through a little misery. Why shouldn't I when he seems to enjoy revelling in the misery and suffering of others so much himself?

You have an arguement with me, make it with me. Stop making everyone who posts here one single minded, convenient entity to convey your hatred upon.

Chris Burnham said...

I don't hate Bush, but I strongly dislike him. And I dispute Spysmasher's claims to a "strong economy".

spysmasher said...

Jim Chadwick never said he hates George Bush... but he DID say Bush is: "the least intelligent President to serve the office in my life time and a dupe of the corporate robber barons and leaders of the military industrial complex who propped him up in the primaries for folks like you to vote for so that he could do their bidding."

Wow -- good thing Chadwick doesn't hate Bush. I shudder to think what he'd say about those he hates!

Jim Chadwick also said: "enjoys the fact that Rushbeing put through a little misery. Why shouldn't I when he seems to enjoy revelling in the misery and suffering of others so much himself?"

Please name a single time Rush has reveled in the misery of others. Be specific!

Jim Chadwick said: "Stop making everyone who posts here one single minded, convenient entity to convey your hatred upon."

Why? You all think the same! Or should I say, you all read from the same liberal talking points. Yes, that's better.

spysmasher said...

Chris Burnham said he dispute Spysmasher's claims to a "strong economy."

Chris, do some reading. You can't just assert the economy is bad when every indication is that it is BOOMING. The facts are these:

The U.S. economy powered ahead in March as manufacturing orders surged and new home sales rose by the most in more than a decade.

Orders for durable goods rose 6.1 percent, the Commerce Department said in Washington today, more than three times the median forecast of economists surveyed by Bloomberg News. Home sales increased 13.8 percent, the most since April 1993, to an annual rate of 1.213 million.

The reports sent yields on 10-year Treasury notes to the highest since 2002 and traders increased bets the Federal Reserve will lift interest rates twice more before the end of June. Improving business demand and little slowdown in housing run counter to the Fed's forecast that growth will moderate after the first quarter.

"The numbers we're getting all indicate that the economy has maintained a large amount of momentum and that's obviously a concern to the Fed and will likely force their hand,'' said Joel Naroff, president of Naroff Economic Advisors in Holland, Pennsylvania.

spysmasher said...

Jim Chadwick said "Rush Limbaugh seems to enjoy revelling in the misery and suffering of others."

I asked him to name a single time Rush had reveled in the misery of others.

As you can see, no such instance was named.

Apparently Mr. Chadwick likes to throw around baseless smears to damage his enemies, and he doesn't care if they are true or not.

Typical liberal.

Jim Chadwick said...

I've been busy having a life, douchebag. Something you, living in your mom's basement with your lovely gun collection, ears tuned to Rush and Michael Savage, pumped up in your chicken hawk glory as you smite the liberals of the world, and praying for the coming of the end times, might not know anything about.

Here, let me spare you the following effort:
"Typcial liberal. Doesn't answer the charges! Just makes jokes and insults! I win again!"

Gee, Markie, I'm sorry that the times I've been in my car and happened to hear Rush and turned him off, or been stuck in somebody else's car or office and had to listen to him, or seen clips of him on the air, or listened to some dittohead parrot back his words, I wasn't there with my note pad to write chapter and verse. I never expected to be dragged into court to justify my opinion.

But okay, here's one from your playbook (From "Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting", with apologies to Superfrankenstein for taking up the space.)

Who says Rush Limbaugh is abusive to minorities? He champions various minority interests: multi-millionaires, bankers, owners of private planes and yachts, drug companies. It's only those other "minorities"--women, workers, the poor, racial minorities, gays--that he has no use for. Here's a sampling:

"One of the things I want to do before I die is conduct the Homeless Olympics... [Events would include] the 10-meter Shopping Cart Relay, the Dumpster Dig, and the Hop, Skip and Trip." (L.A. Times, 1/20/91)

On NAFTA: "If we are going to start rewarding no skills and stupid people--I'm serious, let the unskilled jobs, let the kinds of jobs that take absolutely no knowledge whatsoever to do--let stupid and unskilled Mexicans do that work." (Radio show quoted in FRQ, Fall/93)

Speculating on why a Mexican national won the New York marathon: "An immigration agent chased him for the last 10 miles." (USA Weekend, 1/26/92)

This is asinine! A Caesar Chavez Day in California? Wasn't he convicted of a crime?" (Quotedin FRQ, Winter/94)

"Kurt Cobain was, ladies and gentleman, I just--he was a worthless shred of human debris..." (TV show, 4/11/94)

"When a gay person turns his back on you, it is anything but an insult ; it's an invitation." (Quoted in FRQ, Summer/94)

"Feminism was established to allow unattractive women easier access to the mainstream." (Quoted in FRQ, Summer/93)

"Militant feminists are pro-choice because it's their ultimate avenue of power over men.... It is their attempt to impose their will on the rest of society, particularly on men." (Ought to Be, p.53)

"Why is it that whenever a corporation fires workers it is never speculated that the workers might have deserved it?" (Ought to Be, p.275)

Now of course you'll run right off and question the source, attack it as liberal, say this proves nothing, yadda, yadda, yadda. Only the things you quote are accurate; only you get to determine the debate; only you get to ask questions, and only you get to avoid answering those you don't want to answer.

In closing, I find you you a tiresome little shit and I am going to try and stop spending valuable mental energy on you because I know your only true goal is not actual debate, but to simply come here and piss off us liberals. I will say one thing to your credit though. There's a highly intelligent, conservative blog I go and read regularly by a friend of my brother. They are regularly hounded by a lefty who engages in the same sort of annoying , irritating tactics as you, and it has actually lead me to feel sympathy for the regulars on that site, very few of whom I might otherwise feel sympathy for. So, well done.

In the meantime, you said some time back that you were going away and you have not. So to return to my original point, you are a liar.

Jim Chadwick said...

It's been two minutes since my last post! Why has Mark Steyn not answered my charge that he is a liar? I win again!

Jim Chadwick said...

If Mark Steyn does post here, then he will be proving that he is a liar about not appearing on this site anymore!! In either case, I win again! (Gee, this selectively stacking the argument on your terms and in your favor stuff is catching.)

spysmasher said...

Jim Chadwick said:

“I've been busy having a life, douchebag. Something you, living in your mom's basement with your lovely gun collection, ears tuned to Rush and Michael Savage.”

So, like every liberal, he begins with personal insults. But I wouldn’t go there. I’ll match my home (which I own outright) and income against yours any day of the week, and win easily.

Next come the quotes that “prove” Rush Limbaugh is anti-minority, a totally new charge! Last time, you said, ”Rush revels in the misery of others.” Now he hates minorities.

But anyway, as for the quotes you mention: All of those statements are TRUE. Some are meant to be humorous, perhaps some are in bad taste. But all true. Would you mind pointing out to me which (non-joke) was not TRUE?

“I am going to try and stop spending valuable mental energy on you...”

What does THAT mean? You responses are only going to be TEN pages long instead of THIRTY? You MUST answer any comment I make, because if you are proven wrong on any point your frail ego would explode. You whole world view is based on BUSH SUCKS. If (unthinkable!) Bush does not SUCK, then your world falls apart. So, as I said, You MUST answer any comment I make. Even if you fill your responses with personal attacks and lies.

“You said some time back that you were going away and you have not. So to return to my original point, you are a liar.”

Ooooo... I’m a liar. Liar! Are my pants on fire? Is my mother a poo-poo face, too? What are you, like 5 years old? Problem is, I never said that.

You said some time back you were going to admit to being a blindly myopic conservative hater. You never did. LIAR!

(You didn’t say that? Gee, I always forget. It’s only OK for LIBERALS to make stuff up. I’ll have to try to remember that.)