THANK GOD IT'S SATURDAY
Yesterday we went out of town to bury my father-in-law. It wasn't a funeral per se; it was a burial with a few minutes of graveside remembrances, which was the way Harry had wanted it. He was 95 and had led an interesting life consisting of, among other things, a boat with sonar fishing equipment and a Harley. So it was no surprise to us that he was buried along side his 2nd wife and his long-time girl friend, with his 1st wife buried several headstones away.
That still pales in comparison to what greeted me upon my return last night. I logged online and discovered that RUSH LIMBAUGH WAS ARRESTED! I didn't freak as I'm familiar with the MSM's SOP. After all, I've been documenting for the past seven days how they've pretty much ignored the admitted CIA info leaker, "Milk Carton" Mary McCarthy. I grabbed that screen shot of the MSN's homepage last night -- notice TWO mentions of him! -- but I was more curious what I would find today, how they would treat Rush Limbaugh compared to their treatment of Mary McCarthy.
8 I didn't find any mention in today's NY Post, but the NY Daily News, which Rush refers to as The Daily Snooze, couldn't resist a bit of payback.
Limbaugh busted in bid to pile up on pills: It was an embarrassing end to a nearly three-year probe that Limbaugh had tried to derail - and which forced the moralizing motormouth to admit to his legions of law-and-order-loving "dittoheads" that he was hooked on prescription drugs. Legally, however, Limbaugh appears to have gotten off easy. Under the deal, Limbaugh was ordered to pay the state $30,000 to defray investigative costs. He was allowed to file a not-guilty plea to a single "doctor shopping" charge with the court and will have his record scrubbed if he stays clean for the next 18 months and continues with his therapy. ... Returning from rehab, Limbaugh resumed his liberal bashing while his spin team came up with a secret plan to save its boss' right-wing reputation.
"Embarrassing end"? "Moralizing motormouth"? "Spin team"? "Secret plan"?
You know they don't listen to his show, but I do. I've been a dittohead for 14 years now. I was as shocked as anyone when he admitted he was addicted to painkillers. I recall at the time that he talked about how he carefully avoided discussing drug addicts because of his own addiction. I've read several references today of how he supposedly did talk about locking up addicts, and yet I can't recall him ever saying that. So, I pulled out my copy of his second book, the 1993 See I Told You So, and checked the index. (His first book, The Way Things Ought To Be, does not have an index.) There are no references to "drugs" or "addicts" or "pot(heads)." I know that this isn't proof that he never talked about it on show, but his two books have echoed his show, almost as though he used transcripts for the books, so why no mention in the books?
8 Brian Maloney's excellent roundup of media bias and pics. MSM: LIMBAUGH 'ARRESTED': In an extreme example of mainstream media spin, however, it has quickly been portrayed as an El Rushbo "arrest", rather than a settlement.
8 NewsBusters sums it up best: A casual reader of headlines could easily conclude that Limbaugh was admitting guilt, with words like "surrenders" and "turns himself in." But it was a part of a deal with no admission of guilt. The story by Peter Whoriskey noted: "The agreement is not an admission of guilt to the charge." A less inflammatory set of headlines would have said "Prosecutors, Limbaugh Strike Deal."
8 Aaron has posted Rush's statement and the list of the drugs the doctors prescribed.
I left a comment in which I discussed his prescriptions and ran the numbers:
I've done some research and ran the numbers, and this is what I found.
Out of the total 2,130 pills listed -- dates covering 187 days -- a total of 1,863 pills were prescribed for pain.
[Niacin is vitamin B3, Xanax is for anxiety, and Clonidine is for high blood pressure.]
That equals 10 pills/day.
Not taken into consideration is that the last 160 pills (for pain) would be taken beyond the 187 days I used for this purpose.
If you deduct those 160 pills from the equation, the result is 9 pills/day.
8 Right now, Rush is the 2nd tag on Technorati. The rankings fluctuate; let's see how long he remains on the list. Mary McCarthy wasn't on the list very long.
8 I was fumbling around this morning trying to think of a pithy title for this post. Wouldn’t y’know it, Laura Lee picks the most perfect one! (I’m pea-green with envy:) She also has an interesting take on it. No Rush to Judgement by the MSM?: So my take on the great and fantastic Rush is it is a blessing that he was pursued by a ravening Democrat prosecutor who was out to crush him because it caused Rush to confront his addiction in front of the whole world and it just may save his life.
8 Scott Ott reports that Limbaugh Not Guilty, Pelosi Calls for Rove Firing: “Only the most naive among us will believe that Karl Rove didn’t pull the lever to spring Limbaugh,” Rep. Pelosi said.
8 I agree with Dave that However the story pans out, Monday's show ought to be a barnburner.
In the meantime, Kate Moss' drug addicted lover, Pete Doherty, was photographed injecting drugs into an unconscious fan's arm. Kate is no stranger to drugs, as she was also photgraphed with coke.
PLUS, BALDWIN BRO BUSTED AGAIN: DANIEL Baldwin, the blow-loving black sheep of the Baldwin brothers, has been arrested again on drug charges. Cops say they ... found him holding a drug pipe. Baldwin, 45, and another man, Anthony Hunter, 52 - who was reportedly hiding in the bathroom - were also found in possession of a "small amount of cocaine," police said. ... In 1998, Daniel was found running naked, high on crack cocaine, through the Plaza hotel. Cops were called following complaints that the actor was watching porno movies with the sound turned up loud. After being hospitalized for an overdose, he pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct and was sentenced to three months in drug rehab. Baldwin has admitted battling a cocaine addiction since 1989, shortly after he started his career in Hollywood.