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(Some Oxycontin)   Fraud charges dismissed against Limbaugh. Still faces charges of gross windbaggery and vowel over-ennunciation   (nbc6.net) divider line 175
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2006-05-01 02:38:11 PM  
Sigh. Didn't we go through this twice already? Amazing how if you are rich and powerful you can get "arrest, guilty plea in abeyance, fine and probation" and call it "appearance, not guilty plea, reimbursement and dismissal." Look at the substance of what happened, not the stupid spin.
 
2006-05-01 04:30:53 PM  
His lawyer called the agreement a "common-sense resolution" -- and said it's the way the state should deal with someone who's addicted to pain medication and who has voluntarily sought treatment.

Voluntarily. Yep. Mmkay.
 
2006-05-01 04:45:11 PM  
His lawyer called the agreement a "common-sense resolution" -- and said it's the way the state should deal with someone who's addicted to pain medication and who has voluntarily sought treatment.

Really?

What about...

These tough sentencing laws were instituted for a reason. The American people, including liberals, demanded them. Don't you remember the crack cocaine epidemic? Crack babies and out-of-control murder rates? Liberal judges giving the bad guys slaps on the wrist? Finally we got tough, and the crime rate has been falling ever since, so what's wrong? - limbaugh 10/5/95

or

I want to let you read along with me a quote from Jerry Colangelo about substance abuse, and I think you'll find that he's very much right..."I know every expert in the world will disagree with me, but I don't buy into the disease part of it. The first time you reach for a substance you are making a choice. Every time you go back, you are making a personal choice. I feel very strongly about that."...

What he's saying is that if there's a line of cocaine here, I have to make the choice to go down and sniff it....And his point is that we are rationalizing all this irresponsibility and all the choices people are making and we're blaming not them, but society for it. All these Hollywood celebrities say the reason they're weird and bizarre is because they were abused by their parents. So we're going to pay for that kind of rehab, too, and we shouldn't. It's not our responsibility. It's up to the people who are doing it. And Colangelo is right
- limbaugh 9/23/93

Do those no longer apply, Rushbo, or is the law only applicable to other people?
 
2006-05-01 05:27:02 PM  
And stealing Don Cherry's bit...
 
2006-05-01 05:27:13 PM  
They might have dropped the charges. but he'll always be a frog. A big fat wet splashy one.
 
2006-05-01 05:27:31 PM  
It's good to be rich and powerful.
 
2006-05-01 05:28:01 PM  
It's all the fault of the LIEbrul public screwles!
 
2006-05-01 05:28:39 PM  
Drudge is absolutely shiatting down both legs trying to defend the indefensible.

Schadenfreude's a biatch, ain't it Rush?
 
2006-05-01 05:29:03 PM  
voluntary...right. You'd have to swallow a fistful of 'ludes to believe that.
 
2006-05-01 05:29:04 PM  
Limbaugh: I'm not like the other druggies. My drugs are red, white and blue.
 
2006-05-01 05:29:19 PM  
If you are black and poor, drugs are a criminal matter.

If you are rich and white, it's a family matter. Ask Jeb Bush.
 
2006-05-01 05:31:36 PM  
Outrageous! if this were you or I, we would be in legal shiat up to our eyes, with lifelong consequences.
 
2006-05-01 05:31:40 PM  
Can't own a gun, eh? Guess that means the suicide will be a hanging then.

/less messy
//'cept for the soiling
 
2006-05-01 05:34:52 PM  
can I get some cheese with this Whine?
 
2006-05-01 05:35:23 PM  
i3.tinypic.com

Now, why are we doomed to this Quimby Quagmire, you ask, oh
reasonable listener? Because this town is under the stranglehold of a few tie-dyed tree-huggers who would rather play hackeysack than lock up the homeless.
 
2006-05-01 05:35:38 PM  
www.caglecartoons.com
 
2006-05-01 05:35:56 PM  
Of course, it means nothing, nothing that the prosecutor is a Democratic Party contributor....
 
2006-05-01 05:37:02 PM  
Just amazing. The facts of the case, and the facts of Limbaugh's "visit" on Friday afternoon, are not up for dispute in any way, shape or form. But the semantics are worthy of a huge knock-down drag-out fight.

How about instead of dictating to people what words they're supposed to use, simply encouraging them to read up on what Limbaugh did, and what was done to him, and calling it good? Then people could form whatever opinion they chose to form.
 
2006-05-01 05:37:24 PM  
Geez I hate this neo-con.
 
2006-05-01 05:37:33 PM  
Come on, people. We all know drug use should only have consequences for poor, dark-skinned people.

/do as Rush says, not as Rush does
 
2006-05-01 05:37:59 PM  
Threadjack:

Loved the Santana bumper to this segment after he had been trashing aliens all day. What a tool. And a hypocrite too.


/Also PSA to righties: when you want the furriners to learn the language, trying to redefine words like "arrest" isn't doing anyone any favors. Did I mention Limbaugh's a douche?
 
2006-05-01 05:39:08 PM  
mark12A is right! We should set up two seperate judicial systems: one for Republicans and one for Democrats.

/libertarians will be tried by lynch mobs
//greens will be thrown to the wolves
 
2006-05-01 05:40:03 PM  
mark12A: Of course, it means nothing, nothing that the prosecutor is a Democratic Party contributor....


Yeah, he donated money, then he made Rush Limbaugh take painkillers. Good point. Idiot.
 
2006-05-01 05:40:42 PM  
Sideshow Bob, councilman Les Whinen says that you're not experienced enough to be mayor. Sir, what do you have to say about that?
 
2006-05-01 05:41:19 PM  
mark12A

ummundomagico.blogs.sapo.pt
 
2006-05-01 05:42:25 PM  
It's common for someone with no felony record, charged a first time with Rx drug fraud, to get diversion.

I am impressed with those of you telling us how the rich and powerful and white get this special benefit, and not others. Please, do share with us the facts you know so much about, which demonstrate that this DA only allows the benefit of diversion to such people.

I'll be waiting.
 
2006-05-01 05:43:35 PM  
I'm going to be really amused if this thread gets less than, say, 200 posts.
 
2006-05-01 05:43:52 PM  
Please. You're only hating on him because he tells the truth about liberals in this country.

MahaRushie el Rushbo, 2008.
 
2006-05-01 05:44:29 PM  
In addition these criminal charges are almost never investigated

they investigated the charges -because- he was rush

the S.A was full of Bullshiate
 
2006-05-01 05:45:45 PM  
Just another example of liberal fatcat lawyers letting a high profile entertainer off with a slap on the wrist.

I'm sure Rush will give them hell about it on his next show.
 
2006-05-01 05:46:22 PM  
There is a different system of justice for the rich in this country.

Disgusting.
 
2006-05-01 05:46:35 PM  
As a sidebar, lately I've been listening to Rush and his lickspittle, Sean Hannity, and it's truly surprising how little substance they can cram into a 3 hour block of time. Rush way overdoes the over-enunciated mispronunciation schtick ("According to the Reverend Jack-SUNNNNN...")and rattles papers around, while Hannity pulls self-congratulatory pronouncements seemingly from his ass in response to questions no one asked ("I love this country and support our troops, and if that makes me a target of the liberal hate machine, then so be it.") What I don't get is how this passes for political commentary... I've never listened to Al Franken, but he must be better than these two wanks.

What's the Talking Point to explain away the cognitive dissonance between Rush the Hard Ass Anti-Drug Guy and Rush the Junkie?
 
2006-05-01 05:48:06 PM  
Just another example of liberal fatcat lawyers letting a high profile entertainer off with a slap on the wrist.

Prosecutors are government employees. There's nothing "fatcat" about them.
 
2006-05-01 05:48:58 PM  
I am impressed with those of you telling us how the rich and powerful and white get this special benefit, and not others. Please, do share with us the facts you know so much about, which demonstrate that this DA only allows the benefit of diversion to such people.

I don't think he got a special deal but he sure as heck received special treatment by being able to magically plead "not guilty" yet still have what amounts to a plea in abeyance, fine and probationary period. Only someone with high priced counsel and a large public profile would be able to do that.

I don't really care about the sentence as it is indeed typical but more the rediculous spin about what happened although a lot of the spin is coming from Rush and his supporters more than the system.
 
2006-05-01 05:51:00 PM  
"And, he won't be allowed to own a gun."

If this is to prevent the hypocrite from killing himself, I say let him own a gun.

I will even buy him a gun rack.

/"I don't even own 'a' gun, let alone many guns to necessitate an entire rack."
 
2006-05-01 05:51:35 PM  
is this guy still relevant?

and didn't he seek treatement because he was exposed? voluntarily is a bit... euphemistic in that case.
 
2006-05-01 05:52:09 PM  
Can the Hollywood movie -- "Rush: The True Story" -- be far behind? And mama's tasty foods, its not him getting a lenient sentence (and let's not pretend that's not true) that irks me so much, its the hypocrisy. This won't be the first time and it won't be the last.

"Some animals are more equal than others . . ."

This time it just happens to be a big, fat pig.
 
Ant
2006-05-01 05:52:59 PM  
Bill_Wick's_Friend: Do those no longer apply, Rushbo, or is the law only applicable to other people?

Could've been over-compensation. As in "I am so anti-drug that I am above suspicion"
 
2006-05-01 05:53:15 PM  
He can't have a gun?! Uh oh... how can he pose in pictures with prominent Republicans? You KNOW how they love to pose with their guns.
 
2006-05-01 05:54:54 PM  
mama's tasty foods

Googling for "florida drug possession sentence" gave me this article:

http://stopthedrugwar.org/chronicle/422/paeyappeal.shtml

Last year, Florida pain patient Richard Paey was sentenced to a mandatory minimum 25-year prison sentence as a drug trafficker after authorities watched him roll his wheel chair from pharmacy to pharmacy seeking the massive amounts of narcotic pain relievers to make his life bearable.

...

Defending the conviction was Florida Assistant Attorney General John Klawikofsky, who said evidence seized from Paey's house was tantamount to "a little prescription factory." Florida law dictates that someone in possession of a large number of pills is considered to be trafficking, Klawikofsky added



Rush's case, too, involved thousands of pills but it was reduced to 40 pills so that this type of mandatory sentence won't touch him.

or this story:

http://www.november.org/thewall/cases/spence-p/spence-p.html

Late one night last January, the 33-year-old Pembroke Pines woman was driving home from her waitress job, exhausted from working all night and caring for her ailing mother all day.

She veered off the road and hit a tree. Though she wasn't hurt, three Coral Springs police officers responded to the accident, including a SWAT team member. The SWAT officer spotted a pill bottle in her purse, reached into the car and seized it. It turned out to be filled with Percocet pills.

Spence told the police that she had gotten the pills from her mother but had no prescription for them. She was using the narcotic pills, she said, to self-treat a painful back condition. She had no prior criminal record, and officers did not suspect she was intoxicated or impaired in her driving.

But because she had 48 pills, which weighed 42 grams, Spence was charged with drug trafficking -- even though Spence insisted the pills were for her personal use.


There's plenty more. Ordinary people don't get the breaks that Rush has.
 
2006-05-01 05:56:43 PM  
The ironic tag asplodes
 
2006-05-01 05:56:44 PM  
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2006-05-01 05:58:12 PM  
Bill Wick's Friend

Ordinary people don't get the breaks that Rush has.

Do you think I should get Ric Romero on the case?
 
2006-05-01 05:58:16 PM  
The neocon morons are just lapping up this persecution thing Rush has going on. He's a drug addict who was arrested and made a plea deal. He's friggin guilty and admitted it. The rest is just spin.

The same people that excuse Rush think Delay is a victim.
 
2006-05-01 05:58:21 PM  
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Moral relativism make EVERYONE a hypocrite.

Thanks Lefties!
 
2006-05-01 05:59:31 PM  
I think the resolution in this case was typical of people with similar charges with similar backgrounds, i.e. no felony record.

I also think no "ordinary" person would have been investigated to the degree Limbaugh was, i.e. the DA subpoenaeing his medical records, etc. That is not necessarily a bad thing though: once his housekeeper let it be known publicly that he was involved in these felonies, the DA could not plausibly just let it all drop. I think from his perspective he couldn't allow a high-profile defiance of the law to go on.
 
2006-05-01 06:01:32 PM  
The gun thingie - does that go away when the drug charges go away in another 18 (clean) months?

karasoth : In addition these criminal charges are almost never investigated. they investigated the charges -because- he was rush.

Seems so. Just a year before, a leading local Judge in that county was outed as an oxi-addict. Someone ACTUALLY pronouncing sentences on fellow druggies - as opposed to doing it on a radio show. He got the same deal as any first-timer with no other pending charges (like robery, murder, dealing) - a wrist slap and treatment. And - since he was a local DEM leader, the local (Dem) DA didn't waste $30,000+ of tax payer money investigating (ie - publicizing), try to violate the druggie's civil liberties, and then settle for what was on the table at the start of the media circus.
 
2006-05-01 06:01:36 PM  
Bill_Wick's_Friend

And their crimes were just like Limbaugh's, and their criminal histories were just like Limbaugh's?
 
2006-05-01 06:01:54 PM  
Bohemian

The same people that excuse Rush think that people screw up and then they get in trouble and then they either go to prison or cut a deal.

/not a Rush fan
//not conservative
///not going to shred somebody, not even Rush L., over a drug bust.
 
2006-05-01 06:02:02 PM  
Barricaded Gunman: What I don't get is how this passes for political commentary... I've never listened to Al Franken, but he must be better than these two wanks.

Some of Franken's humor falls flat (the theme songs for his guests comes to mind) but from what I've heard of the program, he's a lot more interested in honest dialogue and thoughtful anaysis than just cheerleading his "side". He does criticize other Democrats when necessary, and there isn't anything even resembling the venom and arrogance of the typical Conservative talk show.

I'm not going to say he's always right, but I think anyone critical of Air America or saying "Liberal media is just as bad as conservative media" should honestly listen to his show for an hour, compare it to any opposing program, and honestly judge which one is a bigger assclown.
 
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