Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

Mike Walker on the Al Rantel Show: "If We're Wrong, Rush Could Own Us"
790am KABC Radio

Posted on 10/09/2003 8:14:20 PM PDT by Cinnamon Girl

Mike Walker of the National Enquirer has been on the Al Rantel show for the past two hours discussing the story which his paper broke about Rush Limbaugh's dependence on prescription drugs, obtained illegally through his housekeeper. As Mike said, if this story was erroneous, Rush could sue them out of business. The National Enquirer did all kinds of checking before going with this story. He said they only paid for the story from the housekeeper after she had already gone to the police with her story and evidence.

But the most upsetting thing Mike Walker and Al discussed is the possibility that oxicontin (?) causes deafness and that Rush may have caused his own deafness by taking up to 30 or so pills a day. That is a horrible thought.

My wish is that Rush gets on the radio, comes clean about his addiction, and gets the help he needs. The longer he waits to do this, the worse it will be for him, in all sorts of ways. The police are apparently more interested in busting dealers than users in this sort of situation, but the housekeeper and her husband received immunity with their statements to the police. The claim is that Rush also was receiving UPS deliveries of pills from another source. Whatever the case, he should come clean.


TOPICS: Your Opinion/Questions
KEYWORDS: eatingourown; eib; jailhouselawyers; koolaiddrinking; legaleagles; limbaugh; maharushie; nationalenquirer; pilingon; rush; rushbashing; rushlimbaugh; talkradio; toast; turass
Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first 1-5051-100101-150151-200 ... 351-394 next last
I say this as someone who cares.
1 posted on 10/09/2003 8:14:20 PM PDT by Cinnamon Girl
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: All

GOD BLESS OUR MILITARY
THANK A VET!
MAKE A DONATION TODAY

Keep Our Republic Free

Or mail checks to
FreeRepublic , LLC
PO BOX 9771
FRESNO, CA 93794

or you can use

PayPal at Jimrob@psnw.com


STOP BY AND BUMP THE FUNDRAISER and say THANKS to Jim Robinson!
IT'S IN THE BREAKING NEWS SIDEBAR
Thanks



2 posted on 10/09/2003 8:16:07 PM PDT by Support Free Republic (Your support keeps Free Republic going strong!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Cinnamon Girl
Rush is toast.

I don't know which will be harder for him--the drug rehab, or rehabilitating his reputation and career.
3 posted on 10/09/2003 8:16:37 PM PDT by Palladin (Proud to be a FReeper!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Cinnamon Girl
I say this as someone who also cares. Rush is probably taking the advice of his lawyers---what a concept!
4 posted on 10/09/2003 8:17:01 PM PDT by basil
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Cinnamon Girl
Disagree.

Deny deny deny...

And this will pass, assuming no charges.
5 posted on 10/09/2003 8:19:43 PM PDT by At _War_With_Liberals (Celebrate Globalism)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Cinnamon Girl
Rush simply cannot speak out until the situation has clarified. That is true even if he is completely innocent of any involvement in any kind of subscriptiondrugs at all. You can't speak out until the legal situation is clear, until the DA has made clear where he stands, and until you have a firm grasp of what kind of dirty tricks the opposition is planning.

I think probably the best response is a little patience, a little sympathy for Rush, and a lot of anger at the sleazejobs who are behind this--namely the Democrat dirty tricks team.
6 posted on 10/09/2003 8:19:43 PM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Cinnamon Girl
If the pain killers caused his deafness, what caused his need for pain killers in the first place?
7 posted on 10/09/2003 8:19:43 PM PDT by SoCal Pubbie
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Cinnamon Girl
Did anyone hear him today? I heard that he didn't sound too good.
8 posted on 10/09/2003 8:19:43 PM PDT by ambrose
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: basil
I agree with you, but I still hope he gets clean. Addiction isn't living.
9 posted on 10/09/2003 8:19:43 PM PDT by Cinnamon Girl
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: Palladin
Where are the audiotapes? Where is the additional evidence the Enquirer promised it had?

If there is no new info in this week's edition, I think they're blowing smoke.

10 posted on 10/09/2003 8:19:43 PM PDT by Dianna
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: Cinnamon Girl
I think he will come clean, in time. However, I'm sure he is being advised, legally, against making any statements.
11 posted on 10/09/2003 8:19:43 PM PDT by Paul Atreides (Bringing you quality, non-unnecessarily-excerpted threads since 2002)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Cinnamon Girl
Rush simply cannot speak out until the situation has clarified. That is true even if he is completely innocent of any involvement in any kind of subscriptiondrugs at all. You can't speak out until the legal situation is clear, until the DA has made clear where he stands, and until you have a firm grasp of what kind of dirty tricks the opposition is planning.

I think probably the best response is a little patience, a little sympathy for Rush, and a lot of anger at the sleazejobs who are behind this--namely the Democrat dirty tricks team.
12 posted on 10/09/2003 8:19:44 PM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Cinnamon Girl
So you assume he's guilty on the basis of a tabloid paper? I would wait for the facts before I got too excited.
13 posted on 10/09/2003 8:20:47 PM PDT by ozzymandus
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: basil
My thoughts exactly!

(and good to see you!)
14 posted on 10/09/2003 8:21:19 PM PDT by LurkerNoMore!
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: Cicero
There is no telling what all that housekeeper did in Rush's house.
15 posted on 10/09/2003 8:21:48 PM PDT by Paul Atreides (Bringing you quality, non-unnecessarily-excerpted threads since 2002)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 12 | View Replies]

To: Cinnamon Girl
if this story was erroneous, Rush could sue them out of business.

I don't think anyone would shed any tears if the Enquirer were sued into oblivion...

16 posted on 10/09/2003 8:21:49 PM PDT by mhking (When it rains it pours: I'm looking for a job again -- any offers or help: mhking@bellsouth.net)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: ambrose
Did anyone hear him today? I heard that he didn't sound too good.

Oh good grief.

17 posted on 10/09/2003 8:22:15 PM PDT by LurkerNoMore!
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 8 | View Replies]

To: Cinnamon Girl; TLBSHOW; aristeides
I heard Rush today give advice to Arnold via the airwaves. He told Schwarzenegger that he should deal with his groping problem swiftly and up front or the detractors will continue to peck at him. I was thinking that Rush should listen to his own advice more often.
18 posted on 10/09/2003 8:22:33 PM PDT by Fred Mertz
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: ozzymandus
Do you think it's a total lie?
19 posted on 10/09/2003 8:22:38 PM PDT by Cinnamon Girl
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 13 | View Replies]

To: Palladin
Rush is NOT toast.
20 posted on 10/09/2003 8:23:00 PM PDT by Libertina (God Bless our proud troops and support their families!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: LurkerNoMore!
i heard about 90 minutes of his show and thought he was his usual self. He sounded fine.
21 posted on 10/09/2003 8:23:44 PM PDT by sissyjane
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 17 | View Replies]

To: Cinnamon Girl
If he is addicted to oxicontin, I wonder if he injects it?
22 posted on 10/09/2003 8:24:06 PM PDT by TBall
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 9 | View Replies]

To: Cinnamon Girl
I agree. If Rush has an addiction he should come clean. He isn't the first good man who has had to deal with addiction.
23 posted on 10/09/2003 8:24:17 PM PDT by ItisaReligionofPeace ((the original))
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Cicero
If the story was completely false, he could have easily said so. There would be no legal ramifications for him.
24 posted on 10/09/2003 8:25:04 PM PDT by ItisaReligionofPeace ((the original))
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

To: Fred Mertz
Fred, do you honestly believe that he won't 'come clean'?

Be patient for a week or two.
25 posted on 10/09/2003 8:25:05 PM PDT by LurkerNoMore!
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 18 | View Replies]

To: Dianna
If there is no new info in this week's edition, I think they're blowing smoke.

They'll probably hold any updates until later in the month to bias the November elections.

26 posted on 10/09/2003 8:25:25 PM PDT by weegee
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 10 | View Replies]

To: ambrose
Rush was great. He always gives 100%.
27 posted on 10/09/2003 8:25:43 PM PDT by lara
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 8 | View Replies]

To: Cinnamon Girl
With everything Rush has done for all of us, I don't understand why there's all this talk about this drug issue. Other than President Bush and a handful of folks in public life, to me, there's no one that has more credability than Rush. Can't we just stifle the speculation until the facts become clear?

My faith in Rush in unshaken, and you'll have to admit the Enquirer is shaky at best. If there's any truth to this, Rush will come clean at the appropriate time.

Have a little faith!
28 posted on 10/09/2003 8:25:52 PM PDT by halley
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Cinnamon Girl
"but the housekeeper and her husband received immunity with their statements to the police."

That doesn't mean they got immunity for giving info on Rush to the Police - it could just mean that they got it for giving info on the dealers.

"is the possibility that oxicontin (?) causes deafness and that Rush may have caused his own deafness by taking up to 30 or so pills a day."

Isn't 30 oxycontin pills MORE than enough to kill a grown man? - It CERTAINLY would make him incapable of doing his radio show at a MINIMUM.

I listen to Rush at my office for years, and he is ALWAYS lucid and sharp, if he were EVER taking 30 oxycontin pills a day it would be VERY obvious that he was mentally incapacitated.
29 posted on 10/09/2003 8:25:52 PM PDT by Pubbie (Vote "No" On Recall, "Yes" On Bustamante)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Cinnamon Girl
My wish is that Rush gets on the radio, comes clean about his addiction, and gets the help he needs.

My wish is that you wouldn't be so gullible.
30 posted on 10/09/2003 8:26:18 PM PDT by aruanan
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: ozzymandus
No, I assume he is guilty because the story is credible and because he certainly didn't deny it.
31 posted on 10/09/2003 8:26:23 PM PDT by ItisaReligionofPeace ((the original))
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 13 | View Replies]

To: ambrose
It's been mentioned on two other threads, that Rush opened todays show saying he was somewhat fatigued and apologized if anyone noticed. Said he didn't know why.

After 15 years of fighting the Demlibs at every turn, I'd get fatigued too.

32 posted on 10/09/2003 8:26:25 PM PDT by Reagan Man (The few, the proud, the conservatives.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 8 | View Replies]

To: LurkerNoMore!
When he comes clean he'll be pilloried by the left and probably by the upstanding conservatives too.

He's treading on thin ice, but he'll make it.
33 posted on 10/09/2003 8:27:25 PM PDT by Fred Mertz
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 25 | View Replies]

To: Fred Mertz
The groping is "old news"... I think the voters "pardoned" him.
34 posted on 10/09/2003 8:27:44 PM PDT by ambrose
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 18 | View Replies]

To: Cicero
You are absolutely right. He simply cannot speak out now, whatever people want him to do.
35 posted on 10/09/2003 8:28:06 PM PDT by arjay
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

To: Reagan Man
Sometimes Rush plays with his audience. I know there have been times when he has set the audience on a certain train of thought and it take a while to realize. He may be having fun with the people who desperately want this story to be true.
36 posted on 10/09/2003 8:28:18 PM PDT by Paul Atreides (Bringing you quality, non-unnecessarily-excerpted threads since 2002)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 32 | View Replies]

To: Cinnamon Girl
I must say that I am willing to fight the good fight for Rush, having been a listener since the very first day he came on the air in Sacramento some 20 years ago. But I am uncomfortable with his stonewalling on this subject. His silence is so deafening, I may need an implant myself before it's over.

If he is in denial about his addiction, and plans to just carry on and hope it all blows over, that's not something I personally can in good conscience endorse and support. If he is willing to embrace the truth, acknowledge the truth and pursue the truth, then that is something I will go to the ends of the earth to pursue with him.

At this point, I don't know what he is doing. He and his lawyers have chosen to crawl under a rock and hide. Maybe that's the best strategy, I don't know. I don't have the facts.

Until I do know what's going on, I've decided that for me personally the best thing to do is to purge myself of my Rush Limbaugh addiction. So as of Monday, I haven't listened to his show. Instead, I've been listening to CD's of Dolly Parton singing blue grass and Linda Ronstadt singing old swing standards. It hasn't been a bad methadone treatment.

I don't expect Rush to do a Jimmy Swaggart. But I do expect him to advance the truth, which is precisely what got him to where he is today.

Rush talks inceesantly about personal responsibility and enligtenment. We can see that there is a man behind the curtain. We can take it. Please tell us what the man behind the curtain is doing.

37 posted on 10/09/2003 8:28:29 PM PDT by massadvj
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Cinnamon Girl
I only want to know whether he will be charged with a crime...personally, I'm tired of people "sharing" their personal demons with me, the public etc.

Someone tell them to go see a Priest if they need a confessional.

38 posted on 10/09/2003 8:28:35 PM PDT by Katya
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Cinnamon Girl
Disagree. I know that you wish him the best.

Deny deny deny...

And this will pass, assuming no charges.

To confess like at some AA meeting is a terrible idea.

I listen to Rush for pol commentary. I will not advise him about what he should do legally and personally (rhetorically or otherwise). It is not my place. We all have to choose our own path.

'If only he would immediately come forward and confess everything, he would be OK' is a seriously flawed argument. This is the last alternative only.


I want him to do whatever he has to do in order to stay on the air.

Making his show an AA meeting is not the answer.
39 posted on 10/09/2003 8:29:07 PM PDT by At _War_With_Liberals (Celebrate Globalism)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Pubbie
Someone who had never taken them before would die if they took 30 pills.

Addicts build up tolerance to opiates over time, taking more and more to get the same effect.

Thus an addict will be doing a LOT of pills, and a number of pills that would kill a person who had never taken them before.

And all addicts to all illegal drugs aren't INSTANTLY non-functional wastoids (I sense this is a result of government WOD propaganda that would have you believe one joint will ruin your entire life, etc.)

Especially with opiates, addicts can seem pretty normal for years.
40 posted on 10/09/2003 8:29:30 PM PDT by John H K
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 29 | View Replies]

To: Fred Mertz
When he comes clean he'll be pilloried by the left and probably by the upstanding conservatives too.

What sort of "updstanding conservative" would pillory him for being a drug addict? It should evoke sympathy. Sometimes there's a real ugly side to some so-called "conservatives"...

41 posted on 10/09/2003 8:29:34 PM PDT by ambrose
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 33 | View Replies]

To: basil
I've noticed Rush having trouble with some words; however, I believe it is because of his hearing loss. As far as his attitude ever since this evil hit last week, he seems to be not at all worried about it and seems to be extremely upbeat and ebullient.
42 posted on 10/09/2003 8:29:54 PM PDT by OkieMo
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: Cinnamon Girl
I hope Rush does end up owning them. A city in Florida could end up getting a good conservative newspaper.
43 posted on 10/09/2003 8:30:12 PM PDT by GeronL (Please visit www.geocities.com/geronl)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: ambrose
Rush talked about (r)nold getting bashed about this 'old' news while he tries to take office. Lawsuits, prosecutors, etc.
44 posted on 10/09/2003 8:30:25 PM PDT by Fred Mertz
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 34 | View Replies]

To: Cinnamon Girl; Fred Mertz
I imagine there would be tracking records for UPS deliveries, would there not?
45 posted on 10/09/2003 8:30:41 PM PDT by aristeides
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Pubbie
Rush's new radio contract was just a smoke screen for Rush's activities as a drug dealer. Rush wasn't taking 30 pills a day; he was taking a few of them and trafficking the rest of them to the Queen of England. < /Lyndon LaRoach >
46 posted on 10/09/2003 8:30:46 PM PDT by weegee
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 29 | View Replies]

To: Dianna
I'm waiting for that, too.

Believe me, I'm hoping against hope that this is all a dirty Dem trick to remove Rush before the 2004 campaign.

It's never easy to find out that your idol has clay feet.
47 posted on 10/09/2003 8:31:23 PM PDT by Palladin (Proud to be a FReeper!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 10 | View Replies]

To: massadvj
He's a friggin talk show host, not a role model. I listen for his commentary. What he does off the air is not my business.
48 posted on 10/09/2003 8:32:12 PM PDT by ambrose
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 37 | View Replies]

To: Cinnamon Girl
This supposedly happened 4 years ago, he is probably LONG clean already
49 posted on 10/09/2003 8:32:15 PM PDT by GeronL (Please visit www.geocities.com/geronl)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 9 | View Replies]

To: Fred Mertz
I don't think there are many charges against Schwarzenegger that are not barred by the statute of limitations.
50 posted on 10/09/2003 8:32:26 PM PDT by aristeides
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 44 | View Replies]


Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first 1-5051-100101-150151-200 ... 351-394 next last

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson