The Radio Equalizer: Brian Maloney

28 June 2006

Rush Limbaugh, Drugs, Palm Beach County, Viagra

WAS IT EVEN ILLEGAL?

Rush's Enemies Not About To Let Go



*** UPDATED ***

Not about to let go this time, Rush Limbaugh's political enemies clearly feel they have him on the run.

After his detention at the Palm Beach airport Monday evening for an alleged possession of Viagra without a prescription in his name, moonbats instantly went into overdrive.

Between emails, comments, blog posts and calls your Radio Equalizer took on WRKO-AM/ Boston Tuesday, it's obvious the left is going to milk this for all it's worth. While most callers were in agreement (it is a Rush station, after all), some denounced yours truly for defending a supposedly arrogant and hypocritical druggie who openly flouts the law.

In addition, some "progressives" are accusing Limbaugh of engaging in sexual tourism in the Dominican Republic, but beyond the bottle of Viagra, they offer no evidence. More than one moonbat caller raised the "issue" on Tuesday.

Do they have prepared talking points, or is this merely coming from lefty blogs?


One problem: has Rush even broken the law? According to MSNBC (of all places), the answer is most likely no:


It is generally not illegal under Florida law for a physician to prescribe medication in a third party’s name if all parties are aware and the doctor documents it correctly, said Mike Edmondson, a spokesman for the state attorney in Palm Beach County. He would not discuss specifics in the Limbaugh case Tuesday.

The sheriff’s office was continuing its investigation and would soon turn the case over to prosecutors, Edmondson said. The alleged violation could be a second-degree misdemeanor if Limbaugh’s doctor doesn’t confirm the prescription.

Under last month’s deal with prosecutors, authorities will dismiss a “doctor shopping” charge if Limbaugh doesn’t get arrested for 18 months, among other terms. Prosecutors had said he illegally deceived multiple doctors to get overlapping painkiller prescriptions. Limbaugh denied the charges but admitted he was addicted to painkillers.

This latest case may simply be dismissed if prosecutors can confirm with Limbaugh’s doctor that the prescription was indeed for Limbaugh, said Kendall Coffey, a former U.S. attorney in Florida.

“It’s perhaps a little embarrassing but not highly incriminating,” Coffey said.


Meanwhile, it was incredible to watch news outlets once again use the previous plea deal Limbaugh booking photo, as though he'd been arrested at the airport on Monday! Yes, we have done the same thing here, but as a joke.

Talk about misleading! Limbaugh's media enemies are working overtime to discredit him, so journalistic ethics are once again out the window. They got their "Rush with drugs" headlines, accuracy be damned.


Did you feel Rush handled the situation properly on the air Tuesday? Instead of addressing the incident directly, Limbaugh told jokes about ending up with Bob Dole's luggage by mistake.

Was the whole matter so silly that there was really no other way to approach it?

Leave comments below.

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20 Comments:

  • Was the whole matter so silly that there was really no other way to approach it?

    Yeah, pretty much.

    And now the nutjobs in the fever swamps of the left are accusing him (on the basis of zero evidence) of being in the Dominican Republic to procure underage sex.

    Just more proof that the left is too nutty and too filled with hate to be in charge of America. (Exhibit A: Kos).

    And I don't even like Limbaugh.

    By Blogger V the K, at 28 June, 2006 06:10  

  • By Blogger V the K, at 28 June, 2006 06:15  

  • Exhibit B: AAR

    Exhibit C: ABCCBSNBCCNNMSBNCNPR

    Exhibit D: Uber-mensch leftist posters to this blog.

    Get the picture? And yes I'm no dittohead myself.



    "I am a nationalist; AND AMERICA IS MY NATION." Michael Savage

    By Blogger The Real Bob Anthony, at 28 June, 2006 06:17  

  • "Do they have prepared talking points, or is this merely coming from lefty blogs?"

    What, you've missed the whole Kosola thing, with the news that the top Lefty political bloggers have a mailing list (Townhouse) where the topics du jour are bandied about and what does or doesn't get the big push are decided?

    With the number of enemies Limbaugh has, the odds are there's a similar group/clearing house to decide the attack plans for their radio bete noir.

    By Blogger TC, at 28 June, 2006 06:29  

  • Here's some actual info on the rules of the Florida medical board.

    In bold is the part effect this situation.

    Here's the link referencing the documentation.

    http://www.flsenate.gov/statutes/
    index.cfm?App_mode=Display_Statute&URL=Ch0465/
    titl0465.htm

    465.0276 Dispensing practitioner.–

    (1) A person may not dispense medicinal drugs unless licensed as a pharmacist or otherwise authorized under this chapter to do so, except that a practitioner authorized by law to prescribe drugs may dispense such drugs to her or his patients in the regular course of her or his practice in compliance with this section.

    (2) A practitioner who dispenses medicinal drugs for human consumption for fee or remuneration of any kind, whether direct or indirect, must:

    (a) Register with her or his professional licensing board as a dispensing practitioner and pay a fee not to exceed $100 at the time of such registration and upon each renewal of her or his license. Each appropriate board shall establish such fee by rule.

    (b) Comply with and be subject to all laws and rules applicable to pharmacists and pharmacies, including, but not limited to, this chapter and chapters 499 and 893 and all federal laws and federal regulations.

    (c) Before dispensing any drug, give the patient a written prescription and orally or in writing advise the patient that the prescription may be filled in the practitioner’s office or at any pharmacy.

    (3) The department shall inspect any facility where a practitioner dispenses medicinal drugs pursuant to subsection (2) in the same manner and with the same frequency as it inspects pharmacies for the purpose of determining whether the practitioner is in compliance with all statutes and rules applicable to her or his dispensing practice.

    (4) The registration of any practitioner who has been found by her or his respective board to have dispensed medicinal drugs in violation of this chapter shall be subject to suspension or revocation.

    (5) A practitioner who confines her or his activities to the dispensing of complimentary packages of medicinal drugs to the practitioner’s own patients in the regular course of her or his practice, without the payment of fee or remuneration of any kind, whether direct or indirect, and who herself or himself dispenses such drugs is not required to register pursuant to this section. The practitioner must dispense such drugs in the manufacturer’s labeled package with the practitioner’s name, patient’s name, and date dispensed, or, if such drugs are not dispensed in the manufacturer’s labeled package, they must be dispensed in a container which bears the following information:

    (a) Practitioner’s name;

    (b) Patient’s name;

    (c) Date dispensed;

    (d) Name and strength of drug; and

    (e) Directions for use.

    By Blogger waaah123, at 28 June, 2006 08:32  

  • i love how you say that the left is going to "milk this for all it is worth". aren't you doing the same thing with the AAR "scandal"? you've been milking that for almost a year now, and NOTHING has come of it.

    By Blogger hardcore conservative genious, at 28 June, 2006 09:57  

  • Baloney, you are soooo pathetic. Look at this garbage blogorrhea you write. Look at the garbage "ethics" of your heroes, Bush, DeLay, Abramoff, Cunningham, etc.

    You have a lot of nerve "reporting" on AAR "sleaze".

    As far as Limbaugh goes - if it walks and quacks like a duck - it's a duck!!!

    By Blogger Dovish, at 28 June, 2006 11:56  

  • I've been to the Dominican Republic several times and I've never heard of it being some kind of sex place. Are the left wing fanatical kooks thinking of the Phillipines or or Indonesia?

    By Blogger Capitalist Infidel, at 28 June, 2006 12:06  

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    Rush Limbaugh in: HE’S GOT A GUN.

    +a Giant list of Political Comics at
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    By Blogger H.L., at 28 June, 2006 12:06  

  • Sadly, we have another example of the priorities of the press. It will be interesting to compare the inches of press coverage this incident gets compared to the Jefferson corruption scandal.

    None of the reports seem to give any info as to the number of pills involved. 20 pills vs. 20,000.... might make a difference.

    The whole idea of viagra as a dangerous drug is pretty funny - what's he going to do with his illegal stash - stick people up?

    By Blogger Lokki, at 28 June, 2006 13:32  

  • Lokki

    Kind of makes you wonder where all the coverage of Patrick Kennedy is? The hypocrisy of the left is truly stunning!

    By Blogger Capitalist Infidel, at 28 June, 2006 17:07  

  • Well, in all fairness, I can see where the press is coming from in burying the Patrick Kennedy story. I mean, basically, a Kennedy got wasted and had a car accident. That's kind of a "dog bites man" story, if you know what I mean.

    By Blogger V the K, at 28 June, 2006 17:50  

  • V
    still dodging me huh?
    I ask again : how is the story of SWIFT bank account monitoring in the NY times treasonous? SWIFT program has a website, on that website the address of their building is listed. Bush 3 days after 9/11 declared the start of this program, the UN website has details about this program, Bush has repeatedly boasted how this program is stopping terrorists, the whole country knows about this program. How is the story treasonous??? Your drug addled, limp peckered icon Limbaugh even went as far as to say the "times is on the side of the terrorists", on his show the other day. How is that possible, considering the program is public knowledge. The only NEW NEWS in that story is how the program has no congressional oversite. I will keep posting this and asking untill you concede that you are wrong on this, Limbaugh is wrong on this, and the GOP is wrong on this.

    The whole purpose of Air America and people like me posting, is to point out the LIES, and utter BULL SH*T, you and your fellow right wingers declare. To point it out as the utter GARBAGE it really is. By attacking the NY.Times on this issue, you once more LET THE TERRORISTS WIN, by endangering the free press with your outlandish claims. This is what the terrorists want. They want to change our way of life, and attacking the free press is changing our way of life.

    By Blogger rightwingwhiner, at 28 June, 2006 18:57  

  • still dodging me huh?

    Just like I dodge the demented homeless guy who reaks of his own urine and rants that he dry-cleaned Jesus's wedding dress... and for much the same reason.

    By Blogger V the K, at 28 June, 2006 19:36  

  • Lokki said: "Sadly, we have another example of the priorities of the press. It will be interesting to compare the inches of press coverage this incident gets compared to the Jefferson corruption scandal."

    I wonder if they compare the inches of his dick before and after Viagra

    Lokki said: "None of the reports seem to give any info as to the number of pills involved. 20 pills vs. 20,000.... might make a difference."

    The fact that he needs any pills at all speaks inches to his manhood.

    Lokki said: "The whole idea of viagra as a dangerous drug is pretty funny - what's he going to do with his illegal stash - stick people up?"

    No, you have it wrong. He is trying to stick his dick up people.

    Moral to the story: don't even try to talk about this story. You will be continuously susceptible to snark.

    By Blogger WHT, at 28 June, 2006 21:39  

  • V,
    terrified of the truth, you hold your ears in fear as you willingly and unknowingly subvert the American way of life by attacking the 4th estate, like a good little fascist.

    By Blogger rightwingwhiner, at 29 June, 2006 09:52  

  • V
    of corse still will not answer my question asked 3 times over the last 3 days. Proving, as usual, many on the right have no ability to defend their viewpoint after confronted with a fact which contridicts their opinion. No ability at all. V, takes his marching order talknig points (this weeks: NY times are traitors), recites it and calls you a "loon" if you correct him. Name calling is boring, I'm limiting the name calling, I find this more fascinating.

    By Blogger rightwingwhiner, at 29 June, 2006 10:15  

  • whiner, this is off-topic to the thread at hand, but I would direct your attention to this post: http://patterico.com/2006/06/28/4790/debunking-the-lefties-arguments-about-the-swift-program-in-one-convenient-post/#comments

    The author, Patrick Frey, is a Deputy DA in the Los Angeles County DA's office, and in his off time he enjoys skewering the LA Times.

    The upshot: The SWIFT article did not tell them that we were tracking financial transactions, as the terrs did indeed know this. What the NYT (and following on the LAT and WSJ) did was to expose exactly HOW it was being done. They exposed the METHOD by which we were collecting intelligence on the terrs, a method which is no longer available to us or other governments (Indonesia, Australia, UK, Spain, etc.) because the bosses of the NYT don't like the way in which Dubya conducts foreign policy. That is why Bill Keller and Pinch Sulzberger can reasonably be called traitorous (not traitor, traitorOUS). In an editorial two weeks after 9/11/01, the NYT demanded that the administration "disable the financial networks used by terrorists. The Bush administration is preparing new laws to help track terrorists through their money-laundering activity and is readying an executive order freezing the assets of known terrorists. Much more is needed, including stricter regulations, the recruitment of specialized investigators and greater cooperation with foreign banking authorities. There must also must be closer coordination among America's law enforcement, national security and financial regulatory agencies." Source: http://powerlineblog.com/archives/014523.php

    An hypothetical example of what the NYT did would be as if they were reporting on the activities of the First U.S. Army Group in May and June of 1944. As far as everyone knew, FUSAG was marshalling in the East of England, preparing for an attack into France. Everybody, including Germany, knew that the Allies were coming into either France or Belgium, but they knew not where nor when - except that the tides and moon decided that the attack times would come roughly every 27-28 days in the spring of 1944. And FUSAG was loudly marshaling directly across the English Channel from the Pas de Calais. As a result, Rommel was concentrating his mobile forces for defense in the Pas, figuring that the US would send its best operational general, George Patton, to try to crack his European Wall. Knowing all that, imagine that, for the public record, the editors of the NYT decided to let everyone know in late May of 1944 that the FUSAG was a false force, and that the Allies were really gathering troops and tanks and planes for imminent invasion in a different location, perhaps even Normandy...

    That is precisely the level at which the NYT (and the follow-on articles in the LAT and WSJ) betrayed the security of not only this nation but the entire non-splodeydope world.

    Keller and Sulzberger are entitled to their right of "freedom" of the press, but they are about to learn that with every right comes an equal and commensurate responsibility to use that right responsibly.

    The two heads of the 9/11 commission asked NYT (and separately the LAT) not to run the story. The SecTreas and the DOT man responsible for terrorism finance asked NYT not to run the story.

    But the NYT decided that they knew better. And as a result, their stock price and their advertisers will suffer the consequence of Keller's and Sulzberger's hubris.

    By Blogger JD, at 29 June, 2006 13:03  

  • J.D The article does not reveal anything, the public did not know already. The administration has spoken of SWIFTS role in monitoring bank accounts there have been hearings on it. SWIFT was all the talk after 9-11, tracking transactions, we heard about this over and over. Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication (SWIFT) is a well know institution, talk show hosts after 9-11 were mentioning monitoring SWIFT as well They did nothing wrong with the sotry, if anything they sensationalized their story as if they actually broke something, that the terrorists did not know already. The terrorists know we are looking at their transactions, as many have gone to jail over it. I knew even heard of SWIFT personally untill shortly after 9-11 when this banking organization was starting to be mentioned, on talk radio (which I adore, and after 9-11 I was listenino the right wing shows a lot)

    By Blogger rightwingwhiner, at 29 June, 2006 19:12  

  • RWW - once again, you are wrong on the facts, leading you to be dead wrong on the opinion as well.

    From Lichtblau's article: "The idea for the Swift program, several officials recalled, grew out of a suggestion by a Wall Street executive, who told a senior Bush administration official about Swift's database. Few government officials knew much about the consortium, which is led by a Brooklyn native, Leonard H. Schrank, but they quickly discovered it offered unparalleled access to international transactions. Swift, a former government official said, was "the mother lode, the Rosetta stone" for financial data."

    It's tough to reconcile the "everybody knew about it" statement with the above paragraph.

    Going to the administration's web site (whitehouse.gov), there are exactly FOUR mentions of SWIFT, three of which were after June 26th. The only other mention was on page 72 of a 78-page PDF of a legislative appendix for OMB, stating as follows: "Connected the Central Bank of Iraq (CBI) to the international payments messaging system (SWIFT), allowing secure communications between the CBI and the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and other central and commercial banks worldwide."

    There is no mention of the program on Rush's site (google search words "SWIFT -boat site:rushlimbaugh.com") prior to June 26. There is no mention of the program on Bill O'Reilly's site. Google "Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication" on drudgereport.com, and you get zilch. There are 13 mentions of "SWIFT" on drudgereport.com, 10 of which have to do with John Kerry and the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth. Take the search terms "swift" and "brussels" (to avoid the voluminous swift-boat references) onto the NPR site, and you get SEVEN hits, four of which are after June 23, 2006, and only one of which came back to a story transcript about terrorism, from October 1, 2001.

    Are you seeing a pattern here?

    Your precious Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication was an obscure office in an obscure field until Lichtblau and Risen got their canaries to talk, and until Keller and Sulzberger allowed it to go forward. It was not well-known. It was not discussed openly on radio. Very few people knew about it - until Keller and Company decided they had to spill the beans.

    From Lichtblau's article: "In the United States, the program has provided financial data in investigations into possible domestic terrorist cells as well as inquiries of Islamic charities with suspected of having links to extremists, the officials said.

    The data also helped identify a Brooklyn man who was convicted on terrorism-related charges last year, the officials said. The man, Uzair Paracha, who worked at a New York import business, aided a Qaeda operative in Pakistan by agreeing to launder $200,000 through a Karachi bank, prosecutors said.

    In terrorism prosecutions, intelligence officials have been careful to "sanitize," or hide the origins of evidence collected through the program to keep it secret, officials said."


    Well, folks, it ain't a secret any more.

    Thanks to the New York al-Times.

    By Blogger JD, at 30 June, 2006 11:51  

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