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Rush: “Don’t Be Afraid to Speak, America”

Spot-on and inspirational as always, Rush. Keep up the great work. You inspire so many people you don’t even realize, myself included.

Don’t Be Afraid to Speak, America
June 9, 2009


RUSH: No, no, no, I don’t think of it as courage. I don’t think of it as courage at all. Snerdley is talking to me here, people are telling him that they can’t believe how much courage I have speaking out against Obama. It’s not courage, Mr. Snerdley. It’s actually love. I’ll explain this here in just a second. …

Snerdley says he’s got so many people saying, “I can’t believe how much courage Rush has.” And I get this note from H.R. today before the program started, “A lot of reaction to yesterday’s show and particularly the first hour, hour-and-a-half.” You know, we need to put that on YouTube. I forgot to tell Koko that. We need to encode that from the Dittocam video yesterday and put it out on YouTube. At any rate, I got this note from H.R., he said,

“A guy I frequently talk to said, ‘Your boss wanted Obama to fail.’ The guy said that to me when I said Obama’s taking his lumps on the economy.”

H.R. told the guy,

“Rush wanted the president’s plan to spend your great-grandchildren into debt to fail because Rush knew Obama’s plan wouldn’t work. You think Rush is happy about somebody not working? We’re spending money on shovels you won’t get paid to see on bureaucracies you don’t even know about, projects you’ll never see, and if you do see ’em, not until 2010, and you still have unemployment rocketing. How about giving the American people their money back so they can pay their mortgage, buy products from companies that employ you and your neighbor, hold onto jobs, create tax revenue for the blessed government you hold so dear. You want the private sector to recover, Obama’s throwing money down the rathole of government. Come on.”

By the way, ladies and gentlemen, at, I didn’t know that my acceptance speech receiving The Freedom of Speech award at Talkers Magazine Saturday was being videotaped, but Newsmax was there, Chris Ruddy and the boys were there and they videotaped it and we have linked to it now at, and it’s only ten minutes. … But this business of courage — and it was the linking of that video that reminded me of this — I’m not trying to diffuse or deflect a compliment with that. I don’t have to grab hold of myself and say, “Okay, it’s time to get your guts in order now, time to be courageous here, be brave.” I don’t look at it that way at all.

I look at what I do here every day as a function of love. I love the United States of America; I love the people who make it work. I love the ability to speak. I’m in the free speech business. I don’t take it for granted. I love being able to say what I think. You know what else I love? I love not being afraid of what people say about me after I say what I think. I love not being affected by critics. I love it. It took me awhile to learn it, but I now love it. My whole career, this whole radio program is a labor of love, if you want to call it that, but I don’t look at it as courage. Koko, the webmaster, said, “You really need to post this little speech of yours because so many people tell me they’re just afraid to speak out about Obama.” I understand that. You’re surrounded by brain dead Democrats and liberals who voted for the guy, or people who are not even necessarily Democrats or liberals, they just voted for the guy, they still have this cult like devotion and love for him so you’re afraid to speak. Don’t be afraid. As I say in this speech, I don’t want to give it away because you ought to watch it, but the counter, the way to react to assaults on free speech is start shouting louder, more free speech. More speech, not cow tow; don’t respond to critics and this kind of thing. …

I got this great e-mail from a guy in Gilbert, Arizona. His name is Tim.

“Dear Rush: After finishing listening to your enthralling first hour yesterday, I hooked up my iPod to my powerful audio system, I turned up the volume, I opened all the doors and windows so my neighbors could hear, and I played it again. And hear it they did. My neighbors came out into their backyards to listen, and I can tell you many of them had never heard anything like that what you were saying. It was fantastic.”

I would love to have seen that. In Gilbert, Arizona, for a guy to hook it up to his massive audio system and blast it at all through the neighborhood.

You know, folks, one of the things I have done in continuing our discussion of yesterday about how President Obama is destroying the United States economy, whether by accident or by design he is destroying the US economy. By the way, polling numbers on the economy, he’s in trouble; he’s starting to lose some ground here; it’s starting to take hold I think. It’s no time to celebrate here. It’s time to keep up the pressure.


June 9, 2009 , 11:49PM Posted by | Barack Obama, Economy, Rush Limbaugh | Comments Off on Rush: “Don’t Be Afraid to Speak, America”

It’s a Soul-Hurt. I Hate Love.

Found this through Twitter. I can definitely relate.

“Have you ever been in love? Horrible isn’t it? It makes you so vulnerable.

It opens your chest and it opens up your heart and it means that someone can get inside you and mess you up.

You build up all these defenses, you build up a whole suit of armor, so that nothing can hurt you, then one stupid person, no different from any other stupid person, wanders into your stupid life… You give them a piece of you.

They didn’t ask for it. They did something dumb one day, like kiss you or smile at you, and then your life isn’t your own anymore.

Love takes hostages. It gets inside you. It eats you out and leaves you crying in the darkness, so simple a phrase like ‘maybe we should be just friends’ turns into a glass splinter working its way into your heart.

It hurts. Not just in the imagination. Not just in the mind.

It’s a soul-hurt, a real gets-inside-you-and-rips-you-apart pain.

I hate love.”

—Neil Gaiman

June 9, 2009 , 10:48PM Posted by | Life, Love, Relationships, Romance | Comments Off on It’s a Soul-Hurt. I Hate Love.

Anonymity on the Web is a Privilege, Not a Right

I’ve touched on this subject a couple times the last few days (HERE and HERE) and have yet to be able to sit down and get my full thoughts on this matter down into a well thought-out and articulated post. In the meantime, I have been reading other’s posts on the subject and came across this one by Dan Riehl: Whelan Apology Critics Are Off The Mark

I have to say that this comment left by “Jimmie” expresses my viewpoint on the subject quite well:

It seems to me that you’ve entirely missed the point of what the critics of the apology are saying. They are not saying that anonymity or pseudonymity on the internet is wrong or bad.

What they’re saying, and I’m pretty sure that Jules said so explicitly, is that the person hiding behind the anonymity has an obligation to behave well and not to use anonymity as cover from which to launch scurrilous attacks without having to face the consequence of those attacks. “Publius” acted much differently from Ace or Allah and I’m reasonably sure that you can discern that. Anonymity on the web, though a convention, is a privilege, not a right. When someone abuses that privilege, I consider myself under no obligation to help enable them.

In other words, if you use anonymity to act like a jerk without having to face the consequences of your jerkish behavior, don’t be surprised when someone names you and shames you.

Posted by: Jimmie | Tuesday, June 09, 2009 at 04:59 PM

Unfortunately, I don’t have the time now to expand on this (softball game beckons…). But, for now, I agree very strongly with the parts I emboldened in Jimmie’s comment. More later.

One last thing. Maybe I won’t need to write my thoughts on this and can just say, with regards to Jules Crittenden’s post, “what he said”: Nation of 7th Graders

June 9, 2009 , 4:36PM Posted by | Political Bloggers | 1 Comment

Why (Some) Popular Bloggers PISS ME OFF

It used to be just Ace from Ace of Spades HQ and AllahPundit from HotAir who were guilty of irresponsibly ripping on Rush Limbaugh without having listened to his show or read a transcript of his show. In addition, when they decided to rip on Limbaugh on their popular websites, instead of linking to the source of their story — Rush Limbaugh’s own website and transcript of his statements — they would more times than not link to some other website (ie Politico, etc) reporting bits and pieces of what Rush Limbaugh reportedly stated.

That is irresponsible and lazy. It is exactly what the mass media does with issues and people they do not like. And here we have Ace and AllahPundit, on two popular “conservative” blogs, behaving in the same irresponsible manner as those they criticize and claim to be above.

Well, were that not enough, I see today that one of the most popular right-of-center bloggers on the web participates in the exact same irresponsible tactics. Instead of listening to his show to know what was said, or at least reading the transcript to get the commentary, Glenn Reynolds of the immensely popular Instapundit links to some other website which completely misrepresents Rush’s commentary on the subject.

RUSH LIMBAUGH calling for a boycott of GM products. This is actually serious, as I believe his listeners were formerly big GM fans. …

UPDATE: Reader Tim Ameigh writes that this isn’t quite what Limbaugh said: “He said he would not be surprised if people did boycott, which your link to Rasmussen bears out.” Here’s the transcript, and I think that Ameigh is right. Reader Donald Dohrn agrees: “As a avid listener to Rush from way back, who now works during his broadcast time, I get my Rush fix through the podcast. … Rush is not calling for a boycott at all. The caller who was quoted in the blog post was who brought up the topic. Rush acknowledged that he had heard a lot about the sentiment and then went on to say the part about it being a vote against Obama and his policies not a reaction to anything GM has done. At no point does he say everyone should boycott GM.”

Luckily, Mr. Reynolds’ readers took him to task and corrected him. However, I am getting pretty damn sick and tired of these influential bloggers behaving so irresponsibly.

[To his credit, Ace specified on his site that Rush did not call for a boycott, linking to Glenn’s post. However, one would think that professional bloggers like Ace and Mr. Reynolds could actually handle the menial task that we peon readers of blogs manage to do and, ya know, reference the actual source of a quote.]

I am certain that all of them would not take too kindly to have other bloggers taking them out of context and then someone linking to another blog instead of theirs to represent their views and opinions.  Would they want me blogging about what they said, based on I read on DailyKos about their statements?  What about if I went to LGF and linked them to represent their words?  I have a feeling they would prefer I linked their own words on their own sites, instead of linking to others quoting them.  So, one has to ask why people like Ace, AllahPundit and now Glenn Reynolds practice this lazy blogging/reporting (at least with regards to Rush Limbaugh)?

Rush Limbaugh has the transcripts of his shows on his website by 6pm EDT each day, for anyone to access for free. There is absolutely no excuse for anyone to need to link to someone else to get the commentary of Rush Limbaugh.

Also, a subscription to Rush 24/7 is only $60/year. These bloggers can’t afford $5/month to have 24/7 access to the commentaries of the most influential conservative voice in the nation? I find that hard to believe.

Thus, the question remains, why the lazy, irresponsible reporting by these bloggers when it comes to Rush Limbaugh? Their behavior is no better than the irresponsible behavior of the mass media, which they are always (rightly) criticizing.

All that said, my irritation with these three — and any other influential bloggers who behave in such a manner — comes not from disagreeing with their politics nor from disliking their overall work and political analysis as bloggers. I enjoy each of them to varying degrees and make Ace and HotAir daily reads, while Instapundit is a weekly read. I take issue with their behavior regarding Rush Limbaugh, because it plays into the Left’s smearing of conservatives, especially Rush Limbaugh. I am sure they know this. So the only thing that I can surmise is that they just do not like Rush Limbaugh. That’s fine, but that does not give them the excuse to participate in shoddy, irresponsible “reporting”/blogging. Especially if they want to continue blasting the mass media on their shoddy, irresponsible “reporting”, and maintain any credibility in doing so.

June 9, 2009 , 2:18PM Posted by | Political Bloggers, Rush Limbaugh | Comments Off on Why (Some) Popular Bloggers PISS ME OFF

This is Called Socialist Compassion

Brilliant. Now THIS is how you take down ignorant socialist BS spewed online. Major kudos to you, “Thomas Jackson”:

150 Let me offer you a bit of advice….

I’m an American expat since 1995. I have lived in Western Europe, Eastern Europe and Asia, working and playing. But regardless of what I was doing or why, one thing I have NEVER worried about, is “what if I get sick and the insurance companies deny me care?”

You see, I never have to worry about that, because from Holland to Prague, from Singapore to Hong Kong and yes, even Thailand, the insurance companies and the big drug companies don’t own the health care system.

The people do.

Sure, they pay 22% of their income in taxes. But so does the American. But look what they get for it; free or very cheap health care, a social safety net that keeps the weakest members of society off the street, affordable housing loans, they graduate college without being 10 years in debt upon graduation….

What do Americans get? They get the chance to make the war profiteers rich, the insurance companies filthy rich, the credit companies own everything, drug companies gouging old ladies for meds, and you know what?

You get to pay for bailing them out with you taxes when they go bust.

You think that having tens of millions of people on your streets without heath care is “the American Way”, but ultimately, YOU are paying for them… in higher medical bills, in higher taxes. Why not do this consciously.

Living and travelling in China, it is interesting to note that this Communist nation has been better at Capitalism than the USA. And while American businesses are saddled with bankrupt causing health care costs, the walking dead, the neocons, are wringing their hands over the threat of evil socialised health care, American’s competitors are defeating America by doing right by their citizenry in exchange for their tax dollars.

When will America wake up?

Posted by: Joe Bodia at June 08, 2009 10:05 PM


I lived overseas for 27 years and this is what I found about the world’s healthcare systems. I never had to worry about health care because I realized if I got seriously injured I was SOL. In most of the world you have to pay huge tax rates far in excess of 33%, in the UK they add a 15% national sales tax (I believe)on top of their huge income tax. What does this get you.

Non existent laboratories.

Non existant support staff such as lab techs, EXG techs, blood techs, nurses, etc.

Non existant pharmaceutical industry meaning most drugs are imported and many, many are conterfeit. IN Zaire only two pharmacies had the genuine article the others sold items that you bet your live on. Try getting drugs commonly available in many European nations and in the rest of the third world don’t hold your beath.

Emergency services rank right up there with the DMV. Have a heart attack in Mexico and see what happens. Canada has fewer MRI’s than NYC has for pets, that’s right buckaroo. You pays lots of cash to socialist bureaucrats and get to die.

So you get to pay huge taxes outside of the USA to enrich Socialists who create two ttier systems that you can’t get entry into. You line their pockets and those of their political cronies (sound familiar). And when you hearabout that safety net remember when France let 10,000 elderly die because of their safety net? Or how the UK lets people die once they reach an age their socialist masters determine limits their tax paying ability or cancer, broken hips, or any number of treatable yet slow lingering illnesses causing vast hardships and pain? This is called socialist compassion.

Indeed having worked in the PRC one finds not only homelessness but slavery where the average factory worker lives in dormitories with about four cubic yards to call his quarters, after working 12 hours a day 7 days a week.

Ever wonder why those who bray about the wonderfulness of foreign healthcare systems always find a reason to be treated in the US and not in such police state wonders? Maybe it has to do with their chances of surviving even minor treatment.

Ever wonder why these peoplenever allow state systems to compete with a private alternate? Who’d ever choose your friendly government doctor rather than one making a private living? Do you think competency has anything to do with it?

There are two government run healthcare systems. The VA, famed for involuntary medical experiments on its patients and the Indian Reservation System, or as the Indians refer to it Shermans Indian solution.

Care to enjoy a mandatory, no alternative healthcare system designed, controlled and funded by the same people who gave you AMTRAK, the Postal Service, and ACORN?

Are your liberties so useless that you’d allow the government to give you free healthcare much like the truly outstanding “free” public education you’re saddled with? If the answer is yes-

Please contact me in Nigeria in order to redeem a vast treasure that only someone of your intelligence can fully appreciate and can acquire. Just send 50,000 to PO Box Sucker, Simstown Nigeria.

Posted by: Thomas Jackson at June 08, 2009 10:31 PM

June 9, 2009 , 2:03AM Posted by | Liberalism, Nanny State, Socialism | Comments Off on This is Called Socialist Compassion