Rush Limbaugh was charged yesterday with prescription drug fraud and turned himself in to Florida authorities as part of a deal to resolve a lengthy inquiry into whether he improperly obtained painkillers.
Roy Black, said his client and prosecutors in Palm Beach County had reached a settlement in which Mr. Limbaugh would be charged with a single count in connection with allegations that he illegally obtained multiple prescriptions for a drug from more than one doctor.
As part of the agreement, which Mr. Black said would be filed with the court on Monday, the charge would be dropped in 18 months if Mr. Limbaugh continued to undergo treatment for drug addiction.
Mr. Limbaugh is also required to refrain from breaking the law during the 18-month period, pay $30,000 to Florida officials to offset the cost of the investigation and pay $30 a month for the cost of supervision, Mr. Black said.
If Rush practiced what he preached he would volunteer to do hard time in the joint. Why is okay for other junkies to be locked in the can, while he runs free after sucking down copius amounts of prescription smack? It is tempting to say that Rush should practice what he preaches, but maybe it wasn't his fault. After all, he may have been too high to remember what he said when he advocated jail time for other druggies.
I do feel better about one thing - at least we know his absurd brand of politics was not a result of delusions, but drugs. One would have to be high to believe in modern conservatism.
Media Matters reports that Ann Coulter is at it again. Instead of making reasonable arguments, she is making despicable personal attacks that have little basis in reality. Look what she had to say about Al Gore:
"And mind you, this was before we knew Gore was clinically insane. Back then we thought he was just a double-talking stuffed shirt who seemed kind of gay. The important thing was to force Americans to stop their infernal car-driving, no matter how much it cost."
Part of what I do is read right wing books so I know where they are coming from. Coulter's book "Slander" was the only book I could not finish. It was so poorly written and so full of mistakes and factual errors, that I simply could not endure it. Has there ever been a writer so full of herself and so full of shit at the same time?
It seems that Karl Rove has spent more time in front of the Grand Jury than Ronald McDonald has at the Golden Arches. It looks more and more likely that he may be the big fish in the CIA leak case and the prosecution is carefully taking its time to reel him in.
If Rove goes down, this could be terrible news for Bush, whose poll numbers are approaching that of Tanya Harding or Saddam Hussen in a Kurdish neighborhood. A scandal of this magnitude in the midst of a Bush freefall could drag his poll numbers into the mid-20's and tar Republicans in the mid-term elections. This is a huge story to watch.
Fox talking head/press secretary Tony Snow had harsh words to say about Bush while on the network.
Snow called Bush "something of an embarrassment," a leader who has "lost control of the federal budget," the architect of a "listless domestic policy" and a man who has "a habit of singing from the political correctness hymnal."
Well, at least we have Snow on record saying something honest before he gives new meaning to the term "snowjob." The question is, why would Snow want to work for a man he considers a buffoon?
In a challenge to the ethics of conservative Ohio religious leaders and the fairness of the Internal Revenue Service, a group of 56 clergy members contends that two churches have gone too far in supporting a Republican candidate for governor.
Two complaints filed with the tax agency say that the large Columbus area churches, active in President Bush's narrow Ohio win in 2004, violated their tax-exempt status by pushing the candidacy of J. Kenneth Blackwell, who is the secretary of state and the favored candidate of Ohio's religious right.
President Bush and congressional Republicans are under mounting public pressure to reduce gasoline prices, but they have few if any policy choices that would cut them over the next few months as family driving reaches its annual peak and as the midterm elections near.
We knew the Republicans were "running out of gas," but this latest crisis brings a whole new meaning to the phrase. If things don't turn around at the pump, the Republicans might be in big trouble. Unlike deficits and other "fuzzy math," everyone understands high gas prices.