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Rush Limbaugh, partial-birth abortion, and more.
12:00 AM, Oct 14, 2003
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I respect David Skinner's viewpoint regarding Rush and the mess that has happened due to the politically-correct/anti-free speech crowd as well as a money-hungry, greedy ex-housekeeper and her husband (Rush Hour).
Yes, I am a dittohead. I think on my own. I research and do not believe most of what I see and or hear in the liberal media. My main news source that I prefer is Fox News, as I find they are more balanced then all others combined.
Now, downers, which is what Rush is accused of taking would not cause him to lose weight. Quite the opposite. Also if he were a true addict, he would not be able to function to the capacity he does, working six and sometimes seven days a week. Downers are just that. They make you feel down, too relaxed. That is what they are made for. My brother-in-law is addicted to OxyContin. He hardly works. When he does, he's late. When he's stoned he repeats himself, slurs his words, and forgets what he's doing. Rush would be acting the same way. There is no way in heaven his wife would not know of his supposed addiction. Anyone can accuse and come up with false evidence. Authorities have to investigate cases that may be drug related whether or not there is substantial true evidence.
I used to deal in illegal drugs many years ago, that is how I can spot an addict versus an occasional user. Rush is not an addict. Period.
While my political leanings couldn't be farther from Rush Limbaugh's, it isn't at all necessary to crouch criticism of his comments regarding Donovan McNabb with any ideological sentiment. (Ed Walsh, Rush Hour 2) McNabb's pro-bowl credentials, his career won-lost record, and the praise heaped on him by such prominent NFL offensive minds as John Gruden clearly fly in the face of any suggestion that Donovan is anything other than a top-tier NFL quarterback. By squandering his credibility as a football "analyst" with so erroneous an assessment, Limbaugh's subsequent statements about the media's response to McNabb's race deserved to be dismissed as equally off-beam.
David Skinner's comments about the Coulterization of the right are true. Ridicule is an effective tool, but it embitters one's opponents and eventually makes them crazy. Rush is a parent of today's poisoned politics.
It is not uncommon for fans and the media to give a quarterback too much credit when his team wins and too much of the blame when they lose. Someone who defends McNabb by saying that, "He led the Eagles to two consecutive NFC championship games" is clearly guilty of that mistake.
No one can really dispute what Rush said about Philadelphia's defense carrying the team. Last year the Eagles had only the tenth best team in terms of total offense. They were successful because they had the fourth best defense in the NFL.
We have seen no evidence that McNabb is the type of player who can carry a team. Last season he was injured and missed six games. If he were the heart and sole of this team then his absence should have hurt the Eagles. Instead, the Eagles had a higher winning percentage during the games he missed. That would suggest his impact is a negative one.
Another quarterback who plays for a strong defensive team is Brad Johnson. Johnson won a world championship last year with Tampa Bay. McNabb hasn't won a championship. Johnson had a QB rating of 92.9 last season. McNabb's was 86.0 and he has never had a QB rating over 90. Johnson's career rating is 84.8 compared to McNabb's 77.5. Yet the media has made McNabb more of a household name than Johnson. Why is that? It could be because of the teams they played for and the media markets they played in. It could be because announcers like saying "Donovan McNabb." (I could be wrong, but if his name was Donald McNabb I doubt he would be as famous.) Or it could be because Johnson is white and McNabb is black.
Rush could be wrong, but his point is not outrageous and is certainly worth debating. The fact that people are afraid to is more telling than Rush's remarks were.
--Rich Van Saders
Love Stephen F. Hayes's Big Plate Special. I'm always suspicious of any entree with "medallions."
I noticed Hayes mentioned "fragrant veal." Over here in China, "fragrant meat" is code for "dog."