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Opening Arguments


This week's sign that End Times are nigh*. Word is out that Rush Limbaugh might want to buy the St. Louis Rams, which has been as polarizing as everything else about him. And:

Keith Olbermann of MSNBC defended Limbaugh's right to buy the Rams.  And Olbermann made the critics of Limbaugh on this point entry No. 3 on Olbermann's nightly "Worst Persons in the World" segment of Countdown.  

"There're now gonna be character tests for sports owners?" Olbermann said.  "There'll only be three of them left.  Unless they beat the Vikings Sunday as of next Thursday it will have been a full year since the Rams won a game.  My God, if Limbaugh wants to buy them far be it for me to tell him he's flushing his money down a rat hole."

What's next, Barack Obama and Glenn Beck doing a PSA together for Veterans Day? Oh, wait, I know. How about a duet by Barbra Streisand and Ted Nugent?

*"Nigh" means exactly the same thing as "near," but it sounds a lot classier, which makes it the perfect snob word.


lewis allen
Tue, 10/13/2009 - 7:22pm

One one hand, the millionaires who play for NFL teams should be glad to have one of their own (millionaire, not athlete) wanting to own a team.

On the other hand, NFL players may be resentful because they're more likely to be held accountable for their illegal drug use than Limbaugh was.

Tue, 10/13/2009 - 8:39pm

For lewis allen from NRO:

"Here's the thing: If Rush is an "addict", then the President of the United States is a "cokehead."

Both men have had issues with consuming mind-altering substances in violation of the law in their past; both have overcome those past experiences and gone on to lead productive and successful lives. (Rush, in fact, managed to do so while overcoming a near-miss with a loss of hearing, a torturous development for a man whose entire livelihood is in radio.)

So I'll ask our friends on the other side of the aisle to refrain from using the term "addict" in reference to Rush, as I'd hate to see our president casually referred to as a "cokehead" on a regular basis.

Or had they forgotten President Obama's descriptions of using "blow" in his younger days."


tim zank
Tue, 10/13/2009 - 9:06pm

Conservatives are labeled "addicts". Liberals are labeled as free thinkers just "experimenting".

Kevin Knuth
Wed, 10/14/2009 - 7:49am

And yet not a word in the press about Mitch Daniels being a drug dealer in college.

tim zank
Wed, 10/14/2009 - 8:13am

Sweet Jesus Kevin, that again? Isn't there enough current praises to be sung by you about "The One" to keep you busy?

How in the he&& do you segue from Rush Limbaugh, The NFL & Keith Olbermann to the sitting Governor of Indiana?

Mark Henry
Wed, 10/14/2009 - 8:24am


Kevin's smooth at that, as smooth as someone passing bad checks.

Bob G.
Wed, 10/14/2009 - 8:25am

He's "just experimenting"...LOL


lewis allen
Wed, 10/14/2009 - 11:51pm

Good grief, Zank, how many ways can you be wrong? First, Zank, it was Limbaugh who called himself an addict: Obama admitted to use, but not addiction. The facts support this.

Here's Limbaugh on his show, quoted by FOX news (I could have given the same quote by CNN, but then you paranoid right wingers probably wouldn't believe it):

"You know I have always tried to be honest with you and open about my life," Limbaugh said Friday on his program. "So I need to tell you today that part of what you have heard and read is correct. I am addicted to prescription pain medication."

What's really disgusting about Limbaugh is how quick he is to throw stones at others, like his attack on an NFL player who used marijuana. Which was made, by the way, after Rush's whole Oxycontin affair.

By the way, for those of you who think his wanting to be part owner of an NFL team was no big deal, listen to what the porcine one said after being dropped from the deal:

""This is not about the NFL, it's not about the St. Louis Rams, it's not about me," Limbaugh said. "This is about the ongoing effort by the left in this country, wherever you find them, in the media, the Democrat Party, or wherever, to destroy conservatism, to prevent the mainstreaming of anyone who is prominent as a conservative.

"Therefore, this is about the future of the United States of America and what kind of country we're going to have."

If that is true, then is not the converse also true, and doesn't that then justify those who opposed this deal?

tim zank
Thu, 10/15/2009 - 8:45am

Lewis Allen....just pointing out the obvious in r/e media presentation of conservatives vs. liberals...yes Rush was addicted. No "The One" was not. Granted.

My point is the conservative is villified by the mass media. The liberal was given a pass, and the reason that stinks is:

Rush was prescribed pain medication for a specific medical ailment. Like millions of Americans, he became addicted and then abused those drugs, but remember, it began legitimately to relieve extreme pain under a Doctors care and was fueled by the addictive medicine prescribed.

"The One" voluntarily sought out people that sold ILLEGAL substances (cocaine & marijuana) for the specific purpose of getting high. Big difference in "intent" there. Like the NFL player that CHOOSES (with no compelling addiction in place) to simply "get high".

Patrick Kennedy is an example of a high profile liberal given a complete pass for his addiction to alcohol & ambien. He was portrayed in the press as a victim. To deny media bias in favor of liberals is patently unfair. You know it, I know it, hell everybody knows it, but it won't change.

As to the NFL debacle surrounding his potential (now scrubbed) ownership, it is laughable. Fergie is approved to buy in to the Dolphins (there's a role model whew), Jayzee is a part owner of the Nets (another great role model) and take even liberal loudmouth Mark Cuban owning the Mavs...It pains me to agree with ANYTHING Keith Olbermann says, but even HE see's this for what it is.

Rush is right. The left has an enormous agenda in this country and they have the undying loyalty of the MSM. To deny that is simply not being honest.

lewis allen
Thu, 10/15/2009 - 10:29am

What rubbish. I'm so tired of hearing the right whine about how they're not treated fairly by the 'mainstream' media. For a group of people who claim to hate the 'victim mentality', you sure are good at displaying it. Two points on this:
1) The bias you tend to see depends on your vantage point. It's really not much different that hearing opposing sides at a football game claim how the officials are in the pocket of the other side. Believe me, to liberals in the 1990s, watching Bill Clinton pecked to bit by the press, the media would appear to very far indeed from liberal.
2) Even if the bias you claim were true, the 'mainstream media' has very little influence these days, as people tend to get their news where they choose, and don't really care about seeking out objective views. The choirs want to be preached to by their own zealous leaders. If you look at the total of all media, it tends to lead toward the right, with FOX dominating the talking head shows, Limbaugh and Hannity and the like dominating radio, and the barely readable Anne Coulter always on the best sellers list. So, if you're worried about the liberal 'mainstream media' peddling their influence, don't bother. They have none.

Thu, 10/15/2009 - 11:08am

For those readers not familiar with timothy hatespeak, "The One" is actually President of the United States and Nobel Laureate, Barack Obama.

tim zank
Thu, 10/15/2009 - 11:38am

nellie...how quickly you forget bushhitler, mcchimpy, darth vader etc...I don't hate "The Messiah" at all. I think he's a 21st century snake oil salesman in a nice suit.

Lewis I would bet $100 you never even watch Fox News, listen to Rush, or read ann coulter. What you do is "read" commentary of clips of what they have said.

Big difference.

It matters not, no cogent argument with a liberal of today can be won due to the glaring lack of common sense possessed by most.

Only personal events bring about common sense to todays liberals. Somebody breaks in your home and rapes your wife, suddenly the 2nd ammendment ain't all that bad an idea.
Intercepting electronic intelligence is awful, until your brother get's offed by a plane flying into his office building. Free healthcare for everyone sounds great, until you're waiting 6 months behind half of an unemployed populace to get an MRI...it's only a matter of time before enough "events" that are in motion make a lot of liberals more inclined to lean right again. When it hits home, you'll know.

Thu, 10/15/2009 - 11:56am

Chimpy McFlightsuit was one of my favorites. For what it's worth.

tim zank
Thu, 10/15/2009 - 12:20pm

See? Doug's a liberal with a sense of humor!

Thu, 10/15/2009 - 3:08pm

Doug said: "Chimpy McFlightsuit was one of my favorites."

I was always kind of partial to Shrub.

As for timothy's comment: "I don