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… Well Stated , MahaRushie [#BlackLivesMurder]…

Posted by paulfromwloh on Tuesday,July 19th,2016

.. the whole proceeding of the #BlackLivesMatter ” movement ” is based upon a lie . Yes , a lie ..

.. trust me . If not , then hear it right from the mouth of the Great MahaRushie , himself !! ..

.. [h/t — DailyRushbo.com]..
.. [link] to the blog post // show segment ..

Rush Limbaugh is now calling the Black Lives Matter movement “Black Lives Murder.”

He then went on to criticize Democrats for stoking the flames of the ongoing spate of racially-charged violence across the nation.

Special: 68 Year Old Looks 31: You Will Not Believe Her Simple Trick

“One of the flash points for all that’s happening now is the lie. A lie that has been known, a lie that wasn’t knowingly spread, a lie whose flames were knowingly fanned by people no less than Barack Obama and others ranking high in the Democrat Party, and that is ‘hands up, don’t shoot,'” Limbaugh said.

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… Listening to the MahaRushie [#JohnDoe law]…

Posted by paulfromwloh on Monday,May 23rd,2016

.. I have to wonder …

.. in what state of the United States is this kind of law constitutional ?? …

.. [h/t — nicedeb.wordpress.com]..
.. [link] to the blog post // audio clip …

.. it certainly is not and would not be here in my state [Ohio] . Why is it in Wisconsin , or anywhere in the United States ?? …

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… Rush is Right on the Spot [#response to torture]…

Posted by paulfromwloh on Wednesday,April 6th,2016

.. what is truly torture ? …

.. when one loses a loved one to terrorism , and has to live with it …

.. [h/t — truthRevolt.org]..
.. [link] to the talk show response …

.. Amen , Rush ! … Amen ! …

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… In Memory of Christopher ” Kit ” Carson [#Rush Limbaugh show]…

Posted by paulfromwloh on Friday,January 30th,2015

.. the MahaRushie lost his right – hand man today ..

.. Christopher ” Kit ” Carson , one of Rush ‘ s original employees , and his right – hand man , died today [01/26/2015] at the age of 58 . Rush opens his show today with a tribute and valedictory to Kit [I would say a tribute well earned]…

.. [h/t — YouTube.com]..
.. [link] to the broadcast commentary …

.. May God Bless You , Kit , and may you be at peace ! …

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… A Real Treat [#Rush Limbaugh]…

Posted by paulfromwloh on Thursday,December 11th,2014

.. for a real treat , view and listen to a rare interview of the MahaRushie on Fox News Sunday this past week …

.. [h/t — theRightScoop.com]..
.. [link] to the interview ..

.. thanks , Rush !! …

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… Rush is Right … on the Government [#Debt Limit]…

Posted by paulfromwloh on Wednesday,September 10th,2014

.. when the Government comes to a crisis with the debt limit , it is not a problem of paying the debt …

.. it is a problem of paying for the gigantic size of the leviathan government …

.. [h/t — theRightScoop.com]..
.. [link] to the show segment …

.. there is plenty enough money to service the debt . It is the rest of the government that has the problem …

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… Great Point , Rush [#on the Border]…

Posted by paulfromwloh on Friday,July 18th,2014

.. His Lordship believes that he can shut down the government , any damn time that he wants , yet he acts as if he cannot shut down the border …

.. [h/t — theRightScoop]…
.. [link] to the blog scoop …

.. also , to bring up a point , MahaRushie …

.. he could lean on the Mexicans to shut down this damn pipeline if he really wanted to . Right now , he does not want to , for obvious reasons …

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… Spot on , Rush [VAgate , connect to ObamaCrapCare]…

Posted by paulfromwloh on Saturday,June 7th,2014

.. Rush Limbaugh really had a ball on Monday .

.. with the developments in the VAgate scandal , he has to be reveling in all of this …

.. [h/t — Mediaite]..

.. [link] to the show segment

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… One Would Think that the First Black President would be …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Friday,April 18th,2014

.. a uniter ..

.. unfortunately , he has not been that at all .

.. Barack Obama tends to forget that he is of mixed – race heritage . He is not just only a black man . He is both black and white . It is as if he has totally rejected any acknowledgement of his white background and heritage . Oh , Oh yes , that is most definitely causing problems …

.. [h/t — DailyRushbo]..
.. [link] to the show segment ..

.. the MahaRushie brings a well – known and salient point to the argument . One would think that he would be a uniter , maybe even a pacifier . He has been neither . Even worse , he has brought a great deal of exacerbated racial tension to the nation ‘ s body politic ….

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… It Takes Courage …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Thursday,April 17th,2014

.. and , Rush , I do not believe it …

.. people are afraid to tell other people what they think and what they feel . They need to have faith . They need to show faith in other people . They need to have courage ! …

.. [h/t — NiceDeb]..
.. [link] to the RushLimbaugh show footage …

.. be honest , and be blunt …. but , be diplomatic . It does work .

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… CBS Replaces Letterman …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Thursday,April 17th,2014

.. and they replace him with somebody worse …

.. yep ..

.. they are bringing in Steven Colbert . Yea , that guy , from Comedy Central . Puke ! …

.. at least with Jon Stewart you get an equal opportunity skewer . Colbert is a philosophical bigot …

.. [h/t — Newsmax]..
.. [link] to the segment ..

.. to say the least , the MahaRushie is not amused …

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… Hilarious Uptake by Rush [Obama & Putin] …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Thursday,April 3rd,2014

..you know when you have arrived on the Rush Limbaugh show …

.. when you get a theme song of your very own …

.. [h/t — theDailyRushbo]..

.. [link] to the audio / video segments …

.. as you might think , His Lordship has quite a few . Even Michelle (my Belle) has a couple of her very own .

.. now  Vladimir Putin has one of his very own … I will bet that they played this (in English) in the Kremlin …. and Putin and his cronies doubled over in hysterics when they understood the meaning of the song …

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… Watch Rush Cook POTUS …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Thursday,March 6th,2014

.. god knows he has it coming …

.. and , he gets it on a daily basis …

.. at last , the LameStreamers are realizing that POTUS (Obama) is an empty suit . As they have found out , as Brit Hume put it , Obama is an extremely slow learner …

.. [h/t — DailyRushbo]..
.. [link] to the show footage …

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… Bye , Bye , Loonie Leftie [Talk Radio]

Posted by paulfromwloh on Thursday,December 26th,2013

.. slowly but surely , it is going away .

.. it just does not have the commercial draw that conservative talk radio does . It never has , and I believe , it never will …

.. [h/t — truthrevolt.org]

.. [link] to the story …

.. in Greater Cleveland , we really do not have much in the way of liberal talk radio . There are some , but they are small figures , and they are on small , low wattage minority – oriented stations , or on college – owned stations …

.. We do have some loudmouths , but they are more of the conservative or moderate – conservative stripe …

.. Unfortunately , we only have limited access to conservatives . Ususually , most major markets have one major market station in – market , and one or more nearby . We have Rush on one station , and one more major conservative station , but the nearby stations are too far away [Canton] to easily be heard on the West Side of the Area . They can reach us (like me) , but

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… Why is the Government Doing This to Us ? [ObamaCrapCare diktats] …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Saturday,December 14th,2013

.. unfortunately , because they can (from the law) , or the providers and others are afraid that the Government can (some undiscovered power) ..

[h/t — theGatewayPundit.com]
.. I came across this on the GatewayPundit site . As sad as it is , it is a real gut – wrencher . it is Jim Hoft [the GatewayPundit , himself] ‘ s own personal story .

.. on this day , Jim made this post on GP ([link] here) . I saw it the day that it was made . It grabbed at me because over the last couple of years I have been going through several major health issues of my very own . However , they are tough , but nowhere near as tough as Jim ‘ s , that is for sure .

.. A couple of days later , I caught up , and learned that the MahaRushie himself [Rush Limbaugh] had read from Jim ‘ s post on a segment of his show … [transcript] … this segment is amazingly powerful , and well worth the time to listen to it and watch it …

[also , h/t — theGatewayPundit.com]

.. [link] to Rush ‘ s show here ..

..  Medicaid is not much . I do have something . I am also active in managing my own case . Trust me . I drive the staff of the place where I live nuts at times with questions and interventions because I want to stay active in my own case , and manage my own affairs , and not rely on it being on automatic pilot .

.. I am praying for you , Jim . I understand where you are coming from . That Psalm you chose on your post was perfect . Stay active . Fight like hell . Make sure your preferred doctors and hospitals are included …

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… the MahaRushie skewers POTUS …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Wednesday,November 6th,2013

.. boy , oh boy , does Obama ever deserve it .

.. Presidents have gotten away with quite a bit . Obama is no exception . But , what he has done with his megawhopper on his

Rush Limbaugh - Caricature

Rush Limbaugh – Caricature (Photo credit: DonkeyHotey)

ObamaCrapCare debacle is waaaay beyond the pale …

.. Today , on his show , Rush Limbaugh cooks POTUS but good …

The Biggest Presidential Lie in My Lifetime

November 5th , 2013

BEGIN TRANSCRIPT

RUSH: It’s pathological. With Clinton it was (Clinton impression), “I never had sex with that woman, not a single time, never, and I never asked anybody to lie.” And that then became a controversy over the definition of “is.” Remember that? Depends on what “is” is. This is pathological. Obama is now saying he didn’t say what he said. Obama is now trying, by the way, if I can do this, he’s trying to implement the Limbaugh Theorem.This is the latest example of the very thing the Limbaugh Theorem described: The president pretending to fight against the snake oil that he created. The president pretending to be opposed to the very thing he created, meaning, “Oh, my God, I just now figured that people are losing their insurance and their doctors, and that was never the intention. We said that you wouldn’t lose it if your plan didn’t change.”Folks, it’s really bad. I mean, the media is saying, “I’ve been covering the guy five years, he never said that.” We got Ron Fournier of the National Journal: “Lying About Lies: Why Credibility Matters to Obama.” This story is devastating, even though he tries to help Obama in this thing, he’s trying to help him recover. People are flabbergasted out there over this. “The president is trying to reinvent the history of his you-can-keep-it promise on health care.” This is just incredible.

So let’s get started. By the way, telephone number, if you want to be on the program’s  800-282-2882 ; the e-mail address, ElRushbo@eibnet.com.

Here is Obama yesterday at an Organizing for America event.

OBAMA: Now, if you have or had one of these plans before the Affordable Care Act came into law, and you really like that plan, what we said was, “You could keep it if it hasn’t changed since the law’s passed.” So we wrote into the Affordable Care Act, you’re grandfathered in on that plan. But if the insurance company changes it, then what we’re saying is they’ve gotta change it to a higher standard.

RUSH: It’s just not true, folks. He never, ever said it. Now, this tells me something, by the way. He knows what the law says on this now. The law does say that your plan is grandfathered, but if it changes an iota, if it changes by a nickel, if it changes in the slightest way, it’s gone, and you lose your grandfathered status. What he’s not telling anybody here is that Obamacare mandates the insurance companies to change these policies by mandating that they cover more, that they charge more. It was never going to be possible for you to keep your plan, is the bottom line, and that’s what he doesn’t know that he’s admitting here.

Don’t forget the news of last week and two weeks ago. The White House knew, remember, Lisa Myers, NBC News, uncovered this. They knew that Obama was gonna go out to lie. They put it on the teleprompter, they knew, and they made a calculated decision that it was better to lie about it to get the thing passed and then deal with the aftermath, which is what they’re doing now. They also knew, and it was in the Federal Register, 93 million Americans were gonna lose their policies. Ninety-three million Americans could not keep their insurance.

Ninety-three million Americans could not keep their doctor. They knew this. This was in the media last week and the week before. It was known that Obama was telling a falsehood, and it was a calculated plan to do just that. They thought that his goodwill that he had built up with his fans would sustain him through this and that he’d be able to handle the aftermath in typical Obama fashion: deny it, and then claim he didn’t know it, and that he’s looking out for you — i.e, the Limbaugh Theorem. But the media is having a tough time. I guess there’s even a limit for them.

Here’s the problem with this. These are lies. They are calculated purposeful lies. And this is really, really bad. This may be — and I’m not exaggerating and I’m not trying to do anything for effect here. This may be the biggest presidential lie in our lifetimes. I don’t know about things that happened when I wasn’t alive, previous presidents, so I’m not gonna say that it’s the biggest lie ever, but it certainly probably is the biggest presidential lie in my lifetime, and he knows it.

This isn’t, as I say, “I did not have sex with that woman, not a single time, never, and I never asked anybody to lie.” This is not “I didn’t bug those offices.” This is not, “I don’t know where those Rose Law Firm billing records came from. The Map Room, you’re saying?” Clinton lying under oath, the grand jury, that’s a bad presidential thing to do, but this is lying to the American people. This is lying about your relationship with your doctor about your health.

Now, the Democrat Party, I’d peg this back to the eighties. Remember, there was a Pennsylvania Senator by the name of Harris Wofford, and Harris Wofford got this whole health care thing going. He ratcheted it up by saying (paraphrasing), “Look, if the Constitution is gonna guarantee you a lawyer, then why doesn’t it guarantee you a doctor? If you get in trouble and you can’t afford a lawyer, one’s provided for you. Why doesn’t that happen in your health care?” And that got the ball rolling. Now, national health care’s always been a dream of the Democrat Party, and it’s always been a relevant thing. But it’s relatively new that people consider their health insurance the number one most important possession that they have.

For many people, psychologically, I mean, it has become more important than their house or their car or their flat screen, and it’s all because the Democrat Party has spent all of these years ratcheting this up and telling people and warning people they could go bankrupt, they’re one paycheck away from bankruptcy if they get sick. They’ve done such a great job of scaring people and creating a crisis out of poor health. I mean, getting sick now is a major crisis in people’s lives. It doesn’t require a catastrophe to make people paranoid.

The Democrat Party has made everyday health care a crisis by focusing on it as a political issue, by claiming that the Republicans and others don’t care about your health by making it the number one employee benefit and all of that. In people’s minds, they have made their health care the most important thing to them.

And now, having done that, they have changed the relationship between citizen and state regarding health care — and they have let everybody known that they, too, the Democrats, think that your health is the most important thing in the world. “We know it’s the most important thing to you and it’s the most important thing to us,” and now here comes Obama after ginning up all of this crisis and panic about everyday health care…

Snerdley, have I made my point here? I mean, health used to be important. Everybody wanted to be healthy and all. But in my lifetime, it has changed dramatically. Getting sick was never a crisis. It was not, “”Oh, my God, the end of the world!” People’s health insurance, it was not the most important thing to ’em. It’s not why they wanted to get a job. It wasn’t the most important thing. I’m telling you, the Democrats have politicized this to the point that I think people have an irrational attachment to it.

However, it’s real, whether it’s irrational or not, and because it’s gotten so expensive (again, that’s because of the Democrats and government being involved) people can’t take care of it on their own now. So it is a crisis that they have created, ostensibly for their political benefit, and therefore it is the most personal thing to millions of Americans. Their health, getting sick and being able get treated, is the most important thing to just gobs of people.

So given the highly personal aspect of this issue to people, the president of the United States lied — purposefully, knowingly, willfully — about the most important thing in most people’s lives. “Mr. Limbaugh, are you saying that your health care is not the most…?” No, it’s not, frankly. That’s my point. It’s not. I get sick; I go to the doctor. I don’t live in of fear getting sick. I don’t. My health care is not the primary concern I have about where I work.

It’s not.

But for most people it is.

I don’t even have health insurance. But I’m weird, I’m unique, I’m odd. I’m in a minority. I understand that. But I’m just telling you, I know how important it is to people, and I’m not criticizing it. I’m simply saying that is the reality now. The president, he coulda lied about other things. He can lie about Syria, he coulda lied about global warming, but this, he promised people that the most important thing in their life would not change, with his “reform.”

Not only that, he told them the most important thing in their life would get cheaper. And he told them the most important thing in their life would become more accessible. And he told them the most important relationship in their life, their doctor, would be unchanged. He lied purposefully, willfully, and in a way that cannot be covered up. It cannot be said that it was a gaffe. It cannot be said that it was a screw up.

It was willful, it was political, it was for his and his party’s advantage, and it was without compassion. He did this with no concern on the end result for people who believed hi — and in that sense, it might have revealed who he really is. A lot of people who voted for him, and a lot of people on the Democrat side, a lot of people on the media side, that’s what they’re having to come to grips with today, and that’s what many of them still remain in denial about.

This is lying about the most personal thing in many people’s minds: Their relationship with their doctor and their health. Not only that, the health of their entire family. This is as personal a lie as this president or any president could have told people. That’s why I say that this is the worst lie of any presidential lie I’m aware of. I don’t think, because of the personal nature of this, that there could be a worse lie — and they know it, and that’s why they’re trying to slither out of this.

They’re trying to slither out of it by telling another lie, because it can never be that they lied. You just didn’t hear right! You were lied to by others in the media that you listen to or watch. But the president didn’t lie. The fact is he’s lying again now. The media… Well, this Ron Fournier piece. Poor Ron, he’s devastated by it. He does his best to save Obama in this. He does his best, but it’s not possible.

He said, “Stop lying,” and the media said, “Stop lying,” and Obama told another lie! But I can’t… I’m sorry to bludgeon this, but I can’t emphasize it enough, and I think people inside the Beltway gonna miss this. This is reason I’m emphasizing it, the personal nature of this. To them, it’s a bad lie. It’s a bad lie because it’s an obvious lie. It’s a bad lie ’cause they can’t get him out of it. That’s not why it’s a bad lie.

It’s a bad lie because it’s like Kyle Smith in New York Post said on Sunday. Obama’s a BSer, but this is not BS. This is a flat-out deceitful, an intentionally deceitful lie that was only made to benefit Obama and the Democrat Party. When he lies and gets away with it, everybody else gets harmed. You don’t keep your doctor. You don’t keep your policy. You’re faced with cancellation and renewed and increased prices, if you want to stay insured.

Remember, the Democrat Party has made this the most important thing in many people’s lives. There are people who literally go through near panic each and every day over the fact they might get sick or their kids might get in a car wreck or something’s gonna happen to bankrupt them, because the Democrats have told ’em that’s what’s gonna happen. The Democrats have told people, “You’re one accident, you’re one illness away from being bankrupt, and that’s why we gotta do the reform! That’s why we gotta do Obamacare.”

Now it’s Obamacare that’s going to bankrupt people.

Now it’s Obamacare that is one step away from bankruptcy, one paycheck away from it.

It’s Obamacare that is causing all of this.

I think the Drive-Bys have to be aware of how bad this looks. Look at how many articles we’ve seen about Obama. “He had to lie ’cause the public’s too stupid to realize how good Obamacare is for us!” That’s one theme out there. “He had to lie! He had to lie ’cause the public, low-information crowd, they’re too stupid to see how good this is for everybody. He had to lie about it, in order to get it passed. He had to lie because if he told the truth the Republicans would have used the truth against him. We can’t have that!”

It’s another theme that’s out there.

BREAK TRANSCRIPT

RUSH: Man, I remember listening to this tune at 4:30 in the morning driving in to work when I was a deejay back in the old days. It’s a perfect 4:30 in the morning song or late at night going to bed or waking up. Boz Skaggs and Lowdown.

“Obama lied, and your health plan died.” It’s exactly what’s happened. You know, something else. I want you to listen to this again. I want to see if you notice a difference here. Ron Fournier did, in writing about this in the National Journal. Listen to the pronouns in this bite.

OBAMA: Now, if you have or had one of these plans before the Affordable Care Act came into law, and you really like that plan, what we said was, “You could keep it if it hasn’t changed since the law’s passed.” So we wrote into the Affordable Care Act, you’re grandfathered in on that plan. But if the insurance company changes it, then what we’re saying is they’ve gotta change it to a higher standard.

RUSH: So the “I,” “me,” “my” president, all of a sudden now this becomes, “What ‘we’ said, what ‘we’ are saying.” There is none of this, “What I said was, and what I told you, and what I did, and when I did it, and when I said.” No, there’s none of that. Now it’s “we.” Now it’s some boobs that are gonna get canned for doing this. Now it’s a mysterious “we.”

Ron Fournier was just devastated by this. He writes in his piece today, ” Watch the video of Obama reinventing history with the “what-we-said-was” construction. Notice how he is looking at notes. Remarkably, this was not an off-the-cuff remark; it was written, reviewed and approved by senior White House officials, then recited by the president.” It was, he writes, “An orchestrated deceit.”

So was the first lie that he told how many different times, 35 or 40 different times over three years. “If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor. If you like your plan, you can keep your plan. Premiums will see an average price reduction of $2,500.” All of those were written. All of those were on the prompter. None of those statements were off the cuff. They were all written. It has all been an orchestrated deceit — and that, friends, is the entire Democrat Party.

BREAK TRANSCRIPT

RUSH: Remember, now, folks, this lie is about one of the most personal things to people. It was a lie that benefited Barack Obama only. It was a lie for the express purpose of getting Barack Obama elected. It was a lie intended to deceive people into supporting this disaster of a health care reform plan — and it is a disaster. It’s an absolute nightmare. People are learning this. It is near criminal.

All of this was known and could have been widely publicized prior to the vote on this. All of this was known. It was known that Obama was lying when he said you could keep your plan, because the law itself contradicted that — and there were many of us that were shouting as loud as we could about it. The people just couldn’t get their arms around the fact that good old Obama would lie to ’em.

But he did.

He lied for his own gain.

He lied about the most personal aspect of people’s lives.

He deceived them all for his gain, all for his party’s gain.

He goes into Virginia and he’s campaigning. The fact that Terry McAuliffe… I’m thinking all day trying to figure a good way to analogize a guy like McAuliffe being a governor. I mean, it’s just unseemly. It’s just unseemly. And here’s Obama — who’s now demonstrated himself to be a deceitful, purposeful, wanton liar — going in, telling the people of Virginia how Terry McAuliffe is the best thing could ever happen to ’em, and it’s the absolute opposite of that.

All he is, is a placeholder for Democrat moneyed interests to have their way in that state, and pave the way for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 run. The guy doesn’t know about being governor. It’s just gonna turn the thing into a money-laundering clearinghouse for the Democrat and all that. That’s what the state of Virginia is gonna become. It’s just shocking to me — literally, literally shocking. Terry McAuliffe? A bundler? It is what it is? By the way, there’s a third-party candidate in that state today, a Libertarian.

Even Ron Paul has come out against that Libertarian candidate and an Obama bundler. Some rich liberal from Texas is bankrolling the campaign of that Libertarian candidate in Virginia to split the vote between the Libertarian candidate and Ken Cuccinelli. So Barack Obama is now seeking to undermine the state of Virginia with a placeholder named Terry McAuliffe, and this comes on the heels of this…

I don’t know how to characterize this any more than I have. It’s just an amazing insult to everybody, their intelligence. These are people that voted for Barack Obama. These are people that basically placed their lives in his hands. Many of these people turned over their very existence to Barack Obama because they trusted him. He engendered that trust, and he told them that he’s the one that would look out for ’em.

He was the one that was gonna protect them. He was the one that was gonna guard them from these ravaging Republicans who didn’t care about women, didn’t care about blacks, don’t care about anybody else. It’s Barack Obama that purposely deceived these people for his own gain, for his own power and that of his party — and he’s now denying that he lied! He’s compounding it. He’s now denying that he ever said you could keep your insurance if you liked it.

He’s denying that he said it. He now claims he said you could keep it if it didn’t change. But the Obamacare law is written so as to make sure that plans change, so that they don’t remain grandfathered. Folks, here’s the dirty little secret. Obamacare can’t survive if everybody’s plan stayed the same. Can I ask you a question that I think is rooted in logic? If the president’s number one selling point…?

Please focus on this question. It’s really important.

If the number one selling point of Obamacare — if the most important thing about it, if the thing that he’s willing to lie about 29 times — is that if you like your plan, you can keep it, would somebody tell me what was wrong with health care? If you like your plan, you can keep it, then why are we changing anything? Why are we doing this? What it tells me is that most people were satisfied with what they had, and they were not gonna get to keep it.

The president knew that, so he had to lie to them about it in order to implement this “reform,” which is gonna end up being much worse for almost everybody. Not quite everybody, because some are gonna get subsidies like people that work for the government and members of the House and Senate and their staff. They’re gonna have 75% of their costs taken care of by you and me and other taxpayers. But most everybody is going to be really financially impacted, damaged by this.

The president’s out there telling people, “No, no! If you like your plan, if you like your doctor, you can keep it.” Well, if you asked me, what was wrong with it, then? Why does it need to be changed? And if you gonna make a big deal out of lying to people about it, you must be of the impression that most people like their plans — and in that case, why change it?

So, what did that become? “Well, we had to do it for the uninsured because we’re big-hearted, compassionate liberals, and we have to take care of those who don’t have any health insurance. It’s just not right. The biggest superpower in the world has got 30 million people uninsured! What kind of rotgut people does that make us? Okay, so we’re gonna do this to insure 30 million people.”

Well, it turns out that the uninsured remain uninsured under Obamacare.

The only people that benefit from this are the Democrat Party. They’re the only people that benefit, and how do they benefit? They now control one-sixth of the US economy that they didn’t have under their control, and they now control the way people live, because every aspect of living has a health care cost component to it that they can deny treatment for unless you snap to and live the way they want you to live.

They’re not content to let you live the way you want to live. You’ve gotta live the way they demand you live. This is so repugnant. So now Obama’s denying that he ever said what he said, except he said, “Well, we now…” So I’m just gonna do this little sound bite roll here. We’re gonna repeat number one. This is Obama saying, “No, no! We never said that you could keep your plan if it changed.” Listen to this again.

OBAMA: Now, if you have or had one of these plans before the Affordable Care Act came into law, and you really like that plan, what we said was, “You could keep it if it hasn’t changed since the law’s passed.” So we wrote into the Affordable Care Act, you’re grandfathered in on that plan. But if the insurance company changes it, then what we’re saying is they’ve gotta change it to a higher standard.

RUSH: Well, that’s the mandate. They have to change it.

There was no way you were gonna keep your plan from the beginning, and they knew it. They knew that 93 million Americans were gonna lose their plans and the relationship with their doctor. They lied about it. They knew they were lying about it. They made a calculated decision to lie and deal with the aftermath. Now, try to follow this. It’s the same press conference, a DC Organizing for America event. He says that if he had kept his first promise, he would have broken an even bigger one.

Now, this is where he attempts to implement the Limbaugh Theorem…

OBAMA: If we had allowed these old plans to be downgraded or sold to new enrollees once the law had already passed, then we would have broken an even more important promise: Making sure that Americans gain access to health care that doesn’t leave them one illness away from financial ruin.

RUSH: There you go!

OBAMA: The bottom line is — is that —

RUSH: There you go!

OBAMA: — we are making the insurance market better for everybody.

RUSH: There you go.

OBAMA: And that’s the right thing to do.

RUSH: That’s what they’ve done for 30 years. One illness away from financial ruin. They’ve been talking like that for 30 years, and they’ve made people think that they’re one common cold away from financial ruin. So here now the president says if he had kept his first promise, i.e., you get to keep your plan, he would have broken an even bigger promise. And if we had allowed these old plans to be downgraded or sold to new enrollees then we would have broken an even more important promise, making sure that Americans gain access. He says if we had let you keep your plan, we would not have been able to have other people who are uninsured get insurance.

Well, they don’t get insured under Obamacare. The dirty little secret is that something like 20 million Americans, maybe it’s 30, remain uninsured after full implementation. So this is pathological. This is purposefully pathological. How come we haven’t seen any examples of people with lousy plans? Name one of them. The only thing we’ve seen is people who like their plans are upset they don’t get to keep ’em, right? All we’ve seen are people who’ve been canceled, and they’re upset about it, and they’ve been told that their replacement plan is gonna raise their deductible by three times, their premium by 150%, their out-of-pocket goes way up.

We haven’t seen any examples of people happy that Obamacare has gotten rid of a lousy plan, have we? All we’ve seen are people ticked off that they lost the plan they had and liked. Which then again argues for the premise, why change it? And when you start answering that question then you find out what this is all about. And it isn’t health care. Why change something that 95% of Americans liked? Most people like their plans, it turns out. Isn’t that amazing? That’s another thing people have been lied to about. You’ve probably gone through this whole debate thinking most Americans hate their doctor, hate their insurance company, hate their plan, and it turns out they all like their plan, and they’re really ticked off they don’t get to keep it.

Have you seen anybody come forward that had a lousy plan, happy it’s gone? Snerdley, have you seen any example of that? I haven’t. If there’s any they’re few and far between. Most of the people trotting out here, most of the people making news are people that have been canceled who like their plans. I haven’t seen anybody come up say, “You know what, I’m so happy. I had a rotten plan, Obamacare got rid of it, and my new plan I really love.” I haven’t seen that person. Have you? They don’t exist.

Folks, I can’t categorize the scope of this scam that has been run on everybody. It’s gotten away with because it takes place in the political arena, “Well, that’s just politics.” You take what happened here outside of the political arena, you put it anywhere, and you’ve got the Justice Department and lawyers out the wazoo trying to put people in jail. And I’m not exaggerating. You let a CEO lie to people about a product. (interruption) Sarbanes-Oxley, nobody knows what it is. Look at the Tylenol case. Somebody went in, poisoned a bunch of Tylenol, people got sick, they had to pull it off the market.

Imagine if Tylenol said, “No, there’s nothing wrong with it. We’re keeping it on the shelf. There’s nothing wrong with it. You’ll have no problem taking Tylenol.” Or, “This new phone’s gonna have a six-inch screen, full HD, it’s gonna have a battery that lasts you a full week on a single charge.” You go buy the phone, it’s got a four-inch screen, the battery lasts eight hours, and it’s not HD, what happens to that company? “Well, we had to lie to you to make sure you’d buy it.” Well, yeah, we had to lie to you so you’d support Obamacare, so we Democrats can stay in power. That’s all that’s happened here. But this was personal, folks. There are gonna be ramifications to this.

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RUSH: Folks, this is much worse than just lying, and I’m not trying to say that the personal nature of this lie is not all that bad. I’m not changing my premise here. I’m just saying that it’s even worse than this. What President Obama has done here is just full out destroy the public trust. What he has done here is among the most outrageous acts a president can commit against his own nation. And that’s why I say this is unparalleled. In my lifetime I can’t think of a presidential lie that even approaches this, that even gets anywhere near it. This totally blows up the public trust.

He not only lied, folks, but he accused those of you telling the truth of fearmongering. Remember what he said about all those evil mortgage bankers? Oh, yeah, those evil mortgage bankers hoodwinking people that they could afford a mortgage when they couldn’t. Yeah, hoodwinking people into bad mortgages. All those mortgage lenders shaking down people time and time again, when in fact it was Obama and Clinton’s DOJ shaking down the mortgage bankers. But this has just blown up the public trust. And then he accuses those of telling the truth of being fearmongers and terrorists and of seeking to hold people hostage.

Up to October of this year, he forced a government shutdown to prevent a full debate before implementation, when he knew how flawed it was, and that it would not do what he promised. This is the thing, folks, Barack Obama and his administration and the Democrat Party have known from the get-go that this health care reform would not do what it was being promised to do. They have known that your premiums were not gonna get cheaper. They have known you weren’t gonna keep your doctor. They have known you weren’t gonna keep your plan, and they lied about it anyway. And then they accused the people of telling you the truth of being fearmongers.

They made a calculated decision to deceive everybody on this and deal with this aftermath that’s happening now. Meanwhile, he won’t even release the successful application numbers until mid-November, so as to not influence the outcome of the election in Virginia. They won’t tell you that only six people have been able to sign up. That has to be unearthed. They can’t even tell you the truth about who has and has not signed up.

LEC here — thank you , Rush ! I am no wordsmith , and you said it beautifully !!

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… It says something about Our Country these days …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Monday,August 19th,2013

.. when a rodeo clown is the funniest and most mature political figure in the news these days . Well , with the DemoCraps , what did you expect ??

.. Waaaaaaah ! Waaaaaaaaah ! when you-know-who is criticized . What a bunch of crybabies . What goes around , comes around . Get a thicker skin , and grow a ” pair . ”

… courtesy of Legal Insurrection .com …
History started with Obama: Crowd taunts and mocks President, what have we become America?

There is full blown Democratic furor over Tuffy the Rodeo Clown. The incident is being portrayed as racially motivated, and the

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repurcussions have been severe.

Tuffy (Facebook support page here) has been fired and banned for life from the Missouri State Fair, the announcer has resigned, the rodeo association is requiring sensitivity training, and politicians like Claire McCaskill are trying to cash in politically.

A little history is in order. The vitriol and mockery unleashed at George W. Bush is well documented, and George H.W. Bush received precisely the same rodeo treatment (even down to the broom up the rear end).

Hell, when G.W.B. was President even secession talk was cool, just ask Lawrence O’Donnell.

From the archives.

Presidential disrespect went around and now comes around:

What does it say about America in 2013 that a Rodeo Clown is more politically mature than the prevailing political and media establishments? Via NPR:

Tuffy Gessling, the rodeo clown at the center of the controversy over the skit at the Missouri State Fair in which a man wearing a President Obama mask was mocked, says “nothing racist was ever implied.”

“Comedians all over the country have used political figures to make fun of current events, it’s nothing new,” Gessling has told digitalBURG, a student-run news service from the University of Central Missouri. “I never tried to be a racist or anything like that. I love all people no matter their background. I live to make people laugh. When TV comedians are doing it every day, Rush Limbaugh is doing it every day, people on Facebook are doing it every day 10 times more than me. I was just trying to make light of the situation, that’s it.”

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… Happy Anniversary , Rush !!!! …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Friday,August 9th,2013

.. yea , I know , I am a little bit late (by 8 days) . i have been a dittohead from nearly the first day that I ever heard Rush .

.. in Greater Cleveland , MahaRushie was carried on one small station (WERE — about 5k watts) for its first year or two . THEN , eIB switched to a 50k blowtourch [then WWWE , now WTAM] . I have been a dittohead ever since . No , i do not get to listen to his show all of the time . I am very busy with my recovery , and my career . however , I listen as often as I can . So , from this Lake Erie Conservative , buckeye state megadittos , and Happy Anniversay , Rush ! …

.. to celebrate , i wish to repost (c/o RushLimbaugh.com) the transcript of his opening monologue , and (from DailyRushbo.com) the monologue itself …

A Rare Rush Reflection on 25 Years
August 01, 2013

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RUSH: Welcome, ladies and gentlemen, to the first day of the 26th year of the Excellence in Broadcasting Network, a network named after the talent and ability of the host. That comment dedicated to all 24- and 25-year-old women. The door just opened (with staff entering). I thought we’d already done everything. It’s the 25th anniversary of the Excellence in Broadcasting. August 1st of 1988 is when this program began on a national scale.

(Staff singing Happy Anniversary to Rush.)

Thank you all very much. Ah, that is a gorgeous looking “macaroni” cake. That is gorgeous. The whole staff is here. Well, the rush limbaugh (cigar)Florida contingent is here. We did the big blowout on the 20th anniversary. Five years is too soon to do another big blowout, but it’s still 25, and that’s silver, and it’s big, and it’s about 24 and a half years longer than the Drive-By Media forecast that it would last. And 25 years and nine months longer than the Democrat Party predicted or hoped that it would last. Let me hold the cake up. Somebody is gonna have to pick the thing up because I’m getting sticky fingers and the paper is gonna — I just want to show it on the Dittocam. There you go. There it is, the 25th anniversary cake, for those of you watching on the Dittocam. Take it away. I’ll start eating it, which would not be cool.

Anyway, it’s true. I’ll tell you what we’re gonna do today, by the way. We’re gonna have some sound bites from the past, some audio clips, we’re gonna go back and play. On the 20th anniversary we went back and did the humorous things. What we’ve done, what Cookie put together today is a series of sound bites from the past 25 years that illustrate how the Democrat Party hasn’t changed, how the American left has to be changed, and how their approach to me and this program and to conservatism hasn’t changed, and it’s amazing, and you’ll hear it.

Also, and this is coming up fairly soon, one of the most requested replays that I get from people who were listening to the program back in 1991, which was year four. It was my grandfather’s 100th birthday and we were in Kansas City. He was being honored by the Missouri Bar Association at their convention, and he came by the radio station. I was doing my program from there in honor of his 100th birthday and his award, and he came by and sat for an interview for an hour, and people have requested that, people that heard it. He was a 100 years old. He was born 30 years after the Civil War. He’d seen so much in his life, so many transformations and major changes in inventions, technological advancements, cultural changes. And, as an attorney, he’d been at the forefront dealing with many of them.

It was a fascinating sit-down, and people were fascinated hearing him and have requested to hear it, off and on, ever since. So we have put together three sound bites, actually four sound bites, from that interview with Pop, that’s what we all called him, he’s Rush Limbaugh Sr., and that is coming up as well. Plus we’re gonna mix it in with everything that’s current and happening today, so it’s gonna be a hodgepodge, and it’s improv. Nothing’s planned. I don’t know when I’m gonna do what so you’re gonna have to listen to the whole three hours to find out what happens and what we do here.

I don’t often look back. I don’t often spend time thinking about the past, because I’m so focused on the next day. And I’m obsessed with meeting everybody’s expectations every day, and there are many days where I think I haven’t been nearly as good as I could have been, so I look to the next day to fix that, get better. So I don’t sit back and reflect. When I was younger and climbing my own ladder, one of the great perks of my success has been to meet other successful people, people who are the best as what they do. I haven’t met everybody I would like to meet, but I’ve met a number of them, and a number of them became very good friends and I was able to get very close and learn from them.

I asked the question to each and every one of them, because when I was younger and imagining what it was like, when I was younger and imagining the kind of success I envisioned for myself, the kind of success that I wanted — and it was specific — I was aiming to be number one. I didn’t want to be top five. I wanted it to be real. I wanted to be number one because my audience was the largest, not because a bunch of PR or buzz, people saying that it was big, but not really being big. I wanted it to be substantively the biggest. And I moved to New York in 1988 with that objective. In those days, when I imagined what it would be like if I ever did succeed and get there, I had the chance to talk to people who in my view had made it to the pinnacle of what they did, and I asked each of them a question, among other things.

But I asked them if at night when the house lights were down and everybody had gone to bed, I asked them if they ever sat around and thought about their success and what they meant to people and what their success and their careers had meant to the universe of people affected by what they did. And I don’t think there was a single exception to this, to a person, they all said no. And I believed them. Some people might fudge it and make it up, try to sound good, but I think these people, they were all serious. In fact, they all kind of pooh-poohed the notion, and they all said, in their own way, what I just said to you. They did not get nostalgic, and they did not sit and reflect on anything that had happened because they were always looking forward.

Now, I don’t sit around and reflect. I remember things in a nostalgic way because nostalgia has the magical component of always reminding you of good times. But I do look back on it. I do occasionally think of all the things, the getting fired seven times. In Missouri, my first job when the transmitter blew a tube and the owner didn’t seem to have any urgency about getting it replaced, I drove to St. Louis at age 16, scrounged up some money to buy a tube and drove back down and had somebody put the tube — it’s a big vacuum tube — in the transmitter so that the radio station could go back on the air. I skipped the last month of my senior year in school to spend time at the radio station. I mean, you couldn’t keep me out of it when I was 16, 17, 18.

But then I left home, went to Pittsburgh. I think back on what I do consider to be hard work, and now at age 62, I look back on it, and I ask myself, “Could I do that all over again?” If something necessitated me, if this all blew up and I had to do that all over again, could I? There’s something about youth and there’s something about inexperience and the desire to acquire it that none of that — I mean some of it was tough and some of it was arduous and long hours and all that, but I do think, “Could I do that again?”

I asked Brett, my friend George Brett the other day. You know, George has gone back to a uniformed position with the Royals, hitting coach. George Brett played baseball I don’t know how many years, but he was a Hall of Fame third baseman, one of the greatest hitters of all time. He worked incredibly hard at it. I talked to him, “Do you think you could do it all over again?” He said, “Well, yeah, if you take me back, and I’m that age, yeah, I’d do it again. But starting now doing it all over again? I can’t even imagine.” I’m the same way. I can’t imagine. I can’t believe some of the things I did. I don’t mean out-of-bounds things. I don’t mean anything that was risque or inappropriate. My degree of commitment, some things that I did — and I’m not quite expressing this properly. But that’s what I reflect on.

It was a considerable amount of hard work, and at every step along the way — and this is true for everybody — at every step along the way there were people who said, “You can’t do it. You’re not good enough.” And that happened to me. I can’t tell you how many times I was told that. That’s not unique. It happens to many people. And I never listened to any of them. I continued to plod on, against all these so-called odds, against all of the experts.

I had a senior executive at ABC Radio tell me in 1972, “If you want to stay in this business, you had better go into sales, because you just don’t have the talent. You’re never gonna make it.” It turns out I had made him mad one day on the radio with something I’d done, and that was his way to get back at me. But the point is, I never listened to the naysayers.

... Happy Anniversary !!!! ...

… Happy Anniversary !!!! …

It’s always seductive to hang around people who have failed at something and have them tell you how mean the business is — whatever your business is — and how unfair it is and how they got screwed by a bunch of people that didn’t care. It’s easy to find failures, and it’s easy to be seduced by failure. It’s much easier to think, “Well, everybody else has failed; no big deal if I do,” than to ignore that and plod on the other way.

It takes love and passion for what you do to overcome that. It didn’t take me long to realize that I was gonna be irreparably harmed if I continued to hang around failures, because they were not interested in anybody else succeeding, obviously. Psychologically. So I made beelines for people who had succeeded and tried to hang around them or get to know them and learn from them.

But I don’t sit at night and reflect on what has happened, other than when I imagine the daunting challenge of doing it all over again. And then I say to myself, “Gee, that is just…” Don’t misunderstand; I’m not talking about how unique or special I was. It was just tunnel vision. It’s all I cared about. It’s all I did. There were no distractions or diversions from it. The mental focus is what I guess I’m really talking about.

Do I have, at age 62, the ability to have that kind of mental focus? Yeah, I do because I still do now. But the idea that, “Oh, gosh, I’d have to do it for 30 more years to get back here?” Ugh! But that little recounting of history, the only reason I mention any of it is because that’s the closest I get to reflecting on anything. ‘Cause, like all these other people I’ve asked who are successful in their own way…

They, too, answered the question like I do now — legitimately, by the way, and honestly. They’re always thinking the next day. They’re always thinking the next requirement, challenge or what have you. Now, you probably have heard people say that it’s more fun getting where you’re going than it is once you’ve gotten there — and I understand that to an extent, too.

What is meant by that is that when you’re on the way, it’s perfectly fine to have a couple slips off the ladder. It’s perfectly fine to have a failure here or there. It’s perfectly fine. And when you’re on your way up, nobody’s gunning for you. But when you get to where you’re going and if others perceive where you are to be the pinnacle, then whole focus changes and everybody’s after you. And in a legitimate sense.

It’s a legitimate, competitive sense. I’m not complaining. That makes staying where you are harder than getting there ever was. But one of the things… I do tell this to people a lot. One of the things that I’m most proud of in all of this is this. The business side of this has been one of the proudest things, and it’s also one of the least reported: 1988’s when I started, and there was no alternative media. The only cable news outlet was CNN.

It wasn’t until the mid-nineties that I was joined by other people nationally doing conservatism in the media. Fox News didn’t start ’til 1996. Prior that had to the blogosphere got going but not much before that because the Internet had not yet blossomed. Talk radio was starting to build out. Many of the first guest hosts of this program ended up getting their own shows, locally and nationally.

What has happened is, in that sense, radio broadcasting’s a business. There was a pie, an economic pie that existed in 1988. And then I moved in and wanted my piece of it. And that pie ended up expanding incredibly. Entire new markets were created as a result of the success of this program. Which is good. Don’t misunderstand. The thing that I’m proud of is that while all of that happened, I didn’t lose any audience.

This program did not get cannibalized by any of the success that it spawned. So there’s a whole new market — conservative alternative media — on the Internet, on television, and on radio. It’s been a financial boon for a lot of people, and it’s been profoundly successful. And the reason that I haven’t lost any audience is all because of you, you people and your undying loyalty and your bond that you have with this program.

That’s something that can’t be said by too many people — or businesses, rather — that inspire growth in the area where they are leading the expansion. They all end up getting cannibalized. The iPad Mini cannibalized the major iPad, the big iPad. It couldn’t not do that because it’s smaller and it’s cheaper price. This program hasn’t been cannibalized. We kept growing. We did not get smaller. It’s just stunning. It’s amazing. And an entire industry was brought along with it.

That’s how thirsty and hungry the American population was for conservatism in the media.

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RUSH: Now, folks, I went a little long in the opening monologue, but I don’t phone it in here like Anthony Weiner does. I just go for the whole thing, and there are just a couple of other things that I want to explain about the early days of this program and the obstacles that I had to overcome. Now, they were not unique. What I had been doing today had been tried. It was the daytime. That was the key. But it had never worked.

It had never worked. This was the first time it had. So when I tried it, industry experts wished me well, but they didn’t expect it to work because there was a guiding principle back then in radio (this is 1988) that it had to be local. You had to be talking about local issues. You had to have local guests, and you had to have a local phone number for people — and if you didn’t, in the daytime, people didn’t care outside their communities.

It wasn’t gonna work.

And yet it did.

Why?

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RUSH: If you’re just joining us, we’re doing a mixture program today, and as is always the case, nothing structured here, other than formatically, but content-wise it’s all improv, and we’re gonna mix reflections from the past 25 years, audio sound bites from past 25 years, and we’ll eventually get to the important things that we want to talk about that are happening today.

So it was August 1st, 1988, but before I got there — I was in New York — before I got there, I had to get, you know, a lot of breaks. And it’s dangerous, risky, when you start mentioning people that have helped you along the way because success has many fathers. Failure is an orphan. But whenever there is success, there all kinds of people who want to touch it. In my case, there were a lot of people, and I can’t mention them all, and I don’t mean to slight anybody by leaving them out. But the first name that I would mention, Little Willie Brian, who gave me my first ever radio job at age 16, having not ever done it, in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. He’s a well known raconteur in our little town. Little Willie, we called him. He was a radio personality himself, and he owned this little radio station.

Norman Woodruff was a broadcast consultant from San Francisco who I met when I was about to get fired for the fourth time in Kansas City in 1983. He was consulting a station there. And, sure enough, I got fired because of a commentary I did about Jesse Jackson and Gary Hart in the ’84 Democrat presidential primaries. And by today’s standard, it was nothing. I mean, all I did was express an opinion. Back then you did not do that. You did not. They called me on the carpet. I said, “Well, Peter Jennings does.” “No, he doesn’t.” “Yes, he does, every night. Why can’t I?” “You can’t. You’re gone.”

Two weeks out of work and I get a call from Woodruff asking me, “How would you like to be a star in California?”

“California. Wow. Ooh, I’ve never been there.”

Now, in radio when you hear California, you think San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego. So I waited. Which of those three was it gonna be? And he would not tell me what city until I had said yes, which told me immediately it wasn’t one of those three. It turned out to be Sacramento, California, and he consulted that station, KFBK. Sacramento became, as you all know by now, my adopted hometown. But that was 1984, and I started in radio 1967. In 1984, that was the first time after all those years, the first time anybody ever really let me do a radio show the way I wanted or thought it should be done, first time. From 1967 to ’84, what is that, 17 years?

And that led to meeting another consultant named Bruce Marr, who was instrumental at that stage because the radio showrush limbaugh 0 succeeded there, and there were pressures to change the show. “You gotta do guests. You can’t do a show without guests. Every talk show’s gotta have guests.” I said, “I don’t want guests precisely because every other show has guests.” But I said the main reason I don’t want guests is because they’re not interested in whether or not my show succeeds. So why should I turn over hours and hours and hours of my show to people that don’t care about it, other than how it might help them sell their book? They’re gonna be on every other radio station and radio show. I don’t need it. And it was Bruce Marr who ran interference for me and made sure that the local management did not force me to change the way I was doing it.

That led — you talk about a confluence of events — to Edward McLaughlin, who was the president of the ABC Radio networks. Short version of this. When Capital Cities merged with ABC, a lot of the ABC executives were given retirement packages as the Cap Cities people were installed in management positions. And one of Mr. McLaughlin’s exit package items was they gave him two hours of satellite time from noon to two. They said, “This is yours, and you can do with it whatever you want. You can put whoever you want in there, and you can sell it, monetize it, however.”

So, Ed knew these people in California. They had told him about me. Unbeknownst to me, he’s in town listening, and it led to my going to New York. This is no longer applicable in radio, but in syndication you have to be in the number one market. Your sponsor’s commercials have to run in New York or you don’t have a prayer. It’s all academic if that’s not the case. And that’s still true today. But there was nobody in New York that was gonna take a national show because back then, as I said, everything had to be local. Local numbers, local guests, local hosts, local issues, nobody was interested, particularly people in New York who had never heard of me.

So McLaughlin had to pull strings and get me a local-only show in New York on WABC, and when that show was over I went to a different studio and did the two-hour national show. This was for the first two or three years. In order to quote, go national, I had to do an exclusively local New York show for two hours, and WABC agreed to run our national commercials in my show, and that’s how we were able to tell our advertisers that their spots were gonna be heard in New York. That’s how hard it was. I mean, there was no other way.

I had to do two radio shows, four hours a day. I’m not complaining about it, but it’s not even a factor today. Today people end up — this is what I mean about the pie growing. People end up with syndicated radio shows who’ve never done it, whether they’re on in New York doesn’t matter, because the pie’s gotten big enough now that they can all make it to a certain extent, survive it. But this was not the case back then and back then nobody ever thought this would work because of this local, local, local angle. But it did. For two months I just did a New York-only show. July 4th is when I actually started. New York only on WABC. And then I did a local show for Sacramento after that, so it was four hours. I did two hours local New York, and then two hours for KFBK only, for two months.

Then on August 1st the national show started and the Sacramento station picked it up. New York didn’t, so I’m still doing two shows, and that went on for two or three years. But it worked, and why did it work when it had never worked before? You know, syndicated radio was a success only at night. And that was ’cause nobody listens at night, or did then. So that’s when syndication programs aired, was at night, because when television came on, homes using TV, HUT levels went way up, radio usage went way down so it made economic sense to syndicate some person that was not even in your radio station, take his show, run some local commercials and monetize it that way. But in daytime no way was that gonna happen. Radio stations made their nut in the daytime.

They were not gonna give up three hours of daytime for a national program. But it all ended up working, and I’ll leave it for others to explain why. I’ve always believed it’s content. When I had people telling me that it wouldn’t work, I said, “Well, how come Donahue does?” Donahue’s got a national TV show, and people don’t care where it comes from, people don’ts care where he is, whether he’s in Cincinnati or New York. What does it matter? Why does it matter in radio, it doesn’t matter in TV. “Radio’s a much more local –” and it is, by the way. A good radio program will establish a far deeper and far more personal connection with an audience than any TV show ever can. And the reason for that is there’s no pictures on radio. The host has to make the picture. The audience has to imagine the picture, paint their own picture with the help of the host. TV provides the picture. There goes half your imagination. There goes half your attention span. That’s another reason why I love radio so much more, because the connection you can have is much more intimate. It’s a much more intimate, deep connection to people than television can be. Television is like music in an elevator. It will be on in a room, everybody might be watching, some might be, others are doing other things, they’re just hearing it. A good radio show, that’s all you do is listen to it. You turn everything else down so you can hear it. The only way you can get it all is to really focus, and the content just has to be good. And if it’s good — it’s what I always believed — then people won’t care where it comes from.

I never believed that radio listeners actively said to themselves, “I’m not listening to something that doesn’t come from my town,” because they did at night and they didn’t care where it came from. So I had to shoot that formulaic belief to smithereens, and did, and the rest is history. So that’s just a brief recap of how it happened: Key people who took great risks, and it was a risk. I mean Mr. McLaughlin’s given two hours of satellite time.

He’s retired.

And he puts a no-name on? And it was. It was fun. You know, all kinds of excrement started hitting the fan. (chuckling) Ed never planned on any of that. Ed had 200 radio stations and they were producing a little income and fine, but my ambition was not 200 radio stations, it was 600, it was 1200, whatever. But everybody involved hung in there. Everybody. My family’s always hung in there. Everybody has always hung in with me.

My gratitude goes so deep for so many, I couldn’t possibly mention them all to you.

That’s a brief recap. So we’ll take a break and we’ll come back and get started with what I call all the rest of the program, including your phone calls today. Mr. Snerdley, we’ll do a modified version of Open Line Friday, it’s only Thursday. So if you have a question or comment about anything, feel free.

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