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                      THE RUSH LIMBAUGH SHOW 05/14/04

RUSH: All right. Warning, folks. I just want to say, this program may challenge and
    test my sanity today because we’re going to be talking about John Kerry a little bit
    more today than we have been. Time to get back to that.

     Greetings, my friends, and welcome. The fastest week in media has delivered us to

ANNOUNCER: Live, from the Southern Command in sunny South Florida via New
   York City, it’s Open Line Friday!

RUSH: All right. Now I know that you all in the audience have great expectations of
    this program and those expectations are almost always exceeded. Yeah. It’s Open
    Line Friday and I also have high expectations of you, who are going to call today.
    Open Line Friday. You can slip the surly bonds of Monday through Thursday and
    go to the outer reaches of topic areas that we haven’t covered, or if you think we
    need to cover them when we haven’t – whatever. A question, comment – feel free.
    The telephone number is 800-282-2882. The e-mail address is

     A couple personal notes here, just to start – actually, three – and this is just a
     program note and advisory. I will not be here on Monday. I will be in St. Louis. I
     appear annually in the Joe Buck Children’s Hospital Golf Tournament. I was only
     able to schedule this a couple weeks ago because of – I wasn’t sure I was going to
     be able to make it. I am going to be able to make it. So we have – we got –
     who’ve we got? On Monday? Roger Hedgecock will be here on Monday.

     Now, also, ladies and gentlemen, (sigh) there is a – I got an e-mail last night from
     Kate O’Beirne, who is the Washington editor for National Review and Kate sent
     me a column that she wrote for today’s online National Review Web site, National
     Review online, and when I read this and I was brought to a screeching halt. I was
     literally stunned by it. It’s one of the – well, one of the nicest bits of writing ever
     about me, other than some of your fan mail.

     And I – if I could’ve – and I wrote her back, I said, if I could include teardrops in e-
     mail, I would do it, but I can’t. And we have linked to her piece. I don’t want to
     describe it. That would – I couldn’t do it justice. You just have to read it, if you
     have time, or an inclination. It’s at right now. We’ve linked it
     right at the top of the home page, or you can go to the National Review online
     Website directly and get it there.

     If you go to the Website, we’ve also posted a couple pieces of
     video. Last night, Scarborough Country and this morning, the Today show. Both
     shows focused on my newspaper ads, which ran in the Palm Beach Post, the
     Pennysaver, and in the South Florida Sun Sentinel yesterday. Hellzapoppin’ still,
     over this, and the – what was –


It was sort of funny last night on Scarborough, had Joe Tacopina, who’s a defense
lawyer. Apparently, is no big fan of mine, but understands this case and he – I
guess he would understand. He’s a defense lawyer. He understands this case as
well as I do, which is saying something, and the guest, his – the person to balance
the program, of course, was an Assistant State Attorney from somewhere over in
Tampa and her name was Pam Bondi.

So Scarborough sets it up. It was a – segment started just a little bit after 10:30 last
night. (laughter) It was a great segment. Scarborough always does a good job on
that show and so he goes to Joe Tacopina first and Tacopina says what he has to
say and it’s time to go to Pam Bondi and she got her first sentence out and the
satellite died. (laughter) It’s one of these things you pray for. Her satellite
bumped out and just totally dropped and they were unable to get it back. Imagine
that – the whole segment. And Tacopina said to Scarborough, “I told you I’d shut
her up!’ (laughter)

And so Tacopina got the whole segment and Joe tried to play devil’s advocate a
couple times, but it seems to be the way it is with libs in broadcasting. They seem
to show up on the air, radio or TV, and then nobody hears them. Either their
paychecks bounce, or they’re not getting health coverage, or their satellite pay –
payment isn’t made and they go off into the ether. I mean, when it comes to
broadcasting other than in the mainstream news media, it’s getting harder and
harder for the Liberals to be heard and seen out there. So I – just – that video’s

Roy Black today got very – he was interviewed by Matt Lauer and got a little
heated today. Roy did – passionate, let me put it that way. Both videos are posted
at If you didn’t see them live, they’re there for you. If you
want to go look at it.

Well, only one thing I wish to comment on. The Associated Press – now, well, just
hang on, Mr. Snerdley. Will you just (laughter). We need to get a Dittocam on
him. The hell with the Dittocam on me. (laughter) I mean, are you muttering
obscenities in there, or what? In front of Dawn? Yes! You are. Just – just wait a
– of course it was a hatchet job of a story. What do you think it’s going to be?
That’s only a testament to the effectiveness of the ad. Because you people have to
learn how to judge the reaction exhibits. If – if – if the media goes berserk, it
means they’re reacting to something that’s effective. I’m not supposed to get my
point of view in the Palm Beach Post and I did! And so since I’m not supposed to
get my point of view in that paper, they’re mad.

Well, let me just tell you a quick little story. The AP reporter who – all right –
office is in the Palm Beach Post building. And so she’s on the phone yesterday and
my represent – while I’m on the air. So I got a representative talking to her, and we
send her transcripts of the May 4th program to illustrate how I was taken out of


context in the column on Sunday that this ad was really the result of. And so she
writes her piece, and none of the things – I mean, I was finding transcript during
the program yesterday. None of the transcript evidence that I sent her ended up in
her piece – her name is Jill Barton – none of it, which was the whole point of the

Well – but, at any rate – she went and she talked to the editor of the Palm Beach
Pennysaver, a guy named Sears, and Sears said, well, you know, he can get his
point of view any time that he wants in this paper, if he returns our calls and talk to
our reporters. He never talks to us and dah-dah-dah-dah-dah-dah. So that story
runs and I looked and said, wait a minute? We talk to these people all the time.
We talk to them all the time. We spend more time with them than any other
publication because they’re here, in the backyard.

So we called her back and said, he’s wrong about that. We’ve had an editorial
board meeting with the Palm Beach Post. We’ve had meetings with the news
reporters. We have – we’ve – we’ve sent transcripts, we’ve – statements and
respond to every request we get from the Palm Beach Post. And so the AP reporter
– and we said, go over to the newsroom and ask them. Walk over to the newsroom
and ask the reporters there if they are shut out when they want information from us.

So she walked over there, found out that what the editor said at first was incorrect.
So he did a little bit of a re-write, and the re-write said, quoted the editor as saying,
Limbaugh’s never personally responded. (laughter) Now, wait – it gets even

Then the editor goes on and says, “I don’t understand why Limbaugh’s afraid of
opinions.” And (sigh). We’re not afraid of opinions. It’s just I was responding.
It’s the only way I can respond is to buy space in your stupid paper. And when
you’re going to tell your readers (laughter) that my opinion on the Iraq prison issue
cements the fact that I ought to go to jail, I’m going to respond to it. So I did.

Anyway, let me just say this to Mr. Sears and all these others who are running with
this AP story that is unchecked and not all that balanced – oh, and the local Palm
Beach Post reporterette opens her story by saying, “Rush Limbaugh’s Rage
Returned.” Those ads represent my rage. (laughter)

But Mr. Sears, let me just tell you something. I’ll address you personally, here.
You’re right. I have not spoken to you, or your editors, or your reporters
personally. Nor have I spoken to the Washington Times personally. Nor have I
spoken to CNN personally. Nor have I spoken to msnbc personally. Nor have I
spoken to The American Spectator personally. Nor have I spoken to the Tampa
Tribune personally. I haven’t spoken to any media – period – on any of this
because I can’t.


Now, despite the fact that I haven’t talked to any of them, they have all examined
the procedures being employed by the State Attorney’s office in Palm Beach
County, and they have found suspicious behavior, and they have concluded there
may, in fact, be a political component and maybe a witch hunt here and I haven’t
talked to them at all, just like I haven’t talked to you.

Furthermore, my lawyer and representatives have spent more time talking to the
Palm Beach Post editorial board and the Palm Beach Post writers and reporters
than we have spent talking to any media outlet in this country. And yet, this editor
allows himself to be quoted, and it gets passed on as though we are freezing them
out and we’re not talking to them at all.

It’s the exact opposite.

So I just wanted to pass this on to you, ladies and gentlemen, just to square this up
because I have the opportunity to. Most people, when they get skewered and
lambasted and treated unfairly by the media don’t have a chance to reply, but I do
and I wanted to take that opportunity that I have now and I thank you for your
indulgence in this.

I thank Kate O’Beirne from the bottom of my heart. I don’t know how to thank her
any more. I really hope you go read this. It is – and every journalist ought to read
this, too. Every reporter that’s reporting on this whole prison matter ought to read
Kate O’Beirne’s piece today at National Review Online.

Take a quick time out. We’ll be back and resume with all the rest of today’s Open
Line Friday program.

Mr. Snerdley, would you smile? Please smile in there. You know, get over it. I
mean, it’s takes – we’ll – this is kind – you know, it’s been going like this for 16
years. This – I know it. It irritates you. You got to learn to recognize victory
when it’s happening. You got to learn to – that’s what – we all need to learn that.
We need to – we’re in the middle of victory in Iraq. We just don’t know it because
the people don’t want to see it. The Media doesn’t want to report it. We’re in the
middle of victory in Iraq.

We’re almost in the middle of victory in Najaf, folks. The people in Najaf want
those holy clowns thrown out of there. We’re – read William Safire in The New
York Times today. We are close to victory in Najaf. While all this other stuff’s
going on, we’re winning. Our uniformed personnel, our military is winning over
there while their critics and their enemies in this country focus on trying to dispirit
them. And I’m winning here. You know, we’re all Americans and those of us who
want to win, are.

Now, let me just – sit tight, there. We’ll take a break and come back and resume
with all the rest of the – wait until you hear Judge Napolitano on FOX News last –

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      he puts all this in Palm Beach involving me in perspective with two sound bites.
      I’ll let – just so you – I need Snerdley in a good mood, here, folks, so I’m going to
      play the Napolitano bits, sound bites, when we come back after the break. Then
      we’ll get on with dealing with John Kerry, OK?

      Deal. Sit tight. Be right back. Don’t go away.

(station break)

RUSH: It’s Open Line Friday. Rush Limbaugh, meeting and surpassing all audience
    expectations. The telephone number is 800-282-2882.

      All right, first, I want you to hear what happened to Pam Bondi last night, the
      Assistant State Attorney who was going to take up the case, you know, the side
      against me, in this case on the Scarborough Country Show on MSNBC.
      Scarborough’s talking to her, introducing her, and says, “Doesn’t Limbaugh have a
      right to this type of thing – go on the offensive against this prosecutor, Pam,
      because it doesn’t appear, does it not, he’s running a very politically motivated
      prosecution of Rush Limbaugh?”

BONDI: Sir, I don’t know how in the world it can be considered politically motivated.
   Rush Limbaugh – (feed dies)

SCARBOROUGH: OK, Joe? All right, Joe (multiple conversations; inaudible) – why
    don’t you – and you –

TACOPINA: I knew I would shut her up.

SCARBOROUGH: You, you did. You won this debate.

RUSH: That’s the last we saw, or heard, of Pam Bondi. (laughter) She’s on this show a
    lot. I mean, it just one of those quirky, quirky accidents, but they weren’t able to
    get the bird back for the rest of the segment.

      In fact, now, we’ve got a still shot of the bars going up when they lost her feed that
      we might put on the Website, just to acknowledge that she was there.

      Now, I want you to listen to this, Mr. Snerdley. We’re going to go back to this
      audio sound bite number eight. Last night, this was FOX News Channel, a big
      story with John Gibson, who said, in talk to their legal analyst, Judge Andrew

      Gibson says, you know, Rush Limbaugh always has something to say (laughter).
      Now, he’s running a full-page newspaper ad in Florida. Claims a local prosecutor
      is out to get him for political reasons. FOX News Senior Judicial Analyst, Judge

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      Andrew Napolitano, will tell us what this has to do with the actual case against
      Limbaugh. So what is it?

NAPOLITANO: In Florida, the prosecutors are properly elected. They join political
    parties and they run political campaigns. So the guy that’s after Rush Limbaugh is
    a Democrat – an avid Democrat that participated in Al Gore’s campaign and was
    involved in the recount –

RUSH: There you go.

NAPOLITANO: – and Rush is being targeted with a crime that nobody else has been
    prosecuted for, John. It’s a very unusual crime. It’s called, doctor shopping.
    Essentially, they’re saying to him, you failed to tell Dr. Number Two that you were
    also being treated by Dr. Number One and you accepted prescriptions from both of
    them. The Supreme Court says about that, it’s none of your business,
    Mr. Prosecutor, the communication between a patient and a physician.

RUSH: So (laughter), about this doctor shop – I got to shut up, but I could end this with
    one answer, here. Anyway, but I can’t. You have to trust me on this.

      Here’s one more. Gibson says, well, the courts are about to rule on that, aren’t

NAPOLITANO: Here’s what he did – he sent his investigators to seize from drug stores
    and hospitals and doctors all of Rush’s medical records. You don’t do that in
    America. You send a notice to the defendant, saying, we’re going to ask for your
    records. If you don’t want to surrender them, we’ll let a court decide. And that
    court is now deciding whether the prosecutor did the right thing – he didn’t – and
    whether he can use Rush’s medical records against him. He oughtn’t to be able to.

GIBSON: Boy, that stinks.

RUSH: There you have it. That’s FOX News. That’s – don’t you feel better,
    Mr. Snerdley? Feel a little bit better? This is the case. You – this perspective has
    yet to show up in the Palm Beach Post, is the point – since October. It is not there
    – in their editorial page, in their columnists. It’s not there, and that’s the reason we
    ran the ad – pure and simple. Get that side of it in the newspaper. I had to buy my
    way in.

      All right, now to the John Kerry stack of stuff. As I promised, “A growing
      majority of voters are unhappy with the way things are going in Iraq, but that is not
      helping John Kerry, who trails, or is statistically tied with President Bush in most
      surveys. Maurice Carroll, Director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute
      said, ‘President Bush and his team are going down in their approval ratings, but
      Senator Kerry’s going nowhere [laughter].’ A recent Quinnipiac survey showed

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      that Bush is leading Kerry by 43% to 40%, 6% going to Nader. Bush has lost three
      points in the three-way match-up, but those three points did not go to Kerry.”

      Oh. Oh. Oh. Isn’t the – isn’t – were we supposed to hear from Frank Luntz today,
      HR? Yeah. We’re supposed to hear from Frank – Frank – well, yeah. You people
      been asking me about this. I bought a question in a Frank Luntz poll that he’s been
      taking this week. And I asked Frank to go out there in just a poll of Democrats, a
      normal, every day, every week – whatever – poll that he normally would do, I
      asked him to throw a question in there, and he agreed to do it.

      And the question is, if the Democrat primaries are held today, for whom would you
      vote? And it lists all the Democrat candidates that ran plus one other option called,
      other. And then get me the results. And he said, OK. I’ll do it.

      Now, to make it right, I got to put in a question before it and a question after it.
      You just can’t throw a single question in it. I said, then, fine. You’re the scientist
      on this stuff. Go ahead and do it, but make sure that question’s in there. And we
      heard yesterday that he would have the results today and be happy to come on and
      explain, but we haven’t heard from him. So, I’m sure we will. If not today,
      sometime early next week. But, I mean, he was working on it, folks, and he’s out
      there actively doing this poll.

      All these polls are showing Bush, you know, either holding steady or losing
      ground. A couple polls actually showed Bush gaining. An Investors’ Business
      Daily poll shows him gaining, but what a line. Kerry’s going nowhere. And
      Kerry’s ramping up his criticism of Iraq, trying to go somewhere and this is
      backfiring. He had the most incredibly dumb thing say in Arkansas, yesterday. We
      have it on tape. Stand by for that.

(station break)

RUSH: I am Rush Limbaugh, documented to be almost always right, 98.5% of the time.
    Loving hearing myself say what I say because I love it when I’m right. 800-28-
    2882 is the phone number.

      We just got a hold of the Frank Luntz polling firm, results will be here momentarily
      we were told. So sit tight, hang in there and be tough.

      Let me finish up with the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute poll. It was 2,016
      registered voters last week, found that 67% think that the Bush administration’s
      post-war planning for Iraq was not so good or poor, that’s a combination of those
      two, equaling 67%. But the poll also found that voters believe by 48% to 37% that
      Bush would do a better job than Kerry in bringing the situation in Iraq to a
      successful conclusion. So the poll analyst says, Americans think the Bush team
      fouled up the occupation of Iraq but they still trust the President to do a better job
      than Kerry in wrapping things up.

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     John Kerry has to be hating life folks. Just – no matter what they do over there, he
     can’t move anywhere. He can’t get noticed, can’t get seen. Bush can make all
     kinds of mistakes, apparent mistakes. Kerry can’t capitalize even though he’s
     trying very hard to.

     Los Angeles Times headline, “In Arkansas, Kerry Finds Key Word to be Clinton.”
     And not only did he use the word Clinton, he started acting like Clinton. He
     showed up late for something he was supposed to be at. “There was a question
     about whether John Kerry has any qualms about invoking Bill Clinton in his quest
     for the White House. They were resolved this week after his visit to the former
     President’s home state. The presumptive assumed Democrat nominee ostensibly
     stopped in Little Rock as part of a four day effort to promote his health care plan
     but it seemed more like a pilgrimage.” I knew this was going to happen! Because I
     know what’s happening.

     “Kerry’s phone rang not long ago, shortly before Clinton announced the date that
     his memoirs would be published June 30th. Kerry picks up the phone, ‘Hello I’m
     John Kerry.’ ‘Hey John how are you pal, great to hear from you. Let me tell you
     what’s coming down the pike for you, bud. My book. My book. June 30th. It’s
     going to suck all the oxygen out of your campaign. But John, that is a blessing for
     you pal because the more oxygen you get, the sinker and lower you go. You look
     blue. You need me pal. Now what you need to do, go to Arkansas. Start talking
     about me, John. I’m the one in this party everybody loves. I’m the one who
     everybody wish could have gone back. You evoke my name and I’ll make sure I
     invoke your name when my book comes out. And that’s the best you can hope for
     John because you can’t do this on your own. You’re going to need me. And
     you’re going to need me long after this over. I am Don Clintinatoli (sic.). You
     know what happened to Bob Torso and Andrew Cuomo, I just want to remind

     So out of the blue, John Kerry heads on down to Arkansas. And let me – grab
     sound bite number four. This is – actually let’s play number three first. Maybe we
     should play – let’s play three. Kerry – three and four in that order. Kerry was in
     Hannity and Colmes last night. Alan Combs got a solo shot at Kerry. And Colmes
     says, “What do you think when you see that tape that they keep playing where you
     said I was for the $87 billion before I voted against it?”

KERRY: I think it’s Republican games of an administration that can’t run on it’s own
    record. This is unprecedented in American history that a sitting President, an
    incumbent, has spent $70 million in destructive, negative, misleading, distorting
    advertising to try to undue the candidacy of a person in another party not yet even
    nominated. Unprecedented Alan. Instead of offering America a positive vision,
    they decide just to attack John Kerry.

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RUSH: John let me remind you of something. There wasn’t anybody giving you even a
    chance to live before you got the nomination, so all this talk about you getting all
    these attack ads, it’s called defining you John, because you can’t define yourself
    because there’s nothing there.

     So the Bush administration is telling people who you are. They’re telling people
     how you voted and they use your own words. It’s not at attack ad. Don’t you love
     these Liberals? It’s an attack ad when you criticize him. It’s an attack ad when you
     accurately identify them. It’s an attack ad when you tell be honestly what they do.
     Bush has a vision. Bush has the trust of the American people. That’s why he has
     the personal approval numbers that he has.

     All right, so you heard that. Here’s Kerry yesterday on the campaign trail in
     Arkansas. Get this.

KERRY: When Bill Clinton left office not one young American in uniform was dying in
    a war anywhere in this world.

RUSH: Oh, my friends. Where do we start with this? In the first place, does this not
    sound suspiciously like, (as Clinton) “no attack every fed a hungry child. When I
    left office there wasn’t one young American in uniform dying in a war anywhere in
    this world. Of course when I left office, the only people dying were men and
    women in uniform (laughter) because I wasn’t defending them. Men and women in
    uniform are being attacked all over this world and I didn’t do much about it.

     “So yeah, Kerry can go out and say that. He can say that not one young American
     in uniform was dying in a war anywhere in this world, but that’s not true. Because
     there are Americans dying everywhere, under my watch. I just didn’t do a thing to
     defend them. And 9/11 came along and I regretted it didn’t happen when I was
     President because that could have given me a chance to be great. But instead it
     happened on Bush’s watch, so Bush gets a chance to be great. And well, I didn’t
     tell John when I told him to say this, because I’ve set a trap for him because I can’t
     stand anybody looking smarter than I do. I want him to look stupider than I am, so
     I tell Kerry to say that he says it, but of course, he leaves out 9/11. (laughter) Of
     course he had to respond to 9/11 and that’s a war going on and kids die in wars and
     everybody dies in wars except me. So. “

     This is unbelievable. When Bill Clinton – this is what is has come to for John
     Kerry. He is doing what Gore wouldn’t do. Gore wouldn’t bring up Clinton’s
     name. Kerry has to make a pilgrimage to Arkansas. Has to mention Clinton’s
     name. When he went to Arkansas he arrived late for the rally. He tried to imitate
     Clinton’s drawl, and he went to another barbecue joint folks. During his Arkansas
     visit a local TV reporter told the candidate that co-workers had been taking bets
     about whether he would arrive at the tarmac rally late, in typical Clinton fashion,
     Kerry said whatever President Clinton did, it worked for him, so Kerry’s rally in
     fact, started 30 minutes late.

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      So Don Clintononli (sic.) maneuvers or worms his way back into the campaign.
      (laughter) I’ll tell you, it’s amazing.

      And from Hanover, New Hampshire, this is the The Boston Globe, headline
      “Pragmatism Drives New Hampshire Naderites to Kerry. College hippies can’t
      stand Kerry but they’re going to vote for him,” it says in this story.

      “In their cloth sandals, their Birkenstocks, worn jeans and support fair trade
      sweatshirts, 15 members of the Dartmouth Greens gathered Monday night for their
      weekly discussion of social justice and politics. The conversation veered from the
      economic abuse of sweatshop laborers to the physical abuse of Iraqi prisoners and
      whether a protest action of papering the campus with photos of abused Iraqis with
      the caption ‘Is this the occupation you wanted?’ would exploit the victims further.

      “While none of the 15 particularly like Kerry, they call him wavering, craggy,
      passable and tree-stumpy, the anti-war group nevertheless has almost unanimously
      decided to forsake Ralph Nader, a man they see as an idol, to help Kerry win New
      Hampshire which is a key battleground state. So pragmatism is going to drive
      some Naderites over the Kerry, but they’re not excited about him. And that’s the
      same story that you will hear throughout the land when it comes to Democrat
      voters talking about this man.

      Oh yeah – big story about 15 people. It was The Boston Globe. Fifteen – 15 – long
      haired, maggot infested, dope smoking, FM types. Worried about sweatshop
      practices. Fifteen of them make a big story. The fact they’re going to vote for
      Kerry. Fifteen of these people. They’re going to vote for Kerry qualifies as big
      news in the Boston Globe.

      Kerry has to be hating life these days. For this kind of thing to make the – and if
      he’s happy about this, that’s – if his campaign is going wow look at this story we
      got in the Globe today, fifteen of these ruffians are going to vote for us! We’ve got
      15 people away from Nader! This is progress! You mean 15%? No! Fifteen
      people. Oh. OK. Good John. Keep it up boy. We’re watching. Back in just a
      second. Stay with us.

(station break)

RUSH: All right, folks. I have the – I have the results of my poll question and there are
    three questions here that I requested. Frank Luntz of the Luntz Research
    Companies in Alexandria, Virginia, did this. This was a survey, a normal survey
    that you would normally do, just included three questions I asked for. Actually one
    question I asked for and two others, one on either side of the question to not isolate
    it. Five hundred Democrats and independents who lean more to the Democrats.


Question one, even though the Democrat nomination has now been determined, if
you had the chance and could vote again for the candidate to run against George W.
Bush in the fall for whom would you vote? What would you think in a normal – in
a normal cycle where the Democrats have chosen the nominee and they’re off and
running on the race to the White House. What do you think the normal response to
this question would be? What? What?

OK. So what do you think? 70%, 80% of the people – OK we’ve got a nominee,
let’s stick with him. Right. OK. Question, even though the Democrat nomination
for President has now been determined, if you had the chance and could vote again
for the candidate to run against George W. Bush in the fall, for whom would you
vote? 40% John Kerry.

This is not good folks. This is – he has done a little better here than I thought he
would do but this is not good. Here are the remaining in order: 40% John Kerry –
21% Don’t know, 10% John Edwards, 8% Howard Dean, 4% Wesley Clark, 3% Al
Sharpton, 3% Lieberman, 2% Kucinich, 2% Gephardt, 1% Bob Graham, 5%
somebody else, and 3% refused.

Now you know what this – this looks exactly like what the turnout was toward the
end of – or what the results were towards the end of their primaries after Kerry had
it locked up. This is not a ringing endorsement of their nominee. It means that
people haven’t changed their mind about their preference and it means they’re
really not lined up behind Kerry at all. The reason I set this up if – OK, in a normal
circumstance, your party chooses a nominee, your nominee is off and running. In
the middle of the campaign now, the middle of the general election campaign, and
here comes this question – hey, who would you vote for it you had to do it over
again? Normally, the nominee gets it. Especially in a Democrat poll. 40% John

Question number two – we will post these results at later this
afternoon. If you could vote again for the candidate to run against George W. Bush
in the fall and your only two choices were John Kerry and Hillary Clinton, for
whom would you vote? 47% Hillary Clinton, 44% John Kerry. 3% Neither. 5%
don't know. 1% refused. And is your overall opinion of John Kerry better or worse
today than it was two months ago? 34% better, 13% worse, 40% the same, 11%
don’t know, and 1% refused.

What do you mean, you say, damn. What do you mean by that Mr. Snerdley?
Does it – it just does not sound like there’s a ringing endorsement for their nominee
out there and – now we need Lutz to actually scientifically analyze this because we
are just laymen here looking at these results. My guess is that 34% is a pretty good
number, who think he’s doing better than he was two months ago. Given what the
news is. But 40%, nah. The same. The big number is 40, and it ain’t good. That it
just is the same. And the same is not good.

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     So 47% of Democrats would vote – would choose Hillary Clinton to be the
     nominee today and – by the way that was the only choice they were getting. Not
     Howard Dean versus Clark – or Kerry – and not anybody else. It was Hillary
     versus – Frank wanted this question in there. I’ll admit it was Frank’s question, he
     wanted it in there. And he said Frank you’ve got to put it second because I don’t
     want my question to be distorted here. Because if you put Hillary, I don’t want
     Hillary in the list of possibles in the first one either, because I want it just those
     guys that Kerry ran against. So that’s what he did.

     But here in the second tell tale question, if you could vote again for the candidate to
     run against George W. Bush in the fall, and your only two choices were Kerry and
     Hillary, for whom would you vote? 47% Hillary, 44% John Kerry. So there you
     have it folks. A little EIB participation in an official scientific poll out there. Now
     to the phones. John in Gibbsboro, New Jersey. Welcome to the EIB Network. Hi.

JOHN: Rush, mega dittos to you. I’ve been listening to you for a couple years and this is
    the best show on television or radio.

RUSH: Thank you.

JOHN: But I’m really confused. Now, I don’t understand some of the policies of the
    Bush administration, although I’ve voted Republican since I was 18 and I’m 47
    years old right now. I’m a small business owner. I have two sons that are of draft
    age. And I don’t understand why we are not focusing on oil conservation and oil –
    changing the way that we use oil in the United States.

     75% of all the world’s oil reserves are under these people’s feet in the Middle East,
     and that’s where they’re deriving all their wealth from. That’s where they’re
     deriving all the support for Al-Qaeda, for any of these terroristic groups. And I
     don’t understand why the Bush administration doesn't target that specifically just
     like Kennedy did to get us to the moon to compete against the Soviets. I’ll hang up
     now and just listen to what you and your callers say, and again, thanks very much
     for all your information and for supporting our country.

RUSH: Thank you John. I appreciate the opportunity to address this question. The – I
    think this administration has made repeated attempts to go in the direction of
    ridding our dependence – ridding us of our dependence on foreign oil. One of the
    first things they tried was drilling in ANWAR. Not a while lot of oil although more
    than people think. But not nearly enough to replace. But look what happened.
    You had a mobilization in this country, the environmental-wacko Left and the
    Democratic party to stop it.

     If you go anywhere – we have a lot of oil in this country and we can’t get to it
     anywhere because the environmentalists will not let us drill new wells. We’re
     having enough time building new refineries because of environmental restrictions.
     John Kerry led the filibuster in the Senate opposing drilling for oil in ANWAR.

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      This administration has made – taking a first step, put their toe in the water to find
      out what was going to happen. The President, I think in a second term will speed
      up and heat up on this. But it certainly needs to be done.

      There’s all kinds of oil elsewhere around the world, but the environmental Left is a
      worldwide opposition group and they are oriented around the hatred of capitalism
      and oil is the fuel of capitalism. Oil fuels the engine of capitalism. They’re
      opposed to it. They do so on the grounds that it’s dirty and it pollutes and it kills
      and it maims and it harms fish, other animals, and this sort of thing. It’s just the
      opposite if done correctly and properly, everyone can coexist on the planet and do
      so well. But they are totally, totally opposed.

      We can’t drill off the coast of Florida now. We can’t even have oil derricks out in
      the Gulf anybody can see. We can’t drill off the coast of California. Can’t drill in
      Alaska. And other countries are faced with the same opposition around the world.
      Conservation is one of the biggest myths under the sun. Conservation will not save
      enough gasoline or oil to accommodate the economic growth that we and the rest of
      the world are going to undertake.

      Conservation is not a bad thing but conservation as a means of sustaining us is not
      suitable. There’s not enough conservation. It isn’t going to happen. We are a
      growing economy, there is plenty of oil out there. We need to go get it. And that is
      the only way we’re going to be able to sustain here. Back in just a second. Stay
      with us.

(station break)

RUSH: First hour is in the can folks. Sit tight. Lot of you on the phones. We’ll get to
    you because it’s Open Line Friday. We’ll be right back and resume. It won’t be

RUSH: Hi. How are you? Is it – is it – is it Brian’s birthday today? Sunday. Does he
    know you've got the cake in there? I guess he does now. Was his – well, I got him
    a Lego set to go with the Tinker Toys, but don't tell him that. I want to see his face
    when he opens it. He's going to be so excited.

      Greetings, my friends. Welcome back. Rush Limbaugh here. This is the
      Excellence in Broadcasting Network where I am the happiest and the most
      optimistic, and about the most worn-out figure in American media today. It’s
      Friday, let’s go.

ANNOUNCER: Live from the Southern Command in sunny south Florida via New York
   City, it’s Open Line Friday.

RUSH: Yip yip yip yip yip yahoo, it’s time to go, folks. You know, Open Line Friday,
    you can – you can call and ask me anything, about alternative sources of oil or


energy. And I will tell you what I've always told you about that. You can ask me
about attack ads. You can ask me what I think of the Pittsburgh Steelers’ draft.
You can – whatever. You can bring – it doesn't matter. That's what Open Line
Friday’s all about. If you have had an overall curiosity about something, and you
want to know what it is, you want to know the answer, this is your day. You want
to go e-mail, you go as the alternative way of getting through.

Moving on to other items in our stack of stuff. And those of you on – on hold –
yeah, well, you getting those kinds of calls? Are you getting people that want to
ask me about that? All right. Because I can't imagine anybody’d have any
questions about that, other than mainstream journ – he asked me, “Would you take
calls about your Skull and Bones comment?”

Of course. Here's what I did. Those comments were made on the – on the fourth
of May when the first two or three pictures came out. I went and got the transcript
of that show yesterday, and I sent it to all these people who – oh, not that many. I
mean sent it to enough people who’ve been raising hell about it. Tim Russert even
asked for a tran – I sent him one. Because he's – you know, Larry King, a bunch of
people have been trying to get Russert to dump on me about that Skull and Bones
comment. He wouldn't do it because he didn't believe it. But he hadn't heard it, so
he just – he – he, you know, finessed it.

So I sent it to him. It’s – it’s all – it’s – it’s all trumped up, but if anybody wants to
ask about, I'd be glad to. I proudly, happily stand by the comments as they were
made at the time. And I'm stunned that the media did not pick up on the nuance
since they're all – they're big nuance people. I mean, that's why they support Kerry.
He's a man of nuance, right? He's too smart for the rube.

Anyway. The – sev – several Senators said yesterday that the war on terror needs
to replace news about the Iraqi prison abuse scandal and calls for Rumsfeld’s
resignation, especially now that intelligence agencies have confirmed that it was
Al-Qaeda operative Abu Musab Zarqawi who was involved in the decapitation of
Nicholas Berg. Zell Miller said, “Those who are wringing their hands and shouting
so loudly for heads to roll over the abuse seem to have conveniently overlooked the
fact that somebody’s head has rolled. Why is it that there's more indignation over a
photo of a prisoner with underwear on his head than over the video of a young
American with no head at all?”

Amen. You know, and this – this is the kind of comment that der – that – that
inspires hatred aimed at me from mainstream journalists. But once again, we’re on
the cutting edge here. We’re the first to put this in perspective, even on May 4th
when this whole thing hit, the first to put it in perspective, because we didn't wring
our hands and want to defeat the US military over this.

There are people – we talked about this late yesterday – there are people in this
country who actually – well, let’s just put it this way. As I said yesterday, they


may not be on the side of the terrorists in Iraq, but their actions wouldn't be any
different if they were. And those are Democrats and Liberals in this country who
are anti-US military and anti-victory. They may not be pro-Al-Qaeda. They may
not be wanting Al-Qaeda or terrorists to win, but if they did, their actions would not
be any different than they are now.

And you can interpret that to mean, well, they – either they're smart or they're
naïve. And I will – I’ll want to give them a benefit of the doubt and I'm going to
say, even though I'm not sure this is totally accurate, I'll say they're naïve. They
may actually believe that if we lay down our arms that the side opposing us’ll do
the same and we can all live happily ever after. There are some Liberals who
believe that. There are some Liberals who believe we provoke all this just by being
who we are, just by having our military might, and just by being willing to project
our power. And so they think that if we just cease and desist that the other side’ll
not consider us a threat nor an enemy anymore, and they’ll cease and desist.

Now, those of us with brain and a contextual understanding of history know that
that's dangerous, risky, and absurd. But – so it – it – no, this – I'm not – I don't
think I'm going out of the way. John Pedorich (sp?) wrote a column in The New
York Post today saying the same thing. And I've said this long before anybody else
did. That's why pioneers take the arrows. You know, I’ll go out and say it. I’ll
take the arrows, and then those who agree with me will come in a couple or three
days later and get on the bandwagon and not take any arrows. That's what happens

You know, have you noticed all the people who are talking about, “This just looked
like a fraternity prank.” Well, I took the arrows for that, now everybody who
wanted to say it at the first but didn't is getting in on the action. That's fine. I'm not
complaining. I'm honored. Honored to be a pioneer, honored to be taking the

Senator Arlen Specter said, “As bad as the Iraq prison abuse cases have been,
Berg’s execution should be a reminder the war on terror continues and must be
given full intention or attention.” He said, “We need to lose the intensity and to
feel for 9/11 as time passes.” We tend to, “and I think the beheading of Nick Berg
is a very stark reminder.” You know, it’s the same thing in the Senate. James
Inhofe led the way, Lenhoff – or Inhofe took the arrows, Inhofe spelled out the
truth of what was happening at this abuse committee hearing. And now he gave
cover to all those who agreed with him to come later and jump on his bandwagon.

And this is not to disparage Zel Miller. I like all these guys saying this. But Inhofe
was the first, and Inhofe took the heat for it. But then after that, since he took the
heat and it was already out there, others who agree come along, even Arlen Specter
getting on this bandwagon. There are a number of senators now getting on the
bandwagon. I’ll tell you why. Because it has become apparent that The New York
Times and the leading institutions of the mainstream press were doing everything


they could to keep the Nick Berg execution and murder second and third tier news,
while these prison photos remained top tier news because the prison photos are a
way to damage our war effort and damage Bush, and perhaps lead the way to his
defeat at the polls in November, which is what this whole prison abuse thing is all
about for these people wringing their hands and acting like this is the worst thing
they’ve ever seen.

The worst thing that happened to them was when Nick Berg was assassinated, the
way he was. There's no way you can see that video, or hear it described, or hear the
audio from that video, and at all keep the perspective of the prison photo crowd,
and that – and that perspective they would wish. Because the prison photo abuses,
bad as it is and offensive as it is, pales in comparison to what happened to Nick

And guess what else? As long as – look it, folks, I'm worn out. When I'm – when
I'm worn out, I'm – I'm – I'm less – what's the word here? Guarded. And I'm just
going to say, who was the first? Because I'm – this is one of these days because if I
don't say it, nobody else will. So forgive me if you think this is bragging. I don't
think it’s bragging because it isn't bragging if you can do it.

Who was the first to nationally, publicly, loudly proclaim after viewing these
pictures, “Oh, wee, looks like a whole lot of sex going on here.” Who was the first
to say, “Man, this is stuff you would see on American computer screens at porn
sites. This is – this is the kind of stuff that you would see – ” I mean, we have
some homoeroticism going on.

Now have you noticed how many stories there are about just how much about sex
this was? I mean, we've now got stories of Americans having mattresses on a floor,
encircled by candles. Little romantic gang bangs going on out there in front of the
Iraqi prisoners. You hear about this, Dawn? And as – as news leaks out – and who
was the word – who was one of the first to use the word, “Looks like some
perversion going on here.” I would love to be able to claim the line that George
Neumayr used. I can't claim it because George Neumayer used it first in The
American Spectator. Neumayer said, “If these prison photos had been taken by
Robert Maplethorpe, the very Senators condemning them would have funded the
exhibit at The National Endowment for the Arts.”

And while all of this is taking place, the very people – the very people who have
defended the sexual revolution and have championed the so-called sexual
revolution, who defended any kind of sexual perversion in the Oval Office when it
was going on there when Bill Clinton was the – those same people are now the
ones who are raising holy hell themselves about how sick this is, and how
disgusting this is, and how perverted this is. And that is why I've said when the
rooster comes home, and when the whole truth comes out about this of what was
going on over there, the people on the Left who condemned all of this, shall we say
enlightened, as they called it perverted sexual activity, are going to have to explain


to many of their constituents why they’ve changed their minds on these particular
kinds of acts and these particular types of lifestyles.

So while all this is going on, the Democrats are claiming this is a chain of
command thing. And they've been trying to get this linked all the way to Bush.
“This is happening because of Bush’s example. This is happening because Bush
doesn't care. This has happened because Bush doesn't use any disci – this is
because it comes from the top.”

I would believe that if Bill Clinton were still in office. If Bill Clinton were still in
office, I could accept the notion that this might come from the top. And in fact,
depending on the age of these soldiers over there, they may in fact be – how many
stories have we had lately? Oral sex is a great way to stop teen pregnancy. That
oral sex is a great way to have safe – safe sex. Just had one this week. Who
popularized oral sex for the nation? And who was defended day in and day out and
royally for doing so? Bill Clinton. And who defended him? The Democrats who
now find all kinds of atrocities in these photos coming out of Abu Ghraib prison.

I don't know, Mr. Snerdley. Mr. Snerdley’s wondering, “Hey, since we don't know
what's going – what if – what if – what if all these videos are being taken because a,
you know, third-rate production porn movie was being made over there?” Well,
that's how they are – I mean, I'm not a veteran of porn by any stretch. I’m not, but
let’s face it, average pornography does not look like “Gone With The Wind.”

So that's – you never know if they might – might have been pornographers get in
the military, get over there as MPs, and start making movies and stuff for the hell
of it. Or profit of what have you. I mean, anything’s possible at this point.
Anything’s possible. Don't know if we’re going to find the truth of it to that extent,
but I just find it interesting nevertheless that the people who are acting so outraged,
were so offended, so – are the very people who champion this stuff, or at least
defend it in this country.

And as I said yesterday, folks, let’s not forget something. While all of this hand-
wringing is going on, and while all of this outrage is taking place, the porn industry
in California is happily announcing they're back in business after dealing with the
latest HIV scare. And – and the – and – and the state of California’s happy about it
because of the tax revenues.

Well, OK, I’ll go back even years and years further to when I was a pioneer in a
nither (sic.) – another era, back in the early days of women in combat and women
in the same positions as men in the military. I said, you can't keep sex out of it,
folks. Once you put them together in these circumstances, be it a battleship or
wherever you're going – the sex is going to have a – is going to be a factor. It’s
going to be – it’s – and all the femi-Nazis began calling me about it. “You think

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                  RUSH LIMBAUGH WORKING TRANSCRIPT 05/14/04

      women are just a bunch of sluts? You think that women, when they get together
      with men, that's all they want to do? You don't think they’ll have any discipline?”

      No, I'm not saying that women are sluts and I'm not saying that men are sluts. And
      I'm not saying anybody doesn't have any discipline. I'm saying these are 18-to-21-
      year-old people with raging hormones, and nobody’s watching, and you're
      throwing them together. Voila! We have the Abu Ghraib prison photos. We’ll be
      back in just a second. Rush Limbaugh, your pioneer on the EIB Network. Stay
      with us.

(station break)

RUSH: And here we are having more fun than a human being should be allowed to have.
    Rush Limbaugh, the Excellence in Broadcasting Network. All right, let’s go to the
    phones. People have been waiting patiently. Joe in Montclair, New Jersey, you're
    next, sir. Great to have you with us.

JOE: How you doing, Rush? A great honor to talk to you.

RUSH: Thank you.

JOE: In reference to John Kerry’s speech, I'm just – I'm thinking that Mogadishu –

RUSH: Hang – hang on just – let – let me – let’s – it’s been a while since I played this
    little bite. It’s only – what is it – nine seconds. Let’s play this, then you comment
    so people will know what you're talking about, OK?

JOE: Sure enough.

RUSH: Here we go.

KERRY: When Bill Clinton left office, not one young American in uniform was dying in
    a war anywhere in this world.

RUSH: And you wanted to say about that – what, Joe?

JOE: I would like to remind them of Mogadishu and the pictures that came out of there
     and the servicemen that died there. I think he's – he has a – a habit of forgetting

RUSH: Well, see, you got to parse these words. You got to parse, because when Clinton
    left office, Mogadishu was over. We’d already lost it. Mogadishu happened in the
    first year Clinton was in office. And then you – probably Kerry would say, (as
    Kerry) “I said that when Clinton left office, not one young American was dying in
    a war. So don't tell me about the USS Cole. And don't tell me about the Khobar

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                  RUSH LIMBAUGH WORKING TRANSCRIPT 05/14/04

      Towers. And don't tell me about the African Embassy. And don't tell me about the
      first World Trade Center because we weren't at war.”

      And he'd be absolutely right, and that's another reason why we can't afford to have
      these people back in power because we were under assault for 10 years and they
      didn't do diddly squat about it. When Democrats ran the show, you can take this
      one of two ways. You can say, “OK, Senator Kerry, you're – you're exactly right.
      We weren't at war and we should have been, but we didn't have people in office
      who had the guts to take us to war because they were afraid of their approval
      numbers and their re-election chances. So Americans kept dying in uniform around
      the world, and we didn't do anything but launch a bunch of missiles at aspirin
      factories, in essence. And we launched some missiles at a skyscraper – well, a
      building in Baghdad on a Saturday night, killing a custodian.”

      You can also respond to Kerry by saying that no American citizen, including
      women and children, were killed by the Bush administration in Waco. You could
      say that Janet Reno was praised for taking responsibility when she admitted what
      she did at Waco, and you can compare that to what happened to Rumsfeld when he
      took responsibility for Abu Ghraib. Janet Reno was praised, “Oh, we’re so happy
      to have here. We’re so lucky to have her.” Rumsfeld has to go.

      You could say that Kerry is lying. What does he call those brave men who did die
      Somalia, as Joe mentioned here, while wearing our nation’s uniform? Kerry would
      say they don't count because we weren't at war. We have to parse his words. And
      in truth the – the ab – the – the absurd – well, of course. Of course. The absurdity
      of this cannot be overstated. More men died in uniform under Abraham Lincoln
      during the Civil War than at any time in our history. Hundreds of thousands of
      Americans in uniformed died at World War I and World War II under two
      Democrat presidents. Were those wars not justified?

      I mean, we could go on and on here. But the level of stupidity and ignorance by
      Kerry’s comment is mind-boggling. By the way, Senator Kerry, maybe next time
      you'll vote for the money to insure that our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan have the
      body armor they need so they won't die. Think about that.

(station break)

RUSH: As usual, my friends, having more fun than a human being should be allowed to
    have, Rush Limbaugh on the EIB. Is something wrong in there? I get worried
    when you leave the erector set, start coming in here and start paying attention to
    meters. I’m talking to the broadcast engineer down here, Brian.

      All right, it wasn’t a good day for the media yesterday. It wasn't a good week for
      the media. “A US newspaper has been forced to apologize for admitting that
      photographs that it published apparently showing US soldiers raping Iraqi women
      could be fake. The Boston Globe said that it had been wrong to pub” – you know


what one of my – I wish these chronicling me would get this line out there. You
know – two favorite lines. I loved my line yesterday about the fact that Ted
Kennedy said he didn’t need to see these new round of pictures because all he
needed to do was have Barney Frank and Nancy Pelosi act them out for him.

Just joking, hah, hah, hah. The reason it works is because it’s somewhat
believable. And then – but this one. I love this one. Remember when the first
pictures came out and everybody was wringing their hands, “Oh, no, how did we
get these bad apples in there as prison guards?” I said, well, wait a sec. Got to
keep this in perspective. The New York Times had Jason Blair, The Washington
Post had Janet Cooke. We’ve had plagiarists all over the – USA Today has two
editors are gone and a reporter’s gone. I mean, just because we have all of these
plagiarists and frauds in mainstream journalism, doesn’t sour the whole industry,
does it?

So how can a few renegade prison guards sour the whole military? In fact, I’ll bet
you we’ve had more plagiarists in mainstream journalism over the years than are in
trouble in terms of the prison guards at Abu Ghraib. And here we’re – now we’ve
got The Boston Globe so eager, so eager to get in on this. They publish fake
photos. “The Globe said it had been wrong to publish the photographs which
appeared alongside a story about alleged abuses, because they were overly graphic
and the purported abuse portrayed had not been authenticated.

“The editor, Martin Baron, said, “There was a lapse in judgment and procedures
and we apologize for it.” Ah-hah, it’s got to go higher than this guy. The editor is
not the top of the line. Who owns this paper? Well, The New York Times does.
This goes all the way up to Pinch Sulzberger. Pinch Sulzberger set the tone for
these fake photos being published in The Boston Globe. It is time for hearings, and
we can’t it do at Congress because there’s freedom of the press.

But if you news people care about your industry, you will convene an august
commission at Editor and Publisher Magazine or whatever and you will bring
Pinch and his editor, Bill Keller, up there and this guy from The Boston Globe and
demand to know how this could have happened. “The Boston Globe case appears
to be much more clear-cut, unlike The Mirror, the U.K. Mirror, which also
published fake photos.

“Rival media in the US heaped criticism on The Boston Globe’s decision to publish
the pictures, which appeared during a press conference called by Boston City
Councilor Chuck Turner to publicize the abuse allegations that even Mr. Turner
admitted were unproven. Since then, the paper has admitted the pictures may have
been shot in Hungary, and they come from a porno Website.” Noooo kidding. So
these fake photos that ended up in The Boston Globe came from a Hungarian porno
site, eh?


“The ombudsman in The Boston Globe” – do you know what the ombudsman is at
a newspaper? I mean, I know you know what you think it is. The ombudsman –
this is the – this is the representative of the paper that interacts with you, the
peasants, who read the paper, and when you have a complaint or some question
about the way the paper’s practicing journalism, you write the ombudsman. The
ombudsman then has a column once a week where he explains what the paper does
to some of the more interesting letters. It’s nothing more than a shield. The
ombudsman there is to take the arrows and to fool you into thinking the paper cares
what you think about what they’re doing.

And when it really gets bad, like when fake photos of rape blamed on US
servicemen are published, then the ombudsman will get a whole column outside his
regular weekly column which is on Saturday, which is a paper nobody reads. And
so the ombudsman has a column in The Boston Globe today. The name is Christine
Chinlund. “It is an understatement to say that the Globe erred when it ran a photo
that if you look closely showed images of men dressed as soldiers having sex with
unidentified women. It’s also an understatement to say the paper regrets their error,
as was evident in the apology published yesterday as an Editor’s Note.”

Yeah. How about an editorial apology? Who saw the Editor’s Note. “There’s no
excuse for what happened, but, for the many readers who asked how the Globe
could publish a photo that included sexually explicit and unauthenticated images,
there is an explanation, and it is we thought we could successfully blame it on the
President and the Administration so that we could help John Kerry get elected in
November.” It doesn’t say that. But that’s what they mean.

“First the context.” Let’s get back to he ombudsman piece here. “First the context.
On Tuesday, Boston City Councilor Chuck” – I’m not going to go through all this.
In fact, they do get to my allegation here later on. “The photo quickly became the
subject of talk shows and Websites. It was held up as evidence of the Globe’s anti-
Americanism, it’s desire to bring down Bush or to discredit the troops.” The
ombudsman writes, “I think that criticism is off the mark.” Well, that’s a denial.
That’s (laughter). That’s a denial. “I think that criticism is off the mark.”

This is to make you think the ombudsman is serious, and studious, and considering
actively your charge that they may be anti-Bush, anti-American, and pro-Kerry. “I
think that’s off the mark.” And you’re supposed to go, “Oh, OK, well thank you
for considering my charge. I’m now going to move on and have some Scotch.”

“I think that criticism is off the mark,” wrote the ombudsman, “yet the error could
not have come at a worse time. Emotions about Iraq were running high, even
before the beheading of Nicholas Berg. But the Berg story shared the May 12
paper with the inappropriate photo” – fake photo. Not “inappropriate,” fake. “–
only made things worse. Some readers called the firing of various Globe editors –
called for the firing of various Globe editors. The editor said, ‘We’re not firing

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      anybody. What will happen is, conversations with staffers about following proper

      But fire Rumsfeld. Get rid of Rumsfeld because it goes to the top. But you readers
      of The Boston Globe, shut up. And just – just consider yourself lucky that we gave
      our ombudsman an additional column today to address your haughty concerns.
      How dare you accuse us of anti-Americanism, anti-Bushism, and pro-Kerryism.
      We think that’s of the mark.

      Who’s next on the – Christie in Fort Lauderdale, welcome to the EIB Network.
      Nice to have you with us.

CHRISTIE: Hi, yes, Rush. I am calling to offer my sincere apologies. I called last week
    about on Tuesday, right after you had agreed with the previous caller about it being
    compared to –

RUSH: Skull and Bones.

CHRISTIE: – a college prank.

RUSH: Yeah, the college hazing, the fraternity initiation.

CHRISTIE: Right. So I have to say, I am so sorry because my co-worker, right after we
    heard that it was on the Internet, the photo - the video of the –

RUSH: Nick Berg?

CHRISTIE: – Berg being decapitated. I could – I sat in front of her desk, and as she
    clicks it on, I started to watch it up until the point where, you know, I just –

RUSH: Yeah, yeah, yeah.

CHRISTIE: And instead I watched her expression, because I knew in my spirit I
    wouldn’t be able to take it. I watched her expression as the blood left her face and
    she grabbed her stomach and started to cry. I thought, I was just in such shock and
    such – you know – disgust, and she described it verbatim what was happening.
    And then I felt such guilt after I knew I had talked to you and told you I agreed
    with you almost 100% of the time, and now I’m – I have to say I agree with you

      The things that have gone on, and from what we’ve seen in the prison, the Abu
      prison, there’s been no comparison. And for the media to just be continuously
      showing the naked prisoners instead of showing at least the still of Berg sitting in
      front of those terrorists, it’s just appalling, and I’m so sorry, I’m so sorry.

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RUSH: Well, I appreciate that. It – understandable. The Berg video is – you know, it –
    hearing it, if you just listen to it, that’s all you have to do. It doesn’t take long, but
    if you listen to it, it’s – it’s every bit as chilling. Well, not every – it’s close. You
    can imagine, because you know what’s happening when you hear it, so you’re able
    to – you’re able to create a mental image if you don’t watch it while you hear it.
    But it does put things in perspective, which is all I ever ask for.

      And I – back on that day, May 4th was last – was Tuesday, a week ago Tuesday,
      and that’s when the first series of photos came out. They had three or four of them,
      and they all were the – they were just – the pyramid, the – Lynndie England with
      the cigarette dangling from her mouth pretending she had a gun, and naked Iraqis
      standing there. And we had this – the black robe and hood with the wires and so
      forth. And pretty – you know, two hours and 59 minutes of my program, we talked
      about how surprised and shocked we were, Americans would engage in this kind of
      behavior, how bad it was.

      A caller calls in, it looks like college initiation, I say yes, Skull and Bones. That
      gets reported. All the context and all of the criticism of the people was left out.

      But what the point was made on that first day, was a point that I’ll – that I’ve
      continued to make and I’ll make again now. That is, yeah, it was bad, but we fix it,
      and we move on and we don’t hamper ourselves, we don’t tie our hands behind our
      back, oh, because of guilt over this. We don’t say that those who engaged in this at
      that prison represent all of us or all our military. We keep it where it was. We
      keep it on the people who did it. We deal with them. We fix the problem, and we
      move on because we’ve got a war to win, and we cannot bother hampering all of
      the people in uniform over there whose lives remain on the line.

      And that’s exactly what we’ve done. We’ve taken these photos, and we try to tar
      and feather every American, all the way up to the President, tar and feather
      Rumsfeld, tar and feather everybody in the military and – from the same people
      who say they support the troops, give them one opportunity to dump on the troops,
      and they will take it.

      All of this that I just said to you was said last Tuesday along with the Skull and
      Bones comment. And all of that was left out. So I appreciate your call, Christie.
      Thanks very much.

      We’ll be back and resume right after this.

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RUSH: The home of Ted Kennedy and the DNC. If there’s anyplace I should be, it’s
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RUSH: Having more fun than a human being should be allowed to have, Rush Limbaugh
    from firmly ensconced behind the golden EIB microphone. We come to you today
    from the prestigious Limbaugh Institute for Advanced Conservative Studies.

     The New York Post has a story on the Abu Ghraib jail, the prison, and here’s their
     headline: “Sick Romps at Porny Prison.” “Iraq’s feared Abu Ghraib jail was one
     big sex romp, sometimes by candlelight with an audience watching,” US troops
     said yesterday. “Sex and alcohol were commonplace.” Adult beverages. “Soldiers
     frequently set up candlelit rooms for voyeuristic sex shows,” said a soldier who
     served at the notorious prison. Dave Bischell, National Guardsman with the 870th
     Military Police Unit, got home from Iraq said, “There were lots of affairs. There
     was all kinds of adultery and alcoholism, all kinds of crap going on.” Hmm.

     “There was a bed found in one of the abandoned buildings. There was a mattress
     on the ground. They had chairs all circled around it and candles all over the place,
     adding that the chairs were obviously for an audience. Some in the audience could
     possibly have had cameras. The soldier said the X-rated liaisons at the prison were
     made easier by its maze-like layout and that other troops frequently turned a blind
     eye to what their pals were up to. Terry Stowe, an MP from California, said “Yeah,
     one of the female soldiers supposedly had sex in a gang bang. From time to tome
     things like this would happen.”

     “From time to time things like this would happen.” News of the shocking
     sexcapades in the controversial lock-up came as a friend of disgraced reservist
     Lynndie England lashed out at her defense yesterday, saying tapes of her having
     sex in the prison were personal to her and the boyfriend with whom she is in love.

     Well, you know, you laugh, but we do have some privacy violations here when it
     comes to courts-martial. That – that’s why there’re not showing any more of these
     pictures. You know that’s the reason. It’s not because these guys are so offended
     by them, these Senators. It’s because – it’s because there – there is a – you can’t –
     you can’t prejudge guilt. “And the pictures might offer somebody the opportunity
     to do that. Congress members who viewed the shocking new pictures of abuse in
     the jail, said that England appeared in a sicko video having sex in front of prisoners
     at the prison and that she was snapped in graphic sex acts with other US soldiers.

     “But one family friend insisted the racy reservist had sex only with her boyfriend,
     Charles Grainer, one of six others from the 372nd Military Police Company facing
     charges for the abuse, and that the pair are madly in love.” All right. What is this,
     seven people? We had more plagiarists than that in journalism that have – and
     guess what? The Editor of the – of the UK Daily Mirror, Pierce Morgan, has just
     resigned. Sky News is reporting this. Sky News is the – Great Britain’s version of
     Fox. And – so – so you know – we – we – we’ve lost another scalp in mainstream
     media. Pierce Morgan, editor of The Daily Mirror out over publishing fake photos.

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      These fake photos were said to be British troops engaging in this – in these sordid

      So basically seven people here, if that’s how it ends up. Of course the conspirious
      – conspiracy theorists – ahh, there’re more than seven. Bush and Rumsfeld were
      there. They were there. Powell was even there. Ahh, they all had to be there. But
      these people are being made to take the fall for Halliburton. You just never know.

      The – I think – no – I think – no, I don’t think Halliburton sponsored the sex romps,
      I think Halliburton will distribute the porn video. But you just know that – that –
      that Halliburton’s involved. Well, they got to recoup some of the money they’re
      losing because they can’t charge what they want to for gasoline because of the low
      prices coming out of Kuwait.

      A quick time out. We’ll be back in just a second. Stay –

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RUSH: And the final hour is upon us. This again, Open Line Friday, bring up whatever
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I, in fact, ladies and gentlemen, myself, am going to sort of wonder off of the issue-of-the
       day reservation. I mean, we’ve done the prison photos, we’ve done Kerry, we’ve
       done – and we will continue to, if you want to talk about it. But I got so many
       things that have added up here – mounted up in the stack that would qualify as
       light-hearted, or not right down the middle in terms of all these hot blood issues
       that have everybody worked up.

I found a story yesterday – a Reuters story that just – it boggles my mind. It – it literally
      boggles my mind on practically every level. Let me give you the headline.

“World Bank Corruption May Top $100 billion.” Now – I – how long has this been – ?
     Do you know what – the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, these are
     all institutions funded primarily with your tax dollars to give American money

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      away to dictators, thugs, third-world countries, ostensibly, in some cases, to go for
      the poor. And now this place is an absolute mess.

And it’s my contention that is always has been. My contention, anytime you put this big
      a pile of money in front of a bunch of people, it’s going to get corrupt, it’s going to
      get stolen, it’s going to end up in places it was never intended to.

You’ve got the UN Oil for Food Program – and I’m going to tell you what, I’ve about
     had it up to here with all these calls from people who are responsible for not
     watching over the IMF or the World Bank. No oversight, or the UN Oil for Food
     Program, wanting to run Donald Rumsfeld out of public life. The greatest
     Secretary of Defense we’ve ever had, or one of the greatest. George Bush out of
     the White House.

Listen to this – listen to this story. “’Corrupt use of World Bank Funds may exceed $100
      billion. And while the institution has moved to combat the problem, more must be
      done,’ said the chairmen of the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee on
      Thursday. Senator Richard Luger, an Indiana Republican charged that, “in it’s
      starkest terms, corruption has cost the lives of uncounted individuals contending
      with poverty and disease.”

At the very least that’s what’s happened here. “He commended, however” – “he
      commended the President of the World Bank for bringing greater attention to the
      issue, but said, ‘corruption remains a serious problem.’” Well the – the president of
      the World Bank is a Washington elitist insider named James Wolfensohn. This guy
      is as insider powerful, left-wing as you can get. He totally escapes any
      responsibility. He runs this show. He’s been running the World Bank for I don’t
      know how long. And he, in this story of $100 billion worth of corruption, is being
      commended for telling us about it.

Now, I don’t want to come off here as one of these always suspicious of government
     institution type kooks. Because – I mean, they exist out there, you know who they
     are and all, but this, in light of everything else going on, this guy gets a pass.
     We’re even – I mean, we’re making a show of it, but there’s some at least pretense
     to get to the bottom of the Oil for Food Program. This guy’s being commended.
     This Wolfensohn guy’s being commended – because he throws good parties, he has
     a nice place out in Vale or Aspen or Colorado somewhere.

Got to hear people talk about this guy’s house. “Do you know that there’s not one right
      angle in it” – I’ve heard this from I don’t know how many people who just salivate
      over this James Wolfensohn guy. I’ll be out in Eagle, Colorado playing golf, and,
      “oh, yeah, you’ve got to see Wolfensohn’s place, not one right angle. Every piece
      of wood chopped down from the forest.” “Really? Is that right? Not one right
      angle, amazing.” “Yeah, it’s a manufacturing marvel.”

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And there’s a bunch of people want to get invited over there – apparently throws good
     parties. I think Wolfensohn – he might have had something to do with the
     Kennedy Center at one time in Washington. Don’t quote me on that, but – just
     think PBS times 50,000. Be commended? He’s – he’s been there long enough to
     have had, maybe, a role in this. This is just – this boggles the mind. A $100

They’re treating this like fraud in the Medicare program. “Well, there’s some waste out
     there, but we can’t find it. A $100 billion, Rush, come on” – get real, do you know
     how much money the World Bank deals with? “Rush, this is no more than what
     you would pay for a shirt. Don’t so – go so crazy about – 100 billion is a 100
     billion,” yeah.

I don’t care where you are, $100 billion is a lot of money. There’s not one of us that
      wouldn’t take it. And for this to be glossed over – this whole story is surreal. This
      story is, giving everything else going on, this is surreal.

“Luger opened a hearing on corruption at the multilateral development banks, the first
     public examination on an ongoing Senate investigation. He cited experts who
     calculated that between $26 billion and a $130 billion of the money lent to the
     World Bank for development projects has been misused since 1946.

“In 2003, the Bank distributed $18.5 billion to developing countries.” This ends up as
      dead-set giveaways. There’s some – there’s some silly notion that these are loans,
      but of course, we loan money to people who have no money in the first place, and
      not going to get any money since they’re being given money. And to think they’re
      going to give back the money we’re giving them in the first place – what idiots!
      Some of us are. Not me.

But, I mean, we’re loaning? You imagine loaning Idi Amin Dada some money when he
      ran Uganda. You think we’re going to get it back? Do you think it’s going to go to
      his starving dead people?

“Jeffery Winters, an associate professor at Northwestern University, said his research
      suggested corruption wasted about $100 billion of World Bank funds, and when
      other multi-lateral development banks are included, the total rises to about $200
      billion.” Multi-lateral development banks?

“Damian Milverton, a bank spokesmen, later disputed the $100 billion estimate, insisting
    it has no basis in fact. ‘We completely reject that figure offered by one of the
    panelist as an estimate of funding from the World Bank that might have been
    misused.’ Winters testified” – this is the spokesmen again – not Winters, Winters
    is associate professor at Northwestern – “he testified the World Bank’s anti-
    corruption was having minimal effects, and the bank – so they’re in charge of their
    own corruption? They’re in charge of fixing their own corruption?

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                  RUSH LIMBAUGH WORKING TRANSCRIPT 05/14/04

All right. You know, I want to retire. This is where I want to go. I want to go where I
       can build a house with no right angles, have people rave over it. Fresh wood from
       the forest right behind the house will go into building it. I want to be able to throw
       fabulous parties with all the right people, be praised, and get my hands on this
       money the World Bank, and when there’s corruption be praised reporting it up.
       What a gig! Back in just – I am serious under-appreciated.

(station break)

RUSH: It’s Open Line Friday, Rush Limbaugh, the happiest, and the most optimistic
    figure in American media today. Even when I’ve worn out.

A little – little – little program note, just to remind you, I’m not going to be here on
       Monday. I’m going to go try to play golf. Joe Burt – Joe Buck’s annual charity
       tournament in St. Louis, it’s one – for Children’s Hospital. Chris Collingsworth is
       going to be there as he was last year. Nice as he could be to me last year, but that
       was before the McNabb comment. He made all those idiotic comments on FOX
       telecasts about how stupid I was. So I can’t wait to run into him and ask him who
       was writing his scripts.

Oh, folks, have you – have you been watching television? The biggest John Kerry rally I
      have ever seen. It’s in Havana. It’s being led by Fidel Castro. There must be
      100,000 people walking along the road there in Havana, along the shoreline. It is a
      huge rally. It is – it’s – I haven’t seen this kind of a display for a Democratic
      candidate since Elian Gonzales. Well, yeah, it has to be a Kerry rally, he says it’s
      an anti-American rally, it’s Castro leading an anti-American rally and everything
      there – everybody was there but Kerry. Huge, huge folks.

At any rate. You remember back in, I forget, I guess it’s ’93 or ’94, I forget which, but
     Bill Clinton flying into St. Louis on Air Force One, and was doing an interview
     with their morning show and called them up, and starting complaining about me,
     that there’s no truth detector, that I have three hours everyday to say what I want to
     say and nobody responds to it. The President of the United States complaining
     about it.

Well, KMOX in St. Louis, which is our official broadcast affiliate there, asked me, “So
      you’re going to be in St. Louis, how about doing an interview at 10 ‘til eight on
      Monday. I said, “Well, can’t do it. Because I’m not going to be there yet. I’m
      going to be on my way there. I’m not touching down until about 9:00. This thing
      doesn’t start until 10:30, so – that’s when – that’s when the match for the t-off time
      is. So I’m going to be touching down about 10:00.

We got the idea, how about if I call you from EIB One at 10 ‘til eight, and we will
     recreate the Bill Clinton phone call from Air Force One? So that’s (laughter) –
     that’s what we’re going to do. Oh, I don’t know what they’re going to ask me, so I

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      don’t know if I’m going to complain about anything. I may not be complaining
      about anything.

I’m sure they want to talk to me about Buck’s tournament. And – I always get, “why are
      you coming? (laughter) Why are you doing this?” (laughter) As though it’s odd
      that I would be associated with a charity in some people’s mind. But nevertheless,
      no I don’t – I don’t know what I’m going to complain about. I – I’m – I don’t
      complain. I am not a whiner. I’m surprised you’d ask me about that. I might do
      my Clinton impersonation. So that’s – that’s on tap on Monday in St. Louis.

In fact, we’ll try to get – we can do this, we’ll get an mp3 that will put on the website on
      Monday. We’ll have this interview. We hope to get some photos out of this golf
      tournament, too, for the Website as well. So I just wanted you to be aware of that.

Patrick in Nashville, Tennessee. Hi, sir, welcome to the EIB network.

PATRICK: Hi, Rush, it’s good to talk to you.

RUSH: Thank you, sir.

PATRICK: I’m a – I’m a supporter of President Bush, but I just want to say that I think
    the events of the past week, mainly the execution of Nick Berg, I hope that they
    don’t – it doesn’t prove to be a turning point in this election in favor of John Kerry.
    Ah, but just – it’s just – I’m becoming – although I’m a Bush supporter, my support
    is starting to erode.

RUSH: Why would your support for Bush start to erode because of what happened to
    Nick Berg?

PATRICK: What I explained to your screener was, one thing I don’t understand is this
    guy Zarqawi, who they say has committed the murder himself.

RUSH: Yes.

PATRICK: He has a – he has a $10 million bounty on head.

RUSH: Yes.

PATRICK: He’s the most wanted terrorist in Iraq. Now the administration tells us we
    can’t find every single one so quickly, because Iraq’s the size of California, and
    there are 25 million people. Yet, we can put a civilian over there, an American like
    Nick Berg, and some how Zarqawi can manage to find him and have him brought
    to him just like that. So it makes me wonder who’s run – really running the
    country, and how many – I just think the President –

RUSH: Wait a minute, wait a minute. Hold it. Hold it – who’s running what country?

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PATRICK: Iraq. It’s – I mean, I don’t – how can an American civilian be over there and
    just like that Zarqawi can have this guy sought out and brought to him when there’s
    a $10 million on Zarqawi’s head?

RUSH: We don’t know that Zarqawi sought the guy out and found him. We – we’re – in
    fact what we’re learning about this mudding the waters and deepening the mystery.
    And I’m a little reluctant to start talking about all of this because of the family

And I know a lot of people out there are willing to – are getting very impatient with Nick
     Berg’s father. I know people, one particular person, who said the first day – I’m
     just going to tell you this. The first – this women said to me, there’s something
     strange about this man, meaning the father of Nick Berg. On the day this happened
     his reaction, something didn’t sit right with her. That it was too posed, that picture
     where he’ crying. And it started – it started soon, and I just – I kind of said, “well,
     interesting thing you think that,” backed off, didn’t take it anywhere.

But as time has gone on, this guy, we’ve learned the father’s a big anti-war activist, has
      been for a long time, and is now, in some people’s minds, Nick Berg’s father is
      attempting to exploit his own son’s death for his personal political viewpoint.
      That’s what some people think.

You know, I – I’m still am of the impression – I can’t imagine – I don’t care what kind of
     family this is. I don’t – I don’t – without even knowing any details to me, it is still
     too soon to start dumping on people. I just can’t relate to the kind of grief that
     these people must be going through.

And I – I’m going to, you know, hold back here because the last thing I would expect of
     myself is to be totally rational 100% of the time in the midst of the aftermath of
     something like this. So, I don’t – I – I’m still not comfortable in dumping, if that’s
     the term, on Mr. Berg, but even though some people already are.

But I’ve got to tell you something, Patrick, and I’m just going to be very honest here. My
      intelligence guided by experience. When people call here and say, “I’m a supporter
      of George Bush,” I immediately start thinking seminar caller. Because we, on this
      program, myself and our audience, we’ll know who somebody is a supporter of
      Bush or not, just by virtue of what they say.

And so you may not be a seminar, you may be, but – you – I guess your point is that Iraq
     is basically lawless if people like Zarqawi run – run – run the town, or run – rule
     the roost or so forth, and that this is going to end up hurting Bush. I want to go
     back to our previous caller a half hour ago who said we’ve got expectations here
     that are way above normal. People are too in – everything happens in 30 or 60
     minutes here in this countries in television. Solutions to problems happen fast.
     There has been a total loss of historical perspective.

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                  RUSH LIMBAUGH WORKING TRANSCRIPT 05/14/04

Read William Safire in the New York Times today. I mentioned this early in the
     program, but you might want to go do that, Patrick, because he says, “while
     nobody’s looking, we’re about to win Najaf because this – these holy roller clowns
     in that town – do you know that – the press says every Iraq city is a holy town of
     this or that. The holy town of Musharraff, the holy town of Omar Sheriff, the holy
     town of this – the holy town of Najaf. They’re all holy towns. But the – the – the
     mullah that runs this place, the townsfolk want him gone and we are seeing – we’re
     very quietly wining.

That’s why my point at the beginning of the program, our troops are winning. We are
      making profound progress in this country, and you cannot – you cannot think that
      we’re not just because a terrorist does what a terrorist does and has been doing for
      years. Arabs have been beheading each other since the 12th Century. And now
      they are starting to behead us. But I disagree with your contention. I don’t think
      that it means that Bush is – not this act alone.

(station break)

RUSH: That’s what we do. We think here, ladies and gentlemen, as well as recognize
    our feelings. But we think. We make the complex understandable. Rush
    Limbaugh, and Open Line Friday to Tallahassee, Florida. This is James.
    Welcome, sir. Nice to have you on the program.

JAMES: Well, good afternoon. And NASCAR (inaudible; garbled). I’m going to get
    right to the point of the question. Why did you pick that Pretenders song to be your
    opening song on all your – at the top of the hour?

RUSH: I’ll be glad and tell you that, but I’m – I’m inclined to ask, do you not like it?

JAMES: I love the song. Every time I hear on the rock ‘n roll stations up here, I’m like,
    “is that going to be Rush Limbaugh?” But no, it’s just the song going there.

RUSH: OK. I’m glad you like it. Here’s – this is – this is how this happened. I arrived
    in Sacramento, California in 1984, what turned out to be my big break. Although I
    didn’t know it at the time. In my mind it was my last chance. If it didn’t work I
    was going to – who knows what. And when I got out there – all of my years in
    radio before I’d never had a theme song. That’s what they did in the 40’s and 50’s.
    You know, Al Hurt music leading into the hour. I’ve never – I didn’t – never heard
    of a theme song.

But this place, KMPK demanded a theme song. What do you – what do you – ? What,
      I’ve got nothing against Al Hurt, you know, Whip Cream or whatever the – I love
      Al Hurt, but this – I’d just never heard of theme songs. And I was a DJ. They
      didn’t have theme songs. You came out at the top of the hour with a hit. You

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      didn’t play theme songs, and they’re demanding theme songs, and I didn’t – and it
      was just a format requirement.

So I could not have cared less what it was, because to me a theme song was just
      something to get out of the way and get on with the program. So they picked one
      for me and it was a lead in to “Who Will It Be Now.” No. It was some Men At
      Work song. “I come from a land down under, to-do-do to-do-do.” Whatever it
      was, there was no – no lyrics in it, but played it for a – and I – after a while I said,
      “This just doesn’t make any sense. I am a Conservative and this kind of music is
      beneath me.” So I said I was going to get something classical. Because that’s what
      the audience will expect. So I went out there and I got – I played a little Water
      Music by Handel as the theme song.

And reaction to that from the audience was – was interesting. Some of them thought that
     it was good, that is was representative of a good Conservative – back then, 1984,
     Conservative was thought to be, ah, William, ah, F. Buckley and Firing Line.
     That’s what Conservative was. So that’s what I thought I should duplicate.

And then after a while I said, “You know what? This is just too staid. This is – because
     I’m coming out of this with a lot of energy and Water Music by Handel.” And I –
     I was driving around one day, and – I had the radio on, some FM station, and I
     heard “My City Was Gone.” I had never heard it before. And I love driving,
     pulsating bass lines. Just love them.

And I heard that – and then when I had heard the lyrics – and I knew who the Pretenders
     where, Chrissie Hyndes – I mean, I have a long history with Chrissie. And – and I
     listened to the lyrics of the song and it was an anti-developer song. If you listen to
     “My City Is Gone,” it was basically Chrissie Hyndes, who left to go to England to
     play Rock ‘n Roll, came back home, and they had gotten rid of her farm and put a
     shopping mall there. She was all upset that they turned great Ohio farm land into
     capitalist enterprising malls.

And so she writes this song just ripping about how her town was gone, Cuyahoga Falls
     and this sort of stuff. And so this is for me. I’m going to really tweak
     Conservatives. So I’m going to play this driving, pulsating bass beat instead of
     Water Music by Handel. And then if anybody ever goes and buys this song and
     finds out it’s an anti-developer song, meaning pro-liberal, it would really just
     confuse them.

So it was a little tweaking, a little fun, because I primarily liked – I liked the music. And
      then we’ve had running battles with the – with Chrissie – well, not Chrissie.
      Chrissie doesn’t care. But there was a time when her publishing company was
      going to deny us the use of the song because they don’t like me. But Chrissie was
      on an FM station in St. – in New York, WPLJ, and they asked her about it during a
      conference, and she said, “Oh, no I don’t care. My parents love Rush Limbaugh. I

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      could – I can’t stand him but my parents like them.” And this was right in the
      middle of the argument.

And so we sent a tape of Chrissie to her publishing company saying, “hey, she doesn’t
     care.” They were telling us that she didn’t want me to use it. So, now we’ve got
     worldwide, forever, infinite rights to it thanks to Chrissie herself. So that’s – that’s
     how it came about. And now it’s just – it’s just – you know, I like it. I sometimes
     just sit down and listen to the whole song.

Chrissie is a unique talent. She is a – she’s a unique sultry voice. Because I use to – it’s
      on the profit system in there with the – yeah, we got the – you have – can you get it
      off the profit system, Mike? Do you have our playlist there? Yeah, he’s – he got it.
      Have you not heard “My City is Gone?” You – you haven’t listened to the lyrics?
      Oh, you have got to listen to the lyrics, if you can understand them. You got to
      understand now, this is a – this is sultry rock ‘n roll with Chrissie Hyndes and the

You shouldn’t have any trouble with this. Let me know – you’re still looking. Well, it’s
     – all you have to do is go to the profit center and just enter M and you’ll get all the
     songs that are M. And then put Y for MY, and you’ll get My, and there aren’t too
     many songs with My. It is just a computer search here. Maybe they don’t have it
     in their profit system up there. Let me – go ahead and take another phone call
     while they’re looking for it. That is the answer, James. Ken in Allen Park,
     Michigan. Welcome to the program.

KEN: Rush, what do you think of a separate Kurdistan?

RUSH: You mean portioning Iraq?

KEN: Right. I was thinking, everything seems to be going well there. Everything’s
    under control. And I was just – you know, if we could, you know, start there as a
    smaller democracy. Plus –

RUSH: Well, that’s – you know, it’s – it really – the Kurds – the problem with that is
    Turkey. Turkey does not want a separate Kurdistan. Turkey is a huge ally. And
    Turkey is scared of these people. Turkey is – it’s not these people. Turkey just –
    the Kurds are a very powerful group of people. They’re unified, and they are
    peace-loving people. And they’ve suffered their own abuses at the hands of
    Saddam Hussein.

KEN: The Baathists. Yeah.

RUSH: Pardon me?

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RUSH: Yeah, the Baathists. Saddam’s Baathists are the one – are the ones that gassed
    them. You know, he’s – the Kurds are the ones they used chemical weapons on.
    That’s when you hear – it said, he used chemical weapons on his own people. It
    was – it was the Kurds.

That’s a – it’s – it’s a – that’s a tough diplomatic issue, not – not so much because of Iraq,
      although there are a lot of complications there, but because it involves Turkey. See
      the – the – I think, now I am going to have to double-check this. I think the Kurds
      actually consider themselves to be entitled to part of Turkey, do they not? The –
      they’re going – I know they’ll forgo it right now. I mean, but – but – but the Turks
      are not going to believe that. I mean, the Turks are not going to believe that the
      Kurds – it – it’s – you know, I’m reminded of Rodney King. You know? Why
      can’t we all get along? (laughter)

It – it just – it really is – it comes down to being amazing. When you really stop, why are
        there people who want to live the way the way they do in the world? And why are
        there people who put up with the way they have to live? It – it – and most of them
        don’t have any choice. They’re living under dictator thugs. And – and this kind of
        thing. It’s just – it’s – it’s – look it. Have you seen? You know, North Korea
        finally sent – allowed some pictures out after the big train wreck.

North Korea’s one of the most backward, archaic, dinosauric (sic.) civilizations on the
     planet. And they’re a very closed society. This little pot-bellied dictator over
     there, Kim Jong-Il runs this place with just – iron fist doesn’t even begin describe

But they sent some pictures out because they’re incapable of – of repairing this train
      track, of this route there. They’re incapable of repairing any of the damage. They
      don’t have an economy – they don’t – the pictures of Koreans, North Koreans
      trying to clean up the mess, they’re using tools from the 12th Century. They don’t
      have hammers. They’re using wooden picks, ox carts, or some kind of beasts
      carrying carts. It was – it’s the most amazing thing.

And – and – you – I know this instinctively, and I know that a lot of the world, maybe not
     the 12th Century, but a lot of the world stuck two or 300 years ago, and these
     clowns in the Middle East want to go back to the 12th Century.

And you look at the – this is why I have such an appreciation for this country, and why I
     just can’t get over how so many people take it for granted. Maybe because they’re
     born in this country, they’ve never known anything else. But the prosperity, and
     the – the ease of life here. I mean, just the psychical of life, getting around, getting
     up, sleeping, having shelter.

All these basics, which we think are entitlements and we – we – we seek to build even
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      still living under straw, if they’re lucky to have that. And that is why I get so
      perplexed when I hear these anti-American types in our own country. People born
      in this country that hate it. And don’t like it. And consider us the evil of the
      modern world.

And it may be they’re perverted, and they look at people that live in the 12th, 14th
      century or thereabouts, and think it’s our fault, because we’ve stolen all of the
      resources that these people would have on their own if it were not for us and our
      selfishness, and I think they do think that. But they’re perverted.

They’re perverted – there is a way to spread this to the rest of the world, but you got to
     get rid of these tyrannical, dictatorial communist governments, and you have to
     bring free enterprise markets to these – to these countries, where people can, as
     individuals, pursue excellence without restrictions and without shackles. And so
     many people in this world are shackled and imprisoned in their own cities, towns,
     countries and homes. And we don’t even – you know, we just take what we have
     here for granted.

And then, what – what makes me even more in awe is when given the prosperity in this
     country that we have, given all of the – the niceties, the pleasantries, the pleasures,
     the thrill-seeking opportunities, all of the things here that represent the greatest
     quality of life on earth, there are still people in this country who will leave it and go
     die for it. And it is – it is just – I’m – I’m in awe of it every time I think of it.

That is why when I see these prison pictures from Abu Ghraib, I cringe at the idea that
      there are actually Americans who want to cast all members of the military in the
      same shadow as those guards in the prison that committed all these atrocities. It
      offends me and it makes me mad, because there are people that are trying to tear
      down the greatness of this country.

And part of the greatness of this country is that there are people who volunteer to go
     endure hardships that you and I will never know, risk their lives so that all the rest
     of us can sit here in bliss, and just pursue our lives, either aware of what is going on
     in the rest of the world, or not, doesn’t matter. And they are 18-to-24-years old, or
     in some cases older. It is just mind-boggling to me.

And I – it is all brought back home again when I some of these pictures out of North
     Korea. You wouldn’t believe them – I – I – I just saw them on television. It was
     just, maybe a week ago. And I’m just sitting there. I mean, I knew it instinctively.
     I know it’s a backward, communist country, but they have – there’s no hope. The
     people in that country cannot possibly have hope.

The things they hope for you would be insulted if you were told you had to face them
      everyday. The things they hope for are things that you’ve never had to undergo,
      endure, or experience. That’s what they hope for. And – and – and that there are

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      people in this country who will – will volunteer to go to places like that for those
      people. And there – right now it’s Iraq and Afghanistan. It leaves me in awe.

And that’s why I respect and love them so much. That’s why I cannot stand when a
     bunch of charlatan bigots in the Senate, or the House, or anywhere else in this
     country try to cast them all in a negative light because of a few of them. It – it’s
     almost intolerable to me.

We found the song. We’ll play it – a little bit of just, so that you will get a flavor of it
     when we come back. Stay with us. Do not go away.

(station break)

RUSH: All right, we’ll play enough of the Pretenders, My City Was Gone. Mr. Snerdley
    has made a – a personal love-line request for this. Who do you want to dedicate it
    to, Mr. Snerdley? Jennifer – just a second, I want to grab this call. Jennifer in
    Shreveport, Louisiana. Hi, welcome to open line Friday.

JENIFER: I can’t believe I got through. This is great. This is exciting. I wanted to
     thank you. Well, I can thank you for many things, but I wanted to thank you for
     something you talked about around, I guess it was around Christmas, and that was
     about the – I’m a little nervous – the 30-somethings who still lived at home.

RUSH: Yeah.

JENIFER: Yeah. I had an opportunity – I was thinking about making the break myself.
     I mean, I’d gone away to school, and made some bad financial choices, worked
     away in another state. And I came back and lived with mom and dad for a good
     while. But what you had to say about that gave me the nudge to push me over the
     line, and I struck out and now I rent my own home.

RUSH: Where you – where you living at home in your 30’s?

JENIFER: Yeah, I will be 34 on Sunday.

RUSH: How long had you been living at home?

JENIFER: Well, actually I got – I got back – I graduated from Harding, by they way. I
     know you have some connections to some people there. I got back in the summer
     of ’95 and that’s how long. So quite a while.

RUSH: So you really – nine years you where living at home, or eight years you where
    living at home.

JENIFER: Yeah, yeah.

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RUSH: So this program provided the impetus for you to move out. What was it?

JENIFER: It really – it really did encourage me, because I thought, you know what, I’ve
     got to do this. And there’s some other circumstances that made it a good move
     anyway, made it really a perfect move, but –

RUSH: Yeah, because now you can take a guy home.

JENIFER: Yeah. Right! (laughter) But, actually I do a lot of church stuff over there.
     And – it just – it’s allowing me to do a lot of the things that I didn’t have the
     freedom to do. I mean, my parents were all really close, so it wasn’t an
     unamicable move or anything, but it was – it was the right thing to do. And I work
     extra jobs, you know, but I figured, man, if I’m working these extra jobs, I need to
     be my own woman about this.

RUSH: Well, congratulations, I’m happy to hear this. I – you know – you – it doesn’t
    sound like you where shamed. It sounds like you were inspired.

JENIFER: Oh, yeah, yeah. I really was.

RUSH: Well, congratulations. I think you are going to be happier. And I think you’re
    going to end up being more productive, and I think you are going to be more

JENIFER: Well, I appreciate it. Now, it was great. And the guys are the ones that really
     need to pay attention to that. (laughter) But that was a sexist comment –

RUSH: See, now – now – now, that’s exactly it. Because now you’re on your own, and
    when you meet some guy, and he want to, “hey, let’s go back to my place.” You
    don’t want it to be his parent’s house. Right?

JENIFER: That’s right.

RUSH: That’s exactly – OK, look, I’ve got to run here, Jennifer. Thanks ever so much, I
    appreciate it. A special love-line request for Mr. Snerdley. I still don’t know to
    whom he wishes to dedicate this, but this is – we don’t have time to play whole
    thing, but you get a taste of “My City Was Gone” here, Chrissie Hyndes and the
    Pretenders. Now the intro here does not go as long as it does on the program,
    because we have edited – edited it to get about 45 more seconds than it normally
    goes. This is going to start here in a second singing. And here it is, coming up.

PRETENDERS: I went back to Ohio. But my city was gone. And there was no train
    station. There was no downtown.

RUSH: See anti-developer already.

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PRETENDERS: South Howard had disappeared. All my favorite places. My city had
    been pulled down. Reduced to parking spaces. A, oh, way to go, Ohio.

Oh, I went back to Ohio. But my family was gone.

RUSH: Buried under the parking places.

PRETENDERS: I stood on the back porch. There was nobody home.

(station break)

RUSH: The audience is telling me my mike was on during the first couple commercials
    in that break because they could hear me singing “My City Was Gone.” See you
    on Tuesday, my friends. Have a great weekend. Thanks, Brian.



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