Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Rush...time for a refill!

Nobody spews garbage better than Rush Limbaugh; it's his stock in trade. And like so many other talking hairdo's, he's unashamed of his past deeds, let alone his words.

Forget the fact he's a known procuror of illegal substances (a "worthless shred of human debris" if you go by his own precise measurement of a drug addict).

Like Geraldo, O'Reilly, Hannity and others have proven, one man's complete moral decay is another man's peccaddilo. Especially when the latter has a good PR firm.

With that in mind, how shocking is it that one of Limbaugh's own statements has him self-expunging all records?

It's Paris Hilton in virginal white shocking. Anna Nicole Smith off her meds freakish. Pee Wee Herman becomes a Dominican monk mindblowing.

The words Limbaugh has scrubbed from his own site, and now pretends he didn't say?

The thoughts he'd like to wash away with a fistful of Oxycontin and some gin?

"I mean, Cindy Sheehan is just Bill Burkett. Her story is nothing more than forged documents, there's nothing about it that's real, including the mainstream media's glomming onto it, it's not real."

Can you blame him for running away from himself in shame?

How many drugs does it take to get to the center of heartless idiocy?

Ask him.

Whether you like her or hate her, believe in her cause or believe she's being taken for a ride by those with an agenda, Cindy Sheehan's loss is real. I'd venture to say it's a loss Rush Limbaugh couldn't begin to fathom. Parenthood is as out of his realm as a sensitivity instructor gig.

He must have really been having a bad prescription day, as he goes on to state:

But the longer the Sheehan thing goes on and the longer she's treated as some sort of super-celebrity by the press and the more outrageous things she says, trust me on this, the more people are going to get fed up with it. She's going to become the next Natalee Holloway before it's all said and done.”

What the HELL is that? A riff on another mother's anguish? Two in one day. Did he run out of grandmothers to slap around in his drug-induced fog?

Is it a threat? I'd sure take it like one.

If I were Cindy Sheehan, when finished putting Bush in his place for his own callous disregard of the lives he's ordered off to Iraq to die, it'd be time for Rush's trip to the cleaners. And no, not his fourth rehab stint. Although clearly it's time.

Whether a child is lost in the US, by accident, murder or in war, a mother's anguish and grief should never be desecrated. No other relationship comes close to the bond between mother and child. Sheehan herself knows and honors this; last week she left Texas to be with her own mother who had suffered a stroke. Rush just doesn't get it.

No critic or champion of Sheehan would willingly change places with her - not Rush, not Bush, not you and certainly not me.

I hope if his own mother is alive, she bakes him some Ex-Lax brownies to flush out some of the vitriol.

And then she slugs him. Hard.

Along with Beth Holloway Twitty, Sheehan has earned the right to plaster her own face across the television every night, if that's what helps her cope. And none of us have the right to tell either of them otherwise, unless we truly understand what it means as a mother to lose a young child. Maybe not even then.

All of us grieve differently, but it's certain that none of us would accept or appreciate some slimeball saying that our loss wasn't real. Rush should be ashamed of himself for talking trash about two women who embody what it means to truly be a mother while facing the most devastating losses imagineable.

That's as real as life gets.
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