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October 02, 2003

On The "Right-Wing" Side of Wrong

I am not a fan of Rush Limbaugh. While I am certain that he has some good ideas, he is above EVER admitting that he is wrong, and I disagree with him far more often than not. However, I find myself on his side with regards to his latest controversy.

Rush has been a part (a small part) of ESPN's Sunday pregame show this season, and offers snipets of opinions on a number of topics related to football. This week he made some claims about Philadephia Eagle's quarterback Donovan McNabb that has people up in arms. He claimed that McNabb really isn't very good and has been hyped by the media and the NFL because we want a Black quarterback to be successful. I disagree with some of his comments. I believe McNabb is good but is surrounded by a questionable cast of teammates, and perhaps has been trying too hard to do it all by himself. However, I think he is right in saying that people do want a Black quarterback to do well, in the same way people want more minorities hired as head coaches. When a minority is placed in one of these positions, people (of the same minority) want him to do well because that will help knock down the door for others to follow.

What I can't believe is that Rush felt he had to resign over this comment, as he did on Wednesday of this week. However stupid the comment, I wish people would recognize that he was hired TO SHARE HIS OPINIONS. Please understand, I thought he sucked on the show and wanted him to leave, but to leave because he sucked, not because of something like this. He shared his opinion of McNabb, which he is entitled to do. If you disagree with him, then email him, but he shouldn't have been fired for this. As happy as I am not to ever have to watch him again struggle for something to say on the show, I am a little upset that this has happened. He started a debate on the show which is the point of having him there in the first place.

I'm also upset that we will have to listen to him talk about how right he was (which has already started) until all of this dies down.

UPDATE: Apparently, Rush may have had a good reason for his comments............ drug abuse.

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My my my... imagine that. Rush Limbaugh of all people--a drug addict. Hoho!

Posted by: lorelei at October 4, 2003 04:19 PM

The truth will out. OxyContin is merely a potent, long acting form of oxycodone HCl, a popular white blue collar drug ,often used to emeliorate the pains of long hours of hard physical labor. It never bore much stigma in the USA, all other opioid analgesics having been eclipsed by the absolute negation of heroin here in 1914 which gave it an infamous and dark yet undeserved status. Strong opioids are more similar than they are different. All the same, you can bet your grandma that Rush would dance naked at the Democratic Convention before trying Heroin. Its association with the black male sociopath would be more than old Rush could bare.
OxyContin's long term potent formulation made it ideal for a media panic. It simply replaced Percocet among suburban blue collar and rural folks who had a taste for oxycodone HCl. Oh, by the way the dollar a milligram price so hyped by the media would make an 80mg Oxycontin pill cost $80!!!
Hillbilly Heroin? How about "Beverly Hillbilly Heroin"!!
But back to Rush. It is of interest that the same drug (called Eukodol) in Europe, was a favorite of Hermann Goering. Now given that Rush couldn't fill the Field Marshall's jackboots, it is interesting to look at what drugs a person uses, how and with whom.
We live in a world where people no longer believe in paradise as a real entity filling space and existing in time. Drugs are the paradise that one simply adds water to and abides in for awhile. A pocket paradise so to speak.
Oxycodone, once was considered a speedball-in-one. Like heroin and coke mixed. So if one wishes to develop his vision of an ideal world, devoid of the Other, (Blacks, Jews, Queers. etc.) this drug can at least supply the euphoria that is your hypothetical Utopia's reward. The Oceanic feeling prevails, and all is unstained sameness. There's euphoria, yes, when Hatred triumphs and unveils itself all will understand that they were mistaken, for now Justice walks among us. Her sandals still crush the skulls of the weak.
The drug promotes tireless labor. Its stimulant effect banishs self-reflection and doubt. A good drug for right-wing leaders and pundits!
I'm not saying that there is such thing as a right-wing drug. (It would be interesting to reflect on the uses that Walter Benjamin or William Burroughs or Jerry Lewis for that matter (who was dependant on the drug for over a decade), found for Oxycodone.

The Republicans seem to have a clear sense of the inseperable relationship between that which is absolutely forbidden and that which one desires more than anything in the world. And it is no mystery that the more things which are completely forbidden, under threat of pain and punishment, the more things we desire. Before the Harrison act of 1914, there were perhaps 4 or 5 derivatives of opium. Immediately after the passage of that law
there was a veritable explosion of new opioids. Oxycodone HCl was born in those days and is emerging as a drug with much to say about its moment in history.

Posted by: prometheus_biopsy at March 30, 2004 10:15 PM
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