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Rush's boner pills may have killed his plea deal

We commented on Rush Limbaugh’s problems at the airport yesterday, but now there are new developments in the story:

WEST PALM BEACH, Florida (AP) — Rush Limbaugh could see a deal with prosecutors in a long-running prescription fraud case collapse after authorities found a bottle of Viagra in his bag at Palm Beach International Airport. The prescription was not in his name.

Limbaugh was detained for more than three hours Monday at the airport after returning from a vacation in the Dominican Republic.

[Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Paul] Miller said the alleged violation could be a second-degree misdemeanor. The sheriff’s office was investigating and will soon turn the case over to the state attorney’s office, which had no immediate comment Tuesday.

Under the deal reached last month with prosecutors, Limbaugh was not to be arrested for any infraction for 18 months in exchange for authorities deferring a charge of “doctor shopping.”

Which, in and of itself, is yet another one of those “special rights” people with money and power get. Tell me that a single working class Hispanic mother or a homeless poor black veteran or a white miminum wage earner would’ve gotten the same sweetheart deal and not been locked up and given a mandatory minimum.

Oh, and as Paul in SF noted from another commenter on another blog: “(What) is the reason Rush would visit the poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere for two days with a supply of Viagra? What are the tourist attractions in this overpopulated, poverty stricken, ecologically overwhelmed nation that a man who can afford any possible resort or vacation destination could want to visit? For two days. With Viagra.”

PUERTO PLATA, Dominican Republic — A slow tourist season has hurt the T-shirt and coconut milk vendors in this scenic beach town, but it hasn’t put a dent in the body business.

“There is always a demand for sex,” said one Dominican prostitute as she lounged at one of the town’s waterfront bars. “Men will always pay for it, especially in here … where they can get anything they want at a discount.”

Indeed, the Dominican Republic is one of the biggest sex tourism destinations in the world, thanks in part to Internet sites that extol the country as a “single man’s paradise.

In the Dominican Republic, as in many developing countries, many women are driven to sell their bodies by poverty and lack of alternatives. It is a profession that is illegal but tolerated by local authorities, who accept kickbacks to turn a blind eye to the seedier side of tourism.

“I don’t have an education, and I’ve got two children,” shrugged 15-year-old Belkis as she slinked along the busy beach promenade here in a hot pink Lycra dress. “Where else can I make such good money? To be a prostitute, you don’t need schooling, all you need is your body.”

Wow. Shopping for young, cheap whores in a third-world country where a rich famous man can go about unrecognized. By comparison, shopping for doctors doesn’t look all that bad.

I’d go visit the denizens of Castle Freepervania, but this time, instead, I think I’ll just let ol’ Rushbo speak for himself… about himself:

“There’s nothing good about drug use. We know it. It destroys individuals. It destroys families. Drug use destroys societies. Drug use, some might say, is destroying this country. … if people are violating the law by doing drugs, they ought to be accused and they ought to be convicted and they ought to be sent up.”

“…too many whites are getting away with drug use. Too many whites are getting away with drug sales. Too many whites are getting away with trafficking in this stuff.”

“This country certainly appears to be tolerant, forgive and forget. I mean, you know as well as I do, you go out and commit the worst murder in the world and you just say you’re sorry, people go, ‘Oh, OK. A little contrition.’… People say, ‘I feel better. He said he’s sorry for it.’ We’re becoming too tolerant, folks.”

“…if there’s a line of cocaine here, I have to make the choice to go down and sniff it…. And his point is that we are rationalizing all this irresponsibility and all the choices people are making and we’re blaming not them, but society for it. All these Hollywood celebrities say the reason they’re weird and bizarre is because they were abused by their parents. So we’re going to pay for that kind of rehab, too, and we shouldn’t.”

“When you strip it all away, Jerry Garcia (former Grateful Dead guitarist) destroyed his life on drugs. And yet he’s being honored, like some godlike figure. Our priorities are out of whack, folks. [He’s] another dead drug addict.”

Man, I hate to have to agree with Rush, but he’s right: we are too tolerant of rich white celebrities getting away with breaking the law and taking drugs. They ought to be convicted and sent up just the same as we’d do to an inner city kid caught with crack cocaine, right, Rush? Well, actually, I think both Rush and the crackhead deserve treatment and compassion, not imprisonment, but if Rush is going to support a regime that gives drug addicts longer median sentences than violent criminals, he should have to live by those rules himself.

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