Stiff sentence? Rush busted for unprescribed Viagra

posted at 12:05 pm on June 27, 2006 by Allahpundit

His lawyer says it was prescribed, but the doctor put his own name on the bottle “for privacy purposes.”

Great idea. Worked like a charm.

Rush’s agreement with prosecutors in the prescription-fraud case said no arrests for 18 months or else the deal’s off. Which means he could be looking at, er, hard time.

Let’s just cut through it, okay? We all want to know: was the Viagra for recreational use, or was it … necessary? Talk amongst yourselves.

Update: The boss has made this point before, but it’s good enough to bear repeating. You’d almost think their profound, abiding concern about warrantless wiretaps and bank surveillance was politically motivated.

Update: Rush played it well on his show today. From Drudge:

RUSH LIMBAUGH: ‘HOW DID BOB DOLE’S LUGGAGE GET ON MY AIRPLANE? I TOLD MY DOCTOR I WAS WORRIED ABOUT THE NEXT ELECTION‘…

Update: I’ve been meaning to post this somewhere. This is as good a place as any.

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I, for one, hope Rush stands firm against this intrusion into his privacy.

Slublog on June 27, 2006 at 12:13 PM

Heh. I should just post a transcript of that whole scene from Porky’s.

I stand with Rush in spite of his, uh, shortcomings.

Allahpundit on June 27, 2006 at 12:18 PM

Hey,in my book it would mean he has a reason to use it, go for it big guy.

bbz123 on June 27, 2006 at 12:20 PM

Good to see they are focusing on the real drug problem in South Florida.

“Never mind the cocaine dealers, we have to stop the rogue viagra users! (especially if they are prominent conservatives)”

thirteen28 on June 27, 2006 at 12:22 PM

Stiff sentence? We may have prematurely adjudicated here. If the prescription is proven to be legit, these cocky prosecutors’ case may have just gone limp, and may need to pull out early. Otherwise, they risk a hung jury.

Kid from Brooklyn on June 27, 2006 at 12:25 PM

OK, seriously, where is the privacy police, now that the whole world knows about El Rushbo’s medical need for Sildenafil Citrate?

Kid from Brooklyn on June 27, 2006 at 12:26 PM

Well played, sir.

Allahpundit on June 27, 2006 at 12:27 PM

He opened his show just now saying, “I told the doctor I was worried about the next election.”

Alex K on June 27, 2006 at 12:27 PM

I thought “Stiff Sentence” was a horrible pun, but “prematurely adjudicated” was worse. I can’t help but wonder how they found the prescription to begin with? Would someone unknown have gotten the same treatment?

High Desert Wanderer on June 27, 2006 at 12:34 PM

Okay, I just put this together with that picture of him kissing Chloe from “24″ and… [shudder]

Jim Treacher on June 27, 2006 at 12:36 PM

at least he has a sense of humor

MSNBC says that Rush said the prescription was in his doctor’s name to prevent embarassment. So if you ask the doctor if he did that, then ok there’s no big deal. Besides CAN YOU get HIGH on viagra? Hard I know, but high? If you wanted to get wasted, viagra doesn’t exactly work. There’s about a million different other pills you could use to get high.

Defector01 on June 27, 2006 at 12:36 PM

Excellent, Kid.

PattyAnn on June 27, 2006 at 12:40 PM

Sure you can get high on Viagra. About 9 inches high.

(Note: results may vary; may not get that high in some cases.)

Professor Blather on June 27, 2006 at 12:46 PM

Thank you all. You complete me. To answer Defector, (I’ve been told) recreational Viagra use does not result in a high (allegedly). Routine side effects supposedly include a nasty headache (so I’m told), and spotty vision (experts say), and (I read somewhere) is absolutely not worth the, uh, raging temporary results. Please use only when prescribed by a physician.

Kid from Brooklyn on June 27, 2006 at 12:47 PM

I hope Rush sues the Palm Beach DA for harassment. It is obvious that Barry Krischer is trying get Rush once again.

Now they are laying in wait to search his luggage trying to find anything to renew their failed prosecution.

ScottyDog on June 27, 2006 at 12:51 PM

Must not have had that particular prescription before his divorce…just sayin’…

PattyAnn on June 27, 2006 at 12:51 PM

Thank you Allah, for both the inspiration and the stage with which to festoon my sophomoric humor upon the conservative blogosphere. Nothing like erectile dysfunction jokes to deviate from the normal stuff, like, jihad, the treasonous media, and the government-media complex’ march on our Constitutional rights as evidenced by this sad episode, and the aberration that is Kelo v. New London.

Kid from Brooklyn on June 27, 2006 at 12:52 PM

Let me attempt to answer Defector, if I may:

Viagra does not cause a “high”, per se (sources say). Common side effects include nausea, headaches, and spotty vision (allegedly). Recreational Viagra use is (according to my friends)not worth the hassle, or the potential psychological addiction, despite its spectacular short-term results (I’ve been told).

Kid from Brooklyn on June 27, 2006 at 12:55 PM

This is so much a setup. I have carried so-called prescription drugs in non-prescription containers for years without a customs whimper. In fact, one can buy over the counter most USA prescription drugs in many countries including Mexico where I have bought them in border and interior cities. When I declared them on my return, customs said ‘no problem’ when I told them it was for personal use.

docdave on June 27, 2006 at 1:03 PM

Kid from brooklyn,
Dayum! you used all the good puns already!

I hope they are checking out little Kenedy’s lugguge. Driving under the influence of Viagree means you don’t have to use your hands. Driving while drunk or hopped up on Ambien can get someone killed.

Ah well, time for another witch (Rush) hunt.

Wyrd on June 27, 2006 at 1:13 PM

Once I heard (in CSI of all places) that using a medicine prescribed for somebody else is against federal law or something like that.
Does that also mean having it in your possession?
Hopefully the Professor or somebody around here knows the answer.
Thanks.

batperez on June 27, 2006 at 1:48 PM

ROFL!! Check out what Rush had to say about it… copied this from Drudge just now…

RUSH LIMBAUGH: ‘HOW DID BOB DOLE’S LUGGAGE GET ON MY AIRPLANE? I TOLD MY DOCTOR I WAS WORRIED ABOUT THE NEXT ELECTION’… …CUSTOMS DID NOT BELIEVE ME WHEN I TOLD THEM THAT I GOT THOSE PILLS AT THE BILL CLINTON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY’…

venmax on June 27, 2006 at 1:55 PM

OK, kids. After the ordeal Rush has been through, he had to know this sort of thing might happen. To risk so much simply to try to ensure a pharmacist or a customs agent won’t discover he’s a ‘busy guy’ in need of ‘assistance’ is just plain dumb.

Aunt B on June 27, 2006 at 1:56 PM

While I believe this to but nothing short of harassment, he is naive to think he wouldn’t be under such scrutiny. Especially a high-profile individual going through Customs. Leave nothing to chance.

So long as the doctor vouches for him, this is nothing more than a one day story for the LLL to gets their rocks off with.

JammieWearingFool on June 27, 2006 at 2:06 PM

Once a blowhard…oh wait….

honora on June 27, 2006 at 2:07 PM

Was Chloe on the plane? He’s locklipped with her on his website.

roninacreage on June 27, 2006 at 3:34 PM

First off, my thanks to everyone for the great laughs.

My thoughts run to why Rush was not on the air yesterday. Could this be a plot of the LOSER prosecuting attorneys to keep pressure on Rush, and maybe even make it more difficult for him to do the great job he has been doing for over a decade now? From what litie I have heard it isn’t every day that someone gets screwed like this. The intercourse of those securing our airports should never have made the news this time. I guess only sodomites have privacy rights today.

There can be no doubt that these liberals are being Hard on Rush. They continue to try to penalize him for nothing much. Maybe they are the ones in dire need of viagra.

DannoJyd on June 27, 2006 at 4:04 PM

Kid from Brooklyn, thanks for the laugh. I don’t know a man over 50 who doesn’t have a few viagra in the medicine cabinet. You can check into a hospital and use an alias, you ought to be able to get viagra under a different name. I hope he had a great time in the Dominican Republic!

bopbottle on June 27, 2006 at 5:12 PM

So glad Rush is being hard and firm in his humor. To me, he’ll remain the voice of the hard right.

This pales in comparison to the impeached Priapism in Chief getting serviced underneath his desk while blowing off the country and our national security.

doingwhatican on June 27, 2006 at 5:13 PM

Reportedly, Rush was about to return the Viagra because it wasn’t working properly: it just made him taller.

Rush Limbaugh is now known to have taken both Viagra (which can cause vision problems) and Oxycontin (which caused his loss of hearing). Some pharmacists are dispensing a combination pill that contains both Viagra and Oxycontin, for people who need to be horny and high at the same time. The street name for the pill is “Helen Keller.”

(Darn you, Kid from Brooklyn for using up all the good puns!)

Mark Jaquith on June 27, 2006 at 5:36 PM

After this incident, I am sure Rush will be a bigger man for it !!

gary on June 27, 2006 at 6:06 PM

Ewww! This is something I really didn’t want to know. I love Rush and all but…sensory overload, must log out…

calnevari on June 27, 2006 at 8:38 PM

Firstly, it is not uncommon for people at Rush age to use Viagra. Some one who knows every inch of his beautiful body needs to know every inch of another beautiful body too.

Secondly, he could be using Viagra to backup his Clinton acts in case the cigar fails to function.

Thirdly, I would pay attention to Rush’s girl friends….time for the paparazzi( hope I got this one right) to go after him…

OkOk, I know it is Rush’s personal business…but this one is funny as hell. Viagra plus pain killer???? Can I recommend you some Gingseng too?……

Hey Rush, cool, man, cool. I always enjoy your show…

easy87us on June 27, 2006 at 9:29 PM

Crank up the volume, the Kid is back, and the long and the short of it is that there are still good puns remaining. The Palm Beach DA is grasping here, he shot his wad with the Oxy thing. I phall to see the logic at work here. Perhaps this wanker should bone up on his constitutional knowledge. This is a pole-litically motivated hose job if I ever saw one.

Ok, NOW the good puns are used up.

Kid from Brooklyn on June 27, 2006 at 9:55 PM

KfB

Just. f’n. brilliant.

techno_barbarian on June 27, 2006 at 11:18 PM

Allahpundit – As I understood the terms of the agreement he had with the DA, there was no requirement that he not be arrested per se, but that he not be arrested for using the substances that got him into trouble in the first place. Is that correct? Secondly, I hope that his attorney wrote up the agreement with that in mind. It would be too easy for an overzealous cop to arrest Rush on a petty crime not related to his former charges.

Khyber Pass on June 28, 2006 at 12:19 AM

What have the liberals have to worry about? They can just vote Rush out of office next electi… what? He is not a public official???
You mean he is a private US citizen who has a radio show and exercises his freedom of speech to push forward his opinion???

How is this news? A group of MS 13 just killed someone in the Western states because of a bad drug deal.
(Ok, I made an assumption on the MS13. Since they decapitated some people the other week I figure assuming they murdered another person today is a safer assumption)

Damn KfB, keep them comming!

Wyrd on June 28, 2006 at 9:00 AM

Kid,
Awesome!!!

pullingmyhairout on June 28, 2006 at 5:12 PM