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Rush Limbaugh Is Resting Comfortably

From the ‘Media Decoder’ blog in the ‘Media And Advertising’ section of the New York Times:

A view of the emergency entrance where U.S. radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh was taken to at Queens Medical Center in Honolulu, Hawaii, December 30, 2009.

Rush Limbaugh Is Hospitalized

December 30, 2009


Update | 8:15 a.m. Rush Limbaugh, the pre-eminent conservative talk-radio host, was said to be resting at a hospital in Honolulu after suffering chest pains Wednesday afternoon.

Mr. Limbaugh, who is on vacation, may place a call to his popular program. His syndicator, Premiere Radio Networks, told listeners that the host would “keep you updated” on Thursday’s edition of “The Rush Limbaugh Show.” The program is being led by substitute hosts this week; Mr. Limbaugh was scheduled to return on Monday, Jan. 4…

Update | 1:23 a.m. Rush Limbaugh’s Web site this morning confirmed that the talk show host had been taken to a hospital, saying in a posting:

Rush was admitted to a Honolulu hospital today and is resting comfortably after suffering chest pains. Rush appreciates your prayers and well wishes. He will keep you updated via RushLimbaugh.com and on Thursday’s radio program.

The statement was issued after a Honolulu television station, KITV, reported on Mr. Limbaugh’s hospitalization Wednesday.

The station said that paramedics responded to a call at 2:41 p.m. from the Kahala Hotel and Resort, and then took Mr. Limbaugh to the Queen’s Medical Center, where he was listed in serious condition…

We are sure Mr. Limbaugh is in all of our thoughts today.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, December 31st, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

34 Responses to “Rush Limbaugh Is Resting Comfortably”

  1. BillK says:

    I’m sure most of you are aware of this; this is simply for those of you who may use S&L as a primary news source:

    Rush Limbaugh Hospitalized With Chest Pains

    HONOLULU — Conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh was taken to a hospital after suffering chest pains and was resting comfortably Wednesday, his radio program said in a statement.

    “Rush was admitted to and is resting comfortably in a Honolulu hospital today after suffering chest pains,” the statement said. “Rush appreciates your prayers and well wishes and will keep you updated via rushlimbaugh.com and on his radio program.”

    Kit Carson, Limbaugh’s chief of staff, said he had no further information on Limbaugh’s condition.

    He said the 58-year-old left for his usual Christmas vacation on Dec. 23 and is due to return to his show on Jan. 4. Carson didn’t have any information on whether that schedule would change.

    Limbaugh’s three-hour weekday show is heard on some 600 radio stations across the country, and more than 14 million people listen to him at least once a week.

    Honolulu television station KITV reported Wednesday that paramedics took Limbaugh to The Queens Medical Center in serious condition from the Kahala Hotel and Resort. …


    Yes, Kos and other sites are already awash in laughter and mirth and hopes that he dies.

    From the kind, tolerant left, of course.

  2. Reality Bytes says:

    Dear Rush, God is by your side & on your side. The latter drives liberals crazy.

  3. swee says:

    Thoughts? That’s politically correct. How about prayers? A couple of decades of the rosary? A novena? Yes, we need him back on the radio Monday, not a moment too soon.

  4. Heart. Kidneys. What’s the diff?

    I bet the hate mongering bigot Wanda Sykes is very pleased right about now…

  5. proreason says:

    You can make a case that Rush has been the most important person in the country after Reagan left office, since Bush only served 8 years and Rush has been serving for 20.

    We need him back ASAP.

  6. mr_bill says:

    Prayers for a speedy recovery, Rush. We are going to need you more than ever in the coming year.

  7. proreason says:

    Lefties hopen for the worst….

    This is making the rounds on the conservative blogs sites…

    “The people calling for Rush Limbaugh to die are the same people who ask to control your healthcare.”

    • TwilightZoned says:

      These are also the people who claim to have more compassion and tolerance of others.
      As we all know, the compassion and tolerance is ONLY for those who agree with their agenda. They are the biggest bunch of hypocrites.

      Get well soon Rush! You ARE the beacon of light at the end of the tunnel.

  8. wardmama4 says:

    The second thing I did after opening my email this AM and receiving the news of Mr. Limbaugh’s hospitalization was to send him an email with my family’s best wishes and prayers.

    I’m just glad that Mr. Limbaugh does not bother with the evil Big Insurance (wink, wink) as he will get the best of care – Money talks in any business. And I am most glad that Mr. Limbaugh isn’t under Obamacare – as he probably would not get any care.

    My family extends it’s heartfelt wishes for a speedy and complete recovery.

  9. Steve says:

    An “update” from the Associated Press:

    Rush Limbaugh felt pains similar to heart attack

    By Audrey Mcavoy, Associated Press Writer

    HONOLULU – Conservative talk-show host Rush Limbaugh remained hospitalized in Hawaii on Thursday after experiencing chest pains similar to a heart attack, according to the guest host on his nationally syndicated radio show.

    Limbaugh was rushed to a Honolulu hospital Wednesday during a vacation.

    Guest host Walter E. Williams described Limbaugh’s pains as similar to the feeling of a “heart attack coming on.” But Williams said doctors haven’t confirmed whether the 58-year-old had a heart attack, and more exams were planned Thursday.

    “Rush continues to rest very comfortably in a hospital in Honolulu this afternoon — actually it’s morning out there,” Williams said. “He had a comfortable night and he’s getting good medical attention.”

    Williams, an economics professor at George Mason University, was already scheduled to fill in on Thursday while Limbaugh was on vacation.

    Kit Carson, Limbaugh’s chief of staff, told The Associated Press Limbaugh left for his Christmas vacation on Dec. 23 and was due to return to his show Jan. 4. Carson didn’t have any information on whether that schedule would change.

    Limbaugh broadcasts from his mansion in Palm Beach, Fla…

    Some reportage, huh?

    In fact, Mr. Limbaugh does not broadcast from his house. The local ordinances forbid it.

    So typical of our watchdog media.

    • swee says:

      Limbaugh does *not* report from his mansion and has said that more than once on his radio show. Clearly the reporter who wrote this story didn’t bother to check his facts. Besides, I thought Limbaugh lived in a penthouse, that’s hardly a manse.

    • jobeth says:

      ” Clearly the reporter who wrote this story didn’t bother to check his facts.”

      Swee, the lamestream have never let facts get in their way before…why would they start now? :-D

    • BigOil says:

      To be fair to the AP, with 11 reporters fact checking Sarah Palin’s book, they may be a little short-handed at the moment.

    • Steve says:

      “Besides, I thought Limbaugh lived in a penthouse, that’s hardly a manse.”

      He lives in a mansion.

  10. jobeth says:

    Assuming that Rush may have a bit of time on his hands as he recuperates to read S&L, I want to join the rest of the S&L group in wishing a very speedy recovery.

    God forbid anything happen to you Rush. You are our beacon in a sea of political turmoil.

    We know you are tough…and I believe graced by God to do the work you are doing. So hang in there and do whatever is needed to regain your health.

    We are all praying for you and just know we are looking forward to your return.

    Even the Christmas Holidays are too long to go without your insights and wisdom and truths. Not to demean in anyway the excellent subs you have put in place…they are great in their own right…and we need every one of them. But they are just not you…You are “one of a kind”. But as much as we want you back at your mike…we want you healthy.

    Rush…Know you are in our prayers, non-stop. We all love you and hold you in the highest esteem.
    BTW…In addition we wish you the best New Year ever.

  11. Melly says:

    We just luv Rush here in NY. We need him – PERIOD!
    I pray it is something minor and he returns soon to the golden EIB microphone.

  12. 12 Gauge Rage says:

    The big difference between conservatives and the left is that overall we wish good health on even those we strongly disagree with. Whereas some on the left are filled with spiteful animosity towards their opponents. I wish Rush a speedy recovery from whatever ails him.

    And now it’s off to my kid sister’s place up north for the new years eve celebration. We’re going to have a good ol’ BATF (Bring Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms) party at her place in the country. Happy New years to you all. And may we enjoy family, good health, and prosperity.

  13. VMAN says:

    We all wish Rush our best. We know he’s getting the best of care because that is the case for the poorest as well as the richest in this great country no matter what liberals would have you believe. This is a compassionate country but liberals would have us all at each others throats.

  14. Howard Roark says:

    I first learned about Rush when I ETS’d out of the Army back in 1990. My political philosophy was already firmly in the Conservative realm, but I had spent my adolescent years smothered in Democrat-controlled, Appalachian mountain ignorance. My people lived like Conservatives as we stayed within our budgets, found enjoyment in the little things, and realized that Earthly pleasures don’t lead to salvation. But as rural people, many of whom still get their drinking water from a nearby mountain spring, desperation and generations of inadequate education lead even good, God-fearing people to fall for the Senator Byrds of this world. Eating nothing but chestnuts and old apples for a few winters in a row could do that to you, of course.

    But if you think that people like my Scots-Irish father voted Democrat all the time because he was a Dixiecrat, then you don’t understand southern white men. Even though my father was a pure redneck cracker, we never heard the word nigger used in my household. He wasn’t like that. As a drinker, he had several friends who drank with him on a regular basis throughout his 64 years. A few of those were black men from our backwoods county, and my dad never acted like there was anything strange about it. He laughed and had a good time with them, so there was nothing to it.

    But my father, like much of the men from that area, had a superstitious distrust of anyone who spoke well and was educated. As my brother and I used to ask deeper questions about politics of my drunk father, and the questions contained more logic, the only thing he would finally seize upon is, “My dad always told me that the common man does better when Democrats are in control, and I’m for the little man, dammit!” and the conversation was inevitably shut down at that point, as he stormed off to his bedroom.

    It took my entry into the Army for my own personal philosophy to crystalize. At 18, I thought I was an Independent: “I vote the man, not the party”, blah, blah. That’s the kind of thing you say with a steely look in your eye and a mind full of pride that you aren’t “controlled” by any outside groupthink. I said that kind of thing because I was immature in my understanding of the world.

    By the end of my 4-year hitch in 1990, I had become a voracious reader of all things current events. My impulse came from the need to know where the next punch was coming from. As an 82nd Airborne Infantry soldier, I constantly did “fly-aways”, where one minute you’re in the barracks thinking nothing is planned except for tomorrow’s formation, and the next minute you’re mustered up, crammed into a C 141 with all of your unit, rigged for your jump into El Salvador, Panama, or Egypt. We didn’t have the internet at that time, of course, so I became very well acquainted with the major dailies around the country. I wanted to know a little about the possible places and reasons that might end my life.

    I finally woke up to what the Democrats represented in the late 1980’s. It could have been a number of issues, but what really sticks in my mind is the luxury tax that Tip O’Neil’s Congress came up with. Big pleasure boats were targetted in the items to receive the extra tax, and when the reports came out not long afterwards, I think I grew up a little, politically.

    What the tax did, of course, was nothing but put hundreds of ship builder employees out of a job and ruined their skillset’s marketability. Imagine being a man who isn’t good at anything but the one job he’s known for 20 years-the same job his father did, that his father did, etc., and now, thanks to some greedy, fat, Boss Hog-type politicians in Washington who’ve never had to live honestly for a living like the boat maker does…you’re ruined. The Democrat Congressmen pat themselves on the back and exclaim that they’ve “stuck it to the rich” while more lives get dashed against the rocks, people flailing along in the aftershock, dying a slow death of always trying to reclaim that job, quality of life, and place in the world.

    Just when I was coming to this maturity, along came Rush. When I got out of the military the world was consumed with political correctness. Greenpeace and MTV had jelled pretty well. Live Aid had already spawned so many different “message rock” events that it was cliche’. 45 years of Cold War readiness had really brought out the malcontents and “anti-establishment” crowd, and there were NO cultural outlets that allowed for a conversation of what it meant to be a Conservative. Larry King was the only syndicated daily talk show that reached a considerably-wide audience, and it was overnight on the Mutual Radio Network, with the much-more talented Jim Bohanon filling in for him ocasionally. Larry conducted more of a celebrity-driven show, though, and bore NO resemblance to what this iconoclast named Rush Limbaugh was doing. Here it was, 12 o’clock in the afternoon, and people were actually rediscovering the AM band of their radios!

    Phrases like ‘baseline budgeting’ were finally being disected by this man on the radio who broke it down piece by piece for you, allowing you to come to your own conclusion about how you think that Congress should look at the task of spending your money. This was a FIRST! Sure, there had been individual tv or radio broadcast segments which may have tried to discuss this in their brief 30-minute show one time in America’s past, but here was a man who was breathlessly rolling this kind of display for you daily, for 3 hours, and doing it with a laugh.

    When complex thinkers who talk to the rest of us who aren’t as steeped in that particular knowledge, they usually eventually slip up if you listen to them long enough (who wouldn’t?). Not Rush. Granted, he has had a gallery of political thinkers around him since birth, (father, brother, uncle, etc in the legal profession), and was smart enough to employ Mark Levin as his fact-checker for the first decade of his national show. But frankly, that just adds to his appeal: Rush got it honestly. No Larry King, Rachel Maddow, or Katie Curic could speak extemporaneously for three hours a day and keep you listening the way Rush does.

    Nor could they make sense the way Rush does. Rush’s mind makes such sense with bedrock Americans that it is almost scary. He could use his skills the way a sophist does, but he doesn’t.

    A sophist seeks to decieve you; to close your eyes to a certain truth while leading you to another. Rush starts any discussion with a full hearing of the oposition’s precedent. Most of the time, he uses the exact words (in full context) of whoever authored the argument. Not only does he use many sources to cite the opposing side of view, but he invites you to call him on any given day to prove his argument wrong. Many try, but Rush politely refines his argument before our very ears, and we are left to decide who was right or wrong. No sophists could perform that long with any consistency, much less for 20 years.

    I actually got on Rush’s show back in 1995. I was a FM radio jock, doing my afternoon drive shift one day, and I decided to give it a try. In between breaks and prepping, I was hitting Rush’s show number on the studio phone’s speed dial. After an hour of this, I finally made it. It was 5 till 3pm on a Friday, and so Rush’s “open line Friday” allowed for any topic I chose to speak about on his show.

    After a quick, pleasant exchange with The Godfather (it was about Ted Kopell’s performance the night before. I didn’t like the way Kopell treated a GOP Senator during the interview, and Rush defended Kopell as someone he’d always liked, so he wouldn’t join in my bitchfest about it, lol), I asked if it would be ok if I said “hi” to my father and brother in Virginia. He said sure, so I did. It was a great experience.

    One of my distant cousins from Texas happened to be listening ( I was calling from Ohio), and she recognized that the caller had to be me because I mentioned their jobs and what part of Virginia they were from. Otherwise, this cousin had never talked to me, and I was introduced on Rush’s show by only my first name, so that was special that she knew it was me, I thought. My father also happened to be listening, as he always loved to scream at the radio while listening to Rush. My Texas cousins were calling my folks’ house immediately, and the buzz reached me in Ohio before I left the station that night.

    It is a GREAT memory of mine, and I have Rush to thank for it.

    I also want to thank Rush for affecting the political climate in America (the world?) the way that he has. His voice has been a rallying cry for those of us who feel as if we are alone in the world. Rush’s words, passion, and steady dedication serve as an example to us all. As all of the S&L community here has expressed, “God be with you, Rush.”

  15. MinnesotaRush says:

    God Bless ya’, Rush!!!

  16. canary says:

    I pray Rush get’s well ASAP and has his “own” personal doctors and medical staff go to Hawaii, and guards, until Rush can get to a hospital in ‘friendlier American territory’ ASAP and stays there til they know his health is A plus, 100% out of the woods. Rush deserves presidential medical care. Guardian Angels and the Holy Spirit, fill all space and take care of Rush.

  17. wirenut says:

    I wish Mr. Limbaugh the best and a quick recovery, that said. I would hope that we take his words and insight to heart.
    If Mr.Limbaugh was a corpse today, would the cause for freedom and liberty be over? I think not. Mr. Limbaugh gave
    the common man/women a voice on how to deal with ruff-shod overbearing self-absorbed government. Much like our founders despised. The current messenger my be ill, but the truth of which he speaks is in our founding, it’s in our blood.
    I look to Mr. Limbaugh as a reminder of the really “great generation”. Our framers and founders of this great Nation.

    Iconic to some, hateful to others. A believer in people and history to me.

    • tranquil.night says:

      Rush would be the first to agree that the fight for Truth doesn’t die with one man and nor in this case would the battle for America die with him; its lived everday by millions upon millions.

      God gave the forces of good Rush Limbaugh, a unique and resilient voice of logic and clarity in a rapidly degrading and confusing world, and God will not call that man home until his mission is complete. Few leaders in human history ever have the honor of claiming that their very words were so powerful to move the hearts and minds of millions, and change the course of history. Rush changed my life with one speech at CPAC where I also was blessed to hear about their Conservative Blog of the year, this site. A flawed man sure, but damn near buffed clean by this point. And yet still – human; and proudly so.

      I digress, Rush, you are knight – dare I say a Knight of our now Old (and trashed) Republic. When there was no one else standing up to the universe of lies, there was still you donning the armor, carrying the shield, and when necessary thrusting the sword. May your recovery be swift, professor.

  18. Perdido says:

    Man o’ man. Talk about a crater in the Talk Radio spectrum.

    Hurry back Rush!

  19. wirenut says:

    I think we should start a “My First Rush Moment” gift card set. Steve,what do you think? I mean, I went from sauropod to citizen in just two weeks after listening to the man.The fun starts after you hear three kinfolk talking politics, and one is a conservative. What a gift set. It just keeps on giving.

    • wardmama4 says:

      My hubby (Army) got a desk job ( until after 9/11, when it was no longer just a desk job) and started listening to Rush in TX as he drove home for lunch. We were hooked from October 2001 –

      My Rush moment was just coming to the realization that I’d been asleep (metaphorically speaking) for so long – I wondered just how I could have been so blind, so unwilling to fight back. For a while I just wrote it off as we’d never been ‘home’ so we were out of the political loop but now I realize that network tv is a major part of the problem. The American Idol worshipping aspect of it has become so inane, vapid and just plain stupid to me since I became a ditto head – that we watch about 4 shows (no news what-so-ever) on the alphabet networks.

      Rush does what I’d love to be able to do – use their words and beliefs against them – without getting into the emo bs nor letting the nasty juvenile smears to get to him (after the Harry Reid Smear letter debacle, I am amazed that Obama even attempted to try to shut him down) – and it gets the exact opposite result that the libs set out for.

      He does not practice divisive techniques – he simply speaks and illuminates the truth to let you decide where you want to be (politically speaking) – and that is what drives the libs crazy. They want desperately to remain in control of everything and have gotten to this point of destructive ‘legislation’ by lying, cheating and corruption – and the truth turns people away from them.

      Rush and the InterNet are going to be the foundations of the New Republic of America – to borrow from two others (one admired and one many ridicule) – Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death and this great Nation was conceived and brought forth by 56 men, surly there are at least 56 men willing to stand up and save her in 2009?

      God speed for a complete recovery – Mr. Limbaugh

  20. ThreeBus says:

    We love you Rush. Get well soon.

  21. swee says:

    Did anyone notice that nearly all stories about Rush’s condition mentioned the URL for his website? That was refreshing, and had to annoy Media Matters, which regularly distorts what he says in its email blasts. Imagine all these new readers/listeners who visited his site just to find out how he’s doing. Once Rush is behind the microphone, any mention of rushlimbaugh.com will disappear from future articles.

  22. canary says:

    Just think,
    you’re here not by chance,
    by God’s choosing.
    His hand formed
    and made you
    the person you are.
    He compares you to no one else –
    you are one of a kind.
    You lack nothing
    that His grace can’t give you.
    He has allowed you to be here
    at this time in history
    to fulfill His special purpose
    for this generation.

    To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under heaven.
    Ecclesiastes 3:1

    A new year of “change”; a season to begin a new generation to learn the roots of the true vision of America; learning the true vision to make America the best country in the world. Happy New Year, ya all.

  23. GetBackJack says:

    My prayer for Rush?

    That he is surrounded by his own trusted security team.

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