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Caller Defends the Rio Lindans

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RUSH: Here's Donald in Boca Raton, Florida. Welcome, sir, to Open Line Friday.

CALLER: Hello, Rush.

RUSH: Hi.

CALLER: I got a little bit of a complaint. I've been listening to you for close to 30 years now and I --

RUSH: Wait a minute. Wait, wait, wait. Wait a minute, now. Thirty years.

CALLER: Yeah.

RUSH: Thirty years. It's 2010. You had to have been listening to me in 1980 --

CALLER: Yeah.

RUSH: -- when I was working for the Kansas City Royals.

CALLER: Well, I said "somewhere in that vicinity."

RUSH: Well, okay. Close enough.

CALLER: Okay.

RUSH: Somebody from Boca Raton.

CALLER: I'm very upset about you poking fun at the poor people in Rio Linda and now, what is it, Stuart, Florida?

RUSH: No, Port St. Lucie.

CALLER: Port St. Lucie, okay.

RUSH: (laughing)

CALLER: You remind me of my rich, wealthy millionaire ex-brother-in-law. I was in his hot tub one day and he said, "Ho-ho-ho, I wonder hour the poor people are doing," and I think that --

RUSH: Now, wait a second.

CALLER: I think that's pretty low.

RUSH: Donald?

CALLER: Yes?

RUSH: I have never said, "I wonder how the poor people are doing?" I did ask, "What are we going to do about the Christians?" yesterday, but I have never said, "I wonder how the poor people are doing?" and that's not what I'm doing when I talk about Rio Linda or Port St. Lucie. Donald, in Port St. Lucie they went in to get some Chicken McNuggets, they didn't have any, and they called 911 thinking they're going to get Obama. Now, that doesn't have anything to do with poor. That has to do with stupid.

CALLER: Well, I don't think the people in Rio Linda are stupid, either.

RUSH: Well, they know. The people in Rio Linda love me. You know what's happened on their property values since I started pointing out that Rio Linda even exists? Do you know the Rio Linda story?

CALLER: Well, I've been there. I've gotten lost there, had to be helped out, and they helped out very well in getting to where I wanted to go.

RUSH: How in the world could you get lost in Rio Linda?

CALLER: It's only a little place. It's at the end of --

RUSH: Well, I know, but it's not possible to get lost there.

CALLER: Well, I was looking for someplace else, and they helped me find it.

RUSH: And how did you know you weren't someplace else where you were in Rio Linda?

CALLER: Well, I asked people.

RUSH: It wasn't the cars jacked up on concrete blocks? It wasn't the washing machines on the front porches?

CALLER: Not when I was there. I must have been in a better place.

RUSH: Well, there are some nice places of Rio Linda but you have to look hard to find 'em. You gotta be going there to get there.

CALLER: It was just the fact that you try to make the whole town of Rio Linda be stupid people, and they're not really stupid.

RUSH: Well, okay, maybe not all of them, but that's not the point. I'm making a joke. (laughing)

CALLER: There's stupid people right here in Boca Raton.

RUSH: Oh, we know, these are people that needed psychological help after Kerry lost the election in '04.

CALLER: Heh. What am I going to tell you?

RUSH: You've already told me. What are you doing in a hot tub with your ex-brother-in-law anyway?

CALLER: Well, I was with my wife, of course, and he was a millionaire, multimillionaire.

RUSH: What's wrong with that?

CALLER: Nothing wrong with that.

RUSH: All right.

CALLER: But they're poking fun at the poor people. I resent that.

RUSH: That's just classless.

CALLER: Yes.

RUSH: That is no class. So he's an ex-brother-in-law. There's obviously a reason.

CALLER: Well, yeah, my wife passed away two years ago.

RUSH: He passed away two years ago? I'm sorry to hear that.

CALLER: And he passed away about seven years ago. I should say four years ago.

RUSH: Oh, his wife two years ago, okay. Okay, well, the story of Rio Linda, very simply: When I moved to Sacramento, I had basically five days to familiarize myself with the community. I'm surveying, and nobody's talking about politics. It's October of '84 and they're talking about carrot cake recipes for the coming holidays. Oh, this is a golden opportunity. So I started driving around the place, learning about it, and I found this place, Rio Linda, no number on the population sign. I said, "Nobody will admit living here," and you go through the main drag, and literally there were cars on concrete blocks and dishwashers and so forth on the front porch, and, I said, "Whoa, what is this place?" and one of the first things I did was offer to move there if they would rename it Limbaugh, California, to elevate property values. They turned me down.

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