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Limbaugh Lexicon Terms Defined: Rio Linda, New Castrati and the GOP Establishment


RUSH: Susie in Mobile, Alabama, welcome to the EIB Network.  Hi.

CALLER:  Hi, Rush, it's good to talk to you.  Thank you so much for taking my call.

RUSH:  You bet!

CALLER:  I've been listening to you for, well, probably about four or five years now. But I still consider myself a new listener because I can't listen to you everyday 'cause I'm a capitalist and I have to go to work.

RUSH:  Yeah.

CALLER:  But I have a question for you.  Whenever you say, "For those of you in Rio Linda" --

RUSH:  Yeah?

CALLER:  -- tell me what that means.  I'm thinking that you're maybe making fun of them and you have to translate it a little bit easier for them, and then also "Mr. New Castrati." I don't understand that, either.  Can you explain those things to me?

RUSH:  Oh, happily.  Rio Linda is a small town outside Sacramento.

CALLER:  Mmm-hmm?

RUSH:  I moved to Sacramento in 1984 and one of the things that I did was drive around town for a week before I was to go on the air to just try to learn the community, what was where and what it looked like so when I was talking about the community I had a mental picture of it. And one of the places I saw driving around was called Rio Linda, and the sign that signified city limits did not have a population number on it.  I said, "Well, that's strange.  Does anybody admit to living here?" 

CALLER: (chuckles)

RUSH: So I drove through, and on the main drag there were concrete blocks with cars on top of 'em.  There were washing machines and stuff on the front porch. So I said, "Wow, this is something."  I offered to move there, on the air, to elevate property values if they would rename the place Limbaugh, California.  They rejected it.

CALLER: (laughing)

RUSH: (laughing) I also tried that with a place called West Sacramento.  I offered to move there if they would call it Limbaugh, California.  Both places rejected it, but it was an idea.  So now it's just a little, private, pet joke between me and the people of Rio Linda who love it.  Property values have gone up as a result of all the attention and so forth. So it's just an ongoing little joke. 

CALLER: (laughing)

RUSH: (laughing) Now, the New Castrati, when I started imitating it, that's basically men with no guts who have just been bullied by women and the power structure and liberalism in general. So when I do the imitation of those guys, the New Castrati, basically these are people that just have been bullied into total acquiescence to the liberal agenda.  They don't stand up for themselves. They never stand up for what's right for themselves. They're just total appeasers. They just totally go along to avoid any resistance or confrontation whatsoever.

CALLER:  So is "castrati" a play on words for castrate?

RUSH:  Yeah, yeah.


RUSH:  "De-balled" if you will.

CALLER:  (laughing)  Okay, well --

RUSH:  Or you might want to say "geldings." Whatever you want, however you wish to visualize it. "New Castrati" is simply the creative term employed by me, the de facto head of the Republican Party with my entertainer hat on, to describe them.
CALLER: (laughing) Well, it's very entertaining, especially now that I know what you're actually meaning by it.

RUSH:  Yes.

CALLER:  I'll get a good laugh at it from now on.

RUSH:  A lot of people assume that New Castrati meant "gay."  No, that's why I came up with the term "New Castrati." It has nothing to do with sexual orientation.  It has to do with lack of manhood.  It has to do with men with no "circular orbs," however you wish to visualize it.

CALLER: (laughing) Or not visualize it.

RUSH:  It's common parlance in our culture now to describe somebody with fortitude as having what begins with a B.

CALLER:  Having none of them.

RUSH:  New Castrati? No. No B's, however you wish to not actually visualize it. But the term is just... I wanted to come up with a term nobody else uses.

CALLER:  That's an excellent term.

RUSH:  I appreciate it.

CALLER: Thank you so much.

RUSH: I'm glad you asked. Your instincts are right.  You knew.

CALLER:  I wasn't quite sure, and I didn't want to read more into it than there was. But now I understand it fully, and, you know, unfortunately it seems as though we have a lot of Democrats that could be considered New Castrati.

RUSH:  Oh, there's no question.  Another way of saying it is: These are the people who willingly allow their testicles in a lockbox somewhere.

CALLER: (laughing)

RUSH: It's however you wish to picture it. You've got it.  I mean, you understand it.

CALLER:  Yes, I do.

RUSH:  All right.

CALLER:  What is your blog again?

RUSH:  Oh, the Twitter handle is @RushLimbaugh.

CALLER: Right, Twitter. I'm so computer illiterate it's not even funny. I'm going to try to get on there but I don't really know how yet. I have to get my daughters to show me.

RUSH:  Okay, that would be the simplest way.  Just go to Twitter.com and open an account. You give yourself your own identity and a password, and then you have an account.  Then you simply enter the handle of people that you want to follow. And you'll be given a list there of people that are famous and non-famous that you can follow if you want.  And you can set up a whole bunch of different groups of people that you follow.  You can group them however you wish.  To follow me you simply use the handle @Limbaugh or @RushLimbaugh with no space between the names. And whenever we tweet you'll get it, you'll see it, if you follow me.  You don't have to do anything. It just shows up. Just refresh and then once you get it there's a button that says "retweet" to send back out, and that's all we're asking you to do.  And then it will go to everybody else that's following you.

CALLER:  Oh, okay.  So whatever you say, I can send to someone else.

RUSH:  You can send to a hundred thousand people if you're being followed by that many.  That's the whole point.

CALLER:  Hey, I just got a new iPhone about six months ago and I'm still trying to figure it out. (chuckles)  I'm not very computer literate so I will figure this out somehow.

RUSH:  You will.  The best piece of advice that I could give you with an iPhone or with Twitter or an iPad or a new computer is this: Whatever you do won't break anything, so try it.  If something goes wrong you back up and do it again, but you won't break anything.

CALLER:  Well, I think that's my problem is I'm a little nervous I'm gonna go somewhere or do something that I shouldn't be doing.

RUSH:  Yeah, everybody thinks they're gonna break the computer or they're gonna break the browser. You won't break anything.  It's just a matter of retracing your steps and starting again.

CALLER:  Well, thank you for the little lesson.  I appreciate it.

RUSH:  All right.

CALLER: I definitely needed it.

RUSH: Remember, the key, now, is you end up following people. Follow your daughter and all of her friends. For example, if you... How old is your daughter?

CALLER:  I have two.  One's 15 and one's 14.

RUSH:  Okay, now, I don't know where they are politically. But let's say hypothetically that you want them to be interested in what matters to you because generally that's gonna affect them.  You're concerned with the country for their future.  So you --

CALLER:  And they are aware of that.  They know.

RUSH:  Okay, cool.

CALLER:  They're aware I listen to you and everything.

RUSH:  Okay, so then you retweet to your daughters what we put on @Limbaugh and they will see it and that's a way for you to share with them something you really care about. You don't have to talk to them about it. You don't have to explain it.  It just shows up, they read it on their own, and then they -- if they are impressed with it or like it -- forward it on. Or even if they don't like it, "Oh, we can't believe this," they send it out to their friends, and this is how it ends up being massively distributed to people.

CALLER:  That is a great idea.  I never would have thought of that.

RUSH:  That's why we're doing it.

CALLER:  Well, yeah. That's why you are who you are.

RUSH:  Well, we had to wait for this.  We were late to Facebook. Well, not "late."  We had to wait for Facebook to actually establish itself and it made sense for us to join. And we did that. And we have been waiting on Twitter to make sure that it was gonna last and survive, and now we've assured that by validating it, by joining it.  So it's really easy, and it can end up being fun, too.  You end up following a lot of people. There are all kinds of people on there. I don't know if you watch Fox News but all those people are using Twitter. They all have handles and you can follow them.  They'll tell you what they had for dinner.  People put some of the craziest things up there but you can choose to follow it or ignore it or what have you, but it's there if you want to use it.  I gotta run.  Susie, thanks much. I'm way long.


RUSH: Edison, New Jersey.  Hi, Phil, you're next. You're on the air.  It's your big show biz break here.

CALLER:  Hi.  Thank you for taking my call.  My wife and I are avid fans and listeners.  We're confused about something.

RUSH:  Yeah?

CALLER:  You quite frequently use the term "Republican establishment" and we think we've kind of figured out what that is and the fact that they represent pretty much the moderate wing of the party, that for some reason or other seems to be doing harm to the conservative wing.  But we think we might be able to understand this better if you can identify for us who represents it. Who are the individuals in the party?

RUSH:  Ah, this is a nice trick.  I knew this was coming.  Phil, you're a smart guy.  You're a crafty guy.  Phil knows the answer. Let me just tell you, folks: Phil knows exactly who the Republican establishment is. He wants me to name names 'cause he wants them called out.  Am I not right?

CALLER:  Well, yes, because I think when you can identify specifically, it helps. For instance, let's say Reverend Wright. It heped me to understand, and my wife to understand, the dangers of Obama because we were able to specifically hear the message of Reverend Wright.

RUSH:  Okay I'll give you a name.  I'll give you a Republican name.

CALLER:  We're thinking McCain and others like that, but I think it's important enough to know: Who is this establishment? Who are these people?

RUSH:  Well, wait a second.  I understand what you're saying. I think it's the really important to define it correctly, too.  A Republican establishment member in the media would be David Brooks in the New York Times, the so-called conservative columnist.  He's basically a moderate. He favors big government if run by the people he thinks are smart.  He's not crazy about conservatives.  The Republican establishment cringe at the very discussion of social issues.  They are in favor of big government for the most part.  They think campaigns on smaller government are losers and they worry that, if they succeed, there's going to be less of an opportunity for them to have jobs in government.  They're basically people who don't think we have a spending problem and that that's great. If they get in charge, they'll do some things to reduce it but they really don't believe government is the big problem like conservatives do. 

They're establishment.

They're government-establishment types.

They're DC establishment.

That's the center of the universe. 



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