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RUSH: This is Carl in Altoona, Pennsylvania. I’m glad you called, sir, and welcome to the program.

CALLER: Dittos, Rush. How are you?

RUSH: I’m great, sir. Thanks.

CALLER: Good. I stand before you corrected. I fell into the trap. Last week when those several Marines who were pilloried for being part of the massacre in Haditha —

RUSH: Yeah.

CALLER: — were let go, because, guess what? No evidence, except, of course, the ravings of people who were terrorists. I kept waiting for Congressman Murtha to step to the microphone and say, ‘You know when I called these guys ‘murderers,’ I may have overstated it,’ and when I was listening to that caller a couple of callers ago that wanted to know why Colin Powell wasn’t held to account, it really clicked in my head. No one is going to hold these people to account unless individual conservatives and people of like mind step forward and use the weapons that are at our disposal, and those weapons are the telephone, the e-mail, personal visits to people’s offices. In other words, even though most of us are busy with real jobs —

RUSH: Yeah.

CALLER: — we have to find time to do the hard work of saving our country.

RUSH: I appreciate that.

CALLER: You know, maybe that’s melodramatic, but I think it’s as simple as that.

RUSH: Well, I agree. You keep working. I’m handling the job of saving the country. I really got it handled. If I need help, I’ll call for it, but you know, I ripped Murtha last Friday. I ripped this whole thing. I ripped the whole thing. Did you hear it? Is that what you’re calling about? I know you were going to call and ask me why I didn’t talk about it, but…

CALLER: Unfortunately, I didn’t hear it.

RUSH: Okay. Well, it was powerful. It’s too bad. I think it would still be on the site. I did that Friday, right? So it would still be probably at RushLimbaugh.com, and you don’t have to be a subscriber. It’s on the free side of the website. You can at least get an idea. You won’t be able listen to it; you’ll be able to read the transcript. I unloaded on this whole thing, and I wondered, ‘Where is Murtha’s apology? Where are people asking him?’ You’re exactly right. Democrats are not going to be held accountable, whether it’s Dianne Feinstein shoveling money to companies her husband has financial interest in, or whatever it is. They are not going to be held accountable. They’re the good guys. They’re on the good team as far as the Drive-Bys are concerned. It’s like Karl Rove. How long do you think it will be before NBC or CBS or ABC offer him a job as a political analyst with his own show on Sunday morning? How long do you think it will be? How long do you think it will be before he ends up like James Carville or Paul Begala as steady commentators like they are on CNN? They’re former Clinton, Inc., guys — and maybe in The Forehead’s case, still is; I don’t know. You have Stephanopoulos over at ABC. Rick Kaplan, best friend of the Clintons, spent a lot of nights in the Lincoln Bedroom and is now running the CBS Evening News. When’s this stuff going to happen? It isn’t. It isn’t going to happen. I appreciate the call, Carl. Thanks very much.

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RUSH: This is Patricia, St. Cloud, Florida, it is. Nice to have you with us on the program.

CALLER: Hi, Rush.

RUSH: Hi.

CALLER: Can you hear me?

RUSH: Yeah, hear you —

CALLER: Oh, okay.

RUSH: — just fine.

CALLER: First of all, I’m very honored to speak to you, but I also told your call screener that maybe I shouldn’t because I’m very angry at you right now.

RUSH: Oh, no. What did I do?

CALLER: I think maybe I didn’t hear you, but I think when that guy called in about Murtha, that you told him you were saving the country and we didn’t need to bother to fax or e-mail or send Murtha any censoring kind of e-mails because of what he had done about the Haditha Marines.

RUSH: I’m going to pull a Bill Clinton here and deny it. You didn’t hear me right.

CALLER: Okay.

RUSH: I never said it.

CALLER: Just a few minutes ago?

RUSH: Didn’t happen.

CALLER: What did you say?

RUSH: (Laughing.) Snerdley, I tell you, I’m going to suspend you. (Laughing.)

CALLER: It was a joke and I didn’t get it, that’s okay.

RUSH: How long have you been listening to the program?

CALLER: Consistently?

RUSH: Yeah.

CALLER: A little over a year.

RUSH: A little over a year. Well, see, sometimes it takes longer than that to learn everything that can happen on this program. I was being flamboyantly braggadocios for the sake of humor. I thought it would be obvious. I’m sorry.

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