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RUSH: By the way, Norman Hsu sent a suicide note. My friends, I knew this last week. I knew it, but I couldn’t confirm it, so I kept alluding to, ‘Will they find the body?’ But I knew, and it’s been confirmed now in two different stories. He left a suicide note apologizing to people he donated to.


RUSH: There was a mention right before the previous hour ended: Norman Hsu did leave a suicide note, and I knew this last week. I cannot divulge sources, but I knew this last week. I just couldn’t firm it. I was not confident enough to go with it. This is why I kept alluding last week to when he disappeared, ‘Ooh, are we going to find the body?’ because when you hear that there’s a suicide note, then he shows up some days later on the train, the Zephyr heading from California to New York in a fetal position. He shows up in the surgical wing of the hospital out in California, but he did leave a suicide note. He sent it on the second day of his disappearance, and in the suicide note he apologized to those to whom he donated! Now, come on, folks! We didn’t fall off the turnip truck when we were kids. This guy has swindled everybody that he’s done business with; he does not apologize to them? He apologizes to the people he donated to? By the way, this is actually not suicide. It’s ‘Hsu-icide,’ defined as near death by campaign contributions. ‘On the day he disappeared, Norman Hsu, the disgraced fundraiser for Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton’s presidential campaign, sent letters to friends that recipients viewed as a suicide note… In his letter, Hsu apologized for any embarrassment he had caused recipients of his largesse. In the last four years, he has generated donations of more than $1 million for Democratic politicians across the country.’ (laughing) My mind is racing:Did he actually write this note, or was it dictated to him? ‘Apologize to people you donated to? Isn’t that just too comforting? It’s just too pat. It doesn’t stand the smell test.


RUSH: Mike in Oceanside, New York, you’re next. I’m glad that you called, sir.

CALLER: Oh, hi, Rush, and thank you for taking my call.

RUSH: Yeah.

CALLER: I have another puzzle to the Hsu mystery.

RUSH: Yeah.

CALLER: The California Zephyr is Amtrak’s most popular train.

RUSH: Yeah.

CALLER: Those sleeping compartments are sold out months in advance. How was he able to get one?

RUSH: (Laughing.) I love the way people think. You know, I had no idea the California Zephyr sleeping compartments are sold out months in advance.

CALLER: Oh, you try and call and say you want to go next week, you’ll find out how difficult they are to get. It’s the most popular train.

RUSH: Well, you know, off the top of my head here, Mike, and this is just the first thing that flashed into my mind, is that Amtrak is bought, paid for, owned, and operated by who?

CALLER: By us, the government.

RUSH: Federal government, right. So if somebody really needed a sleeping compartment.

CALLER: A call from a senator’s office perhaps?

RUSH: Well, I don’t think you’d trace it back there, but clearly — you know, the government, which operates the train, if somebody from the government with high authority calls up and says we need a sleeping compartment for somebody, I think it could be done.

CALLER: Now, who might that be?

RUSH: Look, I myself am a powerful, influential member of the media. In my world, there’s no such thing as sold out. There just isn’t, folks. You want me to explain this later, Mr. Snerdley? There’s no such thing as sold out. It’s really a crime, too. When you don’t need the freebies, is when everybody throws them at you.


RUSH: Well, once again, my friends, I am holding something here in my formerly nicotine-stained fingers that is quite interesting. Not only did Mrs. Clinton get the endorsement of the National Association of Letter Carriers union, she has also received the endorsement of the transportation and communication workers, which covers the railroad business. We had a call in the previous hour from some guy who said, ‘Look, Rush, you can’t get on the California Zephyr in a sleeper compartment. Those things are sold out weeks, sometimes months, in advance. You can’t get one as soon as Hsu got one.’ He said, ‘How is this possible?’ I said, ‘Well, sir, it’s entirely possible. Who runs Amtrak? It’s the federal government. Some congressman, some senator, some whatever, calls and says, ‘I need a sleeper compartment,’ he’s going to get one.’ ‘But how, Rush, how can that be, if they’re sold out?’ Ladies and gentlemen, in my world, I said there’s never such a thing as sold out. There is rarely, but I don’t seek something, like a hotel room, during those periods.

For example, I have a favorite hotel in Los Angeles. I get whatever I want whenever I need to go there except the Emmys, the Oscars, the Grammys, and whatever else, I don’t even try. But hotels, trains, whatever they do, there’s always a compartment for the last-minute arrival VIP, there always is. That’s how the business is run. And I’m a VIP. It’s kind of unfortunate. It’s actually a little unfair. I do not accept freebies from anybody, because I don’t want to be obligated. It’s a policy of mine. When I was starving, quote, unquote, nobody would offer to give me anything. Now, when I don’t need anything, is when people start trying to throw things at me. They know you don’t need anything. So what would be the point? Well, I don’t want to run the risk of being obligated, I don’t want to have to pay back, so I just don’t do it. But a lot of people do. A lot of people consider it status. A lot of people go through life having things thrown at them all their lives and expect that that’s going to continue to happen throughout their lives. Did not happen to me, and so I don’t expect it.

It’s entirely possible that Hsu, maybe not calling himself, could get on this train, get in a sleeper compartment. It is interesting here that at a meeting of the Transportation Communications International Union, which covers railroad employees, they announced on August 30th their endorsement of Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton for president of the United States, so the people running Amtrak endorsed her. So, look, we’re not saying anything. We’re presenting dots out there for you to connect in your own mind. Remember, nothing that happens with the Clintons is coincidence.

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