BRETT: Let’s go out to the phones real quick and check in with Quinton, who joins us out of Fort Wayne, Indiana. Quinton, welcome to the program.
CALLER: Oh, well, thank you very much, Brett. Actually, the name is Clinton like (unintelligible).
BRETT: Oh, Clinton. Okay. I’m sorry about that. Welcome. Welcome to the show.
CALLER: That’s okay. That happens. But, yeah. I just… I’ve been a listener since summer of ’88, maybe ’89. I’ve kind of lost track.
CALLER: You know, I really miss Rush, like a lot of people do, and, you know, my condolences to the family and everybody that’s missing Rush.
BRETT: Sure. We appreciate it.
CALLER: But today, what I wanted to concentrate on was I recently read something I should have read as a kid, which is The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. It occurred to me (chuckles) that Sherlock Holmes did everything on logic and deductive reasoning when he would analyze people, analyze behaviors and motivations and everything. And he was “almost always right,” which was just like Rush.
BRETT: That’s a great point.
CALLER: You know, he might have gotten a couple things wrong here and there, but he was generally right about stuff, and that’s exactly the way that Rush was with the liberals. I feel like Rush was a political Sherlock Holmes. And, you know, I’m missing that, but I’m really glad you guys are able to do what you’re doing with the show right now so we still get to hear him on.
BRETT: Thank you.
CALLER: I just thought, you know, it just struck me that, you know, Sherlock Holmes was fictional and criminal, but (laughing) —
BRETT: Yeah. (laughing)
CALLER: — Rush just really, you know, I mean, Rush really nails it with the liberals, and it’s a political version of Sherlock Holmes —
BRETT: Without a doubt. Without a doubt you’re right on. I appreciate your condolences and good wishes to his family and all of us. Clinton, here’s the thing. This is a great point that you make, because what you see with Rush is somebody who is so finely attuned to the nonsense and to the trickery that gets run in American politics, that he was able to call it out instinctively.
He had watched them so closely. He used to say he knows these people like every inch of his body, right? And he does! And you will hear it oftentimes when we play calls that have taken place during the times show and he’s talking about a particular issue and a caller will note something about the issue and figure he’s got it exactly locked in where Rush is, and Rush will then say, “Well, actually, no. It’s even worse. It’s this.”
So what he’ll do is he’ll build on the point and then amplify the point and then take you to a place that none of us ever saw, which was a remarkable gift, because he understood not just what was being said by those folks, but by what they meant. With that in mind — and thank you so much for the call, and I appreciate you holding on for as long as you did. Rush always reminded us to “keep the faith.”
So we have decided to dedicate the last segment of every show to his eternal optimism, humor, and love of country with EIB’s High Note. Today’s High Note story is a classic example of illustrating absurdity by being absurd, and the kind of thing that Rush would have loved and celebrated for its creativity.
It’s about a Brooklyn man who get fed up over all these people registering everything from peacocks to squirrels to miniature horses as “emotional support animals,” all in an effort to gain access to flights or places they otherwise wouldn’t be allowed to go. So this man teamed up with a New York brewing company, and registered his favorite IPA (that’s an India Pale Ale, IPA; I love ’em) as an Emotional Support Beer, all in an effort to poke fun at all of it.
But there’s also an intention behind the larger point he’s making with the joke. He donated a portion of the proceeds raised from the four-packs to Operation at Ease. It’s a nonprofit that pairs shelter dogs with veterans and first responders to help them cope with the reality of posttraumatic stress disorder, PTSD.
Here’s just a short clip about the impact of what he did. You can go over and see the full video and his story over at RushLimbaugh.com.
LORI BONILLA: We’ve had veterans who hadn’t left the house, hadn’t been to a mall, couldn’t hold a job, and all of that changed when they were matched with their dogs.
BRETT: An amazing story serving those who serve us so admirably and so bravely. To hear the rest of that story ,head on over to RushLimbaugh.com. You can see the full video and his story. Way to go. Way to pay it forward and salute those who give us our very freedoms.