Vatican Disinvites Gay Advocates
RUSH: There’s a little companion story I saw earlier today that a number of gay activists had sought permission, an invitation to attend the Vatican’s highly anticipated global meeting on family life, and they had been denied. The Vatican denied their request to be invited, so they will not be there. In the article I read, they were quite put out about this. They were quite disappointed because they felt, these gay activists, that Pope Francis had indicated to them some time ago with other speeches that he had made, that he might be open to changing Church doctrine on homosexuality. They really thought that was gonna happen. So they sought an invitation to the upcoming global meeting on family life in October, and they were denied.
Escaped Murderers Still on the Loose
RUSH: Ah, there’s that guard from the Shawshank prison up there. You talk about an unbelievable story. Almost every aspect of this that we know, you look at it, “That can’t be.” Have you seen what the New York Post is calling Joyce Tillie Mitchell? You know what they’re calling here? Shawskank. I kid you not. Yeah, as in the movie Shawshank Redemption. Shawskank. And her poor husband is out there saying there’s no way, Tillie never had sex with any of those inmates, it never happened.
They’ve learned that it happened hundreds of times in an eight-by-15 closet, eight-by-15-foot closet somewhere off the kitchen somehow. I don’t know what they found. I don’t know how they know this. DNA. I have no idea. You just look at this, everything about this. They can’t find these guys. They don’t know where they are. They’ve got DNA in a cabin a hundred miles away. What are the odds these guys are in Mexico by now? I mean, they had the whole state, it looked like they had every uniformed cop and sheriff’s department and highway patrolman looking for these guys, walking through the woods. Nothing.
And then this babe — well, woman, who assisted, she was supposed to drive the getaway car and she got cold feet at the last minute and didn’t show up with the getaway car so these guys emerged from whatever sewer they climbed out of, no getaway car, they improvised quickly and nobody knows where they are. It’s just — (laughing) — I don’t know.
Patient Gets Shafted By Doctors During Colonoscopy
RUSH: Did you hear about this guy who went in from colonoscopy? Did you hear about this? This is not a joke. This is not a joke. A guy goes in for a colonoscopy, and he turns on the audio memo app on his phone to record everything that happens. The reason is, he’s afraid that when it’s over he’s going to be too groggy from anesthetic when they’re giving him instructions on what to do postop, and he wants to have those instructions. They don’t know. The doctor, the anesthesiologist, none of these people know that the phone has been turned on, and the things that they said about this guy during the procedure, the jokes they told about him, he has successfully sued them for half a million dollars because of what his phone recorded them saying.
Okay, so a guy walks in for a colonoscopy — not a joke — anesthesiologist trashed this guy unmercifully while he was under anesthesia. And it ended up costing her big time. This guy sued three different doctors for a total of $500,000 and won. Â“Sitting in his surgical gown inside a large medical suite in Reston, Virginia, a Vienna man prepared for his colonoscopy by pressing the record button on the Audio Memos app on his smartphone in order to capture the instructions his doctor would give him after the procedure.
Â“He wanted to know what to do, and he thought he’d be too groggy to understand and remember.Â” So before the procedure, he starts the audio recording procedure. He goes through the operation, he gets dressed, and he’s on his way home. He grabs his phone, grabs his Audio Memos app and hits “play,” and was Â“shocked out of his anesthesia-induced stupor. He found that he had recorded the entire examination and that the surgical team had mocked and insulted him as soon as he drifted off to sleep. In addition to their vicious commentary, the doctors discussed avoiding the man after the colonoscopy, instructing an assistant to lie to him, and then they placed a false diagnosis on his chart.
Â“Â’After five minutes of talking to you in pre-op,Â’ the anesthesiologist told the sedated patient…Â” She was talking to him while he was under. The anesthesiologist is a woman, and on the tape or on the phone recording is, Â“Â’After five minutes of talking to you in pre-op, I wanted to punch you in the face and man you up a little bit.Â’Â” She says this to the guy while he’s under the anesthesia! Â“When a medical assistant noted that the man had a rash in the genitals region, the anesthesiologist warned her not to touch it, saying she might Â‘get some syphilis on your arm or something,Â’ and then added, Â‘It’s probably tuberculosis in the penis, so you’ll be all right.Â’
Â“When the assistant noted that the man reported getting queasy when watching a needle placed in his arm,Â” heÂ’s one of these people who doesn’t like needles, Â“the anesthesiologist remarked on the recording, Â‘Well, why are you looking, then, retard?Â’Â”
The guy’s under anesthesia! The assistant comes over and ways, “Yeah, this guy doesn’t like needles. He got really queasy.” So she looks at the guy getting the colonoscopy while he’s under anesthesia, “Well, then why did you look at it, retard?”
She’s mad at this guy. She doesn’t like this guy from the moment she saw him; wanted to punch him out. Now, that’s not all. There was much more. After he heard everything, this guy Â“sued the two doctors and their practices for defamation and medical malpractice, and last week after a three-day trial a Fairfax County jury ordered the anesthesiologist and her practice to pay him $500,000. The anesthesiologist is named in this story, Tiffany Ingham, 42, couldn’t be reached for comment.
Â“Her lawyer did not return messages. Court documents said that one of the doctors made some insulting remarks, Â‘Hey, as long as it’s not Ebola, you’re okay.Â’Â” ThatÂ’s other doctors in touching this guy and his rash and so forth. And then they put some false diagnosis of a genuine medical disease on his chart, that he did not have, that he walked out of the Medical Center with in his medical records.
A bunch of people who want to know what happened to these people, and I didn’t print enough of the story out, don’t know what the false diagnosis they put on the guy’s chart was, but it was a serious things to be accused of having that he didn’t have. And it’s not explained why, what about this guy they didn’t like. It’s just that they didn’t like this the guy and they immediately started ragging on him, making fun of him as soon as he was under anesthesia, making jokes about him. Why in the world they would enter the false diagnosis, I haven’t the slightest idea.
Â“The jury ruled…Â” There were three different doctors and anesthesiologists total involved here, and they all were found guilty. The combined amount the guy is getting is half a million dollars, $200,000 in punitive damages, $50,000 from one doctor, $150,000 from somebody else. This anesthesiologist no longer works at this place in Reston, Virginia. Â“State licensing records indicate that she has moved to Florida. An anesthesiology practice in Tavares, Florida, said she no longer worked there.Â” So she left Reston, came to Florida, and didn’t last long at that place.
Â“Calls to a number believed to be hers were not returned and there wasn’t an answering machine or voice mail on the number. Â“On the opening day of the trial last week the gastroenterologist who actually did the colonoscopy, Solomon Shah, 48, was dismissed from the case. Court documents state that he also made some insulting remarks.Â” He’s the guy who said about this guy’s rash, “As long as it’s not Ebola you’re okay to touch him,” to one of the other doctors. The doctor also, it is said here, Â“did not discourage the anesthesiologist Ingham from her comments or actions.Â”
Oh. Here’s what it is. She is the one who entered the false diagnosis on his chart, and it was for having hemorrhoids, which he doesn’t have. How many of you have gone in for an outpatient procedure — or, doesn’t matter, inpatient surgical procedure — and you know you’re under anesthesia? How many of you have wondered what they’re saying about you? Have you ever wondered that, Snerdley? Have you ever wondered what…? (interruption) Oh, I do. I have. Me, a powerful, influential member of the media?
I wonder how many of them are tempted to overdose something. You can’t help but wonder this kind of stuff when you’re a powerful, influential member of the media like me. But I bet a lot of people wonder about this. This story, this gets out, and the first thing that’s gonna happen is big signs: Â“No cell phones allowed in OR!Â” That’s the first thing that’s gonna happen.
Pope Says ItÂ’s Now Cool to Break Up Families
RUSH: “Pope Francis said today that it may be ‘morally necessary’ for some families to split up, marking a change of tone in the Catholic Church’s attitude to troubled marriages. ‘There are cases in which separation is inevitable,’ he said during his weekly general audience, with a message hoping to encourage greater compassion in the Church ahead of a highly anticipated global meeting on family life in October.”
By the way, one thing about that family meeting. The Pope said, “‘Sometimes, it can even be morally necessary, when it’s about shielding the weaker spouse or young children from the more serious wounds caused by intimidation and violence, humiliation and exploitation.’ Francis said there were many families in ‘irregular situations’ and the question should be how to best help them, and ‘how to accompany them so that the child does not become daddy or mummy’s hostage.’ The issue is likely to be addressed during the upcoming synod — a gathering of bishops — on the family, which Francis hopes will help reconcile Catholic thinking with the realities of believers’ lives in the early 21st century.”
I don’t know what Catholics are gonna think of that. As I say, I’m not a Catholic. I don’t know what Catholics are gonna think of that. ItÂ’s sometimes “morally necessary” to separate families.
Medical Marijuana Researchers Say They Need More Studies, Doritos
RUSH: On the medical front, by the way, in a shocking news story; we are all here beside ourselves. We cannot possibly believe this is true. But medical marijuana has been found to be practically worthless. Â“Medical marijuana has not been proven to work for many illnesses that state laws have approved it for, this according to the first comprehensive analysis of research on marijuana’s potential benefits. The strongest evidence that it does good for is chronic pain or muscle stiffness in multiple sclerosis. This review evaluated 79 studies involving more than 6,000 patients,Â” and they couldn’t find any practical medical application for marijuana.
Â“Evidence was weak for many other conditions, including anxiety, sleep disorders, and TouretteÂ’s Syndrome. And the authors — he-he — recommend more research. He-he-he. Rather than conclude it, “We need more research,” meaning we need more marijuana. (chuckling) We need more people smoking marijuana under medical supervision so that we can continue to study whether or not there are any upside effects.