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And to bring you up to speed here on Open Line Friday. Monday through Thursday, this program -- you have to understand, I'm a benevolent dictator. This program is about what interests me. And if people call Monday through Thursday about things that don't interest me, they never see the light of broadcast day. But on Friday I broom all of that and I turn over the all-important content of the program to callers when we go to the phones, so the callers own the program, whatever you want to talk about, feel free. If I don't care about it, I will fake it. Or I will tell you I don't care about it and just let you talk about it. It's up to you. Telephone number is 1-800-282-2882. And the e-mail address is Elrusho@eibnet.com.
Now I want you to write down this phone number as well and keep it handy. We'll be mentioning it throughout the busy broadcast day. It's 877-379-8888. That is the number to cure leukemia and lymphoma. For one day -- and we do this one day every year, this is our 19th year -- we are raising money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. It's the world's largest voluntary health organization dedicated not only to funding blood cancer research, but education and patient services to people just like you. Now, the work of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is international funding research at home and overseas, and they are outstanding in all that they do. It's interesting. This is 19 years, and I have been working with the same people for 19 years, Pam Edelstein and Larry Vanderveen. Now, that's commitment. Everyone involved at the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society that we deal with has been personally affected by this disease, one way or another. Either they themselves have contracted a form of blood cancer or members of their families have. They are in this because of the commitment to the cause, 19 years the same people. It's almost like they're part-time employees. They're dependable, you can count on them, and they're here.
Now, there are a lot of important and wonderful charities out there, but what I love about the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is that they are advancing every year. Through hard work and the generosity of people like you, we have blood cancers now playing defense. The blood cancers are on defense. We're moving the ball each and every year. It's slow, but it is steady progress. This day -- we usually do it sometime in April every year -- is one of the most meaningful days of the year, and it's stunning the level of support the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society has received from you. One day a year, less than three hours total. We do not devote the entire program to the cause. We mix our fund-raising effort here in with the rest of Open Line Friday, and the amount of money that you all have contributed to this cause to cure blood cancers over the years is just stunning. Now, everybody is aware that we are in challenging economic times. The unemployment rate is what it is and so everybody's expectations are realistic. We're always high, and we always dream, but, nevertheless, these diseases go on. They don't know economic circumstances and they don't know gender and they don't know race or religion or anything else. They strike people at times late in life.
You generally hear about the disease when somebody you know or somebody who is famous contracts a form of it. It can happen in their 40s or 50s and it is stunning when it happens, but it hits everybody and there's no rhyme or reason to it. Everybody is a potential victim here. Nine-hundred thousand patients and their families are living with leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease, myeloma, and 100,000 more patients are diagnosed every year. Now these people have more than hope going for them, because the work they're doing today for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is bringing quantifiable change, progress, and especially, especially for kids. Leukemia is the number one cancer killer of children under the age of 20. The most common form of childhood leukemia has an overall survival rate today of 88 percent. That's up one percent since a year ago. The progress here is demonstrable, and it's significant. Lymphoma is diagnosed in 63,000 Americans every year, 20,000 succumb to the disease. The five-year survival rate has risen from 47 percent in 1974 to 65 percent today, which is up another 2 percent from a year ago.
Hodgkin's disease today is considered curable. The five-year survival rate is now up to 86 percent, and it is even higher for those under 20. Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma has a long-term survival rate of 65 percent. None of this would be possible were it not for the generosity of Americans all over the country who are contributing to research. Each time that we draw near to the Cure-A-Thon I always receive tons of e-mails from family members or people who have one of these various blood cancers describing their circumstances, how their treatment is going, how valuable the research from the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society has been, and the e-mails are always filled with thanks, people asking to be passed on to you for all of the generosity, contributions, donations that you have made.
Myeloma is a cancer of the plasma cells. Sixty-three thousand Americans currently live with this disease. There are 15,000 new patients diagnosed every year. Now, this disease rarely strikes those under the age of 50, and the five-year survival rate was only 32 percent a couple years ago. It's gone up to 35 percent now. Leukemia & Lymphoma Society dollars instrumental in the development of a new treatment since we last spoke, Velcade, that brought about these recent gains. So the research goes on, lots of breakthroughs to be telling you about during the course of the day. And as always, ladies and gentlemen, we have premiums for those of you who have the ability and wherewithal to be generous this year. You can also donate at RushLimbaugh.com, we've got an online link where you can go and donate that way if you choose. Or you can call 877-379-8888. Donating online is fast. It's secure the way we do it. It holds down processing costs. More of your money thus goes right under the microscope. And the information you provide will not be shared or sold to any third-party company. If you donate today or through the weekend at RushLimbaugh.com, nobody outside of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society will know about it.
Now, a donation of 70 bucks, you will get a special commemorative dittohead T-shirt. It's a one-size-fits-all T-shirt. It's a reissue of the original dittohead design that heralded the start of this program's growing influence back in 1988. It's a great T-shirt, the first one we ever produced, and a donation of 70 bucks gets you the T-shirt. A one-hundred dollar donation entitles you to the commemorative dittohead T-shirt plus a special edition EIB golf cap. High quality adjustable-sized golf cap fits heads of all sizes. It comes in black, has a silver EIB logo, and my signature on the front. And if you go for broke, $325 or above, you will get the EIB golf hat plus a special edition EIB golf shirt that is also in black. We chose black this year to commemorate the Obama economy. Well, the T-shirt's not, the golf shirt is black. The cap is black. The golf shirt, a high quality ultra cool technology shirt, got the EIB logo on the chest and logo and my signature on the sleeve. The sizes come small to 2X.
As usual, as is always the case, I, ladies and gentlemen, never sit here and ask you to do something that I haven't done, or that I don't do. I don't want to impugn those who moderate and host Cure-A-Thons on radio or television and implore you, because every time I watch these things, other than Jerry Lewis, every time I watch I say, "What are you doing? Telling everybody else to drop everything, what are you doing?" "I am donating my time." Oh. Yeah, time has cured a lot of diseases. So, ladies and gentlemen, I'll start. I'm going to throw in $250,000 to get it all started.
RUSH: We're curing lymphoma and leukemia here on our annual Cure-A-Thon to do just that. This is year number nineteen. There have been years, by the way, not too long ago -- throughout, I guess, the last seven-and-a-half years, as you remember -- that the Drive-By Media was doing everything they could to make us believe we were in a recession or heading there as part of their ongoing effort here to depress you so as to make a Democrat option on Election Day more palatable. And even during those years, when we have thought, "Well, obviously we're going to have trouble maintaining a level of support we had last year, just because the economy is what it is now," admittedly, and we've always been wrong about that. Every year we thought we were going to have a down year, and we didn't.
And it's a testament to all of you, and every year this happens, the people we work with here at the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, they're in tears at the end of each program every year, as am I. But this year is a unique circumstance. So, I want to make the point I make every year. It doesn't take $70. If you don't have $70 to give one of the premiums or $100 or $325, whatever it is, if everybody just gave a buck, can you imagine how much money we'd raise? If everybody just went to RushLimbaugh.com and donated a dollar -- and every donation counts. You're talking about so many people here today. They all add up. There's no difference in a $50 donation and $5 donation. By the time you add them all up, they all count and they're all appreciated. So RushLimbaugh.com -- and when you go to RushLimbaugh.com and you click on the link there, it will explain all the premiums: the T-shirt, the golf shirt, the cap -- and all the details about what we are doing today.
RUSH: That's the phone number to call the program and the phone number if you want to go landline route or your cell phone to make a donation to cure lymphoma and leukemia, is 877-379-8888. But at the first break, we were ahead of last year's pace. That just... I was blown away last year. I forget what was going on last year. Oh! We were heading into a rotten economy. I was stunned that we beat the previous year, last year. I'm amazed. We've got not only more dollars brought in, but we have -- if I'm reading this right -- more donors as well, which would make sense because our audience has expanded by leaps and bounds. RushLimbaugh.com. The vast majority of people are donating online, which is the simplest way to do it -- and, again, you are guaranteed pure privacy. Nobody will get your information after you donate either by phone or at RushLimbaugh.com, as we do our nineteenth Cure-A-Thon to cure lymphoma and leukemia.
RUSH: I was telling Snerdley here in the break at the top of the hour, I'm stunned that not only do we have more donors after an hour than we had last year, but we've raised more money. Snerdley thinks what's happening -- of course, the audience has expanded geometrically. But Snerdley thinks, "You don't ask a lot of this audience, and this is a great cause and it's showing tremendous results, progress. Survival rates are increasing. New drugs are coming out to enhance life experience after diagnosis of one of these dreaded diseases, and probably people are ponying up in smaller donations this year, whatever." However you're doing it folks, you're once again stunning and amazing all of us involved here in the 19th annual leukemia Cure-A-Thon to wipe out the blood cancers.
Nine hundred thousand patients and their families are right now living with leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's Disease and myeloma, and 100,000 more will be diagnosed every year. But these people have more hope going for them because the work that we're doing today -- actually that you are doing -- for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is bringing quantifiable change, progress, especially for kids. Now, I mentioned in the case of myeloma, which is cancer of the plasma cell, 63,000 Americans currently live with myeloma. There are 15,000 new patients diagnosed every year, and this is one of the blood cancers that rarely strikes anybody under the age of 50. The five-year survival rate was 32 percent a couple years ago. It's been improved now to 35 percent. Your dollars that you have generously donated have been instrumental in the development of a new treatment.
Since we last spoke on this last year, Velcade is the name of this new treatment that's brought about these recent gains, and that's just the latest breakthrough that you've heard about during our history here with the Cure-A-Thon. If you're a regular listener, you will remember Gleevec. I got an e-mail from someone last night who was using Gleevec and who was swearing by it. All of the remarkable... In fact, this person told me he's in remission for seven-and-a-half years. He has five kids, and he's in remission seven-and-a-half years using Gleevec and other treatments. Gleevec is the drug that helped turn certain cancers that might have been fatal into chronic conditions, survivable. And Gleevec has now been approved for the treatment of three other cancers. Gleevec came about purely and simply because of the generosity of people all over the country like you who donated to the research effort.
And I love this stuff that happens in the private sector. I love the people getting involved, and private-sector work actually getting done here in a very efficient and effective way. But the vast majority of the money that you donate today -- for example, to leukemia, lymphoma -- goes to research. One of the great things about this charity is they're not top heavy. They don't take 40 percent off the top for salary, administrative and this sort of thing. The people I work with, I have been working with them for 19 years. They have not changed. They have been as committed throughout the 19 years as they were when I first met them. They've all been personally affected one way or another by a blood cancer disease. One of the things that I have really grown to like about the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society over these years is they pioneered bone marrow transplants.
Which is now, it's a ho-hum, common, everyday procedure. You see it on various television shows. But do you know what bone marrow transplants are? Bone marrow transplants are in fact adult stem cell transplants. Bone marrow transplants are adult stem cell transplants. The only stem cell therapy to date that is beyond showing promise, it is working. You didn't know that bone marrow was adult stems? It is. Bone marrow transplants are adult stem cell transplants, and they're the only ones that are working. All the others have a lot of promise. These are the only ones that are working. Leukemia & Lymphoma Society pioneered bone marrow transplants.
The Society is now very heavily invested in research to remedy complications with second-party non-identical stem cell transplants which would open up this therapy to even more patients. Now, when you donate to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, nearly 75 percent of the money goes to directly research, patients and support services as well. I know the kind of people at the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. They are some of the finest and most committed people I have met, and most of them -- the ones I know -- have been touched in some way by these cancers, and with the progress that's being made each and every year... That's also been very uplifting to be able to come here every year and say, "There's progress from last year!" I don't have to say: "Folks, we haven't learned anything new. We haven't moved forward but still, we'd like to ask you to donate."
There is demonstrable progress -- on survivability rates, particularly -- each and every year. So it's not the time to rest or to redeploy or to withdraw, especially from a cause and effort showing so much promise and providing so many breakthroughs. So join me today. I made my traditional donation in the last hour. I always do what I ask you to do. Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. RushLimbaugh.com is where you can go to donate online. The vast majority so far today are doing today. There's a phone number: 877-379-8888, and don't worry about security and privacy. Nobody is going to get your information. Nobody will have it after you donate online -- and, yes, ladies and gentlemen, there are premiums and these are detailed at RushLimbaugh.com when you hit the Leukemia Society donation button. It's fast and secure, by the way, to do it online.
Here's a quick run-down of the premiums: for a $70 donation, you get a commemorative Dittohead T-shirt. It's one-size-fits-all, and this is a reissue of the original Dittohead T-shirt from 1988. It's cool. Just in terms of a Dittohead T-shirt, there hasn't been one better. A $100 donation gets you the commemorative T-shirt plus a special EIB golf hat, a cap. High quality, adjustable size. Comes in black. Silver EIB logo and my signature on the front. And, for a, $325 donation, you get the golf hat and thhe EIB golf shirt. Now, the golf shirt and a hat come in black to commemorate the Obama economy. The shirt's cool. Ultra cool fabric. EIB logo on the chest. The logo and my signature on the sleeve. And this shirt is sized small to 2X. And, again, we're running ahead of where we were last year, which is just fabulous.
RUSH: I was stunned to see how many people here in the studio did not know that bone marrow transplants, which were pioneered by the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, are adult stem cell transplants. And they're the only ones that work. The others, it is said, have a lot of promise. But they work. There are many important, wonderful charities out there, but what I've always loved about the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is that they are advancing every year. Every year here there is progress to report. Thanks to the hard work, generosity of people like you, blood cancers are now playing defense. We're moving the ball each and every year slowly but surely. Do you know leukemia is the number one cancer killer of children under the age of 20, and the most common form of childhood leukemia has an overall survival rate today of 88 percent.
That's as astronomically high and it's up 1 percent over last year. Lymphoma is diagnosed in 63,000 Americans every year; 20,000 succumb to it. The five-year survival rate has gone up from 47 percent in 1974 to 65 percent today, and up another 2 percent over last year. Hodgkin's today is considered curable. The five-year survival rate is now up to 86 percent. It's even higher for those under 20. Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma has a long-term survival rate of 65 percent. Now, cancer of the plasma cells. That's what myeloma is. Sixty-three thousand Americans at present live with the disease. Fifteen thousand new patients are diagnosed every year. This disease rarely strikes people under the age of 50. The five-year survival rate was only 32 percent a couple years ago, and that's been improved to 35 percent. Now, we've been doing all this for 19 years, you and I together. It's tremendous, and every year you have donated more than the previous year.
And this year is no exception. Even with economic circumstances as they are, you are still coming through with flying colors. And you are in the process of blowing everybody away here. You're meeting and surpassing all the expectations that were had of you on this day, and I can't thank you enough. On behalf of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society I can't thank you enough from the bottom of my heart.
RUSH: Folks, this is incredible. Our total number of donors -- and remember, last year our Cure-A-Thon set records in number of donors and dollars raised. Our total number of donors is up 25 percent this year, 25 percent! This is no doubt the result of the vast increase in audience that has taken place this year in the program. But good grief, thanks all of you, this is just amazing! In this economic climate, total number of donors, right now we're getting close to 500,000 donors here in just the first hour at both the phone number 877-379-8888 and RushLimbaugh.com -- and of course the amount of dollars up commensurately as well on our 19th Annual Cure-A-Thon to wipe out leukemia and lymphoma.
Mark in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, you're next, sir, on Open Line Friday. Great to have you here
CALLER: Rush, it's great to talk to you. I wanted to thank you very, very much for all the wonderful work you're doing for the Leukemia Society and thank you for your listeners, too.
RUSH: They're the ones that deserve the thanks. They're the ones that deserve it, plus the people at the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, because they're the ones that channel the money to the right researchers, but none of this would be possible without all of you out there.
CALLER: Yes. I am a leukemia survivor.
CALLER: Yes. I was diagnosed in 1990, and in December of 1991 I had a bone marrow transplant, just like you were talking about.
RUSH: Was it straight leukemia that you were diagnosed with?
CALLER: It was chronic myelogenous leukemia.
RUSH: How old were you?
CALLER: Yes, two girls.
RUSH: How did you feel when they told you that?
CALLER: Pretty down.
RUSH: What were you feeling like before you got the diagnosis? Why did you go have it checked?
CALLER: With me I lost my appetite, and I lost my energy. I was really fatigued.
RUSH: That would be a godsend for me, if I lost my appetite. (laughing) So you lost your appetite and you were just tired all the time?
CALLER: Yes, and I had a very strong, stabbing pain in my shoulder. It turns out that was from all the extra white cells building up in my spleen. It grew so large it pulled the nerves in my shoulder down and put pain in my shoulder.
RUSH: So you were diagnosed in 1990, December '91 you have a bone marrow transplant, and did you say you're cured or in remission?
CALLER: They never say you're cured.
RUSH: That's what I thought.
CALLER: They always say you're in remission. But one of the neat things about it is since then, since I had the bone marrow transplant, you mentioned it, Rush, you said about Gleevec, all the research has come up with that drug, and if my cancer came back, I would not have to go through another bone marrow transplant. I could just take that Gleevec because it was designed specifically for my type of leukemia.
RUSH: Tell me about the bone marrow transplant. I've not actually seen one. Is it painful? You said you wouldn't have to go through another one. What does that mean?
CALLER: Well, the biggest problem -- it's not the actual transplant. Because when they give you stem cells it's like getting blood, just comes right to your veins. But before that they have to prepare you, and I went through four days of radiation, total, whole body, and four days of chemotherapy.
RUSH: Now you wouldn't have to do that because of the research that produced Gleevec.
CALLER: Right. I wouldn't have to do all the side effects that came from that radiation and the chemotherapy. That made me sterile. That made my eyes so dry I had to keep drops in them all the time. And other things, you know, little things. I won't go through the whole list. But they're all little things and livable.
RUSH: Now you've resumed a normal life?
CALLER: Yes, I'm back to work. I actually carry the mail and deliver letters.
RUSH: You are a mail carrier?
CALLER: Yes I am.
RUSH: Fascinating. Fascinating. What happened to you doesn't happen to everybody. It's happening to more and more people, and that's the point. More and more people are experiencing remission, survival, increased survival rates. But it still gets a lot of people and that's what the research is all about and what the donations are all about, is to try to create more and more Marks from Williamsport, Pennsylvania.
CALLER: When I was diagnosed I had a 15 percent chance. Nowadays you figure they diagnose with the same thing, it's in the 80s.
RUSH: Nothing else needs to be said about the work of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Thanks very much, Mark, and congratulations. I'm really glad you got through today.
CALLER: Thank you, Rush, and thanks to your listeners.
RUSH: You bet.
RUSH: The number of donors is up 33 percent over last year. We don't announce the dollar amount until the whole thing is over at the end of the weekend. Let me again give you the telephone number: 877-379-8888, the phone number to donate to our Cure-A-Thon or you can do so online at RushLimbaugh.com. I've been trying to figure out how this is happening given the economic circumstances that we're obviously in, if you look at the unemployment numbers and so forth. One would expect here that discretionary dollars and donation dollars like this, charitable dollars would be harder to come by in circumstances like this, but you in this audience are disproving it. Two observations here: We live in an era where scam artists are plentiful. We're living here in the era of Bernie Madoff, supposedly, allegedly, the guy in Texas. We are hearing about the excesses of certain Wall Street executives who bonus themselves out the wazoo when their companies were losing big money, and we are living also in an era where it seems more and more people are being told you can't do it yourself, you need help from somebody else.
Remember the story we had, might have been last Open Line Friday, some people in Kauai lived near a park that many of them actually use to earn a living, some it's just recreation, and the access road to the park was damaged somehow, and the State of Hawaii said, "Well, this is going to take two years and millions of dollars," to fix this access road so the park could be usable again. And the people of Kauai affected by this just took matters into their own hands and in a matter of days fixed the road. Eight days, they fixed the road, and obviously for far less than the millions the State told them it would take that the State said they didn't have even after all this porkulus money has been dished out to the states. So we live in an era where I think people suspect scam artists, when people come along and offer you money or ask for money from you, and say, "I've got a great deal for you," or what have you. When you look at the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, and you listen to the last call we had from Mark in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, you realize that the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, the blood cancers are real, and the progress being made in research to prolonging survivability rates, and even cures, is substantial. And it's real.
We've been doing this for 19 years, and every year we are able to tell you of advances in research such as a new drug this year that has been developed since we were together on the Cure-A-Thon last year. The drug is called Velcade and deals with myeloma, cancer of the plasma cells. Gleevec, which the letter carrier from Williamsport, Pennsylvania, described as something that would prevent him, if he had a reoccurrence -- he's been in remission since 1991 or '92 -- but if he needed a bone marrow transplant he wouldn't need a bone marrow transplant because of Gleevec. So there are substantive measures, progress that we can share with you and testimonial phone calls from people and e-mails from people who have been diagnosed with one of the blood cancers and who have survived longer than people five years ago, 10 years ago, and certainly 20 years ago that had these diseases. So it's real. It's not a scam. There's no doubt about it. I think this also meets the test of people doing things themselves. Nobody is using the word investment to you today. Nobody is saying we're going to invest here and this is going to help you and we're not asking for a central clearinghouse. This is not going anywhere but straight to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, and then they distribute it as needed, and they don't just do research, medical research and so forth, they provide support services for families of patients who have been diagnosed with one of the blood cancers.
So it's something to put your arms around. You can touch it. It's real. And it works. There's a genuine payoff as a result of this. It's not as though you think you're throwing money away or at something that you'll have no direct knowledge of it working. With the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, you know that it is. I'll just run through some of the statistics again just to show you the degree to which research is working: 900,000 patients and their families are living with leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease, myeloma; 100,000 more patients are diagnosed every year, and a lot of them late in life. If it happens to somebody who has notoriety, it always stuns you, because this disease knows nothing from race, gender, sex. It just attacks, and these people, these 900,000 and the 100,000 that are going to be diagnosed every year, these people have more than hope going for them, because the work that you all are doing here, the money that you are enabling the work to be done for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is bringing quantifiable change, progress, and especially for kids. Like leukemia. Leukemia is the number one cancer killer of children under the age of 20. The most common form of childhood leukemia now has an overall survival rate today of 88 percent. That's up 1 percent over last year. That equals progress.
Lymphoma is diagnosed in 63,000 Americans every year and 20,000 succumb to it. The five-year survival rate has risen. It was 47 percent in 1974, it's 65 percent today. That is up 2 percent over last year as well. Hodgkin's disease is now considered curable. The five-year survival rate is 86 percent, and it's even higher for those who get the disease when they're under 20. Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma has a long-term survival rate of 65 percent, of course. But the myeloma, which the new treatment Velcade is used for, your dollars are instrumental in the development of Velcade, by the way, and it's brought the recent gains -- listen to this: 63,000 Americans live with myeloma, cancer of the plasma cells. There are 15,000 new patients diagnosed every year. The disease strikes mostly people over 50, five-year survival rate, 32 percent a couple years ago. It's 35 percent now and climbing with the development of a new treatment called Velcade. Once a year we do this, raise money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, the world's largest voluntary health organization, dedicated not only to funding blood cancer research but education and patient services as well. And I must stress again the geometric progression here of small donations. It doesn't take a lot of people giving a lot of money to make a difference.
With the size of this audience, with the donor percentage here raised 33 percent, the number of donors is up 33 percent. If everybody just gave a dollar in this audience, it would set a record. Of course, everybody is not going to. But there's no difference in the size of a donation. There's no donation too small for you to think that it's irrelevant or not important, because it's going to be added together with everybody else's. It's going to end up being a giant end-of-the-weekend figure, which is what we're all after, and you are exceeding all of our expectations all day long, from the first reporting period 15 minutes after the program began we have been up, and each reporting period after that has been up, it's astounding. Really is. We also have folks, as we always do, high-quality premiums for donations of a certain amount: $70 donation you will get the special commemorative Dittohead T-shirt, one-size-fits-all. It's big. It will fit you, and it's the original Dittohead design that heralded the start of this program's growing influence in 1988. A one-hundred dollar donation entitles you to the Dittohead T-shirt and a special edition EIB golf cap. It's black. It's adjustable, the EIB logo and my signature on the front in silver. And if you manage to get up to $325 or higher, you get an EIB golf shirt that does come sized in small to XX. You can specify. The T-shirt's in black as well. Get the cap as well. Both are black to commemorate the Obama economy. So all of us this is explained at RushLimbaugh.com when you check in there. And again the phone number, 877-379-8888. And thank you again already. This is mind-boggling what is happening here today, with all things considered, period. Mind-boggling, regardless.
RUSH: All right, I have to think about this. I have just been informed... For those you who are regular listeners, you know that there are two women, they're sisters, that live in the state of Washington who have been regular participants and donors here of the Cure-A-Thon. And they have issued a challenge. By the way, these two women, they arranged for a carving of a pelican -- the pelican is my all-time favorite bird. They arranged for the carving of a pelican that is in the Southern Command. We keep it here in the public lobby of the EIB Broadcast Complex. But when we start the Cure-A-Thon here at the beginning of the program, I always make a donation myself. I never ask people to do something I haven't done, things like this. I also mention it one time, but I've now got to mention it again. My donation started off with $250,000. Now, our two friends from the state of Washington have issued a really difficult challenge. And that is that if I will increase my $250,000 to $300,000, they will match it. So I'm going to think about this. I've had a tough tax season (chuckling). No, of course we'll do that. I don't have to think about that. I'll up the 250 to 300 if our two ladies from the State of Washington are going to match it. So that's done. I'm almost speechless here in trying to describe this to you. We don't give out the dollar numbers until it's all over. But, I mean, long ago we passed into seven figures. You people are so great. It just has me in awe. It really does.
RUSH: Even without tabulating my donation of $300,000 matched by the sisters from the state of Washington, we are so far ahead of last year that is unbelievable. I want to stress, folks. I was telling the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society people before we started this, "It's a down economy. A lot of people are uncertain about their own economic future, and I don't know what to expect this year. We'll do our best." Once again, you have just blown everybody's socks off. You have so far surpassed last year in terms of the number of donors and the dollar amount raised that it's just incredible, and there's no amount of thanks that anybody can offer you verbally here that would suffice. But take solace and take joy in knowing that every dollar you donate is leading to significant advances toward the cure of these diseases.
And before the cures are reached survivability rates for all of the blood cancers are increasing at rapid rates. A new treatment for myeloma, Velcade, since we were last with you at last year's Cure-A-Thon. But the survival rate for lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease, myeloma, leukemia, are all on the increase -- and this is something that you can grasp. It's real. It's something that you can say that you've had a significant role in. And I know... We've been talking to the folks at the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society who are not here in Florida; they're in New York. I've been talking to them in the IFB during the commercial breaks, and they're as excited and stunned as I've ever seen them in 19 years. And it's all because of you. One person called here and said, "Thanks for all the work you do."
And, of course, most hosts would say: "Well, you're welcome," but, you know, really, it's not hard here to sing the praise of a great organization and ask you to continue the progress, the great works that they're doing. All of the thanks and all of the attaboys and attagirls are aimed at you. You've come through once again, demonstrating what we all know: the true compassion and true hands-on, take-care-of-something, try-to-fix-it-ourselves attitudes, are found in the best of the American people. It's still there, and I could not be more honored to have people like you make up this audience. I cannot thank you enough. Again, the phone number and website are both open all weekend to take your donations. Some people will not hear this until their podcasts later tonight or through the weekend. And you might want to go later than today if you want to think about it.
RUSH: Once again, folks, thank you from the bottom of our hearts, from me, all of us here at the EIB Network and those with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Have a wonderful weekend. You deserve it.
CALLER: Hello, Rush. Once again it's an honor to speak with you. I'm so fired up today between Napolitano and the latest of the memo or whatever -- what did Snerdley say it's called?
RUSH: CIA interrogation.
CALLER: Oh, please!
RUSH: Obama, he really thought about this so long. He struggled with whether or not to release the details here. Do you know the left, Madeleine, is all bent out of shape because Obama said: "No, we've got to move on. We're not going to prosecute any of the CIA people who did the interrogations," but he did not rule out prosecuting former Bush administration officials.
CALLER: Yeah, I heard that. What was the purpose? Is this the purpose of this, to distract people from the idiot things he's doing? Aren't people more concerned about the economy, their jobs?
RUSH: No, I want you to stop and think of this again.
RUSH: You're going to come up with your own answer. Here you have memos -- and, by the way, if you look at what we are calling "torture," you have to laugh. For example, what was it? "Slapping...putting an insect in with a prisoner in a small confined area." There were 10 of these, but if you go through what are said to be the four worst, water boarding, of course, which worked on Khalid Sheikh Mohammed. I'm looking here for the details. Yeah, "sleep deprivation, facial slaps, placing one high-ranking al-Qaeda suspect," that would be Abu Zubaydah, "in a cramped box of what he was told was a stinging insect." This guy had a paranoia about stinging insects. They put him in with a caterpillar.
RUSH: A caterpillar doesn't sting.
RUSH: But they told him it stung and it worked. This is what supposedly made us the moral equivalent of al-Qaeda. So you tell me: Why would Barack Obama feel it necessary to release this to the world? especially when you look at what Obama said. Let me read you this. "First the interrogation techniques described in these memos have already been widely reported." So if he had to get the truth out because it was already out, right? So answer your own question again. Why would he do this?
CALLER: I -- I -- I can't answer that. It just makes no sense to me. I don't get it.
RUSH: Now, now...
CALLER: You'll have to help me out there, Rush. Come on.
RUSH: Now, now, now.
CALLER: Does the Bush bashing have something to do with it? Is it that it never ends?
RUSH: That's part of it, but it's about far more than that. It makes total sense that Obama would do this. (interruption) Now, why are you frowning at me, Snerdley? Do you think...? (interruption) Jeez. (sigh) Is everything left up to me? Can nobody...? Is there no critical thinking left anymore? Is it always all going to be up to me?
CALLER: Yes, it is. It's something every single day with the (garbled) and I --
CALLER: -- just can't take it anymore.
RUSH: You have a President of the United States who at every opportunity on foreign soil is doing what?
CALLER: Making a fool out of himself. Weak photo-ops.
RUSH: He's apologizing for his own country.
CALLER: Oh. That's right. I forgot about that.
RUSH: He's writing op-eds that run in Mexico and Central American countries yesterday and today that apologize for his own country. He goes to the G20. He apologizes for his own country. Now, during the prosecution of the Iraq war, one of the number one talking points -- and its purpose, was to discredit the US military, to demoralize the US military, and to secure the defeat of the United States -- was to manufacture all this horrible, rotten brouhaha about torture. And of course it started with Abu Ghraib in Baghdad and then Club Gitmo and so forth. For a President of the United States -- who does not like this country as it's currently structured and who, by his own admission, is going to build a new foundation -- isn't it easy and easier to release this and say:
"See? I told you our country was guilty! We Democrats told you our country was guilty! These memos from my predecessor prove that this country is guilty! We have gone beyond our values and morals," or what have you. So if you have a president whose mentors... He sat in church 20 years hearing what a rotten, unfair, unjust country the United States was. He heard it from his parents. He heard it from Bill Ayers. He believes it! Plus he keeps the media on his side because they bought into this totally. This makes total sense. And people are saying, "But, Rush! But, Rush!" and Mike Hayden and Mike Mukasey. Hayden is former CIA and Mukasey is former attorney general, wrote a great, great, great op-ed about this.
My God, we've just shown our enemies what we do! We've just given away the effective elements of our techniques here, and people ask, "Why would Obama do that?" Look it, now, we do arrive at a point where I can't explain certain things. Maybe Obama thinks we're not going to get hit again. Maybe Obama thinks -- maybe he really does believe like people in conflict-resolution class do -- that al-Qaeda is going to read this memo and understand that Obama released it and maybe he thinks that terrorists around the world are going to conclude, "Hey, the United States is okay now! We don't need to attack them." That's naive. I can't believe that really explains it. What he's done now is, if we're hit again, he owns it. If we're hit again, President Obama owns it.
RUSH: I'm getting nagged by some people who say: "Hey, I know some caterpillars that sting." Okay, so a caterpillar can sting, but you can't die from the thing. I've never heard of a caterpillar that stings, but if it stings it stings. You don't die from one. You might think you're going to, but we're talking about people who cut people's heads off, for crying out loud! What are we getting all concerned here about putting somebody in a little box with a caterpillar? So this is a montage from last night and this morning, Stephanopolous, Mika Brzezinski, Joe Scarborough, Chris Matthews and Tom Foreman of CNN.
STEPHANOPOLOUS: The fact that Zubaydah was tortured with an insect in the confinement box, that was surprising.
BREZINSKI: Actually putting bugs --
SCARBOROUGH: A caterpillar, yes.
MATTHEWS: What kind of bug -- how big was this bug? Put somebody in a coffin and you throw bugs in.
FOREMAN: One memo even okayed throwing in an insect of which he was believed to be deathly afraid.
RUSH: Man, this is torture? Slapping somebody in the face is torture? Sleep deprivation is torture? Throwing somebody in a little cramped environment with a caterpillar. Look, we found out this Zubaydah guy cuts people's heads off, who murders people, who tries to engage in mass killing, and by the way, according to Mukasey, the former attorney general, and Mike Hayden, the former CIA director, all this stuff worked, including the water board on Khalid Sheikh Mohammed. They say it is a myth -- and there's a lot of myths -- they say in their brilliant op-ed that it's a myth that people lie to escape torture. For people to say that, to have an objection, it shows their ignorance. What interrogation is about is gathering intel. It's not just exclusively about trying to ascertain guilt. It's about ascertaining intel and there are many techniques that you use. One of the techniques to test a suspect is to ask him questions to which you already know the answers. Find out if he's being honest with you or not from the get-go. The idea that torture doesn't work, that's been put out from John McCain on down. McCain for the longest time said torture didn't work, and then he admitted in his acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention last summer that he was broken by the North Vietnamese, so what are we to think here?
We're talking about national security. People have got to put this in context. If you want to pretend that we live in the idyllic days -- 24 inches of snow in Denver tonight and tomorrow, by the way, thank you, global warming. Yup, 24-inch snow in Denver tonight and tomorrow, maximum possible -- here it is, April 17th, people want to live in these idyllic days, April 17th, 2009 and start thinking about putting these poor people in with a caterpillar or slapping them in the face, oh, how horrible. Put yourself in the aftermath of 9/11. By the way, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed was claiming credit for beheading Daniel Pearl. We're supposed to sit here and worry about a face slap? Here is Obama, himself, the Spanish language version Juan Carlos Lopez interviewing Obama says: "Spanish Judge Baltasar Garzon is considering a lawsuit by attorneys representing six Spaniards who were at one point held at Guantanamo, and that lawsuit wants to go after President Bush's legal team. What's your reaction to that?"
OBAMA: I've been very clear that Guantanamo is to be closed, that some of the practices of enhanced interrogation techniques I think ran counter to American values and American traditions. So I've put an end to these policies.
RUSH: No, it's still open.
OBAMA: I'm a strong believer that it's important to look forward and not backwards. We're moving a process forward here in the United States to understand what happened, but also to focus on how we make sure that the manner in which we operate currently is consistent with our values and our traditions.
RUSH: What values and traditions are these people talking about? I've been hearing this for eight years. What the hell values and traditions are they talking about? Appeasement? Surrender? What the hell values and what traditions? National security, defend and protect the people of this country and the Constitution, that's the oath.
RUSH: I forgot to mention we're talking about the horrible, horrible, horrible form of torture. The Obama Administration revealed in memos yesterday Abu Zubaydah was placed in a small area, smaller cell than usual with an insect. He had a fear of insects. They told him it was an insect that stings, a caterpillar. It turns out it was not used. The Chicago Tribune has it. He was not put in the cell with the insect, they just talked about it. In the memos it wasn't even used and even just that they were talking about it has people up in arms on the left. (laughing) Snerdley is saying to me these people have no idea. They have no idea what they're doing to us. It depends on who you're talking about. If you're talking about average Joe six-pack Democrat, I agree. He has no clue. But the people in charge of this administration, they know exactly what they're doing and there's a systemic plan for it. Don't fool yourselves they don't know what they're doing. They're roping in, they're sucking in all kinds of people.
One thing that's good here, and I'm not going to mention any names because this is a great day. We are still, I shouldn't say still. I'm just surprised given economic circumstances. We are way ahead of last year for our Cure-A-Thon. Number of donors, number of dollars. I'm just in awe of this, of all of you that do this every year. The relationship that you and I have has to be probably the most unique audience/host relationship out there today. This is just mind-boggling to me. So I don't want to get too negative here and name some names, but we've got some people I thought were on our side, conservatives, who themselves are getting sucked in by this stuff, Snerdley. They're getting sucked in by all of it, from making ourselves poorer which will lead to a simpler life of planting a garden and living off the radishes that we grow ourselves and we'll start smoking more and we'll start to getting to know our families more and our neighbors more. This is all fine and dandy, because we're clearing out the dead weight on our side. But they know exactly what they're doing.
They don't think they're putting us at risk, Snerdley. They don't think that. I wouldn't say that Barack Obama wants the country to get hit again, would you? Do you think Barack Obama has a desire for a terrorist attack on this country? I don't think that would play right now very well given what he wants to do with spending and so forth. But I do think that there is a complex among these people that it won't happen when he's there. It won't happen. Messianic type things are going to happen. These guys are going to read these memos and they're going to understand it's not Bush anymore. We're not out to harm 'em. Now these guys that we're talking about, they'd cut off their own wives' heads if they detect them doing something not within the bounds of the law. And we've got memos out there today saying how rude and horrible we are because we slap people. (slapping sound) I just slapped myself. (more slapping) I'm torturing myself right now. That's torture, according to these people. If there is another hit, we're the laughing stock in Tora Bora; we're the laughing stock in the caves of Pakistan; we're the laughing stock in Riyadh; we're the laughing stock in Tehran; we're the laughing stock in all of these capitals, Damascus.
RUSH: Bob in Bismarck, North Dakota. Great to have you with us, hello.
CALLER: Rush, thanks for taking my call, especially on an important day like this. You're doing a good thing today, and we appreciate it.
RUSH: Thanks very much.
CALLER: Those that can do, should, and I mean that. My comment today was I'm a little confused. I know you can help me. Somebody like Khalid Sheikh Mohammed who has murdered Americans, who has planned to murder hundreds if not thousands of America's, we cannot even muss his hair, yet three little Somali pirates that have never hurt anybody, we can shoot them down in cold blood. I'm just a little confused about this.
RUSH: Three black Somalia teenage pirates we can gun down on orders from the Oval Office, but that's because Obama's doing it and Bush did Khalid Sheikh Mohammed.
CALLER: Okay, it's just as simple as that, huh?
RUSH: When you boil it down to its essence. What you're pointing out is great hypocrisy, tremendous hypocrisy. But I'm sure that you would have some very serious Democrat liberals tell you, "Well, those kids, those pirates, they were pointing a gun at our captain. When we got Sheikh Mohammed, he's threatening nobody when he's in prison."
CALLER: How about all the people that he knows that are threatening all of us? Isn't that worth finding out about?
RUSH: The argument of course will break down. This is not the only thing that people are upset about. This Department of Homeland Security report that targets the military, returning military and compares them to Timothy McVeigh, I got an e-mail last night from James Boggess -- I hope I'm pronouncing his name right. He's a subscriber at RushLimbaugh.com.
"Rush, I served eight years for the US Army. At no time during those eight years did I receive any training on how to rent a truck, load it with fertilizer, soak it with petroleum product, park it next to a federal building and ignite the mixture causing destruction to property and killing countless innocent people. Timothy McVeigh was a nut case, pure and simple. It's a sad thing that the government wants to focus on the fact that he was a veteran. There are millions of productive men and women in this country right now that are veterans. They put their lives on hold to serve their country. Now to find out that their country is not only ungrateful but also prepared to label them terrorists? I noticed that Janet Napolitano said to the extent that veterans read it as an accusation an apology is owed. She didn't apologize. She just said one is owed. My guess is she will never apologize, and she'll be placed on the shelf next to Jane Fonda, as far as I'm concerned, as will Obama, since this report is his, and straight out of a Jeremiah Wright sermon. Mega dittos, El Rushbo, you keep me mellow and laughing at the chaos that is now our government."
There are a lot of people upset about this. I want you to listen to Mike Hayden, the former CIA director. He was on Andrea Mitchell NBC News Washington yesterday. She asked him this question: "What is the harm in being open about our techniques? I mean, that's certainly what President Obama promised during the campaign."
HAYDEN: The release of the memos harms American security, and therefore, I think the best course of action would have been to have kept them classified. After all, this began life as a covert action whose definition is that the hand of the United States government is never acknowledged and the details of the operation are never revealed. And so I don't think it automatically fits into the class of the American people need to know. The degree to which we make these techniques public, that we tell our enemies the outer limits of American interrogation techniques, will effectively take these techniques off the table because our enemy will know all of our approaches to him. So there are a variety of reasons, I think, that it would have been best to keep the techniques secret.
RUSH: Obama has his reasons and I do think they're couched in the notion that this country is guilty. This country is guilty as it exists and as it was founded, and our guilt was confirmed in the way we conducted the war on terror so we've got to spank ourselves. And he thinks this will show the rest of the world what a decent guy he is, what a decent country we are.
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RUSH: This is Jill in Cleveland, Texas. Great to have you with us.
CALLER: Hi, Rush. A while back I called you about my son, Randy, being brainwashed at school into believing that the reason we went to Iraq was for the oil. Do you remember that?
RUSH: Never forget that.
RUSH: You were very worried about your son.
CALLER: Well, I'd like to give you an update. I asked him what his teacher said, and he told me he joined the Marines.
RUSH: He joined the Marines after hearing -- I told you the real reasons we were in Iraq had nothing to do with oil.
RUSH: And your son went and joined the Marines.
CALLER: That's right.
RUSH: Where is he now?
CALLER: He's in North Carolina, waiting to deploy to Afghanistan.
RUSH: They're sending him to Afghanistan?
CALLER: I think so.
RUSH: Jill, are you proud? Did you expect that to happen?
CALLER: No. I expected some kind of smart-ass remark from his teacher.
RUSH: Jill, it's interesting that you called today about this because I stumbled across a news story last night when I was engaged in show prep and it's from the Kansas City Scar newspaper. I'll give you a quote. It's from our highly respected Vice President Joe Biden, who, by the way, does not speak with a teleprompter. So you can't blame this on the teleprompter. Are you listening out there, Jill?
CALLER: Yeah, can we blame it on him?
RUSH: This is Joe Biden: "How many of you think we would have so many troops stationed in that area of the world --" the Middle East, "-- if we didn't need the oil? If you add the actual price of oil, it's probably $10 more a barrel just by the military we have to provide to be able to ensure those oil lanes stay open." So now all of a sudden after seven years of Democrats being led by people like Biden saying how the war was unjust because it was for oil, here is Joe Biden claiming we're there for oil and we've always been there for oil, and our troops are there for oil. Now, we didn't fight the war for oil. Do not misunderstand here, Jill. We didn't fight the war for oil. We don't have their oil. We didn't have to fight a war to get their oil. I think as I told you, if we wanted their oil we could have just said: "Okay, you guys can clean up your own mess here and we're going to take over the oil-producing aspects of your country," and we could just take it over. There was nobody there to stop us. But we didn't do that. These people on the left are just out of their minds.
So here's Biden. You know what he's doing? Here's his strategery on this. Joe Biden is trying to convince people that if we stop using oil, we'll save a lot of money and we can bring our troops home, because if we don't use oil from over there, we won't need to protect oil pipelines, shipping lanes or any of that. This is all part of this administration's push toward the green energy sources that are not going to manifest themselves, solar energy, which is a giant ruse, and windmills and this sort of thing. The logical conclusion to what Vice President Biden is saying here, if Obama is in charge, and his spokesman is admitting that they are keeping our men and women in harm's way for oil, then why don't we drill our own? We have plenty of oil. Oil reserves offshore in this country, go get our own. Why are we -- as they love to say -- deploying American treasure to the foreign sands of Saudi Arabia to protect their oil when we've got our own?
If we're in the Middle East for oil, why not drill here and drill now to save these lives immediately? We've got plenty of oil in our country and offshore. This is a significant statement. Gibbs ought to be asked about this, the brilliant Press Secretary for the Obama Administration. Joe Biden, "How many of you think we would have so many troops stationed in that area of the world if we didn't need the oil? If you add the actual price of oil, it's probably $10 more a barrel just by the military we have to provide to be able to ensure those oil lanes stay open." I also think this is a despicable way to minimize the US military security guards for something we have in abundance. These people are just dumping all over the US military. Their DHS report, and now this. But I guess it was a lie when they said we were doing all this for oil. Biden's now admitting that's why we deploy the military.
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CALLER: Good day. By the way, thank you for your efforts with this Cure-A-Thon.
RUSH: I appreciate that, sir.
CALLER: In fact, it's a perfect model for the disease we see in our country. And that is, some of the funds, as you know, of course you're right in the middle of it, go to alleviating symptoms, and some of the funds also go in the treatment phase for adult bone marrow transplant.
CALLER: But there's also more and more of the funds that are going into prevention, okay? More and more, as they're learning more in the area of cell research and that kind of thing.
RUSH: That's --
CALLER: Now, come back to the country, our country.
RUSH: That's an important point too.
CALLER: So can I frame that, then --
CALLER: -- with Lincoln's statement, and that is, as you know, "The philosophy of the classroom in one generation becomes the philosophy of the government in the next." Now, what we see in the government is a disease, is a cancer. But wee see more and more of the electorate that's also got the cancer. Now, we commonly complain about our public education system -- which I am now officially renaming our "public mis-education system" -- and if we don't put more of our focus, refocus more of our energy on time and effort to completely refurbish that public education system -- starting, of course, it's the curriculum which is mush. But the administrators have minds of mush, and what do we expect our kids are going to have? They're going to have the minds of mush that you're talking about all the time. We almost think that it's hopeless to do this, but it's not, because we are paying the bill for it. We are paying 100 percent of the bill for it! So if we don't refocus our energies off the symptoms of the disease and back on to the root cause of it and to prevent it for the future generations, it ain't going to happen, Rush. We're not going to cure this disease.
RUSH: There's no question our society is in the process of being dumbed down and has for many generations. The hideous thing is that it's done purposely.
CALLER: Of course it is. We know that. It started way back in the early last century, and we know who did it. Most people don't want to take the time to hear about it, but it's real. I was even part of the conspiracy myself as an educator and as a former staunch atheist, humanist and evolutionary biologist. I was part of it. I know what's going on behind the scenes. Nobody wants to hear about it.
RUSH: Okay. Well, wait a second. What saved you?
CALLER: (chuckling) Who can save anybody?
RUSH: Well, no, but --
CALLER: You know who saved me. There's only one person and that's the ultimate truth. The person that saved me got my head and straightened it out, was when I started reading the scripture and realized how brilliant it was. But that's way before I came to God.
RUSH: But, wait. The people you're talking about say the scripture is a recipe of socialism.
CALLER: Of course they're going to say that. That's what I said all those years. That's part of the battle! The point is: What is truth? If we say we're truth-seekers we can't use misinformation to bring people to some so-called truth because that's not a genuine truth-seeker. And here's the deal. We have to refocus all of our time, and effort and resources on completely refurbishing the entire public mis-education system. If we do not, we are wasting our time for the future. That's it! You've talked about it a lot, but if we don't refocus and take care of it, because every single administrator in all the curricula are all with mush.
RUSH: I know. I hear about it
CALLER: And we cannot expect to cure the disease without taking care of that. We cannot do it. It won't work.
RUSH: I'll give you a story, tell you a little story. I know someone who has high school-aged children in the school district. This person tells me some of the most outrageous things. I'm going to tell you one story.
CALLER: Before you do that --
CALLER: I was involved in the conspiracy. If your producer wants to get back to me.... Look it, my life has been threatened just to bring this stuff out. If you want to get back to me I can at least feed you some more information as we go forward.
RUSH: We'll get your number before you go, but I want you to listen to this.
CALLER: Fine, fine. Go ahead.
RUSH: This teacher was teaching ostensibly a history class, and used the class each and every day to prosthelytize extreme liberal politics.
RUSH: What she said in this class was no different than what you would see on MSNBC or CNN or read The New York Times. It contained every cliche, mischaracterization and character assassination of conservatives. This woman, this teacher was giving tests to students after she had given them the answers. There was no history taught in this class. It was pure current event, current day, present-day politics.
CALLER: That's how it's done.
RUSH: She gave them the tests so that the administrator would think her history class was going well and that her class was learning history -- and if you're a kid and you're a junior in high school, who wouldn't want that? I mean, the kids are not going to stand up and oppose this. Now, a couple kids tell their parents about it. That's how I found out about it. But the parents didn't want this mentioned publicly because they were afraid of maybe some bad things happening to their kids in the school.
CALLER: That's right.
RUSH: So they want to try to deal with it at the PTA level or talking to the principal. But that's often ineffective.
CALLER: Part of the whole strategy is intimidation. That's part of it.
RUSH: Exactly right.
CALLER: But it starts with misinformation and you need to know some stuff. What's going on, it's been going on for a couple of decades most people don't know about it. You need to know it.
RUSH: We hear about it. We hear about it. I've got students. In fact, we've had a ration of students calling here in the last month or so at the high school and college level describing things, for example, about me in their textbooks. We know what's going on out there, and it is a problem. It's not only mis-education, it is un-education. A lot of kids are simply being dumbed down and they certainly aren't being taught the facts and the truth of the founding of this country, and they're not taught about American exceptionalism. They're taught to think Obama's brilliant when he runs around apologizing for the country. Seventeen- and 18-year-olds thinking their country needs to be apologized for? For what reason? Not that they're old enough to know. They just haven't lived long enough. Anyway, I appreciate the call, Steve. Thanks very much.
Now, "Too often, the United States has not sought or maintained relations with our neighbors." Let's pretend we're in Mexico City and we open the newspaper. We're reading this. In the '90s -- and I won't forget this because I got a call from the then-chairman of the Federal Reserve, Alan Greenspan, explaining it to me, a $25 billion bailout for the government of Mexico, because they were in big, big trouble. What percentage of the Mexican workforce do you think we employ? How many of them are here? We signed NAFTA. How many American businesses have relocated? What in the world is he apologizing for? He's apologizing because he wants people around the world to have their hate for this country confirmed by no less than the President of the United States, because the more people inside and outside this country who disapprove of it, the more opportunity and power he will be given to reshape it.
To rebuild it, with his "new foundation." This part's pretty interesting, too: "To confront our economic crisis, we don't need a debate about whether to have a rigid, state-run economy or unbridled and unregulated capitalism is better -- we need pragmatic and responsible action that advances our common prosperity. To combat lawlessness and violence, we don't need a debate about whether to blame right-wing paramilitaries or left-wing insurgents -- we need practical cooperation to expand our common security." Once again, here is the time honored technique that Barack Obama uses: the straw man. Runaway capitalism? We don't have runaway capitalism. What he means by "runaway capitalism" is no regulations on any business whatsoever.
"[W]e don't need a debate about whether to have a rigid, state-run economy or unbridled and unregulated capitalism is better..." We most certainly do, but we need to redefine the terms here, because here's the sad reality -- and this is where we find ourselves today. We have to admit -- those of us who are capitalists, we have to admit -- that some of these people at the banks, they did overstep. But I'm not willing to concede that it's a number one problem and fault of the banks, when you've got Barney Frank and Ted Kennedy and Bill Clinton and Chris Dodd and Janet Reno threatening these banks to make loans to people that they couldn't pay back. So the banks are dealing in worthless paper. They have to come up with ways to make the worthless worth something.
So they create all these new derivatives, credit default swaps, package these mortgages and securities; sell them and sell them; as long as the boom is going great and everybody seems to be making money. It seems to be going fine. And everybody was making a mistake at the same time, because basic foundational principles were being ignored. You cannot loan money to people that can't pay it back and survive, as the lender. At some point, if you pass off your horrible business experience of loaning lots of people money that they can never pay back -- if you pass it up to somebody else down the line and they pass it off -- at some point it's going to come due, and it has. The debate most clearly is about what is the best way to provide prosperity for the greatest number of people in the world. And you can go around the world, folks, and you can find the unequal distribution of capitalism as the number one reason why people remain poor.
Here's the problem that always results -- and I have mentioned this on several occasions. When capitalism screws up, or when the case has been persuasively made that capitalism screws up (such as these banks) you get more government. You get more government to fix it! Everybody looks to the government to, "Make it fair, Mr. Limbaugh," but then when government screws up, you don't get more capitalism. When government screws up, you get more government. When the Great Society doesn't work, when it doesn't eradicate poverty, you get more poverty programs that don't work. So we're kind of screwed here. Philip Klein in American Spectator asked a question I'm going to paraphrase here. Ask yourself: Who do you want essentially running the economics of the United States in this hemisphere, Marx, Lenin, Stalin or would you rather take your chances with some American CEOs? I know how I would answer that, but right now Obama's ruling that out.
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WTG Rush!! Thanks for doing what the wealthy do, by CHOICE! Giving to those causes that matter most to your heart!
It will be uneccessary since the one promised to cure cancer /Major Sarc
xoxo Thanks Rush, for being, well, YOU!
|Story #1: George Will Rips Apart America's Blue Jeans
< strong> RUSH: I missed this yesterday. I saw it only last night because it was brought to my attention. George Will wrote a column in the Washington Post yesterday just excoriating blue jeans, just ripping the hell out of denim. He thinks the country is in serious trouble because you can't tell the parents from the kids, that people do not take seriously how they appear to people wearing denim. It goes through the history of denim's creation invention by Levi Strauss for the gold rush, with the copper rivets because of the hard work being done. He said it's absolutely silly people go out and buy prewashed acid-treated jeans to make them look like trash the first time you put them on. When I read this I said, "Whoa, this so unlike George Will." Let me give you one passage from this.
"This is not complicated. For men, sartorial --" by the way, for those of you in Rio Linda and Port St. Lucie, that means clothes, attire. "For men, sartorial good taste can be reduced to one rule: If Fred Astaire would not have worn it, don't wear it. For women, substitute Grace Kelly." If Grace Kelly wouldn't have worn it, don't wear it. And he's serious about this. Well, I'll tell you, I found it fascinating because I don't like blue jeans either. Well, there was one time that I had -- but they weren't blue jeans, they didn't look like blue jeans. They were light blue. I wore them a couple times, but everybody that talks about blue jeans loves how comfortable they are. I have never found a pair of those things to be comfortable. I don't care if they're brand-new, prewashed, acid-treated. They just aren't comfortable. I could buy a pair of blue jeans five sizes too big and they'd be too tight. But that's not my opposition to them. My opposition to them -- and I was talking about this story, there's a biographer doing a biography on my grandfather. His name is Dennis Bowman and I spoke to him Monday afternoon.
He wanted to know what was my grandfather and my relationship like during the turbulent '60s with all the riots, and I said there was no problem, because the last thing I wanted to do was look like the people that were on the protest march. When I was 16, 17, I was already targeting the establishment as my place. I didn't want to be out there protesting it. I was looking to get in on it, so the last thing I did was wear T-shirts. I don't have T-shirts either. I mean, I've got some colored T-shirts I sometimes wear under a sport coat. But I don't have a white T-shirt. You couldn't find one. The last time I had one you couldn't find it. I don't know where it was. What? I have "power crackling through" my shorts, exactly right, Snerdley. But I didn't want to be identified with those in my generation that are bombing buildings and all that. That's why I found his column interesting. He's got a different take on it than I do. I just don't like them. He thinks the country is going to hell because everybody's wearing denim.
Story #2: Offensive WSJ Headline on Private Planes
RUSH: Now, let's see. Wall Street Journal, this headline offends me to no end: "'Ditch the Jet: It's Cool to Fly Commercial.' -- Brad Pitt does it. Lloyd Blankfein does it." Goldman Sachs. "Even Justin Timberlake and Prince William do it. They've all ditched their private planes and opted to fly commercial -- or, in Blankfein's case, take the train. Following the GM jet fiasco, the private aircraft business has had an image problem. No one, it seems, wants to be seen or photographed gliding down the steps of their Gulfstream anymore. 'We're hearing stories that people are very concerned about flying to Washington, because of the potential for being targeted by the media and the politicians.'" This was true at Augusta National during the Masters. People tried to sneak in there. They didn't want to be seen arriving on a jet. That's how powerful the Democrat Party media PR is on this.
By the way, the guy saying, "We're hearing stories that people are very concerned about flying to Washington, because of the potential for being targeted by the media and the politicians," is John Meehan, a private-jet terminal manager at Washington Dulles. I don't quite know how to deal with this, because I don't think it's un-cool. I mean, I have to go to Washington in early May to do a speech for the Heritage Foundation, and I'm just going to tell you, I will be honored to have my picture taken getting off my pride and joy.
Story #3: AP: GOP Attacks Obama with DHS Report
RUSH: This is so convoluted, even I, possessed with profound logical abilities, have trouble with this one. This is AP: "Republican politicians, backed by conservative American media personalities --" i.e. me, "-- are using a new tool to attack President Barack Obama's administration -- a Homeland Security report warning that military veterans could fall victim to extremist recruiters or lone acts of violence."
Can I lay this out for you? Obama has Napolitano, this era's Janet Reno, issue a report from the Department of Homeland Security saying that right-wing extremism is defined by conservative media people, pro-lifers, people who are against gun control, people who are religious and returning veterans. And so those of us targeted as right-wing extremists, upon whom law enforcement must now keep a sharp eye, we react to it and we are attacking Obama. We have found a new way to attack Obama in defending ourselves and calling out the absurdity of this, we are conducting an attack? Whoa. This is AP Obama. I tell you, the media is a joke. It is an embarrassing joke.