RUSH: NLRB, National Labor Relations Board has dropped its lawsuit against Boeing. So it's not all good news for Obama today. And they only did this, by the way, after the unions strong-armed Boeing into a very nice contract in Washington and the promise to build another plane in Washington state, the 737 Max. Boeing gave up a lot to get that South Carolina plant, but as a result the NLRB has dropped its lawsuit. (interruption) Well, I know they need their wings clipped Snerdley, but still, Boeing caved on a lot of stuff is why they're dropping the lawsuit. Not totally, but that's part of it.
RUSH: "An Islamic cleric living in Europe reportedly has warned Muslim women not to get too close to bananas, cucumbers or other produce -- to avoid having 'sexual thoughts.' The unnamed cleric, whose directive was featured in an article in el-Senousa, a religious publication, purportedly said that if women wanted to eat these foods, a third party -- preferably a male related to them, such as their father or husband -- should cut the items into small pieces before serving." This is on an Egyptian website, Bikya Masr, reported by Fox News.
"Carrots and zucchini also were added to the alleged cleric's list of forbidden foods for women." So we have an Islamic cleric saying Muslim women can't get too close to bananas, cucumbers, zucchini or carrots unless their fathers or husbands cut them up in small pieces. They're also not allowed to drive with these items in a grocery sack even in the backseat. "News of the statement quickly spread online, leaving many liberal Muslims embarrassed and angry, evoking a flurry of mockery in online forums. 'Many of the commentators are Muslims themselves, who have expressed their anger against the cleric for making Islamic religious practices appear unreasonable.'" Oh, yeah, who'd want to do that.
"BikyaMasr.com," the website, "said the cleric, identified only as a sheikh, was asked in the interview how to 'control' women when they are shopping for groceries, and whether holding these items at the market would be bad, to which he replied that the matter was between them and God. Questions also arose about the validity of the original published interview. An online search for the el-Senousa article, for instance, yields only results linking to the Bikya Masr report. But the mere suggestion of a strict order for Muslim women handling food has been enough to send people to website forums and Twitter to air their indignation. Danish/Lebanese journalist Helen Hajjij tweeted on Wednesday: 'So if Muslim women should stay away from cucumbers and bananas, should men stay away from melons?'"
Now, you know, I'm as worldly and erudite as the next guy. I don't get the analogy. Okay, so Muslim women stay away from cucumbers, carrots, zucchini, bananas and all that, men are supposed to stay away from melons. But kumquats are okay, anybody can reach for a kumquat. Snerdley, what's the melon supposed to be? The breast, a boob, what's it supposed to be? Are these guys dreaming or what? At any rate, it's the latest news out there, ladies and gentlemen. (interruption) Why did God make sexual fruit? The temptation, Snerdley, the temptation. To test us. God is testing these women with cucumbers, zucchini, bananas, testing them. You know, I'd love to call some of the NAGs, ask them about this, Gloria Steinem, she ever had temptation with a cucumber?
By the way, we scoured the internet. I had a question during the break and so far there is no proscription for Muslim clerics that prohibits men from handling, buying, or touching bagels. Apparently it's just women and cucumbers and so forth. Totally unfair.
RUSH: By the way, the targeting of Gingrich is paying off. CNN says: "Gingrich Event Canceled Amid Safety Concerns -- The bookseller set to host a Newt Gingrich book signing Friday canceled the event, citing public safety concerns. The Republican presidential candidate and former House speaker was scheduled to visit Hudson News at Union Station in Washington, D.C. with his wife, Callista to promote her new children's book and his two most recent books. But Hudson News, located blocks from Capitol Hill --" you can see it, you can see Union Station out the window on some of the Fox shows from Washington. They said they're not gonna have the event for Newt and his wife "in order to address public safety concerns." That's a scoop, because the only other people that report it are CNN, and nobody watches them.
RUSH: MSNBC's doing this story on Dominique Strauss-Kahn, DSK. You know when I went up to New York for the Rush to Excellence Tour at Town Hall, I obviously had a staging area, and the theater has a greenroom about the size of the desk here, so it wasn't sufficient. So we got a miniature suite at the Sofitel, which was within ten, 15 minutes driving distance given traffic to Town Hall, and I put my name as Dominique Strauss-Kahn. I wanted to see if I'd get hit on by any maids 'cause that was the hotel. I normally use a bunch of different aliases, but this time nothing happened. Room service got there faster than anyplace ever in my life. I called up to have some coffee and it was there in 90 seconds.