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Newt's Iowa Bounce Over Before One Vote Cast?
RUSH: Now we're being told, ladies and gentlemen, I'm sure you've noticed it, by the way, that the news media is telling us that Newt's bounce from the Hawkeye Cauci is already over. They haven't even cast a vote yet, and Newt's bounce from the Hawkeye Cauci is already over. What is it, January 3rd, right? So a couple of weeks. The news media, however, already know what's gonna happen. Aren't they amazing? What would we do without them?

Did Putin Lock Up His Wife?
RUSH: From Gawker: "Did Putin Lock His Wife in a Looney Bin? -- Amid election discrepancies and in the wake of rumored affairs and spousal abuse, the wife of despotic Russian leader Vladimir Putin has gone missing. Where's Lyudmila?  Flash, gossip column of The Daily, reports that Putin's long-suffering wife 'hasn't been seen in public' since a June trip to Scotland and England: 'A new rumor is spreading through his cabinet that she is locked away in a psych ward somewhere outside of Moscow,' one Russian society source told Flash. 'Blogs in Russia have claimed he divorced her years ago, but keeps her around for twice-a-year dog-and-pony shows.'" He keeps her locked up in the loony bin, lets her out when he needs her.  Now he's being called a despotic Russian leader.  He's got his wife locked up. Lets her out when he needs her on the dog and pony show arm.

Teacher Arrested for Pelting McDonald's Worker with Food at Drive-Thru
RUSH: Get this.  This is from the SmokingGun.com: "Teacher Arrested For Pelting McDonald’s Worker With Food At Drive-Thru Window -- A Florida middle school teacher is facing a battery charge after she threw an assortment of food items back through a drive-thru window following a dispute with a McDonald’s employee, according to cops.  The incident, which was captured by a restaurant surveillance camera, occurred around 9:45 Saturday morning at a McDonald’s in Lakeland. Simone Paolercio, 39, had ordered about $20 worth of food when she got into a dispute with a worker manning the drive-thru window."

In a nutshell she was unhappy with two of her hashbrowns.  And when they didn't immediately give her a refund, she threw the food back at the McDonald's employee, through the drive-through window.  She then fled the scene, was later arrested at her home.  Ms. Paolercio is a sixth grade teacher at Lakeland Highlands Middle School. She was booked into the county jail Saturday, and released from custody yesterday. She is a person of color and of girth, by the way.  Her husband is now threatening to sue McDonald's over her arrest.  At least she didn't call 911.  At least she didn't call Obama as they would have done in Port St. Lucie.  She just threw the food back at 'em, went home, and they came and arrested her.  Yeah, it's funny, but she's got a master's degree in education.  She's a teacher.  You know, hire this babe at Penn State, put her in the men's locker room.  You know, this business here -- (interruption) well, she doesn't take any guff.  She throws the hashbrowns right back at 'em through the drive-thru window. 

How 'Bout That Democracy in Egypt?
RUSH: Well, look at that outbreak of freedom in Egypt.  New deadly violence as protest rages into fourth day.  Don't you love that outbreak of freedom and democracy taking place in Egypt?  Yeah, that's what they all told us was gonna happen.  Well, we didn't believe it, and we tried to warn people that what was happening now was going to happen, is what we warned. 

Newt Teams Up with Climate Babe Hayhoe for New Book
RUSH: Our old buddy Marc Morano, used to be our man in Washington on my TV show, and now is a global warming expert. 

He's got a blog that's called Climate Depot, and here it is.  Actually this piece is from the John Locke Foundation, Roy Cordato, but Marc Morano is mentioned in it, our man in Washington.  Apparently, Newt has a book coming out in 2013, after the election.  According to Morano, our man in Washington, according to the Climate Depot, Newt's book in 2013's gonna feature a chapter by a Texas Tech climate scientist named Katharine Hayhoe focusing on the science of climate change.  Katharine Hayhoe believes in man-made global warming.  According to Marc Morano, she is the author of Newt's chapter on the climate in his forthcoming book in 2013 on the environment. 

Katharine Hayhoe is one of Newt's experts, and is a person who, when asked if the science was settled regarding global warming, she said, "Among climate scientists, people who spend their lives researching our world, there's no debate regarding the reality of climate change and the fact that humans are the primary cause."  This woman is writing Newt's chapter on climate change in the new book.  She says, "It is primarily laypeople like talk show hosts who are perpetuating the idea that there is no scientific consensus."  Marc Morano, our man in Washington, claims that Newt's new book has a chapter written by a babe named Hayhoe -- no offense, Reverend Jackson -- that man-made global warming is happening, caused by man.

What a Joke: AP Stories of the Year
RUSH: AP has its top stories of the year.  The top ten stories of 2011.  You want to know what they are? 
 
Number one, the death of bin Laden.  Number two, the Japan earthquake.  Number three, the Arab Spring. Number four, the EU fiscal crisis.  Number five, the US economy.  Number six, the Penn State sex scandal.  Number seven, Khadafy killed.  Number eight, fiscal showdowns in Congress.  Number nine, Occupy Wall Street protests. And number ten, Gabrielle Giffords' shooting.  Now, if that doesn't show you how out of touch the news media is, I don't know what does. 

You know what my top ten list would be?  Top ten stories of this year?  The economy, the economy, that's two, the economy, number three, the economy, number four, the economy, number five, the economy, number six, the economy, number seven, the economy, number eight, the economy, number nine, and Obama caused it, number ten.  How in the world do you put the economy, which is destroying people's lives number five?   You go out, go to any bar, go to any restaurant, go to any place where there's a conglomeration of Americans, and say, "What's the big story of 2011?" and I'll damn well tell you it is not gonna be Bin Laden's death, that will not be number one.  Number two will not be the Japan earthquake.  Number three will not be the Arab Spring.  Number four will not be the EU crisis.  Number six will not be the Penn State scandal. 

If that doesn't show you how out of touch the news media is, I don't know what does.  But of course you remember the top story for 2010, you know what it was?  Just a year ago.  See, this is how much this stuff is really worth; nobody remembers what the AP top story of 2010 was.  Snerdley's in there racking his brain now trying to remember what it was.  It was the BP oil spill.  The BP oil spill one year ago was AP's number one story of the year, which of course ended up being a nonstory.  It was a nonstarter, it was a nonstory.  Obamacare was the number two story of 2010, and the midterm elections was number three. 

The midterm elections, which was a landslide defeat for the Democrats all the way down the ballot to dogcatcher came in at number three.

The Super-Expensive Obama Hawaii Vacation
RUSH: Why does Obama go to Hawaii on his vacation?  I thought the winter White House was gonna be Chicago, the place next to Tony Rezko's house.  He never goes there.  No, I don't really blame him actually.  Like I say, 'cause he grew up in Hawaii.  But Michelle didn't.  But I guess they like it out there.  Does he have any living relatives in Hawaii?  Look, he can go wherever he wants, he just never goes home to Chicago.  (interruption) Are you kidding?  Invite his brother from Kenya?  He-he-he.  It would be airfare.  Ha-ha-ha.  Send him some pictures, "Here, put this on the wall of the hut, bro," and tell you where I've been this past year.

Speaking of vacation, you know, in Hawaii, they are agog when they learned what Obama's vacation is gonna cost.  Four million.  And that was before Michelle (My Belle) decided to fly out on her own. 

"With President Obama and his family headed to Hawaii for a long vacation, the Hawaii Reporter takes a look at the cost to taxpayers and concludes this year's trip is more expensive than previous trips: [T]he advanced trip and the cost that comes with it – as much as $100,000 (flight and security) – adds to an already expensive vacation for the taxpayers. Hawaii Reporter research shows the total cost for the President’s visit for taxpayers far exceeded $1.5 million in 2010 – but is even more costly this year because he extended his vacation by three days and the cost for Air Force One travel has jumped since last assessed in 2000. In addition, Hawaii Reporter was able to obtain more specifics about the executive expenditures. The total cost (based on what is known) for the 17-day vacation roundtrip vacation to Hawaii for the President, his family and staff has climbed to more than $4 million."

A blogger "calculated that First Lady Michelle Obama's decision to leave a few days early without her husband will cost more than $100,000 -- a charge that the White House would not address directly in Friday's daily press briefing." Four million.  In these times of economic struggle, this is not insignificant.  People are noticing this.  Even in Hawaii -- I mean that's where this story is sourced, originates.  

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