Todd Palin endorses Newt
RUSH: I just got a note from Newt Gingrich that said Todd Palin had called him and was going to endorse him as a populist reformer. I said, "Okay, well, cool." Shortly after that, I went to the Drudge Report, and there it is, it's an ABC story, "Todd Palin Endorses Newt -- Sarah Palin’s husband is endorsing Newt Gingrich for president, Todd Palin told ABC News today." But Sarah Palin has yet to decide, according to Todd. Todd says, I don't know what Sarah's doing. She has yet to decide "who is best able to go up against Barack Obama." "Todd Palin said he believes that being in the political trenches and experiencing the highs and lows help prepare a candidate for the future and the job of president."
Now, Newt's note to me said that Todd Palin told him he was gonna endorse him as a populist reformer. Okay, so that's out there. I don't know what, if any, weight that is going to carry. But it is out there.
ChiCom Tea Grown in Panda Poop
RUSH: There's a ChiCom guy who has started a tea business called "Panda Tea." He grows his tea in panda poop. I'm not kidding. "World's Most Expensive Tea Grown in Chinese Panda Poop." I saw this story, it's a French News Agency story and so I wanted to make sure that all of you know that we do not use panda poop in Two If By Tea -- and we never will, either. Don't doubt me.
Media Dubs Microsoft Patent "Avoid Ghetto"
RUSH: "Microsoft has been granted a patent for its 'avoid ghetto' feature for GPS devices. A GPS device is used to find shortcuts and avoid traffic, but Microsoft’s patent states that a route can be plotted for pedestrians to avoid an 'unsafe neighborhood or being in an open area that is subject to harsh temperatures.' Created for mobile phones, the technology uses the latest crime statistics and weather data and includes them when calculating a route. The patent, written in a combination of tech-speak and legalese, was awarded to Microsoft earlier this week. It also described other uses for the new GPS technology. One section of the patent mentioned that advertisers can use the technology to navigate a user through a newly set up ad campaign."
So this is CBS Seattle story: "Microsoft Patents 'Avoid Ghetto' Feature for GPS Devices." Now, let's imagine that Al Sharpton somehow ends up with this new navigation program, and he wants to go somewhere. He puts in the location, and the Microsoft device says, "Here's how you avoid the ghetto to get there." What do you think the Reverend Sharpton will do? It doesn't have to be Reverend Sharpton. (laughing) In addition to avoiding... (interruption) What if it's his neighborhood? I know it's not, but what if? (laughing) What if Reverend Sharpton is someplace and asks, "How do I get home from here?" and it says, "Well, here's how you get there, but this is where you avoid," and it's his neighborhood? I wonder: Does the Microsoft patent allow you to even go to Detroit?
Now, folks, to be fair, the Microsoft patent isn't called that. Microsoft did not, and does not, call its invention "ghetto avoidance." That's what CBS called it. CBS Seattle, that's what they referred to it as. Microsoft does not refer to it as "the avoid ghetto GPS." The news media has done that. Simply by looking. "Oh, it keeps you away from dangerous neighborhoods!" So the neighborhood has associated ghetto with it, and that's just to be accurate -- and, as you know, we love Detroit on this program but we also love stereotypical humor, and so I just could not resist. I couldn't resist. It's like somebody wanted me to say something about that Microsoft app that there's no way, literally no way, I would say it. So we're practicing great constraint here.
I mean, there are countless opportunities here for ribald humor that we are exercising great restraint on. Here, Snerdley, I'll tell you. I'll just turn on the cough button so nobody can hear me. (silence) Here, want me to say it again? (silence) Okay! (laughing) If you tell it that's where you want to go, what the hell happens? Now you know why I didn't say it so that everybody could hear me -- and, of course, it's grossly unfair because, "Why can't we hear it? You're telling everybody else!" Now they're going nuts. People want to hear it. Trust me. It's hysterical, I know. It's one of the greatest lines of all time that nobody will ever hear. Dawn's in there just saying, "Oh, thank God." (interruption) No, I don't think anybody was reading my lips -- and, even if they were, they can't prove anything. There's no evidence to prove it.
Daley Out as Regime Chief of Staff
RUSH: William Daley, the chief of staff of the president, he's the brother of Richard Daley, Chicago, the son of Richard J. Daley, the deceased mayor of Chicago, quitting as chief of staff. They're gonna announce it at three o'clock this afternoon when this program is over. The new chief of staff is some guy by the name Jacob Lew, L-e-w, and of course the speculation is now rampant, did Michele have anything to do with this? She didn't like Rahm Emanuel. Rahm Emanuel wasn't radical enough for her, and if Rahm Emanuel wasn't radical enough for her, I guarantee you Bill Daley wasn't radical enough for her. So they got somebody in there, Jacob Lew, who is the budget director, is going to be become the new chief of staff to Barack Hussein Obama.
Morris and Rasmussen Refute Gallup
RUSH: Earlier in the program, in fact, in the first half hour of this program I shared with you the latest BS from Gallup: Forty percent of Americans identify as independents, and more Americans identify as Democrats than as Republicans. Thirty-one percent Democrat; 27% say they're Republican; 40% say they're independent. That according to Gallup.
However, Dick Morris, citing the latest Rasmussen poll: "More than one in five, 21%, Democrats have abandoned the Party since Obama’s election as president. While most have become Independents, identification with the Republican Party has also risen not only since 2008, but also even since the GOP’s 2010 victory. Rasmussen, who tracks voters’ party identification (self-described) every month, shows that Democratic Party identification, has dropped by eight points (or 21%) since Obama’s election in November, 2008." And yet Gallup is out saying that the number of people identifying themselves as Democrats is way up. It isn't. It's down. Rasmussen said most of them are becoming independents.
Now, what does that tell you? Independents, moderates, I have long suspected that they're just liberals who don't want to say that they're liberals. And I'm also convinced a lot of people say that they're independents because they're sophisticated enough to know that the media thinks they're God, that they're the ones who elect people. The great undecideds, the great independents, the voters that everybody fights over, who wouldn't want to be in that group? Who wouldn't want to be pandered to?
Unions Get Waivers from Obamacare
RUSH: Labor unions continue to receive the overwhelming majority of waivers from Obamacare. There was a document dump Friday afternoon. Labor unions representing 543,000 workers received waivers from Obama's signature legislation since last June. You cannot make it up. Make rules for everybody else, but not for yourself. Now, if Obamacare is so wonderful, if it's so great, why aren't the unions dying to jump on the bandwagon? Why do they have to get waivers?
An Examination of Unattractive Mistresses
RUSH: I didn't have time to get to this today, maybe tomorrow. It's a story in the Huffing and Puffington Post that they've observed all these mistresses of various people in the last year. This woman writing the story is amazed at how unattractive the mistresses are and what that means. It's a woman who wrote it. I might discuss this tomorrow.