RUSH: Two stories, they're both weird, especially to lead off an hour with. But I'm gonna switch it up. The attorney general of the state of Virginia is a guy named Ken Cuccinelli, and he's worried. He's really worried. There's a new law in the District of Columbia that governs how pest control operators must handle rats. Now, when you think of pest control operators and rats, like if you have a rat infestation, what do you do? You used to kill them. Not in the District of Columbia. I kid you not. (interruption) No, you don't negotiate. I'm not talking about human rats. No. No. You are to round up entire rodent families and relocate them across the Potomac River into Virginia. The people in the District of Columbia, big on animal rights.
This is what happens. You go to school, from grade school on you are indoctrinated with this animal rights crap. You grow up, you become a global warmist and all these other liberal things, and finally you get a job in government. And your job in government puts you in charge of animal control. Then you encounter a problem with rats in the district, and as somebody from age five on who's been taught that there's no difference between a rat and a human being, you simply can't bring yourself to eradicate the rats. The rat's just another animal. It's not a problem. You can't kill them, that's not humane. In fact, you come up with a law that says entire rodent families will be relocated.
Now, this is a serious problem here. "Lately, there have been reports of growing rat infestations around the Occupy DC protests at Freedom Plaza and McPherson Square. Cuccinelli said D.C.'s new rat law -- the Wildlife Protection Act of 2010..." Folks, this is what happens. You think this is harmless, all this animal rights stuff and people watching all these Disney movies growing up, the Lion King and, "Oh, no, Rush, harmless stuff, it's good for the children." All these commercials that show a polar bear hugging a guy who drives an electric car, when in truth the polar bear would eat the guy if he got anywhere near his electric car, and then he would destroy the car. But when you educate young skulls full of mush with this pap and they grow up and find themselves in positions of power in government, this is what you get, the wildlife protection act of 2010 in DC.
According to Ken Cuccinelli, the attorney general of Virginia, said, "This law is 'crazier than fiction,' because it requires that rats and other vermin not be killed but captured, preferably in families; no glue or snap traps can be utilized; the rodents must be relocated from where they are captured; and some of these animals may need to be transferred to a 'wildlife rehabilitator' as part of their relocation process. The law does not allow pest control professionals 'to kill the dang rats,' Cuccinelli told CNSNews.com. 'They have to capture them -- then capture them in families.'" Now, how do you do that? Can I just ask, how in the world do you identify a rat family? No, seriously. But this is the law in the District of Columbia.
Okay, go ahead and laugh. The daddy's name Ben, right? Well, this is the law. This is what happens. I guarantee the person in charge of this law, was responsible for this law, I'm sure thinks this is hunky-dory, humane, it's wonderful, doing everything she or he's been taught to do. After you have found the rats and put them with their families, you then have to relocate 'em. And that's what brings us to Virginia. "If you don't relocate them about 25 miles away, according to experts, rodents will find their way back." So you have to relocate them in Virginia in this case, or Maryland. Exactly right.
So Cuccinelli says, "'We have real concerns about this ridiculous law and we've been pretty genial about dealing with D.C. on it,' said Cuccinelli. 'But when you see an article like the "Rats Occupy Occupy DC," it points up the problem that we're going to have in Virginia because of that -- and because D.C's really outrageous treatment of these varmints who, for those who don't remember their history, carried things like bubonic plague. I mean, these are true vermin.' While the law exempts 'commensal rodents' -- varieties of which most people know (or have seen) as common rats or house mice -- the rice rat and deer mouse, which are found in the District, are not defined as commensal and apparently are not exempt from the law. In addition, the new law expands the definition of wildlife and sets the rules for handling it to include raccoons, squirrels, skunks, and other animals that can carry disease, such as rabies. The law applies to trained animal control officers, not to homeowners."
Okay, so there's that. And the story goes on. It's just more of the same outrage from the surrounding states. Look, Washington, DC, is just as liberal as California is. Oh, gosh, if not more so. Now, as I said, there's companion. There's two stories here. The other story -- oh, and, by the way, the person behind this, the real supporter of this is a woman, Mary Cheh, C-h-e-h. She's on the Washington, DC, council. So the DC counsel, Mary Cheh sided with the rats over human health, according to Cuccinelli. As all the supporters of this law have, they sided with the rats over human health, which is Ingrid Newkirk. Folks, this is pita. And it shows -- I'm sorry to be redundant -- it shows what happens when you get hold of these young kids in kindergarten on up and you start inculcating them with this stuff. They're eventually gonna grow up, and if they decide to become activists in this stuff this is what you end up with.
Now, the next story is about the island of Montecristo. The island of Montecristo is a very tiny island, one of many tiny islands near Elba, Italy, and the island Montecristo actually was the inspiration for the book by Alexandre Dumas, The Count of Monte Cristo. But guess what's happened? The uninhabited island of Montecristo -- it's about four square miles, which is a small island, four square miles -- it lies between the coast of Tuscany and Corsica, it has been invaded by thousands of black rats. The rats are believed to have arrived on the island as stowaways on boats a few years ago. There are wildlife tours during the year that you can take and visit Montecristo, the island. But the terrain is very barren. There's nobody that lives there. Well, a couple caretakers, but there's no population there. It's basically an inhabited, genuine rock.
But now the rodents have bred to the point that there's one rodent for every square yard on the island. That's how out of control it is. One rat for every square yard of the island. Biologists estimate that there's one rat for every square yard. So you've got a four-square-mile island with all these rats. So what are they gonna do about it? Well, thankfully, nobody that grew up in America has anything to do with this. They're not gonna invade the island and capture the rats in families and move them somewhere. They are going to mass murder them. They are going to drop the poison pellets out of airplanes and other devices that will kill the rats. Guess what? There are opponents who are afraid that the pellets, some will miss the island and end up in the water and kill fish. If they don't do anything about this, the rats are like polar bears, they can swim. They will leave if they have to. They'll find somewhere else to go.
Rats can live anywhere. Don't you know this? Rats can live in freaking sewage. So they're gonna go in there, they're gonna drop 26 tons of pellets on the island of Montecristo at the end of this month. As I say, "Some conservationists are worried, however, that the pellets could accidentally land in the sea, killing fish and other marine life. They say they could also pose a danger to the 1,000 tourists who are allowed to visit the nature reserve each year, under a tightly-controlled permit system. But the authorities have dismissed those concerns. 'No one wants to poison the island,' Franca Zanichelli, the director of the national park authority, told Corriere della Sera. 'The project will be managed by experts.'" Well, that's the biggest problem we've got right there. "The poison pellets are similar to those used everywhere to kill rats," except in Washington, where you can't kill them. It's one area Europe's going I wouldn't mind following.
RUSH: We mentioned this rat story last week, the rat story, the explosion of the population around the Occupy DC protests. It was a story that was in the Washington Post. "The rat population around the two Occupy D.C. camps at McPherson Square and Freedom Plaza has 'exploded' since protesters began their vigil in October, according to Mohammad N. Akhter, the director of the District's Department of Health. ... Akhter, who is originally from Pakistan and has worked for the District government for over 20 years, said that the situation in the two parks is reminiscent of refugee camps he has toured overseas in the Middle East and Africa during his public health career." I mean, it's absurd.
Mary Cheh, DC Council, is all for this new law. A tenured professor of constitutional law at George Washington University. What a shock! It matters, this pap and pablum these kids are taught when they're young. That's why Gore's movie, I was telling parents, "Do not let your kids watch this and if they see it tell 'em it's a pack of lies." New York subway workers are running a contest, "Rate my rat." There's so many rats in the New York subway that they're taking pictures and they're posting pictures and there' a grand prize for the best ugly rat picture. The workers are arranged over what they say is a rat infestation in their workplace. hey got a photo contest for the first time nastiest shot of a rodent. The grand prize is a monthly transit pass.
This Mary Cheh babe (C-h-e-h) is the woman behind the DC plastic bag tax which requires Washington, DC, stores to charge a nickel for every plastic bag that a customer uses. This is what happens, folks, when these liberals get in power. That's why I've maintained for as long as I've been doing this program, it's all about ideology. If you understand, if you can just come to grips with who liberals are, the rest is easy. It's easy, and everything makes sense once you come to grips with -- once you have the maturity to admit -- what and who liberals are. But the more people who continue to remain in the dark, the better for me. You can't enlighten people who already know.
RUSH: John, New Britain, Connecticut, welcome, sir, to the EIB Network. Great to have you here.
CALLER: Hi, Rush. You were talking about capturing rats and releasing 'em.
RUSH: I tell you, this story, this rat story is dominating my e-mail. It's all over. I got Snerdley telling me a rat story.
CALLER: Well, my hometown of New Britain got a grant, a government grant from the federal government to capture feral cats, neuter them, and then release them. Now, if they're feral and if they're a hazard to themselves, why would you capture them, wouldn't you just put 'em to sleep? They neutered them at a vet and then released them back, and they said they did that because they wanted to end feral cats because they were starving, they had diseases, they had a horrible life.
RUSH: Well, let me tell you, I can relate to this.
CALLER: It's my federal money, though.
RUSH: Well, same story here. Not neutering. But on Palm Beach, we got raccoons, we got foxes. And the foxes are not afraid of people. They'll come into your backyard. I've seen a raccoon taking a drink out of the pool. And we used to have feral cats and they wanted to totally get rid of them, and they did for a while. Then they found out the fox population was growing. So the feral cats are back. The foxes had to swim here, it's an island, or they had to be in somebody's trunk. I mean, how does a fox get across a large body of water? Somebody had to bring it. Anyway, so they're here, and it's all part of the ecology now, 'cause the fox and raccoon population started to grow. Now there are charities in Palm Beach that exist to raise money to feed the feral cats.