Supreme Court Throws Out Democrat Texas Redistricting
RUSH: The US Supreme Court today threw out the interim electoral maps that a Texas federal court had adopted for the state's coming elections, saying that the lower court failed to pay sufficient attention to the state's legislature's objectives. Now, the interim maps were drawn up after civil rights groups -- i.e., a bunch of leftists -- challenged congressional district maps adopted by the Republican controlled Texas legislature, saying that they didn't account for the growth of the state's minority population. So a lower court agreed with the leftists and the court redrew the districts themselves to be more fair to the minorities, and the Supreme Court said (raspberry) you, essentially. This is big news.
You may not care about this kind of stuff, it might be minutia to you, but there are challenges to the electoral maps all over the place here and the Supreme Court has just thrown out the interim electoral map that the court wrote at the behest of the left, and the electoral map, the apportionment map, redistricting, as put together by the Republican legislature in Texas, stands.
Conservatives Must Oppose Regime's Internet Censorship Bill
RUSH: What's Obama focused on? Closing down a bunch of picayune websites to try to protect his Hollywood buddies and to please Chris Dodd. This SOPA, PIPA stuff. You know, I love this. There's no way any conservative can support either of these two bills. No way, if you're generally conservative. You cannot support what they're trying to do on the Internet. The whole argument is that "foreigners" are ripping off our intellectual property. Well, maybe they are, but you don't penalize Americans for it! If -- IF -- foreigners are downloading our movies? (chuckles) Hey, more power to them. Corrupt their culture! Let it happen.
Give them all the porn in the world. Make it free!
Make every Hollywood movie free, for the most part. Let it corrupt the Chinese culture like it is ours. That's the way I look at it, but I'm joking. In an intellectual property sense, if you're argument is, "We've gotta take steps to stop foreigners from doing it," then come up with software that limits what foreigners can do. You don't have to tramp down our freedom. Look, this regime already has the right to detain Americans under whatever "terrorist" auspices they want. You want to give this regime the opportunity to shut down any Internet website it doesn't like on the basis of some intellectual property being stolen? This regime, give them that power? As usual, it's too broad a brush. It's too big a sweep, under the guise of, "The foreigners are ripping us off."
Obama's Magic Kingdom of Joblessness
RUSH: There are other items in the news besides the debate out there. There is a great piece at the Heritage Foundation, their Morning Bell, which is one of the many Heritage Foundation blogs. Obama has been in Disney World all week shutting down Main Street, as it were, to go meet Mickey Mouse, convention of big-eared people. And the jokes were all abundant that Obama -- they had to shut down Main Street USA at Disney World, I forget where it was, and the Heritage Foundation has a great piece: "Obama’s Magic Kingdom of Joblessness -- Yesterday in Walt Disney World, the land 'where dreams come true,' President Barack Obama appeared before Cinderella’s Castle to announce his latest plan to boost jobs in America -- an effort to increase tourism to the United States." This is the same guy who told people not to go to Las Vegas.
"His announcement came one day after he flat out said 'NO' to another plan that would have directly created at least 20,000 truly shovel-ready jobs -- and 179,000 American jobs by 2035," the Keystone XL pipeline. "Had the President approved Keystone, a 1,700-mile pipeline would have been extended from Alberta, Canada, to Texas refineries -- lifting up the U.S. economy with private-sector investment, putting people to work, and helping increase the supply of energy to lower prices when fuel costs are through the roof." They've doubled. Gasoline pump prices have doubled since Obama was immaculated.
"The President’s decision is so out of line with fact and reason that The Washington Post," as I mentioned yesterday, "strongly condemned [the decision] in an op-ed yesterday, saying the 'pipeline rejection is hard to accept.'" Today in the Washington Post, a columnist, Robert Samuelson, says that rejecting the Keystone pipeline's an act of insanity. The Washington Post continued: "We almost hope this was a political call because, on the substance, there should be no question." We almost hope it was a political call so we can have an excuse? We at the Washington Post want an excuse for this insanity? You think they would be that broadly forgiving a Republican similar decision? They will tolerate Obama's political decisions? Well, obviously yes.
"As the Post explained, even without the pipeline, Canada will still export its oil -- but across the ocean to China, instead. Meanwhile, the United States will continue importing crude oil from the Middle East. In other words, the environmental lobby might have stanched the flow of oil from Canada, but it’s being diverted onto the seas, and fossil fuel consumption will necessarily continue. The environmental left’s 'victory' is ultimately another loss for the American people -- especially the 13.1 million unemployed workers. It’s a loss for small businesses, such as restaurants and hotels, in the towns along the proposed route. It’s a loss for state budgets that would have seen billions in tax revenue as a result. And it’s also a loss for those who are struggling with high energy costs.
"Gas prices are at a record high for January and are 28.5 cents per gallon higher than a year ago. And that’s expected to go even higher -- some analysts predict that the national average for a gallon of regular unleaded could hit $4 to $4.25 per gallon by the spring.
One might think that given the high cost of energy, the President would be seeking to increase domestic production, especially given Iran’s threats to block the Strait of Hormuz, thereby cutting off a quarter of the world’s energy supply. Think again. Under President Obama, oil and natural gas production on federal lands is down by more than 40 percent compared to 10 years ago, 2010 had the lowest number of leases issued for oil and gas production on federal lands since 1984, and the Administration held only one offshore lease sale in 2011."
There's a moratorium they've put in place. What nobody mentions here is that Obama's all-in on green energy. That's where the crony capitalism is, that's where his donors are being repaid. "There is one bright spot in the nation for energy production: North Dakota. Overall energy production has increased thanks to the state’s pro-energy policies, and North Dakota has reaped the benefits, as have other like-minded states, as Heritage’s Rob Bluey reports: North Dakota’s unemployment rate is 3.4 percent, the lowest in the country. According to a recent report from IHS Global Insight, North Dakota already returned to pre-recession employment along with energy-rich Alaska. Texas is expected to do so in the first quarter of 2012, followed by Nebraska and South Dakota next year."
All related to oil.
Obama Praises Rangel
RUSH: "President Obama singled out Rep. Charles Rangel, D-N.Y., for praise during a campaign fundraiser last night, seeming to complete the political rehabilitation of the lawmaker whose colleagues censured him in 2010 for 11 ethics violations." Now, what I find fascinating is the media can't wait to get to the bottom of Mitt Romney's taxes. They just can't wait to prove that Romney's parking money offshore or hiding it, not paying his fair share. Meanwhile, there's Obama raising money with an acknowledged tax cheat! Just amazing. Charles Rangel. Obama loves the guy. Cheated on his taxes. But who does the media go after? Mitt Romney, a guy who has paid his taxes in full.
Divorce Rate Decreasing
RUSH: Huffing and Puffington Host: "Despite conventional wisdom that the divorce rate is still increasing, the fact of the matter is that the divorce rate in the United States is the lowest it has been since it peaked in the early 1980s. Nevertheless, couples getting married today have about a 40-45% chance of getting divorced. Many factors influence risk for divorce. For example, sociological studies show that couples with higher levels of education are less likely to divorce. In addition, research by Drs. Galena Rhoades, Scott Stanley and myself at the University of Denver's Center for Marital and Family Studies shows that couples who live together without a commitment to marry, and then marry are at higher risk for divorce than couples who do not live together." Well, this is nothing new. Everything in this story I've known for 20 years.
What do you think all of a sudden is the reason for all these studies on marriage? Well, let me answer it for you this way with another question. Why in the mid-nineties were we hit with a plethora of stories on how lying is good? Bill Clinton was in charge and he was a serial liar and we had to have stories, "It's no big deal. In fact, it's actually very compassionate sometimes. Sometimes lying spares people hurt feelings. Sometimes we should lie. Sometimes it's the nice thing to do." Now all of a sudden the divorce rate, it's not increasing, all of a sudden, it's not as bad as we thought it was, even though when you read further you find out it is. But the lede, "It's not as bad." I wonder why that is. Newt Gingrich. That's why. Newt's a divorcee. Now all of a sudden we gotta stigmatize it by having studies and stories that it's not as widespread as it used to be. So typical, so understandable. Mind manipulation by the Drive-By Media.
Americans Holding Cars and Trucks Longer
RUSH: Talk about a great economic indicator. This is an AP story out of Detroit: "Americans are holding on to cars and trucks longer." The average age of a vehicle in America is 10.8 years. Now, that's telling. That is very telling. "The Polk Research Firm said earlier this week the average age of a car last July was 11.1 years. The truck average was 10.4." So you combine those two, you get 10.8. "Unemployment and the sour economy have caused people to put off buying cars and trucks." Shazam. You think? Really? Ten-point-eight years. It used to be you could pay off your car in three. Do you remember those days? Do you remember those days, Brian? You probably don't. The average car loan was a three-year thing, and then you'd roll it over and get a new model. That's the way it worked. They'd come out with significant body style changes every three years, and you'd roll your loan over, you'd pay off your car, you'd trade up, trade in, whatever, and you'd keep it going that way. You pretty much could pay off the loan, get close to it, in three years. Now that's not even close.
Romney Turns Tables, Demands Newt Release Ethics Report
RUSH: Mitt Romney has opened up a new line of attack against Gingrich today. He has called on Mr. Newt to release the full report from the ethics investigation that led to his downfall in Congress. Romney said today, "You know, it's gonna get out before the general election. He ought to get it out now." This is payback for Newt last night saying to Romney, (paraphrasing) "Look, if there's anything in these tax returns that's gonna embarrass you, you better get 'em out there now before we get our nominee. You better get it out there now so everybody knows so we're not embarrassed if you end up being the nominee. You put something out that sinks you, we're in big trouble, you better put it out." And Romney is saying the same thing.
And what a lot of Republicans are saying today, "Look, look, Nancy Pelosi knows what's in that ethics report. She was on the committee. She's even threatened to go public." Theoretically it's against the law, but we're talking Democrats here. That's why it's theoretical. But Pelosi knows what's in Newt's ethics report, so Romney has turned the tables today.
Wolf Blitzer Blog: Bad Blood Could Impact GOP Ticket
RUSH: Wolf Blitzer... (laughing) Look at this! Ha! Wolf Blitzer's got a blog: "Bad Blood Could Impact Republican Ticket." (laughing) What insight! Did John King tell him that? How did Wolf find that out?