Happy International Women's Day
RUSH: Hey, did you know that today, ladies and gentlemen, is International Women's Day? I will probably be accused of misogyny just for showing up to work on International Women's Day. Once again, my highly overrated staff has let me down by not telling me that today is a worldwide holiday. Well, I don't know about "holiday," but it's International Women's Day. Now, you'll be shocked -- you will be shocked and amazed -- to hear that International Women's Day was the invention of socialists. The first International Women's Day was observed on the 28th of February of 1909 in the US following a declaration by the Socialist Party of America.
And today, I guess, is the 101st anniversary of International Women's Day. What are you doing to celebrate, Dawn? Did you even know it was...? (interruption) Well, I didn't, either. Nobody told me. (interruption) No big sales? You haven't heard about any? That's a good point. No big sales. No Hallmark cards. I haven't seen any advertising from the malls, you know, special white sales and stuff like that. Where's the big...? (interruption) No, no lights. They didn't put up lights or do anything. No turkey. That's a shame. Women are being disrespected all over the place.
Homeless Couple Arrested for Public Sex
RUSH: Look at this story. This from Danbury, Connecticut. "Onlookers in Danbury got quite a show [Tuesday]. A homeless couple was arrested Tuesday for having sex on an outdoor pavilion stage on the Danbury Green, according to police. Jonathan Price, 41," there's a picture of him here, "and Shannon McClung, 38," and there's a picture of her (sigh), "were charged with breach of peace and public indecency after police received several complaints and an officer found them having sex on the stage shortly after 2 p.m. The couple unknowingly drew an audience. Police say a bunch of women were watching the couple conduct their 'business.'" A bunch of women.
I wonder if these two were using birth control. I wonder if there was any contraception being used by these two on the Danbury Green.
Axelrod: GOP Primary Hurts Our Fundraising
RUSH: And here's a real tear-jerker, folks. This is going to make you feel very, very bad. It's from TheHill.com: "President Obama's reelection campaign said yesterday that the prolonged Republican primary is hurting its fundraising." Yeah, did you know that? It's not Obama's fault that he can't raise money. It's the Republican primary's fault! It's the Republicans' fault. They're soaking up all the news. The Republicans are occupying the news cycle. The Republicans are getting all the attention. People are giving money to the Republican candidates. There's no mention in this story about how Obama is not helping the Democrats in the House and Senate. He's not gonna give 'em any money; he's not gonna fund-raise for 'em.
He's gonna do one campaign appearance each for the Democrat and House reelection committees, and that's it. "Obama’s campaign team said the GOP fight in general is good for Obama, but chief strategist David Axelrod said it isn’t the best for filling Obama’s coffers. 'I do think it’s easier to raise money when you have one opponent,' Axelrod said in a press call scheduled a day after the GOP Super Tuesday primaries. The Obama campaign raised $68 million in the last part of 2011, a low number after speculation last year ... that Obama could raise $1 billion for his reelection campaign." So the ongoing Republican primary, the lack of one opponent is somehow responsible for Obama's fundraising being way down.
The Energy Secretary Doesn't Own a Car
RUSH: Well, isn't this interesting. The energy secretary, Steven Chu, says he does not own a car. He testified today before the House Subcommittee on Energy and Power on their budget request. He was asked if he drove a Chevy Volt, and he was asked if he drove a Volt because he praised the car during the hearing. He said, "I don't own a car at the moment." The energy secretary doesn't own a car. I'm sure he's got a driver. I know he rides in a car. He doesn't drive one, doesn't own one. He doesn't stop at the pump. He doesn't stop at the gas station, doesn't put gasoline in the car. The energy secretary.
Sebelius Knows Nothing at Hearing
RUSH: And it gets even better. "Health and Human Services Sec. Kathleen Sebelius appeared flummoxed by questioning from Sen. Ron Johnson (R., Wis.) at a hearing," on Obamacare. This was yesterday. "Johnson challenged Sebelius over a number of the Obama administration’s claims about the new health care law, namely that it will reduce the deficit and allow individuals to keep their current healthcare plans. On several occasions, Sebelius professed to have 'no idea' what Johnson was talking about." I can believe that. I can also believe she was just obfuscating and, "I don't know," like Hillary. (imitating Hillary) "I don't remember. I can't say. My mind is Jell-O. I don't remember." She could have been pulling one of those, but I can also believe that Kathleen Sebelius wouldn't know diddly-squat about this.
"Johnson cited a McKinsey Group study that estimated 30 to 50 percent of employers would drop their employee coverage once the new law is fully implemented, the effect of which could be hundreds of billions of dollars, if not trillions, added to the federal deficit," because they'd have no place to go other than the government to get their health insurance, which, by the way, is the design. You will not be able to keep your doctor. Don't doubt me on this. I have no reason to lie to you. Quite the contrary. We do nothing but the truth on this program. I want you to be fully armed and prepared for what's coming. You are not going to be allowed to keep your own doctor. It's not that you won't be allowed. It's that you won't have the chance. You will not be able to keep your own plan.
Your company is gonna off-load your plan whether you want to keep it or not. Your company is gonna off-load it because it's not gonna be affordable. And that's by design. Your last remaining option. It's not immediately. It's gonna take some years for all this after it's implemented, but Obama himself has even said that the objective is to get to a single-payer system, but he told his union buddies it would take five to ten years to do it. The way they're gonna do it is just to make sure that you've got nowhere else to go but the government and their exchanges. So Kathleen Sebelius is asked, "Can you keep your own doctor?" "I don't know." "Well, is it really gonna reduce the deficit?" "I have no idea. I have no idea if Obamacare reduces or adds to the deficit." And what was unstated was she doesn't care. Not her job.
They don't care. Nobody in the regime cares whether it adds to the deficit. They know it does. They know that not one aspect of this is gonna get cheaper. The only way they're gonna be able to control costs, at least make it look like they're trying to control costs, is to deny treatment to the elderly. We're gonna eventually get to the point where the federal government will determine whether or not you get treated, and who knows what criteria. Maybe Democrats get first dibs. Maybe people that donated to Obama get first dibs. Maybe people that voted for Obama get moved to the front of line. Maybe if you're old and they say, "Hey, you know what, we could fix you up, but how good are you gonna be to the rest of society? You're so old, we're not gonna waste the money on you." That is very likely to happen.
Obama Will Pay You $10K to Buy a Volt
RUSH: From the Washington Examiner: "Are you having a hard time convincing yourself to buy a Chevy Volt? Perhaps a $10,000 instant tax credit will change your mind. According to a fact sheet sent to reporters today, President Obama will once again highlight a proposal to increase the tax credit for electric vehicles. More importantly, the president will propose making that tax credit available as soon as you buy the vehicle. According to the White House, Obama will proposes that the tax credit is 'available at the point-of-sale by making it transferable to the dealer or financier, allowing consumers to benefit when they purchase a vehicle rather than when they file their taxes.'"
The suggested retail price "for a Chevy Volt is estimated at $39,145. But even with a $10,000 tax credit, you could own a Chevy Impala full size car for $25,760, $4000 cheaper than the subsidized Volt." And once again, they have to subsidize it. You know, Apple yesterday released the third generation iPad. They're already sold out of two varieties of it on their online store, and they're not paying people to buy it. People are paying Apple! That's normally how this works. You have a product, you put it up for sale, people want it, and they pay what you charge for it. Apple's gotten really good at that. Here comes this vehicle, and this is the second or third subsidy attempt that the regime has come along and offered people to buy this thing.
Now, it may be a fine car, and there may be people who want it, but there aren't very many of 'em. And the evidence is clear. The regime is having to offer on-the-spot tax credits! Now, they've spent a lot of money advertising this car. That apparently didn't work. And don't forget, ladies and gentlemen, I, your host, on Monday of this week was blamed for the fact that the Chevy Volt is not selling, 'cause I have been critical of it. Now, I'm just entertainer on the radio and I have been criticized. If you only knew things (laughing) about potential advertising for this car. If you only knew. I have too much class to divulge it. But, anyway, that's the latest.
Greenpeace Launches All-Out Assault on Apple
RUSH: So yesterday Apple releases the new iPad and the new Apple TV, and they got a bunch of stuff coming this year. Apple has a thing called iCloud, and right now it is basically one huge data center in North Carolina, a server farm, and they're building another one (ostensibly in Oregon someplace). Get this: "Greenpeace, however, says Apple’s iCloud is an unsustainable coal-fueled mess and that the just-announced movie service will only make it worse." Here's the way it works. If you have iTunes... This is true if you're not a Mac user. It's true for Windows computers, too. On iTunes, you can rent or buy television shows and movies and songs and books and so forth, and all of that is stored on Apple servers called the iCloud.
Up until yesterday, when you buy a song or you buy a TV show, it's stored on the Cloud. You buy it on your computer but you can watch it on anything you have. You can watch it on your iPhone, your iPad, another computer. Yesterday Apple added movies to this. If you buy a movie on your computer, you can watch it now when you need to buy -- and Greenpeace is mad. Greenpeace is in an all-out assault mode here on Apple. "'Apple is about innovation, but buying coal at really cheap source is not innovative,' Greenpeace senior policy analyst Gary Cook told Cult of Mac. 'Those data centers are fueled by about 60 percent coal.'
"So every time you enjoy Star Wars from the cloud, you are essentially watching a movie knowing it’s destroying the Appalachian [Mountains] and using dirty energy.'" So if you watch a movie from iCloud, a movie that you buy on your computer or on your television via Apple TV or on your iPad, you are destroying a mountain range. That's Greenpeace. That's the American left. That's how absurd they are. How do they have any followers and who must their followers be? A bunch of the dumbest people in this country. God bless 'em, they're some of the most ignorant, blind people who -- in their own estimations -- have lives that must be so pitiful, pathetic, and meaningless they glom onto stuff like this to make themselves think they matter. It's patently absurd.
Doctor Claims Everything You've Heard About Cholesterol and Heart Disease is Wrong
RUSH: Now, this health story. The website's called Signs of the Times, and the story here is by Dr. Dwight Lundell. "Heart Surgeon Speaks Out On What Really Causes Heart Disease." The upshot of it is that everything that we think we're doing to promote cardiovascular health is actually contributing to cardiovascular problems. This story prints out six pages. The doctor wrote it. So many times I have mentioned over the years about diet, health, food, how we are being manipulated by government goals, wrong medical ideas. Food activists with a logo and a fax machine putting out bogus information to the media, and they just run with it. As long as it contains "government has to step in to save us," then they'll be happy to promote whatever the lying data is.
So what we have here is a heart surgeon who is saying that he and his profession have been wrong for decades. This experiment with statins and low-fat diets has not worked. He says it's time to move on to another way. I'll give you some pull quotes before getting to the story. "Despite the fact that 25% of the population takes expensive statin medications and despite the fact we have reduced the fat content of our diets, more Americans will die this year of heart disease than ever before."
Another pull quote. "I saw it in over 5,000 surgical patients spanning 25 years who all shared one common denominator -- inflammation in their arteries." Not blockage, inflammation.
Another pull quote. "The cholesterol theory led to the no-fat, low-fat recommendations that in turn created the very foods now causing an epidemic of inflammation. Mainstream medicine made a terrible mistake when it advised people to avoid saturated fat in favor of foods high in omega-6 fats. We now have an epidemic of arterial inflammation leading to heart disease and other silent killers."
Another pull quote. "Forget the 'science' that has been drummed into your head for decades. The science that saturated fat alone causes heart disease is non-existent," just like the global warming science is non-existent. "The science that saturated fat raises blood cholesterol is also very weak. Since we now know that cholesterol is not the cause of heart disease, the concern about saturated fat is even more absurd today." It's the inflammation, not the cholesterol.
Dr. Dwight Lundell, Signs of the Times. "We physicians with all our training, knowledge and authority often acquire a rather large ego that tends to make it difficult to admit we are wrong. So, here it is. I freely admit to being wrong. As a heart surgeon with 25 years experience, having performed over 5,000 open-heart surgeries, today is my day to right the wrong with medical and scientific fact. I trained for many years with other prominent physicians labeled 'opinion makers.' Bombarded with scientific literature, continually attending education seminars, we opinion makers insisted heart disease resulted from the simple fact of elevated blood cholesterol.
"The only accepted therapy was prescribing medications to lower cholesterol and a diet that severely restricted fat intake. The latter of course we insisted would lower cholesterol and heart disease. Deviations from these recommendations were considered heresy and could quite possibly result in malpractice." But it's not working. "These recommendations are no longer scientifically or morally defensible. The discovery a few years ago that inflammation in the artery wall is the real cause of heart disease is slowly leading to a paradigm shift in how heart disease and other chronic ailments will be treated.
"The long-established dietary recommendations have created epidemics of obesity and diabetes, the consequences of which dwarf any historical plague in terms of mortality, human suffering and dire economic consequences. Despite the fact that 25% of the population takes expensive statin medications and despite the fact we have reduced the fat content of our diets, more Americans will die this year of heart disease than ever before." That's a stunning statistic, folks. It sorta sounds like all the steps necessary to save the planet.
Have you noticed, according to the advocates of global warming and CO2 emissions, all these efforts -- and they've been considerable -- to reduce emissions, they still say the warming is taking place, and they still say that we're almost to the point of no return? I mean, by their own admission, it isn't working. Now, there is no manmade global warming. That is a hoax. And again, simple logic is all you need for this, you don't even need science. The science is there, but you don't even need the science. It's as silly as Obama saying that oil -- and he said this yesterday -- oil is an energy of the past. It's not. It's all we've got. And we got more of it than anybody dreamed. But that's another subject.
Back to Dr. Lundell, the heart surgeon. "Statistics from the American Heart Association show that 75 million Americans currently suffer from heart disease, 20 million have diabetes and 57 million have pre-diabetes. These disorders are affecting younger and younger people in greater numbers every year. Simply stated, without inflammation being present in the body, there is no way that cholesterol would accumulate in the wall of the blood vessel and cause heart disease and strokes. Without inflammation, cholesterol would move freely throughout the body as nature intended. It is inflammation that causes cholesterol to become trapped.
"Inflammation is not complicated -- it is quite simply your body's natural defense to a foreign invader such as a bacteria, toxin or virus. The cycle of inflammation is perfect in how it protects your body from these bacterial and viral invaders. However, if we chronically expose the body to injury by toxins or foods the human body was never designed to process, a condition occurs called chronic inflammation. Chronic inflammation is just as harmful as acute inflammation is beneficial. What thoughtful person would willfully expose himself repeatedly to foods or other substances that are known to cause injury to the body?
"Well, smokers perhaps, but at least they made that choice willfully. The rest of us have simply followed the recommended mainstream diet that is low in fat and high in polyunsaturated fats and carbohydrates, not knowing we were causing repeated injury to our blood vessels. This repeated injury creates chronic inflammation leading to heart disease, stroke, diabetes and obesity," because it's the inflammation that retards the passing of cholesterol through the arteries. The inflammation leads to the clogged arteries, not the cholesterol itself. "Let me repeat that," he says. "The injury and inflammation in our blood vessels is caused by the low-fat diet recommended for years by mainstream medicine."
Now, this goes against everything we've been hearing for the last 30 years. Everything! This doctor is saying that what we've been doing to help ourselves is killing us, or facilitating circumstances in which we die prematurely. Okay, so, "What are the biggest," according to him, "culprits of chronic inflammation? Quite simply, they are the overload of simple, highly processed carbohydrates (sugar, flour and all the products made from them) and the excess consumption of omega-6 vegetable oils like soybean, corn and sunflower that are found in many processed foods. Take a moment to visualize rubbing a stiff brush repeatedly over soft skin until it becomes quite red and nearly bleeding. You kept this up several times a day, every day for five years. If you could tolerate this painful brushing, you would have a bleeding, swollen infected area that became worse with each repeated injury.
"This is a good way to visualize the inflammatory process that could be going on in your body right now. ... While we savor the tantalizing taste of a sweet roll, our bodies respond alarmingly as if a foreign invader arrived declaring war. Foods loaded with sugars and simple carbohydrates, or processed with omega-6 oils for long shelf life have been the mainstay of the American diet for six decades. These foods have been slowly poisoning everyone. ... What does all this have to do with inflammation? Blood sugar is controlled in a very narrow range. Extra sugar molecules attach to a variety of proteins that in turn injure the blood vessel wall.
"This repeated injury to the blood vessel wall sets off inflammation. When you spike your blood sugar level several times a day, every day, it is exactly like taking sandpaper to the inside of your delicate blood vessels. While you may not be able to see it, rest assured it is there," he says. "I saw it in over 5,000 surgical patients spanning 25 years who all shared one common denominator -- inflammation in their arteries." This thing goes on and on. He said, "One tablespoon of corn oil contains 7,280 mg of omega-6;" remember, that's bad, "soybean contains 6,940 mg. Instead, use olive oil or butter..." How many of you are afraid to eat butter? I'm not. (chuckles) At all. Eat "olive oil or butter from grass-fed beef. Animal fats contain less than 20% omega-6 and are much less likely to cause inflammation than the supposedly healthy oils labeled polyunsaturated."
Again, this is Dr. Dwight Lundell, and the website is Signs of the Times, and his solution here is eat more protein. "The science that saturated fat alone causes heart disease is non-existent. The science that saturated fat raises blood cholesterol is also very weak. Since we now know that cholesterol is not the cause of heart disease, the concern about saturated fat is even more absurd today. What you can do is choose whole foods your grandmother served and not those your mom turned to as grocery store aisles filled with manufactured foods." Now, you can do with this what you want. I'm interested in it because, as you know: Conventional wisdom, I ignore it. I toss it out the window.
It's groupthink. Conventional wisdom is set by liberals. It's set by the Democrat Party, set by the media. And it's all aimed at making victims of every one of us. It's all aimed at making sheep out of all of us. And in the case of food, look at this week alone. It's all aimed at them putting themselves in charge of it. We've got Michelle Obama trying to set diets for schools. You got federal agents commandeering lunches brought from home prepared by mothers and telling the little four-year-old, "Sorry, that's no good. You can't eat that." We had a story this week from a recent college graduated authorette claiming that food is the only area, it's the last remaining place where the government doesn't have any say-so in the distribution of the product-to-market.
Of course she was making the case, "We gotta get the government involved," because she cited all the unfairness and all of the lack of quality in, say, the vegetable section at the grocery store at Walmart. And by definition, that's racist. Yes, it's racist, and it's discrimination against the poor. The poor are getting all the leftovers. The poor are always being denied access to the finest foods. So there's a big push on, and there has been for my whole life and yours, to empower the federal government to take over as much of day-to-day life (including the decision-making) as they can get their arms around.
And how do they do it? Everything's based on fear. "You're gonna die if you keep doing this, you're gonna get sick if you keep doing that. You're gonna destroy the planet if you keep driving that car." It's a never-ending assault, and they focus on health 'cause everybody wants to be healthy, and they're positioning themselves as your guardians. And I guarantee you, like everything else: You lose your freedom, you lose your freedom.