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14-Year-Old Educates the Host

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RUSH: Brooke, Willard, Utah, welcome to the EIB Network.  Hello.

CALLER:  Hi.  Thank you for taking my call.

RUSH:  You bet.

CALLER:  I just wanted to make you aware of yet another way socialism has corrupted our wonderful Olympic games.  The girls gymnastics, they no longer take the top 24.  They take the top two from each country.  Only they are allowed to compete in the all-around Olympic final.  So in the case of the --

RUSH:  Wait, wait, wait with, hold it a minute.  First, how old are you?

CALLER:  Fourteen.

RUSH:  You're 14.  Are you in gymnastics?

CALLER:  No, I am not.

RUSH:  Okay.  Now, when you say that they no longer take the top 24, who no longer takes top 24?

CALLER:  The judges, they don't let them compete.  They changed the rules a couple years back that they take the top two from each country to compete in the finals.  So in the case of the USA, we have three girls, and only two can go, so the third girl, she doesn't get to compete in the finals, even though she would be the top four or five in 24 competing.

RUSH:  Wait a minute, Brooke, because I watched a little of the female gymnastics last night and there were five on the team.

CALLER:  Hm-hm.  Yes, but only two get to compete in the all-around finals.

RUSH:  Only two from each country?

CALLER:  Yes.

RUSH:  So it's the US Olympic Committee that's made this rule?

CALLER:  Huh-uh.

RUSH:  And so even if, say, a US gymnast has higher scores than, say, a gymnast from China, if she is the third best American, she won't make the team?

CALLER:  Correct.  Not the team, but she won't get to compete --

RUSH:  The final, yeah, she will not be allowed to compete in the finals because they have a rule that says every country has to have at least two participants?

CALLER:  Hm-hm.  Correct.

RUSH:  I didn't know this.

CALLER:  Yes.  I'm looking at an article right here, and it says the Olympics philosophy is, quote, "We want to spread the wealth. We want to spread sports to other parts of the world."  So I mean it's just pure socialism.

RUSH:  Well, it sounds the way Obama talked to Joe the Plumber in Ohio. We just want to spread the wealth around.

CALLER:  Yep.

RUSH:  You know, I saw the story this morning, one of the five did not make the finals.  It was a story about one of these girls did not make the finals.  I didn't have time to read the whole story as to why.  You may have the answer here.  They made it look like she got the shaft somehow.  It was Jordyn Wieber, or Wieber, I don't know how they pronounce her name.

CALLER:  Yes.

RUSH:  Jordyn Wieber, she's better than 99% of the girls that will end up in the finals, but this story says that three of our gymnasts are in the top four all around but only two of them can compete.  You're exactly right.

CALLER:  Yep. 

RUSH:  It's not socialism. It's political correctness.

CALLER:  Yeah.

RUSH:  In addition to everything else.

RUSH:  So Jordyn Wieber doesn't get to compete even though she's better than 99% of the girls that are gonna end up in the finals. By scores she's better, not by subjective judgment, but by virtue of her scores.  So only two from our team get to go.  I did not know this.  Do you know how rare it is, Brooke, that a 14-year-old tells me something I didn't know?

CALLER:  I don't.  (laughing)

RUSH:  (laughing)  Well, it's rare, believe me, and you have done it.  You deserve a prize.

CALLER:  Well, wow.  I don't know what to say.

RUSH:  Because we're not socialist here.  We reward merit or this program.  I'll tell you what I'm gonna do.  I just got a bunch of fresh iPads that came back from the engraver.  I'm gonna give you your choice.  You can have a brand-new third generation iPad with the big Retina high-resolution screen, or you can -- dadelut dadelut dadelut dadelut -- you can have a 15-inch Retina display MacBook Pro laptop computer.  Do you have a computer?

CALLER:  We have a family computer, but I don't personally own one.

RUSH:  Well, you take your pick.  Which one would you like?

CALLER:  I think I'll take the laptop.

RUSH:  Good call.

CALLER:  Thank you so much.

RUSH:  Good, good, good call.  Okay.  You hang on.  Mr. Snerdley will get your address, we'll FedEx it to you, and you'll have it tomorrow.

CALLER:  Wow.  Thank you.

RUSH:  That's what happens.  We reward merit on this program, and she told me something I didn't know about something I could have known.  I mean, there's certain things 14-year-olds know there's no way I would have known.  This I could have known but didn't; she told me.  So, she deserves it.

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