HHS Mandate Day: Harkin Says Women Need Free Pills for Cramps
RUSH: Today is also the day that free contraceptives must be distributed by people that don't agree to it. Part of Obamacare, that aspect, the religious consideration, out the window now. In fact, if you expressly do not believe in abortion, you still must make it possible for members of your organization or employees or parishioners, or what have you. This is a story from Cybercast News Service: "Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) today justified what the Catholic bishops of the United States have unanimously called an 'unjust and illegal mandate' that forces Catholic business owners to provide coverage for free sterilizations, contraceptives and abortion-inducing drugs because, Harkin said, some women need birth control pills to deal with menstrual pain." He did. I'm not making it up. Tom Harkin said some women need birth control pills to deal with menstrual cramps.
Okay, so Dawn's saying, "Well, that's true, they do help." So we're all supposed to pay for this now? We're supposed to pay for women's cramps? As of today, yes. And that's the justification for it. To hell with abortion, women have cramps out there. And, by the way, Harkin doesn't say it, but you know what he's implying here. You don't want to be around when this is happening, and if a little pill can bring some peace to your life, what the hell? Gut it up. You know, a lot of people will find it a compelling argument. I get terrible headaches when I hear Tom Harkin speak. Maybe he should buy me my aspirin.
Harkin said, "There are many women who take birth control pills, for example, because they have terrible menstrual cramps once a month, some of them almost incapacitated, can’t work. I know of young women myself who, because of this, aren’t able to work and be productive, and it’s prescribed by their doctor." And for that reason alone, everybody should be forced to pay for it.
Male Synchronized Diving?
RUSH: Yeah, just sitting here thinking about this badminton scandal at the Olympics. Can I share with you how relieved I am that there aren't any accusations of doping. That would destroy badminton. If there was doping going on, you know, human growth hormone, performance enhancement drugs in badminton, that would... you know, the sport's already teetering precariously here. That woulda killed it. Still early in the investigation. You never know. (interruption) I don't like male synchronized diving. Well, no. I saw it fast forwarding through it trying to get to what I did want to see. Yeah, of course, you think I'm actually gonna tune in to male synchronized diving? No, I did not.
Kathryn and I were sitting there, we're in front of the big screen, we're trying to get to the swimming or the gymnastics or something. You know, here's what we do. We start at eight o'clock, we DVR it, and we go in there at 9:30, and we turn it on and we zip through it, fast forward it. If we see something intriguing, we stop it, see what it is. We zip through all the interviews, we zip through all the commentary, and we get to what we're looking for, and by ten o'clock, we've seen what we want to see. (interruption) Well, yeah, 'cause I'd never seen it before. No, it's 'cause I couldn't believe it, male synchronized diving.
I didn't know it was an Olympic sport, and I'm looking at it in stunned disbelief. So, yeah, we stopped and watched about 20 seconds of it. We made some jocular comments, and we fast forwarded again. But so what? There are people that like it, Snerdley. What's wrong with liking male synchronized diving? What's your problem with it? Look, I'm just hoping that there's not a doping scandal with the badminton people. It's bad enough that they're playing down the competition to face easier competition down the road. If there's doping, ah, that's just too much.
KC Tests Super-Fast Internet
RUSH: What? Yeah. Yeah. Yeah. Yeah, I'm thinking of getting a condo in Kansas City. One gigabyte down. One gigabyte down. You could download a four gigabyte movie from iTunes in 45 seconds, instead of two or three hours. Well, two or three hours for me now, it's about four minutes, but I'd upgrade to shave four minutes down to 45 seconds.