Penn State Shelves Sweet Caroline
RUSH: At Penn State during home football games, one of the traditions since the early seventies (maybe even late sixties) has been to play Sweet Caroline by Neil Diamond. The song came out in 1969. Neil Diamond, by the way, recently confirmed that the song was inspired by Caroline Kennedy. He was sitting in a motel room in Memphis, starving. His career wasn't doing all that hot. He'd had a couple hits -- Thank the Lord for the Night Time, Cherry Cherry -- but it hadn't really taken off.
And in less than an hour he wrote the lyrics and the music to Sweet Caroline. That song has been picked up and it's played at sports stadiums all across the country, including at Penn State -- which has announced that no longer are they going to play Sweet Caroline at home football games. They're not gonna play it. You know why? Because in the song there's a lyric line that says "touching me, touching you." They fear that that will be related to Sandusky.
Now, in fairness (we must always be fair), Penn State officials are denying that that's the reason. They are saying it's just time to update the play list. They think, "We've had the same play list here for years; it's gotten stale. We need to update it with new songs during home football games." But people doubt that. People think that it really is that they're just so politically correct and so frightened now of the Sandusky thing that they gotta get rid of that song because of the lyrics "touching me, touching you." Sweet Caroline.
RUSH: Ellen Barkin, the actress, one of the many ex-wives of the Revlon chairman, Ron Perlman, openly said that she hoped the hurricane kills every pro-life, xenophobic, gay-bashing SOB at the Republican National Convention. "In the aftermath of the Family Research Council shooting, prominent voices on the Left have not tapped down their violent rhetoric against their opponents. Two Baby Boomer celebrities have taken to Twitter to hope pro-life, pro-family individuals and U.S. Congressman Todd Akin suffer a drowning or a same-sex rape, respectively.
"On Sunday, Ellen Barkin expressed her hope that Tropical Storm Isaac would smash up the Republican National Convention in Tampa and drown all its delegates. She retweeted the message of one of her followers that read: 'C’mon #Isaac! Wash every pro-life, anti-education, anti-woman, xenophobic, gay-bashing, racist SOB right into the ocean!'" She retweeted it, and it was retweeted. She didn't say anything about it.
Samuel L. Jackson, noted actor, "tweeted it was 'unfair' that Tropical Storm Isaac had spared the GOP convention in Tampa and appeared to be heading for New Orleans. Jackson said in a profanity-filled tweet that he was 'not understanding God's plan' given the fact that the storm was not disrupting the Republican gathering. 'Unfair s---. GOP spared by Isaac! NOLA prolly f----- again!' Less than a half-hour later, Jackson apologized for the earlier tweet, writing that it had stirred up a hornet's nest. 'Apologies to God, Tampa, da GOP& Isaac(sp)!'" He apologized to the hurricane as well. And remember, now, this the party of love and tolerance, compassion, all that. Rotgut. They're better people than we are, folks. They're cool. They're hip. They're likable. They are the real party of hate. And they hate us more than they have ever hated. And their hatred is real. Their hatred for us is visceral. They despise us. I'm not exaggerating.
Where's the Outrage: Jindal Slams FEMA
RUSH: Hey, look at this, folks. Governor Jindal of Louisiana is slamming FEMA and the regime over their slow response to Hurricane Isaac requests. Did you know that? God bless Bobby Jindal. Bobby Jindal is out there, governor of Louisiana, slamming FEMA and the regime over their slow response to Hurricane Isaac requests. Jindal's out there saying that the regime isn't responding to his requests. Meanwhile, Obama's out there saying he's been working on this all week. Where's the outrage? The regime and FEMA are not responding to Governor Jindal. Could it be that he's a Republican and that might be a factor?
RUSH: Fox is split screening Obama! Hubba hubba. There's Obama fundraising, looks like the USC cheerleaders are behind him. And, meanwhile, they've got a split screen of the hurricane approaching Louisiana, the satellite view.
GM Shuts Down Volt
RUSH: Oh, have you heard by the way? GM has shut town the Volt. They have shut down production of the Volt. They announced it, and one of the reasons why is the convention is in North Carolina, a nonunion state.
Dems Complain About Charlotte
RUSH: You can talk all you want about the Republican convention. I'm telling you: The Democrats have got theirs in Charlotte next week, and there's a story here in the Stack about how disappointed the advance team of Democrats is because there's nothing to do there, according to them.
Yeah, the Democrat advance team is complaining.
There are no good restaurants, there are no good bars, there are no S&M clubs. There's nothing that Bill Clinton's gonna be excited about. There's nothing there. But what is this convention gonna have to talk about? This convention, the Democrat convention, is gonna be -- from front to back -- abortion. Front to back, War on Women. Front to back, contraception. And I'll tell you this: I think that the media and the Democrats know that. I think they know.
What kind of party can you throw when you're trying to celebrate the last 3-1/2 years?
There's nothing worth celebrating.
All you can do is try to scare people about your opponents.