ChiCom Envy at the New York Times
RUSH: You know, the theory -- and I'm not espousing it, I just want to bounce off of it. The theory that Adam Lanza somehow had been convinced the world was gonna end Friday and he was discombobulated by it. His mother was a prepper and a survivalist and showed him guns and he went in there and did what he did to either deal with the pressure of it or maybe save people from the end, who knows what. It happened in China, is the point. Some doomsayer in China -- we had the story earlier in the week, and I didn't get to it, I neglected to mention it. But some doomsayer went crazy last week and attacked his mother, and then went into a school and stabbed 26 or so kids. He didn't have a gun. But he had a knife, and he stabbed 26 or so kids. It was an AP story.
"Officials say a man who went into a school in central China and stabbed 23 children last week was 'psychologically affected' by doomsday predictions. Min Yongjun is suspected of going into an elderly woman's house Friday morning and stabbing her with a kitchen knife. He then allegedly went to a nearby elementary school in Chenpeng village in Guangshan county and injured the 23 children before being stopped by teachers and police."
And today the ChiComs "have arrested more than 500 doomsayers for spreading rumors about the end of the world on Friday." Don't you think Obama's salivating -- uh, sorry. Sorry. That's the old Rush. That's the threatening, making-people-nervous Rush. But I do know Thomas L. Friedman's salivating over it, New York Times. Oh, that kind of power, wouldn't that be great? If government could just shut up wackos like that. Wouldn't it? You know Thomas L. Friedman, the communist of the New York Times, has ChiCom envy. A number of these guys wish that Obama would simply seize power like the ChiComs have. Good, decent, smarter than everybody else people. So when you have a problem like this, 500 doomsayers running around spreading rumors about the end of the world you just go grab 'em and lock 'em up. You arrest them.
By the way, just to be clear, there's only one person that I know of who is saying that Adam Lanza's mother was a prepper, and that's the ex-sister-in-law. She's the only source for that. Have you heard any more? I don't know of anybody other than the ex-sister-in-law who says that she was a survivalist or a prepper. And again, folks, I have to remind you that everything that was reported on this for three hours on Friday was wrong, and a lot probably still is. It's getting to the point I don't really believe anything that I see or hear, and the things that I'm told are true and the things I'm told to believe, it's becoming a bit much.
It seems truth is a huge casualty in our country. Right and wrong don't exist anymore. It's far worse than I think any of us thought it was gonna be. We've been making jokes about it over the course of the 25 years, how we've been in outcome based education, awarding people who think two plus two is five for trying and refusing to tell 'em that they're wrong 'cause it would hurt their feelings and humiliate them.
The Homeless Youth of Obamaville
RUSH: New York Times headline: "After Recession, More Young Adults Are Living on Street."This is the new face of the homeless problem, my friends. "Duane Taylor was studying the humanities in community college and living in his own place when he lost his job in a round of layoffs. Then he found, and lost, a second job. And a third. Now, with what he calls 'lowered standards' and a tenuous new position at a Jack in the Box restaurant, Mr. Taylor, 24, does not make enough to rent an apartment or share one. He sleeps on a mat in a homeless shelter, except when his sister lets him crash on her couch. 'At any time I could lose my job, my security,' said Mr. Taylor, explaining how he was always the last hired and the first fired. 'I’d like to be able to support myself. That’s my only goal.'" But boy, it's just so hard, it's so hard.
And the New York Times here says: "Across the country, tens of thousands of underemployed and jobless young people, many with college credits or work histories, are struggling to house themselves in the wake of the recession, which has left workers between the ages of 18 and 24 with the highest unemployment rate of all adults. ... These young adults are the new face of a national homeless population, one that poverty experts and case workers say is growing. Yet the problem is mostly invisible. Most cities and states, focusing on homeless families, have not made special efforts to identify young adults, who tend to shy away from ordinary shelters out of fear of being victimized by an older, chronically homeless population. The unemployment rate and the number of young adults who cannot afford college --" You realize we had a president reelected in all this.
As I read this story, how many of these people voted for him? That's what I can't get past. How many these people probably voted for him, believing that their circumstance is all because of George W. Bush?
"Mr. Taylor, the fast-food worker in Seattle, said he felt lucky when he could find a coveted space at Roots, a shelter for young adults in a church basement. Such shelters are rare. For generations, services for the homeless were directed to two groups: dependent children and older people. There was scant attention focused on what experts now call 'transitional age youth' -- young adults whose needs are distinct."
And then there's another guy here named Tano, T-a-n-o. "Two months ago, Mr. Tano gave up an apartment in his native Dallas after losing his job. He sold his Toyota and sought opportunities in the Pacific Northwest. He rented a room and set out with his resume." You know what his resume expertise is? Fundraising. So he set out with that resume, "But when his $2,000 in savings withered to nothing, 'I ended up sleeping on the street for the first time in my life,' he said. 'I just kind of had to walk around and try to stay warm.'"
His career strength was fundraising, asking people for money. He had $2,000 in savings, and now it's all gone, and now he's among the 18- to 24-year-old, brand-new problem, after the recession, more young adults living on the street. Do you believe it? A humanities major loses all these jobs, now homeless, working at Jack in the Box? No doubt voted for Obama. Well, I shouldn't say no doubt. Likely voted for Obama. Likely blames Republicans for his problems. Probably thought Romney was gonna come steal whatever he had left. So he voted, probably, for the guy who's the architect of the problem.
Meanwhile, unemployment's down. This administration is telling us job creation's happening. The unemployment rate is plummeting. There's just one shred of good news here, and that is that these homeless kids can still be on their parents' health insurance. But at the end of the day I still don't know how this is possible because I thought the recession had been over for three and a half years. The recession ended in 2009. The official calculation of the recession ended in 2009, and we've been growing. Slowly, but our economy's been expanding since then. That's what they tell us.
Panetta Orders Global Probe of Military Daycare Centers
RUSH: Defense secretary Leon Panetta. This is something else I didn't know. "Defense Secretary Leon Panetta on Tuesday ordered a worldwide review of hiring practices at all U.S. military day care centers after the Army revealed that it discovered problems with security background checks of workers at a Washington-area center.
"Shortly after the Army said it was launching an investigation of hiring practices at its 283 day care centers worldwide, Panetta's press secretary, George Little, issued a statement saying Panetta supports the review. Little said Panetta has directed each of the military services to conduct similar reviews. The actions stem from the Sept. 26 arrests of two Army employees accused of assaulting children at a Fort Myer, Va., day care center. But the problem there apparently is much deeper; indications are that at least 30 workers at the Fort Myer facility have histories that call into question their suitability to care for children, two officials said."
Well, then how did they get the position? When did the military start running day care centers? What have I missed? I read this whole story, I still don't know what it's really all about. "Panetta Orders Global Probe of Military Day Care Centers." Military day care centers?