Limbaugh Letter App Now Accepts AmEx
RUSH: Look, it's not a big deal, but we've had another good business development in our digital media business. If you want to go to the App Store and get the digital version of the Limbaugh Letter, we now accept AmEx, in addition to MasterCard or Visa. We've always accepted MasterCard or Visa. We've now added American Express. Some people only use American Express. The reason is the discipline. You gotta pay it all off at the end of the month. Well, I think with American Express you can make a deal if you want, but for the most part you pay it up, pay it off in 30 days or else they send Ken Chenault after you and whoever else they can find. So it's a good discipline thing, and there's no interest and all that with the AmEx card. It's buy now, pay now, and that's the best way to live, buy now, pay now.
So the Limbaugh Letter app at the iOS App Store is now available also with the American Express card. It's the most widely read political newsletter in the country, and just a few short months ago we digitized it and made it available. We've been playing with notifications, by the way, with the Rush Limbaugh app. We can buzz you with notifications for anything. We could harass you with notifications. We wouldn't want to do that because then you'd turn the notifications off.
Record 18.7 Million Students in FY 2012 Got ‘Free’ Lunch
RUSH: A record 18.7 million students in 2012 got free lunch, according to the USDA. New data. "During the average school month in fiscal year 2012, 18.7 million students in US high schools and grammar schools were given completely free lunches, courtesy of the department’s National School Lunch Program. ... Back in 1969 --" That happens to be the year that I fooled everybody and graduated from high school. "Back in 1969 the average monthly number of schoolchildren getting free lunches was only 2.9 million. As recently as 1990, it was only 9.8 million."
So, since 1990 it's doubled. And the 1990s were boom years. The Clinton years, right? They had a booming economy. You know, speaking of 1969, I remember when junior high, this would have been '65, '66, whatever. I'll never forget the principle of my school, a guy named Fred Withrow, by the way. I don't know why I remember -- well, yeah, I do remember why I remember his name. It was because of an STD lecture he gave us in the gym one day. I'll never forget that. That's when we learned about gonorrhea and blue balls and a number of other... seventh grade. I'm not kidding you. This guy had a in-depth detailed explanation of the stuff. We all went home and told our parents about it and there was hell to pay.
Anyway, I remember over the announcement, the announcements in homeroom one morning, I think it was Withrow, whoever, announced the school breakfast program. It was a sales pitch. "If any of you don't get breakfast at home or if you do and want more, the school will be open for a nourishing breakfast. Please show up. Here are the times," and so forth. And back then -- I hate at a date myself -- back then it was a stigma to show up for it. You didn't want to be seen in there picking up a free lunch or whatever it was. I never went to it. I didn't want to get to school any earlier than I had to. I wanted to skate in there just at the last minute. I'm certainly not showing up to eat breakfast. It's just amazing. Now a record, almost 19 million students, get free lunch.
More Fallout from NIH Fat Lesbian Study
RUSH: Now, yesterday, ladies and gentlemen, we had news that the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (it's a subgroup of the National Institutes of Health) was studying the relationship between sexual orientation and obesity.
This is a government bureaucracy. What they did was they awarded one-and-a-half million dollars to study why it is that 75% of lesbians are obese and gay males are not. And we provided some answers to that question on this program, which are unarguably true. It's a lot of work to make yourself attractive for a man. Women know this, but other women don't care. But gay guys who want to be attractive to other gay guys gotta work hard at it. Men care about looks, far more than women do. We've learned this, we've been told this, anyway. This was a woman who advanced this theory on the program. This a woman who said the lesbians are obese because other women don't care. If the love is there, it doesn't really matter.
Men are visual and shallow. Women are feeling and deep. And so the looks, surface stuff doesn't matter. Well, this didn't sit well with people that this it study was even being done. We looked at it, said, "What the hell, a million-and-a-half dollars to study this? We can answer it for a dime." We just did. Well, others are not happy that this has happened. Now, here's a description, by the way, in the grant, the grant of the money.
"Obesity is one of the most critical public health issues affecting the U.S. today. Racial and socioeconomic disparities in the determinants, distribution, and consequences of obesity are receiving increasing attention. [H]owever, one area that is only beginning to be recognized is the striking interplay of gender and sexual orientation in obesity disparities." This is in the grant. This is when they decide to give the money, this is why. "It is now well-established that women of minority sexual orientation are disproportionately affected by the obesity epidemic."
"Women of minority sexual orientation --" it's another way of saying lesbians. Do you think lesbians like being referred to as participants in minority sexual orientation? Anyway, they wanted to figure out why it was that lesbians are disproportionately fat. "In stark contrast, among men, heterosexual males have nearly double the risk of obesity compared to gay males." It's not fair, it's not right, and we need to get to the bottom of it. So the Brigham & Women's Hospital "first received a $778,622 grant for the study in 2011 --" this is two years old "-- followed by a $741,378 grant in 2012." That's the million-and-a-half dollars. And it's a five-year study. The end date, June 30, 2016.
"It is not possible to say how this (or any other NIH grant) will be affected in the long term beyond the 90 percent funding levels already in place. The study is examining reasons why the risk of obesity varies according to sexual orientation, in order to inform the development of future strategies to prevent obesity." So the conclusion here is that lesbians are obese because they're lesbians. And they're trying to figure out what it is about lesbianism that makes them more prone to obesity. They're not obese 'cause they eat too much. They're not obese because they have a certain lifestyle. No. They're obese because they are of a minority sexual orientation and they are wondering why. What does lesbianism have to do with obesity -- that's what the study is -- when gay males are not obese. It doesn't seem fair. It doesn't seem right. It doesn't seem just. So in the days of a sequester we're spending a million-and-a-half bucks to try to figure out why.
We have a question, I'm almost afraid to find out what it is, from the Official Program Observer. What's the question? The question is, "Has the Oprah network ever examined this trend or phenomenon?" Got me. Wouldn't know. Now, I should point out that the Atlantic Monthly, Atlantic blog, Atlanta wire, they're upset about this. They think this is being reported by a bunch of conservative news services in a slanted way. And they've got a piece here called "Debunking the Myths of the NIH's $1.5 Million 'Lesbians Are Fat' Study."
They point out that this study is also studying heterosexual guys. So you can't say it's just about homosexuals. But they don't offer any more than that. I mean, there are no answers provided here. They just attack the way the conservative media is reporting.
Bird of Hope Lands on Vatican Chimney
RUSH: Awww, look at that! Awww. There's a... Awwwww. The seagull of hope has landed on top of the papal smokestack! Aww. I don't know what it means. We must take a break to consider.