Political Hurricane Forecasts
RUSH: I got a note today from a friend: "Rush what is with these wild guess hurricane forecasts?"
I said "It's a political agenda."
"What do you mean, a political agenda?"
"Forecasting hurricanes, it's part of the political agenda. Are you asking me why do they make the forecast every year when they have no idea what's gonna happen?"
I'll just ask you. Do you ever recall a hurricane forecast where they told you that fewer than normal storms were expected? No. Every forecast is, "It's gonna be an exceedingly active season. Higher, more active, than normal." Everything is political, and it's a way to advance the political agenda.
Obama Orders Holder to Investigate Himself
RUSH: That's right, folks. Eric Holder will examine himself. Eric Holder will investigate himself and his department over the bugging of journalists' telephones, phone records, and e-mails, specifically James Rosen of Fox and a couple others, AP. And Barack Obama, President Obama has said he really doesn't like this. He doesn't think that journalists doing their job shouldn't be criminalized, while his administration is criminalizing it. It's the Limbaugh Theorem. It is what it is. Obama coming out in publicly opposing everything he's doing. Same thing at the Code Pink speech yesterday.
Toilet Paper is Luxury Item in Venezuela
RUSH: "The people of Venezuela are grappling with a nationwide shortage of toilet paper --" We mentioned this a couple of weeks ago, "-- an all too common occurrence in socialist states." But rather than question maybe their economy as the problem, the new president of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro, said this week "that shortages in luxury items --" did you know that toilet paper is a luxury item? In Venezuela apparently it is. And the "shortages in luxury items are the result of a shadowy conspiracy concocted by the rich."
Conservatives and the rich in Venezuela have concocted a conspiracy to commandeer all the toilet paper in Venezuela. Now, I don't know this for sure, but if I had to guess, I would say that the middle class voters in Venezuela believe it. Be my guess.
Tech Blog Reaction to Tim Cook Senate Hearing
RUSH: Folks, you know that I read tech blogs. I've mentioned this many, many times. My hobby, my avocational interest. And it was fascinating, once again, to read the tech blogs. They are populated by young liberal, journalist-oriented people who believe that Barack Obama hung the moon, who believe that the Democrat Party is the only party that has any compassion for anybody, the downtrodden, the gay, the unhappy, the thirsty, the hungry, you name it. They believe all the cliches, and they think they're the smartest people in the world. They're very young and very impressed with themselves.
So I thought it would be fascinating to gauge their reaction to Tim Cook's appearance before the Senate committee on Apple and the allegation that they were hiding and not paying their fair share of taxes. And I have been rewarded. One of these blogs, which is run by -- and I don't want to name any names 'cause frankly I don't want to make myself a target of these people. I just want to be able to read 'em without any attachment here. So I'm not gonna name any names. But it's a pretty well-known blog among this circle of people.
He was so astounded by what he saw that he actually published a newspaper account from a conservative paper about what happened to Tim Cook. And the conclusion that these guys have come to is that this was a shakedown. And, by the way, they're right. The whole point of the Apple appearance before that Senate committee could be summed up this way: How dare you guys get so big and not include us. And it really is. It's as obvious as the day is, and in its own way, folks, it's indicative of what's wrong in Washington.
The whole purpose of that hearing was so send a message to Apple: You guys had better get a larger lobbying presence in this town. You guys had better start spending money here. You're making money hand over fist. We did this with Microsoft. You saw what we did with Microsoft. We even sued them on anti-trust. This was a warning. You guys better open an office here, and you better expand whatever operations you do have here, and you better start spreading the money around. And you might say, "What good is it gonna do Senator Levin if Apple starts spreading money around Washington? They can't pay him."
They can hire members of his staff. They can open a lobbying office. They can open some kind of a congressional relations office, and they can hire staff members from these senators and congressmen. Believe me, that happens. That's how they curry favor, that's how it's done. One of the ways it's done. And maybe someday Senator X decides not to run for reelection and instead wants to make his money legitimately so he goes and joins a lobbying firm. But it's exactly what it was about with Microsoft. That anti-trust suit was about, "Gates, you know, you think you're bigger than we are? You're not. If you don't spread some of that money around here..."
Now, these guys can't write checks to senators. They can't write checks to members of the House, but they can hire their friends. They can hire their lawyer buddies, their lobbyist buddies. They can hire members of their staff. They can do any number of things to spread that money around. And that's what the message was, and it was funny to read some of these tech blogs, understand that that's what happened. It was great to see that these guys saw their favorite Democrat buddies engaged in a shakedown. And there's a piece here by Timothy Carney that ran at the Examiner, DC Examiner.
"Senators are angry that tech giant Apple isn't paying its fair share." This story was linked to by a bunch of these tech blogs who have no idea that Tim Carney and the Examiner is essentially a conservative publication. I don't think they know. They may know, and I could be dead wrong about that.
"The grilling of Apple is best understood as a shakedown by politicians upset with Apple for not playing the Washington game that yields contributions, power, and personal wealth for congressmen and their aides. Apple doesn't have a political action committee to fund incumbents' re-elections. Apple doesn't hire many congressional staff or any former congressmen as lobbyists. Apple mostly minds its own business -- and how does that help the political class?"
It doesn't. Apple had not broken a single law. Apple had not even violated the spirit of the law, and yet they're up there being persecuted. No, they were up there being shaken down. They know it, everybody else knows it. You watch. Keep a sharp eye. Apple will have an increased presence in Washington in the form of a PAC or something of the sort as a result of that hearing. Folks, it's like a protection racket in the neighborhood. And I was kind of excited to see all these young tech bloggers, who most of the time, day after day, when you read them write about Obama and the government, how wonderful and blissful and cool and compassionate they all are, and they see this happening, it was kind of a wake-up call. I don't expect it to last, but it was interesting for at least a day.
One other thing, and I may be way off base on this except I know Snerdley is going to agree with me on this. In advance, I know he will. Snerdley thinks I don't toot my own horn enough. I ran across a story -- tech blog, by the way -- on Sunday, and I've had it here in the Stack, not near the top, not prominent, but for use if circumstances warranted.
Why Did "Breaking Bad" Really Take Off?
RUSH: Netflix found at a particular point in their existence that their subscriber base just ballooned practically overnight. And the story on this, it's a blog called All Things D, which is a Wall Street Journal-owned tech blog. And it's an Vince Gilligan, who is the creator of the TV show Breaking Bad.
"I don’t think you’d be sitting here interviewing me if it weren’t for Netflix. In its third season, ‘Breaking Bad’ got this amazing nitrous-oxide boost of energy and general public awareness because of Netflix. Before binge-watching, someone who identified him- or herself as a fan of a show probably only saw 25 percent of the episodes."
So the producer and the creator of Breaking Bad, nice guy, Vince Gilligan, thinks that somehow Netflix boosted his show. I'll give you a little history. I was out in Southern California, and, by the way, it happened in the second or third season, which is key. I forget, second or third season of Breaking Bad. No, it was during a spring fling. Everybody was at my house. It was in March or April two or three years ago. Joel Surnow and his wife Colleen were there, and he asked me if I'd seen the show Breaking Bad. "No, I never heard of it."
"It's the best show on TV. You gotta watch it."
I said, "What's it about?"
He said, "It's about a high school professor, chemistry teacher gets cancer and decides to start creating crystal meth to make money for his family."
"That doesn't sound all that hot to me."
"You watch it."
So I went watched it, and I told Joel, I said, "The first couple episodes, I don't know what in the world everybody thinks is so great about this show, really tough."
He said, "Stick with it."
So I did, and after binge watching season one I remember coming here and going on and on and on about how great this show was. They're all nodding their heads in there on the other side glass. They remember this now. And I, of course, innocently sitting here just wondering if perhaps you people, and not Netflix -- well, maybe via Netflix, if you people are the reason that Breaking Bad took off in its second or third season, 'cause that's when I heard about it after having been told about it by Joel Surnow. By the way, Joel Surnow created "24." If he thinks a TV show is great, then the odds are it is. And now I can't stop watching Breaking Bad, by the way. I became hooked on it and never miss it. Final five or six episodes this summer, in fact.
RUSH: The Republicans have a pretty good idea, if they follow through on it, this is actually not a bad idea. It is a story from the Washington Examiner: "Claims of political targeting by the Internal Revenue Service are flooding into the House Ways and Means Committee, bolstered by evidence that includes secretly recorded conversations with IRS officials."
It turns out that some of these Tea Party groups actually recorded meetings they had, and the Republicans in the House committee are urging them to send these materials in.
"Ways and Means has created a website inviting Americans who believe they were targeted to share their stories, and among the information being forwarded to committee investigators are surreptitious recordings of interviews with the IRS. The recordings and other evidence are coming from conservatives who believe they were subjected to tax audits because of their political activism, or from members of conservative groups who believe their organizations' requests for tax-exempt status was subjected to extra scrutiny."
So normally this is the kind of trick the Democrats pull, you know, the endless parade of victims in front of the cameras. Now, that hasn't happened yet, but at least they're collecting. They're asking Americans who believe they've been wronged if they have any recordings, to send the stuff in, link it up to their website at the House Ways and Means Committee. So American ingenuity isn't dead if some of this stuff ever pops up and is seen. See, that could cause something like this to break wide open even more so, when people can actually see how it happened, as opposed to just hearing about it, which is bad enough, but there's always more power in actually seeing it.