Where is Edward Snowden -- New England?
RUSH: Big question. Big question. Where is Edward Snowden? Wouldn't it be a kick if the New England Patriots signed the guy along with Tim Tebow? (laughing) They don't know where he is. They have no idea where he is, and the long knives are out now. This guy is a traitor. You know, it's amazing how much he looks like Jay Carney.
Obamacare Raises Premiums 88% in Ohio
RUSH: Folks, nonscandal news, unless you consider Obamacare a scandal, which I do. The Ohio Department of Insurance has announced Obamacare's gonna drive up health insurance premiums by 88%. This is just one state. This is the story that we're hearing no matter where recent enlightenment over insurance premiums is being discovered, 88% increase in Ohio because of Obamacare. Now, how much did Obama win Ohio by again? You know, it's a pity that news like this didn't come out before the election. This was known.
Every aspect of Obamacare was known prior to the election. What would have happened in Ohio if -- and, no, folks, look, don't misunderstand here. I'm not crying over spilt milk. It's an ongoing education effort here. But can you imagine what might have happened had there been news in the Drive-By Media that health insurance premiums are gonna go up 88%, if that news had hit last October. I don't know, it might not have mattered. Low-information voters aren't gonna be buying health insurance, or they don't think they're gonna be buying it, which is the key, so it might nota mattered in any way. But this is happening all over the country with premiums.
They're calling it rate shock. But it isn't shocking to anyone who's been paying attention. Not shocking when you come to realize just how expensive free health care really is. Anyway, it's more like rate rape. Insurance rate rape.
Russia Bans Gay Propaganda
RUSH: "A bill that stigmatizes gay people and bans giving children any information about homosexuality won overwhelming approval Tuesday in Russia’s lower house of parliament. Hours before the State Duma passed the Kremlin-backed law --" and get this. The vote was 436 to nothing. He-he-he-he-he-he-he. It was 436 to zip. There was one abstention, and he hasn't been heard from. "More than two dozen protesters were attacked by hundreds of anti-gay activists and then detained by police. The bill banning the 'propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations' still needs to be passed by the appointed upper house and signed into law by President Vladimir Putin, but neither step is in doubt."
So I'm guessing that gay marriage is not in the cards.
IRS Told Pro-Life Group Not to Impose Religious Views
RUSH: "IRS Caught on Tape Telling Nonprofit: 'Keep Your Faith to Yourself.'" Have you heard about that one? This is from LifeNews.com.
"The IRS scandal is deepening as a new tape has been released today showing a disturbing phone call the Internal Revenue Service placed to a non-profit organization.
Alliance Defending Freedom, a pro-life legal group, made the audio available today of IRS officials telling a group that provides support to women in abusive pregnancy situations to keep its faith to itself."
The IRS is telling this group that's applying for nonprofit status: You keep your faith to yourself. "In the recorded phone conversation, an IRS agent lectures the president of the organization about forcing its religion and beliefs on others and inaccurately explains that the group must remain neutral on issues such as abortion."
That's not right. They cannot demand that a group do that, remain neutral on abortion? They can't do it, but they're doing it. And the same people are doing all this data mining? It does matter.
Lois Lerner Remains on Job
RUSH: This is from our old buddies at National Review, Eliana Johnson. "Lois Lerner, the Internal Revenue Service’s director of Exempt Organizations currently on paid leave, has not had any of her computer access restricted since she abdicated her responsibilities, according to an IRS source with knowledge of the situation. Lerner was placed on administrative leave on May 21 after refusing to tender her resignation, and logged into the IRS’s computer system using her agency computer as recently as June 4, the source tells me. She has the ability to access the same information that was available to her before she was placed on leave."
She's drawing her full salary. She continues to log into the IRS computer system. I thought President Obama was really mad about what she was doing. Don't I recall him acting like he was really mad? Yeah. He went on TV and put the Limbaugh Theorem into full motion. He said he wasn't gonna put up with this, that he was as mad as you are about this. He was gonna get to the bottom of it. He was gonna find out who did it, and he's gonna take care of it, and he was gonna make sure it didn't happen again, and he demanded resignations from somebody that was leaving anyway, and they made a show of getting rid of Lois Lerner, and she's still on the case.
Obama said the agency's misconduct was "inexcusable." Obama said, "Americans have a right to be angry about it, and I'm angry about it. It shouldn't matter what political stripe you're from. The fact of the matter is the IRS has to operate with absolute integrity." Everybody operating in there is carrying out his wishes. I hate to keep saying it, but it's what it is. It's the Limbaugh Theorem.
Here is he positioning himself outside it, shocked and stunned just like all of you, all these rogue people, and by golly, by God, he's gonna bring it to a screeching halt. He has no intention of bringing it to a screeching halt. He just wants you to think he's as angry as you are so that you don't tie him to it, and people aren't. A lot of people aren't. So it's that administration that is collecting all this data, process revealed by Mr. Snowden.
Putin Lectures President on Proper Surveillance
RUSH: You want to hear something hilarious? I got a piece here from a website called RT.com. They talked to Vladimir Putin on the NSA story. Vladimir Putin, in this story, is lecturing Obama on the proper way to do government surveillance. Putin told RT while visiting the channel in the capital: "Data surveillance is an acceptable measure if done within the law," Putin said. Quote, "Such methods are in demand. But you can’t just listen to the phone call in Russia; you need a special order from court. This is how this should be done in civilized society while tackling terrorism with the use of any technical means. If it is in the framework of the law, then it’s ok. If not it is unacceptable."
Such methods are in demand but you can't just listen to the phone call in Russia. You need a special order from court, and this is how this should be done in civilized society while tackling terrorism with the use of any technical means. If it's within the framework of the law, it's okay. If it's not, it's unacceptable."
Putin was answering questions from the RT editor-in-chief, Margarita Simonyan. "Commenting on Obama’s statement that 'You can’t have 100 per cent security and 100 per cent privacy,' Putin disagreed, saying it is possible if done within the law." Russia Today. Now, granted, it's probably state control, but still. I never thought I'd see the day when a former KGB officer is lecturing the president of the United States on the proper way to surveil citizens, and you gotta do it within the framework of the law. Putin! (laughing) That's Putin's mouthpiece.
From what I'm told, RT, Russia Today, is practically Vladimir Putin's personal media outlet. It's sort of like the Washington Post is to Obama or the New York Times is to Obama. That's the way to look at Russia Today. It's just Putin's version of the New York Times.
NYT Spins Global Warming "Plateau"
RUSH: When I came back from a well deserved vacation in Europe, I told you that I picked up on some things over there in looking at foreign media, and they're all upset over there, the global warming people are, that there hasn't been any warming in 15 years.
What I picked up on was that the way they were going to use that was this gives us a second chance. This unexpected halt in the warming that everybody knows is coming has given us a second chance, has given us additional time. This is how leftists do it. Rather than look at the data and admit that they're wrong, that they're totally making it up -- which they know they're doing, by the way -- they instead are going to take the data and apply it to what they claim to believe anyway and say we got a second chance.
It would be like if -- well, Ted Danson. We started this program in 1988. Ted Danson said we had 10 years to clean up the oceans, and if we didn't do it, it would be the end of civilization. So when 1998 got here we of course were all still here and the ocean was still there, and the cruise ships are still on the ocean, polluting it, whatever they do. Well, they pollute it just by being there in the eyes of the environmentalist wackos. So what did Danson do? He said (paraphrasing), "Well, hey, you know what, we've caught a break. We got 10 more years." That's how they do it. They just never stop.
So, in a New York Times story today by Justin Gillis, "What to Make of a Warming Plateau." (gasping) "As unlikely as this may sound, we've lucked out." (laughing) Folks, exactly what I picked up on in Europe is in the New York Times today.
"As unlikely as this may sound, we have lucked out in recent years when it comes to global warming. The rise in the surface temperature of earth has been markedly slower over the last 15 years than in the 20 years before that. And that lull in warming has occurred even as greenhouse gases have accumulated in the atmosphere at a record pace. The slowdown is a bit of a mystery to climate scientists," but it is also fortuitous.
"As you might imagine, those dismissive of climate-change concerns have made much of this warming plateau. They typically argue that 'global warming stopped 15 years ago' or some similar statement, and then assert that this disproves the whole notion that greenhouse gases are causing warming."
That's right, these crackpots like me probably say that because global warming did stop 15 years ago. I mean, it did stop. There is no global warming. There is no manmade global warming. It stopped 15 years ago, and I'm the crackpot. And the New York Times is the reasonable scientific oriented, mature-thinking publication. "Rarely do they mention that most of the warmest years in the historical record have occurred recently."
And then they go on and describe a bunch of propaganda.
They say, "What to make of it all? Now, here is a crucial piece of background: It turns out we had an earlier plateau in global warming, from roughly the 1950s to the 1970s, and scientists do not fully understand that one either. A lot of evidence suggests that sunlight-blocking pollution from dirty factories may have played a role. ... The pollution was ultimately reduced by stronger clean-air laws in the West." Factory pollution in China has picked up the slack. Anyway, they got a second chance. That's right. The lack of global warming is due to the lack of pollution, which of course that should be a good thing.
Here's my question. If you're a global warming scientist or a global warming advocate and you claim you're not political, nothing to do with the political agenda, you're just pure science. Okay. You're warning everybody that the warming is taking place at a rate that's unprecedented and it's dangerous and it's catastrophic and we've got to stop it or else. And then you learn there hasn't been any in 15 years, wouldn't you be happy? Wouldn't you be going, "Whew, man, we dodging a bullet here, all right." No! No! They're flat-out paranoid, frightened, scared, disappointed. They want the warming, because it is political, because it allows them to grow their governments. It allows them to raise taxes. It allows them to control the population, just like Obamacare does. Pure and simple.
Hillary Created State Department Culture That Okayed Buying Women for Sex
RUSH: There are a couple stories here on the State Department. There's a scandal brewing there, and there's a whistleblower there, and I'm not gonna have time to get into it today. I will save them for tomorrow. But I'm gonna tell you, Mrs. Clinton is probably wishing for a Plan B that worked on the State Department. Let me just tease you with this. She created a culture where it was okay to buy women for sex. That's what this is about. "A State Department whistleblower has accused high-ranking staff of a massive coverup -- including keeping a lid on findings that members of then-Secretary Hillary Clinton’s security detail and the Belgian ambassador solicited prostitutes." So, again, I don't want to try to get into details of that with our limited amount of time.