Half of All New AIDS Infections in Greece are Self-Inflicted by People Looking to Get More Benefits
RUSH: This story out of Greece. This is from New Scientist. "The impact of recession is clear in countries with the most severe economic problems. In Greece, for example, suicides rose by 17% and murder rates more than doubled between 2007 and 2011," and get this. You're not going to believe this. "Half of new HIV infections," that'd be AIDS for those of you in Rio Linda. Aare you sitting down for this? If you want to know what the welfare state does to people... Snerdley, are you listening to this? I want you to hear it.
"Half of new HIV infections between 2009 and 2011 are estimated to have been self-inflicted to secure monthly benefits of €700." It may seem completely insane, but according to one study for the World Health Organization... That's the UN, and they are never wrong, right? "Half of new HIV infections [in Greece] are estimated to have been self-inflicted to secure monthly benefits of €700," about $945 a month, €700 in welfare payments.
"Michael Marmot at University College London, who co-wrote the report for the World Health Organization, warns that the inequities threaten the long-term health of future generations unless governments take action to reverse cuts in health spending." So you see, the "inequities" in wealth and income in Western society is the problem of the government. The government has not been fair in its redistribution, and this is leading to some people experiencing cuts in welfare benefits -- and to make up the difference, Greeks are self-inflicting themselves with HIV.
It's all the fault of government, according to the UN. It's all the fault of the Greek government. So the people -- ignorant though they are, blissfully ignorant though they are -- they're always victims, they are always innocent. They never have one responsibility, not one iota of responsibility in any aspect of their lives. (interruption) Is that true, Greece is like the Gay Capital of the World? You heard that? I just had a note flash to me that said so. Well, I don't know about that. But the World Health Organization is saying half of new HIV infections in Greece are self-inflicted for the $945 a month.
If Obama's So Smart, Ms. Jarrett, Why Does He Need Advisors?
RUSH: Now, in my show prep over the weekend I encountered something at NewsBusters, which is Brent Bozell's website. And I ran into a piece there by Tim Graham, and it's entitled, "George Will on Obama's Enormous Brain." Let me cut to the chase here. George Will likes to quote people in his column. He's known as a quote machine, and Doonesbury and the boys have made fun of George Will for having staffers that just find quotes that George Will can insert. And George Will has responded: "I don't have staffers looking up the quotes; I know the quotes." So that's the basis for the story. And a partial quote from Valerie Jarrett that George Will included in a recent column, Sunday's column. But the entire Valerie Jarrett quote is here.
This will help you to understand not only who Obama is, but how and why I and a lot of people, not just me, see Obama the way we do. Here is Valerie Jarrett. And this quote comes from a book written by David Remnick. He's the editor of The New Yorker. He wrote a book called "The Bridge: The Life and Rise of Barack Obama." And in this book on page 274 a quote from Valerie Jarrett, perhaps Obama's closest and longest serving advisor, on how amazing Obama is.
Oh, by the way, Page Six in the New York Post today says that Valerie Jarrett is now dating Ahmad Rashad, or that Ahmad Rashad is dating Valerie Jarrett, but they're not going out in public. They're doing it on the down low. Now, I know Ahmad Rashad. He's best buds with Michael Jordan. That news kind of surprised me. But it's just an aside. It has nothing to do with this story. Here's the Valerie Jarrett quote, David Remnick's book, "The Bridge: The Life and Rise of Barack Obama."
"I think Barack knew that he had God-given talents that were extraordinary. He knows exactly how smart he is... He knows how perceptive he is. He knows what a good reader of people he is. And he knows that he has the ability -- the extraordinary, uncanny ability -- to take a thousand different perspectives, digest them, and make sense out of them, and I think he has never been really challenged intellectually. I mean, he's the kind of guy you'd hate in law school, who would pick up the book the night before the final, read it, and ace the test. So what I sensed in him was not just a restless spirit but someone with extraordinary talents that they had to be really taxed in order for him to be happy."
And then came the "bored to death" line, that he's just bored because he's never intellectually challenged." He is so far above everybody in the room, he is light years ahead of everybody, there's not a soul who can challenge the guy, and so he just gets bored, and nothing -- not Obamacare, Iranian nukes, nothing really challenges him. He has yet to be put to the test intellectually in his life and if anything makes him unhappy and bored, it is that.
Well, now, I'm telling you, if that's how she sees the guy, then we have, folks, as the number one primary advisor, a genuine fatal attraction groupie, number one, who will never tell the guy he's off the rails or going in the wrong direction, will do nothing but pump him up. If she sees him that way, I guarantee you he does. This is not healthy, folks.
Now, the bored to death line. "He knows exactly how smart he is. ... I think that he has never really been challenged intellectually. ... He’s been bored to death his whole life. He’s just too talented to do what ordinary people do. He would never be satisfied with what ordinary people do." Why does somebody like Obama even need an advisor, then? I mean, what advisor can possibly advise him?
If he's so smart, why didn't he know his health care plan wouldn't work. If he's so smart, why didn't he know his website wasn't working? If he's so smart, why didn't he know his stimulus wasn't gonna work? We gotta redefine smart, because there's nothing he's done that's working, at least from our perspective.
RUSH: You know, Obama's not the first Democrat that we've heard is so smart and so high above everybody else in the room that he can't be challenged. Who else did they say that about? Clinton at one point. It is a fairly common thing to be said of Democrat leaders. I think it was Clinton they said, "Oh, he's so smart, so far ahead." I know they said that about Obama since day one, but there have been others.
Having Daughters Increases Likelihood You'll Be Republican
RUSH: Here's a study from the Pew Center for People in the Press. "Two sociologists have found that parents who have daughters are more inclined to support the GOP and turn a cold shoulder to Democrats. In newly published findings that challenge earlier research, Dalton Conley of New York University and Emily Rauscher of the University of Kansas found that having more daughters than sons and having a daughter first 'significantly reduces the likelihood of Democratic identification and significantly increases the strength of Republican Party identification.'
"Not only is the daughter effect statistically significant, it’s substantively large. ... The daughters effect is considerably stronger among better educated and wealthier parents, they find. But among those farther down the socioeconomic ladder, it weakens to statistical insignificance." So when the low-information crowd has daughters, it doesn't matter. But when middle class and upper middle class people do, it means that the parents are more likely to be Republican. Go figure. Who would have ever thought that?