RUSH: Gonorrhea and syphilis are on the rise in the United States. Right here it is. Bloomberg -- I know, we were doing so well. Gonorrhea and syphilis are on the rise, and there's a reason for it. I don't have time to tell you right now, but I will in due -- I have a health teacher in junior high or high school call it gongorrhea, so if I call it gongorrhea, I'm just imitating him. Don't think I don't know what it is.
RUSH: It is true, Bloomberg News, reports that "gongorrhea" and syphilis -- and again, I had a health teacher in high school that called it "gongorrhea." When he said it in the class, we all kind of looked at each other and tried desperately not to laugh. Then when we asked him questions we would use the word "gongorrhea" when asking him about it, and it didn't faze him. Look, if you are listening with your young child, you may not want to hear this.
You may need to take about a minute away here. The purpose of this program is not to shock anybody, and we're not here trying to be obscene or any of that. If the discussion of STDs and things like this make you uncomfortable or you don't want your child to hear this, I'm gonna count down from five, and if you're still here, then it's on you, because you've been warned. Five ... four ... three ... two ... one. When I was in junior high and high school, we were talked to about this by instructors and teachers quite a bit.
Gongorrhea and syphilis.
I will never forget this, folks, and I feel safe in telling you this because people who have been offended by it have stopped listening for a while, so they're not out there to be offended or worried. In seventh grade, the principal calls an immediate assembly of everybody, boys and girls. We all go to the gymnasium in the junior high school where the principal, the principal gave us a lesson and lecture in blue balls.
This is why I asked audience members with young children to tune out for a while. It actually happened -- and, of course, there were some who had no idea what that was. So they went home, and they told their parents. "What happened in school, Llittle Johnny?" "Well, we got a lecture on..." The town was rocked by that, and the principal ended up being dismissed, obviously. It was funny, folks. It was just absolutely hilarious. This was the extent of sex education that we got in health class: Gongorrhea and syphilis.
Now, I just happened to mention this right before the top of the hour and a couple people on the other side of the glass said, "I thought we had wiped this out. I thought it wasn't a big deal anymore." That's the story. They're coming up. "Gonorrhea and syphilis are on the rise in the US," and according to Bloomberg, "mostly in men who have sex with men, a trend the government said is linked to inadequate testing among people stymied by homophobia and limited access to health care."
I'll read that to you again, 'cause some of you may wonder, "What the hell does that mean?" Here it is. I'm just gonna read you verbatim. "Gonorrhea and syphilis are on the rise in the US, mostly in men who have sex with men, a trend the government said is linked to inadequate testing among people stymied by homophobia and limited access to health care. The rate of new..." What do you think that means?
"Gonorrhea and syphilis are on the rise in the US, mostly in men who have sex with men, a trend the government said is linked to inadequate testing among people stymied by homophobia..." Does that mean the people doing the testing are stymied by homophobia, or does it mean men having sex with other men are afraid to admit it because the testers are homophobic? I don't have any idea what this means. (interruption) What's that, H.R.? It is a horribly written sentence. It's not clear what this means at all.
"The rate of new gonorrhea cases rose 4% in 2012 from the year before, while syphilis jumped 11%, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said today in a report. Rates for chlamydia, the most common of the bacterial sexually transmitted diseases, gained less than 1%.
While all three diseases are curable with antibiotics, many people don't get tested as recommended," and, "That's especially the case for syphilis, where the rise is entirely attributable to men, particularly those who are gay or bisexual."
I guess what they mean, then, is that gay men are reluctant to go get tested because they think they're gonna run into homophobia testers, bigots, racists, sexists, and so forth. So they don't get tested because they're afraid the people testing are gonna judge 'em and give 'em the business or what have you, and so it's going undetected until it's too late. So it's a homophobic society, Mr. Snerdley, to blame for this -- and inadequate health care.
But how can that be, because we've got Obamacare. So it is a homophobic America responsible for rising gongorrhea and syphilis rates because the men who are experiencing the increase are afraid because of a homophobic country to go get the evidence. That's what it means. (interruption) Mmm-hmm. Mmm-hmm. (interruption) Well, there are symptoms, and you do have to go get checked, but the story is they're not getting checked until it's too late, after the symptoms. Then there's no testing necessary. It's clear as a bell, at that point. They are waiting until it's too late. They're waiting too long to get tested because this is a homophobic country.
Speaking of which, let me see if I can find this real quick. Totally unrelated. Here it is. Campus Reform, one of my all-time fast-becoming favorite websites. This is a bunch of really clever young people running a website, college students and so forth.
"A study by a Cornell University developmental psychologist found that statistics about gay youth may be inaccurate because of 'jokesters' who claim to be gay or bisexual when they aren't. Ritch Savin-Williams, who specializes in the subject, said that many students initially claim to be gay, then later identify as straight because they were either joking or confused. ... More than 70 percent of those who claimed to have a 'romantic attraction to someone of the same sex' later identified themselves as being straight. ... He added that many researchers choose to ignore this problem, and continue to use the statistics found in the study. 'It's not that we saw something that no one else had seen,' Savin-Williams said in an article in Los Angeles Times. 'But they kept using the data; people should have said, "Hold on here, who are these kids?"'" Seventy percent of them are lying.
Now, this is funny, except when you realize that they're using the false data to enact legislation. The false data, because these kids are joking about being gay, is creating a false percentage of the number of gay people, at least on college campi. The kids are just joking. I kind of have sympathy. Not sympathy, put I love practical jokers. I was the king of 'em when I was young. You've heard 'em all. And screwing with pollsters is one of the most fun things you can do and then share the experience with your friends who are also engaged in the deception.
If this is true, 70% of college kids are lying about being gay just to screw with the pollsters. He-he-he-he-he. Except the people collecting the data, even knowing that 70% are lying about it, continue to use the data.
RUSH: By the way, I want to go back to this story from Campus Reform, because it's actually an LA Times story about college kids lying about being gay to pollsters. The LA Times headline: "Do 'Jokesters' Distort Research on Gay Youths?" And the LA Times article points out: "People who were 'inconsistent' on their sexual attraction scored lower in intelligence and got lower grades, the researchers found. The questions about 'romantic attraction' might have confused them, especially since the survey did not define what that meant." In other words, some of these students might have been so stupid, they didn't know what romantic attraction meant. See, this is how the experts are trying to explain away that they got hoodwinked. They had a bunch of college kids in a nationwide survey, 70% of college kids lied when they said they were gay. "Well, we can't have that. Well, God, that throws everything out of kilter, we can't have that." So the people doing the research are now saying, "Well, you know, the jokesters, they're not very smart. They didn't understand our question about romantic attraction."
I kid you not. I mean, that, folks, that is hilarious. You may not hear about this story anywhere else. I'm gonna tell you, in the deep, dark crevices of many avenues of American culture, this is going to be a huge deal, and it's gonna cause all kinds of friction, controversy, angst. You go tell these special interest groups that the numbers they have for the percentages of people, young people, who are gay, and then you tell 'em 70% made it up, there is going to be panic. You probably won't hear about it. You'll see manifestations of the reaction, but you won't see the reaction. This is gonna be one of those things that will be under the radar.
The LA Times story is a great indication of how they're gonna be dealt with, these jokesters. Rather than get mad at 'em, rather than give them credit for having pulled a practical joke on 'em, they're saying they're dumb, they don't do very well, they don't get good grades, they're just not that bright, they didn't understand our question about romantic attraction. So they're trying to make it look like they weren't punked, if you will, that these respondents are just blooming idiots. This is important data to a lot of people, particularly political activists on the left.