RUSH: "Could Tobacco Hold the Key to Beating Cancer?" I love this headline. It is in the UK Daily Mail. "Could Tobacco Hold the Key to Beating Cancer? -- Researchers say [tobacco]'s defense mechanism could work in humans to 'explode' invading cells. The tobacco plant’s natural defense mechanisms could be harnessed to kill cancer cells in the human body.
"Scientists have identified a molecule in the flower of the plant that usually fights off fungi and bacteria..." I'll have details coming up, but is that not intriguing? It's just another one of these sort of like isn't tobacco may reduce the degree to which people suffer from Parkinson's or some such thing like that.
RUSH: Last week Gwyneth Paltrow went on her website, Goop, to explain her divorce.
She talked about how tough actresses have it compared to stay-at-home mothers and working mothers. I'm not taking a position on it. I'm just telling you what she said. She said that 14-hour days on the set and all the makeup, people don't know how hard it is. It just takes away your family. It's just hard. It'd be much easier to be at home with the kids all the time or to have a job and a nanny and then go home to the kids.
Well, a woman named Mackenzie Dawson decided to write back to Gwyneth Paltrow at the New York Post. She wrote back and basically told Gwyneth Paltrow she's an idiot and didn't know what she was talking about, and she gave her the details of her stay-at-home life with her kids and her working and all that. "Gwyneth, your life is Fantasy Island compared to mine," is essentially what she was saying.
And then her e-mail struck a lot of nerves.
She writes, "Last week, I wrote an open letter to Gwyneth Paltrow about some condescending comments she had made in an interview with E!, where she said moms with the 'routine' of an office job had it easier than her, who had to spend months on a movie set. In the space of a couple of days, I got hundreds of e-mails from working married moms, single moms, stay-at-home moms; divorced dads, finance dads, tech dads, female lawyers, ER nurses, teachers, one country-music star and a Congolese refugee.
"With 3.6 million readers, the letter clearly struck a nerve. What gives? Obviously there's the celebrity angle, coupled with the specific 'Gwyneth Paltrow schadenfreude' element." Anyway, this woman ended up with a whole lot of attagirls after taking it to Gwyneth Paltrow. So she's writing a conquering piece here, and I want to take you to the second-to-last paragraph -- and I realize I'm gonna be in a minority on this.
Let's read the preceding paragraph, too, shall we? Yes. "All of this -- the lack of paid leave, lack of affordable child care, an accepted culture of overwork and businesses that are slow to embrace flexible or work from home arrangements -- combines to create an atmosphere where many parents feel under attack as they go about the business of trying to raise kids who will grow up to become good future citizens."
So that's kind of a synopsis of her e-mail back to Gwyneth Paltrow. You think it's easy our there? We don't have paid leave! We don't have an affordable health care anymore. We have an acceptable culture of people overworking themselves, working to the bone, and that's how you define who you are. It's work, work, work, work, work -- and businesses?
We have "businesses that are slow to embrace flexible or work from home arrangements -- combines to create an atmosphere where many parents feel under attack as they go about the business of trying to raise kids who will grow up to become good future citizens." So shut up, Gwyneth. Then the next paragraph, which I highlighted in red so I would not miss it:
"And it boils down to one thing, whether they were women with high-powered jobs or women working two jobs to make ends meet: Working American parents feel like they've reached a tipping point in their attempts to balance life and work. They want -- need -- more support from their elected officials." They do? How is that going to manifest itself?
I'm not trying to pick a fight. Don't misunderstand. I don't know Mackenzie Dawson. Her responses to Gwyneth Paltrow were right on as far as I'm concerned, and I don't care one way or the other about Gwyneth Paltrow. Don't misunderstand. But after cataloging all of the problems that modern, good parents have... These are the mom and dad parents. She's not a single mother. These are the traditional, standard, nuclear family parents.
She lists all the problems they've got: No paid leave. Affordable child care doesn't exist. There's an accepted culture of overwork and businesses that don't let you work from home. It's just feels like she's under attack, and the solution is: "More support from ... elected officials." That is, I think, how we got into this problem is all of this meddling disguised as support from elected officials.
I've always said I was not gonna become one of those old fuddy-duddies that talked about how I walked 10 miles in 10 feet of snow to school every. I was never gonna be one of those kinds of people, and I'm not. But I can't remember with any problem in my life, ever thinking that my congressman should fix it, especially a problem in the family. They're the last people I would call.
So there has been obviously a societal shift, and it's undeniable. There's this huge amount of dependence. But what would support from an elected official mean? Calling up a business and saying, "You let 'em work from home!" or maybe a bill, the Work from Home Act, or the Affordable Child Care Act? It's not the answer. But maybe Mackenzie Dawson doesn't know anywhere else to go, or how to deal with...
Well, that's my point. The government, the left, the Nanny State, they've been involved in child care. They've been defining "child care" as something an industrialized nation lets the government do and we're the last one. They're been doing that for decades here, and none of it's improved. It's just gotten worse. I don't make a big deal of that. It's just that one paragraph. I'm just...
Well, see, this is the thing. After looking at how bad a mess the government has made of Obamacare, why would you want them involved in raising your kid? Or why would you want them involved in your business being told what to do? Especially that. But I understand. I understand how it works.
Because for years and years and years, "businesses" are the same things as Republicans. They're filled with people who hate. They kill their customers! "Big Pharma? Big Oil? They kill their customers! They destroy the planet! Don't you know the purpose of every corporation is to kill its customers? That's how it's gonna stay in business." Go figure.
RUSH: Folks, they heard a ping out there somewhere in the ocean. CNN did. There's a ping, and I have a sound bite here. Yes, there's a ping. They heard a ping they think is from the ocean floor somewhere within range of where they could hear pings and they're looking for it.
RUSH: I'm gonna make you a prediction, by the way. No, if I make the prediction, I will alter of outcome of what somebody will do.
But I made the prediction to the staff.
I know what's gonna happen. It's likely to happen tomorrow based on something I said today, and it's gonna fall right in line with the theory, "That insensitive, hatemongering, bigoted, sexist Limbaugh commented on something he doesn't know anything about yet again!" This will be the reaction. I won't tell you about what it is until it happens. I just want you to know that I know what it is, and you may even yourself know what it is.
I know how these people act and how they operate.