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The World According to Carp: Political Correctness Spreads Like a Disease

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RUSH: Political correctness is just going nuts, going crazy.  "The Minnesota Senate on Monday approved John Hoffman’s (D-MN) bill to change the name 'Asian carp' so called because the species originates from Asia, to 'invasive carp.' Since Asian carp were introduced in the US in the 1970s, the fish have spread to dozens of states causing destruction in the delicate ecosystems of the waterways."

Wait a minute.  How can this be? 

I thought everything animals did in nature was natural, and everything animals did was pure? I thought the... Oh.  Oh.  Oh.  Sorry.  I forgot.  We screwed it up by introducing this fish.  That's right.  We messed up nature. "US Army Corps of Engineers have been fighting off the most invasive species, the black carp from China, the Silver carp from Vietnam, and Grass carp from China," it's a ChiCom fish, "from spreading into the Great Lakes where the fish could do massive damage to the region's fishing industry.

"While arguing his case on the Senate floor, Hoffman said that referring to the fish as 'Asian' was hurtful to some people... " So they're gonna change the name of the Asian carp to the "invasive carp" because it offended some people.  I don't even know. What is "invasive carp"? Isn't that gonna be an insult to illegal aliens, once they hear about it?  We've gone from Asian carp to invasive carp.

Who was offended?  I'll betcha nobody was.  Nobody even knew.  This guy is just trying to be politically correct and score some points.  Somebody needs to stand up when this kind of stuff happens and say, "Stop! No! Go to hell! We're not gonna mess with this."  But nobody does.  This political correctness just continues to spread.  It's like a disease.  It's like an incurable disease.  It just spreading and it's irrational. 

The Asian carp, the name was offensive to some people?  

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RUSH: Jim in Eagan, Minnesota.  You're up first today.  Great to have you.  Hello, sir.

CALLER:  Rush, thank you very much.  It's a great honor to be on your program.

RUSH:  Thank you very much.  I appreciate that.

CALLER:  When you started off the program you mentioned the Asian carp and how the people here in Minnesota, our very liberal legislators, have changed the name to make it somehow less offensive.

RUSH:  Yeah.

CALLER:  I thought you might be interested in the background of that.  You did correctly say that they were imported in the 1970s.  It was actually under Jimmy Carter.  I was a federal law enforcement officer back then, charged with running one of the ports and keeping out those kind of animals --

RUSH:  Well, why?  Why did they bring in the Asian carp?

CALLER:  They should have never brought 'em in according to the law, but the catfish farmers wanted them brought in to clean out the catfish ponds so they wouldn't have to flush them as often. 

RUSH:  The carp are like slums, right? I mean they're the worst dregs.

CALLER:  Yeah.  They eat the scum and they eat the algae and that, and keep the water clean enough that you can keep rotating more catfish.

RUSH:  Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah.

CALLER:  But where those catfish ponds are, are all in low places along streams and creeks and rivers, and they flood.  The first time they flooded, boom, they were in the Mississippi River, up the Arkansas River. They've killed the Illinois River.

RUSH:  Hold it, hold it, wait a minute, wait a minute.  So what?  What happens?  See, I don't know this stuff.  You gotta tell me.

CALLER:  Sure.

RUSH:  What's the big deal about the Asian carp getting in the Mississippi River?  It's a goldfish.

CALLER:  They go in there and they crowd out all the other fish.  They eat their eggs.  They make the water muddy.  Right now 95% of all the fish in the --

RUSH:  Oh, they're like -- (crosstalk)

CALLER:  -- are these carp.

RUSH:  -- Wile E. Coyote that succeeds?

CALLER:  Yeah.  And they jump out of the water, they get up to 30, 40 pounds.  They jump out of the water four or five feet in the air when they go along with the boat and they can kill you if they hit you.  Now they're up the Mississippi River, and they're gonna spend all kinds of --

RUSH:  Wait a minute.

CALLER:  -- billions of dollars in Minnesota to keep them out of the Minnesota streams.

RUSH:  Wait a minute, wait, wait, wait, wait, wait.  These are flying fish?  If they jump out of the water, they can kill you when they hit you?

CALLER:  You bet.  Think about a 30-pound fish going four or five feet up in the air. They jump up that high 'cause they get scared.

RUSH:  A thirty pound fish!

CALLER:  Yeah.  And if you hit 'em going 20 miles an hour with your outboard motor because it happened to jump up in front of you, bingo, you're history.  That was an example of something the federal government said that they would take care of and for 80 years they had a law to do that.

RUSH:  Okay.  All right, now, let's cut to the chase here.  Are there actually Asian people in Minnesota who are offended that this thing is called the Asian carp?

CALLER:  No. That's all the imaginings of these very liberal Minnesotans up here.  They go nuts over anything. All you gotta do is mention that at some wine and cheese party here and everybody's hearts fluttering until the government passes a law to take care of it.  That's the way it is here.

RUSH:  Okay, so no Asians have protested and demanded --

CALLER:  No.

RUSH:  -- they change the name of the fish --

CALLER:  No.

RUSH:  -- like they're protesting over the Redskins in Washington.

CALLER:  No, we're all supposed to be thankful 'cause they're trying to keep 'em outta here, that our government's doing something, I guess.

RUSH:  Well, good luck.  It's gonna make the fish even madder.  I mean, they are what they are.  They're Asian carp.  Now you're gonna tell 'em they're not what they are, and they're gonna go nuts.  They're gonna get even meaner.  You can see, by the way, I'm told that you can see on YouTube, there is YouTube video of these Asian carp jumping out of the water and hitting people.  Some of them get up to a hundred pounds.  And they really are the dregs of fish society.  They really are.  I mean, I'm not gonna compare 'em to any particular group, nothing to gain there, but I'm telling you, they are.  (interruption)  What?  How am I making it worse?  (interruption) 

No, no, no.  No.  Carp.  Carp.  Any kind of carp.  There's the Silver carp. There's the Asian carp. There's a whole bunch of other kind of carp.  No.  That's not me. (interruption)  I've already given 'em two pieces of dynamite today and we're not even finished with the first hour.  I was gonna say apparently there was YouTube video of these carp -- Asian, Silver, French, Hispanic -- jumping out of the water and aiming and hitting people.  But now they're gonna change the name. Honest.

Folks, we're not making this up.  They changed the name in Minnesota, proposed to, from Asian carp to invasive carp because Hoffman, the Democrat, claims that some people's feelings are hurt, feel very bad about this.  You change the name from Asian carp to invasive carp, and you might hear from La Raza.  They might not like that.

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RUSH:  Yeah, just saw some video of the Asian carp.  It was kind of funny to look at.  I mean, you got these guys in a speedboat, and they're speeding along and they've got rifles or shotguns, and they're actually shooting at the carp as the carp launch themselves at the fishermen and hit 'em.  They're shooting 'em with guns.  It's kind of funny.

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RUSH: Glenn in Grayslake, Illinois.  I've got about 45 seconds.  I'm sorry, but I wanted to get to you.

CALLER:  I just wanted to update, a little more info on the Asian carp issue?  They're already classified as bighead or silver carp, so they don't need to rename 'em.  But the other thing I wanted to specify is the fact they are a very edible fish. They're a plankton eater, which means they don't do the bottom feeding and they're not an issue to --

RUSH:  Wait a minute.  I had heard just the opposite, that you don't eat carp.

CALLER:  No, these are actually very edible.  The problem is they're very bony and it's hard to filet them out.  But while canned they actually are very close to tuna.  The bigger problem we have with them -- I am a member of the Salmon Unlimited in Chicago here.  We're trying to keep 'em out of the Great Lakes because they feed off of plankton rather than off the bottom mud whatever.  So they compete with all the sport fish, which is a million-dollar industry here for the Great Lakes.

RUSH:  Right.  Well, just turn the carp into sport fish and shoot 'em, like I've seen on the videos.  There's tons of them.  I'm not kidding.  People shooting these carp flying out of the water as they go over the boat.

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