RUSH: Oh, did you hear that John Kerry (who, by the way, served in Vietnam) is in Iraq, and he's ripping them for losing control of their border? Can you believe that?
RUSH: Chuck Schumer. Speaking of the World Cup, Schumer is concerned people attending the World Cup are gonna return to America and infected with mosquito-borne viruses that could wipe out a significant percentage of people. Is that the disease? Chicken Sum Gum Pao? Chikungunya. Gun or done? Chikungunya. That's the disease. Chuck Schumer is worried about Chikungunya being brought back to the country here by mosquitoes.
RUSH:I had to read this story twice. It is from Detroit. "It's a basic human right. Water." Is it? Is water a basic human right? Is water a right, or is it a necessity? Could you say that food is a basic human right? Health care is not a right, by the way. I know some of you low-information people can't believe anybody would say that, but there is no right to health care. It's questionable that there's a right to water and a right to food.
But nevertheless, that's what the story says, so let's just stick with it here. "It's a basic human right: water. But could the United Nations soon help the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department provide the service to struggling customers? Water department spokeswoman Curtrise Garner says it's a possibility -- but for now, the water bills must be paid. ... Garner said the reality is that nearly half of Detroit Water and Sewerage..."
What an agency, to combine those two things.
Let me start again. Curtrise Garner, who is the head honcho at the Detroit Water and Sewage Department, "said the reality is that nearly half of Detroit Water and Sewerage customers can't pay their bills; and that has led activists to lobby the UN to step up and take action." Can you believe this? Sadly, I do. Curtrise Garner in Detroit is actually thinking of asking the UN to come in and pay the water bills for people that live in Detroit because they can't afford them.
Now, if I were the president of the United States and I had somebody at some sewage department in some city in my country asking for the UN to pay bills, I would be fit to be tied. Curtrise Garner said, "We do have programs that do help those that are just totally in need; can’t afford it -- but we also know that there are also people who can’t afford it would can not pay and we know this because, once we shut water off, the next day they are in paying the bill in full."
So we know they can, but don't.
"So we do know that that has become a habit as well," not paying for it. "At the [Detroit Water and Sewage] Department it's not our goal to shut off water. We want people's water on, just like they do; but you do have to pay for your water... That's the bottom line." Isn't it comforting to know that at Detroit Water and Sewage, they want the water on. I'm glad that they've made that clear.
There must have been some doubt about it. There must be some people in Detroit who think that the Department of Water and Sewage doesn't want the water on. Can you imagine that? There's some people not paying for it, and they can't believe they have to and so they're not paying, and so she wants to call the United Nations in?
Curtrise Garner of the Detroit Water and Sewage Department "said the reality is that nearly half of Detroit Water and Sewerage customers can't pay their bills; and that has led activists to lobby the UN to step up and take action. ...
"[T]he average Detroit water bill is now $75 a month -- much higher than the nation's average rate of about $40." Anybody want to take a guess as to why the average monthly water bill in Detroit is $75, versus $40 in the rest of the country? What would you say is the explanation for this? (interruption) Liberalism. They can't run the city.
This is a national embarrassment. Detroit used to be a Diamond City! It used to be a destination. It used to be a great, great place. It's just stunning what has happened to this city under the total controls of liberals and liberalism for all of these years, and now it's to the point they want the UN to come in and pay people's water bills?
RUSH: Do you believe in the concept of free will? (interruption) You don't? Limited free will. That's fascinating. Define how you don't believe in free will? (interruption) Okay. You have no choice over where you're born and the circumstances they're in and, as such, they go a long way to determining your destiny. (interruption) You have some free will. Okay, well, tell me where you don't. You're born in a certain place, blah, blah, blah, blah, but you don't have free will. Are you exercising free will working on this program? (interruption) You are? (interruption) Okay, well, give me an example where you don't think you have free will. (interruption) Okay. I'm not trying to put you on the spot. There's a reason I'm asking, and I want all of you to think about it.
Now, I'm not talking about the religious sense. Free will is crucial in certain religious beliefs. I'm just talking about as a human being going through your life, do you think you have free will? Or is your brain actually programmed in ways you do not understand and it is those mysterious, misunderstood, not understood things that actually explain why you do what you do? And then, if the whole concept of free will is bogus, then what else is?
Stop to think about it now. If there's no free will, there can be no freedom or liberty, right? I'm holding here in my formerly nicotine-stained fingers a story from the UK Independent. Scientists at the University of California Davis found that the concept of free will is actually little more than the result of background noise in the brain. There is no free will. If there's no free will, then there's no freedom and there's no liberty, and it just makes everything easier for tyrants, doesn't it?
RUSH: By the way, back to free will for a second. These scientists at the University of California-Davis, say there isn't any. "The concept of free will could be little more than the result of background noise in the brain, according to a recent study. It has previously been suggested that our perceived ability to make autonomous choices is an illusion -- and now scientists from the Center for Mind and Brain at the University of California-Davis, have found that free will may actually be the result of electrical activity in the brain.
"According to the research, published in the Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, decisions could be predicted based on the pattern of brain activity immediately before a choice was made. Volunteers in the study were asked to sit in front of a screen and focus on its central point while their brains’ electrical activity was recorded. They were then asked to make a decision to look either left or right when a cue symbol appeared on the screen, and then to report their decision."
All of this work, all of this research for the express purpose of proving we're all robots, essentially, and that there is no free will. "We're not autonomous, we don't make up our own minds, and therefore we need somebody doing it for us like Obama and the Democrat Party. We need somebody smarter than we are! We need somebody who cares because we're just not up to the task because we're all just a bunch of prewired followers," and they would love it, the more people they could convince of that.