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It was a Bad Golf Day

RUSH:  Yeah, yeah, yeah, I'm a little hoarse today.  It's not bad, but I'm a little hoarse.  I was yelling at myself all over the golf course yesterday.  Yeah, not a good golf day.  I did not have one meaningful shot in 18 holes on my team.  It was us two versus those two, and I did not have one meaningful shot.  The more regularly I play this game the worse I get. So I will not play golf again for a minimum -- well, let's see.  Three weeks.  And I guarantee you the next time I play, I'll be a hundred percent better than I was yesterday.  I played three times this week since we've been out here.  I get progressively worse.  It was still a good time.  A great group of people yesterday, but man.  And I don't know how I got hoarse because I really wasn't yelling at myself.  I mean, I was yelling at myself quietly, silently, but there must have been something in the air.  I doubt that you could even notice.  

Religious Groups Ask for "Hobby Lobby" Exemption from Obama's LBGT Executive Orders

RUSH: "Following the recent Hobby Lobby ruling, a group of religious leaders wrote a letter to President Obama on Tuesday asking to be exempt from a pending executive order that would prohibit federal contractors from discriminating against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in hiring practices, reported The Atlantic." Religious groups have asked Obama for an exemption from his executive order mandating -- well, it doesn't mandate.  It prohibits federal contractors from discriminating against LGBT people.  These guys are asking for an exemption and they're saying, "Well, Hobby Lobby got one.  Hobby Lobby doesn't have to provide or pay for birth control pills that actually destroy human embryo, so we want same consideration." 

Now, some people think, "See, Obama, he's opened a can of worms here.  This is gonna come back, this is gonna be very bad news for Obama."  I don't know about that, 'cause there's no way he's gonna respond.  He's gonna take this letter and he's gonna waive it around and say, "See the kinds of discrimination that exists in this country?  You see the kind of bigotry?  You see the kind of prejudice?  Here I have people asking me to exempt them from discriminating against the lesbians and gays.  No way."  And he'll hammer that for all it's worth for fundraising from donors from those groups of people. 

But still, these kinds of things are gonna happen because of the Hobby Lobby ruling.  It's just gonna add further strain for the cohesive unit that is the American society, ahem.  

Chocolate a Tonic for Seasoned Citizens

RUSH: "As if we needed another reason to love chocolate, researchers who studied [a whopping] 20 patients" who had something called peripheral artery disease found that dark chocolate can increase blood flow and thereby improve cardiovascular health. "Peripheral artery disease (PAD) affects 20 percent of adults 70 and older in the US ... researchers gave half of the participants 1.5 ounces of dark chocolate with at least 85 percent cocoa, and gave the other half 1.5 ounces of milk chocolate with less than 30 percent cocoa. The goal was to see if dark chocolate made it easier for patients to walk on a treadmill.

And it's a miracle.  After eating the dark chocolate, the seasoned citizen participants walked an average 11% farther after eating dark chocolate.  Dark chocolate improves cardiovascular health.  Who knew?  

LeBron's Tax Hit Analyzed Based on Team

RUSH: LeBron James, who, as we all recall, took his talents to South Beach, which he really didn't.  The Miami Heat plays in Miami, but they party in South Beach, so he took his partying talents to South Beach, his basketball talents to Miami.  But now he's leaving the Heat, or might leave the Heat, a free agent.  He's got some offers here apparently from -- let's see, one, two, three, four -- six teams.  So the Heritage Foundation wanted to find out what the tax hit would be without factoring deductions or any other thing, just calculate the tax rate for somebody in his income bracket. 

He's asking for more than $20 million a year from whatever team is willing to pay it.  So they looked at teams, like if he wants to join the Lakers.  He will pay an additional $2.7 million a year in taxes over what he's paying now if he signs with the Lakers.  If he signs with the Phoenix Suns, he'll pay an additional $939,000.  If he signs with the Cleveland Cavaliers, goes back home, he will pay an additional $1.1 million in taxes.  If he signs with the Chicago Bulls, he would pay an additional $1,039,000.  If he stays with the Miami Heat, he pays no additional tax, 'cause they have no state income tax. 

If he signs on with, say, Houston or Dallas, in Texas, he would pay no additional tax.  And the story is he really wants to come to the Lakers, if they won't give him the Clippers. (laughing) He really wants to come to the Lakers, but that would cost him an additional $2.7 million in taxes.  Will this matter in the decision that he makes?  It has mattered with certain professional athletes.  

Antarctic Sea Ice: Second All-Time Record in a Week
RUSH: Antarctic sea ice.  Do you remember it was about probably a month ago now, we had news of a terrible fracture that took place down there in Antarctica. Some part of the Antarctic ice sheet broke off and started floating away out there like Goldwater wanted the East Coast to do back in 1964.  And I told you I was reading my tech blogs and these poor little people were scared to death. It was the most amazing thing, they thought, "Oh, my God, global warming is happening faster than ever. We're gonna die! Oh, Lord, oh, geez!"  Because they thought it meant that it was melting and it was getting so hot down there, oh, it was just only a matter of time before we're all cooked. 

I'm telling you, I'm not exaggerating. They were literally, you could read the fear in what they wrote.  It turns out it's bogus.  "Antarctic sea ice has hit its second all-time record maximum this week. The new record is 2.112 million square kilometers above normal. Until the weekend just past, the previous record had been 1.840 million square kilometers above normal. That mark was hit December 20th of 2007.  Mark Serreze, director of the National Snow and Ice Data Center, responded to e-mail questions and also spoke by telephone about the new record ... indicating that, somewhat counter-intuitively, the sea ice growth was specifically due to global warming." 


RUSH:  Okay.  Just to reiterate, it was May 12th, 2014, Reuters: "West Antarctic Glaciers in 'Irreversible' Thaw, Raising Seas: Study -- Vast glaciers in West Antarctica seem to be locked in an irreversible thaw linked to global warming." That was May 12th.  Today the news is that there is a record amount of ice in Antarctica.  And they confronted the guy that runs the sea ice institute or whatever the hell the phony baloney thing is.  (paraphrasing) "Oh, yeah, yeah, yeah, no doubt there's a record amount of ice, but it's because of global warming."  He honestly said it. 

There's another answer, too, about how come Hillary and Bill Clinton come out of the White House dead broke after eight years of enough expertise to revive the US economy?  You could say that they're experts at managing other people's money but not their own.  But the real answer is sacrifice.  Sacrifice.  They gave up everything for the American people and they left the White House paupers.  Anyway, another little tidbit about Hillary in just a second.  


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