RUSH: The feminazis, the feminazis are fried! They're really worked up over the Ray Rice suspension, the Baltimore Ravens. The commissioner of the NFL sent a guy out to try to explain what happened. He ended up throwing gasoline on the fire, made it worse. I watched a couple of women on CNN this morning just livid. These were elderly feminazis. By the way, that's another thing. There's another story that I have in the Stack here, and we've been talking about this, this fascinating demographic stuff.
Young women, millennial women rejecting militant feminism, rejecting feminazi-ism, and they've even got a hashtag: "We're not feminists" or some such thing. And the elderly feminazis are livid. They're ticked off. They don't think the young babes get it. The young babes think that the old feminazis are really not even about women, they're just liberals, which is true. They're just activists.
RUSH: The feminazis are just livid that he only got two games for punching his wife. Now, apparently the story is that she spit on him and then he uppercut her. That's the latest. She spit on him and I learned that from the two aging dinosaur Jurassic Park feminazis on CNN today. (interruption) Well, yeah, Stephen A. Smith. And they were ragging on him today, these two feminazis were. They want him fired. They claim his apology was on a teleprompter, which means somebody wrote it and he didn't really mean it, So they're after Stephen A. Smith at ESPN. He did do his apology on the prompter just to make sure he didn't start ad-libbing and going off.
But, anyway, these Jurassic Park feminazis, I mean, livid. They started citing lyrics that were in a Rihanna song or something about Rihanna getting beat up in a song. They were just on a roll today, and they're really upset. Even if Ray Rice's wife spit on him, it still is no justification for Ray Rice upper cutting her in the jaw, knocking her out and dragging her out of the elevator. Any rate, that did happen. He got a two-game suspension, and they want much more because they're like everybody else, "Wait a minute, you can use marijuana and get thrown out of the game for a year. You can DUI kill somebody, I mean, what are we talking about here?" They think it's grossly unfair, so the commish went out to try to explain it.
But what really has feminazis ragged off, and this was funny. Baltimore Ravens fans are purchasing Ray Rice jerseys in record numbers. Baltimore Ravens fans are purchasing pink Ray Rice jerseys in record numbers. They're offering pink jerseys because of the NFL's... (interruption) Yeah, breast cancer awareness campaign. They do it every October where the players all wear pink something or other on the field, and it's for the whole month. Here's the story from NBC's Pro Football Talk.
"Ravens running back Ray Rice may be loathed in most of America after an offseason that saw him face an assault charge for hitting his wife. But Rice is still beloved in Baltimore. The Ravens had an open practice at their home stadium on Monday night, and Rice heard loud cheers from the fans in attendance. Rice was twice shown on the big screen, and both times he got enthusiastic ovations, according to Jamison Hensley of ESPN.com. Rice tapped his chest to show his appreciation as he soaked in the applause.
Many fans wore Rice jerseys, and several Rice jerseys were spotted on women and children."
I'm still reading from the blog post here. "Rice’s actions this offseason have not been worthy of people cheering him, and when the NFL let Rice off with only a two-game suspension, it provoked nationwide outrage. That doesn’t seem to matter to the adoring public in Baltimore, however. What matters there is that Rice remains an important part of the Ravens’ offense.
What are they missing here? (interruption) That's not what's driving this. People are fed up with the media, is what's driving this. You can't turn on the media without looking at them dumping all over Ray Rice. Okay, report the story. Spend a day or two on it, if you want. It's been a week! They won't let it go. And the Baltimore fans are, "Okay, you want us to come down on Ray Rice, watch this." And they're going out and buying Ray Rice jerseys in record numbers and they're buying 'em in pink and they're showing up and cheering him at practice.
I guarantee you, this is Baltimore Ravens fans flipping off the national sports media, is what it's doing, and flipping off the feminazis. There may be an element of, "Well, yeah, we need Rice on our team, a great player," blah, blah. But this is open and shut. This is slam dunk. Yeah, he apologized. But he didn't apologize enough. He's not apologized publicly. He apologized to the commissioner, and he apologized his teammates, apologized to her, but he didn't apologize to her in public, I think. But she is apparently the reason the suspension is only two games because apparently she told the commish this is so out of character, it will never happen again, guarantee you, and if it does, I guarantee you he's the one that's gonna be dragged out of the elevator, not me.
So after that the commish apparently said, "Okay, cool, two games, see you later." And now it's the media that's up in arms about this. It's the sports media, and I tell you, they're dumber and they're more liberal than the regular media. She still loves her husband. Janay is her first name. And then of course these aging feminazis -- I guarantee you it's this media backlash, a large percentage of it is. Yesterday on ESPN2, they had the NFL Senior Vice President of Labor Policy, Adolpho Birch, show up to discuss this. And he was asked, "How did you and the others involved in the decision-making process arrive at the two-game suspension for Ray Rice?"
BIRCH: The commissioner elicits a number of prospectives. He doesn't sit in a vacuum when he's making these types of decisions. We believe that the discipline that we issued is appropriate. I mean, it is multiple games, and hundreds of thousands of dollars. I think it's fair to say that doesn't reflect that you condone the behavior. These types of cases are not really subject to that form of set penalty, so there is more thought and judgment that has to be employed, and in this case this is what the commissioner felt was appropriate.
RUSH: Now, see, the key here is these types of cases are not really subject to that form of set penalty, meaning there is no policy here, they're flying blind. There is a policy for a DUI. There's a policy for repeated substance abuse or performance enhancing drugs, but they haven't established a policy for wife beating. Now they're gonna have to. Well, fiancee beating. And that's why there's nothing in the "how-to manual." There's no guidance, so they make it up as they go. And that's what he's saying, we had no guidelines here. I mean, these types of cases, wife beating, whatever, not really subject to that form of set penalty. So there's gonna be thought and judgment that we had to use here rather than relying on our blueprints in the manual.
Well, this did not sit well, needless to say, with the anchors at ESPN2. This Adolpho Birch, by the way, who is the Senior Vice President of Labor Policy at the NFL. So the next question was, "I gotta be honest with you. We're hearing from thousands of people this morning who are saying the NFL had an opportunity to send a message that domestic violence will not be tolerated in our league, and they failed to do so in the Ray Rice case. So what is the league's reaction?"
BIRCH: Well, listen, I think if you're any player and you believe that based on this decision, that it's okay to go out and commit that type of conduct, I think that's something that I would suggest to you that no player is going to go out and do that.
RUSH: Did you hear the guy laugh? Well, I'm telling you, folks, it doesn't matter what he said. He laughed in that answer and so now the sports Drive-Bys are in such a wad, it's gonna be Friday before they untangle themselves and straighten themselves out. They don't really believe that that happened. So Adolpho Birch said (imitating Birch), "Hey, listen, I think if you're any player and you believe that based on this decision it's okay to go out and commit that type of conduct, I think that's something that I would suggest (laughing) to you no player's gonna go out and do that." Laughed about it. Laughed about it. Sports Drive-Bys outraged.
RUSH: Now, look, folks, this Ray Rice thing. Don't misunderstand here. The NFL can do what they want. You know, the media and this constant effort to socially engineer the NFL is really wearing thin on me, as a fan. The NFL, sports, are an escape. They succeed as an escape, and as the media attempts to corrupt all of these sports by demanding that every social engineering demand or requirement or advance they believe must be adopted is just...
You know, you've got left-wing social commentary during games you now. Sorry, it used to be football. Now, half the news when I look at these sports blogs on football is bloggers outraged over somebody not being suspended for long enough, or something to do with player misbehavior and maybe a request for the government to get involved. It's obscene what's happening here, and it's driving me away.
It hasn't done so yet but my enthusiasm is waning, I can tell you.
I also think this Redskins business is the same thing. You know, the media is trying to force what they want out of thin blue air, out of nothing. There was nothing driving this other than liberalism. Nothing driving this. There wasn't any real world attitude of protest or anger out there that built and built and built. This just showed up one day because the left decided that it was a target.
They gotta have a target every day, so the Redskins became a target. And I think Redskins fans and others are not standing up so much in support of the name as they are saying "stop" to the media. "Leave us alone! It's our team. It doesn't mean anything. Nobody's trying to insult anybody here. We're trying to win football games, for crying out loud! We'd like the team to go to the Super Bowl. Would you take your little social engineering concerns and take 'em somewhere else?"
Maybe this will even wake more people up about what liberalism is.
RUSH: Here's Jan Crawford, this is on CBS This Morning. Got a little tense there, a little tense 'cause they're not happy about the appearance of Adolpho Birch earlier that morning on ESPN who ended up laughing in an answer to a question about the message on domestic violence in the NFL, the suspension of Ray Rice since. So what we have here Jan Crawford, Gayle King, and Norah O'Donnell discussing this.
CRAWFORD: This comes just as the NFL is getting ready to kick off its preseason and as the league is making a push to get more women viewers. We asked the NFL for a response this morning, though, Norah, and they're refusing to comment.
KING: Listen, I don't think anybody should hit anybody. I don't think a woman should hit a man, but I think, if it happens, I don't believe a man should hit a woman under any circumstances. (cross-talk) You're much stronger.
O'DONNELL: Is there any evidence that Ray Rice's fiancee hit him?
KING: I don't know what happened in that elevator, Norah, I don't know. But it's certainly sparking a huge conversation from all quarters about what's the right thing to do. Nobody should hit anybody. That's the bottom line.
O'DONNELL: That's the bottom line indeed, zero tolerance.
RUSH: That's the bottom line, nobody should hit anybody. You know, hey, make a hashtag on that and post it where the Israelis and Hamas can see it. Words to live by. How about a hashtag, #nobodyshouldhitanybody. Make sure the Israelis and the Palestinians see it. What could go wrong? What an amazing life philosophy.
Here's Harvey, Baltimore, as we go to the phones, Harvey, thank you for calling, welcome to the program, sir.
CALLER: Thank you, O great one. I would just like to add a little bit more information. When Rice did hit that lady, it was his fiancee, not his wife. He got lawyered up and he married her. Then they came with a four-game suspension, he appealed, it came back to a two-game suspension with a third game without pay. So I'd like to just add a little bit more to your scenario, sir.
RUSH: All right, okay, so it's a two-game suspension, he plays the third game without pay.
CALLER: Yes, sir.
RUSH: When he hit the woman, she was his fiancee.
CALLER: Yes, not his wife.
CALLER: Not that it makes a great deal of difference, but it does --
RUSH: Well, now, wait. No, no, that's not my question. He hits the woman when she's his fiancee, so he gets a lawyer, and the advice was marry her? She's part of this equation, she just said yes?
CALLER: Well, I would assume if I'm his lawyer I'm gonna tell him to marry her because it takes a lot of the political and legal aspects out of the way.
RUSH: You know, sadly, I see the guy's point. Here's why. Okay, she's fiancee. He decks her, then they get married. Well, how bad could it have been if she said "yes" to the proposal? (interruption) Well, she can't testify against her husband, true, but she could bring charges if she wanted to, in a case like this. But stop and think of this, now. He engages in domestic abuse when they're engaged, presumably she has already said "yes." And then the event happens the elevator, and it's known, and then the lawyer, "Okay, Ray, you've got to get married. Limit the damage. You gotta get married now, because the act of her going through with the marriage after you deck her will limit the impact of this."
Well, that has to be the thinking, right? Snerdley's in there uncontrollably laughing. What is so funny? (interruption) Other than me being a naturally funny person. (interruption). Well, he decked her. I'm just speaking in language that everybody from here to Nigeria can understand. He decked her. He hit her. Uppercut to the jaw. I mean, that's what we're told has happened in there after she reportedly spit on him. Anyway, after all that she went ahead and married the guy. So it's somewhat of a mitigating factor. How bad can the guy be if she went ahead and married him? Most women would run for the hills after that and certainly break the engagement and not go through with it. She did. That's what the lawyer's advice was, right?
I can't relate to any of this anyway but -- (interruption) I know, NFL player, big bucks, fame, blah, blah, blah, blah, maybe worth a hit to the jaw. I don't know. I see where you're going that but I know what the lawyer was thinking if the caller's right. (interruption) I know. TV shows of the wife of an athlete, girlfriends of an athlete. There are photo spreads on sports pages of girlfriends of athletes. So it's its own gig.
Mark in Redlands, California, hi, great to have you on the program, sir. Hello.
CALLER: Hi, Rush. I'm tired of the liberal sports media, too, from Bob Costas sermon during the Super Bowl and even my Sports Illustrated subscription over the years. Probably after 35 years of Sports Illustrated I finally quit my subscription because of all the liberal articles from everything from Title IX to gay athletes, et cetera, et cetera.
RUSH: Right. So you cut the cord.
CALLER: I did.
RUSH: I know. And I think I think that's in large part what's driving this outpouring of so-called support for Ray Rice. It's a media backlash. Fans of Baltimore are saying, "Look, you know what? We will react on our own. We don't need to be told how to be outraged by all of you. We don't need to be told what we should think. We don't need to be told how we should react. We don't need to be told that we should forgive or forget or whatever Ray Rice."
I'm telling you this ongoing effort to convert sports into a liberal social experiment is gonna run a lot of people away because that's why they go to it in the first place is to get away from the daily humdrum of all that. You can't escape it now and there's so much. I tell you, there's another thing, too. It's not just the media reporting this stuff. That's one thing. There's a preaching attitude about it, as though none in the media have ever, ever made any kind of an error or mistake. I mean, they position themselves -- this is true of all media, not just the sports Drive-Bys -- as some kind of moral superior or moral authority on everything, and they're just people, too. But it does. I think it chafes people. And causes a backlash or blow-back kind of reaction.