RUSH: Port St. Lucie is back in the news. Now, we who live where we live have known of Port St. Lucie for a long time. The Mets spring training is there, and there's a fairly good PGA complex there.
But it's most known for the fact that a woman who walked into a McDonald's there found that there were no McNuggets and called 911 expecting to reach Obama and complained that there were no Chicken McNuggets, and that made the news. There have been a couple other similar incidents in Port St. Lucie and in other parts of the country, but now this.
"A mo[ther] faces a charge of child neglect after she allowed her son to go to a local park alone. She says he's old enough but Port St. Lucie Police disagree. Now she's fighting back. 'I'm totally dumbfounded by this whole situation,' says Nicole Gainey. It began last Saturday afternoon when Gainey gave her son Dominic permission to walk from their house to Sportsman's Park.
"'Honestly didn't think I was doing anything wrong,' says Gainey, 'I was letting him go play,'" like all of our moms KICKED US out of the house to go play, for the whole day! And then if we came back and we weren't dirty, she was suspicious of what we'd done. The park is "a half mile from their Port St. Lucie home. Dominic says it only takes him about 10 to 15 minutes to get there. During the walk, [he] passed a public pool. Someone there asked him where his mom was.
"'They asked me a couple questions and I got scared so I ran off to the park and they called the cops,' says Dominic Guerrisi." So it was a busybody at the pool who saw an accompanied seven-year-old and asked him where his mommy was, and he got scared (because you're not supposed to talk to strangers) and ran off and they called the cops.
"Dominic was playing at the park when an officer pulled up. 'They said "where does your mom live,"' says Dominic. Police took him home. That's when his mom was arrested and charged with child neglect. Gainey says she was shocked. 'My own bondsman said my parents would have been in jail every day,' says Gainey who paid nearly $4,000 to bond out."
My own bondsman? In Port St. Lucie you're known by your bail bondsman? Most people say, "Yeah, my accountant told me" or "my lawyer told me." In Port St. Lucie, "Yeah, my bondsman told me." (laughing) Jeez! Anyway, she paid nearly $4,000 to bond out. "The officer wrote in the report that Dominic was unsupervised at the park and that 'numerous sex offenders reside in the vicinity.'
"'He just basically kept going over that there's pedophiles and this and that and basically the park wasn't safe and he shouldn't be there alone,' says Gainey. She believes Dominic is mature enough to go to the park alone during the day. Gainey adds her son always has a cell phone which she calls to check on him. ... The St. Lucie County State's Attorney's office says there is no law that specifies how old a child has to be before he or she can go somewhere unsupervised.
"It's done on a case-by-case basis."
The only the thing that scared this kid was the busybody at the pool! Now, here's the thing: Look at this contrast. We are being -- I don't know -- invaded. There are house of accompanied seven-year-olds, nine-year-olds, 13-year-olds, 15-year-olds crossing the border every day in America. Their parents aren't with 'em, and many of them are unaccompanied.
Are we going to try to track down their parents and jail them or arrest them for child abuse? I mean, this mother let her kid go a half mile to the park. A busybody at the pool scared the kid, "Where's your mom? Where's your mom?" You ever run into these busybodies at the grocery store who give you static for what's in your shopping cart?
You ever have that happen? You ever have a busybody give you static for your dogs being in the car outside for two minutes? These are the people I'm talking about when I say, "Who are these people? Who are these busybody, perpetually, constantly offended people who seem to scare the hell out of everybody?" Because political correctness is rooted in fear. No question about it.
RUSH: A couple fascinating stories here back-to-back. Polling data on the American people's attitudes toward the illegal immigration of all of these children that are coming in. First from Reuters, headline: "Most Americans See Unaccompanied Immigrant Kids as Refugees: Poll." Now, isn't that handy.
By the way, our last caller, the juggernaut, liberalism, it really is just the media. The media is why, like when I said, it seems like even people who don't know what liberalism is are liberal, it's the media. It's the power of persuasion of the media, particularly pop culture media, not just news media, pop culture, entertainment, celebrity star media. 'Cause everybody wants to be famous.
Everybody wants fame. Everybody wants everybody to know who they are. Everybody wants to be on a red carpet opening or something. Everybody wants to be in a movie, on TV, or what have you. That media, very liberal, makes it look hip and so forth, that's the juggernaut. I guarantee you, if the media in this country were conservative, that would be the juggernaut. I guarantee you.
Now, back to Reuters. Isn't this handy. "Most Americans See Unaccompanied Immigrant Kids as Refugees." Now, up until a week ago, nobody ever thought of claiming that they were refugees. Then somebody got the bright idea, call them refugees and that takes the whole "illegal immigrant" thing out of the mix. Then they're just lost children, fleeing poverty and war-torn countries and seeking a better life in the great United States. They're just refugees and therefore they don't count as illegal immigrants and they're not part of the number and it just opens the floodgates of compassion.
But now out of the blue everybody agrees they're immigrants, Reuters tells us. Yes, "Some 70 percent of Americans think the United States should provide temporary support and housing for unaccompanied Central American minors who illegally cross into the country while their cases undergo review."
But then there is the next story, and the next story is from an outraged Associated Press. The headline says, "Poll: Americans Cool to Border-Crossing Children." Okay, so who did this Reuters poll? Well, let me look. The poll was done by the Public Religion Research Institute. Oh, yeah, we've heard of them. You ever heard of the Public Religion Research Institute? I haven't either. But they did a poll, Reuters published it, 70% of the American people think that they're not illegals, they are refugees, and they deserve to be supported and housed, okay?
AP, different poll. "Americans are wary of granting refugee status to children crossing the US border to flee strife-torn countries in Central America, and most in an Associated Press-GfK poll say the US does not have a moral obligation to accept asylum seekers generally." Now, this is one of the most misleading headlines. Remember, now, AP, this is where they're gonna see it at Yahoo News. That's where a lot of the low-information people go to get their heads-up on what's happening, Yahoo News.
So you have two completely different stories. One Reuters, one AP. The Reuters story, 70% of the American people just love these kids. They're immigrants, no. They're refugees, yeah, and we should do everything for 'em. And the same day, AP, the exact opposite. Americans are wary of granting refugee status to children crossing the border, should not and do not have a moral obligation to accept asylum seekers.
Now, when I first saw this headline, I thought it meant something entirely different, and in pop culture it does. When I read this headline to you, what do you think the story's gonna say? "Poll: Americans Cool to Border-Crossing Children." Yeah, it's hip, man, it's cool, hey, it's all right, Americans are cool with it. Americans are hip. Hey, man, it's okay. Americans dig these border crossings.
No. Because the headline leaves out the word "are," a-r-e. An accurate headline would be: "Americans Are Cool to Border-Crossing Children." This headline reads like Americans are cool with border crossing children. But that's not what the story says. They are not hip to it. The American people are not in favor of it. But the AP is hoping nobody reads the story. The AP is hoping all anybody sees is their headline: "Americans Cool to Border Crossing Children." Not Americans cool off, not Americans not cool. No. Americans cool. Put the word "to" in there, makes it really ambiguous. No question what they're trying to convey.
RUSH: Did you hear Nancy Pelosi? What? I mean... She has to be a buffoon, has to be. "No deportation without representation," she said. "No deportation without representation," meaning, we need to give them pro-bono lawyers.