RUSH: Yeah. You didn't hear that? The Fort Hood shooter, you know that workplace violence at Fort Hood? He has asked for citizenship from ISIS. He sent ISIS a letter and is asking for citizenship in ISIS, the Fort Hood shooter, an Army psychiatrist. It was just workplace violence, nothing to see there.
RUSH: Just to confirm, because there was some confusion about this. "The Army psychiatrist who killed 13 people at Fort Hood has written a letter to the leader of ISIS, asking to become a citizen of the Islamic State's caliphate, his attorney said Thursday.
'The letter states that Nidal Hasan wants to become a citizen of the Islamic State caliphate,' attorney John Galligan said. 'He wrote it in the last few weeks.'"
So can we take from this that the Fort Hood massacre was not workplace violence? That maybe it was indeed terrorism and maybe Nidal Hasan was actually a terrorist? He wants to become a citizen of ISIS. And who wouldn't? Obama just got through saying there's nothing we can do about ISIS. I mean, not permanently, we can't do anything about 'em.
RUSH: Yet it is assumed out there that women will never understand fantasy football unless it is converted into terms and lifestyles that they understand and care about. Now, ladies, let me explain fantasy football to you very quickly, as I did yesterday. Fantasy football is where you assume the role of owning a team. A week or a month, whenever you decide to do it, you get together with the other people in your league, and you conduct a draft of NFL players, depending on how you want to do it.
Let's do an offense-only fantasy football league here. So each team let's say can draft 25 players. No player can be on more than one team. So you draft a number of quarterbacks, and you draft a number of receivers, and you draft a kicker, and you draft a number of running backs. And then on Saturday at 12 noon, or whenever your league designates, you have to activate let's say 11 of them for the games that Sunday.
So you can activate let's say three quarterbacks, four running backs, and three receivers, a kicker -- however you want to do it, whatever rules you want to set up -- and then when the games are played on Sunday, you follow your players. You don't follow teams. You follow the quarterbacks that you activated. You follow the running backs. Because there are points allotted for every touchdown and every field goal.
At the end of the weekend's action, you total up the points that weekend, and the points, the highest points win that week. You keep doing it all season long. Some leagues draft defensive players. Some do it all kinds of different ways, but that's basically it. Is it hard to understand? It's kind of straightforward. Now when it first started, the league was not in favor of it; the television networks were not in favor of it.
They were all frightened by it because it diverted fans' attention away from teams and wanting to follow teams (which leads to TV ratings), and instead following individual players. So let's say you have Roethlisberger as one of your quarterbacks, but you don't have anybody else on your Steelers, maybe you got a Steelers wide receiver. You don't care if the Steelers win or lose, but you care that Roethlisberger and his receivers and running backs score a lot of points.
But you don't care in the end if they win or lose -- and it happens. But let me tell you, it totally changes the way people look at the game, and it makes 'em want to watch all the games or have access to all the games more than just follow a team, and the NFL's been very team-loyalty oriented. The broadcast, over-the-air broadcast rules are based on team loyalty, in market, out of market, and all that. This totally upset the applecart.
But it got to be so big, the league couldn't stop it, and now had to adapt to it. So now ESPN sponsors fantasy football leagues, and I think the league is doing things now to facilitate the reporting of information every day, every game day on individual players and their stats so that fantasy players can tabulate how well they're doing while the action is underway. So now they're all-in. Now, add to this the league wants to expand its demographics.
Naturally, football is a rough and tough man's sport. I mean, there's cursing and there's farting, and it's sweaty and it's dirty, and it vicious and it's brutal. It's all the things women supposedly find, "Ew! I don't want any part of that." So the NFL has tried to find a way to bring women into the game. So we have October, which is all pink in the NFL. Players will wear items of their uniforms in pink. Penalty flags are pink in some games. It runs the gamut.
It's for breast cancer awareness, which is meant to show that the league cares about women and their breasts, so as to expand women's interest in the game and watching it and attending it. Well, now the league is attempting to expand fantasy football to women but doesn't think the way I explained it will make it interesting enough to women to join fantasy football leagues. So they have come up with a way of enticing female fan interest in fantasy football.
There's a story about it in Adweek magazine, and I have it right here my formerly nicotine-stained fingers. "ESPN thinks Fantasy Football is too complicated for the female brain to understand, so it's simplifying the stats into terms women will comprehend by posting 'relationship-based rankings.' An article on ESPNW -- the sports publisher's women-friendly portal -- introduced the Sisters Williams, who will be writing fantasy advice on its site during this season.
"The trio of siblings run the Her Fantasy Football podcast, which documents their league and provides analysis for 'levelheaded people who love Fantasy Football but don't want it as their second job.' Apparently because women can't grasp the concepts posted on the thousands of existing Fantasy Football sites, the Sisters Williams will dispense their advice in female-friendly terms that parallel the game to dating," in order to attract female fantasy football players.
"'That's why we have a simple relationship-based rating system that cuts through all of the clutter,' the sisters wrote. 'LeSean McCoy and Calvin Johnson are two of the very best players in the game, so we consider them "Marriage Material"'"... LeSean McCoy is a running back for the Philadelphia Eagles. Calvin Johnson, Megatron, is a wide receiver for the Detroit Lions. Now, it is felt that you women would not be excited enough by that to get involved.
So these two guys are rated as relationship prizes, and LeSean McCoy and Calvin Johnson are among the best players, so they are "Marriage Material." They are elite players. Arian Foster (running back for the Houston Texans) and Andre Johnson (wide receiver for the Houston Texans) are not among the best. They are "Boyfriend Potential." They'd be "terrific catches" if you could get 'em for a date or two.
Wes Welker, wide receiver -- well, slot receiver for the Denver Broncos -- and Vernon Davis, a linebacker, defensive end for the 49ers? These guys are classified as "It's Complicated." They're "pretty good placeholders until you find something better." So the way the players are ranked, it's considered that women don't understand "elite" versus "really good," versus, "Ah, they got some problems and you might not really want 'em."
So, for women to understand them, they're classified as "Marriage Material," "Terrific Catches," and "placeholders until you find something better." In that way, women are supposed to better understand who to draft and who to activate and who to have on their fantasy teams, 'cause it's just too much for 'em to understand real, live football statistics. "It's especially degrading..."
I'm reading now from the piece. This is a woman writing the story, Michelle Castillo at Adweek.
"It's especially degrading considering that ESPN's main Fantasy Football site has a series of introductory videos to help people learn the game, but has employed the talents of one of its top Fantasy Football analysts, Matthew Berry. While he can create a Fantasy Football-for-dummies primer for the main audience, it seems ESPN believes that neither he nor any of its staff know how to speak to women, who apparently only comprehend things when it relates to finding a potential mate."
Now. So essentially, folks, what ESPN is doing here, in order to spread the game to the female demographic, is they're turning fantasy football into The Dating Game. It's not fantasy football; it's fantasy football dating. And, as I say, LeSean McCoy and Calvin Johnson, "You don't want to just date those guys, you want to marry 'em," meaning you'd really like 'em on your team, and that's how they're choosing to do it.
Now, I thought the way I explained fantasy football yesterday and just now was perfectly understandable. Now, remember: This is from the sensitive left who are very, very, very aware of women. They're not part of the War on Women like us conservative Republicans are conducting. No way! So they have to insult them and their intelligence and assume there's no way they could be attracted to fantasy football unless they can fantasize and pretend about marrying or dating, or rejecting.
They need a fourth category: "Husband who would abuse you if you married him and you would turn him in."
RUSH: All right, from AOL.com, soon to be followed up by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.com: "An explosive new lawsuit filed in St. Louis seeking the release of [the gentle giant]'s juvenile criminal record alleges the [gentle giant] was a gang member and faced a second degree murder charge." (interruption) You had not heard this, I can tell. (interruption) Oh, you had not heard the details? I could tell by the look on your face that this is news to you.
"The citizen journalism website GotNews took St. Louis County authorities to court Wednesday to secure the release of the records because it believes they do not need to be kept private since the [gentle giant] is no longer alive. The unarmed [gentle giant] was fatally shot earlier this month by white Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson. [The gentle giant] has no criminal record as an adult, but only because he had recently turned 18, claims GotNews Editor-in-chief Charles Johnson.
"The citizen journ[alist] wrote in a Wednesday afternoon post to his site and on Twitter that he was told by law enforcement sources the [gentle giant] has a juvenile arrest record that is being kept private. Johnson also claims cops told him that [the gentle giant] juvenile arrest record contains a second-degree murder charge and there are rumors [the gentle giant] is a member of the notorious Crips street gang. 'To find out if those police officers are correct requires seeing [the gentle giant]'s juvenile arrest record, which ought to be freely available given that [the gentle giant has passed away] and therefore has no right to privacy remaining,' insists Johnson.
"'Knowing the truth about [the gentle giant]'s past will help us gauge the credibility of his parents and family who have called him a "gentle giant."'" And from Jim Hoft at the Gateway Pundit, "St. Louis Post-Dispatch also files suit for [the gentile giant]'s arrest records. The last video of 18-year-old [gentle giant] shows the Normandy High School graduate robbing a local convenience store," before walking down the street to grandmother's house eagerly thinking about his forthcoming college days.
"Last week a lawsuit was filed seeking the release of any juvenile records that might exist on the central figure in the Ferguson deadly shooting case. According to [our blowtorch affiliate] KMOX, The Citizen Journalist website GotNews has filed suit in St. Louis County circuit court seeking possible juvenile records on [the gentle giant]. There are rumors that [the gentle giant] was involved in a second degree murder case before his death. Attorney [Jonathon] Burns of the Burns Law Firm in St. Louis is handling the case."
So the St. Louis Post-Dispatch has joined this lawsuit, filed a lawsuit -- maybe not joined but they filed a lawsuit. So it's two different groups here seeking juvenile arrest records of the gentle giant. Now, folks, you have this website called GotNews and they think that there's a juvenile arrest record out there, a second-degree murder charge. Now, it could well be that the St. Louis Post-Dispatch wants to get in there and show, "No, no, no! That's not true!"
Who knows why? Maybe they could want to piggyback. We don't know. What do you think of this? Does the right to privacy vanish when you die? (interruption) You don't think it should? You don't think the right to privacy should vanish once you have passed away? (interruption) Well, that's right. The estate is still a legal entity, and the estate's still got stuff in it, like the books that you were gonna use when you went to college and whatever else, box cigars.
The latest, by the way... (chuckling) CNN won't let it go. The latest on the sex tape... Remember where they heard an additional four shots after a two-second break, and Don Lemon breathlessly aired that and then they went out and they got their authorities, their experts, their forensic audiologists to authenticate it, and it came back it might not be real; it might be a hoax? Well, now it turns out that this guy was not sex chatting. This guy was making a sex...
He was making he was recording a video for his girlfriend. He was not chatting with her. There was not a two-way sex chat going on. He was simply recording it, and the company that makes the app that he was using has authenticated the time stamp, which doesn't mean anything except to CNN. They've authenticated it, so CNN says, "Hey, hey! The company that made the app has authenticated a time stamp! So when the guy was making the sex video is when he was making it and it was made right when the shooting took place!
"So there must be four additional shots on there." Okay, where are the four additional wounds in the autopsy report? That's incidental. So CNN is desperately trying to revive that, keep it alive.
RUSH: Do you remember back during the gay marriage debate one of the things I said (and many others did, too) was that once you obliterate the definition of marriage, you'd better look out because anything can follow. I was pooh-poohed, and many people launched on me and said I was just conducting a campaign of fear, that just because gay people would be married doesn't mean that people could marry their bedspreads. They couldn't marry their gerbils. They couldn't. They weren't gonna go out and marry their dogs or whatever.
It was silly.
That was fearmongering.
Well, a UK woman did marry her dog. I told people it was gonna happen. A woman in the UK has married her dog. She confesses, "I am totally her [b-i-]itch." She said that about her dog. But then there's this. "A judge has ruled that parts of Utah's law banning polygamy are unconstitutional, effectively decriminalizing the practice, in a victory for the family that appears in the reality TV show 'Sister Wives.' Kody Brown, who stars in the TLC reality show with his four wives, filed a lawsuit against the state after leaving Utah fearing prosecution after the program aired.
"Now a federal judge," not a state judge, "has issued his final ruling in the case that strikes down parts of the state's anti-polygamy law. [The judge] has ruled that a provision of Utah's law forbidding cohabitation violated the Browns' freedom of religion," in this case of the Browns, and the Utah attorney general's office say they're gonna review this. They can't let this stand because now polygamy... (If you're in Rio Linda, look it up." Polygamy has just been decriminalized in Utah because marriage is no longer, folks... Words mean things.)
"Marriage" was a union of a man and a woman.
Once you change that, it can become anything, and it's in the process of becoming anything.