RUSH: There is some lighthearted stuff out there today, too. There is that. For example, I'll just give you one little example. Brian, you'll love this. You're a big fan of Jameis Winston, right? You'd get his autograph, you'd take it, right? Quarterback at Florida State University. This is the guy a couple of months ago, six weeks ago at the student quad up at Florida State started shouting at the student union outside a bunch of obscenities and they had to come get him and take him away. He's the QB. He's had some charges, what, of sexual abuse? Oh, rape, yes. Rape. Sorry. And shoplifting? He stole some lobsters or something. Okay.
Well, he had a hearing. Florida State's playing in the Rose Bowl on January 1st, and they've gotta have the guy play if they're gonna have a chance. So they had a hearing. The Florida State student code of conduct hearing earlier this month. We just now got the transcript, and he was asked three questions. Just had to answer three questions. And according to the testimony and the transcript just released, it resulted in the quarterback, Jameis Winston, "being cleared of sexual assault allegations by the university. Winston also avoided criminal prosecution stemming from the accusation he raped a female student at his off-campus apartment in December 2012."
Then he won the Heisman Trophy in 2013. But he said that the sexual encounter was consensual. And the way he said he knew that it was consensual is because the woman was moaning. So the review board said (paraphrasing), "Well, wait a minute, now. Was she moaning during the sexual encounter?"
"Was she moaning before the sexual encounter?"
"Yes, your Honor."
"What did she say and what did she do?"
"Moaning is mostly physically. Well, moaning is physically. And verbally at that time, Your Honor."
And moaning means consent. Moaning means she was digging it. Now, I wonder, has the Democrat Congressional Campaign Committee heard about this? And the NAGs, moaning? I mean, thank God this guy didn't have to fill out a form and a questionnaire like they have to do in California now. At every stage you moan, does that mean yes or no? You moan, you moan, what does it mean? In Florida he still gets to interpret that. But what if moan meant "no"? I mean, that's lighthearted, right?
RUSH: Now, the guy in Florida State that was doing the hearing, conducting the hearing, was a former Supreme Court justice in the state of Florida, Major Harding. He's retired, he's a former judge of the Florida Supreme Court. And it was Jameis Winston's accuser who wanted this hearing. The hearing took place at the urging of Winston's accuser. So here's how it went. This is the transcript, and it is not recent. This is like a month ago, or earlier this month.
Judge Harding: "I think it would be helpful, and I understand you have exercised your right, and you may continue to do so; but, from the purpose of helping the decision maker to understand, the Complainant," i.e., the woman, for those of you in Rio Linda "has indicated that she continually resisted by saying no to your sexual overtures, and you have indicated that she gave consent. And I would like to know in what manner, verbally or physically, that she gave consent. And I ask that with the understanding that you have previously given."
Harding said: "And what did she say and what did she do?"
Winston: "Moaning is mostly physically. Well, moaning is physically. And verbally at that time, Your Honor."
The judge, trying to translate this, said, "Well, that was during the sexual encounter?"
Winston: "Yes, Your Honor."
"Baine Kerr, an attorney for the accuser, called the university’s hearing unfair.
'I don’t want to impugn the proceeding as corrupt, but I think it was biased and the fix was in. ... It’s all about a football game 10 days from today. It turned out to be just a predetermined whitewash to keep a guy playing football."
Quite a charge leveled against an esteemed institution of higher learning, Florida State, and a retired Supreme Court judge from the state of Florida, Major Harding. So moaning was consent. (interruption) It wasn't? You don't think moaning is consent? It's not? Oh. So there's a controversy on this. Well, he clearly thought that it was blissful. She clearly was enjoying it. That's what the moaning meant. Maybe she was saying "no" and moaning at the same time and the moaning just dominated.
RUSH: So some people say, "Hey, Rush, I don't think this Jameis Winston story qualifies as lighthearted." You think? That's exactly my point here, folks. We can't find any lighthearted news. Let me try this. I'll just pull another one here from the lighthearted Stack today. The Daily Caller has the story, but the outfit here has produced a television PSA. And the PSA the public service announcement is encouraging kids to steal their parents' guns and take them to school and turn 'em in to teachers.
"A provocative public service announcement released by a San Francisco-based production company encourages children to put themselves at risk and commit a slew of crimes by stealing their parents’ guns from home and turning them in at school. In the anti-gun ad, published Dec. 13 by Sleeper 13 Productions, a boy who appears to be in his early teens is shown walking up the stairs of his home and wandering into his mother’s bedroom.
"The boy is shown opening the drawer to his mother’s dresser, where a handgun is hidden. The boy takes the gun from the dresser and leaves the room. The ad then flashes to his school. Sitting in a classroom, the boy ventures up to his teacher’s desk after the rest of his classmates have left. The tension building in the scene breaks, and the boy produces the gun from his backpack --" See, they make you think the kid might be going to shoot the teacher. That's how they build you up for this. This is from the lighthearted Stack. (interruption) You don't think this is lighthearted either, huh? No, I don't have the stacks mixed. I'm telling you, this is the lightest hearted stuff I've got. Well, a couple more coming. You can be the judge.
So they tried to make people think in this TV PSA that another deranged kid is gonna steal his parent's gun and go shoot it at school. And tension is building and building and building, and the kid, after all the classmates have left -- that's the first sign maybe it isn't gonna come out the way you think -- he then ventures up to his teacher's desk, produces the gun from his backpack, slams it down on the desk of the teacher, who is startled, and the boy says, "Can you take this away? I don’t feel safe with a gun in my house."
Now, what the ad makers are encouraging here is dangerous and highly illegal. "The boy would be guilty of weapons theft, illegal concealed carry and carrying a weapon on school property. The ad’s director ... took to Twitter to taunt those she says are 'afraid to share' her ad."
Now, this is an example of new journalism. This is just some outfit calling itself a production company. It produces this professional, quasi-looking professional video PSA. It's on Twitter. A lot of people get their news feed on Facebook and Twitter. And they make everybody think that this is deranged kid stealing his parents' gun to go shoot up other kids at school, and instead he slams it on teacher's desk and asks her to take it 'cause he doesn't feel safe at home because his parents have a gun.
Okay. Another one from the lighthearted Stack. "What is 'Manspreading' and Why are People Angry about It?" (interruption) The MTA? Metro Transit Authority? Why in the world would you think this is a subway story? Manspreading. That's the headline. "What is 'Manspreading' and Why are People Angry about It?"
I'll give you a hint. Here's the pull quote. "The manspreading complaint is couched as a response to 'rudeness' by men, but it is no such thing: it is pathetic feminist pipsqueakery, the last dying gasp of a movement with nothing to win and nothing to say, determined to abuse and antagonize the male sex at all costs and for whatever perceived or outright imaginary infraction it can conjure from the vicissitudes of everyday life. It is offensively trivial, and those associated with it ought to be ashamed."
This is from Breitbart. "Witness the absurd, offensive, ludicrous spectacle of inanity and stupidity currently surrounding the New York subway: a campaign to stop men sitting comfortably on public transport. We 'manspread,' apparently, which observers have interpreted as 'sit in such a way as not to painfully crush the testicles or penis' but which feminists insist is an expression of patriarchal authority."
The feminists are complaining that men are sitting with their legs spread on the subway and that that expression is one of authority and power and is meant to intimidate women. And the women want it stopped. They want men to have to cross their legs like the women do on subways and other public venues. And the feminists are genuinely angry.
This is an example of what the story refers to as trivial, the daily vicissitudes of life that now they have to make controversial because they've lost every other major battle, although they haven't. I mean, that's the thing. This is a Breitbart story, and the conclusion the feminists have lost everything is what's wrong with this. The feminists are as much responsible as any other derivative of the left for the absolute mess this country is in. You talk about lies that young women are being told in school. Stop and think about it.
Parents are spending 20, $25,000 a year to send their kids to these institutions, and the lies that they are being taught? Anyway, that's manspreading. You ever heard the term before today? (interruption) Is that lighthearted for you? (interruption) Yeah, see, that's lighthearted, because that involves men being a problem in their natural existence, so, yeah, we'll laugh at that one.
RUSH: Okay. One more lighthearted story from the lighthearted Stack and then we'll head to the phones. Remember when Columbia law school let black students postpone their final exams because they might be traumatized over the grand jury decisions in Ferguson, Missouri, and Staten Island. Remember that? They asked to be exempted from finals, just too traumatized over the recent protests and the fact that the grand jury screwed 'em once again.
Well, now students at Oberlin College, this is where, by the way, Lena Dunham made up a story of rape, or accused some guy that doesn't exist of raping her, let's put it that way.
"Students at Oberlin College, one of the most liberal college in the country are demanding African-American students be completely exempt from failing this semester because they’re so deeply affected in 'times like this.'
"So far, the Ohio college has said they will allow professors to exercise 'flexibility' in 'emergency incomplete requests,' but has not given a flat out 'pass' to all Black students.
This is making students really whiny. In a poorly written petition to Oberlin President Marvin Krislov -- that has more than 1,300 signatures -- the students lay out their 'demands:'"
Here is the petition for the university president, Marvin Krislov, to suspend the standard grading system. I'm gonna read this is the petition, verbatim quote: "I would really like to see the normal grading system suspended for this semester and replaced with a no-fail mercy period. Administrators should require professors to exercise complete flexibility in what students are saying they can produce academically.
"Require that every professor listen to what their students are saying and if that means rather than writing a paper students instead meet with their professor to simply discuss in groups their paper topics or if tests are taken collectively with professors there are ways to make sure we are learning what we are supposed to be learning in ways that are not so taxing in times like this. Students in this moment should have complete access to alternative modes of learning while we process what’s happening.
"Basically, no student especially black students and students of color should be failing a class this semester. A 'C' should be the lowest grade students can receive this semester. Professors should be required to work with students, who would otherwise be at risk of failing, to create alternate means of accessing knowledge. This is a -- Petition for Marvin Krislov to Suspend Standard Grading System -- sign if you agree!"
So a request has been made via petition to pass black students while requiring the standard academic rigor for everyone else, because the times are so traumatic. Times like these are so tough. So alternate ways of learning and determining whether or not learning has taken place -- in other words, get rid of the test. We don't want to have to take a test. We don't want a grade based on a test. We want to get a minimum C just for showing up because we don't want to have to take the test because we're too traumatized, too much pressure. Oberlin College.
So you see, the left proposes a solution to something. At Columbia law it was, let's postpone finals for a while just until the stress dissolves. And then we'll be back and we'll take the tests. And Columbia said, "Okay, cool, that's a reasonable request." Okay, we think problem solved. No. New problem just created. Now postponing finals has become no grades this semester for African-American students at Oberlin College 'cause it's just too stressful out there right now.
It reminds me of the caller we had yesterday. Remember this guy called, he was watching a Philadelphia Eagles game with his friend and their sons. And they were ripping the Eagles. The Eagles were playing horribly and these two fathers were just really ripping the Eagles at play calling, the play, performance, and their sons said, "Come on, Dad, tone it down. We don't have to be this judgmental. My God, we couldn't do what they do. It just doesn't help, Dad, to be critical. Could you stop the criticism, Dad? Just being too judgmental." And the guy was calling and telling me he didn't know how to deal with this. He thought the schools had turned his own kid into a wuss, is basically what he was saying, right?
It apparently is happening all over the place. And you know where the roots are. The roots are, we're not gonna keep score because the losing team would be humiliated. No, no, no, no, no. We're not gonna keep score. And the really good teams we're gonna penalize 'em minus 35 points to start.
RUSH: Back to the lighthearted Stack. One of the e-mails that leaked in the hack of Sony, Amy Pascal, the cochairman of Sony Pictures, in an e-mail thread back and forth, I forget who it was, she suggested that when Daniel Craig's run as James Bond is over -- and this is it, this is contractually his last film -- she suggested a new James Bond. I'm not sure how you pronounce the guy's name. Idris Elba is what it looks like. Idris Elba, which is -- I can't say African-American, 'cause he's British. African English. African Brit. He's black. He's from Great Britain. He was on The Wire, and he was in a British cop drama, procedural called Luther.
Do you watch Luther? Luther on Netflix? I have it, I just didn't watch it. Here's the thing, though. James Bond is a fictional character, obviously. James Bond was invented, created by Ian Fleming, a former spy, MI6, and James Bond is a total concept put together by Ian Fleming. He was white and Scottish, period. That is who James Bond is. But now Sony is suggesting that the next James Bond should be Idris Elba, a black Briton rather than a white from Scotland. But that's not who James Bond is, and I know it's racist to probably even point this out.
But the franchise needs to get with it, right? The franchise needs to get hip. The franchise needs to get with the 21st century. That's right. We had 50 years of white Bonds because Bond is white. Bond was never black. Ian Fleming never created a black Brit to play James Bond. The character was always white. He was always Scottish. He always drank vodka shaken not stirred and all that.
Okay, so we're not supposed to have a problem with this. I mean, it's the movies. Come on, we've had 50 years of white James Bonds. We need to spread it out. We need to be equal. We need to be fair about this. Okay, fine, let's play a little game. (interruption) Jay-Z's favorite drink? How would I know what Jay-Z's favorite drink is? Ah, what would that be, Cristal? Yeah.
How about in the movie about the Obamas, 'cause there's gonna be one, how about George Clooney play Obama and Kate Hudson play Michelle (My Belle) Obama? How would that do? I mean, if we're gonna do this, let's imagine it. Nelson Mandela movie, Idris Elba played Nelson Mandela and Nelson Mandela was black. The movies can do whatever. Kelsey Grammer as Nelson Mandela. How about that? We're just playing here, ladies and gentlemen.
Al Sharpton. There will be a movie, The Al Sharpton Story. Who do we get to play Al Sharpton? 'Cause they need two or three of 'em at various -- how about Rob Reiner to play the early Al Sharpton with the bullhorn and megaphone and all that. General Colin Powell, Colonel Colin Powell. You know there's gonna be a series of TV documentaries or movies. Who will it be? How about George C. Scott. He played Patton. I know he's dead, but what does that matter? We could reproduce him cinemagraphically.
How about, let's see, let's see, Condoleezza Rice? We do a movie on Condoleezza Rice. You might be thinking that we would have Halle Berry. No, no, no. Scarlett Johansson. Scarlett Johansson, all she's have to do is take some piano lessons, she's got it. Scarlett Johansson is Condoleezza Rice. Michael Sam. You know there's gonna a movie on Michael Sam. And if Idris Elba is going to play James Bond and if that's a natural hit and that's the only way we can go and then let's see, how about Hugh Grant as Michael Sam?
Now, what is your reaction to -- (interruption) Oh, no. I can see on Snerdley's face he's laughing, he gets it, but, no, no, no, this would never fly. Of course not, it wouldn't fly. Now, admittedly, all these characters I've mentioned are real-life characters, and James Bond has never lived, per se, he's a fictional character. But he was white and Scottish. Oh, I know they're doing it with comic books. There's now the African-American version of Annie, of Captain America coming up.
They did it with Whitney Houston. There was a movie in 1947 called The Bishop's wife, and it was remade for Whitney Houston called The Preacher's Wife. Sometimes a story is just a story, but we can always make it better. We can always be more fair. We can always be more equal about it. So, fine and dandy. George Clooney and Kate Hudson as Barack and Michelle Obama, and you can have Idris Elba as James Bond.
RUSH: Seriously, in one of those hacked e-mails, somebody responded to Amy Pascal when she suggested Idris Elba to play James Bond, somebody said, "No, we couldn't do that. We can't have black stars in a lead in the James Bond because foreign markets would not exhibit the movie." The Sony exec said that Bond has to be white for international distribution. They simply will not accept an African-American or a black guy as James Bond, a Sony exec responding to Amy Pascal.