RUSH: Holly in Bee Cave, Texas. Welcome to the Rush Limbaugh program. Great to have you here.
CALLER: Oh, thank you so much, Rush.
RUSH: You bet.
CALLER: I’m so nervous, but I’m so excited to talk to you. I read the article in USA Today about the Gallup poll about the women shifting to Obama.
CALLER: And I was telling Mr. Snerdley, I was so furious, and I couldn’t wait to hear what you had to say about it. I feel like, as a housewife raising a family, supporting my husband who is a small business owner in the natural gas industry, I feel like I’m at constant war with this administration. I’m the war with them at the gas pump. I’m the war with them in the grocery store. I’m at war with them at every signal Disney movie I take my kids to see.
RUSH: That’s exactly right. That was my point, you go to the gas station, too. You shop for groceries. The idea that you can listen to a trumped-up fake made up so-called war about taking away your birth control pills and running to Obama is foolish. It’s sophistry. That’s why we can’t find the internals of this poll. We don’t know if it’s likely, registered, or whatever kind of adults, voters, what have you. But it’s absurd, and I think it’s insulting.
CALLER: It absolutely is, and every woman, every friend of mine that I speak to, we talk about these issues all the time. And it was flabbergasting to me to see that, because that is not what is going on in the pulse of America, in the pulse of every family out there that’s working hard to provide a great future for their children. We work our tails off, and my husband is constantly having to defend his occupation. I’m having to explain to my kids when we come out of the movie Cars or The Muppets or anything like that that your daddy is not a bad guy. You know, it gets a little exhausting, but, you know what? The feminists of this world —
RUSH: Wait, wait, wait, wait, wait just a second, now. You are more informed than I. I have not seen movie Cars nor The Muppets in a long time. What are they doing? Why, when those movies are over, do you have to tell your kids your dad’s not a bad guy?
CALLER: Well, the bad, evil guy in The Muppets is a big oil man, and he’s gonna tear down the Muppets studio so he can drill for oil underneath it.
RUSH: You gotta be kidding me. I didn’t know this. I’m sorry, folks, I should know these things. I don’t know these things. The Muppets have an evil oil man that’s gonna drill for oil in their studio?
CALLER: Yes. So he’s trying to destroy the whole Muppet industry, the whole Muppet, you know —
RUSH: Their house. He’s trying to destroy the Muppet’s house and their trees and everything.
CALLER: Everything, their total existence.
RUSH: And what about the Cars, what the hell happens there?
CALLER: Well, the Cars is the same situation. The guy who’s trying to promote good, clean energy is being destroyed by the evil guy who doesn’t want this guy to win because if he wins, the clean energy guy —
RUSH: I thought it ended with Captain Planet on Saturday morning cartoons. Holly, hang on. Holly, don’t hang up.
RUSH: And we’re back. We’ve got Holly from Bee Cave, Texas, as in “Bumblebee Cave.”
RUSH: Or “Wasp Cave,” Texas. I am embarrassed. I did not know that the Muppets were doing this. During the break I did a Google search and I found a Houston Chronicle story back in November: “Muppets Reunite to Take on Big Oil.” Basically, a big, bad Texas oil man played by Chris Cooper plans to drill beneath the Muppet theater, and their only hope is reuniting the old Muppet crew for a one-night variety show fundraiser.
RUSH: I’m embarrassed. I know everything, and I didn’t know that, and that’s because I don’t have kids. It’s not worth having kids to know it, but I still didn’t know it. And I’ve never seen Toy Story or Cars or any of the Pixar stuff. Well, I take it back. I saw Finding Nemo. But that’s the only one.
CALLER: It’s everywhere. And we have constant conversations about it because it’s what their daddy does, and it’s their livelihood and —
RUSH: Their dad’s in the oil and gas business, right?
RUSH: And so their dad now is the equivalent here of the big, bad Texas oil man who wants to destroy the Muppets theater?
CALLER: Exactly. And it’s really tough, and I will tell you this, a funny story my daughter told me yesterday. We were on our way back from visiting family for the weekend and we went to McDonald’s and she got the new small McDonald’s thing, French fries, and she was very upset about it. And last night during our prayer time —
RUSH: Wait, now, whoa, whoa, whoa, hold it, wait a minute, now.
CALLER: Are you telling me I’m more informed than you are?
RUSH: Wait a second. I haven’t been to a McDonald’s in a long time, either, ’cause I got spies that would report me if I did that. Why is your daughter upset at the French fries? Is there something about the Muppets on the French fry box?
CALLER: No, the French fries are smaller than they have ever been and they come with apples, and it’s a drastic —
RUSH: Wait, wait, wait, wait, wait, wait. Hold it. You mean the container is smaller, or the actual French fries are smaller?
CALLER: The serving size has changed —
RUSH: Serving size.
CALLER: — because of Michelle Obama and her initiative to get —
RUSH: And they’re serving French fries with apples?
CALLER: Yes. And she was so upset, and we said prayers last night, and she said, “I pray that my mama will not vote for Barack Obama because he changed the size of our French fries.”
RUSH: Hallelujah. So your daughter — this probably because of you — your daughter is associating Obama and Michelle with the getting screwed on the French fries serving size?
CALLER: Well, she asked me what happened, and so I explained it to her. And I said, “Listen, honey, she wants us to eat better, and I’m all for that –“
RUSH: Well, come on, was the apple deep fried, at least?
CALLER: Well, I mean, they just have as much sugar as anything else you want to give your kid. I mean they’re not an apple you pick off the tree, that’s for sure. So it’s just something that we have —
RUSH: Well, wait. It had to be on some tree somewhere.
CALLER: I mean for me personally, you know, giving my child a treat every once in a while at McDonald’s should be my prerogative, and I —
RUSH: Okay, now, did the price stay the same?
CALLER: The price is the same.
RUSH: Oh, so you just can’t buy two servings and make up — oh.
CALLER: Exactly. And those kind of things, when it shifts down to that kind of stuff, it’s infuriating that they are really blowing this into something that is not and I couldn’t wait to call you today and talk to you about it.
RUSH: How old are your children?
CALLER: Well, I have two girls and they’re eight and seven.
RUSH: Eight and seven.
RUSH: Well, that means you have to be at least, what, 20?
CALLER: I’m 38.
CALLER: I’m 38 years old.
RUSH: Well, then you know this has been going on a long time.
CALLER: It absolutely has, and it’s gotten to the point where I feel like I talk about it all of the time, and I’m really frustrated. This is what’s happening. This is the conversations I have with all of my friends. Anybody at school, trying to raise money for things at school, it’s hard for people to donate now. I mean it’s a totally different world than it was three years ago.
RUSH: Yeah. It is. There’s no question. But this attempt to use pop culture to propagandize kids and indoctrinate ’em, that is not new. When you were their age, it might have been the forefront of it, Ted Turner had a cartoon on Saturday morning called Captain Planet, and Captain Planet was a superhero saving the world from major corporations who are destroying the planet by exploring for oil and all this other stuff.
CALLER: But the difference between then and now is 24 hours. And it’s at school, and it’s everywhere we go.
RUSH: Yeah, that’s a good point.
CALLER: That was not the situation back in the seventies, in the early eighties. It just wasn’t.
RUSH: In other words, you can’t avoid it and they can’t avoid it. You could turn off Saturday morning cartoons, but now their teacher is filling them with this kind of pap, too?
CALLER: Exactly. I just want to say, Rush, my dad used to make me listen to you when I was a teenager.
CALLER: He used to record your show on a little tape cassette thing and it was mandatory that I had to listen to it, and it’s one of the greatest gifts I was ever given.
RUSH: I was gonna say, look how well that turned out for you.
CALLER: So thank you so much.
RUSH: Holly, just a second here. You need some encouragement here, because you’re single-handedly, your kids now, they recognize and they’re complaining to you about it rather than accusing you of being part of the problem, right?
RUSH: You gotta understand, a lot of kids would see the Muppet movie and if situation’s the same thing but the kids have not been alerted, would really hate their dad because of this.
RUSH: Would really hate their dad if they believe what’s in this movie. This is what these people are doing.
CALLER: I know.
RUSH: This is a full-time job just countering the garbage that they see.
CALLER: It seems like it nowadays, so we definitely have changed our thoughts on certain things that they do watch and —
RUSH: Well, look at the story out of North Carolina that was maybe six weeks ago, the little girl who had the government agent take away her boxed lunch from home. Remember that? And what was the message there? Your mommy doesn’t care for you. Your mommy is not putting a healthy lunch together for you. We will do it. That was the message sent to the kids. They’re really trying to divide kids from their mothers and fathers here. It’s reprehensible, it really is.
CALLER: Absolutely. I’m just blessed that I can be at home with them and talk to them about this stuff when the questions come up and the things happen and, you know, unfortunately not everybody can do that, especially nowadays.
RUSH: Well, I’m glad you called. It’s not often that a caller tells me something I don’t know.
CALLER: Oh, thank you so much.
RUSH: But you’ve done it. In fact, I want to give you a prize. I want to give you a little gift. And maybe you can use it, maybe it’ll help you in your effort here with your daughters. I want to send you a new iPad.
CALLER: Oh, Rush!
RUSH: Yeah, they’re great, they’re great. I want to tell you one thing about it, though. I don’t know how much you’ve heard about the new iPad and its display or its screen. Everybody is raving about it how great it is. Do you have an iPad now?
CALLER: Yes, I do. The old one.
RUSH: You have the iPad 1 or the iPad 2?
CALLER: I have the iPad 1. In fact, the new iPad is on my Mother’s Day wish list.
RUSH: Okay. Well, this new screen, called the retina display, is the finest you have ever seen on any electronic device. But it’s gonna take you a couple of days of using this for that to hit you. It doesn’t scream. Now, it might if you’re using the old iPad, the very first one, but when I first unboxed mine and hooked it up on the first day I was a little disappointed because I’d heard all this hype. I’d heard how great it is. And I thought it would just leap out at me. It took me a day-and-a-half, and I don’t know why, I don’t know how, but a day-and-a-half, and finally it hit me just how awesome this screen is. It’s flat-out amazing. But give yourself some time with it for that realization to hit you. But it’s a 64-gig, it’s got Wi-Fi. Would you prefer white or black?
CALLER: Oh, gosh. I don’t prefer. I don’t know. Whatever you decide.
RUSH: Okay, it has LTE 4G cellular capability, too. What large city is Bee Cave next to?
RUSH: Okay, I’m gonna send you a Verizon one. Unless you want AT&T.
CALLER: No, that’s fine.
RUSH: I’ll send you a Verizon one. It will be black, I don’t have any white ones. So I’ll send you a black Verizon, and you can choose to hook that up on a month-to-month basis. It doesn’t require a contract like a phone does. But it’s Wi-Fi, and it’s just awesome.
CALLER: Thank you so much.
RUSH: And I’ll tell you what else, too. I’m gonna enroll you as a complimentary one year subscriber to my newsletter, ’cause you’ll be able to get the website on the iPad. We’ll send you the newsletter. It’s the largest political newsletter in the country, comes out monthly, and you can use that with your daughters, too. So hang on, Holly, and Mr. Snerdley will get all the information necessary. We’ll have that iPad to you tomorrow via FedEx and we’ll be back with more right after this, folks.