RUSH: Interesting. Yeah. No, it just won’t stop. It just won’t stop. I mean, look at this. This is the Hillary Stack. It just never stops. It’s all the Drive-Bys care about is Hillary news. It’s just unbelievable.
JOHNNY DONOVAN: And now, from sunny south Florida, it’s Open Line Friday!
RUSH: I mean, look at this. This is the New York Times: “Hillary Clinton, Acutely Aware of Pitfalls, Avoids Press on Campaign Trail.” “Hillary Clinton Sets June Date for Official Campaign Announcement Rally.” I thought she already announced. I thought it was a dud. I guess that’s why they’re doing it again. “A Closer Look at Hillary Clinton’s E-mails on Benghazi.” “Clinton E-mails Reveal Slain Ambassador Considered Leaving Libya.” And it just goes on.
“Archives Officials Worried About Preserving Hillary’s Records.” “In Just Five Weeks, Hillary Has Had a Lifetime Quota of Scandals.” That’s Mike Gerson, former speechwriter for Bush. “The Bizarrely Slow Process of Releasing Hillary Clinton’s E-Mails, Explained.” “Another Reason Why Hillary Clinton Does Not Deserve to be President.” And then Ron Fournier, I tell you, I feel for this guy. He writes three or four Hillary columns a week now, and the latest one, get this headline. “Why Bill and Hillary Clinton May Want to Throttle Me.” Jeez! (laughing) It’s two different worlds out there, and I’m not in theirs. I don’t have a toe in theirs much less a foot.
Anyway, Open Line Friday, as you know, we end each week by devoting the last day of the week to whatever callers want to talk about. Doesn’t have to be politics. It doesn’t have to be the news of the day or any particular issue, and it doesn’t have to be anything I care about. It has to be something I care about Monday through Thursday because the job of a caller is to make the host look good, and that doesn’t mean by fawning and praising and all that. Mostly it means a caller makes the host look good by inspiring me to be even more brilliant than I usually am. So that’s what that means. On Friday, we throw all that out and whatever you want to talk about, pretend you’re the host, it’s your show, and you think there are people out there just have to know stuff, this is your chance to have at that. 800-282-2882 is the number, and if you’d rather go e-mail, we check the e-mail frequently here. We don’t often read ’em verbatim, but I do reference them. It is ElRushbo@eibnet.com.
You know, it’s amazing, for, I don’t know, six months, three months, three weeks, the absolute greatest guy to have ever lived and walked the planet has been David Letterman. The news of Letterman and his approaching final show was almost as big a news as Deflategate and whatever is going on with Hillary on a given day. The most important ever, the biggest ever, the end of an era, can the country go on? Oh, my God, will people be able to live the next day kind of coverage of David Letterman’s last show.
And what happens? Within five or six hours of the last show, they go into his studio and just rip it apart and throw it in the dumpster. It’s not that they just ripped it apart and took it out of there. They threw it in the dumpster. Colombo’s dirty coat is at the Smithsonian. Johnny Carson has stuff at the Smithsonian. I guess Letterman’s desk is going there.
Now, they kept intact the replica of the George Washington Bridge that was on the Letterman set that you can plainly see sitting — well, when he was at his desk, it’s what was behind him, and they carried that out in one piece. I don’t know who’s gonna get it. I don’t know if it’s gonna survive. And the New York Post headline: “CBS Throws Letterman Set into Dumpster.” So literally one day you are the best ever, the only one that’s ever done it, that ever matters, and the next day you are literally in the garbage. Man, oh, man, if that doesn’t perfectly describe our culture and society, I don’t know what does.
“Former UN Lead Author: Global Warming Caused By ‘Natural Variations’ In Climate.”
This is not just a UN guy; this is a guy that headed up the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the IPCC. This guy was a lead author, and he now says — he’s no longer there, he’s gone — he says global temperature changes “observed over the last hundred years or so is well within the natural variability of the last 8,000 years.”
In other words, there’s nothing abnormal in anything that’s happened the last 100 years, nothing that could be traced to mankind activity, nothing that can be traced to anything abnormal. Everything that’s happened the last hundred years can be shown to be in the natural fluxation and variation of normal global temperatures.
“Dr. Philip Lloyd, a South Africa-based physicist and climate researcher, examined ice core-based temperature data going back 8,000 years to gain perspective on the magnitude of global temperature changes over the 20th Century.” I don’t know if it’s the first time anybody’s thought to do this, but it seems to me they have. If you want to get a correct reading, you certainly would want to study temperatures before evil white men left Europe, ’cause that’s when all this stuff traces. If you listen to the left, practically every problem we’ve got, sociologically, climatologically, climaxologically, whatever problem we got is all traced back to when white Europeans fled Europe and dropped anchor somewhere here in the New World.
Anyway, you can look for this guy to be roasted and savaged before the end of next week, because he was a lead author, the IPCC, and he’s basically debunking the whole thing. You know what it probably means? Whatever sources of income he had have dried up. The sources of income that depended on certain things being said about global warming and science at the UN, he’s probably not being paid by those people anymore, so now he doesn’t have to fudge it to continue getting a paycheck.
“In the midst of crime scenes, police say it’s harder to do their jobs in Baltimore.” Talked about this yesterday, but get this: “Wednesday, the cityÂ’s frustrated top cop says officers are being confronted by large groups and cell phone cameras in the wake of the Freddie Gray case.” Oh. I didn’t know they were gonna do this, but the state’s attorney there, Marilyn Mosby, went head and submitted all of this to the grand jury and she got indictments for all six of these cops.
I’ll tell you what happened here. In addition to getting indictments on all the charges she mentioned, there’s some new charges in there, and the new charges — I mean, it needs to be said — the new charges have a much greater chance of being seen through prosecution and a verdict. I mean, some of the stuff that she charged ’em with is not gonna survive the first day of court. I think what’s happened here is that she knows it, and a bunch of advisors told her that. Originally they weren’t gonna go to the grand jury. Sometime in the past, they decided to do so and added new charges to it that hold a greater likelihood of conviction.
They’re much lesser charges than first-degree murder, second-degree murder, hate crime murder, “thrice decided,” whatever the charges are. Something a little bit more reasonable was thrown in. But the point is the bottom of this article about the police commissioner now saying (summarized), “It’s really getting tough out there because when we do respond to an event, we are surrounded by 50 or 60 citizens all videotaping the cops with their cell phones.” And, of course, you know what the purpose of that is.
It’s to get the cops to remain in the background, exactly what the community policing guidelines from the Obama Department of Justice are. But it turns out, folks, the bottom line here is there have been 14 shootings in the last 24 hours, in addition to everything that we had yesterday when this program ended. Fourteen more shootings in the last 24 hours in Baltimore. We were told that after Mosby indicted the cops, or charged the cops… Now you add to it that the grand jury has gotten into gear.
We were told that that was the only reason there was unrest in Baltimore was the cops and the community feeling the cops were unfair and getting away with all this mistreatment of people. But now the cops have had it handed to ’em and they’ve been charged. These six of ’em have been charged with murder — second degree, third degree, whatever it is, manslaughter — and that’s gonna fix everything. But it hasn’t. Violence is still out of control.
Yet another survey on what the American people think of homosexuality. This is a Gallup survey, and in this survey it is reported that Americans believe that 20% of the population is homosexual. In fact, more than half the American people in this survey believe the American homosexual population is at least 20%. Now, we know that the gay population in the country is barely 2%. In some places you might see 4%, but it’s really barely 2%.
A previous poll like this of Millennials — people 18 to 31, 18 to 34, 32, somewhere in that age rang — shows they believe that 35 to 40% of the of population is gay. The Gallup poll of the general population shows that over 50% (53%) of the American people think that the gay population is at least 20%. So we do not have a poll that indicates the American people are even close to knowing what the actual homosexual population of the country is, and there’s a perfectly understandable reason for that.
That would be the media, and I hate to keep saying it ’cause it sounds redundant, but it’s true. Not so much just the news media, but the entertainment media as well here. And, by the way, not just the media. Well, if you want to call television shows media, I guess they are, and if you want to call movies media. Because both genres for, I guess, the recent past maybe two or three TV seasons have been portraying… Well, the gay populations of the cast, the gay population of a TV show.
Half of a lot of shows is gay. Even the show Nashville. I mean, they have two or three running stories about homosexuality — and they don’t change. It’s about bigoted parents and mean-spirited citizens and about gay people scared to death to come out of the closet. It’s just the same old thing, and the American people have been pummeled with this. Although they don’t realize it’s a pummeling that they’ve gotten. It’s just been a steady onslaught.
It’s understandable based on the television shows that are populated with gay characters that they would think the country’s population is anywhere from 20% to 35% to 40% gay. But it isn’t. It goes back to the question I asked a couple of weeks ago in the aftermath of what happened in Indiana with the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. “How is it that 1% to 2% of the population bully everybody else and get what they want?” And this is how it happens.
They’re not thought of as only 1% or 2%.
They’re thought of as, in one poll, almost half the country is gay. The Millennials come close to believing that. Well, it only stands to reason, then, that they would think, “Gay marriage is something that’s fine and dandy and we ought to be promoting it. We ought to support it. It’s love based, and it’s a whole lot of people that we’re discriminating against there,” and, of course, there’s no discrimination at all in the gay marriage issue.
There’s just assumed, presumed, stated discrimination. But marriage as an institution was not started to discriminate against people. Whoever started the whole idea of marriage did not sit around and say, “Okay, how can we establish a tradition and an institution that excludes 2% of the population? How can we do that?” That’s not how it came to be, and yet that’s how overcoming it is portrayed, that there’s latent bigotry and discrimination in the institution itself. Which, of course, they’re isn’t.
Okay, folks, we had some sound bites yesterday from Frank DeFord, I didn’t get to. I want to get to those today about the Patriots’ Deflategate situation.
This Hillary Clinton Stack. Folks, honestly, I come here every day trying to diminish it and trying to set it aside and put it over there, and it’s just impossible to do. I mean, you talk about the zone being flooded? And it doesn’t matter, it seems! All of the lies that Mrs. Clinton tells are being exposed. All of the fraud that’s part of the foundation, the Clinton Global Initiative, it’s all being exposed, and a lot of it’s being exposed in the Drive-By Media for the first time.
It’s still, as far as we are able to tell out there in the general public, a ho-hummer.
Anyway so we’ve got that.
This is also Memorial Day. This, to me, is one of the most important Memorial Days, and they’re all important. Even that little characterization should give you an idea how tough this one is to talk about. This particular Memorial Day, with everything going on in Iraq and the Middle East and ISIS now just running out of control and our leadership seemingly unconcerned and the Iranians nuking up. But Iraq and what’s happening there has got to make this Memorial Day a real challenge for a lot of American families.
Those who had family members who served in Iraq, who were injured and wounded in Iraq or died in Iraq. I mean, they might legitimately be asking themselves this weekend, this Memorial Day, “Why? What was the point? Was it worth it?” And you wouldn’t blame ’em if they did. It’s a toughie. It still needs to be acknowledged.