RUSH: We are here wrapping up a big week in Los Angeles, and it is Friday. JOHNNY DONOVAN: Live from the Left Coast at our satellite studios in Los Angeles, it´s Open Line Friday! RUSH: There it is. I´ve been waiting for that all week. That´s the big Johnny Donovan show open, folks -- and that´s right. We are here in Los Angeles. Yes, we are. It actually is my iPhone´s Locations Services. It identifies where I am as Los Angeles, and it´s been a great week. I had a great week last night with some old buddies. My buddy Stan Shuster
The least dispiriting moment of another grim week in Washington was the sight of ornery veterans tearing down the Barrycades around the war memorials on the National Mall, dragging them up the street, and dumping them outside the White House. This was, as Kevin Williamson wrote at National Review, “as excellent a gesture of the American spirit as our increasingly docile nation has seen in years.” Indeed. The wounded vet with two artificial legs balancing the Barrycade on his Segway was especially impressive.
RUSH: Grab audio sound bite number 22. This is illustrative. We have an audio sound bite here from the Fox News Channel this morning. Happening Now is the show. That´s the show that´s on 11 o´clock eastern, from like 11 to one. The cohost is Jon Scott, and he had on there as one of his guests the former reporter for the New York Times, Judy Miller, and she´s also a Fox News analyst or commentator. You might remember, she went to jail during the last years of Bush regime for not revealing sources or some such thing. When she got
BRANSON, Mo.—Hoss Braden has good memories of losing a tooth, breaking his nose and tumbling from a mule. The injuries didn´t happen on his day job as a lumberyard foreman. Instead, they came when he wore the red shirt of villain Wash Gibbs in the open-air historical drama "The Shepherd of the Hills." On a recent night, Mr. Braden punched, kicked and rolled his way across the football-field size stage of sawdust and earth. He led a band of torch-wielding outlaws in setting a cabin ablaze in a crowd-pleasing highlight of the show. Toward the end, he draped himself over the back
RUSH: Everybody... Not everybody. A lot of people say that the Tea Partyites made a strategic miscalculation because they focused on the shutdown and all that, so the failure of the Obamacare rollout got unnoticed. You may have heard that to. I heard it at dinner last night. "You know, Rush, these guys in the Tea Party, they went out there, and God bless ´em, but they´re so silly. They wasted all this time on something they knew couldn´t work. In the meantime, Obamacare´s rolling out. It´s a giant, dismal failure, and nobody knows!" I said, "No, not true. Everybody knows." "What do
The least-dispiriting moment of another grim week in Washington was the sight of ornery veterans tearing down the Barrycades around the war memorials on the National Mall, dragging them up the street and dumping them outside the White House. This was, as Kevin Williamson wrote at National Review, “as excellent a gesture of the American spirit as our increasingly docile nation has seen in years.” Indeed. The wounded vet with two artificial legs balancing the Barrycade on his Segway was especially impressive. It would have been even better had these disgruntled citizens neatly lined up the Barrycades across the front
South Carolina Republican Rep. Trey Gowdy doesn’t think the GOP’s “defund Obamacare” strategy turned out to be such a smart plan. “What did Republicans get for 16 days of a government shutdown with people being hurt? We have absolutely nothing to show for it, other than a damaged brand,” the tea party favorite told The Greenville News, noting that Republicans were ultimately forced to capitulate to the president. Gowdy said that the GOP ended up worse off after the 16-day shutdown than the party had been beforehand. “We had a government shutdown, we were at the precipice of hitting the debt ceiling and
Last night on Twitter, your humble columnist observed: "There´s only one thing that can save ObamaCare now. AN OBAMA SPEECH." We were kidding, naturally--alluding to President Obama´s endless series of speeches in 2009 and 2010 in which he tried, unsuccessfully, to sell "health-care reform" to the public, and to subsequent laments like this one from Drew Westen in August 2011: "Nor did anyone explain what health care reform was supposed to accomplish . . ." But then it occurred to us that the American people really do deserve a presidential address on ObamaCare. No, not as punishment for re-electing him, or
As an outspoken critic of the federal academic standards scheme known as Common Core, I´d like to offer some friendly advice to opponents. Stop insulting. Stop digging. Stop projecting. Start listening. Central planners in Washington have been caught off-guard by the grassroots revolt against the national standards/testing/curriculum juggernaut. Real input from the hoi polloi was never a part of the grand implementation process. So when parents and educators in dozens of states started challenging the privacy intrusions posed by and the constitutionality, cost, quality and validity of Common Core, its architects went on the attack.
After weeks of a dysfunctioning website and mass derision, the Obamacare exchange woes are only starting as some are now giving insurers the wrong date on patients. And the trouble isn´t over. One technology expert claims the faulty sites, which cost nearly $400 million to build, were made on ten-year-old technology that will require constant fixes and eventually the entire system will have to be overhauled. A technology expert said the flaws could do lasting damage to the law if customers are deterred from signing up or mistakenly believe they have obtained coverage. John Engates, chief technology officer at Rackspace,
The Obamacare enrollment website remains badly broken despite two weeks of intensive round-the-clock efforts at repairs. HHS isn’t making any predictions about how long it will take to fix it — or rebuild it. But advocates, lobbyists and industry officials are talking about it as a months-long repair effort. How many months is an open question — and one with big consequences for the massive effort to enroll 7 million people in the new insurance exchanges and millions more in Medicaid by the end of March. People trying to switch from their current insurance into subsidized exchange plans could also
The BBC/Guardianista Left seems to have become fascinated by the idea that the unpleasant squeeze on family budgets as pay rises lag behind prices could be magicked away by arm-twisting, strong arming or requiring, by law, employers to raise wages. [Snip] What would be the effect of such pay rises not financed by productivity increases? First of all, price rises, so less of the employers products would be sold, perhaps a lot less if imports took a greater share of the market. There would be less investment and a downward spiral of falling production, which could result only in a
Paraguay’s central bank increased the country’s growth estimate for 2013 from 13% to 13.6%, the highest for Latinamerica. Estimates have been on the increase since October last year, 9.5%; December, 10.5%; April 13% and now, 13.6% which compares to the 0.9% contraction of 2012, when drought and Foot and Mouth Disease hit Paraguay’s main export items, soybeans and beef. In recent years the only similar episode was in 2010 when GDP soared 13.1%. In the four years from 2004 to 2008 the average growth was 4.5%, with a 4% retraction in 2009, followed by 13.1% in 2010 and 4.3% in
A collective gasp struck Americans Tuesday when Florida Sheriff Grady Judd announced the arrest of two girls, 12 and 14, charged with aggravated stalking of 12-year-old Rebecca Sedwick of Lakeland. Rebecca committed suicide, or what we in the freedom-from-bullying movement sometimes call "bullycide," by jumping from a concrete silo on Sep 9, 2013. [snip] The department said Rebecca through cyberbullying was told to "drink bleach and die,” “You should die,” and “Why don’t you go kill yourself.”
In a statement delivered from the White House this morning, President Barack Obama said that now that Congress has enacted a continuing resolution to fund the government--that includes funding to implement Obamacare--he would like to negotiate with the House with the aim of enacting the immigration bill passed by the Senate earlier this year. The key provision in that Senate bill would allow illegal aliens currently in the United States to become legal residents here and get on a "path to citizenship." Critics of the "path to citizenship" call it an "amnesty" because it lets foreign nationals breaking U.S. law--including U.S. immigration
Will Washington be the Grinch who stole Christmas? After weeks of bickering between Congress and the White House, President Barack Obama on Wednesday signed into law a plan that ended a partial 16-day government shutdown and suspended the nation´s debt limit until early next year. But the measure, which comes just weeks ahead of the holiday shopping season, only temporarily averts a potential default on U.S. debt that could send the nation into a recession. Retailers hope that short-term uncertainty won´t stop Americans from spending during the busiest shopping period of the year, but they´re fearful that it will. "I am not nervous, but
Guy walks into a restaurant. Says to the waitress, “I’d like some scrambled eggs and some kind words.” She brings the eggs. The guy smiles, “Now how about the kind words?” Waitress whispers, “Don’t eat the eggs.” This brings us to the fact that urban public school teachers are about two times more likely than non-teachers to send their own children to private schools. In other words, many public school teachers whisper to parents, “Don’t eat the eggs.” About 11 percent of all parents — nationwide, rural and urban — send their children to private schools. The numbers are much higher
ATF´s gunwalking and grenade walking tactics have come back to haunt them...again. CBS Investigative Reporter Sharyl Attkisson has the scoop: CBS News has learned of a shocking link between a deadly drug cartel shootout with Mexican police last week and a controversial case in the U.S. The link is one of the grenades used in the violent fight, which killed three policemen and four cartel members and was captured on video by residents in the area. According to a Justice Department "Significant Incident Report" filed Tuesday and obtained by CBS News, evidence connects one of the grenades to Jean Baptiste Kingery, an
Al Qaeda-aligned militants operating in Syria could already have access to “biological pathogens or weaponized agents,” according to terrorism and biological warfare experts studying the region. The possible acquisition by al Qaeda of these highly dangerous toxins has prompted bio-warfare experts to label the threat a “clear and present danger.” Extremist militants and other fighters tied to the terror group al Qaeda have continued to gain a foothold in key sections of Syria as the country’s civil war rages on. Lawlessness has taken hold in many areas that are home to Syria’s biological weapons research hubs and mounting evidence indicates that al Qaeda
The GOP establishment has embarked, once again, on a round of soul-searching. But this time, the question is: What will it take to save the Republicans from the self-destructive impulses of the tea party movement? That the government shutdown was a political disaster for the party that engineered it is widely acknowledged, except by the most ardent Tea Partyers. And that near-unanimity presents an opportunity for the establishment to strike back — and maybe regain some control from the insurgent wing. “You roll them,” advised former Senate majority leader Trent Lott (R-Miss.). “I do think we need stronger leadership, and there’s
U.S. debt jumped a record $328 billion on Thursday, the first day the federal government was able to borrow money under the deal President Obama and Congress sealed this week. The debt now equals $17.075 trillion, according to figures the Treasury Department posted online on Friday. The $328 billion increase shattered the previous high of $238 billion set two years ago.
Democrat Barbara Buono’s campaign claimed the morning after Wednesday’s special election that thousands of voters in the governor’s race are being disenfranchised by confusion over mail-in ballots. At issue are mail-in ballots for both Wednesday’s special U.S. Senate election, in which Newark Mayor Cory Booker defeated Republican Steve Lonegan, and the general election, which is headlined by Buono’s challenge to Governor Christie, a Republican. Some voters erroneously submitted their general election ballots in the same return envelope as the one used for their special election ballot. The Attorney General’s Office confirmed the confusion but said it was limited to
The charter buses that BART sent to nine East Bay stations early Friday offered free rides into downtown San Francisco. But for those who lined up to catch the coaches, the freebie was little consolation. Outside the station in West Oakland, commuters who began arriving at 5 a.m. said they were grumpy, tired and frustrated about the workers´ strike that shut down the region´s backbone train system.
If there´s one thing just about everyone can agree on, it´s that the Republicans lost this fight—and badly. They surrendered on every point, except for a minor antifraud measure that will not alter the course of the Obamacare juggernaut by an inch. They are in such political disarray that even though John Boehner will almost certainly survive as speaker, he´s so thoroughly lost control of his caucus that there is, effectively, no one running the House anyway. All in all, the Great Shutdown Showdown was "a dead end for the GOP," ran the headline of a gleefully funereal postmortem by
Former Democratic Gov. Brian Schweitzer is considering a 2016 presidential bid, a new report says, offering the possibility of a populist candidate who would lay out the case against Hillary Clinton. “There’s a whole lot of America that looks at each other and says, ‘Well, there’s 340 million people living in America. Isn’t there somebody other than a Bush or a Clinton who can be president in these modern times? Isn’t there hope for somebody who’s running a business or who has served overseas or comes from a different occupation to become president? Are we now in the era of royalty