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Obama’s 2008 campaign fined $375,000

Something happened last week that went virtually unreported. Not that it matters now that his second election is over, but there’s one thing that you can take away from this ‘story.’ Whether it is this report, or that report, the story is the same nearly word for word, by different ‘reporters,’ except for a few words changed in one paragraph or another. Who is copying who is not clear.

What is clear though is the emphasis given to the size of the fine for Obama’s 2008 campaign, by any reporting of the incident. It was the largest fine ever levied against a presidential campaign. But the reports consistently read like this; ‘one of the largest fines levied against a presidential campaign,’ and ‘The fines are among the largest ever levied on a presidential campaign…’ The timidity exhibited in the media’s inability to call the largest fine ‘the largest fine’ is amusing.

This is a love story without words. The music is Journey Of The Angels by Enya. Have a tissue handy.

What Made Jovan Belcher Murder the Mother of His Child? Was It Football or the Gun? Or Maybe Something Else…

The current climate in Washington is a perfect storm over gun violence. The theater shooting, the murder/suicide of Jovan Belcher and his girlfriend, the school shootings. It wasn’t the presence of a gun that was the cause. If a gun wasn’t available, something else would have or could have been used. The ’cause’ of these kind of crimes has more to do with America losing its soul than it does with the proximity of a firearm. The text below is from a Dec. 3, 2012 segment of the Rush Limbaugh Show. The topic then was about the Jovan Belcher murder/suicide. The video is from his TV show in Dec. 1992. Twenty years ago.

This clip comes from our December 17, 1992 show. The topic: a column by Bob Greene of the New York Daily News, who wrote about four teenagers who tortured, stabbed and killed an eight-year-old boy literally for the fun of it. Greene made several of the same points Rush had on the topic of valuing human life and healing “the dying national soul.”

That’s what originally caught Rush’s eye, but looking back at this episode, you can’t help but be shocked by just how prescient Rush was about the need to teach morality, not subjective values. He pointed out that Greene talks of the soul, and then pointed out that religion, not science, teaches of the soul – yet religion is now a taboo subject.

Rush continued: “Why do kids take guns into schools? Because they have no respect for the sanctity of life. I told you that time and time again. You can’t have a million-and-a-half abortions every year in this country for all the years that we’ve had, folks, without life itself being cheapened. We take kids to school, and they have guns and knives in their pockets. What do we do? We put metal detectors up in the schools… We have this killer disease out there and it’s behaviorally spread… We do not let people anymore be taught right from wrong, good from bad.”

This is more than seven years before Columbine, folks. Rush was truly on the cutting edge of societal evolution on this one, as you’ll see when you watch this video. Rush was trying to get people thinking about the devaluation of human life – in all its forms – and about what that kind of cheapening does to the souls of individuals and of nations.

 

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