RUSH: We'll start with Dorothy in Pawleys Island, South Carolina. Glad to have you on the program. Hello.
CALLER: Thank you. Rush, I need some more information about something you said -- I think it was yesterday --
RUSH: Yes, ma'am?
CALLER: -- about recycling. I'm recycling, and I think I'm doing something wonderful, and did you say that it was bogus?
CALLER: What am I missing?
RUSH: It doesn't save any money. It costs just as much and it doesn't make one bit of difference when it comes to pollution or not pollution.
CALLER: Is that right?
RUSH: Yeah. If it makes you feel good to do it, that's fine.
CALLER: (chuckles) But it won't make me feel good if I don't think it's doing any good.
RUSH: What have you been told? What is the good that you believe it's doing?
CALLER: Well, I think when I recycle my plastic, for instance --
CALLER: -- that other items are being made from it rather than new products, new petroleum products. I don't know. Maybe I'm just gullible.
RUSH: Well, they may in fact be doing that, but it's not saving any money, it's not changing the amount of usage of resources or anything -- and it's costing far more money, far more money than it saves. It's also been learned... Who picks up your recycling bins?
CALLER: My husband still takes it to the recycling.
RUSH: Okay, but there's somebody there that still has to shepherd it to make sure it doesn't get mixed in with all the other stuff.
CALLER: That's true.
RUSH: They have found in certain places -- I can't cite one off the top of my head here, but once you... Let's put it this way: The purity of path has not been guaranteed at every place there is a recycling center. There's nothing to suggest that your plastic doesn't get mixed in with somebody else's non-plastic garbage somewhere down the road.
CALLER: Oh, so I may as well do it myself. I see. Well, I'm gonna look into it.
RUSH: My gosh, I feel like I've destroyed your day here.
RUSH: I don't want to do that!
CALLER: No, I listen to what you're saying.
RUSH: I guarantee you... Now, Dorothy, I guarantee you: Right this moment there are people calling this show to tell me I don't know what I'm talking about, that I'm making it all up -- which I'm not, but they're telling me I'm wrong. So you keep your radio on 'cause I'm sure there are gonna be people who tell me that what I'm telling you isn't right, but I wouldn't tell you otherwise. I got nothing for it or against it.
CALLER: Well, I will.
RUSH: I don't. I'm just saying I don't waste my time doing it. We did. At one time we had to in our house, we had all these different trash bins, and I heard something somewhere we stopped it because it wasn't... I don't know, it was years ago. We just stopped.
CALLER: It wasn't worth the trouble, right?
RUSH: Well, it wasn't trouble for me. It was... (long sigh) Jeez, Dorothy.
CALLER: Well, I'm disappointed. Let me put it that way. If you're right.
RUSH: You really wanted recycling to work?
CALLER: Yeah. I would like for recycling to work, yes. That's what I'm saying.
RUSH: Well, stand by.
CALLER: Okay. May I ask you one more question?
RUSH: Well, yeah, but I got a break here. Can you hang on through the break? Meanwhile, I'll find out more when we come back.
RUSH: We have Dorothy from Pawleys Island, South Carolina. Dorothy, I'm really sorry. I really feel like I've told you there's no tooth fairy and I don't want to hurt your feelings here. Here's what I've been able to find during the break, 'cause I used to live in New York City when it was affordable, and I remember, I was there when Giuliani was the mayor, and he said that they didn't separate everything at the time, they didn't separate all the trash, they couldn't. And at the break here we found this: "In 2002, New York City, an early municipal recycling pioneer, found that its much-lauded recycling program was losing money, so it eliminated glass and plastic recycling. According to Mayor Michael Bloomberg, the benefits of recycling plastic and glass were outweighed by the price -- recycling cost twice as much as disposal." It cost twice as much as just making new plastic things. So New York City just dumped it. At our New York studios, which I haven't been to in four years, they still have the recycling. They got glass, plastic, paper, and they all get dumped in the same giant can at the end of the day. So the staff is doing the recycling but at the end of the day it all gets dumped in one big trash barrel.
CALLER: Right. Well, the thing I'm hoping, and I will look into it, is that in my little town, maybe it's different.
RUSH: I'm sure it is.
CALLER: Okay. My other question and I promise I won't take up any more time --
RUSH: Not at all.
CALLER: -- but while I have you -- it's very difficult to get through to the show -- but with all the talk about spending, why don't we hear more congressman talk about cutting out money sent to other countries? In my opinion we should not send one thin dime outside the country. Why don't I hear that?
RUSH: Do you know what the foreign aid budget is every year? It's really not a lot of money. I have a theory about it. If I were president, we'd have a plan. I'd have two lists. I'd have the good list and a bad list. If your country is saying good things about us and you support us, we'll help you. But if you're trashing us, and if you're making fun of us and if you're not appreciating us, you don't get diddly-squat.
CALLER: Well, that certainly would be better --
RUSH: You got the good list and the excrement list and once you're on the excrement list you are on it for a minimum of five years. It requires five years of perfect behavior of loving us, supporting us, appreciating us before you get the next dime from us.
CALLER: I like that.
CALLER: But it's like there are charities that I would love to send a lot of money to, Smile Train, for instance, with the cleft pallet. But if I don't have it, I can't send it, and that's the position I think we're in now as a country. We need to spend all our resources right here.
RUSH: Well, two-thirds of our foreign aid goes to Israel and Egypt, and Hillary is in Egypt promising to send 'em even more now.
CALLER: Oh, my.
RUSH: Oh, yes.
CALLER: Well, if she wants to take it out of her pocket, that's fine, but I don't want it taken out of my pocket.
RUSH: I agree with you. You know, when we talk about spending, even now during these debates, we always hear, "You can't cut that. You can't cut that." Well, how come nobody ever said at the beginning, "You can't spend that."? That's the one thing we never say, "You can't spend that." That's never part of the discipline. Now, I gotta tell you something, folks. This story here about the Republican leadership starting to complain to the media about the freshmen, let me tell you something. It sounds like the freshman Republicans are, at least the majority of them, it sounds like they really are radicals after all, that they're gonna insist on doing what they were sent there to do, they're gonna do what they think is best for the country, they're gonna insist on serious spending cuts. And there's nothing more radical in Washington than insisting on serious spending cuts. That's as radical as you can be, as radical as you can get. All right, I'm sure in South Carolina they're still recycling. I'll check that with Lindsey Graham, but I'm confident that program's still working there and working well.
RUSH: Folks, the libtards are just -- I found this out earlier -- infuriated with me. Remember the call we got yesterday? I thought it was a great call. It wasn't even my idea. I mean, I wish I could claim credit, but I can't. It was a caller who called and said, "Rush, I got a question here. The Japanese, more than anybody else, have done everything they can to save the planet. They gave us the Prius, the electric cars and so forth, and what did Gaia do? Gaia wipes 'em out! You got the tsunami, you got the earthquake, the nuclear problems, and all those cars and the places they were made got swamped. Boy, Gaia has no respect here for the efforts the Japanese have made to save her."
So we repeated what the guy said, chuckled about it, and the Hollywood Reporter has a story (laughing), first off, how I am terribly insensitive for mocking Diane Sawyer for her discovery of recycling and then quoting the caller talking about Gaia. The libtards... I am told that the Twitter universe is afire with libtards screaming about me for being insensitive and so forth about all the suffering over there. (sigh) We need to get that Diane Sawyer sound bite from yesterday. Folks, look, here's -- remember, now: "Great minds, ideas. Average minds events. Small minds, people." Uh, we've got a country over there that is in some death throes. We've got earthquakes which led to tsunamis, which is leading to all kinds of nuclear problems.
The scope of the problems facing the Japanese people are quite large. It's huge, and... (interruption) Okay. Good. We got this bite. I don't want to paraphrase. Diane Sawyer, ABC News who I've met and I like, don't misunderstand. I like Diane Sawyer. She's anchorette, ABC World News Tonight. I just... (sigh) You know, I love analogies. (sigh) A hurricane wipes out my house, totally wipes out my house. The only opportunity I have is flashlights to see at night. Diane Sawyer comes to cover the devastation and praises me for keeping the flashlight off so as not to disturb the turtles. "Look! Looook! Rush is keeping the flashlights off for the turtles!" All right, with that best analogy I come up with here on the fly, here's the story.
SAWYER: This is a shelter. Some of these people here for daaays, and, look. (cackles) It's recycling! Organized for recycling!
UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN: Plastic, combustible, burnable, cans.
RUSH: Ohhh! Oohhhhh! Look, it's recyclingggg! She's discovered recyclinggggg! In the midst of earthquake, tsunami devastation. I take a break here, otherwise, folks, it's one of these -- I don't trust myself to not shut up here.
RUSH: Ladies and gentlemen, I've just been told that I have been mispronouncing the name of the goddess of earth, and I swear I have not been doing it on purpose. I'm told that it is incorrect to say "Gay-uh," that the correct pronunciation is "Guy-uh." (interruption) Well, it matters, Snerdley, if they think I'm mispronouncing it on purpose to make fun of it. I don't know how that would be making fun of it. I'm not mispronouncing it on purpose. I've never heard the word pronounced. You know, I'm deaf. I just see it and I try to pronounce things as they are spelled. I try to imagine the phonetic pronunciation. Okay, so it's Gaia. There we have it.
By the way, welcome back. Rush Limbaugh and the EIB Network. 800-282-2882. E-mail address, ElRushbo@eibnet.com. I have to get this out of the way.
This a New York Times headline: "Clinton in Egypt Embraces a Revolt She Once Discouraged." She? Who's president, for crying out loud? She once discouraged?
Anyway, ladies and gentlemen, the phone call yesterday we had in this program from a guy who wondered why this happened in Japan, given the efforts in Japan to save the planet: The Prius, recycling, electric cars. The notion that humanity is destroying the planet with climate change is something that a lot of people with too much time on their hands believe. And it is said that... Well, you know the drill. Everybody in government around the world wants higher taxes. One of the ways to get higher taxes is to make you believe you're destroying something. You, your lifestyle, you're destroying the climate. But there's a way that you can make amends. There's a way you can "save."
Buy an electric car; buy a Prius, a hybrid; roll back your lifestyle, all these things that we're supposed to do. These are guilt-laden things, and so efforts have been undertaken all over the world to save planet. The guy called in here yesterday and pointed out, "The earth must be very unappreciative. Gaia must not really appreciate these efforts because look what got slammed here, by an act of Gaia." Remember, to these people goddess is earth, and we're trying to destroy earth but save the earth at the same time, and the efforts to save the earth just got swamped in a hurricane followed by a tsunami.
The caller was saying, "This is a very ungraceful Gaia." I thought, "You know what, illustrating absurdity by being absurd makes sense." The Hollywood Reporter is having a cow over this, along with my making fun of Diane Sawyer: "Looooook! It's recycling!" Snerdley just told me that the UK Daily Mail has picked up on this. The UK Daily Mail has a big story -- and I'm sure, you know, it's not a caller that did it, it's I did it. I'm the one. I'm the one. (interruption) It's mentioned way down in the article with all these other people -- Gilbert Gottfried and he's gonna have to apologize here for making jokes as the Aflac duck, or whatever it is. The point is that I, El Rushbo, am showing no sensitivity whatsoever. Well, since the cat's out of the bag, we have a call up here.
Let's grab this call because this call is gonna lead into a brief monologue of some thoughts I've got about all this that's happening. The caller is Robert in Washington, Indiana. Hi, Robert. Great to have you on the program, sir, and welcome.
CALLER: Good day, Mr. Limbaugh.
CALLER: I would like to just express some dittos. I'm a bass player with Panama Red, Kinky Friedman & The Texas Jewboys. How about that?
RUSH: No kidding! (laughing)
CALLER: How about that?
RUSH: Wait a second, now. You're not helping me here, Robert. (laughing) Jeez.
CALLER: Did you hear that?
RUSH: Well, I read it. I read it here. I wasn't sure what I heard so I read it. You are a...did you say bass player?
CALLER: With Panama Red who -- the man, Panama Red; Danny Finley is his actual name on his driver's license.
CALLER: But his stage name is Panama Red, came out of the Kinky Friedman & The Texas Jewboys band back in the day.
RUSH: But you are not with Kinky Friedman & The Texas Jewboys. You are with Panama Red?
CALLER: Every time I have the chance.
CALLER: Cleveland, Pittsburgh area.
CALLER: Nashville, blah, blah.
RUSH: Folks, let me just go on the record here, I've heard of Kinky Friedman but not the Jewboys.
CALLER: You saw him smoking a cigar with the cowboy hat on, running for governor.
RUSH: I've seen that. I've seen that, but I don't know anything about the "Jewboys" band. I just did...
CALLER: Okay. Well, that's for the archives.
RUSH: I'm in a hot water now, Robert. You have just turned me into like a nuclear reactor here.
CALLER: I wanted to direct --
RUSH: You exposed my rods!
CALLER: -- your program because I don't know anything about China's nuclear program, and my question is: Why don't China, their next-door neighbor, help out these Japanese?
RUSH: Yeah? That's your question? Why aren't the ChiComs helping the Japanese?
CALLER: Is that a --
RUSH: All right.
CALLER: Is that a viable question?
RUSH: Yeah. In fact, not only, "Why aren't the ChiComs helping?" but Why isn't the EU helping -- follow me on this -- why isn't India helping, and when you get down to brass tacks outside of the US military, what are we doing? (interruption) China sending some aid. All right. I know that Kinky Friedman the Texas... Well, they are a real band. Kinky Friedman & The Texas Jewboys are a real band. The ChiComs say they are helping. Look, folks, we opened this week, I did -- this is Wednesday -- with a lesson on the media and how they operate and exaggerate and so forth. Let me give you some recent examples. Let's go back to Hurricane...
Forget Katrina for a minute. Go back the BP oil spill. Do you remember at the end of it all, they couldn't find very much oil? And yet it was the worst disaster ever. "Biggest disaster in history!" There wasn't any oil. They kept warning us: "Be prepared of those oil soaked birds! Don't like your children see," but there never were any oil soaked birds. Remember, there was some school kids, a class school kids in St. Louis were taken down there on a field trip to look at it, all of the devastation and the damage from the BP oil spill? And there wasn't any. There was some, but it wasn't the catastrophe that it was portrayed to be. It wasn't the catastrophe that it was predicted to be. At some point, we got all these shocked-as-we-can-be stories about microbes in the ocean that just ate the oil.
It's amazing. It just happened!
This was after I had told people when this thing first happened, the ocean is virile -- a very powerful and mean thing -- and it can destroy a whole lot of stuff. You can't survive in it very long. If you're stranded or whatever, you are in deep doo-doo. Ocean's very tough. I was borne out to be correct. So we have all these people on the media that we've never heard of, never heard from ever before, making calls to evacuate. Something called "the EU Energy Agent" is saying all of this is uncontrollable. We had a panic story yesterday that one of the reactors was in the process of meltdown; it was so bad that all the workers had been sent out! Then we realize today, "Nope, it was a error in translation. They were just temporarily dispatched. They've been sent back in."
We have been told about this gaseous, noxious trail or cloud path of radioactivity that's gonna fly over Hawaii and then to California and wipe out a bunch of people -- and it's not going to happen. They're not gonna get there. It doesn't have the power. It will dissipate. People in the media are calling this worse than Hiroshima. Now, we know how they operate. I'm not sure that this isn't bad, but, for crying out loud, there's not a whole lot to do. The Chinese are sending some aid, the EU. Nobody's doing a whole lot here. I get e-mails from people who are living in Tokyo saying, "Yeah, we're playing golf today. People are going about their business and living." The reports are that this country's on the verge of sinking!
The whole country, the whole island is on the verge of disappearing! Remember the BP oil spill was the worst oil spill ever -- except there wasn't any oil. The ocean ate it. Remember all those dire predictions? Seriously. Remember the head of BP came out and said, "Wait a minute, now, don't panic. The water volume in the Gulf is so large, the amount of oil here is not even a speck. Nobody's gonna notice." The guy was run outta town on a rail. It turns out he was more than right. This is just a plea not to panic.
FDR. I don't quote much of what the guy said but he did say, "We have nothing to fear but fear itself," and all we're getting is fear from all sides! That's what news has become, fear, crisis, and scaremongering is all it is. If it's so bad, where is all the assistance? You know, it's almost as though there are some people, clowns, whatever, don't mind whatever economic damage happens to Japan, 'cause it's a competitive world out there, and we'll make up the slack. We'll see.
RUSH: No, no, no. I am a huge Kinky Friedman fan. How can a highly trained broadcast professional, the finest communicator in American media today, apparently be so misunderstood by people? I did not criticize Kinky Friedman. I love Kinky Friedman. Smoked cigars, I've seen him on Fox. He's a great entertainer. There's just a lot of people trying to stir things up out there today. I'll tell you what it's all about. It's all about this Gaia business, and some Diane Sawyer people out there got their noses out of joint.