RUSH: I am Rush Limbaugh, and this the EIB Network. I can't believe it's already Tuesday. Ha-ha. Yes, I can. I'm just kidding. Looking forward to talking to you on the program today for about a couple hours.
I did something last night I never do. I had a nightmare that woke me up at exactly 3:58am. I don't remember it, but it was so bad I got up. I got up and I went back down to the "liberry," for those of you in Rio Linda, and started doing some show prep work, putzing around on the iPod. I didn't stay up. I went back to bed about 5:30. So I feel like I've gotten about an hour of sleep. I don't know what led to the nightmare, and I don't remember it. Normally you remember nightmares or dreams, I don't remember anything. I guess it's so bad I blocked it out. I don't know. I awoke with a start. I looked over at the clock. I quietly exited the bed and tiptoed down to the library. It's about an eighth of a mile walk. That didn't wake me up so I decided at 5:30 or so to get back in bed, and so here we are. Here we are, folks. And who knows what it was. I have no clue what it was. But I've gone through the news today, and there's plenty of stuff in here that's qualified to be nightmare material.
In no particular order: "A new national alert system is set to begin in New York City that will alert the public to emergencies via cell phones. Presidential and local emergency messages as well as Amber Alerts would appear on cell phones equipped with special chips and software." Now, as the government is conducting hearings today against Apple and Google over what they're doing to track people's locations, here comes the regime saying, "You know what, the only way you're gonna know about emergencies is if we can get to you on your cell phone."
"National Emergency Alert System Set to Launch in NYC," on cell phones. "The announcement of the new emergency alert system came in the wake of Osama bin Laden’s death and an uptick in security and safety concerns around New York City." Well, as long as they're going to do this, how about sending e-mails and texts to people on their cell phones as to the location where the cheapest gasoline is in their community? Yeah, the regime can send us a text or an e-mail when the recession is over. They can tell us where the nearest job openings are. I mean, why stop at emergencies? Or why just limit it to a few emergencies? You know, why not the nearest Starbucks, whatever it is that they want to push. Why use cell phones? Why don't we just go back to the old days where the regime got this big panel truck and they drove it through town with a couple speakers on the top, somebody inside, like an ice cream truck, put up loudspeakers so we can hear from our leaders everywhere. You know, homeless guy with a sandwich board. Why do they have to reach us only through cell phones?
RUSH: Here's Michael Bloomberg, who said these alerts could help if Tea Partiers decide to bomb Times Square again. He didn't say it but you --
BLOOMBERG: Last year we did foil an attempted car bombing in Times Square, an area that is very popular with tourists and theatergoers from out of town. And as excellent as our response was to this event, a planned system would have been another crucial tool that we could have used to inform and give instructions to people in the area.
RUSH: Now, remember, he originally said that the Times Square bomber was probably a disgruntled Tea Party person unhappy with Obama's health care. Here's another portion of his remarks this morning on this.
BLOOMBERG: As part of the FCC agreement with wireless carriers, its emergency alerts will override any network congestion. So even during wide-scale emergencies, when mobile networks are often overwhelmed with people trying to connect with others, we can have confidence that these emergency alerts will be received.
RUSH: And of course the terrorists will receive them, too. Terrorists have cell phones. They will receive the alerts so they will find out what they're up to at the same time we find out what they're up to, and they're ecstatic over this. Chuck Rangel, I don't have time for this sound bite, but Charlie Rangel was at the press conference and said this is a classic illustration of how business and government partner and do magical things. Great example of that, he says.
RUSH: You know, if they don't want us talking to each other, all they gotta do is flood these networks with never-ending emergency alerts. Well, no, no, it's true. If what Bloomberg says is true, they can override any network congestion, they can get through any mess, that means they can stop us from talking to each other, if they wanted, were so inclined, and you know how they feel about Tea Party Times Square bombers.