RUSH: This is Tony in San Diego. Tony, thanks for the phone call. He’s calling from Qualcomm Stadium. Nice to have you, sir. Welcome.
CALLER: Hey, Rush, nice to hear you. I’m so mad right now I don’t know where to start. Everybody down there is taking care of each other. All this stuff about bringing National Guard in and everything, they took 800 Guardsmen off of the border where they should have stayed to come down here to Qualcomm and all it is is a big tailgate party. Everyone’s helping each other, there’s —
RUSH: Wait, wait, wait, wait. Wait a minute. Tony, I want to make sure I heard this. Did you say they took 800 guards off the border, National Guardsmen or border guards or whatever, and brought ’em to Qualcomm?
CALLER: If you guys would listen to the — not you, Rush, I’m sorry, I’m just so angry. I’ve been up all night evacuating horses up in Harmony Grove, and it’s not just Qualcomm Stadium. We got 10,000 there. We got 10,000 at the Del Mar race track. Vista High School, everyone is taking people, and there’s no rioting, there’s no fighting, everyone is helping each other. They brought the national — you go see some of these pictures down at Qualcomm, they got National Guard guys walking around, no guns, no nothing, shorts on, rolled-up sleeves because everyone is taking care of each other. This is absolutely stupid. I don’t know where our political officials are getting this stuff. And then they want to bring ’em in to fight the fire. Well, let me tell you —
RUSH: Wait, wait, wait, wait, wait — hold it, hold it, hold it, hold it just a second. Tell me what it is, when you just said, ‘I don’t know where our political officials are getting this stuff,’ what are you hearing them say that they’ve got wrong?
CALLER: Like they want to bring in the National Guard to fight the fires. The guys sat around here that are around the pumpers out in Harmony Grove — I live in Carlsbad, and we’re one of the places that’s on the beach, but there’s fires on both sides of us. The problem is the stuff is moving so fast, unless you were God, you can’t stand in front of it, and everybody knows the only way to stop these fires is for the firemen to get out in front of them. Well, they’re not getting out in front of them. All they’re doing is structure protection because the flames in some cases are 30, 40, 60 feet high, and I don’t care if you had a whole platoon of Guardsmen, it’s going to run right over ’em. These people do not understand. And for them to politicize it this — I’m sorry, man. My voice is breaking up. I’ve been up for 36 hours trying to do this stuff. If they would just leave us alone, we would get through it. Do you realize — you probably don’t because you won’t hear this on the local media — at one time there were more doctors, nurses, our hospitals are closed because they’re going down to Qualcomm, they’re going down to Del Mar to take care of people, and, at one time, there were more caregivers down there than there were evacuees!
RUSH: At Qualcomm? Did we lose his cell connection? We lost the cell connection. I’m sorry we lost his connection. I just asked the question, ‘What must these Californians be thinking who lost everything or are on the verge of everything and they know people who have lost everything, what must they think when these Democrats stand up and start saying all this?’ We just got our answer. I’ve seen the pictures out of Qualcomm Stadium. I know what people are doing there. They’re taking care of themselves. They’re not victims. In fact, let me grab this sound bite. Duncan Hunter, number 17. He was on Fox News Channel yesterday, Your World with Neil Cavuto. Cavuto says, ‘You must be looking at this again and saying, ‘Uh-oh.”
HUNTER: I don’t look at San Diegans as victims. We’re tough, the middle name and the trademark for San Diegans is character. We’re going to bounce back from this. We’re going to rebuild. And, you know, these are the shores from which American Marines and sailors go forth to fight for freedom all over the world. We’re used to sacrifices. We’re used to burdens. We’re going to get through this fire.
RUSH: They don’t want to be victims. That’s exactly the attitude this guy who called us from Qualcomm Stadium exemplified. ‘We’re not victims. Tell ’em to stay outta here.’ Didn’t want ’em. ‘Why did you pull 800 border guards away? We don’t need ’em at Qualcomm Stadium.’ There aren’t any riots. There aren’t any murders. There aren’t any rapes going on, none of this sort of stuff. These people [Drive-Bys] would love for that to be happening. They would love for that kind of chaos. I’m talking about the Drive-By Media. For that kind of chaos and even more to be taking place. By the way, for those of you on the Dittocam, let me apologize real quickly. I kept the bars off on purpose in the first segment because I felt I still might blow my stack in the middle of my apology, and I just didn’t want it on tape if it happened.
RUSH: Back to San Diego. This is Carol. It’s great to have you here. Welcome.
CALLER: Hi. I’m calling because I’m hearing that everything is — like all other situations, they’re turning it into a political kind of thing. We’ve decided it is the difference between the red and the blue. San Diego is conservative. We don’t need the government. We want to take care of ourselves. We are watching out for one another. There’s more volunteers than there are — like that last gentleman said, than there are — evacuees. My daughter is out in an island off the coast with several hundred horses. FEMA is there. They’ve got all the food, all the water, all the hay. Everybody is being taken care of, and we’re doing it ourselves — and you look at New Orleans, and it’s the government’s fault, it’s the government not taking care of us and that’s the difference between the red and the blue and conservative and liberal.
RUSH: Well stated. That is nailing it, folks. That’s what you call nailing it. That’s very good, Carol.
CALLER: Well, we can’t get you locally because, of course, our stations are 24/7 with updating us with what’s going on, but I said, ‘You know…’
RUSH: I know. You know what’s happening? Mark ‘May,’ Clear Channel CEO, after talking with Harry Reid, decided that our flagship station out there is being simulcast on seven Clear Channel-owned-and-operated radio stations in order to —
RUSH: Harry Reid had nothing to do with it! I’m just kidding.
RUSH: But —
CALLER: We need the world to know that we are doing wonderful. We’ve got incredible leadership with our county supervisors, our mayor, our office of emergency services. Everybody is positive and upbeat, and we’re taking care of ourselves, unlike… We’ve had two looters arrested in, what, four days? And they’re going to prosecute ’em to the maximum, and there’s just not crime today.
RUSH: I’m surprised you had that many.
CALLER: I am, too, actually. But we’re doing wonderful, you know? We want the world to know what’s going on; we want their support, but we are taking care of ourselves, and we’re doing fine because we’re conservatives here in San Diego.
CALLER: Although we’re getting a little purple (giggling) as time goes by.
RUSH: Well, that’s the illegals coming in.
RUSH: We all know that. Let me ask you a quick question. Have you lost any property or had it damaged in the fires?
CALLER: No, I did in the feeder fire, but all we’ve done is evacuate our horses, and right now my home is okay. But we’ve got the trailer hooked up and everything packed, and our whole area is like that, and we’re all communicating with one another — you know, and if they say go, all we have to do is put the horses in the trailers, and we’re going to Fiesta Island.
RUSH: All right, now, this is interesting. Do you know people who have lost their homes?
CALLER: The people that I know, like up in Ramona, one of the gentlemen stayed there. He is still safe. He is still okay. I don’t know anyone at this time because I have friends in the other areas, like Encinitas and Poway where the fires are going real bad. Encinitas has been allowed back in. They didn’t lose their home. So I have not known anybody yet, but I have friends in Poway that I have not been in contact with.
RUSH: Poway has been really creamed. A lot of San Diego Chargers players live there —
RUSH: — and have had to evacuate. Plus some of these guys are in Arizona practicing for a game on Sunday they don’t even know if it will be played, much less where.
CALLER: Yes, and it’s the same way with our media. A lot of them have — well, you saw one of our reporters watched his home burn down.
RUSH: Yeah, that was amazing.
RUSH: A guy reporting on his own house that he’s lived in for 25 years going up in flames.
CALLER: Exactly. Yes.
RUSH: And he wasn’t shouting, ‘Where’s FEMA?’
RUSH: ‘Where’s the federal government?’
CALLER: No. That’s it. I’m just so proud of my city and my state — and the governor for a change.
CALLER: You know, I’ve been a little disappointed in him. (laughing)
RUSH: Yes, I know, but he’s saying some good things to the media out there.
CALLER: Yes, he is, he is. (laughing)
RUSH: Now, let me ask you a question. I should have asked this of our previous caller who called from Qualcomm Stadium.
RUSH: You are not able to listen to the radio program over the radio because radio stations gone wall-to-wall with coverage.
RUSH: So how do you know what the media is saying? How are you learning what is being said, and what made you want to call this program to get the word out to the rest of the country that what’s being reported — and what’s being said by some of these liberal politicians and media people — is not true?
CALLER: The newspaper is getting out, and I flipped over — you know, it’s like you’re blurry-eyed watching the TV, but I flipped over — to CNN, and I listen to even Dianne Feinstein. I just wanted to throw up, excuse my language. (laughing)
RUSH: I’ve had that feeling, too.
RUSH: You and I have a lot in common here today.
CALLER: (laughing) They’re politicizing all this stuff, and that’s not what we need.
RUSH: What about John Garamendi, did you hear what he said?
CALLER: No, I did not.
RUSH: You want to hear Garamendi?
RUSH: Ohhhh, this was fabulous. What is this sound bite here? It’s number 11. Yeah, he was on Hardball with Chris Matthews. You ever watch that show?
CALLER: Well, I try not to.
RUSH: Yeah, yeah. That’s another thing we have in common.
RUSH: Garamendi, who is the lieutenant governor, was asked by Chris Matthews if the federal government is doing enough, if the federal government is doing what it has to do here.
GARAMENDI: Well, they’re doing a lot, and we appreciate what they have done thus far. I’ve got some doubt about the, uh, value of President Bush coming out here. How many times did he go to New York — uh, to New Orleans — and still made promises, but hasn’t delivered? Okay, President Bush comes out. We’ll be polite, but frankly, uh, that’s not the solution. How about sending our National Guard back from Iraq, so that we have those people available here to help us?
RUSH: That was your lieutenant governor, Carol, last night on TV.
CALLER: It just makes me sick. Oh, gosh! I wish I could strangle him.
RUSH: What about Barbara Boxer, did you hear what she had to say?
RUSH: Ohhhh, that’s even better. She was at a Senate committee hearing yesterday. This was at a Senate committee hearing, sound bite number ten on our roster today.
BOXER: Right now we are down 50% in terms of our National Guard equipment because they’re all in Iraq, the equipment, half of the equipment. So we really will need help. I think all of our states are down in terms of equipment.
CALLER: You know what? They’re lying. Yes, we are low, but we’re fighting and we’re doing fine with it! I just can’t stress enough that we’re doing fine.
RUSH: It’s not that they’re lying. It’s that they’re trying to politicize this. They’re trying to do that. This is an attack on —
CALLER: On Bush!
RUSH: — on the war. Harry Reid yesterday, Carol — I don’t know if you heard this. Did you hear what Harry Reid said yesterday?
RUSH: Okay, two sound bites here. This — this is — this is Harry Reid — this is a sample of what you’re missing by not being able to listen to the program.
CALLER: I’m not missing a thing! (laughing)
RUSH: No, because you called in. This is Harry Reid at a press conference about global warming yesterday in California, the first of two bites. We’ll play ’em separately. Here’s the first one.
HARRY REID: One reason that we have the fires burning in Southern California is global warming. One reason the Colorado basin is going dry is because of global warming.
RUSH: All right, so now bring global warming in. Blame that. Blame the war in Iraq. Blame George W. Bush — and, of course, with the way these guys believe in global warming, you’re responsible for global warming because your lifestyle is too affluent, and we gotta roll that back. So six minutes later, Carol, a reporter asked Harry Reid about this comment he made, the fires being due to global warming.
REPORTER: You said that the reason the fires are burning in California is global warming.
HARRY REID: No. Here’s — here’s what… I didn’t say the reason the fires were burning in Southern California is global warming.
RUSH: He’s an idiot! He’s a blooming idiot. They’re all just beside themselves trying to politicize this, but your call, I’ll tell you: Carol, you are so wonderful. Your call is so fabulous because it’s more than what you said. You know, you drew the comparison between conservative and liberal and red and blue. But it goes even beyond that. When this all happened, when it first started, there was no sitting around and victimization.
RUSH: ‘Oh, woe is us. Who’s going to come in here and stop this for us? Who’s going to help us? Who’s going to do this? Where’s the federal government already?’ You go to Qualcomm Stadium, people that are there have been evacuated.
RUSH: You go to Del Mar, people have been evacuated. Some of them have lost their homes; some of them might.
RUSH: They are hanging around and they’re in good moods.
RUSH: They’re optimistic, as you just pointed out because that’s the kind of people you are.
CALLER: Yes. Yes. And, you know, people were evacuating other people’s horses before they took care of their own because they were, temporarily, okay. The human… It just gave me so much pride and hope for the human race again, because we’ve gotta get rid of these liberals. We’ve gotta get rid of these Democrats.
RUSH: We have to beat them. When you say ‘get rid of them’ —
RUSH: — Media Matters might take your words out of context —
RUSH: — and target you as a woman that’s eager to incite violence. We can’t have that.
CALLER: I’ll get a list.
RUSH: (laughter) I’ll get a list. All right, well, Carol —
CALLER: Thank you.
RUSH: — thanks much for the phone call. Good luck. I appreciate the fact you took time to reach us.
CALLER: Thank you.
RUSH: You bet.
RUSH: I wonder how people, say, who went through Hurricane Katrina if they’re watching this on television, or any other natural disaster like this, watching what’s happening out in California, and they see scenes from Qualcomm Stadium and other places, I wonder what they think. In going back to what Carol was talking about, your red and blue, conservative versus liberal, what you have in San Diego, and I’m sure most of the other parts of Southern California where this all is happening, what you have are people who have not surrendered the control of their lives to the government. You have people who are fiercely independent. You have people who have not allowed themselves to become dependent on government, politicians or what have you, for anything.
These are self-reliant, rugged individual people who are banding together to help one another out, and doing so in the midst of the best mood that you could possibly imagine, in light of the devastation that is all around ’em, and their local government works. The state government, aside from this lieutenant governor who’s in the bag for Clinton and Gore, aside from Garamendi, the state government is working. They don’t need the feds. There’s not this massive call for the feds. You’ve got Garamendi saying, ‘Well, if Bush comes out, we’ll be polite, but we’ve got the National Guard in