RUSH: Jerry in Denver. (laughter) Welcome to the EIB Network, sir. Hello. You’re listening on KOA.
CALLER: Hi, Rush. Nice to talk to you.
RUSH: Thank you.
CALLER: I know the Drive-Bys are gonna start coming after you about your ‘dreaming of riots’ in Denver, and they’ve already started in the Denver papers. But it’s kind of strange that the Denver police and fire departments are already doing training for crowd control and they’re bringing in police officers from outlying suburbs to supplement the Denver Police Department, and they’ve already been advised that they have 750 so far and they’re going to need another few thousand for the convention.
RUSH: Right. And this is all because I am ‘dreaming of riots.’
CALLER: There you go, and they’ve also put the Colorado National Guard on a 24-hour alert for the thing, so…
RUSH: It sounds like a paramilitary operation out there being prepared here to deal with —
CALLER: No riots.
RUSH: — raucous protesters at the Democrat National Convention in Denver.
CALLER: Yeah, it’s just really strange that the —
RUSH: Isn’t that funny? Isn’t that amazing?
CALLER: Yeah. The media says —
RUSH: And you say that the local Drive-Bys have been reporting this?
CALLER: Yeah, there was an article in the news last night.
RUSH: Let me ask you a question about this, Jerry. In the local Drive-By reports on all of the efforts — paramilitary and others — to prepare for possible unrest, have any potential protest groups been identified by the Drive-By Media?
CALLER: Recreate ’68 is one. They had an article on them.
RUSH: Uh, wait a minute, Jere. Hang on here just a second. I want to make sure that everybody heard what you just said. There is a protest group in Denver called Recreate ’68?
CALLER: They’re headquartered in Longmont or Boulder, which is kind of amazing, huh? The leader of that organization —
CALLER: — is a close friend of Ward Churchill. His name is Glenn Spagnuolo.
RUSH: Glenn Spagnuolo, good friend of Ward Churchill is the leader of Recreate ’68.
CALLER: That’s correct.
RUSH: Headquartered in Boulder.
CALLER: In the Boulder area.
RUSH: Alright. Now, let me ask this question of you, Jerry. When you hear an organization entitled Recreate ’68, what do you think?
CALLER: Well, I remember the convention of 1968 in Chicago with Mayor Daley. They just about destroyed that city, and that’s —
CALLER: — what he’s trying to do.
RUSH: How did they destroy the city, Jerry? What happened in Chicago in 1968?
CALLER: Well, they were burning cars, smashing storefronts, running up and down the streets.
RUSH: Wait! You mean there were riots?
CALLER: Oh, yes.
RUSH: At the Democrat convention in Chicago 1968?
CALLER: That’s correct.
RUSH: And there’s now a group in the Boulder area headed up by some Spagnuolo guy who’s a best friend, or close friend of Ward Churchill called Recreate ’68?
CALLER: Recreate ’68.
RUSH: And now the paramilitary and cops are arming up and preparing for potential unrest in Denver in August for the Democrat National Convention?
CALLER: Yes, they are. They’re going through training as we speak.
RUSH: Now, in any of these Drive-By Media reports, Jerry, that you have read; how far back do they go? A week? A month? How long have you been reading about these stories?
CALLER: It’s just been recently. The Recreate ’68 guys’ petition to get permits to parade — and they were protesting, they weren’t allotted the right amount of permits — and they were also meeting with the Denver Police Department to lay down ground rules that they wanted the police to accept of how they were going to handle arrests and so forth.
RUSH: Really? The Recreate ’68 group met with the cops to try to strike a deal on how arrests would be handled? So the Recreate ’68 group intends, or at least is planning on some kind of action that would require the cops to arrest them and they want to strike a deal with how?
CALLER: Well, they were anticipating that.
RUSH: Yeah. Now, think back. I want you to. A week ago you started reading about this. Was this a month ago? March? February?
CALLER: Yeah, let’s see. There was an article about a week and a half ago in the Rocky Mountain News that the Recreate people were holding seminars with their members, with attorneys giving them advice on how to deal with the police, because they said, ‘The policemen are not your friends and they will lie to you.’
RUSH: Let me ask you this, Jerry. In any of those stories a week and a half ago, two weeks ago, did you read my name?
CALLER: Not in those. But I just read it recently, or it was on Channel 4 in Denver last night that they mentioned your name about ‘dreaming of riots’ in Denver.
RUSH: Yeah. So that has captured attention. From what I understand, most of the talk radio stations in Denver are talking about it. All three television stations are talking about it. The newspapers are writing about it, about me on this program the day before yesterday and yesterday talking to people, ‘dreaming of riots.’
CALLER: There you go.
RUSH: That has made big news. Have the newspapers and all the radio stations, television stations have they run stories similar to those they have run on me about Recreate ’68?
CALLER: Not yet.
RUSH: They are just reporting the activities of Recreate ’68?
CALLER: Right. They reported that a couple of times, but you don’t hear much about it anymore.
RUSH: But they’re not running stories saying ‘Recreate ’68 advocating and planning riots’?
RUSH: There have been headlines in Denver: Rush Limbaugh ‘inciting riots,’ and they changed that, I understand, to Rush Limbaugh ‘dreaming of riots.’
CALLER: I don’t get the Denver Post. It’s so far left that I don’t even deal with that. I get the Rocky Mountain News.
RUSH: Well, interesting enough the Denver Post is, as of last night, was the closest to accurate on this story.
CALLER: That surprises me.
RUSH: Well, it’s the truth, at least from what I was able to check out on the Internet. Well, Jerry, I appreciate this on-the-spot report.
CALLER: Yeah. There’s one other issue I’d like to bring up. You know, all the merchants downtown, they’ve been counting how much money this is going to bring into the city; but if there is in fact civil unrest in the Denver metropolitan area… I’m an insurance agent, have been for 35 years. If I was a merchant down there, I’d be boarding up my windows because there is no insurance coverage for civil unrest in most insurance policies.
RUSH: Really? This I didn’t know.
CALLER: Yeah. So if —
RUSH: Here we are performing a public service, ladies and gentlemen, for those of you with storefront operations in downtown Denver. Board up the windows, because Recreate ’68 are actually planning this kind of activity.
RUSH: Along with, I might remind everybody, the Reverend Sharpton. Back in early April on The O’Reilly Factor, he was asked what he would do if Obama’s nomination was stolen from him by the superdelegates; and Reverend Sharpton said that he would demonstrate. So for those of you in the Denver Drive-By Media, focus on the people who are actually planning this. Now, do I advocate riots and civil unrest? Hardly. I don’t. By the way, I knew about the group Recreate ’68 before Jerry told about it. I went and found it. Pretty much what he said is true, from everything I’ve been able to gather. Michelle Malkin has done great work finding out what Recreate ’68 is all about; working with the cops to try to negotiate the way arrests are handled and that sort of thing. I have no control over whether there are any protests, civil unrest, but I will tell you: if there are protests and civil unrest at a Democrat convention, and it appears that there are some wackos on the left who want to recreate 1968 in Chicago — and, by the way, the circumstances are rife for it; because Recreate ’68, these people are anti-war people just as the protesters in 1968 were, and the Democrats look like they’re going to win the White House; and these people, as you know — on the far-left fringe — are livid at their candidates for not having gotten us out of Iraq already. So the circumstances are rife. But all I was saying was, if it happens, from a political standpoint, the beneficiaries will be Republicans because we don’t burn down things at our convention. Et cetera, et cetera, et cetera, et cetera.
RUSH: In one of the stories in the Denver paper — it might have been AP; I’m not sure which. I don’t know which paper last night I saw on the website. They went out, and one of the reporters talked to the grand pooh-bah, the head honcho of Recreate ’68, this Spagnuolo guy; and they asked him, ‘What do you think of Limbaugh’s Operation Chaos? He wants people to come out here and cause trouble,’ which of course is not what Operation Chaos is, and not what I have ever advocated. (laughs) And this guy said, ‘We don’t need 5,000 of Limbaugh’s illiterate listeners coming out here and getting in our way,’ or some such thing, as though his group can handle it. (laughter) So the Denver Drive-Bys don’t even know what Operation Chaos is. At any rate, one thing. We have experience, by the way, with Rush Limbaugh listeners in Colorado going back to the early nineties. What year was it, H.R.? All these years run together. Was it ’93? Dan’s Bake Sale in Fort Collins, Colorado: 70,000 Dittoheads, Limbaugh listeners from all over the country drove in, flew in. They came in from Alaska. They were all over the place. We had a two-hour rally. It was a genuine bake sale — because they had bake sales back then. Clinton was having little kids’ bake sales and having them send the proceedings to Washington to retire the national debt, and he was keeping the money when the kids sent it in! This guy Dan calls and said he was photocopying my newsletter, and wanted to know if he could give it to others.
I said, ‘You can’t do it. It’s a copyright violation. Why don’t you buy a subscription?’
‘My wife won’t let me.’
I said, ‘Well, let’s do a bake sale.’
So it just evolved. Seventy thousand people, and not one mess, not one bit of trouble. People were buying soft drinks for the cops who were on horseback. When it was over, there was very little evidence in terms of refuse or trash that it had ever taken place. Everybody was smiling and happy. We don’t riot. We don’t burn things down. We can’t look forward to it. We don’t advocate it. I didn’t advocate it on this program. I should better have said, ‘When liberals make fool of themselves and are self-destructive, however they do it, we sit back and enjoy it.’
RUSH: For those of you in the Denver Drive-By Media, do me a favor. Just Google ‘Dan’s Bake Sale’ if you want to see how Limbaugh listeners behave in public. Just Google ‘Dan’s Bake Sale.’
RUSH: One more little comment here about the furor that erupted in Denver the past two days over comments made by me on this program regarding potential riots in Denver during the Democrat National Convention. There is an organization out there called Recreate ’68. They have a website. You can go there, it’s Recreate68.org, and you can see what they’re planning. You can see their statement of ‘nonviolence,’ which they have to put in there. Back on March 21st, there was a quote here in the Rocky Mountain News: ‘Denver could face a ‘dangerous situation’ on the eve of the Democratic National Convention, war protesters said Thursday, after losing a coveted permit for Civic Center to the convention host committee. ‘When things blow up because the police have to enforce a permit that the Democrats got, don’t blame us for that,’ said Glenn Spagnuolo, an organizer for the Re-create 68 Alliance. ‘Blame the Democrats for trying to silence dissent in the city of Denver.”
Quote: ”When things blow up because the police have to enforce a permit that the Democrats got, don’t blame us for that.’ That’s the head honcho of Recreate ’68. ‘When things blow up…’ As Michelle Malkin wrote at the time, ‘Remember that quote: ‘When things blow up…” So just to clarify, for those of you in Denver — and especially the great people at KOA in Denver, our EIB affiliate — my point probably could have been better made had I said it this way: ‘If the Democrats and their allies such as Recreate ’68 want to engage in self-destructive behavior, we’ll take it. It is they who protest. It is they who riot. It is they who threaten it. It is not us; it is not me. They’re the ones.’ In fact, a bunch of anarchists are also protesting and promising the same kind of activity at the Republican National Convention in St. Paul in September.
RUSH: I have one more thought, ladies and gentlemen — just one more — on the potential civil unrest in Denver at the Democrat National Convention. The group is Recreate ’68. What was going on in 1968 that caused all the problems in the first place? The war in Vietnam. The Vietnam War. Now, are there any American political figures who have referred to the war in Iraq as Vietnam, as a quagmire and so forth? I think there have been. I think Senator Durbin is one. I think Senator Reid said that this was another Vietnam. There may be even more Democrats who were hoping to secure defeat for the United States in the war in Iraq, who compared it to Vietnam. ‘It’s just another Vietnam.’ Now, if you are an anti-war protester and nostalgia reminds you of the glory days of 1968 and the Vietnam War in Chicago, might you be inspired to organize on the basis of the Democrat Party suggesting another Vietnam? You go, ‘Yeah, baby! Yeah, baby! Another Vietnam! It’s time to relive the old days!’ So it may not even be this Spagnuolo guy’s fault, the guy running Recreate ’68. It’s just something to think about in this whole mix.