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RUSH: The global warming crew, this is so classic. I just love it. They’re going down to Antarctica — the South Pole, for those of you in Rio Linda — and they’re gonna prove that there’s so much global warming that there isn’t any ice, or very little ice, that it’s melting. It’s a cruise. And they get stuck in the ice far, far away from their intended destination. So icebreakers are called in. The icebreakers get stuck!

There was a ChiCom icebreaker that got stuck. They needed all these fossil fuel, gigantic ships to rescue them after a week. And every news story — every one of them! Let me put it this way: Not one news story makes the connection that these are a bunch of hypocrites. Not one notes the irony. They just talk about a brave bunch of scientists needed to be rescued in Antarctica. Meanwhile, we have more record lows last year than record highs — and in Green Bay for football this Sunday? Oh-ho!


RUSH: So in Green Bay on Sunday afternoon, 4:25 Eastern time, the San Francisco Fort’iners will show up for a Wild Card playoff game against the Green Bay Packers quarterbacked by Aaron Rodgers — who said this week he’s not gay. Now, that’s a fascinating thing to me, too. Folks, we’re gonna be hopscotching all over the place today, because I’ve been gone for two weeks. I’m just getting back here in the saddle, and it’s gonna be a stream-of-consciousness show.

That means I don’t even know what I’m gonna say next, but, thankfully, I have the helpful staff to help me finish my sentences here. (interruption) Well, because apparently there were Internet rumors that Aaron Rodgers is gay, which I had not seen. This is a fascinating media study. I had not seen it. Now, granted, I’m outta town. I’m on vacation, and I am off the grid. I didn’t turn on the television until New Year’s Eve to watch that stuff, and even that was a chore.

So I wasn’t aware, and I was doing show prep with the computer. But even at that, I didn’t see any of this. But apparently in social media it was out there that Aaron Rodgers was gay, but I didn’t know it until he chose to deny it on his radio show. Therefore, what’s fascinating is the media study. His denial is what made it a national story. Not the allegation by whoever was making it. He chose to deny it.

“No, no, no, no, I love women. I don’t know where this came from,” and he laughed it off. But up until then, nobody even knew it. So I only mention it as a great illustration of how media works, because we’ve talked over the years… Now, I am continuously attacked, mercilessly so. In fact, folks, I’ve got sound bites that while I was gone, they’re still beating me up over this pope business. I have these sound bites. It’s incredible.

You know what I find most fascinating about it? The left finally is happy they’ve got a church again. Because of me, the left has felt comfortable now (you’ll hear it) embracing the Catholic Church. This is a phenomenal achievement on my part. There aren’t too many people who could have turned atheists into huge supporters of the pope, or agnostics, whatever. Oh, by the way, that means I have to thank the guest hosts.

Mark Steyn, as usual, was in, and Mark Belling and Erick Erickson of RedState.com, and he sent me, I can’t tell you, two or three e-mail notes thanking me for the opportunity. He told me it’s been a lifelong dream of his to sit behind the Golden EIB Microphone, and he loved it. And he told me, he said, “I know that your show is the most listened to, but I found evidence. After doing your show…” He’s got his own show in Atlanta.

“After doing your show, I started hearing from people that I haven’t heard from or known in years, who heard me on the radio for the first time,” and he was all excited. But I want to thank all those people for coming in and hosting the program. We sincerely appreciate it, and they all do a bang-up, great job, and most of them only lose about 60% of the audience, which is much better than most.

I’m sorry. (laughing) I told you, it’s gonna be stream of consciousness. I made that up, folks. I just totally made it up. I lied. I’m’ just having fun with it here. I told you it’s gonna be a stream-of-consciousness program today. Anyway, back to Green Bay and the quarterback who isn’t gay, Aaron Rodgers, hosting the San Francisco Fort’iners at 4:25. The forecast is 3 degrees for the high and minus 15 for the low. The wind? Oh, the wind is gonna blow enough that there will be a wind chill.

I haven’t seen actual numbers on the wind chill. Now, I don’t expect this to happen, but I won’t be surprised if the league postpones the game ’cause it’s just too cold. And it’s gonna be cold in other parts of the country, too. But my point is, I would love to see Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, and Hillary sitting outside on the 50 yard line of Green Bay the whole game, and then afterwards do a presentation for us all on global warming. Sit there the whole game outside.

Do you know that the NFL — and I’ve been on this kick for a while. They’ve got a problem. They probably are aware of it. As we speak, three of these four games are not sold out, and including Green Bay. The Green Bay Packers, if they don’t get rid of… The last I heard it was 8,500 tickets. It’s probably fewer than that now. But, if they don’t get rid of those tickets by sometime today, then there’s gonna be a blackout. Now, we all know there won’t be a blackout.

Jay-Z or somebody will move in and buy the tickets, or Jesse Jackson. No, Jesse Jackson won’t. Somebody will move in and buy the tickets. There won’t be a blackout. The NFL will not allow that to happen, but it may take an effort beyond normal commerce to sell out tickets in three of the four games. The two places are Cincinnati and Indianapolis. Playoff games! There’s something going on, and I don’t think it’s just the weather and you can get a much better experience at home. I think there’s more to it than that.

I think the economy is definitely a factor.

I think there are other things going on as well that are helping to create this problem.

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