Archive for the ‘Rush Limbaugh’ Category

Is the government exaggerating hurricane threats?

Friday, October 7th, 2016

Rush has pushed himself into the middle of this controversy, accusing NOAA, NASA, FEMA and the National Weather Service of hyping the danger of hurricanes in part to further the narrative about “global climate change”

This definitely has some truth to it – whether it is for the reason Rush states is less clear. When I was a child of the 1960s, there were no weather satellites, no doppler radars. The primary way the power of a hurricane was measured was to send a slow moving propeller driven airplane through the eye wall of the storm to measure it. The plane only measured the one spot and only several times a day. Secondary data was reports from ships and launching helium balloons to measure barometric pressure.

Now we have second by second measurement of the storm and categorize the storm by the tiniest spot seen in the radar. We start tracking pre-hurricanes weeks before they may arrive and give them names for storms that will never approach within 1000 miles of land.

Do you agree with Rush?

Limbaugh to hang around

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016

Yesterday, I read Rush’s segment celebrating 28 years on radio and my reaction was he was laying the capstone on his career. An important aspect of negotiating is convincing the other party that you are prepared to walk away from the negotiating table.

No specifics on the deal.

Meanwhile, Glenn Beck is suing the guy who ran TheBlaze from 2009 to 2014 for squandering money. He is not the first show biz person to be so occupied with being on stage that he paid little attention to the money flying out the window. A few clips of Glenn saying things like “I don’t know where the money for this will come from”, “my advisors say this doesn’t make sense”… And demanding his staff find a way to do things when there was no money to do them… Shockingly, his projects were funded with borrowed money.

Suing the guy who was your business manager has to be horrible for morale and recruiting management. Someone like Stu has watched all this and would rip Glenn apart if forced to testify under oath. Stu is to Beck as James Golden is to Rush – keeping him in check by challenging his unfounded assertions before they go “over the line”. Glenn Beck imploding does not make me sad.

Alex Jones has arrived

Friday, July 22nd, 2016

The bigger world is starting to know who Alex Jones is. The Republican nominee knows who he is and doors are opening.

On Thursday’s show, he did most of an hour with Milo with a very warm and interesting conversation about a variety of topics. They talked about the Hillary for Prison meme, which did break out as a chant in the Convention.

Later in the show, he played the interview his staff did with Nigel Farage, the man who caused Brexit as leader of the U.K. independent Party (UKIP). Alex had dinner with Nigel and Roger Stone.

The incident where Alex Jones pushed back on the Communist demonstrators who were getting ready to burn an American flag brought him face to face with the Cleveland police chief who he initially shoved not realizing who was trying to restrain him. Not only did Alex not get in trouble, he found out that he was well known by the Cleveland police in a positive way.

Rush Limbaugh may have signaled trouble in radio paradise on his show on Monday. He is undergoing negotiations with Premiere to extend his existing contract which is running out. Alex believes Rush is going to lose his show and it is part of the same movement of Hillary’s people that just got Roger Ailes kicked out of Fox News. Since Fox went wall to wall anti-Trump, people are tuning out in droves. Rush said something like “I is willing to end my radio career if it meant that it would defeat Hillary”. A bit cryptic…

The “real” media started seeking out Jones. He knows why they are suddenly behaving friendly toward him and avoided them for the most part. As the real media are realizing that Trump is aware of and influenced by Alex Jones, they see Alex Jones as a way to “get to” Donald Trump, given Jones’ controversial views.

Alex Jones will be in Philadelphia next week. The Bernie supporters may well buy lots of the Hillary for Prison 2016 T-Shirts.

Rushing Home

Tuesday, June 21st, 2016

Has it been 8 years already? Tom Taylor reminds the radio world that Rush’s 8 year, $200 million contract with Premiere Radio (iHeart/Clear Channel) ends in the next few weeks, as the company is fending off lawsuits trying to pull the company into bankruptcy or reorganization of its debt.

Rush and Glenn Beck have similar but different deals. Both produce their own shows in their own studio paying their own staff. When it comes to the Internet, Beck owns his web site and archives and the related revenue streams. For Rush, Premiere owns, 24×7 Rush and the Merchandising. Some portion of that revenue goes to Rush, probably as an offset to his salary or maybe with triggers for incentives. Those kinds of details are not public.

One idea apparently being floated is to turn over the intellectual property to Rush in exchange for Rush taking less money. That makes sense – if iHeart does get dragged into a financial quagmire, if Rush owns his entire product, that keeps it away from creditors.

In my far out speculation, I could see iHeart spinning off Premiere to a third party. There was a time when Premiere might have been a hot standalone IPO, but I think that time has come and gone. Rush is pushing retirement age, Glenn Beck is getting tenuous, Bob & Tom have no Bob, Kidd Kraddick is dead, Fox Sports Radio lingers on, Sean Hannity is busy counting the days until we take the country back and George Noory is busy chasing his Shadow. I don’t see anything there global bankers want to buy.

NATO chief – Russia is behind the anti-fracking movement

Tuesday, April 12th, 2016

[Written June 29, 2014]

This is one of the longest standing beliefs of Rush Limbaugh – that Greenpeace and other environmental groups are motivated by forces wanting to destroy the US economic influence, not really protect the environment

NY Times weighs in on Cruz/Trump on talk radio

Tuesday, March 29th, 2016

For the NY Times, this is an amazingly objective fact based summary. Conservatives were not called names. It has a picture of Michael Savage in his studio (in 2007). They explain the situation with Limbaugh, Savage, Laura Ingraham, Glenn Beck, Hannity and a mention of Mark Levin. That’s pretty much the list of those in talk radio who still matter.

Unrelated, the FCC wireless incentive auction gets underway at 6 PM ET today. I figured Comcast (which owns NBC) may benefit. Comcast has said it may buy up some of the spectrums without saying why. Perhaps they have plans for wireless IP pay per view porn.

Rush Limbaugh: Let’s just elect Democrats

Thursday, December 17th, 2015

Drudge slugged the story that Rush wants to disband the Republican Party, I’ve seen this movie before, too. For the next year, Rush will fuel dissent within the Republican Party, then about October 15, 2016 will announce there is no alternative but to support the establishment Republican candidate (Jeb Bush?). All it takes is a night in the Lincoln bedroom, an invite to the owner’s box at an NFL game, a box of steaks from Kansas City or a round of golf with Roger Ailes.

Here is the relevant part.

This was out-and-out, in-our-face lying, from the campaigns to individual statements made about the philosophical approach Republicans had to all this spending. There is no Republican Party! You know, we don’t even need a Republican Party if they’re gonna do this. You know, just elect Democrats, disband the Republican Party, and let the Democrats run it, because that’s what’s happening anyway. And these same Republican leaders doing this can’t, for the life of them, figure out why Donald Trump has all the support that he has? They really can’t figure this out?

Long term listeners will recognize this as a meaningless rhetorical statement. He isn’t actually advocating anything, and isn’t going to actually do anything. His job is to entertain you to gather confiscatory rates from advertisers and keep you listening.

I drove out from Michigan to attend Rushstock (aka Dan’s bake sale) in 1988 in Fort Collins Colorado in the hopes it would encourage a movement to end Democratic control of Congress. Rush went back home, and I don’t remember him having any subsequent public appearances. Rush is a gadfly, not a leader. He did play a role in the Newt Gingrich revolution, then let Newt be pushed under the bus.
[Mick at the end was a regular caller who lived in the High Desert. He claimed to gather up stray dogs dumped in the desert by city folks and turned them into puppy chili. This was back when the show was edgy]

I view Mandy Connell as something of a reasonable Midwestern conservative who thinks carefully about what she says. After the Ryan budget deal, she has thrown in her hand. Despite knowing Trump’s flaws and not fond of him, she announced she is “full in” on Donald Trump

Don’t bet your life on Lifelock

Sunday, July 26th, 2015

It always seemed odd to hear ads proclaiming that within a short period of signing up for Lifelock and turning over all your sensitive personal information to them, thieves started trying to steal your identity. Coincidence?

If you listen carefully to the radio ads, the disclaimers have been getting more obvious “OF COURSE, nobody can protect all financial transactions!”. Of Course!

The FTC went after Lifelock in 2010, and Lifelock failed to honor the terms of their settlement with the FTC.

Next thing they’ll go after gold coin dealers for failure to actually have the coins you think you bought, or charging a 50% markup on your gold “investments” or using phony grading services they created. The government just hates Conservatives!

Thursday, June 18th, 2015

If you’re tired of the worthless junk flooding politico, and any page Matt Drudge links to, here is the original treasure trove of crap on Google Groups

First thing to know going in is this isn’t a place where Dittoheads ditto each other. Probably 97.62% are mentally ill liberals or paid DNC agitators working at their do nothing government jobs fighting global warming and protecting transgender spotted owls.

This is a Usenet newsgroup that goes back at least to the early 1990s. Google has archived 735,000 “threads” containing… I think I recently saw the number 600 million messages in total, but I can’t find it now.

Usenet is not a message board – messages can take hours to show up and arrive out of sequence, so it takes some adjustments. You also can’t assume that everyone watching a group sees every message.

Even so, it can be amusing while you have nothing better to do. Even though the content only rarely mentions Rush or the show, it’s a monument to Rush’s influence on the world.

Here is a pretty typical topic:
Trump Will Build a Great Wall Along Texas-Mexico to Keep All the Wetbacks Out

If you’re the kind of person who wants to “report!” Other people to shut them up, Usenet is not for you.

iHeart (Clear Channel) buys two Disney stations

Monday, June 1st, 2015

WIBC is dropping Rush Limbaugh in Indianapolis – one of the station’s iHeart is buying is there.  It’s the only FM station Disney is unloading.  It might be unrelated.  Maybe a Rush should form a radio company and buy up zombie AM stations.

The other is in Salt Lake City, near the NSA data center run by