Windmills

Another Windmill Victim


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I’m not a religious person or very spiritual at all. I’m definitely not a “new age” person. But I like to believe in karma. Even if it doesn’t really exist, it’s a good way to live your life. Basically, what you do to others will be returned to you, whether what you’ve done is good or bad. Basically, pay it forward and do unto others, blah blah blah.

Karma is probably not to blame for Rush Limbaugh’s advanced lung cancer. Rush has a long career of doing asshole shit unto others. The twice-divorced-family-values proponent, draft-dodging warmonger has spread hatred, racism, sexism, and misinformation for decades. And, it’s made him worth around $500 million. But, hatred, racism, and saying stupid shit doesn’t have any support from the science community for causing cancer. Smoking cigars for decades does.

People who have self-destructive habits tend to downplay the negative effects, even to the point of lying. Eddie Van Halen believes the cause for his tongue cancer is from his habit of holding copper guitar picks in his mouth while he was doing his double-tap method on the fretboard. I guess that’s possible but I think a larger culprit is Pall Malls or whatever brand he smoked since before he was even a teenager. My father, a lifelong alcoholic who drank a case of beer a day which would usually start around 6:00 a.m. was very defensive of his habits and swore he could quit at any time. He never did.

Rush once said to a caller on his show, “There’s no even major sickness component associated with secondhand smoke. It may irritate you, and you may not like it, but it will not make you sick, and it will not kill you.” He also claimed, “Firsthand smoke takes 50 years to kill people, if it does.Not everybody that smokes gets cancer. Now, it’s true that everybody who smokes dies, but so does everyone who eats carrots.”

Rush’s defense of smoking is almost as ridiculous as Donald Trump’s claim that the noise from windmills cause cancer.

Limbaugh was a huge defender of smokers and complained about the nation’s changing attitudes toward smoking. Even our major tobacco states, North Carolina, Kentucky, and Virginia, have banned indoor smoking in restaurants. Rush wailed, “I’m telling you, there ought to be some measure of appreciation for people who buy tobacco products, despite the forces arrayed against them, It’s getting harder and harder to use tobacco products, unless you want to call marijuana tobacco, and you can do that anywhere, for the most part. But the fact of the matter is they have to endure a lot, the public hates them, they’re despised, they can’t smoke in places of comfort anymore, can’t even smoke outside in a park! And yet their actions and their taxes and their purchases are funding children’s health care programs. I’m just saying there ought to be a little appreciation shown for them, instead of having them hated and reviled.” Then he said, “I would like a medal for smoking cigars.”

Rush should have eaten more carrots.

Here’s the thing I get tired of hearing from smokers and granted, I don’t hear it a lot because it’s stupid: You are not a victim of smoker persecution. You choose to smoke and spread your filth onto others. You don’t have a constitutional right to smoke anywhere you please. We all have the right not to inhale someone else’s destructive, nasty habit. And I say this being a former smoker (we’re the worst when it comes to hating smoke).

Since I believe in karma, I don’t want to go too heavy on Rush. I’m not rejoicing in his illness and I wish him a full recovery. Cancer isn’t something any of us should wish on anyone, even a troglodyte like Rush Limbaugh. Hey, when they go low, we go high, right? But, my hope from this is that Rush gets a better perspective. Somehow, I doubt he does.

This is a guy who was a strong proponent of the war on drugs and as you see above, complained about marijuana. Yet, he himself was a drug addict. He was against taxpayer-funded support for drug addicts, yet being rich, he was able to get help. When he had a health scare while on vacation, he claimed his access to high-quality medical attention was proof we didn’t need a national healthcare plan. Rush never understood it was more about access. Maybe now, he’ll think about preexisting conditions. Rush should ponder what would happen with his healthcare if he wasn’t rich and there wasn’t Obamacare. He’d probably use Obamacare while continuing to attack it. That’s what they do.

Rush once said he’d move to Costa Rica if Obamacare was implemented. Fortunately for Costa Ricans, he never made the move. And if he had, he may have been horrified to discover they have a national health plan…

…until he got advanced lung cancer.

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Trumpy Windy Cats


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I almost feel bad for Trump supporters, or at least the ones cognizant enough to realize their man is a full-blown idiot.

When Trump made his claims about windmill cancer, stupid-ass Trump supporters started sharing his lie. The supporters who are only slightly smarter claimed Trump was joking. That’s easier than trying to defend the “windmill cancer” claim. So, if he was joking then, what was he doing Saturday during a speech in Florida to the Turning Point USA Student Action Summit?

Trump went on a tirade against wind turbines. The guy who promised to restore “clean coal” has initiated a propaganda campaign against clean energy. Naturally, since this is Donald Trump, his campaign isn’t just dishonest. It’s overblown conspiracy-laden, grade-A bullshit.

After hearing his tirade against wind turbines, it’s hard to argue the guy is qualified to be president or even allowed to reach for things on the top shelf without parental supervision. It’s embarrassing that any group has to sit through one of his rants disguised as speeches.

Saturday, he said, “I know windmills very much. I’ve studied it better than anybody I know” which was preceded by, “I never understood wind.” The only thing Donald Trump has probably ever understood about wind if he doesn’t use enough tape, it’ll blow that yellow-pee-stained tribble off his head.

Trump said wind turbines are a “bird graveyard” and that if you “go under a windmill someday, you’ll see more birds than you’ve ever seen ever in your life.” Wind turbines do kill birds. The people who count those kinds of things estimate bird deaths caused by wind turbines to be in the hundreds of thousands a year. But other energy power sources, such as coal, oil, and power lines, kill millions a year. That’s still not as many killed by cats; no, not the Broadway musical or movie Cats, but actual cats. Scientists estimate that cats murder over 4 billion a year. We’re still waiting on the number killed annually by Don Jr. and Eric.

During the defense of birds, Trump claimed windmill turbines kill eagles saying, “a windmill will kill many bald eagles. It’s true. And you know what? After a certain number, they make you turn the windmill off. That’s true, by the way.” It’s not true, by the way. The Fish and Wildlife Service has an Eagle Conservation Plan which suggests “seasonal, daily or mid-day shutdowns” as an advanced conservation practice that project developers could be asked to implement if the amount of post-construction fatalities reaches a concerning level, but this is not a requirement.

Trump said, “They’re made in China and Germany mostly — very few made here, almost none. But they’re manufactured tremendous — if you’re into this — tremendous fumes. Gases are spewing into the atmosphere. You know we have a world, right? So the world is tiny compared to the universe. So tremendous, tremendous amount of fumes and everything. You talk about the carbon footprint — fumes are spewing into the air. Right? Spewing. Whether it’s in China, Germany, it’s going into the air. It’s our air, their air, everything — right? So they make these things and then they put them up.”

About the only thing accurate in that word salad is that they make these things and then they put them up. Wind turbines create power with virtually no emission. According to the Department of Energy, they have the smallest carbon footprint of any energy source. As for where they’re made, there are over 500 factories building wind-related parts and materials in 43 states, supporting over 25,000 jobs.

Trump also said, “You know what they don’t tell you about windmills? After 10 years, they look like hell. You know, they start to get tired, old. You got to replace them. A lot of times, people don’t replace them. They need massive subsidy from the government in order to make it.” Again, not true which is probably why “they don’t tell you” that about windmills. There are no subsidies for wind turbines, but there are tax credits. I don’t know if they look like hell after 10 years and have to be replaced like one of Trump’s wives, but the average lifespan of wind turbines is 20-25 years.

Trump also claimed, “If you own a house within vision of some of these monsters, your house is worth 50% of the price.” Wind turbines basically have zero effect on property values. I doubt anyone has the same concerns about living near a wind turbine as they do about living under power lines or next to a nuclear power plant.

The biggest lie Trump told is that he studied wind power. I’m still kinda amazed the guy will spout off about subjects he doesn’t know anything about. When he makes absurd claims like this, I have to wonder, did he get the information from Vladimir Putin like he did with his Ukraine-election-meddling conspiracy theory? Is House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy going to start telling us wind turbines will make your children grow extra limbs? Is Rudy Giuliani going to link wind turbines to Hunter Biden and our former ambassador to Ukraine?

Maybe the most absurd thing about any of this is that Donald Trump, father of big-game hunting and endangered-animal killers Don Jr. and Eric, wants us to believe he cares about birds. That’s about as believable as me wanting to see Cats.

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