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All too soon

Farewell to Rush Limbaugh, the man who taught me to put butter on steak. Gosh, he just turned 70 this month. How sad.

Social media will be completely unusable for a day, between righties being sad and lefties being inappropriate. I didn’t feel right posting the usual nonsense tonight, so have an open thread. Talk about anything you like.

Wonder if them poor Texans have thawed out yet.


Comment from durnedyankee
Time: February 17, 2021, 7:17 pm

No, we ain’t thawed out yet.
Still 4.5 million estimated without power.

But we has WINDMILLS!!!! GREEN!!!!

We’ve had pretty danged cold weather before, don’t let them pretend it’s the cold that did this. It’s switching to ‘green’ systems and eliminating those nasty old fashioned low tech fossil fuel power plants, plus probably a healthy dose of dumbasses who are good at being corporate assholes, and lousy at knowing about really providing electricity. I expect they have the same whiz bang degrees from Ivy League schools that the assholes who killed the banking system in 2008 have.
Probably friends of same and went to all the right soirees as same.

Expect many angry letters from yours truly.
If I was the head of ERCOT, I’d be checking the status of flights to the Cayman Islands.

And BalldawgGuy wins the dick for this one.
RIP Rush. Who’s gonna be a voice now?

Comment from drew458
Time: February 17, 2021, 7:23 pm

Nope. Texas is still frozen. AOC is proving yet again how stupid she is, crowing that it’s their own fault for not following the Green Nude Eel. Which is total carp, as Texas had made a huge investment in wind and solar, something like a quarter of their generating capacity. Their governor just got a Big Wind award last week for it. And it all worked just fine until winter showed up, and all their toy systems froze or got crusted over with snow.

Now 230,000 customers are without power up in Portland because of winter storms. Don’t know if that’s “renewable” caused or not. Probably power lines down. Underground cables are the best thing ever, but spendy to put in place.

It’s very sad about Rush. Nobody, not even him, expected him to last this long. And you’re right about social media; the left will be their usual graceful and compassionate selves.

Comment from BJM
Time: February 17, 2021, 8:24 pm

Godspeed El Rushbo He stalled the march toward communism for decades with one hand tied behind his back.

@Drew…even if they weren’t beastly expensive, underground cables aren’t feasible in the PNW due to the Cascadia subduction zone.

Comment from BullDawgGuy
Time: February 17, 2021, 8:25 pm

The lefties are circling the wagons on its not the wind turbines that brought down the Texas (ERCOT) power grid. Well its very simple. When you mandate a particular type of power and it fails miserably during these events then it is part of the problem. It might not be the full reason the system failed but it contributed. Just like a plane crash. When you investigate you realize the amount of errors committed to the crash. In this case Wind Turbines were front and center. One of the biggest failures is the reduction in coal powered plants. If they have been left to produce power instead of forced to shut down it is very likely that the power grid would have survived this episode. BTW: They were forced to shut down by the same people who pushed Green Energy.

Comment from durnedyankee
Time: February 17, 2021, 9:34 pm

23% of our power is based on a natural event that might not occur – wind.

Or freeze.

But the Scandi’s have offered us an answer that will probably add to the already over priced cost of wind power, which isn’t viable without subsidy. Add some carbon fiber wrapping and you can heat the blades!

Yeah, that’ll be free, refitting all the turbines with that, and the heating elements, and control systems and maintenance, and making sure it was done right. Screw that old tech that we already know how to use that’s been through trial and error and probably cost reduced because it’s known tech. Yeah. What we need is to continue to pay for someone’s money grabbing green dream.

More reality denying PFM because it will make em feel good to select THEIR power from renewable sources while the rest of us subsidize it.

Comment from durnedyankee
Time: February 17, 2021, 9:40 pm

Did I mention – you kids get off my lawn!

Comment from Some Vegetable
Time: February 17, 2021, 10:27 pm

”Nearly half of Texas’ installed wind power generation capacity has been offline because of frozen wind turbines in West Texas, according to Texas grid operators.

Wind farms across the state generate up to a combined 25,100 megawatts of energy. But unusually moist winter conditions in West Texas brought on by the weekend’s freezing rain and historically low temperatures have iced many of those wind turbines to a halt”.


Comment from Mark Matis
Time: February 17, 2021, 11:06 pm

Well, durnedyankee, Rush will surely be replaced by some sincere conservative like McConnell or Haley or Jeb! or Sasse!!!

Comment from dissent
Time: February 18, 2021, 2:08 am

A big scotch tonight. The good stuff.

Comment from Some Vegetable
Time: February 18, 2021, 1:51 pm

I first listened to Rush Limbaugh back in 1988. I was both amazed and fascinated. He was brave enough to poke fun at the politically correct and he was thought provoking at the same time. Since I retired some years ago, I don’t spend any time in my car, and thus don’t listen to any AM radio, or indeed, any radio at all. Therefore I haven’t kept up with Rush for… perhaps a decade. Still, I shall miss him terribly. You could tell by the knee-jerk distain with which my liberal friends invoked his name that he was still carrying the banner of the reasonable man high and bright – proof through the our dark night that the flag is still there.

Comment from Deborah HH
Time: February 18, 2021, 3:22 pm

One of my sisters stopped talking to me because I listened to Rush Limbaugh. What am I going to do now?

Comment from dissent
Time: February 18, 2021, 8:48 pm

@Deborah HH

I don’t talk any politics with one of my siblings, who is deep in the thrall of progressivism. But I do send her birthday and holiday greetings throughout the year, and she responds.

Some things you can do and some things you can’t.

Comment from durnedyankee
Time: February 19, 2021, 1:26 pm

Are y’all okay?

Did some of our global warming freeze you over there?

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