Monday, October 13, 2008
I listened to the entire Carolina/Tampa Bay football game (nearly) and wasted a good portion of my life sitting in my car, staring at the ever-distant mountain up ahead. Up ahead. Still up ahead. What time is it anyway?
The real kicker?
When I finally made it to the tunnel, there wasn't one solitary worker, not one maintenance vehicle, not one piece of equipment to be seen. Anywhere. Just a long line of freaking orange cones.
Is VDOT responsible for the East River Mountain Tunnel? (So you know, the state line runs right through its center.) If so, I want funding to VDOT slashed until the idiots in charge are removed and they get someone to run it who knows what the hell he's doing.
You think I'm enraged now ... you haven't seen rage. I feel kinda sorry for that maintenance driver I flew past a little while later. I don't know if he was able to read my lips but ...
9 people hurt after bridge gives wayNo. It would be unfair to blame Boucher for this. After all, bridges are of less importance than hair sheep research.
By Jessica Marcy, The Roanoke Times
Ten people were on a pedestrian bridge over Walker Creek in Giles County when it collapsed early Sunday afternoon, according to the Virginia Department of Transportation.
State Police Sgt. Mike Conroy said that nine of the 10 people were taken to Carilion Giles Memorial Hospital. One person suffered serious injuries while the rest had non-life-threatening injuries. The group included a mix of adults and children, Conroy said.
The bridge over Virginia 749 (Patterson Ford Road) collapsed about 2 p.m.
All bridges in Virginia are inspected at least once every two years. The Virginia 749 bridge was last inspected in May 2007 and found to be in good condition, Coy said. (link)
You got injured. Get over it. Think of the greater good.
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I'll not blame our congressman for that bridge collapse. But I will blame the Republican Party of Virginia. The leaders thereof decided not to field a candidate who might unseat the man who's torturing us with all this. Collapsing bridges? Hair sheep? Transportation funds devoted to horse trails? What do they care?
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* And gained himself national notoriety for having done it.
Ariz. ballot measure would limit ballot measures
By Paul Davenport, The Associated Press
Phoenix -- Proponents of a ballot measure to restrict ballot measures call it a financial necessity. Opponents say it would deliver a near-crippling blow to a form of direct democracy that Arizona has used since it became a state.
Under the proposition on the Nov. 4 ballot, no initiatives that raise taxes or require new spending could take effect unless they're approved by a majority of registered voters.
That presents a much higher hurdle than the current requirement _ that an initiative get approval from a majority of voters actually casting ballots. And it's one that legislative analysts say no Arizona initiative in the past decade would have cleared.
"It takes away a critical component of democracy," said John Wright, president of the Arizona Education Association. (link)
Come on. Things are going so well these days. Why let the American people in on the decision-making and muck things up?
Obama tax cut 'refunds' those who don't paySweet deal. Those who don't contribute reap the rewards seized at the point of a gun from those who produce. "The Great Society" lives.
By Donald Lambro, The Washington Times
Barack Obama says he will give 95 percent of all American workers a tax cut but does not mention that his plan would send checks to tens of millions of tax filers who pay no personal income taxes - payments that critics say look "suspiciously like welfare."
Because the IRS says that nearly 46 million tax filers - one-third of all filers - had no tax liability in 2006, there is the question of how millions of Americans can receive an income "tax cut" when they pay no taxes. (link)
And let's not forget the other two-thirds of tax filers, many of whom think Obama's is a neat idea. They are going to pay themselves $500 to $1000. Shoot, why not increase income taxes by 10000% and refund us all $100,000. Every person in America would be rich overnight.
Oh, yeah. Obama isn't going to raise taxes on "the middle class."
Where have we heard that before?
Anyway, the poor are soon to be middle class and the middle class are soon to be ...
... dumped on again.
He's not fooling anyone. Or is he?
Race Remains Campaign Issue, but Not a Clear One
They found a couple of "Republicans" who say Obama's being (half) black is a factor in this election. It's as if they keep reprinting the same "news" item over and over again. Ad nauseum.
Who's the race monger here?
... and consider the source:
In Friendly Region, Biden Cites McCain as Erratic
Is Biden's charge an example of that "anger" that the two presidential candidates have denounced? Oh, wait. He's a Democrat. Never mind. It's perfectly acceptable.
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To prove the point that he's as erratic as they come, Biden also mentioned this, just after calling McCain names:
Biden decries 'unbecoming personal attacks'
You just can't make this stuff up.
Crush the Obamedia narrative: Look who’s “gripped by insane rage”
By Michelle Malkin
The Obamedia is attempting to set yet another false narrative: The narrative of the McCain “mob.” McCain-Palin rallies are out of control, they wheedle. Conservatives are mad! They’re yelling mean things about Obama and calling him names! It’ scaaaaary!
Paul Krugman is trembling: “Something very ugly is taking shape on the political scene: as McCain’s chances fade, the crowds at his rallies are, by all accounts, increasingly gripped by insane rage…What happens when Obama is elected? It will be even worse than it was in the Clinton years. For sure there will be crazy accusations, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see some violence.”
Frank Rich decries “Weimar-like rage” and the “violent escalation of rhetoric.”
Let’s talk about “insane rage” and “violent escalation.” (link)
And boy, does she. And she doesn't just talk. She provides graphics and video. In the process, she eviscerates the whole notion that "insane rage" is in any way a right-wing phenomenon.
Let's get real. This whole "anger" thing is a Democrat/media ploy to shield Obama from personal criticism. Nothing more. Sure conservatives are worked up over the fact that the Democrat candidate for president lies through his teeth and can't be trusted - not to mention the fact that he's no more qualified to be Commander-in-Chief than is your average Girl Scout troop leader. And yes, we find the members of the mainstream press to be biased beyond anything we've ever witnessed before.
But when it comes to hatred being expressed and outright venom being spewed in this campaign, we don't hold a candle to the leftists in this country.
I just wish McCain and his Republicans didn't cave to such tactics so easily.
... at their banks:
Royal Bank of Scotland under state control
This is not a step forward.