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Monday, October 13, 2008

Someone Want To Explain This To Me?

I forgot to mention this this morning. I was heading northbound on I-77 Sunday afternoon into West Virginia when traffic came to a grinding halt several miles south of the East River Mountain Tunnel. Some genius decided that some kind of maintenance had to be performed on what is always the busiest time of the busiest day of the busiest part of the year in one of the worst spots on the planet to form a bottleneck. The tunnel. So he (or she), in his/her infinite wisdom, shut down one lane in the tunnel. Leaving thousands of vehicles to sit at idle for hours. Tens of thousands of precious gallons of gasoline wasted as drivers crept along at two miles an hour. During the day rather than at night when there is very little traffic moving through the area.

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 ...

It's Not Fair To Blame Boucher For This ...

... even though he steered federal transportation funds in the form of an earmark toward that horseback riding trail in Scott County* when those transportation dollars were sorely needed to repair our roads and bridges:
9 people hurt after bridge gives way
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)
No. It would be unfair to blame Boucher for this. After all, bridges are of less importance than hair sheep research.

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.

And He Didn't Have Sex With That Woman

Democrats will win in Virginia, Clinton says

Can't Be Havin' None o' That

Ain't gonna be no democracy 'round here. If the professional politicians have their way:
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?

Lyndon Johnson Would Be Proud

You thought Bill Clinton had ended "welfare as we know it" back in the 90's? Nobody told Barack Obama. Either that, or he was in that cocaine-induced stupor that he admits to back in the day. For welfare is going to make a comeback. We're just going to call it something else:
Obama tax cut 'refunds' those who don't pay
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)
Sweet deal. Those who don't contribute reap the rewards seized at the point of a gun from those who produce. "The Great Society" lives.

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?

The Ugly Issue Of Race Comes Up Again

And it's raised by the New York Times. Again.

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?

Takes One To Call One

When an expert on a subject makes a declaration, it's worth paying attention. So when vice presidential candidate Joe Biden calls John McCain "erratic," one should pause ...

... 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.

This Is Funny ... In a Sick Sorta Way

Michelle Malkin understands what's going on with all this blather of late about right-wing "anger." It's all left-wing hype (if only James Taranto hadn't fallen for it ...):
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.”

Please.

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.

Pity The Scottish People

If their nationalized health care program is any guidepost, they can now expect to wait in long lines, have to deal with rationing, and be provided really crappy service ...

... at their banks:

Royal Bank of Scotland under state control

This is not a step forward.