At long last, sanity: http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/…
As anyone that’s listened to my show on KTLK can tell you, we have been beating the drum for this for years–the US in general and California in particular are so far behind the rest of the world on this issue, it’s staggering–but at last, we’re moving quickly.
Yes, the first part of the line is somewhat a line to nowhere (between Madera and Bakersfield) and the costs will surely overrun 70B. Those are valid critiques from the opponents of the project (generally reflexive worshipers of the Crazy Clown Cult of the GOP). What is not valid is the idea that “this is good money gone bad from a broke state”–bonds are being sold to pay for it, federal funds are coming in and what the demented cultists can’t ignore is the obvious–150,000 new jobs to build it, 500,000 new jobs along the lines when they’re done and lots less traffic.
Not to put too fine a point on it, but even at 100B over 7 years, that’s a fraction of the Iraq War’s costs, and Die Partei Republikkkanische was in love with that one.
A victory for sanity!
You might think that being in a swing state, one must endure the madness of the political season and we in the safely blue or red ones are exempt–but oh–how wrong you are!
My left leaning but generally apolitical wife has now joined her husband in the full on loathing of America’s #1 Clown Cult and why, might you ask?
The Romney campaign just called our 9 year old son on his cell asking for his vote–when my wife took the phone and told them not to bother a child with this silliness, the caller responded with “well, you’re the WOMAN OF THE HOUSE, can’t I speak to you?”
“What kind of “stuck in the 1950′s shit is that,” she asked me. “Woman of the house? Are they fucking kidding?”
(Is still seething: “No man, I’m in the kitchen baking cookies in my apron–my husband does all the thinking”).
So, she handed me the phone. Remarkably, I was tactful. Told him politely that in the 213 area code, there were likely about zero Romney supporters and really, not to call again.
(More accurately, in 213, at least half of the cell phones users regard English as a second language and they’re wasting their time).
Wife and I were both amazed at how much the dude’s voice sounded like Rush Limbaugh’s–really, it’s like all of them bellow at you in this voice of doom. And no, why engage the dipshit with the obvious, that whatever Obama’s faults are, the worst of them is that he’s been too Romney like himself, why would I want more and worse of the same?
I have made a conscious decision not to engage with these robotic lunatics when not on the radio or Internet–they cannot be changed, they are true believers, they are, in their minds, circling the wagons in a holy war to mix metaphors.