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Who knew that …leftists… would call for a revolution in just the first year of obama’s second term? Well, they have!
A leftist organization formerly, and more infamously known, as “acorn”, was the organizing force behind chief leftist de blasio’s election as mayor of NYC. And at de blasio’s celebratory coming out party, his supporters called for a “revolution”, because “this is their “moment”.
I’m sure this story will start some discussion.
Slowly but surely that economic engine is pulling up the hill. If we could just get Congress to do its job think what we could do.
Ron: Re: doubling the federal gas tax, I’m all for it, provided VA cranks the hybrid tax back down because of it. Driving over the New River bridge on 81 in Pulaski makes me very nervous.
Lets see. The tax has not been raised in 20 years. The price of asphalt, concrete, steel etc. used to in transportation projects has went way up in those 20 years. People complain about the shape that highways are in. People will complain about the gas tax going up. And they will do so without studying the facts. Facts smacts. Lets blame it on the government. Is that pot of tea done yet?
pirengle | December 4, 2013 at 12:08 pm
Driving over the New River bridge on 81 in Pulaski makes me very nervous.
Then you definitely don’t want to see under it! There’s some great fishing right there, but I try to stay away from it (even before that woman was hurt). I’ve watched chunks of concrete fall out of the columns on that bridge.
…I’m probably not helping at all, am I? I’ll just get my hat and be on my way then…
Ron May’s link reports that private businesses created 215,000 jobs in November, which is 42,000 MORE than economists had expected. This is good news, except for very partisan Republicans, who for years have taken actions (intentionally or unintentionally) to PREVENT the economy from growing, for reasons of political advantage.
To those of you of a liberal bent, I hope Dan doesn’t mind me telling everyone that Drinking Liberally meets tomorrow evening at Fork In The Alley at 6:30. If this is something that might appeal to you, please feel free to show up.
Yes, tossing the government more money is the solution. Everyone was just thinking, man I bet the government needs more money, I think I’ll rally for higher taxes!
*chirp, chirp, chiro goes the cricket, dumb, dumb, dumb go the socialists.
Dan, 215,000 jobs in a country of 318,000,000 which has lost millions of jobs and no longer counts many of those in unemployment figures is like one raindrop in the desert.
But you know that, still you write that only radicals would dispute Obama. O.K., you continue to live in unicorn land, people know what is going on here in the real world. Your groupies here will write some more stupidity but people outside the space, people who work for a living wage know the truth and it cannot be debated. Truth is truth and Democratic ideas and so called leadership have failed once again, as always.
“Dan, 215,000 jobs in a country of 318,000,000 which has lost millions of jobs and no longer counts many of those in unemployment figures is like one raindrop in the desert.”
Perchance Rhonda would prefer that NO jobs got created by private industry, or that the number DECLINED.
Then she could blame it on Obama!
Trying to figure out what your PhD is in, Rhonda.
Dan, I simply can’t understand why the right wingers on this blog aren’t celebrating the best month for the U.S. auto industry since it tanked under GWB.
Don’t worry Dan and Kristen, Rhonda will form a private company that will fix the bridges — and all you have to do is stop and pay a toll before you cross. The 10-mile backups on I-81 will be rough, but at least the government won’t be involved.
I think the Ph part stands for phony.
Scott M @ 12:29,
Are you the organizer? Kind of sounds like fun.
If we are groupie (and educated ones at that), what does that make you? A masochist, a glutton for punishment? Someone who continues to spew hate in a place where it is terribly UNDERAPPRECIATED must feel rejected by us. But yet you keep coming anyway.
You must have a terribly miserable life, and a busy one at that — trying to do God’s work by condemning the rest of the world to hell — it’s gonna be a lonely place up there for you, since you’re the only one perfect enough to be there — and telling the rest of us that work and pay taxes (probably more than you, because with your PhD you can figure out a way not to pay them) and solving the world’s problems.
By the way, have you told Warren Buffett yet he employs a bunch of socialists at the RT? I’m sure he’s just waiting for your phone call on his private line.
Rhonda the PHD believes in the trickle down effect. Problem is the only thing that is trickling is down the back of peoples necks.
Rhonda, that should be “groupies.” With your PhD and everything, you might call the grammar hotline if I didn’t correct that.
Anybody heard from Karen lately?
I’m figuring that WB knows exactly what he’s got employed at the roanoke Times.
Oh, and gdad, remember not so long ago when obama was lying about “saving” Detroit? Well, Detroits’ gone belly up, man. Lots of people are gonna get hurt in that one. Yep, motown has gone the way of song by Queen’s lyrics, “Another One Bites the Dust”.
J.M. White, not helping. :O I hate driving on bridges. The Sunshine Skyway? The Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel? White knuckle driver. I refused to drive across the Mississippi.
Things that are not bridges: this article I’m reading right now on Jezebel. NSFW for language, because Jezebel.
It’s good to know you have a direct line to WB.
You might want to pass that on to Rhonda, since she’s working 36 hours a day trying to make it a right wing newspaper.
Aw shucks, Shirley, it’s just that I thought everyone knows that WB knows what he’s buying, before he buys it.
Hey, here’s another little ditty on the national topic of the day, obamacare.
This one’s regarding good ol’ harry reid, one of that horrible bill’s crafters. It seems that back in September, 2013, Reid told reporters, “Let’s stop these really juvenile political games–the one dealing with healthcare for senators and House members and our staff. We are going to be part of the exchanges, that’s what the law says, and we’ll be part of that.”
Yep, that’s what he said, then (2 months ago!), and now, doggone it, he’s done the exact opposite, for at least a bunch of his staffers. I wonder if he’s jealous of all the attention that obama is getting from all of his lying to the American people?
What do you think about Harry Reid’s bald-faced lie?
Karen’s taking a vacation while Rhonda is minding the podium. She figures we can’t handle both of ‘em at one time.
Sometimes I think at least one guy over on the RT blog is supplementing his income this way.
Just so you know, the CBBT has drivers who will drive you across the bridge & through the tunnels. A fee is involved, but it can be arranged.
I actually prefer driving over the CBBT rather than the Chesapeake Bay Bridge in Annapolis.
I guess a drive across Lake Pontchartrain would be out of the question, pirengle?
@15 Steve C., yeah….Hope to see you there. Not sure how fun it will be though. We’re a pretty laid back lot and there aren’t a lot of us either.
Still, hope you can make it.
Just to keep the Christmas thing going please go to the link below and click on the video of the piano guys. Sorry about the commercial at the end. Enjoy!
ah owww, This doesn’t look good. Not one bit!
The young millennials would vote obama out of office if they had the chance, so says a Harvard poll.
Definitely not good for the bamster, ya know?
Don’t those young folks know that it’s not good to bite the hand that feeds them? Huh? Oops, yep, they got it! Because of obama’s policies, they are NOT feeding on anything! They are NOT working on a career path. They are NOT working in a job which their education prepared them for. They are NOT able to pay back the $40,000 of loans they took out so they good “get their dream job” (sheesh, who encouraged them and made it so easy to do, to borrow that money so they could “prepare themselves for the future.? Who made it seem like it was their “right”, and if it’s their “right”, then who’s to say they shouldn’t do it, eh, even if they had to hock their future?
Yeah, the millennials have hade it up to their keister with obama! Looks like they want to work.
Sooo, why is obama out on a campaign to raise the minium wage about 20%, then? As is THAT will get more young folks employed!
This president has no clue…and you libs know it…and so do the millennials.
And, don’t get me started on what obama has done to the employment situation for young black Americans. That in itself is an outrage, yet you libs make nary a peep about it. What a bunch of hypocrites.
Hey, I know! Let’s raise the minimum wage! Yeah, boy, THAT will help folks who don’t have jobs! Yep, that’s typical leftist thinking.
So the federal Gas Tax is used for road repairs?
I’m asking because it seems like there should be plenty of money to fix bridges and roads with what they have now. In 2011 we (Americans) bought 134 Billion gallons of gas with a 18.4 cent per gallon federal gas tax on it. That’s 2 trillion, 465 billion, 600 million bucks…………………
What got “fixed” with that?
On a more relevant note, to those so-inclined, say a prayer for Jamisha Gilbert.
Drinking Liberally at Fork in the Alley sounds like way more fun than a tea party. I’d rather hang with optimistic, progressive, open-minded, and open-hearted, happy folks any day. Unfortunately I can’t attend, but maybe another month!
Bill at 4:10
OK math genius. Check your math again. That’s 24 billion 656 million bucks.
That’s typical Republican math and exaggeration of numbers.
This is an email I received today from Ted Cruz, in response to an email I sent him during the shutdown. It has nothing to do with the comments I sent him, and despite the fact that the address I posted was my home address here in Roanoke, I’m referred to as a citizen of Texas. A state that I have no desire to visit much less live in.
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Thank you for sharing your thoughts regarding the recent debate over funding the federal government. Input from fellow Texans significantly informs my decision-making and empowers me to better represent the state. I especially appreciate your patience awaiting a response as we established our office and mail system.
In October, our country experienced the first “shutdown” of some government services in more than a decade. This partial shutdown was triggered by the refusal of President Obama and Majority Leader Harry Reid to even consider the 16 House-passed measures to fund every single aspect of the federal government, except Obamacare. The result was to delay benefits for veterans, interrupt important medical research, and deny Americans access to their own national parks and monuments. At the very same time President Obama was arguing these services were vital and necessary, he was threatening to veto efforts to ensure they continued.
Although I believed the government should remain open and functioning, I voted against the deal that ended the shutdown because it did nothing to give relief to the millions of Americans who are hurting because of Obamacare. Today, many of my Democrat colleagues are calling for an end to the “mandate” that Americans buy insurance through Obamacare – a position that, if adopted in October, could have prevented the shutdown.
Until Congress listens to the demands of the American people, our country cannot return to a path of job creation and economic growth. I remain committed to the full repeal of Obamacare.
Thank you for sharing your views with me. Please feel free to contact me in the future about any issue important to your family. It is an honor to serve you and the people of Texas.
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Frank @ 1:50,
“Detroits’ gone belly up, man. Lots of people are gonna get hurt in that one. Yep, motown has gone the way of song by Queen’s lyrics, “Another One Bites the Dust””.
As usual, your comprehension needs a little work;
“Detroit’s emergency manager, Kevyn Orr, in a news conference after the court hearing, said the city will seek to file a plan of readjustment – the city’s roadmap toward financial solvency – by early January. He said negotiations are continuing with unions “even now,” and called on all parties to bridge gaps in order to conclude Detroit’s bankruptcy and move back toward fiscal stability.”
Perhaps you should consider reading your links a little more carefully before you post them here and embarrass yourself. By way of an example, the whole key to understanding the passage above would be the part about “the city will seek to file a plan of readjustment – the city’s roadmap toward financial solvency”. Now, do you see how this contradicts your claim about Detroit biting the dust? A more careful reading suggests this is a reorganization, not a dissolution, as you mistakenly suggested. In a 100 level introduction to literature class, this would be referred to as “critical reading”. I know, I know, it’s so hard to keep abreast of current events, say, like raped ambassadors and whatnot, but when you’re trying to make a point to an audience and include a link to support your position, you really ought to attempt to read the link first and make sure it supports the point your trying to make.
Franklin, I’m going to assign you a little bit of homework; let’s try re-writing your post from 1:50. First, I want you to actually read the link you submitted. Next, I want you to go to a quiet room devoid of distractions. Yup, that means no Meagan Kelly until you get it right. Think about the article you just read. What is the point the author is trying to convey? Does this match your initial post? If not, rewrite your post so it actually makes sense (Hint; this would be the right approach). After careful reflection, repost your work for review.
I’ve made the offer before, but based on the misguided drivel you regularly post on the blog, it’s safe to assume your memory ranks right up there with your comprehension skills. Anywho, you really ought to consider letting me ghostwrite your posts for you, for accuracies sake. There’s just no excuse in the world someone should be so consistently off base. Even though this is Dan’s blog, it’s also to a lesser degree made up of a community of regulars. When you consistently submit inaccuracies like this, it reflects poorly on all of us. Franklin, it’s really not fair for you to drag down the common denominator with your foolishness. Please consider letting me edit your posts for you if for nothing else to preserve the intellectual integrity of the blog. There’s just no excuse for submissions this careless and sloppy.
Please do not hesitate to reach out if I may be of further assistance. I’m there for you, Frank.
Your simple and voluminous blather aside, steve c, Detroit has sunk under it’s own liberal weight.
You know it, I know it, and so does everyone else. Liberalism sinks cities.
Keep whistling past the graveyard!
Hey Bill at post 31,
What got fixed? I’ll tell you what got fixed. What got fixed were the liberal union coffers from which millions and millions and millions of $$$$$ flow directly to liberal candidates’ pockets….that’s what got “fixed”.
Those unions are thieves. “Legal” thieves, due to the quid pro quo with their hand-picked liberal political candidates.
That’s what we’ve got. Legal “theft”, and more liberal political candidates/
Evelyn, If it takes getting you Libs drunk in order for you to be ” open-minded, and open-hearted, happy” then maybe there should be a lot more of those gatherings for you all!
Wonder what role off shoring jobs, the mortgage fiasco and cuts in revenue sharing had in Detroit going under. Think we know those answers. Throw in the deals that the banks cut when loaning the city money. Something about if they had a downgrade in their ratings all the interest would come due at once. We all know that the ratings agencies can be relied on to do the right thing. Those are the same agencies that gave AAA to what turned out to be subprime loans. Yep. Frank has it all figured out.
apologies Sir Goodman, bad decimal point
but doesn’t your math come up to about 493 million per state for road repairs?
Except that is the money for repairs plus advances and new projects. One new commuter rail project in nva would eat that up in a heartbeat .
Bill, lets take your math a little further and illustrate the out of touch notion that there’s more than enough money or our roads:
Virginia has almost 58,000 miles of road. The cost to repave a road is around $120,000/lane/mile. That means that if the entirety of your $493 million was spent on repaving, only 4,100 miles of road per year could be paved. A well-built road should last 15 years. 15 years of repaving would be just enough to cover all roads in Virginia and then you get to start all over again.
Now, none of this takes into account the necessity of repairs from flooding/landslides/natural causes, repairs of gravel roads, signal/sign/bridge maintenance, new construction projects, upgrades, etc. As you should be able to see by now, your $493 million is barely adequate to maintain our road system, let alone cover the new road systems that need to be built, as well.
Oh, yeah, and the interstates? Try around $2 million/mile just for the paving (rough coat, top coat). That doesn’t even include grade work, substrate compaction, or runoff management. Virginia has over 1,100 miles of interstate.
Think about that the next time you hit a pothole on your way to the grocery store.
Dan. What do you think about Harry Reid exempting some of his staff from Obamacare?
I think it’s a totally BS issue, as I explained before when Perry D weakly tried to raise something similar.
JM, what does the State do with the gas taxes they collect? I thought the Federal part was just for the Intersatates and the States were supposed to use their money for the secondary roads?
Now the State is talking about pushing that off to the localities ……..my bet is the localities won’t get the gas taxes to pay for it.
Emcee wrote “Evelyn, If it takes getting you Libs drunk in order for you to be ” open-minded, and open-hearted, happy” then maybe there should be a lot more of those gatherings for you all!”
No sir, I seldom drink alcohol though a good martini is hard to beat. It is merely that I have found that “we libs” generally start out with a much happier view of the world and life than those on the far right – the tea party folks in particular. It doesn’t mean that we don’t take problems seriously, it’s that we are serious about solving them rather than pointing fingers and repeating the word “no” more than a 2 year-old. We vote and work for the betterment of our world and the lives our fellow citizens. And we smile about it, and sometimes raise a glass of cheer. Now that is fun!
Maybe this is what’s driving the good employment numbers we saw yesterday!! The beat goes on!!
J M White of those so called 58000 miles your referring to 10,000 are concrete peaved and another 5000 are state maintained gravel roads that dont need paving in rural areas. A concrete paved patch of road is scheduled to last nearly double that of asphalt paved roads so in my estimate on that budgetary number you gave of 493 million dollars that all roads would be repaved every 10 years or less. Lest we forget the big money being tossed about to get these contracts and the discounts these paving companies give for getting multiple mile jobs of paving. There is so much more that goes into this argument than just numbers. Lets look at the poor ass job that was done on C-burg mountain and what extra money that cost the state for rock removal because there was only a small rock clause built into that. I know a local large contractor that should have had that contract and was out bid on paper but would have done a much better job building the extra lanes to the inside instead of the outside of the highway and would have saved us the taxpayers millions that could have been used for other road jobs, bridge jobs, paving jobs. That mistake of “accidentaly” overlooking the large job of rock removal allowed that contractor to come in lower on the bid and actually cost the state more. BUT its ok because it was an out of area contractor that played a little dirty on the bidding process to get the job and once it started had to shut down the job while rock removal was negotiated. All of this was avoidable had we had honest people doing the bid packages for the state and the biiding for the contractors.!
Rhonda at # 9
For a real taste of reality all Dan and his cronies have to do is look at the latest round of approval ratings for Obama. (hurts to say his name) The ratings even within his own party and constituents have dropped to below 40%! Let me say it again “LESS THAN 40% APPROVAL RATING” ONLY 1 YEAR INTO HIS SECOND TERM . It usually takes at least 2 1/2 to 3 years for an incumbent president to drop that low. He has set the all time record. Listening to the news yesterday a report came across that he couldnt even get enough attendees to his latest press conference that they had to call in his entire staff to the press conference to fill the room and cheer for him. Its also being reported that he is depressed and down and needs to be “picked” up by his staff. Now tell me when is the last time any president dem or repub had to be “picked’ up by his staff beccause he was depressed. Sound to me like he knows Obamcare is a failure and doesnt know which way to go with it. If he continues to press this upon a nation that does not want it , his presidency will be compared to a dictatorship even more than it already is going forward.!
Robbie, I talked to Santa this morning. He said if you don’t start using spell check on your posts, you’ll get nothing but coal and switches this year.
You’ve been warned; Santa doesn’t look kindly on illiterate people.
Keep dreamin’ Robbie. The alternative is repugnant for enough voters that “approval” no longer matters.
Not to mention with Congress at a “stellar” 9 on the approval meter, Obama is still way ahead of the game.
Robbie: the issue at hand was Bill’s implication that $493 million/year is ample money to maintain and construct Virginia’s roadways. Have you driven on Va roads in the last ten years? They’re atrocious.
Of course there is much more to the argument than numbers. My point was to show that the simple math isn’t so simple.
Bill raises a good point that passing this off onto localities will be a problem. There would only be some new bureaucracy and red tape involved as the localities would then have fight over their slice of the pie to get their subsidies. Considering that we need our roads to deliver all of our cheap plastic Chinese crap and our overpriced food to our stores in order to keep our economy moving forward, this will be a disaster waiting for a place to happen.
Maybe if we used old tires to make the asphalt, we could save a little money while reducing the amount of trash we send to the landfills.
Your lips are movin but all I hear is wawawawwwaaaawwaaa waaa waaw aaw .
Oh and anytime you want to try and learn me somethin new sir i will accept only if you take an IQ test with me….. Promise i will score higher than u!
So now we have anon posters challenging other anon posters to take an IQ test. Good grief.
But good job on spelling “IQ” right, Robbie!
Next Robbie will be joining Rhonda in claiming to have a PhD. what’s up with wingers and their penchant to reduce every topic to an argument over whose is the biggest . The insecurity reeks.
Robbie D, let’s work on communicating in complete sentences before you start fretting over how you stack up to your blog-mates. Look, man, I already offered to show you how to run MSWord; we need to cover the basics before you’re ready to have snackie at the big kids table. You comparing yourself to me intellectually is like a two year trying to out-sprint Usain Bolt. Just simmer down, little tea pot. Before you try to become a world class sprinter, I want you to demonstrate that you’re capable of walking and chewing gum simultaneously and still managing to not get hit by a truck. Actually, Robbie D, just scratch the part about the truck; one thing at a time, little Jedi.
Robbie, your posts just SCREAM “IQ”.
Listening to the news yesterday a report came across that he couldnt even get enough attendees to his latest press conference that they had to call in his entire staff to the press conference to fill the room and cheer for him.
Listening to faux Fox news again, Robbie? That appears to be your only news source. And you wonder why we don’t take you seriously.
BTW, Robbie D, I need you to do me a favor; It’s raining really hard out this morning. Last time it poured down like this, you got memorized and started staring up into the sky with your mouth agape and almost drowned yourself.
If you’re going to be out and about today, please wear your big cowboy hat so we don’t have a repeat incident.
I’ll be over in a bit and I’ll turn Romper Room on for you and then you can have nappy time. Remember, Robbie; Ol’ Saint Nick is still watching and there’s plenty of room on his naughty list. Act accordingly, please.
Now tell me when is the last time any president dem or repub had to be “picked’ up by his staff – Robbie
What? Too soon?
I’ll just be going now.
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