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Good article (1)

mcgrew (92797) | about 10 months ago | (#44973053)

Shitty newspaper. They need to fire their retarded web designers. I avoid USA Toady most of the time. It's retards like the ones that make me keep my speakers shut off at work.

If anybody at the Toady is reading this, LEAVE ME A LITTLE SCREEN, OK?

Newspapers have the worst web sites on the internet.

As to Republican Governors, that one is especially bad. The last Republican Governor we had in Illinois just got out of prison.

Re:Good article (1)

damn_registrars (1103043) | about 10 months ago | (#44973613)

It's retards like the ones that make me keep my speakers shut off at work.

The reliance on using video to convey news is one of my top pet peeves in general. Can't someone just give me a damned transcript? Unless the video features John Moschitta Jr., I could read the transcript much faster than it could be narrated on video.

Newspapers have the worst web sites on the internet.

I definitely agree on that one. The US Today website is atrocious and even using adblock doesn't seem to help. The problem in part is that newspapers can't make money selling the dead tree editions any more so they are trying to figure out a way to retain eyes on the digital versions long enough to make money. Some of them - The US Today being a prime example - overshot the mark and forgot that people would actually want to go to their site for content and not just advertising.

As to Republican Governors, that one is especially bad

I think Walker is looking at "Teflon" Tim Pawlenty as a role model (thought hoping to do a better job at running for the white house, most likely). Walker is just lucky that bridge didn't fall the fuck down, although Teflon Tim has a play in his book for what to do in that scenario as well.

The last Republican Governor we had in Illinois just got out of prison.

Maybe the IL prison system has a Sith-like setup for governors, and not more than two can be in at once. You have a new Sith apprentice in jail, so the old master had to go and allow his own protege to start working with the new guy.

Re:Good article (1)

mcgrew (92797) | about 10 months ago | (#44976921)

All the politicians in Illinois are as crooked as a mountain road. Thompson (not a bad Governor as far as Illinois goes) was the attorney for both of our last two Governors iinm, Blago (Democrat) still in prison.

The Feds busted them both, Ryan (R) and Blago (D).

This is an incredibly corrupt state. When I was a teenager working at a drive-in theater my boss had the Cahokia cops paid off, Sergent Antoff chewed me out for paying a speeding ticket I got in Dupo. The Chief of police, Merle Justice (later St Clair County Sheriff) would have taken care of it, he said.

I wonder if Merle (who died last year) is related to Buford T Justice (Smokey and the Bandit)?

After I was in the USAF one of the cops I knew as a teenager knocked on my door to warn me I was being investigated for selling pot. Luckily, back then all you had to do was move to a different county. I guess I owe Mayhan, I could have gone to prison if he'd not seen me as a friend.

Another Cahokia cop I knew when the boss had them paid off was another cop in there then, he's Sheriff of Christian County now. Pure graft.

This state is as dirty as it gets.

Yeah (1)

smitty_one_each (243267) | about 10 months ago | (#44976519)

The good news is that I'm the only one of /. with unfair headlines.
But you really need to tart this up, don't you think? I mean if this isn't blown into full-on Pawlenty levels of disregard for reality [politifact.com] (in much the same vein as ObamaCare), then I shan't be impressed.

Re:Yeah (1)

damn_registrars (1103043) | about 10 months ago | (#44977321)

I mean if this isn't blown into full-on Pawlenty levels of disregard for reality (in much the same vein as ObamaCare), then I shan't be impressed.

The observation that the plates were important is aside from the fact that the infrastructure investments were reduced every year that Teflon Tim was in office. His decisions directly contributed to the collapse of the 35W bridge. Every year the budget for maintenance went down, as did the budget for inspections. Inspectors had to examine more bridges in less time, and they knew there was less money available for repairs.

Re:Yeah (1)

smitty_one_each (243267) | about 10 months ago | (#44978235)

I'm actually strongly in favor of holding governors accountable for infrastructure.
This is because there is actual budgetary reality involved, and the throat you want to choke is close to the hand that casts the ballot. This is a Good Thing.
Among the laundry list of woes in this country is the decoupling of federal budgeting from reality, so you have the spectacle of

The $787 billion "stimulus" was supposed [investors.com] to stimulate all of America equally, right? As it turns out, as in George Orwell's "Animal Farm," all areas may be equal, but some are politically more equal than others.
A report in USA Today says that "billions of dollars in federal aid delivered directly to the local level to help revive the economy have gone overwhelmingly to places that supported President Obama in last year's presidential election."

The Treasury/Federal Reserve Duo keeps the game afoot. In Systems Engineering terms, this is called running "open loop". I think in Biochemistry, "cancer" is probably similar.
And if you think the same corrupt pattern isn't all over ObamaCare, well, you probably believe in Anthropogenic Global Warming, too.

Re:Yeah (1)

damn_registrars (1103043) | about 10 months ago | (#44978743)

I'm actually strongly in favor of holding governors accountable for infrastructure.

Too bad that almost never happens when a governor is in a state with problems and they happen to have an (R) after their name. Governors with (D) get run up the flag pole but those with (R) are celebrated and paraded about as the solutions to all that ails us.

A report in USA Today says that "billions of dollars in federal aid delivered directly to the local level to help revive the economy have gone overwhelmingly to places that supported President Obama in last year's presidential election."

The question though that needs to be asked is whether the aid was delivered to reward voting in a particular way, or because of the structure of those states and their need for aid. Notice that the states mentioned are often prone to some of the most costly natural disasters, in particular. Of course you could play the Falwell card and claim that those states are hit by God selectivey for being sinners, but I hope you'll pass on that one.

And if you think the same corrupt pattern isn't all over ObamaCare, well, you probably believe in Anthropogenic Global Warming, too.

The Bailout Act of 2010 is helping the same people that the republicans wanted to help - and your earlier link supports this notion - the health insurance industry.

Re:Yeah (1)

smitty_one_each (243267) | about 10 months ago | (#44979619)

Too bad that almost never happens when a governor is in a state with problems and they happen to have an (R) after their name. Governors with (D) get run up the flag pole but those with (R) are celebrated and paraded about as the solutions to all that ails us.

Wasn't I just getting taken to the woodshed for this sort of argumentation about shortages of medicines?
Does "The Bailout Act of 2010" pertain to this [govtrack.us] ?

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