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crezyoz
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10:01 AM on 05/26/2013
Infrastructure!!! The cause of the week!
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zerotimes10
02:23 PM on 05/26/2013
And the last one and the one before that and that and that.
08:59 AM on 05/26/2013
The worst thing that could happen in this country has happened. This adminstration has used it power to attack anyone that disagrees with its agenda or does not do as it tells them. The IRS target conservative groups and audits donors for republicans. The DOJ attacks the freedom of the press. NLRB attack states that have right to work laws. The EPA charges fees to conservative companies and waives the fees to progressive companies. Obama said the war on terrorist is over but England has a terrorist attack and finds more then a few terrorist. The next day Terrorist attack in Russia. As American lose more freedom you write about this? Freedom is dying and the government is taking control is this what this country was founded on?
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The Smartest Monkees
Too Much Monkey Business
09:50 AM on 05/26/2013
Calm down, johnvilvens, calm down. Freedom is not dying. Government is not taking control. Well, no more control than normal.

There is no terrorist under your bed.

Remember, you don't like the "lame stream media," so it's embarrassing for you to lament "attacks" on the "freedom of the press."

It's gonna be okay. Here, have some hot cocoa...
10:41 AM on 05/26/2013
When all else fails, being out the paltry attempt of humor. Please tell the Boston Marathon victims that there are no terrorists about.
10:39 AM on 05/26/2013
Obama cannot use this to distract the American people from his abuses of power since we (unwillingly) gave him a trillion dollar Stimulus to address our infrastructure. So, what will the next crisis be?
07:02 AM on 05/26/2013
THE MATHEMATICS OF US INFRASTRUCTURE HELL CRISIS

Hundreds of millions of motorists crossing more than 600,000 bridges minus 7 fatal bridge collapses in 48 years (averaging .15 collapses per year) killing 114 people (averaging 2.3 deaths per year) =
an infrastructure hell crisis. Really?.

In other words, our roads, freeways and bridges are in such a profound, perilous and alarming state of disrepair that the chances of motorists and truckers dying from collapsed bridges and highway overpasses is infinitesimally rare.
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AndKoolaidForAll
'Change' is the nature of OUR Universe
07:56 AM on 05/26/2013
Into statistics...?
Engineers speak in very statistical terms of mean time between failures (MTBF) for almost everything built by humans, meaning the longer any engineered system is in use 'without repair,' the ever greater chance of failure. In other words, 'your statistics' are a very convenient half of the story.
08:24 AM on 05/26/2013
Ever since ASCE as been issuing its report card on the state of our infrastructure its grade has been no higher than D+; and still the crisis of bridges and overpassses crashing all over the place killing thousands has yet to materialize. My guess is that the report card is self-servingly overblown as America from the empirical evidence of so few tragedies over so long a period has perhaps the safest transporation infrastructure system (land, sea and air) in the world.
08:27 AM on 05/26/2013
CORRECTION: transportation infrastructure system.....
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chaotician1
06:06 AM on 05/26/2013
All of this is a failure of our "leaders" who seem to be completely unable to lead or follow. The Republicans in particular are actively opposing, obstructing, and preventing any action largely for political dogma, disgraced policies and agendas, and basic corruption by corporate influence; the latter being a major disease of Democrats as well! There must be major political reform or the nation will continue its decline into a neo-fascist corporatocracy, with medieval economic disparities which can only lead to mass rebellion and a complete breakdown of our society!
10:45 AM on 05/26/2013
Again, the Stimulus was rammed through to address those issues. Do you so easily forget the words of Obamas economic advisor that Stimulus monies would not be given to white male construction workers?
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12:28 PM on 05/26/2013
Well said. Please see my post above on corporate influence.
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The Smartest Monkees
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05:44 AM on 05/26/2013
Government decides to spend money rebuilding our collapsing infrastructure.

Suddenly people are employed at good-paying construction jobs. Construction workers and the businesses they work for now have money to spend, so new businesses spring up to service their needs. Local communities begin to thrive. People leave the unemployment and welfare rolls, allowing the government to begin recouping the initial investment.

Good pay, means revenue is paid from each construction worker's check (as well as from those businesses employing them and those springing up). Again the government begins getting their investment back, and the nation gets schools, bridges, sewers, water, electric power, roads, safe buildings, parks, levees, and on and on...

And...wait for it...JOBS! The deficit plummets, God is in His Heaven, and all is right?left with the world.

Republican reaction to this sensible idea? WE DON'T HAVE THE MONEY!!!

A guy in a turban sets off a firecracker at a Fourth Of July celebration...

Republican reaction?

SPEND!!! EVERY DIME, DON'T CARE!!! TRILLIONS IF NECESSARY!!! WE MUST KEEP OUR CRUMBLING INFRASTRUCTURE, HIGH UNEMPLOYMENT, 37TH RATED SHODDY HEALTHCARE SYSTEM AND HEADING FOR THIRD WORLD STATUS NATION....

SAFE!!!!!

Ahem. Sorry for all the yelling....
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beautyontheinside
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12:54 PM on 05/26/2013
It's ok, you weren't yelling, you were writing loudly.
Excellent summation.
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The Smartest Monkees
Too Much Monkey Business
04:56 AM on 05/27/2013
Thanks. :-)
01:16 PM on 05/26/2013
Hogwash.....don't quit your day job.
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The Smartest Monkees
Too Much Monkey Business
05:06 AM on 05/27/2013
Yaaaawn......
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AndKoolaidForAll
'Change' is the nature of OUR Universe
05:41 AM on 05/26/2013
A welcomed event this week was seeing Lawrence O’Donnell and later Congress comprehending erroneous IRS enforcement of the USC Title 26 tax-exemption law since 1959/60. Kudos should go out to Lawrence and his staff for finding a way to shake the congressional halls for which he waxes so nostalgically. Exposing the ‘real IRS issue’ as being poorly interpreted tax-exemption qualifications, between the USC Title 26 code for non-profit 501(c)(3)/(4) language demanding “EXCLUSIVE” (zero politics) - and the apparently arbitrary IRS enforcement guidelines language of “PRIMARILY” (49% or less politics), should have political impacts almost unimaginable.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid should be expected to hold immediate hearings - demanding the IRS begin adhering to Title 26/…/ 501 law as written decades ago.
Whether conservative or liberal, tax-exempt status for ALL organizations even remotely active in politics should be immediately revoked, by law.
No group political in any way, but especially blatant political lobbyists with advertising slush funds for hidden donors (Rove), is ‘legally’ allowed to claim tax-exempt status under the USC. Emphatic period!
No new law’s even needed for it simply to be enforced as already written.

The BIG question is will Democrats now take measures to ensure enforcement of that original law and less corrupted politic$ in OUR country, or will they instead cave and create new completely hidden law like Blunt’s Monsanto protectionist amendment, when nobody’s looking, to save the tax-exempt status quo…?
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The Smartest Monkees
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06:21 AM on 05/26/2013
Watching Lawrence reveal the REAL "conspiracy" concerning the 501(c)4 exemption, was a thing of beauty! I'm old enough to remember when the "lame stream media" used to try to get to the actual facts, as Lawrence so eloquently did.

Great post, my friend!
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AndKoolaidForAll
'Change' is the nature of OUR Universe
07:18 AM on 05/26/2013
If my choice comes to pass, the tax-exempt status of EVERY organization publicly declaring support for any political party OR issue will be immediately and permanently revoked. The IRS attitude should be once that line's crossed an organization with "income" may never again seek a tax-exempt status. The few good ones actually hurt by this will be a drop in the ocean compared to the number of politically based operatives just paying themselves a salary at taxpayer expense.
01:21 PM on 05/26/2013
Then prepare for the end of the world then because as soon as you start yanking non exempt status from all the churches that participate in the political process, you will have screams of racism thrown your way....so buckle up.

You were of course also saying these so called churches were in your sights as well right?

Of course, what was I thinking.....
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AndKoolaidForAll
'Change' is the nature of OUR Universe
04:20 PM on 05/26/2013
Explain your use of the word racism, please. One would expect the greatest screams, as you put it, for fixing the arbitrary IRS catastrophe of allowing religion into politics to be ones of religious intolerance.
Also, you can find further detail concerning my view why NO church / religion receives an exception from equal enforcement - in my slightly earlier response to a reply from user Annecurrey, in this same conversation.
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Robert Ponce
"Let's go Eight to the bar."
04:07 AM on 05/26/2013
"The bridge's breakdown should come as no surprise..."-- and the job creators affiliated with the 112 & 113 Congress (and including Congress) refuses to discuss, analyse or review possible allocations that could up-start the economy by maintaining, sustaining and strengthening the nations skeletal framework. They are willing to wait for osteoporosis (as it were) to deteriorate every bridge, highway, by-way, road, freeway and turnpike in America. Even Reagan is on record stating it would cost more to fix things after they break. But Reagan's "Vogue" is passe'.
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Quoniam habenae can nunquam interfere nimium
09:50 AM on 05/26/2013
The bridge's breakdown should come as no surprise... Semi-truck taking out a support beam?
You, apparently, like so many others, would have us believe the bridge magically fell into the water because Republicans put a curse on it. Grow up...
10:51 AM on 05/26/2013
LOL. Amusing, isn't it?
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Robert Ponce
"Let's go Eight to the bar."
01:23 PM on 05/26/2013
"...like so many others, would have us believe..."-- No, my friend. I'm F&F you on account you not only can voice your thoughts! You are also free to think them before you speak them. that's what the Constitution is based on. A Fully rigged truck slamming into anything is not too good, I should think. That bridge had more than one 'support beam' and the truck, I would think, did  not bowl all the twelve pins down, right? Inspectors (all over the country) have written reports on their inspections and the bottom line is: it may be a good time to start fixing things- sort of like preventive care. Thanks. I like you!
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04:03 AM on 05/26/2013
I thought a huge part of the Obama stimulus, in 2009, was for exactly this kind of infrastructure repair. We spent 850 billion, most of which was supposed to go to shovel ready infrastructure repair, the largest government spending program ever, and I challenge you to point ONE thing that was constructed, repaired, or refurbished.

I think most Americans would agree spending on infrastructure is worthwhile. I see great investments all the time in my area on the road crews, 1 man working, and 3 milling around, and 2 flaggers, 1 before, and one after the "construction". All union members, who have their pay garnished to pay for DEM PACS, that elect "politicians/overseers" that then maintain the status quo. Thats why any construction projects undertaken by government invariably come in at 10X's the cost, at 1/10th the quality as work done by the private sector. Then they just keep raising taxes to pay for it. Prime example is the new Oakland Bay Bridge, years late and a cost approaching 9 BILLION dollars, and it may not open on schedule on Labor Day, over 6 years late, because no one properly QA'd 20 foot bolts that are used to secure the bridge to the foundation! There is even talk it may be delayed years, and parts may have to be razed, and rebuilt, all before a single car crosses.

Whenever someone wants to talk about "investing" in infrastructure, its a DEM ploy to keep their union contributors coming back.
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06:03 AM on 05/26/2013
Actually President Obama's stimulus was VERY popular, LeRoi2.

With Republicans like Michele Bachmann, Paul Ryan, Bobby Jindal and all others who opposed the stimulus, and then.....wait for it....begged for it in behind-closed-door request after request saying how much it would help their local districts!

There those Republican hypocrites ALL were, at the ribbon-cutting ceremonies for projects whose funding they OPPOSED and voted AGAINST!

The red states get far more in Federal spending back, than they ever put in. Their hands are always reaching for the money, while snipping at the hand which funds them.
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06:26 AM on 05/26/2013
Name one project that was completed. In any case, contracting with private companies to do the work would have been less expensive, for better quality. 
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Quoniam habenae can nunquam interfere nimium
09:54 AM on 05/26/2013
"The red states get far more in Federal spending back, than they ever put in."

This has been proven demonstrably false, and the numbers you are using are years old. New Mexico now tops the list, according to the latest figures...(yes, a blue state). Perhaps you could tell me why Delaware puts in so much money. I want to actually see if you can reason your way out of a paper bag before going any further with this conversation.
09:03 AM on 05/26/2013
Most of the money was spent keeping union public teachers in jobs so that the unions could funnel what ever was left over from spending on themselves to obama in campaign contributions.
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09:40 AM on 05/26/2013
Well! Heaven forbid we should keep "teachers in jobs." Especially jobs that pay a decent wage!

Nah, we want our teachers working for minimum wage and without any benefits at all. I mean, what do they really do to earn a decent wage? Teaching our children how to become intelligent contributors to society? How important a job is that???

Teachers and McDonald's employees. What's the difference?

Hey kid, ya want some learnin' with that diploma order?
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viko
Aim high, allow for the wind, land on target.
03:51 AM on 05/26/2013
The infrastructure, Bridges . On the heels of our sequester like as if the GOP care about deficits.
OH! Yes they were the shovel ready jobs. The foreclosures were the toxic assets . The bridges decay and the toxic assets are being sold back to us.
Here we go again..
The hatchet man in London .
We could call him a drone.
Tornadoes are self inflicted and we still are unprepared for them..
There has to be a way by now to earth the electric current created by the wet ions in the down /up draft.
Two By Fours , sheetrock screws and felt half inch plywood roofs are a no no from now on.
Lets begin by admitting the concrete slab foundations did not blow away.
Hint. Hint.

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Put it this way a flash of lighting could power a city for a long time if we could harness it. This kind of natural system is non Radioactive .
need an ancient form of pure energy copy to and boil your water turbines..
We could irrigate the Sahara desert or burn the ozone layer or even vacuum it and stop coking ourselves on a slow boil..

Instead we send our best to West Point and Harvard to sell derivatives and make war for nothing.
I say create more RandR. .
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Robert Ponce
"Let's go Eight to the bar."
03:48 AM on 05/26/2013
In OK, the tornadoes can and usually get dealt with. It may be noted that In The Great State of OK, there are at least, AT LEAST..... two white Tornadoes continually plaguing the humble folk there. Currently, one is on record of holding the good folk of The Great State of OK hostage. This Tornado's' path of destruction is mostly insidious but has now opened up to reveal a disturbing festering. Will the resilient people of the affected or non-affected Burgs put up with this incessant wound? What will they do?
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Robert Ponce
"Let's go Eight to the bar."
03:37 AM on 05/26/2013
Don't you just know it? Arianna says, "....Unavoidable disasters will always be with us," (and I concur 100%) on account, I say, the main "Unavoidable Disaster is "MAN". Arianna says, "...which is why it's all the more important to avoid those we can," I say, good advice- stay away from these men. Arianna says, "..instead of pretending there's nothing to be done to prevent them." But I'll say, WRONG on account there IS something that can be done to prevent them. What, you ask? I'll tell you. Vote those "Unavoidable Disasters" (Men) out of their paychecks, perks, amenities and carpet-bagging. Arianna is F&F on account she's on the right track- pensive and outspoken.
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Robert Ponce
"Let's go Eight to the bar."
03:24 AM on 05/26/2013
"...labeled "functionally obsolete" by the Federal Highway Administration."-- and so a lot of god that did. "Don't you just know it"?
01:47 AM on 05/26/2013
Some disasters are unavoidable...like tornadoes. But much misery is quite intentional. Many naive people on the left just don't seem to have realized that some people LIKE misery and dysfunction and disaster. They feel that a chaotic society will benefit them and so they do everything they can to bring this about. They are saboteurs of society, believing that in a barbaric society barbarians will rule... and that they will be the alpha barbarians. These people are often in powerful positions and so need to be identified and removed. The modern world can no longer tolerate people who fight positive change and progress and instead seek to profit from social breakdown.
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beautyontheinside
I've never dropped anyone I believed in. Marilyn
11:27 AM on 05/26/2013
WHat are your solutions?
11:37 AM on 05/26/2013
Identify them and remove their power.
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JimBobPete
If
01:30 AM on 05/26/2013
Too late to fix the bridges now. Ther's no money left in the kitty. The bank-sters and Wall Street swindlers got it ALL.! Now we have to save to bail-out the bank-sters the SECOND time around.!
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Robert Ponce
"Let's go Eight to the bar."
03:53 AM on 05/26/2013
They say that love is better the second time around. I doubt it on account the scab can get too thick to feel anything. F&F on account "if more is worth less, it may be because it may depend on what more is (more or less), I would submit to you. In any event, GR8 micro, yours.!! Keep up the good vigilance.
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Not the talk. What good result would it hav
01:27 AM on 05/26/2013
Well noted, Ms Arianna. These old infrastructures; old buildings and bridges esp those on the verge of collapse cause it's outdated should be attended to. Can't tell when it's goin to happen. This should be prioritized as the lives of motorists are at stake. This is important matter to be included in the budget than those minor ones. If we can't prevent man-made disaster what more that of the natural phenomenon.