Nope. I’d rather drive to Europe instead. Even better, we could just stay home in safety and comfort with a low-risk high-flying edition of
The Overnight Open Thread.
New Orleans to Hammond Louisiana in real time. Best way to view it is to open it up in a separate window, keep the sound on, and pay attention when the speed kicks in. Don’t miss the “Lac Pontchartrain” bridge. From the comments:
“At least 70% of America’s railroads still use wooden cross ties, but can certainly do higher speeds even so. The reason for the slow speed across Lake Ponchartrain is the fact that if there is a derailment, the chances are less that the train will end up in the drink. The train’s maximum speed in this video – given the schedule of 73 Miles in 60 Minutes – is 79 MPH, with the average speed of 72 MPH.”
For those who thought I was gonna post an Arlo Guthrie tune, you’re out of luck. I posted Steve Goodman because he wrote it especially for those of us who still ride the rails on The Overnight Open Thread.
Not everyone in urban areas take too kindly to bike riders, as you can see. This is on 4th and Wilshire in Downtown Los Angeles. Many years ago, you could find Chuckie riding all the way from Culver City to Downtown LA, but sadly, the cheetos and Mountain Dew diet takes a toll on ones stamina.
Hello, and welcome to the urban transit OOT.
The Weekly World News was one of the most amusing pulps on the supermarket newstands from 1979 through 2007. The best thing was that every story, no matter how outrageous, had a tiny little shred of truth to it (just like LGF does today). It was so great that I signed up a few people for subscriptions without telling them. They loved it.
Unfortunately (or fortunately, depending how you look at it) WWN is only available online. On the other hand, we’re always out of line on
The Overnight Open Thread.
The greatest economic expansion in 500,000 years continues with no end in sight. Durable goods orders fell 4.2% in March. February’s numbers were revised downward as well, after initially showing an increase. Despite this drop, many Americans think the economy is booming and things are great!
Demand for long-lasting U.S. manufactured goods dropped by the most in three years in March and a gauge of business spending plans fell, suggesting factory activity lost momentum as the first quarter ended.
Durable goods orders tumbled 4.2 percent, the largest decline since January 2009, the Commerce Department said on Wednesday after a downwardly revised 1.9 percent increase in February.
Economists had forecast orders for durable goods, which range from toasters to aircraft, falling 1.7 percent after a previously reported 2.4 percent rise in February.
Orders were dragged down by a 12.5 percent plunge in bookings for transportation equipment — the most since November 2010.
Excluding transportation, orders fell 1.1 percent after a 1.9 percent rise in February. Economists had forecast this category rising 0.5 percent.
None of this will make a dent in the worship of the Pharaoh.
I will be the first to admit that some of us have been rather hard on Mitt. So let me be the first to admit that I will gladly vote for him on Tuesday in the PA primary. Yes, Gingrich is on the ticket, so is Santorum. No, I won’t bother with a protest vote either. This will be a willing vote FOR Romney.
Something interesting happened over the past two weeks. Romney and his people actually went after Obama on several occasions. This makes me very very happy. We were all dreading a McCain redux, weren’t we? Romney even called out the MSM! My fear of a roll over and die race was alleviated. I must say, I am impressed with the tenacity and spirit of Romney and his people thus far.
Without the killer instinct the next and the main reason for voting for Mitt is moot. “It’s the economy, stupid” – James Carville 1992. Its the economy. Economics are the top issues will all voters in every poll. It isn’t contraceptives or school prayer or evolution. It’s the Economy! The economy includes unemployment, high cost of energy, over regulation, anything that prevents Americans from realizing their dreams. There are no other issues as prevalent and on the minds of the voters anywhere.
Mitt, as much as I dislike some of his early tactics at Bane, is the ‘turn-around’ artist. He made a lot of money for his investors. But more than that, effective CEO’s are ego driven. They have to be, the risk reward of running companies requires it. Mitt has this ego, and as a self proclaimed ‘turn-around’ artist what is the biggest turn-around opportunity ever? The US economy right now. We can use a guy who knows how to pear down waste and maximize efficiencies. If he can turn this ship around, he gets the kudos, he gets the ego fix, Mitt is remembered later as the guy who saved America….IF he can pull it off. The economy belongs to the President.
For example, I can’t wait to see what he does with the GSA, that place is crying out for a rectal exam and subsequent decimation for wastefulness and abuse.
In short, as much as it surprises me to say, I will gladly vote FOR Mitt on Tuesday and will happily watch him defeat Obama in November.
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