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"Never before have so few with so much promised to take away so much from so many and then laugh their asses off as the so many with so little vote for the so few with so much."
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"American Politics, a sport for the rich and enslavement for the rest of us."
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Sunday Train: NEC High Speed Rail for Under $20b (from 15Jul2012)

by: BruceMcF

Sun Aug 31, 2014 at 21:24:21 PM EDT

Sunday Train this week is a re-run from 15 July, 2012

Burning the Midnight Oil for Living Energy Independence

One of the transit bloggers that I enjoy reading is Alon Levy who blogs his observations on a variety of transit topics at Pedestrian Observations . Following the important California HSR funding vote in the California State Senate and the excitement leading up to it, I thought I'd like to take a look at the proposed Express HSR system for the states of the Northeast Corridor.

Of the $53b cost of the proposed San Francisco to Los Angeles Express HSR corridor seems hefty ~ and it seems even heftier when it shows the Year of Expenditure headline value of $68b ~ then the proposed Northeast Corridor states Express HSR will seem massive.

However, Alon claims:

Northeast Corridor HSR, 90% Cheaper
...
In contrast with this extravaganza, it is possible to achieve comparable travel times for about one tenth the cost. The important thing is to build the projects with the most benefit measured in travel time reduced or reliability gained per unit of cost, and also share tracks heavily with commuter rail, using timed overtakes to reduce the required amount of multi-tracking.

This sounds like an intriguing possibility ... but is it realistic? Or is it wishful thinking? Follow me below the fold, and then let's discuss it.

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Will Mitch McConnell Ask The FBI To Investigate Jesse Benton Like He Did Curtis Morrison?

by: Hillbilly

Sat Aug 30, 2014 at 02:31:59 AM EDT

Remember when Mitch McConnell accused folks of bugging his headquarters and asked for an FBI investigation?

Turns out Mitch McConnell’s headquarters wasn’t bugged and Mitch McConnell hasn’t apologized to Curtis Morrison for wrongly accusing him of such. Yes Curtis Morrison taped a conversation, but he didn't bug Mitch McConnell’s headquarters and any charges against him appear to have been dropped.

Now his campaign manager, Jesse Benton, has resigned as a result of a $73,000 bribe during Ron Paul’s 2012 presidential campaign.

So why hasn’t Mitch McConnell asked the FBI to investigate Jesse Benton and make his life a living Hell like he did with Curtis Morrison?
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9-Year Old Girl Kills Shooting Instructor With Uzi Video

by: Hillbilly

Wed Aug 27, 2014 at 19:35:42 PM EDT

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Court Rules FedEx Ground Drivers In California And Oregon Are Employees Not Independent Contractors

by: Hillbilly

Wed Aug 27, 2014 at 17:28:48 PM EDT

CNBC
OAKLAND, Calif., Aug. 27, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal ruled that a class of 2,300 individuals working for FedEx Ground was misclassified as independent contractors instead of employees. As a result, FedEx may owe its workforce of drivers hundreds of millions of dollars for illegally shifting to them the costs of such things as the FedEx branded trucks, FedEx branded uniforms, and FedEx scanners, as well as missed meal and rest period pay, overtime compensation, and penalties. Read more.
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'Vote, Baby, Vote!'

by: By BERRY CRAIG

Mon Aug 25, 2014 at 11:47:12 AM EDT

My union buddy W.C. Young would be proud to see the budding voter registration drive in Ferguson, Mo.

I treasure one of his “Vote Baby Vote!” buttons. He had them made as a takeoff on “Burn Baby Burn!” from the Watts riot of 1965.

An African American from Paducah, Ky., Young was a national AFL-CIO and civil rights leader.

Voter participation in Ferguson, a St. Louis suburb, was just 12 percent in the most recent election, MSNBC’s Steve Benen recently wrote.  “We’re trying to make young people understand that [voting]…is how to change things,’” he quoted a voter drive volunteer.

Ferguson is 67 percent African American. The mayor and five of the community’s half dozen city council members are white. The police department is 94 percent white.       

Benen also quoted the Rev. Al Sharpton, host of MSNBC’s “Politics Nation With Al Sharpton,” who urged the crowd at a Sunday church service, “You all have got to start voting and showing up. 12% turnout is an insult to your children.”

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Razed Mayfield, Kentucky Tire Plant Is A Metaphor For Mitch McConnell's America

by: By BERRY CRAIG

Mon Aug 25, 2014 at 10:48:56 AM EDT

Sen. Mitch McConnell knows he probably won’t get a lot of union votes on Nov. 4.

Oh, he’ll keep trying to grab as many as he can by pandering to so-called “social issues” like guns.  Neal Knox, a former NRA head, once bragged that the gun issue “is the one thing that will spin the blue-collar union member away from his union." (See “The Right Wing Attack on the American Labor Movement” by Joanne Ricca, who is retired from the Wisconsin State AFL-CIO.

The NRA, which is cozy with anti-union groups like the National Right to Work Committee, has endorsed McConnell. (The NRTWC is in the senator’s corner, too.)

The unions of the Kentucky State AFL-CIO, many of whose members are hunters, have endorsed Alison Lundergan Grimes, the Democrat who wants McConnell’s job. Meanwhile, McConnell, the supposed gun guy, has yet to accept Grimes’ challenge to meet her on a shooting range.

Anyway, everybody knows that voter turnout almost always goes down for mid-term congressional elections, compared to presidential elections. McConnell hopes a host of Kentuckians who pack union cards will be among those who won’t bother to go to the polls or who haven’t even bestirred themselves to register.

Team Mitch knows the odds: a union member who votes will likely go for Grimes. Thus, McConnell (and other like-minded anti-union candidates) nearly always benefit when union members don’t vote or don’t register to vote.
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Sunday Train: Yet Another Airport Terminal Station Opens on Dallas's Orange Line

by: BruceMcF

Sun Aug 24, 2014 at 21:38:29 PM EDT

YAATS (Yet Another Airport Terminal Station) has opened in Dallas for the "orange line" in the Dallas Area Regional Transit light rail system. This is not at the regional airport Love Field, even though the Orange Line runs directly past Love Field, but at the Dallas / Fort Worth International airport, following completion of a five-mile extension to the western end of the Orange line.

The Dallas Morning News reports:

"Strategically, this is a major accomplishment," said Mayor Mike Rawlings.

It is undoubtedly DART's biggest accomplishment in its 31-year history. The way officials and regional leaders see it, the airport-rail link brims with promise. They say it will dramatically bolster North Texas transit options, attract more conventions and provide a smooth welcome to international visitors.

So lets take the Sunday Train to the airport, below the fold.

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CEO Forks Out Big Bucks After Breakfast With Mitch McConnell In The Capitol Senate Dining Room

by: Hillbilly

Fri Aug 22, 2014 at 18:12:16 PM EDT

National Journal
August 20, 2014 Only one week after Sen. Mitch McConnell took the CEO of Delta Air Lines to breakfast in the exclusive Senate Dining Room last month, the airline executive and his wife wrote $10,000 worth of checks to help fund McConnell's political operation. Read more.
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Mitch McConnell's Public Town Hall Meeting Turns Out To Be A Private Town Hall Meeting!

by: Hillbilly

Thu Aug 21, 2014 at 19:49:44 PM EDT

When a Mitch McConnell public town hall meeting, in Leitchfield, KY. August 21, 2014, was advertised on the Grayson County Chamber of Commerce website as being a town hall meeting for the public I didn’t believe it. So I called the Grayson County Chamber of Commerce and they told me it was open to the public and there would be room for about 200 people.

I was happy to hear that because I wanted to attend, with my camera/camcorder, and ask some questions. I arrived there early, after driving 40 miles. I waked in the Grayson County Chamber of Commerce office and asked the lady working there if the event was open to the public and she told me it was. I asked her if I would be allowed to shoot photos and video at the event and she told me she didn’t know.

The town hall meeting was going to be held at the Centre on Main directly behind the Grayson County Chamber of Commerce. It’s actually part of the same building and some folks were already going in. I noticed a young man going in with a tripod and camcorder and within a few minutes he came back out. I asked him if he was going to shoot video of the town hall meeting and he told me Leitchfield Mayor William H. Thomason told him it was a private meeting. I noticed other people leaving and they were saying the same thing, that Leitchfield Mayor William H. Thomason had told them that this was a private meeting.

Now I’m getting confused and a little frustrated. So I walk back to the Grayson County Chamber of Commerce office, that’s now full of folks waiting for Senator Mitch McConnell, to try and find out what’s going on and they told me that it is a private event sponsored by the mayor. Really, I thought Senator Mitch McConnell was sponsoring this. In any event see the uncut and unedited video below of us tracking down Mayor William H. Thomason. The video is unedited except for a screenshot of the public invitation.

After talking with Leitchfield Mayor William H. Thomason I decided to try and capture (see the video below) Senator Mitch McConnell arriving at the public/private (snark) town hall meeting he is hosting, and Leitchfield Mayor William H. Thomason is sponsoring and all the time I’m thinking no wonder Washington, D.C. is screwed up.

Senator Mitch McConnell arriving at the public/private town hall meeting.

To be honest the day wasn’t a total waste, because there were folks outside protesting Mitch McConnell and Mitch saw them when he pulled in. Click here to view photos of the protesters

 

Video of the protesters.

 

 

 

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Mitch McConnell Town Hall Protest Leitchfield, KY August 21, 2014. Photos And Video.

by: Hillbilly

Thu Aug 21, 2014 at 16:27:29 PM EDT

Protesters at a Senator Mitch McConnell's public town hall meeting that turned out to be a private town hall meeting when we tried to get in. Click here to view the photos.

Stay tuned we’ll have more on how Senator Mitch McConnell’s public town hall meeting turned out to be a private town hall meeting.

 

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