Category Archives: The Culture

Romance of the Rails

This good book by Randal O’Toole lays out the nationwide disaster that is urban rail transit and light rail: deferring maintenance to the tune of billions of dollars while constantly spending more billions for expansion. Never mind delays, accidents, deaths and low ridership. The pols just keep on building.

Not just in Austin, but in Boston, New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Seattle, Portland, Atlanta & etc. O’Toole doesn’t examine Austin but Jim Skaggs, former Tracor CEO, sure does:

“Austin and Cap Metro transit [rail] plans being developed by ‘Project Connect’ are based on reducing current car lanes on major roadways to provide dedicated transit [rail] lanes. This ill-conceived plan would result [in] some of the most devastating negative impacts, in history, on Austin citizens’ quality-of-life and living costs.”

Because people refuse to give up their cars and, so far, government can’t make us.

Go back just two years and read Forbes contributing writer Scott Beyer on why Austin is “perhaps America’s leading rail transit failure.” A monument to government waste.

Austin and Capitol Metro go on building more while light rail and transit rail are collapsing all over the country.

You have to wonder why. Are the pols just stupid? Could be. Or corrupt? Could also be and probably is. New construction is always good for covering up the graft and bribes which are a staple of political life.

O’Toole: “Buses can not only move more people than light rail, they can do it faster.” Ah, but there’s no romance in buses, even with electric connections and free wifi at your seat. Nor near as much graft.

The source of black anger

The cult of the African American has been a staple of American society for decades. Black images fill advertising copy. Trendy, especially millennial, white woman want a black man on their arm. Yet visceral, incoherent black anger remains.

“Reality is that thing that does not go away when you stop believing in it. Race relations in America, with regards to blacks, have always been about a series of gates. Blacks who can behave themselves pass through the gate from the ghetto to the suburbs. Blacks with something on the ball can enter into the managerial class, assuming they are willing to accept their symbolic role in the system. The violent and stupid, in contrast, cannot pass through those gates, so they are penned up in urban reservations guarded by the police.”

Those who pass the gates are angriest, because they know the system is real.

Via The Z Man

Moochele book review

“All in all, The Prestigious Middle Finger Book Review gives  Michelle Obama’s Memoir ‘Becoming’ 2 of 7 Stars. It’s printed on really nice quality paper and is quite hefty for it’s size, so if you happen to receive a copy as a gift this holiday season, it will make an excellent doorstop and the cover image should help keep rodents at bay.”

Heh

Anti-Israel Dims won

Breitbart’s Joel Pollack on Twitter:

“VA-05 aside, a lot of anti-Israel Democrats are winning tonight. It’s more a sign of where the party is moving than anything like a referendum on the Issue, but the issue is now a fully partisan one. The Democrats are anti-, the Republicans are pro-, with very few exceptions 🇮🇱🇺🇸

Me: Could this finally become the turning point in American Jewish voting?

Via Twitter

Marijuana Tourism

“Marijuana tourism is huge in Colorado, whether your trip includes tours, accommodations or other related cannabis experiences…Colorado marijuana law allows hotels and private rental properties the ability to decide whether or not to allow guests to consume marijuana on premises.”

Or you could try a “bud and breakfast.”

Pretty cool.

The Synagogue Murderer

Is as anti-Trump as he is anti-Jew.

He rails and retweets here at his Gab dot com alternative to Twitter before it was wiped. He is a hard-core hater with a license to carry concealed, for which he passed an FBI background check, and no respect for Trump whom he thinks is controlled by Jews in “a kike infestation.”

But don’t let that stop you from believing Robert Bowers’ is just one more bad example of what the Trump presidency has wrought.

Via Twitter, Gab, and Breitbart

The Synagogue Shooting

It was inevitable was my first thought. After all there already have been multiple mosque and church shootings. After I found out it was a conservative shul, I was a little surprised to learn they didn’t have better security. But then my own reform synagogue only has obvious security on the high holy days.

We’re just fortunate to be in a gated community that theoretically would catch a non-member. Theoretically. Our gate keepers are none too careful and seem to let vehicles without stickers through with only minor chat with the driver. And the stickers would be easy enough to steal.

But you can’t lock down a house of worship, especially in these times of scant membership of all religious stripes. You can’t make them hard to get into. What you can do, with a little thought and preparation, is have a congregant or congregants who carry concealed. Someone bold enough to shoot back when needed. But that’s a tall order, whatever the faith.

Via Fox News