commented on Rep. Orcutt Shrugs Off Bridge Collapse: "11 of the 12 Sections of the Bridge Are Still Standing"
As a truck driver, let me point out the obvious flaw in this guy's reasoning. Any highway on the so-called National Network (i.e. highways designated for use by trucks passing through an area; this includes almost all interstate highways, most other federal highways and some state highways) should not be "functionally obsolete".
Highways with low clearances, extreme grades and curves or insufficient widths are major impediments to commerce. To have a functionally obsolete structure on the main highway connecting Seattle and Vancouver is inexcusable.
The GOP is supposed to be the party of commerce. Why are they actively standing in its way?
commented on SL Letter of the Day: Pray Away
@ArtBasketSara (if you're still around), out of curiosity, does your faith carry with it any implications for how you live, or try to live, your life?
In other words, are there practical consequences in terms if what you choose to do and not do, and how you relate to others? Or is it mostly just how you think about how you relate to the universe.
Is there a moral and ethical dimension to your spirituality?
commented on An I-5 Bridge Over the Skagit River Has Collapsed
As a truck driver, this is one of my biggest fears. When I cross an obviously decades old bridge, especially one with a posted weight limit that I'm right up against, that moreover I'm asked to cross slowly, it can be a little frightening.
There are several such bridges on routes I travel fairly often. I tell you, infrastructure repair is a major reason I refuse to vote republican.
commented on Iran's Guardian Council Shortlists Successors to Ahmadinejad
@3 Lots of places have cool political theaters set up to reassure the public that they live in a democracy.
Iran chooses which candidates are "viable" through this Guardian Council process. We have our own method of winnowing out candidates that might upset the applecart too much. Come 2016, we'll have our own lists of approved, "viable" candidates made so by the representatives of corporate money. If you don't have their backing, you aren't "viable".
Similar processes will play out in the Senate and House.
It's not really democracy in either case, but it's artful theater, and an entertaining fraud.
commented on Bigot Florist Files Countersuit
@5 when the biggest threat to my equality is a florist who won't make me a bouquet for my partner, I'll know the fight for my civil rights is won.
At one time, I discounted the religious liberty arguments against gay marriage made by conservatives because I thought no-one could possibly be such a douche as to make a federal (or even state) case out of something so trivial. Sensible florists like more business. Sensible couples like patronizing businesses that will happily work for them.
I obviously underestimated the douchiness of both sides.
I really fucking hate everybody involved in this case and wish they would all DIAF.