Some Late Night Glibertarianism

I think he and the free market should make a competing rail system and let the market decide:

Shorter Glibertarian douchebag: “I had a shitty one-off experience with public transportation, therefore it all sucks.” Most rational people would have walked the 1.6 miles in 10-15 minutes, but in fairness to the Fonz, he may have been chewing gum at the time, so it was kind of an either/or situation.

Wait a minute- didn’t Ayn Rand love trains?

111 replies
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    Spaghetti Lee says:

    If I was DC Metro and knew Nick Gillespie was on one of my trains, I’d intentionally slow down. Maybe that’s his problem.

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    Turgidson says:

    Wait a minute- didn’t Ayn Rand love trains?

    Only if they were privatized.

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    gaz says:

    @Spaghetti Lee: I’d probably mug him on the platform – on principle you understand – but then again I am not a nice person.

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    MikeJ says:

    I don’t remember DC prohibiting private rail lines. He should have taken one of those.

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    tofubo says:

    This past weekend in our politics, it was look-how-far-over-to-the-dark-side-we’ve-crawled time. Just as the various celebrity journalists, celebrity politicians, and celebrity celebrities were about done yucking it up at the White House Correspondents Dinner — and can I just say, for the record, that this is the biggest circle-jerk for the largest circle of jerks that there ever has been, like Guinness-level? — we had an unrepentent torturer shilling for his new book, baring his fangs on 60 Minutes and daring someone to throw him into the clink at The Hague, and another drone strike on behalf of the winner of the Nobel Peace Prize. If there is one thing that would possibly get me to vote for Buddy Roemer and/or the Hemp Party, it would be the dozens of ways, tacit and otherwise, that this administration made peace with the savagery of the previous one, and then proceeded to find ways to be savage itself that seem more capable of stroking the liberal-hawk G-spots.

    http://www.esquire.com/blogs/p.....ok-8484289

    wheee

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    Suffern ACE says:

    Yes. And having lived there, it’s on purpose. Same on all trains. Like last month, I was taking the train up here and there was like this 2 hour delay because someone tried to end their life on the tracks, but the train didn’t run over him and he decided not to die right away so they had to stop running the train when they should have kept on going.

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    Mark S. says:

    What does door to door mean in this context? Do I even care?

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    AA+ Bonds says:

    Toot toot Nick Gillespie, if the public transit systems in major American cities shut down, this country would be economically paralyzed and there would still be no money to be made in replacing them

    Libertarians have a very hard time dealing with reality if they do not like what has already occurred

    I sometimes wonder what the scenes of public anarchy during “adjustment” look like in these people’s minds, these people who think current economic policy should be decided based on an amateur’s reading of the Edict on Maximum Prices (year of our Lord 301)

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    amk says:

    Why three categories ? Wouldn’t assholes suffice ?

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    Mark S. says:

    And shit, man, doesn’t the Fonz ride a motorcycle?

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    AA+ Bonds says:

    Nick Gillespie: clearly an Enemy of the People

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    amk says:

    batshit crazy bachmann to endorse mittbot tomorrow. Victory!

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    Nylund says:

    If I remember Atlas Shrugged correctly, not only did she love trains, she loved alternative energy as well.

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    Marcellus Shale, Public Dick says:

    meh this is nothing, wait until gillespie’s dream of a life unburdened by the occasional temptation of public transportation actually comes true. wait until he sees what happens when the people who actually need public transportation to go do the jobs he doesn’t even think about, can’t use public transportation because assholes like him won’t fund it as a shifted and socialized cost of gillespie being gillespie.

    wait until he realizes how long it takes for him, even him, to go get another fucking doughnut when the workers who make that possible can’t travel. its happening, or is about to happen elsewhere, what with all the austerity and the koch class of destroyers docked in the state capitols.

    and guess what, yeah, that wait? the bitch about it is, you COULD start out on foot, but what if the next train is just around the track? once you are committed you are committed…as a user. but 61 mins for 1.6 miles…shit goes that way sometimes

    /former long time public transp user.

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    trollhattan says:

    What would a jacket crafted from Reardon metal look like? What would Gillespie look like stuffed welded into one two sizes too small?

    Saw him once on Maher–he do think he be pretty tuff. Definitely has a punchable neck.

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    patroclus says:

    Compared to virtually every subway I’ve ever ridden, the D.C. Metro is pretty slow. When I lived there, it was almost always a better idea to walk if the distance wasn’t that great and the weather was okay. The buses in D.C. have better designed routes but are no picnic either. The Metro was good, though, to go out to the burbs or to distant Northwest places.

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    4tehlulz says:

    The problem was the Fonz’s constant snapping of fingers, causing doors to open and music to play, slowing down the train.

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    Xecky Gilchrist says:

    Jackholes who are determined not to like public transpo always think the whole thing is about speed.

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    srv says:

    If only the metro had used Reardon Metal.

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    max hats says:

    “Wait a minute- didn’t Ayn Rand love trains?”


    FREE MARKET TRAINS

    (Ayn Rand is dumb)

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    srv says:

    Actually, thinking about it, his twit reminds me of Atlas Shrugged.

    600 pages to say what could have been said in six. And it still would not have made any sense.

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    amk says:

    Typical rethug conman.

    Between the early 2000s and 2010, a man using the alias “Bobby Thompson” collected millions from unsuspecting donors for the charity U.S. Navy Veterans Association (USNVA), which claimed to provide support for members of the U.S. Armed Forces. Officials believe that very little, if any, of the money was ever used as intended, according to the U.S. Marshal Service.

    To help legitimize his charity, Thompson allegedly donated part of the ill-gotten funds to Republican candidates like former President George W. Bush, former Republican presidential candidate John McCain and House Speaker John Boehner.

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    Wait a minute- didn’t Ayn Rand love trains?

    Only capitalist trains, not goobment run pinko commie subsidized ones.

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    erlking says:

    And a motherfucker can’t walk why?

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    hhex65 says:

    Take the “Aaaaeeeyyy” Train

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    MoeLarryAndJesus says:

    Nick Gillespie or Ed Gillespie –

    Which one is the bigger Gillasshole?

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    gex says:

    The BIL, whom I’ve griped about on this blog many times, constantly bitches about spending $2K more per year now that his boys drive. All I know is he wouldn’t spend $100 per year to have public transit that would save him the $2K.

    In the name of “efficiency”, free marketeers will waste away all our resources and maximize single occupant cars burning up as much oil as possible. Then they have to pretend that our every decade or so war in the ME is unrelated and they have to pretend AGW doesn’t exist or that there’s no point in trying to do something about it.

    Grrr.

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    KCinDC says:

    The only objectionable bit is the #transitsucks tag. The rest seems like a typical complaint that I might even tweet myself on one of the many occasions when Metro is not performing well. It’s really deteriorated in the past several years.

    And 1.6 miles in 10-15 minutes sounds like a jog, not a welk. It’s more like 25 minutes if you’re a relatively fast walker.

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    The Dangerman says:

    Clearly, the Public Rail in DC is going to Pottsy.

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    LT says:

    That’s actually *longer* Glibertarian douchebag, John.

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    Rupert says:

    @KCinDC: Yes. The 1.5 mile walk into town takes me 25 minutes there and 35 minutes back. The difference is because of the 250′ difference in elevation, not because I walk less steadily on my way home! A least, not always.

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    AA+ Bonds says:

    The cool thing about trains is how you can have an active private sector that competes along the same routes simultaneously and train freight companies are renowned for their competitive nature due to the highly mobile, anything-goes spirit of railroad enterprise

    There has never been a problem with railway monopolies for exactly this reason

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    Kathy in St. Louis says:

    And if he really is a glibertarian, he resents the hell out of any tax dollars that subsidized his little ride. After all, the gubmint is really only there to provide for the coomon defense. This is one of their fav arguments.

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    John Revolta says:

    hhex65 Says:

    Take the “Aaaaeeeyyy” Train

    +1

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    TBogg says:

    Nobody loves a sweaty man in a leather jacket.

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    AA+ Bonds says:

    I think probably the best situation for our nation’s capital would be like two, three Metros down underground, competing for Nick Gillespie’s dollars

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    slag says:

    Thanks HENRY FORD! My car broke down on the freeway (6 hours to go 3 miles and hundreds of dollars to get a tow truck)! #automobilessuck

    ETA (Technically not my story but it works better in the first person here)

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    rob! says:

    To be fair to Gillespie, I think the, ahem, reason the train went so slow was because the passengers kept shoving the other Glibertarian assholes onto the tracks.

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    I’m not a Libertarian because I’m an adult.

    Seriously dude, shit happens. DC has one of the best Metro systems in the world but even the better ones have fuck-ups from time to time.

    These people are unbelievable. Get a horse, you glibertarian fuckwit.

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    some guy says:

    walking in DC amidst those of a darker hue? unpossible.

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    Elizabelle says:

    OT: Whitechapel on BBC America at 1:00 a Eastern. (Forgot about it earlier this evening. Happily, there’s a rebroadcast.)

    Preparing to be skeered.

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    Anya says:

    This Vanity Fair piece about David Maraniss’ Young Barack Obama in Love is interesting. He was an intense 22-year old.

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    gaz says:

    @wetcasements:

    I’m not a Libertarian because I’m an adult.

    This. For the love of Galt, this!

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    Steve says:

    Just drive. That never takes longer than expected.

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    Richard Shindledecker says:

    Quick scan of comments so this one is safe (I think)
    Rand loved trains in tunnels as long as she owned the tunnel.

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    gaz says:

    You know who else wanted to make the trains run on time…

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    fasteddie9318 says:

    Radley Balko is going to be so mad at this thread, you guys!

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    Hill Dweller says:

    @Anya: Politico has an article up analyzing Obama’s take(in the letter) on “The Waste Land”.

    As expected, they ask some scholars for their thoughts on Obama’s analysis. But they also asked Bill Kristol for his opinion. What the fuck does Kristol know about poetry(or anything, for that matter)?

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    muddy says:

    @Rupert: My dog likes the uphill parts, because then he is allowed to pull.

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    amk says:

    @Hill Dweller:

    media’s obsession with everything and anything about Obama is disgusting. The fuckers couldn’t stand to ask mittbot about his tax-returns and his ‘I’ll do the exact opposite of what Obama has done’ plans for america.

    Fucking, filthy fifth columnists.

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    Anya says:

    @Hill Dweller: They first tried to cast him as the next James Frey, and when they were challenged they now moved to Kristol. What’s next? Speculating whether Bill Ayers wrote the letters.

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    RossInDetroit says:

    @gaz:

    You know who else wanted to make the trains run on time…

    We have a winner.

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    Hill Dweller says:

    @Anya: To be fair, which is more than Kristol deserves, he was complimentary of the 22-year old Obama’s take on the poem. But I still don’t know what Politico thought Kristol would bring to the table.

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    karen marie says:

    @Marcellus Shale, Public Dick: Thank you, Marcellus. You summed up my thoughts pretty well.

    Gillespie is also a public dick.

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    Gordon, The Big Express Engine says:

    One of the funnier threads on this site in a long while. Agree with KCinDC, the transitsucks tag is the most objectionable. I lived in NYC for three years and if twitter existed back then (mid 1990’s) I could have offered up three dozen tweets along these lines. Most of the time the subway worked great. The occasional bad rides are part of deal. When did conservatives/libertarians become such wussies?

    Or I could have had a bad experience and worn a sign around my neck for the next day and walked around in public showing it off which is basically what twitter is now for idiots like Nick Gillespie.

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    Anya says:

    @Hill Dweller: I know, but the mere mention of Kristol’s makes me angry.

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    Martin says:

    The last free market transportation system in this country was the horse. And I bet it’d take the fonz more than 61 minutes just to get on it.

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    RossInDetroit says:

    Most rational people would have walked the 1.6 miles in 10-15 minutes, but in fairness to the Fonz, he may have been chewing gum at the time, so it was kind of an either/or situation.

    THAT made me laugh!

    FTR, a fast walking speed is 3 MPH on level ground, so you’re looking at 30 minutes or so. Why does Gillespie want government transportation to do for him what he can accomplish with his own feet?

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    Redshift says:

    @Hill Dweller: I guess since Kristol is always wrong about everything, it’s some sort of negative reference point…

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    Hugely says:

    hey i just took amtrak and then light rail AND then walked 3.5 miles home in transit challenged San Diego and im not complaining (more like looking for an attaboy heh)

    the answer is to walk that 1.6 miles u doosh

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    Martin says:

    @RossInDetroit: Yeah, a mile and a half in less than 30 min is pretty reasonable.

    That said, given his likely endpoint, 1.5 miles would almost certainly involve walking past black people. So, that’s why he wasn’t walking.

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    ruemara says:

    @Hugely: ATTABOY!

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    Martin says:

    @Hugely: Good work. That’s a lot harder than the equivalent in NYC.

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    MattR says:

    @Martin: But how many flights of stairs were at the end of that walk? Boy do I not miss my seventh story walkup apt in Manhattan.

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    Warren Terra says:

    Obviously we can’t have free market train lines; the good spots are taken, and digging tunnels takes time and money. We need to just open the existing lines to competition. Don’t like the speed of the train you’re on? Switch to a company offering faster, more reliable trains on the same track!

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    Egg Berry says:

    Are there no cab drivers? Are there no workhouses?

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    Petrocelli says:

    Too bad he took the Train on the one day they allowed McCain to drive …

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    Martin says:

    @MattR: I hear you. I lived in a 5th story walk up in Queens 11 blocks from the N. That was a long drunk walk on New Years. Even got lost once. Heh.

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    dms says:

    Well, we all do know who made the trains run on time.

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    Xenos says:

    Unless Gillespie know why the train was delayed, how can he have any point to make?

    Just last week I was left waiting two hours for an overdue train in Germany. After joking with some friends about it (‘what is the world coming to when the German trains are running this late?’) I found out that the reason for the delay was that someone had committed suicide further down the line, so the line was shut down while they cleaned the mess up. So I felt like an asshole, getting all bitchy about a couple hour delay on a Sunday afternoon.

    Gillespie seems to be unable to realize he is, or at least can be, an asshole.

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    Arclite says:

    Most rational people would have walked the 1.6 miles in 10-15 minutes

    1.6 miles in 10 minutes is a 6 minute mile. Fonzi may be free, but he ain’t THAT free.

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    Another Halocene Human says:

    Amtrak should sue the producers of Atlas Shrugged for defamation of character.

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    Another Halocene Human says:

    @tofubo: Buddy Roehmer comes off as an altogether decent feller, but look at how many votes he got.

    Yet the shameless self-promoter Ron Paul has a whole army of Ronulans to make his fake candidacy pop.

    Re: Ron, Lyndon LaRouche is probably dying of envy. But he’ll have the last laugh when the LaRouchies petition to put him on the ballot after he’s dead (LaRouche lives! Like Frodo and Rabbi Schneersohn). Now that’s [cultlike] dedication.

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    Warren Terra says:

    @Martin:

    That said, given his likely endpoint, 1.5 miles would almost certainly involve walking past black people. So, that’s why he wasn’t walking.

    It’s 1.5 miles as the crow flies. Assuming he’s taking John Derbyshire’s advice and crossing the road to avoid encountering dusky people, we could be talking marathon distances here.

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    Batocchio says:

    The DC metro has traditionally been quite good, but since I’m not living in the area currently, I take KCinDC’s point about its recent decline. But hey, they even stayed open late for Capitals fans tonight, which was nice.

    You can find Koch flunkies attacking everything in the Commons – public education, public libraries, public media/news, public transportation… Since Gillespie hates all things public anyway, why didn’t the asshole just take a cab to begin with? Or pay that expensive limo service his pal McArdle was shilling?

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    HobbesAI says:

    @Mark S.: Maybe he thinks he’s N. Gillespie Fourmyle of Ceres.

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    bago says:

    The Metro itself is a BART design coated with ads for pentagon contractors. If Nick wants any authority on this issue, he would complain about the escalators. Seriously. They are huge, many moving parts prone to failure, Have to live in the rain at the top of the tunnels, etc. However the worst red line delay I ever had was a suicide. Cops have to come in, track the body parts, yadda yadda yadda. It takes a while. I was on a train once where a double track suicide took two and a half hours to clear up how far everybody’s body parts flew, match arm to corpse, etc.
    The most amusing bit was when the smokers needed to sate their addiction, and stepped outside. It took about 30 minutes before the train crew realized that they should shoo the passengers back on board.

    What I am saying is that the density of passengers on public transit will make anecdotes about random occurrences more prevalent, and your judgement should reflect that fact.

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    Peter A says:

    Some acquaintances of mine from Moscow were just complaining how they keep getting stuck in mammoth traffic jams – one woman recently spent 6 hours to travel about 8 miles across town. That’s life in a city where the government abidicates all responsibility for traffic control and refuses to adequately fund public transportation. Bangkok is another beautiful example. Maybe Nick should move to one of those libertarian paradises.

    Ironically the true “libertarian paradise” glibtards are always going on about – Hong Kong – has excellent public transportation and taxes the hell out of private car ownership.

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    alex milstein says:

    I remember once how bad traffic made my 12-mile drive home from work take almost an hour. I blame the horrible system of publicly funded highways for that. Yeah, that was it. It certainly wasn’t the three car accident that had all the lanes blocked. Nah, it was the big bad guvmint.

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    tjmn says:

    I guess I lead a charmed life. Don’t know who the twitterer is and I don’t care.

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    syphonblue says:

    BECAUSE ROADS NEVER GET DELAYED

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    lou says:

    @KCinDC: And we can thank people like Sen. Tom Coburn who put holds on the federal funding for Metro. I have an occasional “Everyone who takes Metro” should drive one day, particularly a day when there is a crucial vote on a Republican bill to show our overlords on the Hill what would happen here if everyone drove.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @Kolohe: Wait, you found someone on the internet who said something sucks? I am truly shocked. That almost never happens.

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    kindness says:

    Well consider the source. Nick probably couldn’t walk the streets of DC because there are scary black people there and in DC they won’t let you shoot them for being black, unlike Florida.

    @lou: Did you see Colburn on The Daily Show last night? Jon was too polite to him.

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    ericblair says:

    @lou:

    And we can thank people like Sen. Tom Coburn who put holds on the federal funding for Metro.

    Funding for Metro is a mess, because of all the organizations involved and general Republican bullshit. Now the Silver Line extension to Dulles (which would be real fuckin useful) is being held up because gooper douchebags in the Virginia state government and Loudon County (classic exurb assholes) don’t like the pro-union contract provisions. You simply can’t work with goopers on any level anymore because of random ideological objections they get in their heads and the total inability to stick to an agreement.

    For supposed bidnessmen, these guys can’t stick to a deal ever. Actively ignorant, won’t listen to reason, can’t deal with anything they don’t like, and welsh on agreements. Like everyone’s worst nightmare clients.

    And Gillespie, if he doesn’t like Metro he doesn’t have to use it. Nobody fucking cares what he does with his little life, you know.

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    Downpuppy says:

    Did nobody else read

    walked the 1.6 miles in 10-15 minutes

    and wonder whether JC is a champion race walker, or never walks anywhere?

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    PopeRatzo says:

    Wait a minute- didn’t Ayn Rand love trains?

    Only in her dreams and only if they were going through tunnels.

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    @syphonblue:

    Fonzi jumps traffic jams on his motorcycle. Heyyyy.

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    chopper says:

    next time he’ll try driving in DC.

    “Thanks DC traffic! 2.5 hrs to travel 1 mile!”

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    superdestroyer says:

    What will actually reduce the need for public transportation is the reduced need for commuting. As offices have become digital, there is not need for anyone to actually come to an office. Many companies in DC have figured out it is cheaper to give workers a notebook computer with VPN and let them work from home. No more need for offices, file cabinets, or a mail room.

    Why ride the metro downtown to sit in a cubicle and work on a computer all day. Computers, digital meetings, conference calls ,and file systems like SharePoint make more sense than renting office space in downtown DC.

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    bemused says:

    Gillespie reminds me of a senior citizen who had one piece of mail get lost in his entire lifetime, therefore the Post Office is totally useless. Conservatives are basically elderly knee-jerk reactive, get off my lawn crabasses. Chronic cranks.

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    Commenting at Balloon Juice since 1937 says:

    1.6 miles? I would have walked. What a lazy glibertarian welfare leech.

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    vtr says:

    Unbelievable! Ninety-plus responses about trains not running on time, and not one cheap joke about Il Duce.

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    El Cid says:

    Mussolini never did really get the trains to run on time. He did get all sorts of people in his governments to say that, though, which is a much easier task for a totalitarian leader.

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    @vtr: gaz (46) and dms (68) got there.

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    @El Cid: And also an inspiration for Faux News.

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    jdrs0819 says:

    Oh thanks, Nick. The VRE that gets me to Alexandria on time works great on the same line. You can wait in traffic if you want, I prefer the one hour train ride. The extra 20 minutes to get to the train station? Worth it.

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    Someguy says:

    The DC Metro system is in a state of near-collapse right now. It’s got more riders than it can handle, commuters from the burbs are crushing it, and it’s been breaking down a lot lately and there have been a number of serious accidents, including a bunch of fatalities, in the last 2-3 years. Meanwhile, Maryland, Virginia and D.C. refuse to fund it at the levels it needs to be funded.

    That, and Gillespie is evil.

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    Dave S. says:

    @jdrs0819: VRE (and Amtrak and MARC, for that matter) uses CSX freight trackage, not the Metro lines. They run parallel for a bit but are separate. /trainnerd

    Metro’s funding process is abysmal – they have to beg yearly from DC, VA and MD, hence all the deferred maintenance which somehow transformed into Perpetual Emergency Trackwork, funny how that works. Perhaps more fundamentally, Metro was designed on the cheap – it’s all single track in each direction, so you can’t run express trains on a separate track like in NYC – with the exception of the insane escalator fetish and the assumption that of course they’ll work fine in all weather.

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    jdrs0819 says:

    @Dave S.: He was complaining about how much transit sucks, though. His example was the Metro, but he’s condemning the whole enterprise. I guess it was the “same line” comment that sparked your interest though :P

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    khead says:

    The 9 mile trip up the BW Parkway from G’belt to Laurel during rush hour would give him an aneurysm.

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    Dave S. says:

    @jdrs0819: Oh, yeah, I got his point, such as it was: “No way should I pay taxes for transit, and why is it so slow?!”

    I plead guilty to one count of Sparked Interest (note the trainnerd faux-tag).

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    clone12 says:

    1.5 miles? You know you can just do this right?

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Capital_Bikeshare

    There you go. 10 minute commute. Problem solved.

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    Gabriel Bellatrix says:

    Yeah, the DC metro is chronically underfunded–it was never built to handle as many passengers as it does so it needs major, systemic upgrades. Unfortunately, as Dave S. pointed out, they have to beg to keep their funding stable, let alone get an increase to cover all that.

    Then again, isn’t that the right-wing modus operandi–slash funding for vital programs so they become crappy, then use that crappiness as a justification to eliminate the program entirely?

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    Gabriel Bellatrix says:

    Yeah, the DC metro is chronically underfunded–it was never built to handle as many passengers as it does so it needs major, systemic upgrades. Unfortunately, as Dave S. pointed out, they have to beg to keep their funding stable, let alone get an increase to cover all that.

    Then again, isn’t that the right-wing modus operandi–slash funding for vital programs so they become crappy, then use that crappiness as a justification to eliminate the program entirely?

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    chopper says:

    @vtr:

    i hereby rename gillespie ‘Il Douché’.

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    chopper says:

    @Someguy:

    try NYC’s subway sometime. it’s getting worse every year, fares are going up every year and the hobo urine is getting more pungent.

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    chopper says:

    @Dave S.:

    it’s a badly designed system. yeah, marc VRE and amtrak all run on freight lines. the DC metro was stupidly designed on a single track in each direction, so any track issues cause the whole line to freeze up. and it’s all been at over capacity for years.

    in NYC, the subway is crumbling and breaking under the strain of rising ridership and much needed projects like the tunnel, the 2nd ave subway and east side access for LIRR are either being shut down or are moving slow as molasses.

    and these two are supposed to be the shining example of america’s best transit systems.

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    uptown says:

    DC does have a private transit system…
    they’re called taxis. Of course they’re priced accordingly.

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    Paula says:

    @Anya:

    I didn’t read the article, but I really enjoyed Wonkette’s snarkfest about the “Nerd Love” revelations.

    As an English major I’m proud/horrified that one of our own seems to have made it so far, but damn we can sure sound like pretentious weenies (myself included). :)

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