Daily Archives: July 10, 2007

Trains, Trams, Scams, but No ($ for) Automobiles

Thank you Portland Tribune for telling some of the story about how most of our transportation dollars go for light rail…and not roads. 97% of the people in Oregon do NOT use public transportation. They need their cars for work. Find the story here. Below is a telling excerpt:

Meanwhile, Commissioner Sam Adams recently wrapped up a series of neighborhood meetings on the city’s growing street maintenance problems.

During the meetings, Adams said Portland has a $422 million backlog of transportation maintenance needs that is increasing by $9 million a year. Problems include 127 miles of unpaved streets and 60 miles of arterial streets without sidewalks.

“The economy is suffering, and people are getting injured and killed because we can’t maintain our streets,” he said.

The reason? All the transportation dollars are going for light rail and train projects because THAT’S THE MONEY THEY’RE ASKING FOR—THEY’RE NOT ASKING FOR MONEY FOR INFRASTRUCTURE/ROAD IMPROVEMENTS.
Get this: people are dying because these social engineers won’t even try to accommodate the 97% of Oregonians who use their personal automobiles to conduct their lives. I see a scandal here. Anybody? Anybody?

Tell ’em where you saw it. Http://www.victoriataft.com

Earl Blumenauer and Operation Phantom Thunder

Earl, since the Oregonian article says today you get a ‘ping’ everytime someone blogs about you (read here) I thought I’d mention some reading you need to do before you blow up the chances of our winning in Iraq by calling for immediate troop withdrawal–again. Please read the Iraq Report here. No, really, read it.
Here’s an excerpt since maybe your crackberry doesn’t open attachments:
Operation Phantom Thunder is the first coordinated campaign against the insurgency in Iraq. It has a greater chance of success than discrete operations.

• Multiple, simultaneous operations throughout the belts should limit the movement of insurgents, who have been able to flee to other areas for safe haven in the past. • The number of U.S. casualties is likely to rise because U.S. troops are attacking enemy strongholds in Iraq’s most volatile provinces.
Conclusion • If the offensive in the belts is successful, Baghdad will be more secure because fighters and weapons will not flow freely from the suburbs to the city. • Engaging the Iraqi population in counterinsurgency efforts during clearing operations in Baghdad and the belts challenges the insurgency in Iraq. • A series of follow-up operations may occur in Baghdad or elsewhere in Iraq after Operation Phantom Thunder. • The Corps designed Phantom Thunder to last for several months, and it will take time to determine whether it has succeeded.

Tell ’em where you saw it. Http://www.victoriataft.com

Trains, Trams, Scams, but No ($ for) Automobiles

Thank you Portland Tribune for telling some of the story about how most of our transportation dollars go for light rail…and not roads. 97% of the people in Oregon do NOT use public transportation. They need their cars for work. Find the story here. Below is a telling excerpt:

Meanwhile, Commissioner Sam Adams recently wrapped up a series of neighborhood meetings on the city’s growing street maintenance problems.

During the meetings, Adams said Portland has a $422 million backlog of transportation maintenance needs that is increasing by $9 million a year. Problems include 127 miles of unpaved streets and 60 miles of arterial streets without sidewalks.

“The economy is suffering, and people are getting injured and killed because we can’t maintain our streets,” he said.

The reason? All the transportation dollars are going for light rail and train projects because THAT’S THE MONEY THEY’RE ASKING FOR—THEY’RE NOT ASKING FOR MONEY FOR INFRASTRUCTURE/ROAD IMPROVEMENTS.
Get this: people are dying because these social engineers won’t even try to accommodate the 97% of Oregonians who use their personal automobiles to conduct their lives. I see a scandal here. Anybody? Anybody?

Tell ’em where you saw it. Http://www.victoriataft.com

Earl Blumenauer and Operation Phantom Thunder

Earl, since the Oregonian article says today you get a ‘ping’ everytime someone blogs about you (read here) I thought I’d mention some reading you need to do before you blow up the chances of our winning in Iraq by calling for immediate troop withdrawal–again. Please read the Iraq Report here. No, really, read it.
Here’s an excerpt since maybe your crackberry doesn’t open attachments:
Operation Phantom Thunder is the first coordinated campaign against the insurgency in Iraq. It has a greater chance of success than discrete operations.

• Multiple, simultaneous operations throughout the belts should limit the movement of insurgents, who have been able to flee to other areas for safe haven in the past. • The number of U.S. casualties is likely to rise because U.S. troops are attacking enemy strongholds in Iraq’s most volatile provinces.
Conclusion • If the offensive in the belts is successful, Baghdad will be more secure because fighters and weapons will not flow freely from the suburbs to the city. • Engaging the Iraqi population in counterinsurgency efforts during clearing operations in Baghdad and the belts challenges the insurgency in Iraq. • A series of follow-up operations may occur in Baghdad or elsewhere in Iraq after Operation Phantom Thunder. • The Corps designed Phantom Thunder to last for several months, and it will take time to determine whether it has succeeded.

Tell ’em where you saw it. Http://www.victoriataft.com