1. 1

    Worf spews:

    Fascinating salon article. As someone who has had the, er, privilege of driving Paris’ Peripherique during rush hour, a 30% decrease in traffic on that freeway would be very welcome.
    Imagine L.A. rush hour, but two more lanes and bmw’s, mercedes, Porsches and maseratis legally driving in the left lane over 100 mph and then screaming across six lanes of progressively slower traffic to hit their exit.
    And that was 25 years ago. Can’t imagine what it’s like now.
    But to the subject at hand, how about eliminating fares on the so-called rapid lines? Then design them to function as trunks, and charge $1.00 to transfer to the local lines to get you closer to your destination.
    Public transit in King, Pierce and Snohomish counties is WAY too expensive. It should not cost more than $2.00 to go anywhere between Tacoma and Everett.

  2. 3

    sally spews:

    When the downtown Free Ride Area was abolished, that meant that low-income/homeless people who stay in shelters or live downtown could not use buses to get to appointments downtown. That was definitely a problem for them, even though your “problems” may have been solved, Carl.

  3. 4

    Worf spews:

    All well and good, @ 2. For the rest of us not yet of a certain age, public transit is prohibitively expensive. For instance, driving from my home in Maple Leaf to my job in Lynnwood, a distance of just over ten miles door to door, costs me about $4.00 round trip, with a commute time of approx. 15 minutes each direction.
    To take public transit, the cost explodes to $10.25 one way, and takes four to five times longer, between 60 minutes and 72 minutes… Each way.
    Now, you’re going to say that an ORCA card would greatly reduce the cost, and that is true. However, like many people in the workforce today, I do not work a “normal”, 9-5, mon. through fri. schedule. Taking public transit during non commute times and on weekends increases travel time, so an ORCA pass is not a logical investment, because I’m not going to take the bus to work a swing shift on a Saturday. I would never get home.
    Now, I’m a relatively rational person, and will make rational decisions. There is absolutely no rational reason for me to ever use public transit to go to work. I would much rather take public transit if it were an option. I can walk to the northgate transit center from my house. A rational system would allow me to do so, get on a bus and arrive at the Lynnwood transit center in under 20 minutes, then allow me to transfer to a Snohomish county bus at no additional cost and arrive at work within 30 minutes for about $2.00 each way.
    Unfortunately, we have one of the worst, most dysfunctional transit systems on earth.

  4. 6

    Worf spews:

    And the King County Transit planner doesn’t allow you to link to an itinerary, defaulting instead to the blank form.
    Our transit system sucks rancid donkey ass.

  5. 7

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    @4 I didn’t say you should take public transit. Clearly, you’re better off buying $4.00/gal. gas, preferably from an oil company in which I own stock. Please fill up at a British Petroleum or Chevron station. Thanks, I appreciate your business!

  6. 8

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    Can We Fix Our Infrastructure Now?

    “A broken water main near the UCLA campus sent a geyser of water some 30 feet into the air Tuesday, trapping people in underground parking garages and covering some of the best-known parts of the campus in water, including the school’s famed basketball arena.

    “The 30-inch, 93-year-old pipe that broke under nearby Sunset Boulevard made a raging river of the street and sent millions of gallons of water across the school’s athletic facilities, including the famed floor of Pauley Pavilion, as well as a pair of parking structures that took the brunt of the damage. …

    “Firefighters, some using inflatable boats, saved at least five people who were stranded in the underground parking structures.”

    Roger Rabbit Commentary: Why don’t we just quit our partisan bickering, borrow some money, and put a million construction workers back to work? And don’t start preaching to me about deficits; the House Republicans just passed a $237 billion tax cut for business with no way to pay for it, so they obviously are willing to borrow money and obviously don’t care about deficits. My response to that is we need to repair our infrastructure a lot more than the rich need further special tax privileges.

  7. 9

    MikeBoyScout spews:

    As bad as the implementation of the trip planner is I’d like to bring to your attention an item of real import.

    Nobody knows better about the importance and Holiness of heterosexual ‘one man, one woman’ marriage than our Republican and Christian friends.
    Thankfully one of their most ardent culture warriors has brought forth the “favorite playmate” defense.

    <emRICHMOND, Va. – The corruption trial for ex-Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife plunged Tuesday into the sordid details of the couple's marriage and the former first lady's "crush" on a businessman accused of lavishing them with gifts and cash in exchange for promoting his company.
    The McDonnells are charged in a 14-count indictment with accepting more than $165,000 in loans, designer clothes, vacations, and a Rolex watch from Jonnie Williams, the CEO of dietary supplements maker Star Scientific. If convicted, they could face decades in prison.

    If Republican Christianists didn’t exist, comedians would need to invent them.

  8. 12

    Puddybud - The ONE and Only spews:

    If Ebola comes through the insecure southern border with Mexico what will Obummer do then?

  9. 15

    Deathfrogg spews:

    Heh, Goldy and HA made Raw Story. That’s almost national recognition.

    And SchizoPudd @ 12? Ebola isn’t in Central America. Thats an African thing. Of course, you don’t care. It’s brown people that talk funny that you’re really terrified of. All them damn dirty animal-children coming here to rape your friend’s daughters (not that you actually have any friends) and poison wells with their secret witchcraft and black magic. Next thing you’ll be accusing them of is using Christian blood to make their bread.


    Aside here to Goldy or Carl, the HA thread on the NRA audio shows no comments, the “comments” link just takes me to the same post with the trackbacks and none of the local comments are visible.

    Just sayin’.

  10. 18

    Sloppy Travis Bickle spews:

    @ 8

    The 30-inch, 93-year-old pipe that broke under nearby Sunset Boulevard made a raging river of the street and sent millions of gallons of water across the school’s athletic facilities, including the famed floor of Pauley Pavilion, as well as a pair of parking structures that took the brunt of the damage.

    The arena — where Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Bill Walton, Reggie Miller and Kevin Love starred and John Wooden coached for 10 years – recently underwent a $132 million renovation that was completed in October 2012. At least an inch of water — some reports put the level at three inches — covered the wood floor Tuesday night, and its locker rooms were flooded.

    Hey, RR, if they had taken that $132,000,000 and instead put it into fixing infrastructure, like maybe replacing that pipe, do ya think that the burst pipe might have been avoided?

  11. 20

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    @18 Every pipe breaks sooner or later. I would say 93 years is pushing your luck. At least Seattle is smart enough to replace the 60-year-old Alaska Way Viaduct before it collapses.

  12. 21

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    Boeing To Build Stretch 787 In South Carolina

    “Boeing announced Wednesday that it will build the longest version of the 787 Dreamliner exclusively in its factory in North Charleston, S.C.”

    Roger Rabbit Commentary: This may be within the strict letter of the deals under which Boeing extracted major concessions from the union and received billions in taxpayer subsidies from Washington state, but it reeks of bad faith.

  13. 22

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    “The U.S. economy has grown far more rapidly under Democratic presidents than under Republican presidents since World War II — but why?”

    We’ve known this for years, but now MSM are picking it up.

    “A paper released Tuesday by the National Bureau of Economic Research seeks to answer that question.”

    Okay, so what are their findings?

    “‘The U.S. economy not only grows faster, according to real GDP and other measures, during Democratic versus Republican presidencies, it also produces more jobs, lowers the unemployment rate, generates higher corporate profits and investment, and turns in higher stock market returns,’ wrote Princeton economists Alan Blinder and Mark Watson. ‘Indeed, it outperforms under almost all standard macroeconomic metrics.'”

    Yeah, yeah, we know that. And I also know that as a capitalist and stock investor, it would serve my interests to vote for Democrats even if I didn’t have ideological or policy reasons for doing so, because they’re better for my stock returns.

    “‘By some measures, the partisan performance gap is startlingly large,’ the authors write. ‘So large, in fact, that it strains credulity, given how little influence over the economy most economists (or the Constitution, for that matter) assign to the President of the United States.'”

    Yes, yes, we know the GOP’s economic performance is abysmal. But tell us what you guys think explains it! (Hint: Republicans are stupid.)

    “The authors point … to two factors that have favored Democrats over Republicans: First, rising energy prices, and the negative effects on the economy that result, have tended to occur during GOP administrations. … The second factor… is that new technological advances that grow the economy have tended to happen during Democratic administrations. … ‘Democrats would no doubt like to attribute the large D-R growth gap to macroeconomic policy choices, but the data do not support such a claim,’ the authors write. ‘It seems we must look instead to several variables that are mostly ‘good luck’ ….'”

    In other words, Democrats look better than Republicans on economic management thanks to Acts of God.

    Shorter version: God likes Democrats and doesn’t like Republicans. Now, the question is, why? (Hint: Because Republicans are lying, thieving, cheating, hypocritical adultering assholes.)

  14. 23

    Ekim spews:

    Megadrought: Huge Surge of Pacific Heat Fails to Start El Nino, Heats Planet to 3 Warmest Months

    Chances of a western north America megadrought of an intensity not seen since before the arrival of European explorers just went up. The largest surge of heat ever recorded moving west to east in the Pacific ocean along the equator just dissipated heating the planet to the warmest 3 months in history, but failing to produce an El Nino. Strong El Nino events intensify the jet stream across the Pacific, bringing rain to California and the southwestern U.S. Although a number of climate models still predict an El Nino, the chance of a drought breaking strong El Nino has gone way down with the passing of this huge Kelvin wave.

    Daily KOS

    Let’s burn more coal, oil and natural gas. That should help.

  15. 24

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    Laissez-faire trucking regulations are killing 11 Americans and injuring another 284 Americans every day.

    Roger Rabbit Commentary: Thanks to Reaganomics, we now live in the era of $25,000-a-year truck drivers and airplane pilots, so a certain amount of collateral damage has to be expected, because you get what you pay for.

  16. 25

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    Of course, the conservative response to this is that when truck drivers and airline pilots make $25,000 a year, teachers earning $35,000 a year are overpaid. And don’t even get them started on janitors, nursing home attendants, and hamburger flippers getting $15 an hour …

  17. 26

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    If the federal minimum wage was raised to $15 an hour, many truck drivers and some airline pilots would get raises. That’s the pathetic condition our labor markets are in thanks to 33 years of conservative economic policies.

  18. 27

    ArtFart spews:

    @8 Seems right out of Terry Gilliam’s movie “Brazil”.

    Where the hell is Arichibald Tuttle, now that we need him?

  19. 29

    Puddybud - The ONE and Only spews:

    Hey NoBalls Idiot Wabbit,

    Some teachers are overpaid… Those who should be fired for incompetence or laziness. Kind of like ambulance chasing lawyers… Those are so bad they can’t make it otherwise.

  20. 30

    Puddybud - The ONE and Only spews:

    So NoBalls IDIOT Wabbit,

    California’s busted infrastructure is California’s fault. In a land of rich DUMMOCRETINS, they should tax those DUMMOCRETINS more and more!

  21. 31

    Puddybud - The ONE and Only spews:

    Oh rujaxoffallthetime,

    You mean you can’t determine where Puddy is? Just ask your dumb cousin clueless visa stamp crazed cretin arschloch. clueless visa stamp crazed cretin arschloch knows.

    Hint… very close to the equator.

  22. 32

    Puddybud - The ONE and Only spews:

    What NoBalls IDIOT Wabbit didn’t clarify is starting salaries for the REGIONAL airlines back in 2010 was $25,000 not the big national carriers.

    Butt hey, make it look bad is the name of NoBalls game.

  23. 34

    Puddybud - The ONE and Only spews:

    Oh rujaxoffallthetime,

    It’s the next day here. Puddy always ahead of you rujaxoffallthetime!

  24. 36

    Puddybud - The ONE and Only spews:

    Oh rujaxoffallthetime,

    Puddy doesn’t have ASSFACIA like rujaxoffallthetime, where your face looks like your ASS and your bowels don’t know which way to move!

    Sux to be you!

  25. 38

    Deathfrogg spews:

    @ 35 Rujax

    I don’t understand how he could, he’s never seen the inside of a school in his life.

  26. 39

    Puddybud - The ONE and Only spews:

    Oh rujaxoffallthetime and OWS Racist Fraggy,

    Bring it on. When you go ad homimen you’ve lost the argument!

  27. 43

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    @41 Just so we’re clear about this …

    “The first president to issue a signing statement was James Monroe. … Until Ronald Reagan became President, only 75 statements had been issued; Reagan and his successors George H. W. Bush and Bill Clinton produced 247 signing statements …. As of January 30, 2008, [George W. Bush] had signed 157 signing statements challenging over 1,100 provisions of federal law. The upswing in the use of signing statements … coincides with the writing by Samuel A. Alito — then a staff attorney in the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel — of a 1986 memorandum making the case for ‘interpretive signing statements’ as a tool to ‘increase the power of the Executive to shape the law.'”

    … you’re complaining that Obama is doing what his GOP predecessors freely and prolifically did?

  28. 44

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    If you can’t afford to pay $1200 monthly rent because you’re a disabled veteran living on $849 a month of social security benefits, you’re obviously a public enemy.

    Roger Rabbit Commentary: When I was arguing with conservatives over raising the minimum wage, on this and other blogs, they kept arguing that employers aren’t responsible for paying a living wage and employees should get paid what they’re worth.*

    * In conservative lexicon, “worth” means “the lowest wage that market forces and unequal bargaining power enable an employer to get away with paying.”

    So what are otherwise law abiding people whose income — whether from disability benefits or low-wage employment — can’t even pay rent supposed to do? Die?

    It’s ridiculous that our society treats homeless veterans, disabled people, and low-wage workers as a police problem. Sleeping in a car, because they have nowhere else to go, should not be a crime. Treating the poor like criminals is the crime.

    Anyway, there are at least three things we can do about the homeless problem. 1) Provide public spaces where it is legal to camp. (2) Allow Wal-Mart, churches, and other private property owners to provide sanctuary for homeless camps on their land. (3) Increase disability benefit payments and the legal minimum wage to levels sufficient to enable people to live.

    The only response that conservatives have offered for the problem is to hate on the poor. Why would anyone vote for such a cold-hearted bunch of dicks as them?

  29. 47

    EvergreenRailfan spews:

    8)Sounds like it dated back to the Mullholland Era at LADWP. He was a visionary, but made mistakes, such as the Dam that failed in the Owens Valley.

  30. 49

    Puddybud - The ONE and Only spews:

    Let’s be clear NoBalls IDIOT Wabbit,

    Obummer claimed Obummer would not use that signing tactic before his erection to calm the seas and stop globull warming as preznit? Do you have reading comprehension problems NoBalls? Or, as the ASS you are, like to reframe the question into something never offered or proffered? When backed into a corner with FACTS that’s all you have left.

    Your lawyer rewording tricks don’t work with Puddy. You can use that on rujaxoffallthetime. He’s a low information voter; stoooooooooopid like that!

    Like shooting rujaxoffallthetime figurines off of the ledge. You can’t miss the fat ASS they possess!

  31. 54

    Puddybud - The ONE and Only spews:

    Wow, it’s about time real people identify these for whom they are…

    DUMMOCRETINS always skirt the double standard and think it’s A-OK for them to accept $$$LARGE from the leading purveyor of DUMMOCRETIN political “dark money” while making up stuff about Republicans!

  32. 57

    Puddybud - The ONE and Only spews:

    Meanwhile another Wall Street type OWS Racist Fraggy can’t seem to criticize. Now why is that OWS Racist Fraggy? Meets all of your “occupy wall street” characteristics! He’s a DUMMOCRETIN donor! Decided to use strange tricks to not pay

    “… $6 billion in taxes…” – Senator John S. McCain III

    Another tax cheating DUMMOCRETIN roach infestation!

    As Puddy ties this back to this Bloomberg article from, we’ll see if the IRS will be dropping this case becuz he’s a big time DUMMOCRETIN donor!