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Notice any similarity between the train’s logo and that of anyone in particular running for re-election in 2012?

Remember Obama’s State of the Union address? There was one portion so blindingly, mind numbingly stupid that I’ve been hesitant up to now, to try to point out just how truly awful it is.

Within 25 years, our goal is to give 80 percent of Americans access to high-speed rail. (Applause.) This could allow you to go places in half the time it takes to travel by car. For some trips, it will be faster than flying — without the pat-down. (Laughter and applause.) As we speak, routes in California and the Midwest are already underway.

Aside from the utter dishonesty of implying that the TSA has no design on increasing security at every train station throughout the US, how good a prescription for an ailing economy is high speed rail?

Read more about this fiasco here

» 26 Comments

  1. James Hines' Mama

    August 15th, 2011

    James is already in line waiting to buy a ticket for that. Mama gave him permission. Keep his dumb ass out my basement for a while.

    Why me, lawd? Why me???

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  2. Aufklarer

    August 15th, 2011

    Didn’t the ChiComs just stop making these things? Where is Barak Hussein going to get his choo-choo trains from now?

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  3. Boobie the Rocket Dog

    August 15th, 2011

    @ aufklarer-

    Why, from GE, of course.
    That’s why Immelt has been sucking Obumfuk all along.

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  4. Phil E. Buster

    August 15th, 2011

    Resist we much.

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  5. Petrus

    August 15th, 2011

    TSA = Obama’s “Heavily Funded National Security Militia.”

    I went through Dulles this weekend and was amazed at the number of blue shirts. There were honestly more TSA than travelers at security by almost 2 to 1. Eyeballed checking in(which was a good thing I think) stopped 5 feet away for another check of my ticket, full body scanned AND patted down. I had cargo shorts on and he asked me if I was sure I did not have a piece of paper or handkerchief in my pocket.
    What exactly were they looking for? If I was lying?

    And the TSA now roam the terminals in two’s? They were on the train and walking around the gates.

    Maybe Blue shirts are the new Brown Shirts?

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  6. Czar of Defenestration

    August 15th, 2011

    Little Barry Half Black sat on a wall,
    Little Barry Half black had a great fall,
    All his great spinnsters and all the MSM
    Couldn’t put Little Barry Half Black together again.

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  7. John Difool

    August 15th, 2011

    They should build a highspeed rail line to the Arizona border so hard working honest taxpayers can get the hell out of there faster.

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  8. Drackxman

    August 15th, 2011

    Governor Scott Walker shut that down in Wisconsin. Past Gov. Doyle was all in with barry on high speed trains. It would have cost Billions.

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  9. ScratchNSniff

    August 15th, 2011

    Why even paint it at all? It’s just going to get graffiti on it.

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  10. Hotlanta Mike

    August 15th, 2011

    Aufklarer

    August 15th, 2011

    Didn’t the ChiComs just stop making these things? Where is Barak Hussein going to get his choo-choo trains from now?

    ===============================================

    32 die in China high-speed train crash

    High-speed train smashes into stalled train in China’s eastern Zhejiang province

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/43865656/ns/world_news-asia_pacific/t/die-china-high-speed-train-crash/

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  11. moarkdave

    August 15th, 2011

    At first glance, I thought the train in the circle logo looked like it was going off of a cliff.

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  12. Loretta in Indiana

    August 15th, 2011

    Concerning the logo — I refuse to buy anything that looks like Zero’s logo — Goodbye to Pepsi, Dr. Pepper and all their subsidiaries.

    It’s the symbol of Traitors/Liars/Tyrants.
    No different than buying stuff emblazoned with a swastika.

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  13. MADJACK

    August 15th, 2011

    Well Baraq Husinsein bin Ubama is starting his Tragical Misery Tour today! :roll: Oh happy days. :sad:

    http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-PRbTh0JU_vo/Tkj6rDRjG0I/AAAAAAAAWqk/lKaU6j2r69I/s1600/Obama-jobs-tour-bustout.jpg

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  14. Tim

    August 15th, 2011

    If enough people wanted high speed rail (or low speed, for that matter) someone would be building it, making money. That shit works in small countries like Japan and England, and in high population density areas like Beijing and Chicago, but would be a stone loser, in, say, the Ozarks or Kansas.

    What doesn’t BO understand?

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  15. TooMuchTime

    August 15th, 2011

    The history of transportation shows that we adopt new technologies when they are faster, more convenient, and less expensive than the technologies they replace.

    High-speed rail is slower than flying, less convenient than driving, and far more expensive than either one. As a result, it will never serve more than a few marginal travelers.

    - Randall O’Toole

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  16. Wyatt

    August 15th, 2011

    In one of their few lucid moments, many California politicians on both sides of the aisle are trying to block, or at least delay this thing. The first section is supposed to run from a small town in central California to another small town in central California, and the estimated cost overruns are enormous. To top it off, even our politicians realize that the estimated cost overruns are probably estimated way too low. For those of you unfamilar with California, from Bakersfield to Modesto is a place one travels through to get somewhere else – not a destination.

    Projected ridership for this first part of the line is so low that after completion of the initial line, there will probably be no service. The agency in charge of the thing wants to delay actually running passenger trains until it is linked with major population centers.

    So why fund this boondoggle? Because some politicians think that if the project is not started, then the Feds will pull their funding in the future. It is all about the Benjamins, and voters should remember this the next time some Democrat or RINO pretends to be interested in fiscal responsibility.

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  17. old_oaks

    August 15th, 2011

    We’ve had high speed rail in the Chicagoland area for as long as I can remember, it’s been called METRA, CTA, RTA and even AMTRAK.

    There has never been even ONE SINGLE DAY that any of these entities have been able to operate WITHOUT federal and state funding.

    What this means is, the ticket fares alone DO NOT support the level of infrastructure needed to run the operation.

    There are not enough riders that will ride the existing trains, SO LET’S BUILD ANOTHER!

    It’s mind numbingly stoopid!

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  18. Nunya

    August 15th, 2011

    Rail Cali…all the faster to escape that pr0g-infested state, m’dear

    Srsly? 25 years to implement is a good thing?

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  19. muddjuice

    August 15th, 2011

    High speed rail is a great idea – if it’s the year 1924.

    I’ll take my car, thanks…

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  20. FreeMan 4 Sarah

    August 15th, 2011

    I do see it, it looks like the Dutch Rudder Rowing Team Logo

    http://profile.ak.fbcdn.net/hprofile-ak-snc4/50352_157736414251048_2655_n.jpg

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  21. Claudia

    August 15th, 2011

    It’s the same thing as socialism. High speed rail hasn’t worked here because the right people haven’t run it yet.

    Bwwwhhhhhaaaaahahahahahahahaaaa

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  22. jeckelmyhyde

    August 15th, 2011

    Where are the envirowhackos screaming about the eviromental impact of building these albatrosses.

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  23. Plain Jane

    August 15th, 2011

    Website for comments http://www.idothsr.org/

    Chicago to St. Louis – yea, right. Takes 5 hours tops by car in good weather. So, after taking the train, paying for parking your car at the station, do we rent a car from the train station to our destination? Or will the train pull up in front of our destination in St. Louis burb?

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  24. old_oaks

    August 15th, 2011

    Not only that Plain Jane, but a car with gas mileage in excess of 30MPG will use less gas ROUND TRIP than the cost of ONE adult ticket.

    Oops! Can a modern car carry more than one adult?

    Well I just see the efficiency of a car trip to St. Louis getting better and better compared to any train ride.

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  25. Stevo

    August 15th, 2011

    To see just how well thought out this was, check out the name\slogan\motto on the train, ‘FLY CALIFORNIA.’ Picture the brain trust behind this bit of marketing brilliance.

    And High-Speed Rail is not high speed unless it’s running on high speed (and very, very expensive) tracks. Passenger trains sharing routes with freight trains have to operate at freight train speeds, plus it complicates the scheduling for all the trains involved.

    Do a little investigation on some of the currently proposed high speed train routes and you’ll find that the volume of traffic between the two points is currently being handled quite well by existing highways and a few commercial buses a day.

    Dang Utopian Socialists. If only their hare-brained schemes weren’t so horribly expensive.

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  26. Kel Varnsen

    August 15th, 2011

    Scamtrak

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