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  • May 14, 2015 at 11:10 pm

    All the government funding in the world won’t trump physics.

  • May 14, 2015 at 11:29 pm

    Not even Trump can trump physics…or the reality of government-sponsored entities. At some $41+ an hour, you’d expect someone to know when to slow down. It’s like forgetting you donated 75 Gs to your old boss’s money laundering operation b4 hammering the guy exposing your old boss’s money laundering operation. Tip your waitresses.

    • May 15, 2015 at 12:30 am

      prob did know when to slow down just couldn’t do it in his sleep.

      • May 15, 2015 at 1:55 am
        Ming the Merciless

        Was probably texting dirty gay ditties…

    • May 15, 2015 at 11:24 pm
      Robert I. Eachus

      Don’t be in a rush to bury the survivors. Recent indications are that the engineer may have been hit by a rock–at least one seems to have broken a front window on the engine.

      From experience the engineers tend to speed up out of North Philadelphia station, then lay off the accelerator so the train slows for the curve. After the curve, they speed up until they are passing traffic on I-95. Pneumatic braking, as opposed to engine drag is rare. (The ’emergency’ brake could have been pulled by any member of the crew. But my guess is that no one jumped fast enough. The stop cord will normally result in injuries so normally the crew would try to contact the engineer first.)

  • May 14, 2015 at 11:32 pm

    Only a prog like Skye could warp an act of criminal negligence into a whine about money…

    • May 15, 2015 at 12:03 am

      Why not? They wave the bloody shirt whenever there’s a mass shooting, neglecting to mention they happen in gun free zones.

  • May 14, 2015 at 11:33 pm

    Mo’ Money is always the gov answer…talk about your runaway trains.

    • May 15, 2015 at 8:43 am

      Mo of your money!

    • May 15, 2015 at 8:46 am

      Amtrak Runaway Train; it’s the perfect quasi-gov analogy…moneysucking, underperforming, ineptly managed, dangerous as hell.

  • May 14, 2015 at 11:43 pm
    B Woodman

    And O’Bozo had already gotten his “shovel ready” infrastructure money. . . . . which was promptly used to rebuild his political donor base infrastructure, not bridges, not roads nor tracks.

    • May 15, 2015 at 12:33 am

      as Coach Bryant used to say, “Bingo! that’s a goodie!”

  • May 15, 2015 at 12:08 am
    Ryk E Lee

    Isn’t there some LEO Skye should be servicing?

    • May 15, 2015 at 2:47 pm
      B Woodman

      I think the sheriff has more discernment then to be “serviced” by Skye.

  • May 15, 2015 at 12:14 am

    Just wait until they dig into the conductor’s background. This seems intentional. Like the Germanwings crash. I hope I’m wrong.

    • May 15, 2015 at 12:32 am
      Ryk E Lee

      The train driver is a pro Gay Marriage protester, he’ll get some leniency and support just from that. George Zim was in the clear with Law Enforcement until the media announced he was White/Hispanic. Branding, it seems, carries a lot of weight nowadays.

      • May 15, 2015 at 2:01 am
        Ming the Merciless

        It’s like in the Lac Mégantic explosion, the train driver should have said he was gay, then the media would have recalled that it was a local fire department that shut down the engines(dumping brake pressure) and did not apply the mechanical brakes(the big wheels at the end of each wagon)thus sending thousands of tons of fuel downhill to crash and blow up downtown…

      • May 15, 2015 at 4:10 am

        given a choice between funding Amtrac and funding the F-35 ($400 billion squander’d so far, and it still won’t fly) I’d fund Amtrac. But better neither

    • May 15, 2015 at 12:26 pm

      The engineer was NOT using his cell phone, but he had just held the throttle Wide Open for a full minute, gaining 81 mph, right before the restricting curve. Instead of going Big Hole to recover, he barely touched the brake.

      Sudden Jihad Syndrome, anyone?

  • May 15, 2015 at 12:54 am
    Alaska Paul

    There is an unwritten covenant in this and other countries that we maintain our present public infrastructure and build new infrastructure for ourselves and our descendants.

    Unfortunately, during the last 40 years or so, we have not lived up to the terms of that covenant, have spent much of our national wealth on frivolous projects and tons of entitlements, and pitifully little on basic infrastructure.

    Now we are trying to play catch-up, except now we are broke, in more ways than just money.

  • May 15, 2015 at 1:41 am

    Some folks don’t seem to get that the railroads are private industries. The only thing the government needs to do to help the railroads improve their infrastructure is let them keep more of their money. The people should not be taxed to pay for railroad improvements.

    People also need to get the facts straight. Left or right, there is a lot of hooey going on about this wreck. Let’s get some facts, people. One thing I have noticed, the left media like Huffpo jumped all over the engineer at first. The instant the “gay activist” thing came out they completely changed the tenor of their comments.

  • May 15, 2015 at 5:33 am
    Bill G

    Infrastructure upkeep/improvement funding somehow gets siphoned off.
    Like the levees in New Orleans.

  • May 15, 2015 at 6:23 am

    Everybody knows, gay men pull trains, they don’t drive them.

    Best train song ever…

  • May 15, 2015 at 7:42 am

    Wait, is Zed saying: When repubs won’t pay for infrastructure …. We get your standard gummint employee??

    • May 15, 2015 at 10:24 am

      notice the ‘or’ there
      The thing didn’t derail because of fake cut funding
      It likely derailed because some suddenly amnesiac asshole was running at over 2X the goddamned posted safe limit

  • May 15, 2015 at 8:13 am

    At some point, somebody is going to pull the public records laying out the maintenance status on that track line, when it was last inspected and the results. It’ll take some time because all that stuff isn’t readily available. In the Internet age, it should be. Passengers contemplating tickets should be able to access an intelligent agent that reviews the records for all the track before they buy tickets. Computers can do that kind of thing in a second or two. We’re just not set up for it.

    Big government intrudes where it shouldn’t but it also doesn’t focus and do what it should.

    • May 15, 2015 at 2:55 pm
      B Woodman

      Maybe, AT THE SAME TIME, the passenger contemplating purchasing buying a ticket to ride the train — could ALSO ACCESS the physical and mental health records, the last psych eval, the political, sexual orientation of the engineer DRIVING the train that they will be riding in.

      Ya think?

    • May 15, 2015 at 11:49 pm
      Robert I. Eachus

      Sorry Charlie, the track is not an issue. AFAIK all the main line track in this area is heavyweight continuous welded rail. This track is also used by the Acela trains from Boston to Washington, DC.

  • May 15, 2015 at 8:23 am
    Chris in N.Va.

    Let’s see….

    Speed limit for hairpin turn is 30 mph.

    Irresponsible bus driver takes turn driving over 60 mph and accident kills and injures many when the bus flies off the road and wraps around a tree.

    Libs want more money for “infrastructure.”

    Leaves one wondering how infrastructure improvements would alleviate the problem of drivers speeding.

    OH! I have it!

    Cut down the trees and replace them with bubble wrap so at least there is a nice soft area for vehicles to land in when they fly off the road.

    Or something…

  • May 15, 2015 at 9:15 am

    Wonder if the engineer was listening to Dead Man’s Curve by Jan and Dean thinking I can make it unlike the Jag at the turn. Or did he zone out.
    Supposedly he is not being asked questions on what the hell happened until he recovers from his injuries since allegedly he hit his head and has no memory of the accident.

    Too many times there is funding for maintenance, repairs and upgrades in the budget which gets reallocated to other projects (slush funds.)
    Or maybe there was the yearly bonus incentive of what you don’t spend, you get a percentage of the remaining.

    There was a local post office branch manager that actually limited the bathroom supplies, turned off lights and hot water to reduce his expenses to increase his year end bonus. That did not go over well with the health and safety folks.

    • May 15, 2015 at 1:45 pm

      Same at the VA. The director gets a cash bonus for money “saved”. At our Med Center in Roseburg, OR, our director routinely got $30K+ for not filling staff vacancies caused by retirements, staff resignations, etc., for depriving the vets of needed supplies, and of not having enough staff to meet the appointment needs/times of the vets. (Staff who “went along” with this program got promoted into low-effort/no-effort positions, yet they were not replaced, making less staff do the same amount of work with fewer bodies.)

  • May 15, 2015 at 9:56 am

    The federal government killed commercial passenger train service (no, it wasn’t commercial jet service, as goes the myth); then, it offered government operated commercial passenger train service.

    Trains wreck and people die.

    But at least we don’t have rich capitalist train “robber barons” making “obscene” profits by transporting rich folks to their destinations.

    Everyone is equal and must travel the government train.

    In the name of the common good, uniformity and the holy collective. Amen.

  • May 15, 2015 at 1:28 pm

    I think the responsible action for the authorities in this case is to determine an appropriate penalty for such a train-driving violation. Since it caused multiple deaths and massive property damage, I’m thinking capital punishment, preceded by a fair trial, of course.

  • May 15, 2015 at 3:54 pm

    Hey! You snuck in a two-fer! I guess it’s apropos in the sense of train wrecks, this one of the Hollywood PC variety. I don’t give a rat’s ass about the movie but you got a couple good quips in there, not to mention a couple fine nips, so I’m good.

    • May 15, 2015 at 4:18 pm
      Grunt GI

      Quips, tips, and nips…what’s not to like!

  • May 15, 2015 at 4:47 pm
    B Woodman

    YAYYYY! Thanks for the two-fer, Chris, in more ways than one!
    Now give me a minute or three to come up with a good retort on the second one.

  • May 15, 2015 at 5:08 pm

    For the top panel… rumor has it that the equipment to slow down the trains on the north bound run was installed. The FCC was holding up releasing the GPS bandwidth to make it happen so to speak.

    For the second panel… did Tom Hardy use case hardened nails when doing the job? Was he wearing the proper PPE in the nailing the cave in question?

    • May 15, 2015 at 5:56 pm
      B Woodman

      From something I just read (American Thinker?), the FCC had JUST released the BW (which was “owned” by someone else), and AMTRACK had negotiated the purchase from the owner (after 2 years), everything was ready to go two-three days prior, just that no one had flipped that final switch.

      The ultimate example for Murphy’s Law, “Anything that can go wrong, will, and at the worst possible time.”

      And that includes Libtards (attempting to blame the Republitards)

      • May 15, 2015 at 9:01 pm

        So if idiot activist boy would have waited a week to self-destruct this travesty might have been stopped and his raggedy ass fired…
        Someone needs to follow the money as to who gains what from all of this…

  • May 15, 2015 at 5:46 pm

    Just a minor quibble, Chris: Shouldn’t it be “Who played with Ensler’s vagina? 🙂

    • May 15, 2015 at 5:58 pm
      B Woodman


      • May 15, 2015 at 7:38 pm

        Sorry about that. I was being a grammar nazi. My bad …

  • May 15, 2015 at 6:04 pm
    Bill M

    Train Wrecks all around.
    This one; Obamacare; Hillary; Obama; DOJ;ICE; VA; etc. What one thing do they all have in common? (Answer should be obvious for even the most casual observer.)

  • May 16, 2015 at 10:33 pm
    Indiana Mike

    Ming the Merciless; you don’t know a thing about trains and brakes. Air brake pressure keeps the brakes OPEN, it doesn’t close them. Westinghouse stole that ingenious system well over a Century ago. If a train looses the air pressure keeping them off, the brakes clamp on automatically. That’s why if an air hose is broken, the train line dumps pressure and clamps down into emergency. Essentially, you need air pressure to keep the train moving, NOT to stop it.

  • May 17, 2015 at 2:32 pm
    Jason Thorn

    I’m not exactly sure which movie Aaron was seeing, but a lot of things made sense in that movie.

    Maybe Furiosa’s confident and “doing most of the butt-kicking herself?” The character of Max was always as a rogue element, and it made sense in context.

    “When sheep have to deal with wolves, they either grow claws or become lamb chops.”

    Besides, to echo Bill Denbrough’s lament from the novel IT, “Can’t you just let a STORY be a STORY?”

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