Crash Into Me


Remember this— that there is a proper dignity and proportion to be observed in the performance of every act of life.

Marcus Aurelius : Meditations

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Just a quick blurb about the ferry crash that happened this morning. 

Ouch. 

The accident happened on the same boat, The Andrew J. Barberi, that crashed into the pier near the ferry a few years ago, killing 11 people.  A fair amount of damage to the boat, 3 dozen people hurt, several seriously.  According to what I’ve heard it was a mechanical failure that did in the boat and caused the crash.  I kinda giggled though when listening to and reading some of the coverage.  SILIVE with it’s “Boat hit dock real hard” headline had a, pardon the expression, a boatload of people guffawing at how dumb that particular headline looked, just a bit like it was written by a seven year old, or the people on TV mentioning that  “you can see new york from there” among other hilarious statements.  Giggly funny stuff for a dead serious event.

Won’t affect tomorrows commute, but Monday morning might be affected.  I usually catch the Barberi in the morning.  One presumes not this Monday or a great many to come. 

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Viddy of the day:  A simple camera shot from a helicopter above the Staten Island ferry, courtesy of the daily news, showing the Barberi in dock from this morning.  You can see that it’s wedged in far too deep into the dock just by looking at it.

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Saturday’s links of the day:

Staten Island ferry crash injures dozens aboard

Nearly 50 hurt when Staten Island ferry crashes into docking pier

A new setback in attempt to contain the gulf oil spill

Tea party movement ousts Se. Bob Bennett in Utah

U.S. Flag recalled after causing 143 million deaths  🙂

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Bob Bennett is a conservative.  He is pro gun rights.  He is for tighter immigration control.  He is strongly anti-abortion. He is anti-affirmative action.  He is about as conservative as you can get.  That matters not a tinkers damn to the tea party patriots, who today in a move that showed just how much power they have, in republican controlled Utah at the very least, kicked Sen. Bennett to the curb for not being conservative enough.  The hate for Bob began when he voted for TARP, and didn’t abate even though he has voted for all things Republican and conservative besides TARP, and has followed the party line, and done all he could for his constituents for the past 18 years.

I cannot say that I am the biggest fan of Bob.  I am a liberal, he is a conservative, we don’t see eye to eye on a lot of subjects.  But you have to feel for the guy when he has done all that he could for everyone in a way that has worked for many years, and have one vote bite him in the ass.

Won’t say I’ll miss him, cause I won’t, but people do need to be careful who they vote for.  I urge all Utah voters to look hard into the background of the other candidates, just to make sure they are the people they really want in the senate. 

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To finish things off, The pic and quote of the day.

What counts is not what sounds plausible, not what we would like to believe, not what one or two witnesses claim, but only what is supported by hard evidence rigorously and skeptically examined. Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence.

Carl Sagan

That’s it from here.  G’night America!

LET’S GO YANKEES!

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