The Rowdy One

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Who is even more tiresome than Bill Maher?

That would be his audience of drones, who sit in his studio each week and wait for the "clap now for liberalism" sign to light.

Given that, I am always surprised when anyone right of James Carville is willing to go on Maher's program. But Christopher Hitchens, author of Thomas Jefferson Author of America and writer for Vanity Fair, was not afraid. He not only went on Maher's show last weekend, but did something others who've had the misfortune of seeing parts of Maher's show have been wanting to do for years -- give his lefty loonies a single finger salute.

It also left Maher in a rarely seen position: speechless. Albeit only for a moment.

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Sunday, August 06, 2006

Colorado Highway Patrol cracks down on left lane drivers

A family friend recently found out first hand that Colorado has a law prohibiting motorists from driving for extended periods of time in the left-hand, or passing, lane.

"The Left Lane Law" actually hit the books in July 2004, but as the officer who pulled over our friend noted, "I'm not going to give you a ticket today because we are still educating the public about this."

The law states: “A person shall not drive a motor vehicle in the passing lane of a highway if the speed limit is 65 miles per hour or more unless such person is passing other motor vehicles that are in a nonpassing lane or turning left, or unless the volume of traffic does not permit the motor vehicle to safely merge into a nonpassing lane.”

By the way, the black and white photo above, circa the 1960s, comes courtesy of the state's Left Hand Lane Law brochure. Perhaps the highway patrol held onto this photo for more than four decades just waiting for the legislature to act on this critical issue.

On one hand, I am always annoyed when someone is putt-putting along in the passing lane on the highway, but, wow ... did we really need a law? I'm picturing that Colorado's legislature just got bored one afternoon while trying to solve a real traffic issue -- like the ludicrously long weekend highway lines to the ski areas -- and decide to tackle something easy, like keeping people out of the left lane.

By the way, violations carry a $41 fine and 3 points against your license. So, move it on over, bub!

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Thursday, August 03, 2006

This just in: 36% of Americans are complete, total whack jobs

More than one third of the people in the U.S. believe that the government assisted in the terrorist attacks on 9/11 or took no action to stop them so the U.S. could go to war in the Middle East, according to a Scripps Howard/Ohio University poll.

That is just barely lower than the 38% of Americans who think that the U.S. is withholding proof of the existence of intelligent life on other planets.

Do you know what this means? It means that about 1 in every 3 people you pass on the street are completely out of their gourd! We live amidst millions of people who are in need of more than just confidence in their government. They are in need of their meds.

Given that, serious consideration needs to be given to "adjusting off" this portion of the population when relaying other major polling data. For example, let's say 48% of people report that they believe that America is worse off today than we were five years ago. If we assume that the "36% whack job" contingent would all state that they were worse off, well then, that's really only like 1 in 6 legitimate folks who think that America is worse off now than half a decade ago.

Just think at the unbridled common sense and optimism that would reign if we could make such an adjustment.

The survey also revealed that people who regularly use the Internet, but do not frequent "mainstream" media, are significantly more likely to believe in 9/11 conspiracies. These same folks are probably the ones still waiting for their $1,000 check from Bill Gates while watching "Deal or No Deal."

Gosh, by recently starting this blog have I suddenly become part of the problem?

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