The Onion cartoon today has a Chris Christie after his re-election triumph with an “E Z Pass” marschaling his people to head down the Turnpike to the White House in 2016.
“The road to the White House runs through Jersey” says a banner above. A sign reads “TURNPIKE” and “TO D.C., 2016” underneath.
The cartoonist ‘Kelly’ has Mafia boss Tony Gandolfini blessing the move from on high., while declaring “Ya done good.”
The Pennsylvania Turnpike has sent vintage plane flyer Brian Nicholson bills totaling nearly $4,000 for landing on the Mon-Fayette Expressway south of Pittsburgh August 5. Nicholson landed the 1946 Stinson airplane on the tollroad after a chunk of its wooden propeller flew off and the plane was losing forward power.
The Canadian crown corporation Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority is looking for a president and CEO to manage the building and operations of the new bridge they plan downriver of the Ambassador Bridge. The salary range is $210,600 to $247,700.
They say in their job advertisement:
In an earlier piece on JFK’s speech opening the Maryland and Delaware I-95 turnpikes November 14 1963 I described it as “unremarkable.” It was his last public address before his appalling assassination by the lone communist gunman in an open car motorcade in Dallas Texas. Rereading it the speech deserves comment.
It was a rather typical politicians’ speech, full of high blown nonsense.
The ambitious $2.3 billion refinancing of the Foothill Eastern TCA in Orange County California has gotten BBB-, Outlook Stable ratings from both Fitch Rating and Standard and Poors. The news was greeted as promising by officials of the tollroad, who say it allows them to move ahead at favorable interest rates and other terms.
The cities of Saco and Scarborough south of Portland are cooperating to get a new interchange with the Maine Turnpike. It would be located close to the boundary of the two cities at about Mile 40.
The proposed interchange would support a short spur to parallel US1 and be located between IC36 at Saco and IC42 in Scarborough. The two cities combined to get a preliminary interchange justification report which says the interchange is justified by development nearby and showed several possible interchange layouts. (see map nearby)
The American Trucking Association has sued the New York State Thruway in US District Court. It claims the use of toll revenues on the historic canal and recreation trails is a misuse of tolls paid by its members.
It says they “violate the Commerce Clause” of the US Constitution,
State legislators are moving to allow posted speed limits in Pennsylvania to be increased to 70mph from the present 65mph. Sponsors say the Turnpike where traffic generally travels 70mph to 75mph is the most obvious highway to adopt higher posted speeds.
The Obamacare fiasco is hilarious to watch and a splendid lesson about the sheer futility of centralized government power. It’s such fun to see it play out. Give it to him. President Obama has made American politics a great spectator sport again.
Jonah Goldberg of National Review has a good read celebrating the ongoing Obamacare Fiasco:
“To paraphrase Oscar Wilde, you’d have to have a heart of stone not to laugh at the unraveling of Obamacare.
Hats were going out of fashion for men and President John Kennedy sported his vigorous youthful head of hair flanked by decided whispy white haired oldies in Maryland Governor Millard Tawes and Delaware Governor Elbert Carvel as seen in the picture nearby. It was 4pm 14 November 1963 on a cold day, reports said ,and Kennedy although hatless can be seen in a thick wool coat.