(Gleefully swiped from the Cranky one.)
Here's another idiot who argued with a train and lost. 18 years old. What a freaking waste!
John Hilkevitch is right:
Warren Flatau, the longtime spokesman at the Federal Railroad Administration in Washington, ends his recorded phone message with this line: "Have a safe day, and please remember: Always expect a train."Can I get an "Amen"?
It's not just good advice. It's an essential element of defensive driving, and any time a pedestrian is walking across railroad tracks. When approaching a railroad grade crossing, I always slow down and, if necessary, turn on the emergency blinkers and briefly stop to make sure no trains are in sight before proceeding across the tracks.
There's good reason that the drivers of school buses and trucks hauling hazardous materials are required by law to stop, look, listen, then proceed.
I refuse to feel pressured by the occasional impatient jerks who honk their horns over this safety technique — and neither should any of you. By all means, do not drive onto the crossing unless you see that there is already at least a full car length of space on the other side of the tracks.
I've covered too many vehicle-train wrecks for the Tribune to even consider taking a chance. There are too many things that can go wrong, ranging from human error to gremlins in track circuitry.
Governor "I'll gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today" is at it again:
In an analysis released today of Quinn's latest budget proposal, the Chicago-based Civic Federation expressed its opposition to the governor's spending plan because it is not balanced, relies upon nearly $6 billion in borrowing to fund day-to-day operating costs and does not fund the state's mammoth pension obligations.(And if you stick a teeny tiny hat and a bristly mustache on the Gov, the resemblance would be complete and unmistakable.)
These "Real Men" rock righteously. More, please.
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