Hey DON'T be "shaming" on folks for deciding NOT to waste their time voting in a PRIMARY State election. Maybe those registered voters felt no inclination towards either candidate? Doesn't matter, it's folk's right to decide to share their voice/vote or not.
I've been touring Italy for three weeks. Despite seeing dozens and dozens of bicycles a day, I've yet to see a single designated bike lane. Not in the country, not in the cities, and not on a bridge. Hell, most of the sidewalks are no more than 18 - 24" wide. But I've not seen any accidents either! Just saying...
People have walked over that bridge for generations, and you could easily walk a bike over it if you wanted. The city prohibited all bikes on the James Island connector after ONE tragic accident! And there is a wide shoulder/bike lane there. Americans are too damn pampered and over protected. Get over it!
That's what governments do. They spend millions of public tax dollars to hire their friends (consultants) to do phony studies with the results tailored to meet the desired results of the politicians. It would be interesting to find more information as to who performed this study, possible nepotism or connections with someone in office, and how much the study cost the taxpayers. They should also report data on the number of bikers expected to use the lane per hour.
Obviously none of the traffic study looked at the effects on Folly Road and Maybank Highway. I have never seen the traffic backed up as much as it was during the trial period. I cannot believe that the desire of less than 100 would overrule the needs of thousands. And just think that within 4 years the millions spent to convert this lane will just be thrown away as the lane will be needed for more auto traffic. Who do they think they are kidding with the results reported from the study.
"Several Asian lunatics commit mass murder specifically in the name of the Islamic terrorist group ISIS. We blame the NRA."
The Charleston shooter legally purchased his gun. The Orlando shooter was a US citizen who legally purchased his weapons. The male San Bernadino shooter was a US citizen with legally purchased weapons. The Sandy Hook shooter was a US citizen who had a legally purchased gun. The Colorado movie shooter was a US citizen who legally purchased his guns. Both Fort Hood shooters were US citizens who legally purchased their weapons.
Here are a bunch more: http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2015/10…
I think it is fair after years of dealing with gun tragedy after gun tragedy to question the practices of the NRA, a group that sees no problem with gun violence and wants to let as many people as possible have guns.
By the way, isn't one of the NRA's tenets "only a good guy with a gun can stop a bad guy with a gun?" The club in Orlando had an armed off duty cop working security. How did that work out?
Obama mandates transgender bathrooms so that 0.3% of the population can feel comfortable whereby 99.7% of the population is forced to become uncomfortable. How many thousands of commuters must experience longer commutes so that a few dozen bicyclists with their spandex shorts on too tight can feel smug having a lane the width of a car all to themselves?
Sorry, but I must remind you that during the time period of segregation in South Carolina the Confederate flag was flown by loyalists to the Democrat Party. It wasn't until the abolishment of segregation and Jim Crowe laws in the South that Republican support grew. The Republican Party passed the 14th and 15th amendments along with a very long list of Civil Rights legislation. I dare say that the Republican Party led the Civil Rights movement back when it was an authentic movement and not some co-opted struggle for homosexuals and perverts to get unneeded attention. We can get into the Dixiecrat myth and argue over how a few racist Democrats switched over to the Republican party to support Barry Goldwater despite most of the racist politicians in office remaining loyal Democrats and argue over this fantasy idea that all the racists illogically left the political party with a history of racism (Democrats) to join the political party with a history of civil rights activism (Republicans), but this may not be the best forum for it and I've spent years debunking the modern Democrat party's revisionist history to cover up its shameful past. And I get it. Democrats need to keep blacks on the plantation in order to remain in power and desperation leads you to do things you normally wouldn't do, such as lie and revise history and hold up phonies and known hoaxers (Tawana Brawley comes to mind) such as Al Sharpton as fake leaders of the Civil Rights movement. 40 years of your phony war on poverty and blacks are still bottom of the totem pole where you want them. 8 years of Obama and black poverty has increased and black unemployment is still almost double white unemployment and the median black household income has decreased and a record number of black Americans are now on public assistance. Seems electing a half black Democrat stooge for president did more to help Muslims than it did American blacks, judging by the billions of tax dollars diverted to financing and arming Muslim militants such as the Muslim Brotherhood or Syrian rebels (many of whom defected to ISIS). Never mind that Muslims, whom Democrats support and Obama invites to the White House, persecute black Christians in Africa. And yet 100% black BRAIN SURGEONS such as Dr. Benjamin Carson are ignored by these so-called "pro black" liberals because they are Christian and align themselves with the true party of civil rights and individual liberties. You write off and publicly hang an educated, moral black man if he dares challenge your Democrat dogma. Liberal Democrat Progressive white guilt is quite a thing to behold.
Since 99% of mass shootings occur in "gun free zones," and because background checks were already performed on many of these mass shooters and proved to be ineffective and because any crime that victimizes a person is by its very nature an act of hatred I can only come to the educated conclusion that the liberal democrat progressive neo-marxists have learned nothing. They want to double down on stupid and bring in more Muslims from Arab nations with long histories of terrorism and bigotry against Christians, homosexuals, and women. That's a major culture clash with no chance of assimilation. Not to mention that studies have shown that 4 out of 5 of these "Syrian refugees" aren't even from the Syrian war zone. If anything, we've learned that public safety fails us and the best way for a free citizenry to protect itself is for us to arm ourselves. Anti-Second Amendment regulations in Chicago didn't prevent dozens from being shot over Memorial Day weekend. France, a nation with some of the strictest gun laws in the entire world, didn't prevent over a hundred innocent people being gunned down by Muslim terrorists. It took hundreds of thousands of armed Republicans to free slaves from democrat slavery and bondage. It took hundreds of thousands of armed patriots to win the American Revolutionary War. Harriet Tubman, the black Republican on the $20 bill, was an armed freedom fighter who carried a pistol. The Democrat "leaders" want free law abiding citizens to lay down their guns, but they get publicly funded armed bodyguards. Hypocritical if you ask me. There's more guns in America than there are people. Suggesting we seize all the guns is as ludicrous as suggesting we go door to door to find every single illegal alien invader. The fact is that "gun free zones" are the most dangerous places in America. That's like a herd of sheep putting up a sign saying "no wolves allowed." Instead of being a stubborn liberal, go to a shooting range and ask for a lesson on how to fire a gun and protect yourself. You'll learn that inanimate objects do not kill and guns do not fire by themselves. Let's condemn the murderers and their dogmas, not the misused utilities by which they murder. Eventually liberal democrats will have to accept that Islam really isn't a religion of "peace." You're quick to condemn peaceful Christians yet quick to defend oppressive Muslims. Why the double standard? Notice the Islamic terrorists aren't sparing you for being a "good liberal." Most of the people recently murdered in Orlando were homosexual and most likely loyal democrats. Many homosexuals are now supporting Donald Trump. People want to be safe. Safety trumps "political correctness."
Obviously you don't get out much. I've been all over the United States. Charleston, to its credit, is probably one of the most integrated cities I've ever been to. Blacks and whites greet each other at the gas stations, grocery stores, workplaces and in passing. Our area is very diverse and everyone is generally polite to each other. I see people of different races dining together in restaurants all the time. I see interracial couples all over Charleston. You want to experience segregation and racism? Try moving up north to one of those wonderful democrat blue states where all the smug self loathing white liberals live in their gated communities and are so unused to even seeing a black person that they stare as if they have encountered an unknown species. It's always liberals who live in communities that are 90%+ white who claim they are experts on who is and who isn't racist. GTFO
Most of the only racists you'll find in Charleston are in local factions of the ACLU and NAACP.
Let's build this for what...like 10-20 people at most per day. What a waste of money. And I'm with the above comment. The traffic tie-up during the study were significantly higher than they reported. The study was obviously one-sided and had an outcome that was likely predetermined.
One white lunatic commits a mass murder specifically in the name of anti-black racism. We blame racism. Makes sense to me.
Several Asian lunatics commit mass murder specifically in the name of the Islamic terrorist group ISIS. We blame the NRA.
You're right. Capitalism is so mean to favor the winners. We should uphold losers in society and give trophies to all the losers and then demand they run for office on the democrat ticket so the rest of the losers have a loser to represent them. Then we should steal the earnings from the winners and redistribute it to the losers. If we raise taxes enough, no one will have any incentive to be winners anymore, and we can all be delighted losers in solidarity!
"It's easy to write a song or poem about."
Thank you. I live in a mixed-race area, and I'm willing to bet that my hipster neighbors who stood on the bridge last year have still never had a black person inside their homes except to clean or repair something.
Look people here's the dealio. Yes racism still exists ! But not just here, everywhere. People are different and sometimes those differences surface in super unconstructive ways. And it would be nice if it wasn't so and it would be nice if we all could come together in one kumbaiotic earth encompassing hug but that wont happen.
But that doesn't mean we cant be decent to each other show a little respect a little tolerance a little compassion for each other. But some of us will always be intolerant and angry based on upbringing and socioeconomics and life experience . And yes when you bring it up it will make some uncomfortable even angry because it is like scraping the scab of an open wound, a wound that will never fully heal but must be lived with. It is the reality of the world we live in.
You know what we don't need? Mega white liberal douche bags like Mat Catastrophe pointing it out. Your bourgeois musings about how it should be are useless and unproductive. Just because you got a rag to write it in doesn't mean we all want to hear it. Your panderings are not nearly as insightful as you like to think they are. How about writing about your experiences buying a Volvo or getting a mortgage or how your khakis from LL Bean just aren't what they used to be. Then maybe we will listen to your perspective.
They didn't account for the reduced traffic due to people using the bike lane.
Also, it's got to happen sooner or later. Charleston is growing, more so than many would like.
Can we be clear that the bike lane isn't the problem? The large increase in the number of people is the problem. The bike lane is a proposed solution as it would allow for alternative methods of commute between downtown and West Ashley.
Let's do it. A one minute added delay is worth it.
Correct, Jade. I can't even tell you how many out-of-town guests have commented on just that. Racism isn't exclusive to whites but they seem to be the only group pointed to. Regardless, it is inexcusable.
I commute on either 17 or 61. During the test my commute added an additional 20 minutes. Once I hit the bridge, it was not a problem. However, the backup as a result of the bridge for several of the bad light intersections - the one By Barnes and Noble for instance - was significant. My concern is the new development which will add hundreds of additional vehicles to the feeder intersections and avenues that lead onto the bridge. Of course, my other option is to work other places than the historic district.
So are we condemning racism by blacks as well as whites? Because despite looking cute and helpless blacks can be just as racist as whites.
tough call...I would like the bike lane, but what about lane closure at night only?
omg...4 extra minutes? i would miss an entire Good Morning America segment on how my fat ass spends 10 minutes at the McDonalds drive thru on Folly Road every morning.
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