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Odd/Even Gasoline Rationing Runs into Trouble
Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 10 Nov 2012 | John Semmens

Posted on 11/12/2012 11:05:15 AM PST by John Semmens

Borrowing an idea left over from the Carter Administration, New York City announced an odd/even gasoline rationing scheme. It was hoped that the scheme would cut four-hour wait times at gasoline pumps in half.

However, a substantial portion of drivers are unable to determine whether the numbers on their license plates are odd or even. “My plate has four numbers on it,” one driver observed. “Which one should I use?”

Another driver pointed out that “I have a vanity plate. All of the writing on my plate is letters. Do I go on an ‘odd’ day because it is odd to have a vanity plate? Or do I go on an ‘even’ day because there are six letters?”

An unsympathetic Mayor Michael Bloomberg chastised drivers for continuing to own gasoline-fueled vehicles. “If these people drove electric-powered cars like President Obama has been trying to get them to do, they wouldn’t be having this problem,” he said.

It is unclear whether owners of electric vehicles would necessarily be as well off as the Mayor imagines. Hundreds of thousands of homes have been without electricity since Hurricane Sandy hit the City more than a week ago.

In related news, FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) offices in the hurricane stricken regions of New York and New Jersey were closed due to bad weather. FEMA Administrator W. Craig Fugate explained “Conditions were bad enough before this latest storm. Getting our employees to their desks under these circumstances is just not worth it. Once the weather emergency has passed we are confident that we can ramp up to a fully staff operation in a matter of just a few months.”

if you missed any of this week's other semi-news posts you can find them at...

http://azconservative.org/2012/11/10/nyc-mayor-bans-food-donations-to-homeless/


TOPICS: Government; Politics; Travel; Weather
KEYWORDS: gasoline; gasprices; nj2012; nyc; rationing; satire

1 posted on 11/12/2012 11:05:26 AM PST by John Semmens
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To: John Semmens
Borrowing an idea left over from the Carter Administration

What's the definition of 'insanity'?

2 posted on 11/12/2012 11:06:34 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: John Semmens

Thanks for posting. Just sit back and reel them in. -)


3 posted on 11/12/2012 11:08:58 AM PST by BipolarBob (As long as Bronco is in office I'm on strike.)
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To: John Semmens
large kernel of truth in there John... LOL
4 posted on 11/12/2012 11:09:09 AM PST by markman46 (engage brain before using keyboard!!!)
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To: John Semmens

I kept waiting for the sarcasm, but it appears that you were simply reporting on what’s going on.


5 posted on 11/12/2012 11:10:16 AM PST by from occupied ga (Your government is your most dangerous enemy)
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To: John Semmens

These people are too stupid while voting.


6 posted on 11/12/2012 11:10:41 AM PST by bmwcyle (Women reelected Obama)
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To: BipolarBob

7 posted on 11/12/2012 11:20:06 AM PST by Carpe Cerevisi
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To: Carpe Cerevisi

I thought that barry’s (photo op) had this all fixed? Do you mean all the praise was for not?


8 posted on 11/12/2012 11:26:56 AM PST by woodenickel
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To: John Semmens
In related news, FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) offices in the hurricane stricken regions of New York and New Jersey were closed due to bad weather.

This is actually true.

9 posted on 11/12/2012 11:30:46 AM PST by Focault's Pendulum (Romney has run a business, an Olympics, and a state. Obama has never run anything but his mouth.)
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To: John Semmens

I think Looneyberg will keep rationing ,it will stop global warming LOL


10 posted on 11/12/2012 11:30:51 AM PST by molson209
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To: John Semmens

Bloomberg is a very evil man. An evil man for an evil city I guess.


11 posted on 11/12/2012 11:37:52 AM PST by Revel
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To: John Semmens

How stupid can these people be???

Every other car in line starting with the first one are the odd ones, and every other car in line starting with the second one are the even ones.

Surely they’ll figure that out.


12 posted on 11/12/2012 12:07:33 PM PST by Uncle Chip
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To: Uncle Chip

How do you charge your electric car if you have no power? At least with a real car you can walk to a gas station to get fuel.


13 posted on 11/12/2012 12:12:09 PM PST by LetsRok
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To: John Semmens

LOL, you had me.


14 posted on 11/12/2012 12:15:06 PM PST by Lurkina.n.Learnin (Superciliousness is the essence of Obama)
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To: Revel

Irony, is fascinating when I think that Carter’s incompetence is the reason I made more money and found the best business opportunity I ever had.. It was during the Gas shortage that I was stranded in lines at my favorite service station near my headquarters..

At least 3 times a week, I got in line and did my business reading, something that I seldom did in may hectic course of my daily routine.. That line stretched around the corner in front of a major hotel that had recently been shuttered in downtown Houston..

In my paperwork, was a note from a realtor that was touting this property, with a handwritten note, that I normally would not have read, or paid much attention to without so much time on my hands..

The result was I made an appointment to have this guy meet me on my next day I was to get gas.. Long story short.. HA!.. I ended up buying this landmark property at a price that would never happen if the economy wasn’t so destitute, and in a location that I would never have given so much thought to.. LOL


15 posted on 11/12/2012 12:20:43 PM PST by carlo3b (Less Government, more Fiber..)
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To: John Semmens
Another driver pointed out that “I have a vanity plate. All of the writing on my plate is letters. Do I go on an ‘odd’ day because it is odd to have a vanity plate? Or do I go on an ‘even’ day because there are six letters?” ?

I actually did wonder about vanity plates that don't have numbers.

16 posted on 11/12/2012 12:23:28 PM PST by carolinablonde
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To: John Semmens
"My plate has four numbers on it,” one driver observed. “Which one should I use?"

Are gas stations and the government doing that poor a job in informing people what "odd" and "even" numbers to use, or are they just really, really that stupid.

Impeach the kenyan.

17 posted on 11/12/2012 12:47:19 PM PST by ex91B10 (We've tried the Soap Box,the Ballot Box and the Jury Box; ONE BOX LEFT!)
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To: ex91B10

It’s satire, dude!


18 posted on 11/12/2012 12:49:15 PM PST by MHGinTN (Being deceived can be cured.)
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To: John Semmens

FEMA promises all snow will removed by June first. And as for odd/even plates, astute drivers have one of each.


19 posted on 11/12/2012 12:57:56 PM PST by count-your-change (You don't have to be brilliant, not being stupid is enough.)
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To: John Semmens

LOL. They are supposed to use the last number on their plate. I wonder how those even numbered drivers feel in a month that has 31 days. Some drivers get to fill up on two consecutive days. 31st and 1st of the next.


20 posted on 11/12/2012 2:45:51 PM PST by Arrowhead1952 (0 bummer inherited a worse economy in 2012 than he did in 2008.)
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To: John Semmens
Apparently Bloomberg thinks he running a kindergarten class not a city: “If these people drove electric-powered cars like President Obama has been trying to get them to do, they wouldn't’t be having this problem,"...

...they'd be unable to to charge their cars as only Union companies are allowed to help restore the power. The lucky one would be able to burn their Volts to keep warm at least.

21 posted on 11/12/2012 4:41:02 PM PST by Idaho_Cowboy (Ride for the Brand. Joshua 24:15)
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To: MHGinTN
Missed the source! But given the way things are today, it really didn't suprise me.

Give me a minute to get this egg off my face...

Impeach the kenyan or secession.


22 posted on 11/13/2012 1:51:57 AM PST by ex91B10 (We've tried the Soap Box,the Ballot Box and the Jury Box; ONE BOX LEFT!)
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To: John Semmens

“My plate has four numbers on it,” one driver observed. “Which one should I use?”

What an idiot - four numbers makes it an “even” plate.


23 posted on 11/13/2012 1:54:28 AM PST by 21twelve (So I [God] gave them over to their stubborn hearts to follow their own devices. Psalm 81:12)
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To: molson209

Did you hear Obama’s comments on this entire thing?

“We tried in my first four years to have gas at $9 to $10 per gallon so as to encourage the use of mass transit, electric vehicles and other means of transportation. However, seeing the success of the rationing efforts in New York and New Jersey, we will now look into implementing rationing nation-wide.

As bad as the storm was, it can bring about a beneficial change in how we use our dwindling resources and reduce global warming, which was the cause of the storm in the first place.” /s


24 posted on 11/13/2012 2:00:58 AM PST by 21twelve (So I [God] gave them over to their stubborn hearts to follow their own devices. Psalm 81:12)
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