Skip to comments.Iím A Traffic Survivor
Posted on 01/12/2014 6:12:16 AM PST by Kaslin
Youll have to forgive me. This is a difficult time for me. This week I have been forced to confront memories Ive been trying to bury my whole life, but recent events have made that impossible. I am a survivor of traffic jams.
Its not easy to talk about. Just the sight of brake lights causes flashbacks to the horror of sitting on a freeway not going anywhere. But for you, dear reader, I will be strong and push on.
You probably know a victim of traffic jams yourself. You may well be one. Be silent no more! Thanks to the actions of a mid-level staffer working for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, the sweet, nourishing mainstream media finally broke its silence on this abomination. And if the coverage this week is any indication, well be hearing a lot more about this in the weeks heck, centuries to come.
I dont want your sympathy, in a few years, after some therapy, Ill bounce back somehow. But there are others out there who wont be as lucky. Its the others, the people we lost, the people who wont bounce back, who I worry about. Those are the people who need your prayers.
As I said, Im eternally grateful the media finally came around and started to give this inhumane, collective indignity weve all suffered through the level of coverage it deserves. This week New Jersey, tomorrow the world!
There are a few people and groups I want to single out for special recognition in what history books undoubtedly will call our darkest hour.
To CNN, thank you! Your wall-to-wall coverage in this time of national tragedy has been second to none. The courage youve shown in uncluttering your airwaves of the phony scandals youve been covering over the past five years so we could know more and more and more about this is commendable. I do fear for the health of Wolf Blitzer. Yes, there is not a more trusted voice on the scourge of traffic, but the man needs his sleep. He has been hyperventilating for what seems like 36 straight hours. Please, make sure he stays hydrated and gets some rest. We will need him if, God forbid, some other random New Jersey Democrat says something about Chris Christie.
To the rest of the mainstream media, you too have shown courage in our time of need. When the three national network newscasts spent more time on the New Jersey traffic holocaust in 24 hours than the Internal Revenue Service targeting and intimidating American citizens over their political beliefs since July 1 by a factor of 44, I knew justice finally had come to America.
To Lois Lerner, wow. The word hero is thrown around a lot these days, but rarely is it so fitting. The way you refused to let the nation be distracted by hearing why you ordered the IRS to target political opponents of the president of the United States its like, its like its like it was you yourself standing in front of that tank in Tiananmen Square. And when you courageously went on a four-month paid leave before retiring with full benefits and pension rather than speaking or resigning will be taught in elementary schools well into the next millennium.
To Attorney General Eric Holder and the Justice Department, your leadership in launching a possible criminal investigation into the driving delays in New Jersey brought a tear to my eye. I only hope your efforts to uncover the cause of this brake pad genocide does not distract you from the important work of reading journalists emails and persecuting potential leakers. And I hope against hope this avalanche of idling didnt delay delivery of any of the thousands of yet-unaccounted-for guns you forced gun stores to sell to Mexican drug cartels, then almost immediately lost track of. Its fast and furious, not traffic jam and furious, right?
To Ambassador Christopher Stevens, Sean Smith, Glen Doherty and Ty Woods, nice try. Sure, you waited eight hours for help that didnt come and wasnt even sent. You begged for months for more security, but you were ignored because you werent causing people to move slowly across a bridge. Your continued attempts to distract attention from real issues facing Americans, such as getting home late from work, have failed as badly as your attempt to disrupt President Obama from getting sleep the night before a big fundraiser and campaign event in Las Vegas. If you wanted people to care, you shouldnt have gotten yourselves murdered while your repeated pleas for help were ignored by President Obama and Hillary Clinton. You should have driven at a snails pace into New York, preferably in a Prius.
The list of people worthy of acknowledgement is endless, I cant thank them all. But I would like to send a special bit of gratitude to CNN Legal Analyst Jeffrey Toobin. One of the countrys foremost legal minds in any room in which he finds himself alone, he pronounced Chris Christies political career dead before the governor had spoken a word.
Toobin has a history of crystal ball-esque soothsaying on political scandals. He had the courage to dismiss Benghazi as a nothingburger before any of the survivors were heard from or we know what orders, if any, the president gave during the eight-hour attack. He even went all Pauline Kael on us when he confessed the media ignored Americas most prolific serial killer Kermit Gosnell, admitting no one at cocktail parties he attends in Georgetown and on the Upper East Side cared about his murder trial. And hes been a pioneer in the nothing to see here, stop looking caucus on the IRS targeting scandal. I know there arent any non-presidents on Mount Rushmore, but maybe we should look into making an exception, or at least a new wing in the Newseum, to honor one of the greats.
Thank you media for courageously saving yourselves from all those hours of possible news coverage of phony scandals so you could be ready when the big one came along. Congratulations for not getting sidetracked by informing your viewers of how the President did the same thing, using the power of government to inflict visible harm as possible on his constituents, on a much larger scale by using sequestration spending reductions to close the White House to tours, lengthen airport security lanes, furlough air traffic controllers and more. And he did so knowingly, not through staffers who lied to him. Your restraint left you ready to pounce when it was important. And pounce you did.
As a traffic survivor myself, I cant thank you enough for your prioritization in this, our darkest hour. While your efforts this week were focused on New Jersey, I know its only a matter of time before you unleash teams of investigative journalists and traffic copters across the fruited plain to shave some time off commutes that could be slowed up to four days in a row for the people of one town in one state by a staffer who gets fired.
Just like 9/11, everyone will remember where they were when the wall of secrecy around this silent inconveniencer fell. We are all Fort Lee residents today. Stay strong, my traffic-bound brothers and sisters. Bumper-to-bumper finally met its match. Help has arrived; the media is on the case.
Getting rid of Christie would definitely speak truth to power. The media would change the subject as if the GOP was fighting amongst themselves.
Getting rid of Christie, for what? You don’t even realize that you are helping the left wing media and the demonrats.
When someone farts in New York/New Jersey it is a national crisis! On 9/11/2001 when the secret service sent George Bush out harms way he was a coward said the press; on 9/11/2012 when Obama was informed that the American Libyan Ambassador and other Americans were under siege, the Kenyan American president continued to supervise the laying out of his costumes for the fund raiser in California the next day; the press showed no curiosity (and continues to criticize those who do) regarding the abandonment of the Americans and their murders.
Fella tis t Press.
I don’t think the author is making light of the “traffic jam” so much as he is pointing out the hypocrisy of the media. Shutting down a bridge so as to punish political foes is certainly bad, but so is using the IRS to do the same. I should add that the IRS fiasco is hardly the only incident either (as the author points out). The current administration is rife with corruption and has politicized nearly every agency and department.
Just like the Democrats, when a RINO abuses his power, his minions will just joke about how insignificant it is.
We can’t expect the libs to clean up their act, when the RINOs just laugh when they are caught up in similar scandals.
What Christie did was to abuse his powers to punish his enemies. Anyone who believes Christie didn’t have a hand in this is just as naive as the minions who don’t think Obama had a hand in any of his scandals.
Yes the libs are making political hay about this. But then hypocrisy is their middle name. Conservatives are held to a higher standard. We should be. We are a responsible lot.
Tyranny is tyranny. It should always be punished severely.
I'm no fan of Christie, but you're wrong on this one.
There's no way in hell Christie would have spent nearly two hours at an unscripted press conference dealing with the fallout over the "bridgegate" incident if there was even a remote possibility that there's any evidence linking him to it.
There's the money shot
Whether liberals are hypocrites and whether Chris Christie is a damned RINO who undoubtedly abused the power of his office and ought to suffer for it are two completely separate propositions.
Christie is nothing, he has no character, he will do anything for power and revenge just like the Democrats
Evidence? Where's the "Evidence" of Obama's ties to Benghazigate or Fast and Furious?
By using your standard and Christie's "I didn't know about this until I read it in the newspaper" excuse, Obama is as clean as a whistle.
Christie is a Lib in a corrupt Liberal State. Using political power to punish your enemies is the natural state of things in a place like New Jersey. And Mafia bosses always cover their tracks.
Unlike that arrogant, lazy, lying pos occupant of the Spite House he took the blame when he said it happened on his watch, and he rightly fired the Aide.
Instead of firing the guilty ones, 0bama promotes them or lets them retire with a big bonus
You've made a statement here -- Anyone who believes Christie didnt have a hand in this is just as naive as the minions who dont think Obama had a hand in any of his scandals. -- and I've called you on it.
You can believe whatever you want, but there's no basis for it other than your statement that anyone who doesn't agree with you on this point is "naïve." Good luck with that.
Personally, I think there is growing evidence that this whole "bridgegate" affair was an internal GOP attempt to sabotage Christie. Bridget Kelly, the staffer who he fired last week, has had a long career working in various political positions ... including previous stints working for John McCain and Rudy Giuliani.
Even if Christie harbored had some sort of bizarre grudge with Sokolich, I don't see how he could have produced any e-mails or text messages about it. His fingers are too fat.
So when they come out now and try to implicate him, he can just claim they are disgruntled former employees.
Keep in mind that Christie was winning his re-election in such a landslide that he surely didn't need the endorsement of a Democratic mayor in an obscure Bergen County town to help him win. Christie himself said -- and again, there would be plenty of evidence to refute him if he were wrong about this -- that he never remembers even meeting the guy (the mayor of Fort Lee) before.
Sure, there's a lot of petty, sh!tty politics going on here. But none of this involves people who have any relevance in the larger scheme of things -- even from Christie's standpoint.
Thanks Kaslin. The depths of incoherent inchoate animus toward various targets no longer surprises me, but here’s how it works in this kerfluffle — ad hominem attacks (mostly regarding his girth), saddling on to “trafficgate”, pretending to know what’s really going on, and meanwhile, the seeds are already being sown for blaming this whole “operation” — one for which those culpable are even among us — on Jeb Bush, Karl Rove, the “GOPe”, RINOs, etc etc.
Relevant sidebar from another thread, from FReeper Alberta’s Child:
This has nothing to do with punishing anyone. Beveryone bringing this story to light knows this is the way things are done by a powerful bigger than life jersey governor
It’s exactly as the author portrays, anyone taking this story seriously has this attitude. It’s the timing
I remember that well on 9/11 when the staffer whispered in GW’s ear while he sat with a bunch of small school children in Florida. When Washington, D.C., was attacked, the Secret Service was in charge of him that minute - he wasn't in charge of himself anymore until they had him to sure safety.
After S.S. had him safe (and remember they had to get Cheney safe, too, in case something happened to Bush) Bush was chomping at the bit to get back to Washington. Bush was no coward - I think he would have waded into the terrorists all by himself with any weapon he had. Hussein, on the other hand, would have bowed, welcoming them to his country (not his real country).
I have been a victim of Honolulu traffic. But it’s Bush’s fault.
This story hasn't made any sense from the get-go.
What IDIOTS would blame a MAYOR for a STATE sponsored lane closing? The Mayor cant close lanes.
Sure there is a double standard but the author is down playing the seriousness of left wing thuggery. Conservatives don’t tolerate such behavior.
I don’t think anyone seriously thinks they’re going to change New Jersey.
The joke is on Priebus and the RNC thinking they can get away with pushing a Northeast governor.
And this fail will be for a different reason from the last one.
The difference is we know that Obama did nothing to punish those proven responsible for the scandals, people like Lois Lerner, Eric Holder, Hillary Clinton, etc. And we KNOW that he had his own personal hand for sure in some of the scandals, like the Benghazi coverup.
You do NOT know what Christie knew, no matter how you may convince yourself you do. You are not psychic. You do not have access to hidden emails or phone conversations.
This event is already the most scrutinized event since the Kennedy murder (one of the ones where the Kennedy died, not one of the ones where the Kennedy killed). If there's evidence that Christie knew beforehand, it will be revealed. In the meantime, there's no need for you to pretend to knowledge or insight you don't have.
And Christie is done as a national candidate for any office. You can stop worrying about him.
You are VERY lucky; as ALL of them folks are driving on the WRONG side of the road!!!
I won't try to argue Christie's merits or faults. That is not why he is being criticized.
Christie pal-ed up with Obama to enhance his chances at a Presidential run. The Clintons and Obamas are not pals (regardless to what the media says). Hillary is running for President. The mess in Libya (no rescue for our Ambassador) was done by Obama/Jarret to attempt to ruin Hillary.
Hillary's clan is fighting back.
They all have 'dirt', but you only see it when they have to attack each other.
I remember a time when 'mudslinging' was considered to be a negative tactic. My how time changes things(or not).
Since Obama took office, punishing political foes has become the ‘law of the land’.
In my area, there are often road or bridge closures. It snarls traffic, causes huge delays. People have probably died because of it.
Someone decided when and where these closures would occur, and the politicians usually only participate in that they give out the funds that allow it.
You don’t just take a crew onto a perfectly maintained bridge and do repairs for no reason. I suspect this is more a a political attack by the Clintons and their friends in the media than it is an attack by Christie on his opponent. How would this bridge closure hurt the ‘political foe’ ? The political foe didn’t ‘close’ it.