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(Washington Post)   Trucker protest snarls D.C. traffic. Ha, just kidding, "no major delays"   (washingtonpost.com) divider line 140
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NFA [TotalFark]
2013-10-11 12:25:29 PM
This was poorly conceived.   It does zero to influence the executive or legislative branches but simply pisses off the general public caught in the small number of traffic slow downs.

End result?  The public turns against the protesters....
 
2013-10-11 12:40:08 PM
I find it hard to believe that 10,000 trucks wouldn't cause major delays.
 
2013-10-11 12:50:44 PM
I had guessed only 15 would show.
 
2013-10-11 01:13:13 PM
This was the biggest non-story of the week. Three greenlights over what amounted to a crazy person talking shiat.
 
2013-10-11 01:16:25 PM
Oh, they haven't started the major part of their operation yet. It's gonna be a bloodbath. Obama is going to be cowering behind his curtains.

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2013-10-11 01:16:33 PM
Earlier Friday morning, four tractor-trailers drove side-by-side, across all four northbound lanes of the Beltway's inner loop in Virginia. That caused traffic to slow to 15 miles per hour. State police troopers stopped the vehicles and "warned them not to impede traffic," Geller said. The drivers were not issued tickets and allowed to "proceed on their way."

Pussies
 
2013-10-11 01:21:40 PM
To be fair, tractor-trailers driving side by side under the speed limit is the norm for I-95 from Stafford to DC, so it's not like they were doing anything out of the ordinary.
 
2013-10-11 01:51:28 PM
If they want better labor standards, park their trucks in front of the labor department headquarters.  Oh wait... they're closed.

Time to join the Teamsters....
 
2013-10-11 01:52:05 PM
So did they get FartB0Bgo to resign yet?

No?  Darnit, I thought for sure it would work!

/sarcasm
 
2013-10-11 01:52:20 PM

unyon: I find it hard to believe that 10,000  470 Billion trucks wouldn't cause major delays.


Let's unskew the numbers please.
 
2013-10-11 01:52:31 PM
Well Tom's kids had a soccer game and Bob was still rebuilding the carb on his Ford so it was  only Earl slowly lapping DC in his wife's Dodge Caravan
 
2013-10-11 01:52:42 PM
So, what are they trying to accomplish? Other than pissing the everliving hell out of anyone trying to commute to work in or around DC?
 
2013-10-11 01:55:26 PM
Republican mantra: "Find ways to make life worse for everyone until WE get OUR way and are satisfied with it!"
 
2013-10-11 01:56:22 PM
We got a real small convoy
Rockin' through the night
What a pathetic convoy
Ain't we a pitiful sight

CONVOY!!
 
2013-10-11 01:56:35 PM
In DC how the hell would you identify any aberrant traffic build up. it's always backed up i hate driving in that area. random roads closed, construction everywhere and idiot drivers.
 
2013-10-11 01:57:20 PM

qorkfiend: So, what are they trying to accomplish? Other than pissing the everliving hell out of anyone trying to commute to work in or around DC?


At first, I thought it was about some new regulations that would force a lot of them out of business (75k surety bonds, maximum hours, sleep apnea, etc.).

However, someone on FARK posted a link to a Facebook page in support of this and it seemed more Tea Party in nature.

So, I'm not sure.
 
2013-10-11 01:57:36 PM
BOB needs to resign!!1!!1!11
 
2013-10-11 01:59:28 PM

NFA: This was poorly conceived.   It does zero to influence the executive or legislative branches but simply pisses off the general public caught in the small number of traffic slow downs.

End result?  The public turns against the protesters....


It like they learned nothing from their overpass protests.
 
2013-10-11 01:59:29 PM
In a dial-in conference call with the group called "Truckers Ride for the Constitution," one of the protest organizers - Zeeda Andrews - chatted with a truck driver who was going by the name General Lee (otherwise known as Ernest Lee from Bullhead City, Ariz.), and other organizers.
Tom Lacovara of Woodbury, N.J., who was riding with Lee, around 11 a.m. on the Beltway in Lee's tractor-trailer said the two and other protesters had stopped for a bathroom break at a weigh station near the Beltway and Interstate 95 in College Park
.

Please tell me General Lee eventually abandoned the rally to drop his load off at Appomattox.
 
2013-10-11 01:59:58 PM
If you want a good laugh read the comments on the organizer's Facebook page.
 
2013-10-11 02:00:33 PM

meat0918: If they want better labor standards, park their trucks in front of the labor department headquarters.  Oh wait... they're closed.

Time to join the Teamsters....


Wow it just came to me. Teamsters are Tea Msters or Tea Masters.

The Teamsters created the tea party as part of a long game to destroy the Republican Party.  Why didn't I see it earlier.
 
2013-10-11 02:00:47 PM
Was Pelosi arrested yet?  This appears to be working out swimmingly.  The freedoms are doing well.  All six participants are dedicated to the cause.

Hats off to the constitution fetishist who goes by the name General Lee and is sufficiently lacking in self awareness to see the issue.  Perhaps he just really really liked The Dukes of Hazard.
 
2013-10-11 02:01:46 PM

FarkedOver: BOB needs to resign!!1!!1!11


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2013-10-11 02:01:49 PM

mediablitz: This was the biggest non-story of the week. Three greenlights over what amounted to a crazy person talking shiat.


Actually Fox News was hyping it,along with Greta Van Susteren (sp?) interviewing their crazy leader.Typically,Fox News is now ignoring the dud of a protest.
 
2013-10-11 02:02:05 PM

phenn: qorkfiend: So, what are they trying to accomplish? Other than pissing the everliving hell out of anyone trying to commute to work in or around DC?

At first, I thought it was about some new regulations that would force a lot of them out of business (75k surety bonds, maximum hours, sleep apnea, etc.).

However, someone on FARK posted a link to a Facebook page in support of this and it seemed more Tea Party in nature.

So, I'm not sure.


Yeah, it's the same Tea Party turgidity we've been seeing since Obama took office.  They want him to resign.  Can't explain why, they just know they want him to.  And the idea was to completely shut down the country until he did.

I knew this wouldn't amount to anything, but it's a shining example of why Obama can't cave in to Republicans; because they are seeing they can recur to extortion if an election doesn't go their way.  Now that it's happening in Congress, Republicans feel entitled to holding the country's general well-being if they don't get their way.
 
2013-10-11 02:02:13 PM

mediablitz: Earlier Friday morning, four tractor-trailers drove side-by-side, across all four northbound lanes of the Beltway's inner loop in Virginia. That caused traffic to slow to 15 miles per hour. State police troopers stopped the vehicles and "warned them not to impede traffic," Geller said. The drivers were not issued tickets and allowed to "proceed on their way."

Pussies


I kind of think it's hilarious that they pulled over for the cops, and that said cops gave those rapscallions a disapproving look and sent them on their way.
 
2013-10-11 02:03:47 PM
This was a truly dumb idea for a protest.

First, truckers are busy. Most of them don't have time to waste on blocking roads in DC when they've got a haul to do from New York to Des Moines that needs to be in by Friday.

Second, gas is expensive. Very few truckers are in a position to blow hundreds of dollars of gas to divert to DC for a fruitless protest.

Derp.
 
2013-10-11 02:06:15 PM

NFA: This was poorly conceived.   It does zero to influence the executive or legislative branches but simply pisses off the general public caught in the small number of traffic slow downs.

End result?  The public turns against the protesters....


This, who does this stuff?

Scratch that, I'll answer it myself: People that listen to the song 'Convoy' non-ironically, that's who.
 
2013-10-11 02:06:43 PM
Maximum Overderp
 
2013-10-11 02:06:55 PM

phenn: qorkfiend: So, what are they trying to accomplish? Other than pissing the everliving hell out of anyone trying to commute to work in or around DC?

At first, I thought it was about some new regulations that would force a lot of them out of business (75k surety bonds, maximum hours, sleep apnea, etc.).

However, someone on FARK posted a link to a Facebook page in support of this and it seemed more Tea Party in nature.

So, I'm not sure.


TFA sounds like it's both.
 
2013-10-11 02:06:55 PM
Way to back another winner, Ailes
 
2013-10-11 02:07:13 PM
I'm just waiting for the update explaining this whole thing is a liberal-led "false flag" to discredit Real Americans.
 
2013-10-11 02:09:57 PM

make me some tea: This was a truly dumb idea for a protest.

First, truckers are busy. Most of them don't have time to waste on blocking roads in DC when they've got a haul to do from New York to Des Moines that needs to be in by Friday.

Second, gas is expensive. Very few truckers are in a position to blow hundreds of dollars of gas to divert to DC for a fruitless protest.

Derp.


And third,it was the brainchild of a right wing crazy radio host and had nothing to do with actual truckers.
 
2013-10-11 02:11:01 PM

qorkfiend: So, what are they trying to accomplish? Other than pissing the everliving hell out of anyone trying to commute to work in or around DC?


You could ask that about any protest, really.
Last I heard about it they didn't want to block traffic or cause any real harm, just a show of numbers to remind politicians that they represent actual people and not just statistics in a poll.

Washington is weak to public pressure, which was the point of all the shutdown theatrics.  Its not a hostage situation so much as getting uncaring bystanders involved to harass your political opponents.
Each side is thinking that it will win if the polls shift far enough in their favor, but the public is unhappy with government in general and is sorely regretting that its heaped so much responsibility into such a temperamental entity.

If there was an actual shutdown then things would quickly escalate to riot status.
 
2013-10-11 02:11:20 PM
If a teabagger plan to go after Obamacare actually makes the program more popular, and a teabagger plan to slow down traffic actually improves it, it might not be a bad idea to let these Wiley Coyotes take a crack at entitlements.
 
2013-10-11 02:11:28 PM

fruitloop: NFA: This was poorly conceived.   It does zero to influence the executive or legislative branches but simply pisses off the general public caught in the small number of traffic slow downs.

End result?  The public turns against the protesters....

It like they learned nothing from their overpass protests.


I see these sorts of problems with a lot of protests, regardless of political affiliation.  Earlier this year, San Francisco's Asian Art Museum had a temporary exhibit of about a dozen of the Chinese Clay Warriors (which are very rarely exhibited outside of China), and since the Chinese government was to some degree involved, a group of anti-CCP protestors showed up, blocking traffic on the roads outside the museum, and thereby snarling up traffic several blocks away, while waving signs that were mostly written in Cantonese.*  Which meant that most of the people affected by the protest (a) were too far away to see what was going on, and (b) would have been unable to understand the message anyway.

* I couldn't read the signs, but I'm assuming they were written in Cantonese because it's the most widely-spoken Chinese dialect in San Francisco.
 
2013-10-11 02:12:17 PM
A whole 30 semi's and trucks driving around the city on freeways....what a cunning and carefully planned protest.
 
2013-10-11 02:12:33 PM
See, this is what happens when people who are crazy, but don't know they're crazy, do crazy stuff. We get to laugh and point fingers about how crazy they are. Comedic gold.

I think the protest was too localized to begin with. How many truckers can afford to drop everything and rush to DC just to appease their hatred? Not many. It should have been a nationwide protest where truckers, no matter where they we today, would show solidarity with other truckers and block roads. The scheme was too grand to begin with and was doomed to fail because of incompetence. Thankfully.
 
2013-10-11 02:12:52 PM
It's almost like the protesters weren't that intelligent to begin with...
 
2013-10-11 02:15:21 PM

shastacola: mediablitz: This was the biggest non-story of the week. Three greenlights over what amounted to a crazy person talking shiat.

Actually Fox News was hyping it,along with Greta Van Susteren (sp?) interviewing their crazy leader.Typically,Fox News is now ignoring the dud of a protest.


It's weird that the fact that this is a non-story is itself a story.
 
2013-10-11 02:15:42 PM
This trucker seems lost
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Here comes the long term protest lodging.
i.imgur.com
Yes, it is a real housing trailer and is available in the U.K.
 
2013-10-11 02:17:06 PM
wasn't this touted as the "last PEACEFUL stand" against fart government tyranny?
 
2013-10-11 02:18:25 PM

make me some tea: This was a truly dumb idea for a protest.

First, truckers are busy. Most of them don't have time to waste on blocking roads in DC when they've got a haul to do from New York to Des Moines that needs to be in by Friday.

Second, gas is expensive. Very few truckers are in a position to blow hundreds of dollars of gas to divert to DC for a fruitless protest.

Derp.


Yes, but on the 0% chance it was effective, it would have been glorious.  Can you imagine it?  Thousands of angry truckers, God's own blue collar boys, running rings around those professional class weenies.  Oh, if only!
 
2013-10-11 02:19:52 PM
annoying truckers block all lanes of traffic going 10 mph or basically a typical weekday morning
 
2013-10-11 02:21:26 PM

phenn: qorkfiend: So, what are they trying to accomplish? Other than pissing the everliving hell out of anyone trying to commute to work in or around DC?

At first, I thought it was about some new regulations that would force a lot of them out of business (75k surety bonds, maximum hours, sleep apnea, etc.).

However, someone on FARK posted a link to a Facebook page in support of this and it seemed more Tea Party in nature.

So, I'm not sure.


My office does DOT physicals and the amount of biatching about the sleep apnea testing is insane. They biatch to everyone, from the doc doing the exam, to the front desk clerk to me (the biller).
 
2013-10-11 02:21:40 PM

anfrind: * I couldn't read the signs, but I'm assuming they were written in Cantonese because it's the most widely-spoken Chinese dialect in San Francisco.


Cantonese, Mandarin, and all the other Chinese dialects are written the same,, they are spoken dialects, and everyone uses the same writing system. So they were written in Chinese, no need to specify a written dialect.
 
2013-10-11 02:21:46 PM
Keep it up teabaggers, you're doing great!  You'll succeed in taking back the country aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaany minute now!!!
 
2013-10-11 02:22:30 PM

meat0918: If they want better labor standards, park their trucks in front of the labor department headquarters.  Oh wait... they're closed.

Time to join the Teamsters....


Labor standards? You haven't been paying attention. These people have been voting against their own interests for a long time. Labor standards are socialism!
 
2013-10-11 02:23:19 PM
I hope Fox News equally covers my "Prius Driving Software Architects Takin' Over Washingon" rally.
 
2013-10-11 02:23:39 PM
So lemme make sure I've got this right:

-Protest is planned as "WHOO! WE'RE GUNNA SHUT DOWN DC! OBAMA WON'T EVEN BE ABLE TO GET INTO TOWN!" (I guess they thought he commutes from Silver Spring or something)

-Around 30 trucks actually show up and proceed to block the beltway at 15 MPH for about 5 minutes until they get pulled over.

-Realizing that they're just being dicks to average people, they switch to driving normally, and uh, flying flags.

-Claim success, plan more trucking with flags, continue using logo that says "SHUT IT DOWN" in big letters on everything.

Oh, and they've apparently had one member go off the rails crazy and get disowned by the group.
 
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