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(Quad City Times)   Norm McDonald, director of bridges and structures for the Iowa DOT, says the state is the second-worst for structurally deficient bridges in the country. Who is to blame for this terrifying mess? You guessed it: Frank Stallone   (qctimes.com ) divider line
    More: PSA, Iowa Department of Transportation, Norm McDonald, illinois dot, Iowa, executive directors, bridges, Scott County, Moline  
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2014-05-05 12:17:05 PM  

Cybernetic: If you're assigning blame for the lack of progress in repairing and replacing our critical infrastructure, take a long hard look at the liberal interest groups who can't stop playing identity politics long enough to build some goddamned bridges--even though people of all genders, races, and sexual orientations would benefit from the safer, modern infrastructure that we'd get from it.


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2014-05-05 12:22:37 PM  
Norm McDonald, director of bridges and structures for the Iowa DOT

How's your infrastructure, Norm?

www.davidstuff.com
 
2014-05-05 12:49:45 PM  
 
2014-05-05 12:57:45 PM  

MadCat221: We can't spend money on something as useless as civil infrastructure!  There's subsidies contributions for obscenely profitable industries rich union pension and benefit plans to pay, and costly useless military hardware bondoggles to requisition!

 
2014-05-05 01:02:57 PM  

Cybernetic: Dog Welder: firefly212: Carn: We actually got a C+ in bridges.   Only one in nine is structurally deficient and we're only spending $8 billion less per year than we need to.  Only.

Why is it that we approach real dangers like diseases, road infrastructure, pipeline infrastructure, power grid problems, etc... like this... but when it comes to statistically near-zero threats like terrorism, we'll piss away trillions of dollars? Would it be so much better to die in a natural failure bridge collapse than a terrorist-devised bridge collapse that it's just not worth the same attention?

Because there's no political glory in making sure the roads work, diseases don't happen, or for bridges to stay in one piece.  Those only make the news if something bad happens.

It's easier to make a political name for yourself by yammering about how Obamacare will destroy us all or Benghazi instead of actually fixing our crumbling infrastructure.

Right. Because the Republicans were the ones complaining that those "shovel-ready" infrastructure jobs would go to "white male construction workers". Oh, wait. That was Robert Reich (posting back in 2009 on his now-deleted blog). The Boston Globe (in a 2008 opinion column), and the New York Times (in a 2008 op-ed piece) similarly weighed in with hand-wringing columns about the lack of stimulus jobs for women and the unskilled. The upshot of this was that infrastructure projects (which require skilled laborers who do happen to be mostly male and white) went nowhere.

If you're assigning blame for the lack of progress in repairing and replacing our critical infrastructure, take a long hard look at the liberal interest groups who can't stop playing identity politics long enough to build some goddamned bridges--even though people of all genders, races, and sexual orientations would benefit from the safer, modern infrastructure that we'd get from it.


I'm inclined to believe that politicians of any stripe could not give half of a shiat about infrastructure unless it's somehow mangled to be politically convenient. My dipshiat congresscritter went on tv to biatch about the farking Malaysian plane because he has the attention span of a hummingbird.
 
2014-05-05 01:08:12 PM  
I need to see the picture to make the joke complete.

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2014-05-05 01:13:34 PM  

firefly212: Carn: We actually got a C+ in bridges.   Only one in nine is structurally deficient and we're only spending $8 billion less per year than we need to.  Only.

Why is it that we approach real dangers like diseases, road infrastructure, pipeline infrastructure, power grid problems, etc... like this... but when it comes to statistically near-zero threats like terrorism, we'll piss away trillions of dollars? Would it be so much better to die in a natural failure bridge collapse than a terrorist-devised bridge collapse that it's just not worth the same attention?


Because cram it, hippy!
 
2014-05-05 01:16:34 PM  
1.) get the Hoff to move to Iowa
2.) Germans love the Hoff
3.) Germans are good at engineering and fixing stuff
4.) Payback for WWII or something like that
 
dwg
2014-05-05 01:39:24 PM  

dletter: They built their bridges with b-o-r-e-d's.


Seriously, did this go unnoticed??
 
2014-05-05 01:40:15 PM  
If they fix the infrastructure, land in Iowa could be... Hot Property!
 
2014-05-05 02:00:14 PM  
Before the next bridge meeting...Note to self: Learn how to fight.
 
2014-05-05 02:26:19 PM  

ZAZ: The study by the American Road & Transportation Builders Association said there are 63,000 structurally deficient bridges across the country and if they were laid end to end, they would stretch from Boston to Miami.

This is an excellent idea. It would ease congestion along I-95, and put the added risk on Florida and Boston drivers.


Unfortunately this means that traffic would be backed up from Boston to Miami as bits of the bridges fall down. On the plus side, if you ranked the bridges from highest to lowest you could use the bridges as a sort of aqueduct and let the cars roll from Boston to Miami or vice versa.
 
2014-05-05 03:22:26 PM  
We need these bridge repairman to be healthy while they fix the structure. Give them some kind of pill that doctors have created, which has all the health benefits of wine without the alcohol.

Yes.

They'll call it...

A grape!
 
2014-05-05 04:34:35 PM  

lack of warmth: naughtyrev: Wow, getting fired from SNL really hurt his career.

Screwed and Dirty Work didn't help it any.


Two of my favorite movies
 
2014-05-05 04:42:16 PM  
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2014-05-05 06:15:10 PM  
Dammit. And I just got over my gephyrophobia. ;p
 
2014-05-05 07:24:53 PM  

Crewmannumber6: Did he say anything about his gay son (NSFW)?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8FHJHjFWu94


Dammit, I busted my ribs a week ago and after clicking on that link... I think my laughter set me back a few days of recovery.
 
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