Big Government, Hypocrites, Localized

Governor Cuomo Declares MTA State Of Emergency, Skewers Trump, Then Diverts Funds Away From It

At some point the morons of New York who keep voting for this ass are going to realize they’re being played. Maybe.

To some, last week was a turning point in Andrew Cuomo’s long battle to distance himself from his ailing transit agency, the MTA. Instead of shirking off responsibilities for the collapsing subway system, or pressing for token legislation to provide him with even more power, Cuomo seized it himself, declaring a “state of emergency” in the subways and promising $1 billion to help shore up the abysmal service.

As the Daily News points out, the recent amendment to the MTA’s capital plan that its board recently passed strips $1.2 billion from the current capital plan that would have gone toward new subway cars, in addition to $37.6 million for new signals. The MTA argues that because those train cars won’t be ready until midway through the next capital plan in 2023 anyway, it shouldn’t be budgeting for their purchasing. The $37.6 million, the MTA claims, was for new signals that would have operated solely with the new trains.

Ostensibly, that freed up more than $1.2 billion to go toward the city’s crumbling subways, which vitally need new signals to increase capacity on the lines. Currently, the MTA is finishing signal work for a single line, the 7 train, and has just recently begun work on the Queens Boulevard E/F/M/R lines, but only for the sections that run through Queens and parts of midtown Manhattan. Only the L train has been given completely new signals. That $1.2 billion could, theoretically, have gone to start another signal modernization project as soon as possible. Already, the MTA has pegged $3 billion in the current capital plan for new signals, although even the transit agency itself admits it won’t get around to outfitting the entire system with those signals until 2045 (and that’s a hopeful outlook).

Instead, however, the money is going toward Cuomo’s pet projects, including his poorly conceived LaGuardia AirTrain, a third track for the Long Island Rail Road (which is desperately needed but faces stiff local resistance), subway station enhancements that won’t necessarily increase station capacity, and cashless tolls. In keeping with his longtime neglect of the subways, Cuomo has shorted the system cash that had already been allotted to it.

Source: Guess Which NY Governor Just Took $1 Billion Meant for MTA Subway Signals and Spent It Elsewhere? | Village Voice

Hypocrites, Ironic

Tim Kaine: Idiot

How quickly we forget that Kaine’s running mate, Hillary Clinton, called for “safe zones” and “no fly zones.”  How did he think those would be enforced?  Pixie dust?

Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., on Wednesday sharply condemned U.S. strikes on Syrian regime forces — like the shoot-down of a military jet over the weekend — as “completely illegal.”“I think the military action that is being taken against Syrian government assets is completely illegal,” Kaine said in an interview with Yahoo News on Sirius XM’s politics channel, POTUS.

Source: Tim Kaine: U.S. strikes on Syrian forces ‘completely illegal’

Hypocrites, Ironic

One of the biggest opponents of Trump’s travel ban institutes…  Well…

And the best part?  It doesn’t apply if you’re being a whore, er, seeking funding.

This of course makes me wonder: what happens if someone from a country who hates LGBT people comes to California?  Isn’t that what Trump was kinda doing (indirectly?)

California has issued a ban on state-funded and state-sponsored travel to four more states that it says have laws discriminating against LGBTQ people.The travel ban was first put into effect January 1 when state measure AB 1887 became law. The law says California is “a leader in protecting civil rights and preventing discrimination” and should not support or finance “discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people.”

The travel ban list also includes states that California believes don’t protect religious freedoms and states that it says use religious freedom as a basis of discrimination.

Source: California travel ban: 4 states added to list – CNN.com

Hypocrites, Politics, Religion

If Only The People Held Castro and Maduro In Contempt He Showed Trump

Some of us, Americans who’ve been critical of Trump’s scandal-ridden leadership, especially reveled in the moment when the pope, known for his charismatic demeanor, stood for protocol pictures with Trump and his black-dressed, black-veiled family and made his displeasure known to the world with stoic facial features.

But, after the moment of guilty pleasure, all I could think about was this: If only Pope Francis had treated dictators Raúl and Fidel Castro with the same disdain in Cuba.

Source: Dour-faced with President Trump, Pope Francis engaged Raúl and Fidel Castro with friendliness | Miami Herald

Hypocrites, Politics

Arab States Switch From Buying Off Hillary to Buying Off Ivanka

I miss the good old days when only Hillary was selling influence to these scumbags.  Now Ivanka is too.

The World Bank plans to announce Sunday at an event with Ivanka Trump, the U.S. president’s daughter and senior White House adviser, that Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates have pledged $100 million collectively toward a fund for women who own or want to start businesses, according to people familiar with the announcement.

Source: Arab States Pledge $100M To Ivanka’s Foundation – Joe.My.God.