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I got up early to hunt for gas this morning. Unlike my previous attempts, I was able to find working pumps and a line of under 50 vehicles.

The only person who tried to cut into the gas line was an old white dude in a GMC Yukon XL with a Romney/Ryan bumper sticker prominently displayed. So there was a dinosaur  who was voting for dinosaurs, driving a dinosaur, in desperate need of copious amounts of dinosaur fuel. Unfortunately, the other people in line were too busy going medieval on his ass to see this irony.

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  •  Schadenfreude (8+ / 0-)

    This reminds me of when I fill up my Prius and watch SUV owners get all dyspeptic as they pump the better part of a C-Note in their car.

    "I watch Fox News for my comedy, and Comedy Central for my news." - Facebook Group

    by Sychotic1 on Sat Nov 03, 2012 at 06:20:49 AM PDT

  •  I lived in Greenwich, CT in 1973. (1+ / 0-)
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    We had an ice storm and lost our power. We had to sleep on the floor in front of the fireplace for several days. And, on top of that, gasoline was rationed because of the Arab oil crisis. One could get gasoline only on certain days determined by your license plate number. I remember getting in line at a service station at 5:00 am. I took a blanket to keep warm so I would not have to run the engine.

    During this period I was traveling on business, and I flew to Dallas. I expected the same kind of shortages. But, to my genuine surprise, there was nothing of the kind. I was able to drive into any service station and fill up, no problem. I moved back to Texas within three months.

    Might and Right are always fighting, in our youth it seems exciting. Right is always nearly winning, Might can hardly keep from grinning. -- Clarence Day

    by hestal on Sat Nov 03, 2012 at 06:38:53 AM PDT

    •  I spent the winter in Texas back (3+ / 0-)
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      in 2007. Trying to escape the cold of Northern New York.

      I was astonished to see how much cheaper gas was in Texas than what we were paying in NY state. And the speed limit in Texas is also higher.

      Not sure why everyone is so against more things being dictated at a national level.

      By allowing states to be in control of certain things, all you do is encourage inequities across the country.

      Why should I be able to get gas cheaper, or better health insurance coverage, or specific gay marriage rights in one state over another?

      anyway, didn't mean to highjack your comment, just was remembering my surprise, much as you did in 1973.

      Are you stilll in Texas or did you relocate?

      I am an Angry White Woman and I vote. Mr President: I've got your back

      by karma13612 on Sat Nov 03, 2012 at 07:54:20 AM PDT

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      •  I agree with you. (0+ / 0-)

        At that time, 1973, I remember seeing bumper stickers in Texas, my home state, that read: "Drive fast and freeze a Yankee."

        Might and Right are always fighting, in our youth it seems exciting. Right is always nearly winning, Might can hardly keep from grinning. -- Clarence Day

        by hestal on Sat Nov 03, 2012 at 09:57:51 AM PDT

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        •  wow, that is just scary (1+ / 0-)
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          not sure how much has changed, either!

          For me, the model of 50 states, often feeling like they need to compete against each other, just doesn't work.

          I've heard the rationale: Vote with your feet.

          Guess they mean that if you don't like it in this state, go to another state if you want.

          Yea, there are no border guards asking for 'your papers' between states, but there are boundaries in the form of economic constraints.

          Just because you wake up some day, and discover that you can no longer have an abortion in your own home state, and you are worried that you might be effected by this, doesn't mean you can easily give up a job and housing, etc, just to move to a 'pro-choice' state. And then you might be faced with the same issue again, down the line if you made a bad state choice again. I am using abortion as an example, but there are other issues as well, of course.

          I have been trying to convince hubbie that we should move from NYS to Vermont since they are really making a LOT of noise about single payer for their residents.  The cons are that it is expensive to find housing and I would have to start fresh looking for a job.

          Again, state divisions for these issues just doesn't make sense.

          I am an Angry White Woman and I vote. Mr President: I've got your back

          by karma13612 on Sat Nov 03, 2012 at 10:15:18 AM PDT

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  •  yep. the romney/ryan crowd thinks they're (6+ / 0-)

    entitled to cut to the front of every line -- in fact, lines are for the riff-raff, not them.  

  •  anyone so self important to cut in line (2+ / 0-)
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    in a situation like that deserves to be hauled out of their car and thoroughly beaten.  And then their car keys should be thrown into the weeds on the side of the road.  

    Oregon: Sure...it's cold. But it's a damp cold.

    by Keith930 on Sat Nov 03, 2012 at 06:47:51 AM PDT

  •  Don't worry, CNN is on it... (3+ / 0-)

    CNN's Susan Candiotti did a special feature yesterday where she drove around NJ with a camera man all afternoon, going to different gas lines to see how long it took at each place, and to see if they ran out of gas before she got to the front of the line. She did this all afternoon, sometimes waiting over 1/2 an hour- burning gas, while waiting to get gas, to drive somewhere else to burn gas to wait to get gas, etc. etc. All so that us viewers would get an up close look at what's its like to wait in a gas line. And this after Gov. Christie already announced gas rations would go in effect today.

  •  Buy a hybrid. I bought one 9 years ago (2+ / 0-)
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    radarlady, Liberal Courage

    and never looked back.

  •  Not surprised (1+ / 0-)
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    In Greene County we had a few "me first" Republican types cutting in line for sandbags during Hurricane Irene last year. The Republican Party is the party of individual entitlement, which ends up being nothing more than outright selfishness. The Democratic Party is the party of shared entitlement, making us the true altruists.  

  •  This kind of behavior worries me (0+ / 0-)

    I don't think these f-ers will back down when Obama is reelected. I think they'll still feel like they're too good for the rest of us. The Republican class and then the rest of us.

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