- Resident Benny Layne says a man was seen examining the crossing arms earlier in the week.
- Layne says the crossing arms had not been working properly for quite some time.
- A spokeswoman for Buckingham Branch told the Associated Press she was not aware of any problems with the crossing arms and the accident was being investigated by the National Transportation Safety Board.
( Daily Mail ) The railroad crossing where a train carrying Republican lawmakers struck a garbage truck killing the driver Wednesday morning had been malfunctioning, residents in Crozet revealed.
Benny Layne, who lives near the horrific crash site and found the destroyed garbage truck on his property, told the Associated Press that the crossing arms had not been working properly for quite some time.
He said the arms would stay down for hours at a time and he recently witnessed a line of cars waiting at the crossing after they were signaled to stop although a train was not approaching. Layne said several motorists eventually got out of their cars to help guide other drivers safely around the malfunctioning arms so they could cross the tracks.
According to Layne, a man was seen examining the crossing arms earlier in the week.
The tracks were the accident occurred are owned by CSX Transportation. Buckingham Branch Railroad leases the track and are responsible for maintenance, signalling and traffic dispatching on the line.
A spokeswoman for Buckingham Branch told the Associated Press she was not aware of any problems with the crossing arms and the accident was being investigated by the National Transportation Safety Board.
…Sen. Jeff Flake (Arizona) was among the many lawmakers who sprang into action to tend to the injured after the accident, helping carry one man on a stretcher.
He said that there were three people in the truck, one who died and two others who were injured. None of the lawmakers on the train were seriously injured.
‘It was a hard impact. It threw everybody up in the air a little. I don’t think anybody on the train is seriously injured, but I may be wrong,’ Flake told the Washington Post.
Tennessee Rep. Phil Roe, who is a doctor, told reporters Wednesday night that the truck driver was killed instantly. Texas Rep. Michael Burgess, also a doctor, described the accident as a ‘scene you don’t ever want to see’.
Several lawmakers who are doctors tended to the victims, including former podiatrist Rep. Brad Wenstrup (Ohio), former OBGYNs Rep. Michael Burgess (Texas) and Rep. Phil Roe (Tennessee), former heart surgeon Rep. Larry Bucshon (Indiana) and former gastroenterologist Sen. Bill Cassidy (Louisiana).
Never Trumpers: These are conservatives opposed to Trump from the get-go.
“For some of us, it’s not that we changed our position, it’s that we don’t want this administration trying to do important and complicated things it doesn’t understand.”
Folks, this is it! That little two-line sentence explains 90% of the conservative intellectual Never Trumper movement. They simply cannot accept the notion that the things they believe in are in the hands of somebody so incompetent and rude and barbarian as Donald Trump. “We don’t want this administration trying to do important, complicated things it doesn’t understand.” In other words, “We’re the smart people, we are the experts, and this guy Trump and his mad cabinet and his bunch of no competent fools, they got no business implementing what we believe.”
Now, stop and think of that for a minute. In a fight for the soul of America, these people are willing to sell out their ideas and abandon the objective of advancing them simply because they think the guy implementing their ideas isn’t fit to do so because he’s a boob, he’s a narcissist, he’s a pig, he’s a misogynist, whatever it is. And this is what passes for intellectual thought and application.
This is typical think tank thinking. So Trump’s the guy that went out and did what you had to do to get elected. Trump’s the guy that’s getting beat up by everybody in the world just because he wakes up every day. He’s not qualified, he’s not sophisticated enough, he’s not educated enough. He’s not proper enough.
- Democrats are slightly less supportive as a group of protecting speech for those they disagree with than are Republicans
( Breitbart ) A new poll released by Rasmussen Reports on Wednesday revealed that over 85 percent of American adults believe that the right to free speech is “more important than making sure no one is offended by what others say.” A mere eight percent said they believe that guarding against personal offense is more important than protecting free speech.
73 percent also agreed with the famous line often attributed to Voltaire: “I disapprove of what you say but will defend to the death your right to say it.” Another 10 percent disagreed with that statement, and 17 percent said they are undecided.
The poll reveals that there is bipartisan agreement with regards to freedom of speech. Despite overwhelming support for speech rights, Democrats are slightly less supportive as a group of protecting speech for those they disagree with than are Republicans.
- Three GOP votes — Sens. Susan Collins of Maine, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and John McCain of Arizona — sank the measure in a 49-51 vote
- Senate blocked the latest Republican attempt to repeal Obamacare
The Senate blocked the latest Republican attempt to repeal Obamacare in a dramatic floor vote early Friday morning, yet again stalling — for now — the key campaign goal that eludes the GOP six months into the Trump administration.
Three GOP votes — Sens. Susan Collins of Maine, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and John McCain of Arizona — sank the measure in a 49-51 vote. McCain, who recently returned to the Senate after getting diagnosed with brain cancer, cast his “no” vote to audible gasps on the chamber’s floor, according to reporters there.
Senate Republicans released the plan late Thursday just hours before voting on an amendment to take up the bill.
Here are the provisions in the so-called skinny repeal bill, which the GOP titled the Health Care Freedom Act:
- It would repeal the individual mandate, which is the requirement that most Americans buy insurance or pay a penalty. The provision was intended to help control costs by encouraging younger, healthier people to enter the market. Republicans have said it forced people to buy plans they did not want.
- The bill would roll back the employer mandate, a similar provision that says large employers have to provide insurance for their workers.
- The plan would expand a program that allows states to waive certain provisions under Obamacare.
- It would suspend the medical device tax.
- The proposal would increase contribution limits for tax-free health savings accounts.
- It would defund women’s health provider Planned Parenthood for one year.
The House of Representatives voted down a Republican proposal to ban the Pentagon from paying for gender-transition surgeries after 24 GOP congressmen crossed party lines to join the Democratic side.
These are the 24 Republicans who voted against the legislation that would have removed funding for transgender military members’ medical costs:
- California Rep. Paul Cook
- California Rep. Jeff Denham
- California Rep. Steve Knight
- California Rep. Darrell Issa
- Colorado Rep Mike Coffman
- Florida Rep. Carlos Curbelo
- Florida Rep. Lena Ros-Lehtinen
- Florida Rep. Brian Mast
- Michigan Rep. Justin Amash
- Michigan Rep. Jack Bergman
- New Jersey Rep. Leonard Lance
- New Jersey Rep. Frank Lobiondo
- New Jersey Rep. Tom MacArthur
- New York Rep. John Faso
- New York Rep. Elise Stefanik
- New York Rep. Tom Reed
- New York Rep. John Katko
- New York Rep. Claudia Tenney
- Pennsylvania Rep. Ryan Costello
- Pennsylvania Rep. Charles Dent
- Pennsylvania Rep. Bill Shuster
- Pennsylvania Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick
- Virginia Rep. Barbara Comstock
- Washington Rep. David Reichert
- “When it comes to generous tipping, Republicans definitely beat Democrats,” Creditcard.com senior industry analyst Matt Schulz told Fox Business.
( Daily Wire ) According to a study conducted last month by Creditcard.com, Republican men from the Northeast are among the best tippers, ironically, yet unsurprisingly, tipping better than liberal do-gooders.
The study, running a survey via the Princeton Survey Research Associates International, “examined tipping behavior at restaurants, hotels, coffee shops and hair salons. It sampled 1,002 adults who used cash, credit or debit cards,” notes CNBC.
Republican men dining at a restaurant were found to have tipped a median of 20%, as opposed to Southern Democrats who tipped at a 15% median. Women also averaged on the stingy side, tipping a median of 16%.
“When it comes to generous tipping, Republicans definitely beat Democrats,” Creditcard.com senior industry analyst Matt Schulz told Fox Business. “Fifty-nine percent of Republicans say their typical restaurant tip exceeds 15%, while just 46% of Democrats say the same. Democrats are also more likely than their GOP counterparts to say that they never tip hotel housekeepers, hair stylists/barbers and coffee shop baristas.”
Though there were some significant differences connected to one’s politics, the study found that tipping mostly aligned with income level.
( Daily Wire ) Campus Reform is reporting that John Griffin, a professor from the Art Institute of Washington, called for Republicans to be “lined up and shot” for voting to pass the American Health Care Act (AHCA) in the House of Representatives.
One might think it was hyperbolic — not so, according to Griffin (image courtesy of Campus Reform):
“They should be lined up and shot. That’s not hyperbole; blood is on their hands.”
Griffin later amended his post, writing: