Monday, January 9, 2012

Crime, smog, traffic, graffiti and all they have to show for it is their crappy newspaper


One in a series that takes a look at what's going on up at the L.A. Times.

Alternate headline: The L.A. Times confronts intellectual bankruptcy

After admitting there is no money to build the high speed choo-choo system here in California and admitting that the initial section of tracks out in the Central Valley would be "costly train to nowhere" while also acknowledging that the section of tracks to be built first was purely a political obligation, the statist cheerleaders at the L.A. Times editorial board insist the project go on because, in their closing argument, the high-speed choo-choo system here in California would be just like the Egyptian pyramids or something:

Worthwhile things seldom come without cost or sacrifice. That was as true in ancient times as it is now; pharaoh Sneferu, builder of Egypt's first pyramids, had to try three times before he got it right, with the first two either collapsing under their own weight or leaning precipitously. But who remembers that now? Not many people have heard of Sneferu, but his pyramids and those of his successors are wonders of the world.

Granted, this was in Saturday's paper but did they think no one was reading?

We're not sure invoking two massive failures because of shoddy engineering is anyway to promote the largest public works project in United States history. The ol' third time was the charm will not inspire tax-payer confidence

And who remebers that now? Hardly not the souls of the slave labor that built the pyramids.

And we missed the ballot language back in 2008 touting the high-speed rail system as any sort of "wonder of the world".

But the L.A. Times does have a point regarding the similar and only utilitarian natures of both the pyramids and California's high-speed rail system: one housed dead pharoahs and the other most likely Jerry Brown's political legacy.

In all our years of reading the Times, we have never seen used such a ridiculous and amaterish analogy in an Op-Ed piece. Un. Real.


K T Cat said...

So ... those pyramids ... those were some great investments in their day ... right?

SarahB said...


Monuments to one's god-complex...makes perfect sense.

Left Coast Rebel said...

Words escape me.

Secular Apostate said...

The economics of public investment are completely different when you have slaves. I think it's worth noting that every single one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, all of which we tend to admire and sometimes want to emulate, was built entirely by slave labor. Good to know where the Times stands.