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  •  and people claimed that here --- but they had many (3+ / 0-)

    hours notice before their cars were towed

    Bumper sticker seen on I-95; "Stop Socialism" my response: "Don't like socialism? GET OFF the Interstate highway!"

    by Clytemnestra on Sat Feb 09, 2013 at 08:17:02 AM PST

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    •  There were no freakin' cars towed (4+ / 0-)

      these were NOT parked in the snow emergency lanes.

      They were parked where it was perfectly legal to park during certain hours (when they were parked there in the first place) and then when they had to be moved later on, they couldn't be because there was then a ban on driving in place.

      But yet, despite it being so freakin' dangerous that you couldn't be out driving, the city was able to send its workers out to give tickets.

      Yeah, try to justify this shit all you want, the bottom line is that it's not.  It's all basically a huge scam, that gives government a bad name (and leads to much of the RW antipathy towards government that many at this site spend a whole lot of time scratching their heads over . . . .

      •  no cars towed yesterday? I'm sure their owners (3+ / 0-)
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        will be glad to hear it was a figment of their imagination

        Bumper sticker seen on I-95; "Stop Socialism" my response: "Don't like socialism? GET OFF the Interstate highway!"

        by Clytemnestra on Sat Feb 09, 2013 at 08:27:06 AM PST

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        •  He's not talking about yesterday - nt (3+ / 0-)
          •  Yeah, it seems like they're just out there (1+ / 0-)
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            poised to feed on motorist's misery at the drop of the hat - a quick google search, which hasn't yet turned up the snowstorm incident, showed they were up to the same tricks during Sandy:

            Among those angered by a ticket was Sajendra Nithiananthan, a biomedical engineering doctoral candidate at Johns Hopkins University who said he received a ticket the morning of Oct. 30 after parking in a legal spot the day before. Parking only became prohibited in the spot, a loading area for a local school, after the city’s driving restrictions took effect, he said.

            “I would have had to ignore the instructions not to travel in order to move the car,” he told The Sun at the time.

             Nithiananthan’s Honda was one of three vehicles given $32 citations for parking in the passenger loading zone in the 700 block of Park Avenue. Minutes later, five other vehicles were ticketed for the same kind of violation in the 800 block

            link

            All in the name of "public safety" of course!  I suppose that a good market tested phrase to get people to agree to almost anything these days . .  

        •  I was talking about a different situation (0+ / 0-)

          not yesterday's storm.

          I haven't like in MA for over 20 years (a deciding factor in why I left was all the car-related shit they pulled, for whatever that was worth).

          Back then it was well-known at the "snow emergencies" were basically a scam between the local authorities and their cronies who operated towing companies and impound lots, ect.  

          But to go to the level of actually banning driving on the roads seems to be taking things to a whole new level . ..

          •  link? or lie?? nt (2+ / 0-)
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            ...sin that pays its way can travel freely, and without a passport,whereas Virtue, if a pauper is stopped at all frontiers. from The Sermon, Moby Dick

            by jts327 on Sat Feb 09, 2013 at 08:59:37 AM PST

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          •  It worked (11+ / 0-)

            During the Blizzard of '78, commuters kept the roads too clogged to plow, so they all got stuck and the cars took days to tow out.  This time they closed the roads early (light traffic from emergency vehicles and limited other workers didn't get in the way) and kept them plowed out.  The cleanup is going very well, even though the snow is actually deeper in many places than it was in '78.

          •  almost everyone thought it was smart (2+ / 0-)
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            here in MA
            did you live here (or were you alive?) in 1978. Maybe you are missing some context

            Dukasis was Governor. Tens of thousands of people got stuck on the roads, particularly the SE expressway. People were stuck for days, people died, and the plows could not get through.

            My dad was someone who got stuck (not his car stuck but he couldnt' get by because others were stuck). He had to hike in a blizzard to a shelter a few miles away (and we think that was when he had his first silent heart attack).

            Everyone is comparing this storm (or was before the storm) to that memorable blizzard. Patrick our Governor mentioned it. Dukasis said it was a very good idea to close the roads so they could plow this time.

            Patrick is a good manager. Maybe things have changes some in MA since you lived here 20 yrs ago.

      •  it doesn't have to be a scam at all (0+ / 0-)

        it can be incompetent communication between two different parts of the Government.
        Doofus leader of the people who ticket didn't tell his people not to. He didn't think of it or didn't care. Incompetence is more common than malice, I find.

        Tickets can be disputed, pain in ass that that is.

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