Busted

A few weeks ago Peggy and I were driving home from Santa Fé, New Mexico. We passed through Oklahoma on the Kilpatrick Turnpike. I am totally familiar with toll roads and auto payment lanes, but the signage in Oklahoma confused me. I saw a sign saying PIKEPASS and decided yep I want to go on the Pike. I blasted past the CASH exit at seventy when I realized my I-PASS wasn’t going to work. Had I made a sharp right turn across three lanes in a flash, I might have made it into the pay lane. Oops, Oh Well.

By the time I arrived home a week later, a letter waited for me from PIKEPASS. They had my complete name and address, the exact date, and time of the violation documented in a very nicely and politely written letter of reprimand.

I called them this morning to ask what the toll charge was. I gave them the Transaction Number and a nice voice asked, “is it a white Toyota Avalon?” She very politely forgave the charge. I asked the nice young lady what technology they used to catch my violation. She answered, “a camera took a picture of your rear license plate as you went through.”

I commended her on Oklahoma’s speed and efficiency in apprehending a violator. I said if this happened in Illinois, I wouldn’t get a letter for ten years. She laughed politely. I commented that I didn’t want to take the chance of getting a ticket on my next trip through and have the cuffs thrown on me for having a moving violation on record. She assured me that wouldn’t happen.

The reason I am relating this incident is that Big Brother is watching us with capabilities that are unbelievable.

Doesn’t it make you wonder what else Big Brother does to creep into our private lives?

America for Sale?

     At the rate Obama is spending our future generations into slavery, he will soon need more sources of money. At the local level, mayors and governors have sold off infrastructure to raise money to quench their spending habits. Chicago has sold their parking meters to a private company for a ton of money. They sold it on the basis that the interest from the money when invested would fuel the needs of the city. Bottom line, the money is almost all spent.  Chicago also sold a road. Richard Daley the father built a road called the Chicago Skyway. It connects Chicago to Gary, Indiana. Daley Senior had a vision of thousands of Hoosiers commuting to Chicago over this toll-road.  He saw toll money fueling his penchant for spending. The road fizzled. The Hoosiers did not use it neither did the Chicagoans. Richard Daley the son sold the road to an Australian Company, thereby unloading a white elephant that needed a lot of repair.  

     With his federal deficit rising astronomically, what will Obama sell to finance his need to spend? Will it be the Grand Canyon, the Colorado River, Alaska, the Golden Gate Bridge, the Bakken oil formation? Or, will he be tempted to dip into the nuclear arsenal?  The president is on a mission to dispose of the country’s nuclear arms. The rogue nations are working overtime to build atom bombs.  He could kill two birds with one stone by helping the rogues out. They may even begin to love us.

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