Video: Metaphor of the day

posted at 7:21 pm on March 27, 2014 by Allahpundit

To cleanse the palate, a viral smash via the Blaze that doubles as a metaphor for lefty triumphalism over ObamaCare’s new “enrollment” numbers. They’ve been trying to get past criticism of the law for months; now they’ve finally got the burst of momentum they need to sail by, replete with a ceremonial flipping of the bird at their opponents. It’s open roads and easy riding from here on out. Isn’t it?

Treat this as an open thread if you like. I wanted to do a post on today’s alarming news on U.S. autism rates from the CDC but I know virtually nothing about the condition beyond the fact that no fewer than four people in my smallish circle of friends either have it themselves or have children who do. I figured I’d limit my parade of ignorance to politics and leave the thread on something like this to those who know what they’re talking about. What America really needs to process this sensitive subject is a Voxsplainer; too bad those guys are busy reminding people that the country can always just print a few trillion dollars to solve its problems if need be.


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A quick internet search shows that texting while driving in Florida is illegal…would assume that would also count for filming?

Mostly anti-texting laws are restricted to texting, the thinking being that the combination of conversing with a human being and using a mobile device is more of a distraction than either of those things alone.

Legal or not, it is unsafe to put some of your energies into filming while driving, especially when you know and admit conditions are already dangerous. But then again, she’s laughing when debris is deposited across the highway and a driver just went into a ditch at full speed, so I’m not really sure she’s the best judge of what “safe” is.

I do sympathize with the scorn for aggressive and dangerous drivers, though, specifically tailgaters who think your car will magically disappear if they get close enough. By the way, what’s with the person hiding under an emergency vest in the back seat?

calbear on March 27, 2014 at 9:39 PM

Still does not ague she put anyone at risk. Just because you have a prejudice against people using phones while driving does not mean that every person who uses a phone while driving is a risk. That is your problem with people who clearly are incapable of doing so.
Each person should be able to access their risk and if they fail to access it correctly the proper time for punishment is after they fail and to equal consequences to the harm they caused.
I do not carry a cell phone just in case you think I too am prejudiced. My prejudice is towards freedom.

astonerii on March 27, 2014 at 9:35 PM

To be fair, she does a damn fine job of keeping the maniac in frame, which is likely only possible if you’re paying a fair amount of attention to it, not just blindly aiming her phone in the general direction of the driver, as she claims on YouTube.

Surprised she didn’t also get ticketed.

spinach.chin on March 27, 2014 at 9:43 PM

Still does not ague she put anyone at risk. Just because you have a prejudice against people using phones while driving does not mean that every person who uses a phone while driving is a risk.

It’s not a prejudice. Driving while distracted, even in states which allow drivers to use their cell phones while operating a motor vehicle, is neither legal nor explained by commonsense.

She should have moved her ass over and let the bozo pass. Instead, she wanted to cause a problem, and she thinks she’s a star after everything ended well for her and not for him. Every double-digit IQ moron in the country who sees her video will now be encouraged to drive slow in the fast lane with their cell phones at the ready.

Pincher Martin on March 27, 2014 at 9:44 PM

Oh, by the way…..I have cars that go really fast and a couple of motorcycles that pack a punch. I also try to be safe and courtesy when I drive them. What is so hard about being nice these days?
 
HonestLib on March 27, 2014 at 9:33 PM

 
I’ve been wondering that since my little girl was a little girl.
 
For anyone curious what Florida law says:
 

The left-lane provision is part of the 226-page House Bill 7125. It states that drivers on any road with two or more lanes in the same direction may not drive more than 10 mph slower than the posted speed limit in the left lane if they know they are being overtaken.
 
http://members.jacksonville.com/news/crime/2013-06-27/story/left-lane-slowpokes-face-fines-under-new-florida-law#ixzz2XScwEAdP

 
I’d be be really surprised if the lead vehicle was going 10 under.
 
And for anyone interested in seeing the math and how much time they save by going 75 instead of 65:
 
http://personal.denison.edu/~silveira/speeding.html
 
Hint: One minute and fourteen seconds every ten miles. Here’s a calculator if you want to play, too.
 
I’m fairly certain our now-famous truck driver would give back that minute he was hoping to save if he could.

rogerb on March 27, 2014 at 9:45 PM

ℙ̢̻͙̹̪͓̝͕̓͌̆͊̔͗̽͘̕͜͝ͅʊ̮͈̜̤̦̖͔̦͙͖͊̀͑̍̏̎̍̀́̆ґ̧̺͙̝̣̣̼͚̟̟̏͋̾̈́̅͆͛̀̾̚ℯ̢̡̻̺̫̺̩̣͖͚̅̈́̾̓̐͐̿̽̈͝ ̢̫̹̣̘̮͉̯̳͕̌̀̾̇́́͗̐͠͝ϟ̞̹̜̣̝͖̲̠͇̠͛̈͛̄̑̈́̆̐͠͝¢̡̧̛̦̙̝̲͓̝͈̼̋͂̈́͒͛̓͆̾̔н̡̥̰̜͖̯̮͇̺̠͊͑̒͗́̍́̊̋̂α̡̜͍͉͓̯͔̜̼̙̇̈́́̿̂̔̏͂͘͝ⅾ̧̦̞̤͔̱̟̦͚͓̉́̈͛͒͐̀̒̾̃ε̡̙̥̳̤͈̰͈͚͔̽́̒͗̌͒́̒̏̕ᾔ̧͎̹̖͍͓̖̳͍̤̇͂͊̃̐̿̇̕̚͝ḟ̡̦͕̝̘͙͙͚̙̝̎̓̄͆́̉́̎̄̑я̡͖̞̟̻̙͍͚̬̥̑́͊̒̀͛́̓̓͠ℯ̛̖͚̩̳̯͔͕̠͚̃̐̊̓̋͑͆̚͜͝ü̱̣̱̣̬̺̟̥̻͙̊̉̐̑͌̃̾͘͝͝ḓ̨̭̠̟̰̣̟̱̣͋̓̐̀̓͆̏̓̾̓͜ℯ̞̙̼̫͓͚̠̖̖͍̐̂͆̏͑̔̃͆̓̕

Am I the only one that sees a train?

c4 on March 27, 2014 at 9:46 PM

Sorry. Calculator link:
 
http://www.lostluggagestudios.com/projects/speeding.php

rogerb on March 27, 2014 at 9:47 PM

jaxisaneurophysicist on March 27, 2014 at 9:33 PM

Many things seem to bother you.

Bmore on March 27, 2014 at 9:49 PM

Using a cellphone to record another driver while driving in wet conditions at speeds that are more than capable of killing people is dangerous and stupid. The fact that she was fortunate enough to avoid an accident doesn’t make it any safer or more intelligent.If you can’t see that what she did was just as ill-advised and dangerous as what the other driver was doing, I really don’t think ineptitude of others is something on which you should be commenting.
AScott on March 27, 2014 at 9:08 PM

Sheesh. You might have a point if she was texting or scrolli g her contacts to make a call. Using a cellphone camera is braindead if you maintain situational awareness. Just hold it and point in the general direction. She would be distracted if she was concentrating on maintaining the framing of the video. The mental load exhibited by the video is as heavy as listening to talk radio and following the conversation or smoking a cigarette.

AH_C on March 27, 2014 at 9:51 PM

It’s not a prejudice. Driving while distracted, even in states which allow drivers to use their cell phones while operating a motor vehicle, is neither legal nor explained by commonsense.

She should have moved her ass over and let the bozo pass. Instead, she wanted to cause a problem, and she thinks she’s a star after everything ended well for her and not for him. Every double-digit IQ moron in the country who sees her video will now be encouraged to drive slow in the fast lane with their cell phones at the ready.

Pincher Martin on March 27, 2014 at 9:44 PM

So, She kept the vehicle in total control. Had complete situational awareness. And yet you still argue that she is a danger.

What makes it her OBLIGATION to cater to the terrorist? Do we have the crowd who thinks that schools should ban American flags on Cinco De Mayo at Hot Air now?? If someone is willing to threaten or do violence, YOU ARE OBLIGATED TO SUBMIT to their demands. Just get ready for the Caliphate!

Ah great, now we also have the violent games cause violence crowd in here at Hot Air. CLEAN UP ON THREAD 13, cleanup on thread 13! If people see something they totally are going to live it out.

astonerii on March 27, 2014 at 9:54 PM

Many things seem to bother you.

Bmore on March 27, 2014 at 9:49 PM

touché, but extend me the grace of some lenity on this one:

ţ̵̬̱̽ͦ̅h̫͉̼̖̓̇̂ͅi̞͓̼̝̳̱ͨͪ͒͜s̩̹ͩ͑̅̚͘͘ ̧̣̩͔̯̼͉̳͖͓̂̌̿s͉̳̺͍̰̃͌͗̓͒̎̈́̽͡o͚͕̺̹͗ͦ͢ȓ͎̬͛̍ͤt̨̘̙͍͓͎̀̃͢͜ ̥̠̩̱͚ͭͫͤ̌ͨ̾͡o̶̷͎͑ͭͣͥ̊̎̾f̢̞̝͉̖̱ͮͧͤ̋̾͒͡ ̷̨̦͎͍͔̻͚͙̘̯ͥ̽̀t̍ͥ̽͏҉̹͎̞̯̰͉̮e̶̱̳̅́̿ͤͯ̿̑̀x͍͑̋̿̓͋̐͗͛͜͞ṯ̶̶̥̦̩͖̅̎̓u̺͇̳̘̥͔̲̎ͨ̿ͨ̔͋ͫ̎̀͝a̞̖͍̝̠͇̝͊͒̀̀l̷̲̺̹̯͎̰͛͘͟ ̵̻͚͚͇̹̗͂ͬͪͮ̔́ͧ̋̎͜m̰͉̣̯ͭ͒ͤo̷̸̻̫͚͎̤̭̩̰̓ͨ́n̴̰͔̱ͣͮ͆͌̈́̍ͨs͆̓̑ͯ̌̿ͣ҉̶̞̤͕̥͘ͅṯ̖̳̲̙̪̬̋̾̑̔͋ͬr̿͒̀̓̈́̚҉̹̘̭͖͙̻̞͉͘ó̒ͭͨ͒̍̚͏͕̕s̭͍̅̈́ͭ̐̿ͥͧͯ͢͠î̷̓̚͠͏̗̩̦͖t̜̬͎͚͓̥̍̇ͫ̉ͤ͋̊͘̕y̠̰̻̮̬̠ͦ̃ͣ ̖͎̱̬̖ͨ͌̌͋ͧ͂́͟i̟̝̬̜̘̙̠̰͍͐ͯs̝̘̻͉͍̈ͣͦ̍̑ ̶̧̳͕͔̣̘̓͗̆̄a̴͙͊̒b̛̐͑͑ͪ͗͏̤̬͖͍̪͖͈ş̗͎̯̙̼̣̿̎ͭ̅̍͂̌ͅo̵͕͙̊ͩ͌̂ͤ̅̚͘͢ļ̭͈͎͓̑̈́̃̍̆͟u̱̰͖̻̜̩̹̟̮͌͂̉͒͒̋t̉͌ͨ̚͏͍͕͖̼͚̥͚͖e̯̩̹̟͖͍̪̰͗̈ͪ̄̀̓͊ͪ̕l̘̞̓̌̑ͬy̬̥̻̻̹͐̐̈͌͑̔̈́ͯ͂ ̠̙͙͖̰̿͌ͤͫ́͌ͩ͡ä̸̦̯̠̳̤̗̬̊t̨̺͈̤̯͚͑̿ͧ́̓r͆̏̔ͫ͂͋́͏̢̘̝͉͇̺ͅo̡͈̗ͦ͋̔͆́͝c̔ͦ̒͢҉̸̼̙i̠͎̳̖͓̋̋̓̀ͮo̴͎͍̠̙̪͓̭ͮͣ̎̃ͤ̋͗͘u̸͕̥͍̱̹̜̺ͤͭ̐ͬ͆̉͊͜śͮͬͪ̇ͣ͛͞҉̪̟̬.

jaxisaneurophysicist on March 27, 2014 at 9:57 PM

rogerb on March 27, 2014 at 9:45 PM

That is true.
But what I have learned is that on roads with lights, that extra speed can gain you absolutely nothing, or it can save you 10 minutes or more in that ten miles. Particularly in Texas (maybe not all of Texas, but Dallas it was true) where the lights are timed for traffic going either 55 miles per hour or 20 miles per hour and the posted speed limit is 40 or 45. If you get behind someone going less than the 55 mph, you are guaranteed to hit every single light on that road. Everything is situational.

astonerii on March 27, 2014 at 9:59 PM

jaxisaneurophysicist on March 27, 2014 at 9:57 PM

See. It ain’t so bad.

Bmore on March 27, 2014 at 10:00 PM

Everything is situational.
 
astonerii on March 27, 2014 at 9:59 PM

 
I don’t disagree re: lights. Charlotte here, and we’re the same way.

rogerb on March 27, 2014 at 10:01 PM

Politics, Culture, Media.

Bmore on March 27, 2014 at 10:30 PM

Heh, that was awesome. Feel-good video of the year.

And for those redneck-wannabes arguing she should have gotten out of the way: Yeeesh. Get a life.

Splashman on March 27, 2014 at 10:40 PM

…too many pot holes in Michigan!

KOOLAID2 on March 27, 2014 at 10:53 PM

Um, I think we can ascertain from the fact that she was running over the lane lines (you can hear the thrrrrrumping of those ‘citytitties’ as she drives over them) that she’s alternately crossing the dashed white line between lanes on her right and the solid line on her left.

She was being a f*cking hazard.

That said, the dude in the truck was a f*ckwit.

Midas on March 27, 2014 at 11:00 PM

I deliver pizza. I have this gem in my car:

http://www.carcameradirect.com/

Someone decides to severely tailgate my butt while I’m on the job I tap the brakes-and if they’re dumb enough to keep on me when I try to change lanes or avoid them I call the cops and hand over the license plate number.

Due to my job I have the town police, the university police, the county sheriff, and the state police speed dial (#77) all in my phone. Mostly I use those numbers to report accidents I see or disabled motorists (especially at night when the risk of pedestrian collisions rise).

Tailgating is aggressive driving which is punishable in my state (VA) (and many others) by steep fines and an immediate license suspension. Getting a very expensive ticket because you thought the pizza guy was a magic traffic clearing device usually gets the point across.

SgtSVJones on March 27, 2014 at 11:08 PM

I will usually do 5 over the limit, and put it in cruise control, staying in the right lane unless I run into vehicles ahead of me that are slower, when I get in the left lane to pass, at 5 mph over the speed limit. If that’s too slow for you, too f***ing bad. Stay off my rear, or I’ll do to you what I did to a woman tailgating me in Illinois one day, tap my brakes and send your sorry, over-aggressive ass skittering all over the road. And then I’ll laugh. Just like I did at her.

quikstrike98 on March 27, 2014 at 7:50 PM

She stayed in the left lane.

SirGawain on March 27, 2014 at 11:17 PM

She should have moved her ass over and let the bozo pass. Instead, she wanted to cause a problem, and she thinks she’s a star after everything ended well for her and not for him.

Pincher Martin on March 27, 2014 at 9:44 PM

That’s exactly what I thought when I watched this.
She had a number of times when she could have moved over. It is obvious to me that she wanted to elicit a reaction from the guy. Why else would she be filming it?!
And yes, she should be at least ticketed for inattentive driving, whether anything happened to her or not. It could have.

Sterling Holobyte on March 28, 2014 at 12:11 AM

she was in the way

tlynch001 on March 28, 2014 at 12:14 AM

The woman is clearly screwing with the guy for her own entertainment. For the first 50 seconds of the video, she passes no one. No cars are visible on the left of the screen. So she’s plodding along at the same speed as the cars in the right lane, obviously getting satisfaction from blocking the guy behind her. Then, when she finally clears the two vehicles in the right lane, instead of pulling over to let the pickup pass, she pans her camera over in anticipation of him passing her on the right. Her intentions were clear. She’s lucky he didn’t have a firearm to take out his road rage on her. She’s a menace. Not only did she purposely block the guy, and concentrate her attention on filming his rage (which she was causing), but then she stopped in the middle of the highway to gloat after he wrecked! If there were really instant karma, some dump truck would have creamed her from behind. She should be cited along with the moron in the pickup. They should both be taken off the highway for a year to contemplate their idiocy. It would have been a much more satisfying video if they had both wrecked.

RRFCL on March 28, 2014 at 5:06 AM

Pennsyltuckians do this when they drive to the beach in DE. It is the bain of our summer. “We’re on vacation! No hurries, no worries!”

tdarrington on March 28, 2014 at 6:23 AM

Not to defend the idiot truck driver’s behavior, but it is really annoying when someone is driving too slow in the passing lane, which appeared to be the truck driver’s gripe. I still enjoyed the outcome.

kclibby on March 28, 2014 at 8:21 AM

I’ve encountered these a-holes before. Not necessarily under these circumstances, but in any circumstance. If you drive on the road, you will sooner or later run afoul of these bullies. It takes nothing to make them angry, and once angry, they become agitated, and sometimes even violent. If I didn’t live in a different city, I’d swear it was the same road rage bully I have encountered in one situation or another over the years. The profile is perfect:

Blue collar type. Thug looking face. Crew cut. Pick-up truck. Almost always a pick-up truck. And usually a Ford. For some reason, most road rage bullies operate Ford pick-up trucks. Why are they so angry? Most likely compensating. You can see that in his testosterone-addled pick-up truck with all the bells and whistles and in his steroid-infused bloated physique. These guys are just angry. So it takes nothing to set them off on the road.

It doesn’t matter if the lady was in the slow lane or using her phone. This is the type of a-hole that would go berserk on anyone for almost anything. So is it any surprise that he already has an arrest record for assault?

And of course, drug possession. That was his other arrest. Which is the reason he took off and left his truck there. He had to remove the drugs and/or weapons he had in the truck before the police showed up.

HugoDrax on March 28, 2014 at 9:04 AM

So, She kept the vehicle in total control. Had complete situational awareness. And yet you still argue that she is a danger.

astonerii on March 27, 2014 at 9:54 PM

Sorry, but she wasn’t in “total control”. She was in the left lane when she shouldn’t be, for one thing. She had made herself an obstacle. Yes, quite a bit of schadenfreude for the stupid angry man passing her. But she is a menace on the road, and she should be prosecuted for felony distracted driving. (The confession is right there on youtube.)

GWB on March 28, 2014 at 9:17 AM

touché, but extend me the grace of some lenity on this one:

ţ̵̬̱̽ͦ̅h̫͉̼̖̓̇̂ͅi̞͓̼̝̳̱ͨͪ͒͜s̩̹ͩ͑̅̚͘͘ ̧̣̩͔̯̼͉̳͖͓̂̌̿s͉̳̺͍̰̃͌͗̓͒̎̈́̽͡o͚͕̺̹͗ͦ͢ȓ͎̬͛̍ͤt̨̘̙͍͓͎̀̃͢͜ ̥̠̩̱͚ͭͫͤ̌ͨ̾͡o̶̷͎͑ͭͣͥ̊̎̾f̢̞̝͉̖̱ͮͧͤ̋̾͒͡ ̷̨̦͎͍͔̻͚͙̘̯ͥ̽̀t̍ͥ̽͏҉̹͎̞̯̰͉̮e̶̱̳̅́̿ͤͯ̿̑̀x͍͑̋̿̓͋̐͗͛͜͞ṯ̶̶̥̦̩͖̅̎̓u̺͇̳̘̥͔̲̎ͨ̿ͨ̔͋ͫ̎̀͝a̞̖͍̝̠͇̝͊͒̀̀l̷̲̺̹̯͎̰͛͘͟ ̵̻͚͚͇̹̗͂ͬͪͮ̔́ͧ̋̎͜m̰͉̣̯ͭ͒ͤo̷̸̻̫͚͎̤̭̩̰̓ͨ́n̴̰͔̱ͣͮ͆͌̈́̍ͨs͆̓̑ͯ̌̿ͣ҉̶̞̤͕̥͘ͅṯ̖̳̲̙̪̬̋̾̑̔͋ͬr̿͒̀̓̈́̚҉̹̘̭͖͙̻̞͉͘ó̒ͭͨ͒̍̚͏͕̕s̭͍̅̈́ͭ̐̿ͥͧͯ͢͠î̷̓̚͠͏̗̩̦͖t̜̬͎͚͓̥̍̇ͫ̉ͤ͋̊͘̕y̠̰̻̮̬̠ͦ̃ͣ ̖͎̱̬̖ͨ͌̌͋ͧ͂́͟i̟̝̬̜̘̙̠̰͍͐ͯs̝̘̻͉͍̈ͣͦ̍̑ ̶̧̳͕͔̣̘̓͗̆̄a̴͙͊̒b̛̐͑͑ͪ͗͏̤̬͖͍̪͖͈ş̗͎̯̙̼̣̿̎ͭ̅̍͂̌ͅo̵͕͙̊ͩ͌̂ͤ̅̚͘͢ļ̭͈͎͓̑̈́̃̍̆͟u̱̰͖̻̜̩̹̟̮͌͂̉͒͒̋t̉͌ͨ̚͏͍͕͖̼͚̥͚͖e̯̩̹̟͖͍̪̰͗̈ͪ̄̀̓͊ͪ̕l̘̞̓̌̑ͬy̬̥̻̻̹͐̐̈͌͑̔̈́ͯ͂ ̠̙͙͖̰̿͌ͤͫ́͌ͩ͡ä̸̦̯̠̳̤̗̬̊t̨̺͈̤̯͚͑̿ͧ́̓r͆̏̔ͫ͂͋́͏̢̘̝͉͇̺ͅo̡͈̗ͦ͋̔͆́͝c̔ͦ̒͢҉̸̼̙i̠͎̳̖͓̋̋̓̀ͮo̴͎͍̠̙̪͓̭ͮͣ̎̃ͤ̋͗͘u̸͕̥͍̱̹̜̺ͤͭ̐ͬ͆̉͊͜śͮͬͪ̇ͣ͛͞҉̪̟̬.

jaxisaneurophysicist on March 27, 2014 at 9:57 PM

What the hell is all that?

ksbsnowowl on March 28, 2014 at 4:41 PM

What the hell is all that?

ksbsnowowl on March 28, 2014 at 4:41 PM

The reprobate neurophysisist’s credibility.

Murphy9 on March 28, 2014 at 5:28 PM

Both were at fault. She had ample time to move back into the right lane and let him pass. She whined that the road was slick so she could not go any faster – yet when he pulled alongside her right she sped up to annoy him (with only one hand one the wheel).

As a famous Chicago alderman once said when introducing legislation related to driver distractions, “You must keep at least two hands on the steering wheel at all times.” (Well, he’s famous in Chicago.)

Colony14 on March 28, 2014 at 6:46 PM

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