The Butt Guy’s Promise

Transportation Secretary Buttigieg on Friday said taxing drivers by the mile “shows a lot of promise” and could be a way to fund a big infrastructure overhaul.

“If we believe in that so-called ‘user-pays principle,’ the idea that part of how we pay for roads is you pay based on how much you drive. The gas tax used to be the obvious way to do it. It’s not anymore,” Buttigieg said during an appearance on CNBC.

 

When Handguns were Less Reliable

POP QUIZ: GREEK AND EARLY ROMAN COMMANDERS

Everyone loves a quiz, a chance to test our knowledge. All of these commanders were either Classical Greek or Hellenistic; or Romans of the Republic.

(1) Son of the conqueror of Perseus, he is most famous destroying Rome’s greatest rival and salting the earth.

(2) His oblique, weighted-wing attack shattered the previously unbeaten Spartans and ended their hegemony.

(3) When defeated by the Phocians and driven out of Thessaly during the Sacred War, this commander told his men he was not retreating; but, like a ram, was backing up to butt the harder the next time!

(4) This commander first came to distinction as the man who “brought in” Jurgurtha; then later won distinction against the Pontians in Greece.

(5) Before his reforms, Rome’s lowest classes could not serve in the legions. After him, they formed the bulk of all forces during the Republic.

(6) The last great king of his warrior people, he reformed the army and adopted a sarissa-armed phalanx in the Macedonian style. He later died in exile in Egypt.

(7) This commander once said, “Sex and sleep alone make me conscious that I am mortal.”

(8) Fighting against southern Italian hill tribes, this king and general once said of Alexander’s war against the Persians: “My nephew fights against women, I battle against men!”

(9) He came, he saw, he conquered!

(10) This Athenian general was famous for his use of light infantry, of reforming hoplite equipment, and had a style of military boots named after him.

In the Olden Days

US Marine Randall Sprenger painting nose art on ‘Little Gem’, a Boeing B-29 Superfortress at Isley Field, Saipan, Marianas Islands. February 1945

24 COMMENTS

  1. The feckless boy wonder can take his proposal and shove …
    Er. Wait.

    Unintended hilarity: If you type “Pete Butti” into the Google thing it autocompletes and tells you that “What are Pete Buttigieg’s positions?” is a commonly-asked question, and would you like to know the same? I did not follow the link. I figger I don’t need “Flight-Data Acquisition Unit” (or acronyms pertaining to) in my search history at work.

    Then again, now that I am Woke perhaps all is pre-emptively forgiven.

  2. In re: (5) Before his reforms, Rome’s lowest classes could not serve in the legions. After him, they formed the balk of all forces during the Republic.

    Did they balk because they didn’t like to fight?

  3. So, every Dem/Lefty “presidential” candidate is now part of Team Hologram. Deal making at it’s worst. Pete/Peter/Petee is a moron (my descriptor of choice these days). This lightweight couldn’t find reality with a map and flashlight, and probably got stuffed in a locker in Junior High because he was a nudge back then, now getting his low self-esteem revenge. The guy is a 4th degree putz. I suspect he’s determined the government created lockdowns – never to end if they have their way – have reduced commuting to such a low level in Dem cities and states that he is tasked with making up the fuel tax revenues in some fashion. He knows real people work and rural people drive long distances. So true to form he wants punishment for Red state folks who don’t care to live in their urban cesspools.

    That’s my take on this clown.

    I’m stuck on Maximus Decimus Meridius…”Death smiles on us all…all we can do is smile back.” And this gem: “The time for half measures and talk is over!”

    Time to bring back nose art…drive the Left bonkers.

  4. How in the hell is whatshisname even remotely qualified for the job?

    WTF is going on? Have we truly become a pay-to-play bananna republic?

    Hangun with an axe! Reminds of the movie “Hobo With A Shotgun”.

    My knowledge in Ancient History is thin. I got two or three of them correct.

    The nose art is one of the best I’ve seen. Wonder what happened to Mr. Spenger? The aircraft was most likely turned into aluminum appliances….

    • Not a republic (banana or otherwise), an oligarchy. And is you think that the oligarchs are going to give up what they bought easily, you have another thing coming.

  5. I’m with Linda, love the nose art.

    And lest we forget. The Carthaginians worshiped Moloch and sacrificed their babies to the demon, they also came close to conquering Rome and by extension, what became the West. Scipio Africanus plowed salt into their field.

    I applaud that action and feel history will echo itself.

  6. Butt boy is also talking about doubling the gas tax too! Since all those electric cars don’t pay their way… sigh

    Re the nose art, there were some fantastic ones done, and many that were…not so much.

    • The Butt Guy loves taxes… It’s a way of redistributing money and that is the socialist mantra — as well as the mantra of the oligarchs who give them marching orders.

  7. Pete can sit on it and spin. Well, he probably already does.

    As to the war-leaders of ancient days, I got 100%. Funny though, they all have the same Chinese name – Sum Ded Guy…

    The introduction of multi-shot firearms was a game-changer. Prior to that, you had one shot with a pistol, unless you carried a brace of the damned things. And getting 10 shots off with a pre-Revolution muzzle loader was practically an impossible thing. Rev War gave us 10-15 volleys before the end of battle. Even American Civ War was maybe 20-30 volleys before guns fouled or the battle was over. (all of those required maneuvering whole units in and out so as to keep the fire up.)

    Thus, well, the gun-cutlass, the gun-axe, the gun-shield etc. Still, many did the “fire, drop-it/reholster it, grab another” thing with pistols. And, really, just dropping and picking them up after the battle was a rather smart thing. Hard to run away with 4-6 pistols dragging you down, and if you win, you can pick them up afterwards along with the losers’ weapons.

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