Posts Tagged ‘politicians’

Politics and politicians…both are jokes

April 10, 2012

The problem with political jokes is
they get elected.
~ Henry Cate, VII
We hang the petty thieves
and appoint the great ones to public office.
~ Aesop
If we got one-tenth of what was promised to us
in these acceptance speeches
there wouldn’t be any inducement to go to heaven.
~ Will Rogers
Those who are too smart to engage in politics
are punished by being governed
by those who are dumber.
~ Plato
Politicians are the same all over.
They promise to build a bridge
even where there is no river.
~ Nikita Khrushchev
When I was a boy I was told
that anybody could become President;
I’m beginning to believe it
~ Clarence Darrow
Why pay money to have your family tree traced;
go into politics and
your opponents will do it for you.
~ Author Unknown
If God wanted us to vote,
he would have given us candidates.
~ Jay Leno
Politicians are people who,
when they see light at the end of the tunnel,
go out and buy some more tunnel.
~ John Quinton
Politics is the gentle art of
getting votes from the poor
and campaign funds from the rich,
by promising to protect each from the other.
~ Oscar Ameringer
I offer my opponents a bargain:
if they will stop telling lies about us,
I will stop telling the truth about them.
~ Adlai Stevenson
Campaign Speech, 1952
A politician is a fellow who
will lay down your life for his country.
~ Texas Guinan
Any American who is prepared to run for president
should automatically, by definition,
be disqualified from ever doing so.
~ Gore Vidal
I have come to the conclusion
that politics is too serious a matter
to be left to the politicians.
~ Charles de Gaulle
Politics is supposed to be the second-oldest profession .
I have come to realize that it
bears a very close resemblance to the first.
~ Ronald Reagan
[Poly “many” + tics “blood-sucking parasites”]
~ Larry Hardiman
Instead of giving a politician the keys to the city,
it might be better to change the locks.
~ Doug Larson
Don’t vote, it only encourages them.
~ Author Unknown
There ought to be one day
— just one —
when there is open season on senators.
~ Will Rogers

SUCH a badly designed flyover

September 16, 2006


I have a sort of maternal interest in that misbegotten child of the Bangalore Mahanagara Palike, the Jayadeva flyover. I want to point out here, another instance of bad design. You would think that when they design a flyover on a busy arterial road (it’s also a highway), they would make allowances for bus stops…ha, ha, ha.

At the entrance to the underpass of the flyover from the J P Nagar side. Buses stop just past the divider, on the ramp to the underpass, blocking all traffic behind. People have to get off, and then cross two more lanes of traffic (pedestrian crossing? what’s that?) to get to the pavement (sidewalk)… a procedure that puts them in danger from the traffic coming up from behind.

IMG_0006 Jayadeva flyover  alleged bus stops16 th Sept 06

And as for the passengers waiting on the other side of the road, they have to cross one lane, and stand precariously on the little divider, looking into the underpass, waiting for the buses….

IMG_0003 dangerous for bus users...Jayadeva flyover

The crowd, at peak times, is much larger than this, surely a danger to the bus commuters as well as the traffic.

And the buses stop …just at the exit from the underpass, with a slope upwards, where there will be a maximum blockage of other traffic coming up from the underpass….often there are two buses, stopped one behind the other.

IMG_0005 alleged bus stops

I read that two more such delightfully designed flyovers are going to be built in Bangalore. Good, I know some politician’s wife is already dreaming of her next lot of diamonds….how many politicians did I read, went on a junket to Singapore in 1992 and 1993 to see the transport system? How many are right now proposing one more such junket?

I rarely write about politics. But politicians, especially belonging to Namma Bengaluru, are the pits. I am worried about when the Jayadeva flyover will claim its first traffic victim….all because of rotten, shoddy, unimaginative, people-unfriendly design.

Trip to the NorthEast

February 16, 2005

Looking forward very much to the trip to Kolkata, scene of my childhood, and then Darjeeling and Gangtok…will write in my impressions of how things have changed in the last 28 years since I traversed that path last!

Summer has set in in Bangalore…the jacaranda and the tabebuia trees are in full bloom and the roads (or what passes for them) are carpets of purple and yellow….

The flyover near our home is to be inaugurated (well, part of it, actually) this evening…more traffic jams while corrupt ministers come and try to take credit for what has been delayed beyond a year….