Yes, it’s another Doofus – two of them, in fact – in rapid succession to yesterday’s one.
Today’s first award goes to journalist, bureaucrat, analyst and unsuccessful politician Juliette Kayyem. Yesterday she tweeted about the truck blockade by Canadian drivers:
I hate to have to break this to Ms. Kayyem, but how does she expect the trucks to be moved when they have no fuel, slashed tires, and no drivers? And if she makes sure the trucker-protesters can no longer work in the transport industry, who does she expect to take their place behind the wheel? It’s not like we have a surplus of drivers – in fact, we’re staring at a six-figure shortage of drivers in the USA in the not too distant future!
(As for slashing the tires, I want to stand by – at a safe distance – and watch her as she demonstrates how to do that. Have you seen what happens when a fully inflated big-rig tire lets go? I have. She’ll be lucky if her body is still intact and in one piece when the coroner loads it onto a stretcher . . . )
I’m going to give another Doofus award to the Premier of Canada’s Ontario province, Doug Ford. Yesterday he obtained a (Canadian) court order freezing the distribution of funds from the GiveSendGo fundraiser to the truckers. Unfortunately for him, GiveSendGo is not a Canadian company, and a Canadian court has zilch, zero, bupkis jurisdiction over it – as the organization was quick to point out:
Even if the Canadian police wanted to move all those big rigs, it’s a lot more difficult than it appears. As a knowledgeable commenter on this blog said yesterday:
Towing a Big Rig is an expensive job. Typically it is a minimum $1000 for a quick, simple, short distance tow. Plus, you can’t tow a big rig backwards any distance. On those city streets, just turning a Prime Mover towtruck around without the use of a clear intersection may not be possible, due to their wheelbase length and corresponding turning radius.
Those size towtrucks are not common, as they are very expensive to build and operate. They can cost $500k-750k.
The brakes are air controlled, and without air pressure, each wheel pair has springs that lock the brakes, requiring each one to be manually caged to allow them to roll. Cutting the air hoses is a quick job. Time consuming to just get the truck ready to move in this case.
Cutting the tire stems so the tires are flat REALLY adds time to the attempt to move the truck, as the wheels have to be removed and the tires taken off the rims to access the stems for replacement. Flattening all the tires on a fully loaded rig MAY destroy the tire carcass as the rim may damage it from folding.
If the truck is empty, it MAY be possible to move it with a medium duty tow truck, but if loaded, nope.
The outrage and frustration of the progressive left over the trucking protest is balm to my soul. After all, they’re the ones who were chuntering on over the past couple of years about BLM and Antifa riots being nothing more than “peaceful protests”, and accusing those of us who opposed them of being racists. It’s rather satisfying to see an absolutely, undeniably peaceful protest drawing forth such vitriol and pants-wetting angst from them.
As an Australian blog noted yesterday, “Truckers are winning with patriotic peace, goodwill, and some help from ex-Military and Police Intelligence“. Sounds good to me!