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June 25, 2014 - 3:39 pm

If this isn’t a metaphor for the current Democratic Party, I don’t know what is. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) was supposed to ride in a cool new driverless car today, for a demo. There is video at the link. It’s hilarious and depressing at the same time.

As soon as Holmes gets into the car, she spots a big, red button. That button is clearly labeled “EMERGENCY STOP.”

She pushed it.

It killed the car. Of course it’s a Government Motors car. Why did you ask?

Holmes didn’t bother to ask the guy next to her, who is one of the car’s engineers and an expert on how it works, what the button does before she pushed it. No no no, don’t ask the expert.

She just gave the thing a whack.

And killed the car.

And killed healthcare.

And lost Iraq.

And killed the economy.

And erased the border.

h/t Ace

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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Ejection seats. Needs ejection seats, and a cowbell.
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Eleanor Holmes Norton is the non-voting "delegate" for Washington, D.C. She is a perfect example of why the District of Columbia must NEVER become a state with actual voting representatives and senators.
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This is why we can't have nice things.
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Nobody's asked the obvious question; why does an electric car need a "kill" button?

You won't find one in an internal combustion-driven car.
13 weeks ago
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It's for those occasions when the "driverless" system switches to "no driver mode".

Cheers
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So then a passenger has to become a "driver", or at least exercise a veto over the "driverless" system's decision, turning the car into a stationary monument..

Guess it will be a very long time before I'll be buying a car with a driverless system.
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I'm reminded of a rather dark joke that made the rounds just after the Challenger Disaster. There was a lot of interest in this flight because the first schoolteacher ever, Christa McAuliffe, was aboard. Anyway, the joke was in the form of a riddle: "Q. What were Christa McAuliffe's last words? A. What does THIS button do?"

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And while I'm telling jokes about misused buttons, one other comes to mind. A man on a long flight with separate facilities for men and women desperately needed to use the rest room but the mens room had a long line and he knew he couldn't wait that long. However, he saw that the ladies room was vacant and asked the flight attendant if he might possibly use it due to the extreme urgency of his situation. She reluctantly agreed to let him use it, on the condition that he would absolutely NOT press the button marked "ATR". He agreed and entered the facilities. He took care of business and noticed several unfamiliar buttons. He got curious and decided to try one. He pushed a button marked "WR" and felt a warm stream of water washing his bottom. He realized that "WR" meant "Warm Rinse". He pressed another button marked "PP" and felt a soft pad come up and dry his bottom. He realized that "PP" meant "Powder Puff". Each button that he tried was just another pleasant experience, unlike anything else he'd ever felt in a rest room. Finally, after trying all the other buttons, the only one left was "ATR". He just knew this was going to be another pleasant experience so he pressed it. He was immediately engulfed in horrible pain and felt like his guts were being ripped out. Then he blacked out. When he finally regained consciousness and saw a nurse standing over him looking at him, he knew he had to satisfy his immense curiousity immediately. "What does ATR stand for?", he asked. "Automatic Tampon Remover. By the way, your penis is under your pillow."
13 weeks ago
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Hehe....I remember both of those jokes!

(Yeah, I'm a little twisted.)
13 weeks ago
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thank god this idiot doesn't have access to POTUS' "big red button" to launch the nukes...

who elects someone with the intelligence of a turnip? people with the intelligence of a turnip...i weep for our nation :(
13 weeks ago
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Should have been given the standard Naval Aviation brief to ride-a-longs:

1. Sit Down
2. Shut Up
3. Don't touch anything!!
13 weeks ago
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Keep her away from the Football.
13 weeks ago
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It must have said (RESET)
13 weeks ago
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You can't make this stuff up!

But remember, Elanor dear, we're not laughing with you, we're laughing at you.


At least this one is funny. Most of is is decidedly NOT funny.
13 weeks ago
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It's clown cars all the way down.
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It could have been worse. Hitting that button could have caused the nearest island to tip over.
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Been traipsing around various manufacturing/industrial/commercial facilities for decades now....I NEVER push a button at any of those facilities!

Still, it almost is like she was set up. Can you imagine the engineers discussing it amongst themselves.

Oh, we are going to have a busy body congress critter in the car? Let's put a big shiny red button in there that kills it then watch what happens!

Snicker snicker...
13 weeks ago
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The 5th Element: "Now the first thing a stone cold killer would have ASKED is what does the red button do".
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Too bad the red button in the car didn't have the same effect as it did on the ZF-1.....
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