17h21 UTC; THURSDAY, 11 SEPTEMBER 2014: Should it so happen, reader, that you encounter the scenario illustrated in the leading image today as part of your commute, it may be a sign that the level-crossing signals are malfunctioning. And should be reported posthaste to railroad police, who in their turn will contact the proper railroad staff to have the problem reported.

As for major railroads in the United States and Canada, Railroad Police freecall contacts are as thus:
  • BNSF (Burlington Northern Santa Fe): 800-832-5452
  • Canadian National Railway: 800-469-9239
  • Canadian Pacific Railway: 800-716-9132 or, alternately, 800-SOO-HELP (800-766-4357)
  • CSX Transportation: 800-232-0144
  • Florida East Coast Railway: 800-342-1131
  • Kansas City Southern Railroad: 877-527-9464
  • Norfolk Southern: 800-453-2530
  • Pan Am Railways: 800-955-9217
  • Union Pacific: 888-UPRR-COP (888-877-7267)
  • For commuter-rail agencies, contact the agency's police department unless the service is operated by a contracting railroad in its behalf
In any event, when reporting such deficiencies, be sure to give the exact location of the crossing in question, and quote the USDOT grade-crossing number therefor if at all possible (which should be posted prominently on the equipment); allow about an hour at most for crews to be dispatched to rectify the issue.

Lest. We. Forget.

As for perhaps the worst possible way to honour this the anniversary of the Unfortunate Events of 9/11, you can just imagine certain exceptionally blatant excuses for Primitive Christian churches of the sort whose congregants tend to be "poor whites" for the most part holding Memorial Services as are anything but--especially such whose "pastor" goes into a drunken tirade passing as sermon suggesting that the nearly 3,000 thereby martyred are Crying for Complete and Final Vengeance Unto Heaven Against the Muslims as Carried Out Such an Act of Cowardice, hoping to max out the emotions in the worst possible way.

Said Vengeance expected, according to such sermon, to be in the stylee of the Crusades against the Turk and Saracen in the Middle Ages, led by the Fiery Cross of Jesus Christ Christian in His Luscious Glory of Vengeance and Deliverance as turns out creating a New AmeriKKKan Colonialism on the model which we exercised in the Philippines, Puerto Rico and Guam as spoils in the Spanish-American War until after World War II, by which time we recognised the error of our colonialist ways and entitled the Philippines to self-determination in its own right as a Sovereign Peculiar Among the Nations, converted Guam into a full territory after being run along the lines of a Naval District and made Puerto Rico a Commonwealth thanks in large measure to Governor Luis Munoz Marin's "Operation Bootstrap" development initiative.

Next week, as everybody knows, Scotland will be voting on a ballot plebiscite on whether to sever its 307-year-old union with England and Wales and become a Sovereign Peculiar in its own right, never mind that the union was brought about due to want of male issue on the English throne after "Good Queen Bess" (as in Elizabeth I) died, whereupon Scots King James VI became King James I of the United Kingdom of Great Britain in 1707.

The which is enough to wonder how much longer before the "Confederate Southern AmeriKKKan" crowd, dominated by Scots/Irish "poor whites" with possible emotional issues themselves, will seek an "advisory" ballot plebiscite in the 12 states as made up the Confederate States of America during the Civil War period (plus, for good measure, Missouri and Oklahoma) on whether to "reassert its natural right to self-determination as a Sovereign Peculiar Among the Nations" based on the Marxist/Leninist/Stalinist "Oppressed National Minority" concept suggesting that such groups were entitled to a sovereign "National Homeland" in areas where such were dominant by natural right--even to the extent of invoking as precedent the Balfour Declaration of 1917 establishing that Jews were entitled by religio-historical right to a "National Home" in Palestine.

But will it actually wash among Southern voters, especially in the face of reports that the League of the South, a notorious neo-Confederate sect, has established a paramilitary unit known as "The Indominitables" as is willing and prepared to use armed insurrection to reestablish "self-determination" for the "Confederate Southern AmeriKKKan" in his Luscious Glory of poverty, fecundity and ignorance he is grossly incapable of escaping from thanks to external forces otherwise intervening?

So till next time, folks: "73"
(Which, incidentally, was railroad telegraphers' shorthand for "goodbye.")

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