posted on Jun, 9 2008 @ 07:01 PM
reply to post by tdubz
I lived in Louisville, Ky, all my life until I moved to Florida in '03. My only sibling, my sister, moved to Florida in 1963. My parents and I drove
from KY to FL 2 times a year. Always the same. Louisville to Nashville I-65, to Chattanooga 1-24, to Atlanta I-75 to I-10 and then on to Jacksonville.
820 miles by interstate. At the beginning the posted speed limit was 70. In the 60s, 70s and until the 1974 cutback, I'd set my cruise control for 79
mph. Very rarely would I be stopped for speeding. Once ever 4-5 years. 80-81 mph was the bell-ringer for many cops on radar patrol. I had a cb radio
but my mother rebelled.
It was like riding a Greyhound bus. 4,000 lb full size cars, 6 or 7 liter 300 hp engines and cheap gasoline! 60-70-80 cents a gallon. It was a little
bit of Heaven! But those days are gone forever. We have triple the number of cars. Same size roads. We've had TOO many wars in the Middle East. The
Yom Kippur War. The First Lebanon War. The First Palestinian Uprising. The Second Excursion into Lebanon. The Second Palestinian Uprising. In every
WAR we back Israel which WINS. Then the Arabs raise our gasoline prices. If Israel wins ONE more war, we'll be bankrupt!
Since 1948, when the Western world - mainly the United States - invited the Jewish survivors of the Nazi Holocaust into old Palestine without thinking
to ask the Arabs who lived there. Then followed the 1956 Suez War, then the 1967 Six Day War and we're where we are. Israel with American aid wins
each war and the Arabs raise the price of oil. At some point in time we are going to get the message. A JUST settlement of the SIXTY YEARS OLD
Arab-Israel Conflict might bring us cheaper gasoline?
At $4 a gallon, we still won't talk to Hezbollah. We still won't talk to Hamas. But I'll betcha at $5 a gallon we'll TALK to anyone!
[edit on 6/9/2008 by donwhite]