When presidents arrive, trains take a swan dive

As of 4:45 p.m., Orange Line service has come to a halt because of the presidential motorcade. And all commuter trains out of South Station are being held as well.

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    The DNC and Artists for

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    The DNC and Artists for Humanity (as opposed to Artists against Humanity), but he swung by CT for a policy speech, so we're paying for it because that makes it count as Official Business.

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    Yup

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    gotta throw some random "official business" in there so the DNC doesn't have to pick up the over $300k tab for Air Force 1 coming to boston. Nice of him to pick up Deval and give him a lift back to Boston.

    Silliness writ large / Cop Theatre

    Can we deduct our time wasted by the Praetorian Guard on our taxes?

    I voted for the guy twice (actually 4 times), but this is idiotic.

    I watched Bill Clinton 18 years ago walk down Park Plaza from my old office window. He casually walked into Au Bon Pain with two guards and then my mother walked across the street into the same Au Bon Pain and get a croissant while he was in there and the Secret Service did nothing. Granted 50 something female accounting clerks aren't typically seen as menaces, but nevertheless.

    Do we really think with a 31 year old train with switching problems and 0.25 inches of snow on the tracks that someone is going to be able to coordinate an Orange Line train doing damage at the same time as the President's tank disguised as a limo is going by on the Turnpike at 75 mph somewhere outside in the three block window between Back Bay Station and the South Cove portal?

    Then again, a 17 year old from Roslindale went target shooting outside Ruggles this afternoon.

    Who is the White House security consultant, the White House Down director or the Olympus Has Fallen director? (The Gerard Butler one was better).

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    Unfortunately, after 9-11,

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    the security theater we have in place now is not decided by the President. The same thing happened when Bush was in town after 2001.

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    Fancy T in a circle. The MBTA

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    Fancy T in a circle. The MBTA has graphic standards for these things. It's not even sans-serif, let alone the correct Helvetica T with the bottom chopped off...

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    Just pointing out the Ⓣ

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    Just pointing out the Ⓣ character is not the T logo. The Ⓣ Character is a circled capital T. The MBTA T logo is not a font character. The T logo is a Helvetica T with the bottom portion chopped off. Anyway.

    So...

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    ...it's kind of a fake Helvetica T, then. Maybe we could call the font Helvelveeta?

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    Teh terrorists!

    Because, Mr President flew down the Pike at 80 MPH, and the Orange Line parralells the Pike for - *gasp* - two and a half blocks!

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