Tags: Video

Video: Narrow Escape from Houston Fire


Thanks to modern fancy phones we have this clip of a very hairy escape and rescue from a top floor during a raging fire in Houston, Tex. At 0:15 a worker stuck on the ledge of a (pretty flimsy-looking) building nicely executes a Hail Mary downward vault. At 1:15 the floor he just escaped from begins to collapse:

Bonus commentary from a nearby crowd watching the rescue includes observations like “Hell, he could just jump from there” and “I’d be jumping, man.” Because when you’re in the peanut gallery watching somebody else escape from a burning building, everything seems easy.

Tags: Video , Houston , Disaster

Economic Recovery? The Signs Aren’t There in My Neck of the Woods


I mentioned earlier today that Gallup had found the lowest level of self-professed job security since they began measuring in 1975.

Even as public trust in the Democrats’ economic policies falls, you’re still hearing some folks suggest that the economy might improve enough by November to help mitigate the GOP wave that current polling indicates. It’s possible that we’ll see some improvement, but I doubt it. The economy is more than a number that comes out once a month from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Economic indicators are all around us, and voters see them every time they step outside their door.

To illustrate this, I took a drive around my neck of the woods in Alexandria, Virginia, where we’ve been spared most of the worst of the recession.

As you can see, even where times aren’t that bad, there are still plenty of signs that times are still pretty bad.

Tags: 2010 , Democrats , The Economy , Video

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