The Top 10 Worse Alternatives to Plane Travel

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If you’re thinking about axing ’3-1-1′ from your travel preparations, we’ve got news for you. There are worse forms of transit than the airlines.

The day before Thanksgiving is one of the biggest travel days of the year, and nobody seems to enjoy getting on a plane anymore — at least not since we started paying those baggage fees, putting liquids in a baggie and getting intimate pat-downs at airport security.

(See Pat-Downs 101: Nine things to know about your Thanksgiving airport screening.)

But how about being forced to pedal a tandem bicycle from Chicago to Dallas, or fire up a hot-air balloon from Denver to Miami? Head over to TIME.com for a look at some far poorer alternatives.

(See 20 reasons to hate the airlines.)

45 comments
WilfTarquin
WilfTarquin

Obama is hoping to be able to create a unified front against the Russian aggression. It will prove difficult, especially with Germany, which really REALLY does not want to believe that Glasnost is dead and the Russian threat is back.

lordofthefly
lordofthefly

No vacation? The O-Man gets to leave the D.C. cesspool for Europe, eat great food, smoke dope and probably get laid. What's not to like?

john_rambo
john_rambo

I hope the President can make an improvement on His golf handicap and wish Him luck at the toastmasters meeting.

AlphaJuliette
AlphaJuliette

If I were the President I would radically alter the purpose of this trip.  I would call upon Secretary Andres Fogh to meet with me and the leadership of the Ukraine and Germany to discuss options concerning Russian massing of their military on the Ukrainian border.  I would also instruct the Pentagon to prepare immediate plans to evacuate Afghanistan and move all military forces there to the Ukraine.  I would ask Germany for it's military support and the Ukrainian leadership to host "military preparedness maneuvers" with our incoming Afghanistan forces.

That would be on day one.

On day two I would convene a meeting of the European leadership and formalize and solidify a true coalition to confront Putin.  I would also cancel all my other scheduled meetings.


mrbomb13
mrbomb13

TIME Magazine, you are becoming more of a joke with each passing day!!


1) On your homepage, you actually allowed Zeke Miller to title the article, "This Ain't No Vacation."  Are you serious?   This is your headlined story, and you actually approved such a sophomoric titling?  Pathetic.


2) No where - repeat, no where - in Mr. Miller's appallingly limp "analysis" did he mention that no one is taking President Obama seriously.  The article appears to be a blatant distraction from the President's blatant foreign policy failures by serving as an itinerary of his trip.


This is not the TIME of old - it is a non-newsworthy sham staffed by not-so-closeted Obama cheerleaders (with Zeke Miller leading the squad).

ReneDemonteverde
ReneDemonteverde

Just how much worth are the words of Obama ? He says one thing but does another. But you can see the pattern. It is taking this country and its allies down a notch or three.

kulishvv
kulishvv

The Russian threat? I do not remember Russia bombing other countries or using its troops abroad in past years to such an extend as the USA do. The American threat is more real to me.

WilfTarquin
WilfTarquin

@phattuskattus New account, Nagel? The old ones got blocked or you're just trying to do PR for your conspiracy claptrap anonymously?

lordofthefly
lordofthefly

@john_rambo  


It must be the Nobel Peace Prize Obama was given (but never earned). It smells to high heaven.

Hollywooddeed
Hollywooddeed

What's the matter, @john_rambo? No original thoughts?

You forgot teleprompters and arugula.

kulishvv
kulishvv

A coalition to confront Putin? To confront Russia? Well, well, well… read a bit of history books on what happened to those who went to the land of Russia. You, Americans, believe that you can dictate your will to others? Well, perhaps, Iraq, Livia, Egypt… perhaps. But Russia? Well, let's see.

Jernfrost
Jernfrost

@AlphaJuliette  Forget about it. This is all a waste of time. Europe and the US has no cards to play on their hand. Confronting Putin is a waste of resources. It would be better to spend those resources on helping the Ukraine and make sure they are a successful country. Show the Ukraine that the west is open to them with free trade talks, aid etc. In time Russia will lose their satellite states because people will realise the west has so much more to offer.


Look at the Vietnam War. A complete waste. In time they figured out capitalism worked better so they are slowly working their way out of communism. But they would have reached this point much sooner if one had not fought a long and costly war. People should have more faith in the western values. They will win in the end. We don't need to be pointing guns or threaten with economic sanctions which has never worked.


What Obama is doing now, is just doing stuff for the sake of doing something. It won't change anything. Russia has most of the good cards on their hand in the short term. In the long run they will lose.

ReneDemonteverde
ReneDemonteverde

@AlphaJuliette  Obama would be the last person you should emulate, Madame. Unreliable and untrustworthy. Try Nia Love or Sarah Palin. Women of integrity and character. Would do you a lot of good.

ahandout
ahandout

@mrbomb13 Time, like the rest of the MSM are in the hot tub drinking with Barry.  They don't even try to report anymore.  They take dictation and regurgitate whatever dear leader tells them.

Nogayagenda
Nogayagenda

@mrbomb13  

Time are out to promote the homosexual agenda along with obumer and clinton

a few weeks ago their whole sport report was all about a gay athlete. and that was world sport??

KevinWern
KevinWern

@mrbomb13  If you would like to really read some hard hitting stuff , you got to check out MORNING MUST READS  ITS HERE EVERY DAY .  Its liberal's at their best.

AlphaJuliette
AlphaJuliette

@mrbomb13

The fact that President Obama is following through with this four stop tour is testament to his weakness.  He needs to erase everything and create a new agenda to marshal European governments to meet this growing threat from Putin.

ARTRaveler
ARTRaveler

@ReneDemonteverde  And since you are so smart, what would you do?  Now enlist before you mention sending in troops because Republicans are very good at getting other people's kids killed for their pet projects.

ReneDemonteverde
ReneDemonteverde

@kulishvv  You Americans like to dictate your will ? Russians just invaded Crimea and poised to invade Ukaraine and you say Americans like to dictate their will ? 

alma7lou
alma7lou

@kulishvv It's not us Americans, it's our gov't just like yours, you have no say so of what they do.

ARTRaveler
ARTRaveler

@Nogayagenda @mrbomb13  No one makes you read anything nor even go to your computer.  Haters like you just have to find a place to show how dumb you are.  Congratulations.  Now put on your tin foil hat and go out and play with the rest of the kids.

manlyman
manlyman

@Nogayagenda @mrbomb13 They're called shiny objects. This whole administration is about shiny objects to distract from shiny objects to distract from shiny objects and so on and so on... 

ahandout
ahandout

@KevinWern @mrbomb13 One problem:  Liberals and the word "best."  I believe that "most ignorant" is a better discription.

Jernfrost
Jernfrost

@AlphaJuliette @mrbomb13  Sure Obama has a weak position but compared to what or whom? I can tell you as a European that we are lot more likely to listen to Obama than a lot of other previous presidents. Still I am not sure what difference he can make. It is not in European interest to confront in any substantial way Putin. One has to be realistic about what can be achieved. 

therigel
therigel

@ARTRaveler @ReneDemonteverde   How about the dramatic growth of entitlements in our country.  In 1970, 1 in 50 non-pensioners received some sort of entitlement, now the number is 1 in 6.  I believe Mr. O's biggest ambition is the destruction of the work ethic in this country.  This dwarfs the money spent on the military;  I believe that JFK once advocated spending 50% of our budget on the military.

ReneDemonteverde
ReneDemonteverde

@ARTRaveler @ReneDemonteverde   GOP very good at getting other kids killed for their pet projects ? Oh I see. We already have a volunteer system so people would not be forced to enlist. You do not need to be smart. Just use common sense. It is in abundant supply to others but seems scarce among libturds.

Enlist ? Been there done that. But I would not even mention if you serve or not. If you serve, you serve. If not would not condemn you either. To each his own.

therigel
therigel

@AlphaJuliette @ReneDemonteverde   I have never known of another president whom had as many problems with the truth as does Mr. Obama.  As MLK once famously said;  A man should be judged not by his color but rather his character.  What do you think Mr. King would think about a President who seems pathologically incapable of telling the truth?

KevinWern
KevinWern

@AlphaJuliette @ReneDemonteverde  And the great one Obama, his words have been empty for the past 6 yrs and counting. But you clowns liberal' and low information voter, thought he was brilliant .

ReneDemonteverde
ReneDemonteverde

@AlphaJuliette @ReneDemonteverde  For somebody who does not address questions she has no answer, you sure are judgemental Miss Juliette. You are still evading my questions on immigration. I just did not follow it up since I presume you are also a lady. Not good to embarrass one with her ignorance.

kulishvv
kulishvv

Did Russians also invade Vietnam, Korea, Iraq, Libya? Need more examples? Maybe those were Russians who bombed Yugoslavia? Let's stop speaking about protecting people and democracy, but talk about protecting geopolitical interests. Yes, Russia does not want NATO on its southern borders, in the same way as the USA were not happy when Russian missiles were placed on Cuba. As regards protecting democracy, North Korea is a classical example of a hereditary dictatorship, but… they do not have oil or gas there; as a consequence, nobody hurries up to "protect" them. Let's merely understand a simple truth: weak Russia is of interest to the USA, to expand its market over the former USSR territory. In this I do believe. But protecting democracy…

kulishvv
kulishvv

My government did not invade any country, as I am Ukrainian. Nevertheless, what Putin did in Cremia is correct.

mrbomb13
mrbomb13

@Jernfrost @AlphaJuliette @mrbomb13  


First, thank you for your reply.  As an American, it's  interesting to get a European perspective on this issue.


Representing the head of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), President Obama must exert strong and decisive leadership in handling Russia's aggression in Ukraine.  I'm sure I don't need to remind you about the consequences of appeasement, and the destruction of nations/peoples that can bring (see: Hitler).


Third, what Putin does in Ukraine will surely have consequences on the rest of Europe.  His successes will convince him that he may occupy and annex any free territory that he so desires.  As above, NATO - formed during the Cold War to oppose Soviet Russia - is the only defense and deterrent against Putin.  If NATO fails to act to contain Putin's nationalistic ambitions, the map will look very different in the Eastern Hemisphere.


Fourth, Putin's successes will encourage other rogue nations to act in a similar manner - especially if they see the world's two largest beacons of freedom (the US and Europe) fail to or refuse to act.


None of the above are desirable for America or Europe, which is why it's in our - repeat, OUR - best interest to act to counter Putin, and stop him from preying on smaller countries.

ARTRaveler
ARTRaveler

@therigel @ARTRaveler @ReneDemonteverde  You are certainly welcome to your stupid beliefs but if you discount the so-called "entitlements" of Social Security and look at unemployment which is 7%, that comes no where 1 in 6.  Now if you count all that money that goes to business, maybe you can get your big number but that $35 million for SNAP is dwarfed by $860 million for business subsidies and tax write-offs.  And, of course, Bush's tax cuts haven't been found to have created one (1) job in this country although I understand that bankers in the Cayman Islands and Switzerland may have hired more clerks.  The military already has too much money.  When the spend more than the next 14 nations combined, either we are the poorest in spending money, the most inefficient in how to spend, or just subsidizing the MIC bonus programs which for years has been the Republican stimulus.

therigel
therigel

@ARTRaveler @therigel  I never caught Mr. Bush in a lie.  If he did lie, I suspect it was not so blatant and transparent.  Mr. O is the one living in a fantasy world;  Our tax income is higher than ever, and he still cannot keep from increasing the deficit.  And, if memory serves me, I believe the Washington Post called his Obamacare promis the "Lie of the year".  I don't recall that ever happening to Mr. Bush.  What about Jeremiah Wright's comment during an interview when he said "He (Mr. Obama) has a problem with the truth".  The full text of Jeremiah's interview is in the New York Post.  When someone that has known you for twenty years says such a thing about you, I suspect there must be a large amount of truth in the statement.

ReneDemonteverde
ReneDemonteverde

@ARTRaveler @therigel  Art, the topic is Obama and MLK. You brought Bush and Cheney. What is with these people that they seem to be renting your head free ? If you bring the WMDs again ask Hillary why she approved among other Dem senators the invasion of Iraq. If you are going to say because Bush fooled them you are really as dumb as your postings.

ARTRaveler
ARTRaveler

@therigel  And Bush was telling the truth?  Ever?  President Cheney and his lapdog lied continually to the American people while destroying the economy and running up the national debt with his off-budget pseudo-"budgeting".  You are living in a fantasy world.