May 5, 2019

"People keep falling into the Grand Canyon. After a visit, I can see why.... It’s because they’re idiots."

Just a throwaway, obvious column in the Washington Post — by John Kelly, one of WaPo's regulars. I'm linking to quote some comments:
1. "I get queasy just reading this article. I figured with the huge mobs there, they must be accidentally edging each other off. Hey that is a thought, shouldn't the president of this fair land take a trip to the Grand Canyon and take a real close view?"

2. "Oh, please...I’ll even drive him there!"

3. "ROAD TRIP!"
Trump Derangement Syndrome, symptom #1: When things aren't at all about Trump, you visualize violence against him and get off on your vision.

46 comments:

Drago said...

"Trump Derangement Syndrome, symptom #1: When things aren't at all about Trump, you visualize violence against him and get off on your vision."

LLR's are an inherently unstable bunch. Thank goodness there are so few of them and they are easily corraled into obvious fake conservative sites like The Bulwark.

wild chicken said...


It seems so uncool to let anyone get to you so much. Can't they see themselves?

I would at least try to hide it.

stever said...

The only advantage of getting near enough to the edge that falling to your death is possible is any credit you might get for risk taking. Its not the view and you won't get any credit.

traditionalguy said...

Kill the pig. Kill the pig. Kill the pig. Tribal shamanism has returned to fill the place Christianity occupied on the USA before the educated elites went full anti-Christ out of fear their sexual immorality would be judged.

David in Cal said...

In 1971 my family visited the Grand Canyon. Our 4-year old daughter began skipping down the Bright Angel Trail. We struggled to catch up with her, afraid to yell. We did catch her and bring her back. Nobody was harmed. It remains a vivid memory.

chuck said...

Kelly has too little time, too little material, and needs a column. It's a dirty job, I wouldn't want it.

Danno said...

I wonder if Nurse Ratched is available to organize an asylum for people afflicted with TDS? We're gonna need one.

walter said...

Saving PPPT the effort to remind us folks hate Trump.
The scenario reminds me of the ad illustrating Paul Ryan throwing granny over the cliff.

Mary Martha said...

16 years ago I went to the Grand Canyon and talked to a Park Ranger who said about a dozen people fall over the edge every year. He said it was often Europeans or Asians - he didn't have a guess as to why.

As we walked along the rim it became clear that of course people fall - you can't fence off a canyon.

It seems like a terrible family destination - children will either be too young to recognize the danger or old enough to enjoy the adrenaline rush of getting near the edge (and terrifying your parents. No matter the age kids never listen to parents nagging about safety on a family vacation.

BleachBit-and-Hammers said...

Good Lord - Democratics Die In Seething RAge WaPo.com.

rcocean said...

Have enough people visit a dangerous cliff or canyon and X number will ignore every single fucking sign and fall to their deaths. As my parents said "There's always one".

Every couple years some one ignores all the signs and dies going a waterfall or falling off a mountain/cliff at Yosemite.

You can't cure stupid.

BleachBit-and-Hammers said...

WaPo Where Democratics go to death-wish.

rcocean said...

washington Post jokes about Trumps death. MSM Response: Haha
Breitbart jokes about Hillary/Biden's death. MSM Response: OMG! Death Threats!

wwww said...

"Our 4-year old daughter began skipping down the Bright Angel Trail. We struggled to catch up with her, afraid to yell."

My friend told me about a lovely trip her family took with her teenage children. I said it sounded like a fun trip. She abruptly stoped talking, and advised that we do not go with young kids.

"It seems like a terrible family destination"
yes -- especially for young kids! Or daredevil teenagers. It sounds like a bad idea altogether. YMCA of the Rockies sounds like a much better choice. Great for family vacations next door to a beautiful national park.

Michael The Magnificent said...

The left, being loving, open minded, tolerant, free of bigotry, free of prejudice, and free of hate? I have to say I am unimpressed.

Sebastian said...

"you visualize violence against him and get off on your vision"

Not just against him, Althouse: against the rest of us too. We are all deplorable racist scum. That includes you.

The Vendee was a sign of things to come. Progs want another Cultural Revolution.

DanTheMan said...

We took the kids, (about 10 to 12 years old then) to the Grand Canyon. I got them together as we got out of the car and said "This is NOT Disneyworld. It's not behind glass or fenced off. People die here every year falling into the canyon."

They stayed behind the railings, and we all watched in amazement as another family helped each other climb over "to get a better view".

readering said...

The friendly community of WaPo enjoys jokes about Trump. The tinfoil hat brigade here whines about the coming Cultural Revolution.

walter said...

Ah..those "jokes" are pretty damn funny.

Ingachuck'stoothlessARM said...

"Just one last selfie, I promise."

Amadeus 48 said...

So many of us felt this way about Obama, too. If he would just disappear!

Now he has.

Big Mike said...

I trust that the Secret Service has already paid a visit to those particular commentators. Assassination f the President of the United States is funny only to people who belong on inside of the bars at Leavenworth.

Big Mike said...

@Amadeus, if only!

readering said...

Funny is funny.

Gospace said...

We made a brief stop at the Grand Canyon on one of our cross country moves. Our two oldest, who were all we had at the time said it's just a big hole in the ground. They're more appreciative now.

Our border collie started shivering when we walked towards the edge. Sat down and wouldn't get any closer than 10 feet to the edge. Border Collies are very intelligent dogs.

readering said...

I might get closer on all fours.

Ingachuck'stoothlessARM said...

I might get closer on all fours.

check out Preikestolen in Norway

readering said...

I googled. Definitely not!

Ingachuck'stoothlessARM said...

for extra terror, there's a huge crack ready to separate that precipice,
causing a huge tsunami down the fjord

Megthered said...

We were at the Grand Canyon last year and people were climbing over the rails. One man had his small dog in his arms as he climbed over the rocks. We saw it at Bryce Canyon, too. Our only hope was these Darwin award winners don't reproduce if they make it back.

mockturtle said...

It occurs to me that TDS is the single unifying factor in the Prog narrative. Trump hate keeps their cause alive. Where would they be without him?

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mockturtle said...

Now THIS is scary: Tianmen Mountain Walkway

The Godfather said...

When I was 17 a friend and I hiked across the Grand Canyon. Neither of us did anything stupid, and we survived. A scary aspect however was the instruction from the Park Rangers that, if a mule train comes along while you're on a narrow trail between cliff and abyss, hikers are to stand on the OUTSIDE of the trail, as close to the edge as possible, because it makes the mules nervous if they have to walk near the edge.

Many years later I visited Tintagel in Cornwall England, the legendary birthplace of King Arthur. The site is on a cliff overlooking the Severn Estuary -- several hundred feet below, a rocky beach leads to "Merlin's Cave". There were NO barriers and only inconspicuous signs warning folks not to fall off the cliff. In fact, the signs were probably a tripping hazard. To the best of my knowledge, no one, Brit or tourist, fell off the cliff in that era.

My theory is that Disneylands/Worlds (and similar attractions) give foolish people the idea that the people in charge of these sites take care to make them safe, even when they look dangerous, so you don't have to use your common sense.

Big Mike said...

@mockturtle, the floor is GLASS? And people walk on that?

mockturtle said...

@mockturtle, the floor is GLASS? And people walk on that?

Yep.

Bruce Hayden said...

“It seems like a terrible family destination - children will either be too young to recognize the danger or old enough to enjoy the adrenaline rush of getting near the edge (and terrifying your parents. No matter the age kids never listen to parents nagging about safety on a family vacation.”

Maybe a half century ago, my partner’s mother would throw her five kids in the station wagon, and tour the southwest, to get them out of the Las Vegas summer heat. She still talks about her mother rousting her brood before dawn to see the sunrise over the Canyon. Endless to say, a lot of grumbling, but the experience stuck with her.

Still, we were in Flagstaff on the way up from AZ to NW MT, and we diverted to Vegas, instead of looping over the canyon avoiding it. The exit for the Canyon came up. I have one of those lifetime park passes, so entry would have been free. And it wasn’t that far out of our way she said “next time”. Which she says every time. The problem is that she has a photographic memory and saw all the great sights throughout that area multiple times growing up. I have been to the Grand Canyon once, almost 60 years ago, but have been within an hour’s drive on both rims a dozen times. Never seen Bryce or Zion either. We vote. She wins, 1-0 every time.

Leland said...

They stayed behind the railings, and we all watched in amazement as another family helped each other climb over "to get a better view".

This reminds me of another dangerous site of natural beauty. Highway 1 south of Anchorage Alaska towards Whittier is beautiful, but there are warning signs reminding people to not walk in the mud of Turnagain Arm when the tide is out. Yet people will climb out to get a better view. The mud is very fine and you sink in quick. Then the bore tide comes in and you either die of hyperthermia or drown. And the thing is, the scenery is so huge; the few extra yards gained for a different view is just insignificant.

h said...

TDS symptom 1 might be: you write comments in the WaPo. There doesn't seem to be any article on any subject that does not lend itself to anti-Trump remarks. And the anti-Trump remarks are usually so poorly reasoned and stated: they take the form "Here's a not very clever insulting nickname for Trump, such as Trumpette. Here's a form of violence or political or personal insult directed against the president, such as he has a small penis. Here's some puerile internet shorthand, such as BWAH-HA-HA. I expect someone with coding skills could easily create a WaPo-comment-generator that incorporates these elements.

Big Mike said...

@mockturtle, if the glass breaks you’ll be conscious all the way down. All. The. Way. Down.

Paco Wové said...

Are there societal circumstances under which social media actually serves to increase understanding among people, rather than to convince them that their fellow citizens are death-deserving scum?

It seems like we have a lot of the latter; if we have much of the former, it's getting drowned out.

Caligula said...

If you want to hang over the edge, you should do so on the Glass Bridge.

Of course, the other hazard of the Canyon is when people go charging downhill into it, only to discover that climbing back up is a whole lot harder than the going-down was. Especially if you're overweight, out of shape, and thought that half-liter bottled water would be plenty.

tommyesq said...

Hiking around Iceland routinely puts one in similar peril, with virtually no warning signs, fences or the like. The top of Glymur, for example, is a 650 foot vertical drop - totally freaked me out.

mrsizer said...

There are some great - if you like other people's terror - YouTube videos from those Chinese glass bridges.

Lots of places to fall and die here in Colorado and people do, occasionally. Without checking, I'd say more people get lost and die than tumble off cliffs, though.

As for the Grand Canyon, I'm in the "it's a big ditch" camp. Don't tell me we're running out of landfill space until it's filled up.

Tom T. said...

It's not just the Grand Canyon. A young woman recently died at Fordham Univ. after breaking a lock and climbing to the top of a cordoned-off bell tower to take selfies. Another young woman in NYC was seriously hurt after falling off the roof of her five-story building, while doing the same thing.

Bilwick said...

They could post a sign at the lip of the canyon reading, "Hey, Democrats! Free Stuff this way!"

That probably sounds cruel, but as the saying goes, think of it as evolution in action.