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Bush Co. is sending DOT, NTSB, FBI, FEMA, USCG, USACE AND EPA

 
to the fallen bridge
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The Bush administration has sent federal help from the Transportation Department, the National Transportation Safety Board, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the FBI, U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Environmental Protection Agency.

There is no federal disaster declaration at this time.





August 02, 2007

White House: Old check found problems with Minneapolis bridge

The White House said Thursday that an inspection two years ago found structural deficiencies in the highway bridge that buckled during evening rush hour in Minneapolis.

White House press secretary Tony Snow said the Interstate 35W span rated 50 on a scale of 120 for structural stability.

"This doesn't mean there was a risk of failure, but if an inspection report identifies deficiencies, the state is responsible for taking corrective actions," he said. The bridge was 40 years old.

First lady Laura Bush will visit Minneapolis on Friday to console victims of the collapse, which killed at least four people and sent dozens of cars plummeting into the Mississippi River on Wednesday.

President Bush first learned of the disaster while having dinner Wednesday night with the first lady. Snow said Bush received preliminary details about the bridge collapse from Joe Hagin, deputy chief of staff.

Hagin called Fran Townsend, Bush's homeland security adviser, who reported that there were no known links to terrorists.

Bush asked Federal Highway Administrator J. Richard Capka and Transportation Secretary Mary Peters to go to Minneapolis, where she will announce a $5 million grant to help pay for rerouting traffic patterns around the disaster.

Bush called Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty at 7:45 a.m. CDT Thursday to offer encouragement. "He said the governor was in the president's prayers and offered any support that we can provide," Snow said.

Bush also called Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak to offer his condolences and prayers for the losses, and he acknowledged the economic cost of losing a main transportation artery.

Bush then called Peters as she flew to the scene. "He stressed the importance of projecting hope and optimism and offering any help," Snow said.

The administration has sent federal help from the Transportation Department, the National Transportation Safety Board, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the FBI, U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Environmental Protection Agency, Snow said.

There is no federal disaster declaration at this time.

Snow was not sure whether there had been a request for one.

The president has offered comfort to victims several times in recent months. In March, Bush he visited survivors of tornadoes that ripped through Alabama and Georgia. In April, he offered words of hope at Virginia Tech after a gunman killed 32 people and committed suicide. In May, Bush went to Kansas after a tornado wiped out the tiny town of Greensburg.

[link to www.wctrib.com]


The drop was the equivalent of about five stories. Construction workers on the bridge, one of whom is unaccounted for, report "riding the bridge" down to the water.

[link to www.townhall.com]




So..

If the Whitehouse says so, it must be true.

Maybe Haliburton can help rebuild it.

Meanwhile, this has been a fabulous distraction from Rumsfeld's testimony.

Bravo.


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"......Bush also called Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak to offer his condolences and prayers for the losses, and acknowledged the economic cost of losing a main transportation artery...."



Three months ago, Minneapolis Mayor Rybak said
he supports the impeachment of Cheney and Bush.




At the 2007 Minneapolis May Day Parade --

Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak: said:
'Bush-Cheney actions justify impeachment' and that he was in favor of the impeachment of President George W. Bush.

“If the actions of the Bush Administration don’t justify impeachment, what would?”

Representative Keith Ellison (D-MN) also indicated that he would be interested in hosting a Town Hall meeting on impeachment.

Both Rep. Ellison and Mayor Rybak were given Impeach for Peace.org buttons, which they promptly pinned to their shirts.

[link to impeachforpeace.org]






Later Rybak denied saying anything of the sort, but ... well...
it seems he's got bigger problems to worry about now.



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Bush Co. is sending DOT, NTSB, FBI, FEMA, USCG, USACE AND EPA


does this mean that they will be going door to door soon and taking people's guns away just like they did in NO?
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This morning, the AM news shows all indicated that the federal report gave the bridge a rating of 4 on a scale of 1-10 (40%). Now, I turn on the evening news, and suddenly, it is a 50% rating???

And the news people have STOPPED reporting the expected LIFE SPAN of the bridge as it was constructed (25-50 years, means that it was DEFINITELY nearing the end of its useful life).

Thanks for the info about the political connections. I guess we have learned that what is reported on in the very first few hours of any significant event are the most important.
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Oops, I see that Tony reported on a 50% rating on a scale of 120 points. Wow, that changes everything, doesn't it????
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maybe because...

Pawlenty Declares Peacetime Emergency
Special Section: I-35W Bridge Collapse
Slideshow: I-35W Bridge Collapse

(WCCO) Minneapolis As divers worked Thursday to begin the process of checking cars submerged in the Mississippi River after a bridge collapsed Wednesday, Gov. Tim Pawlenty declared a peacetime emergency for the state of Minnesota, activating the State Emergency Operations Center.

The emergency will remain in effect indefinitely, while state agencies provide assistance to the recovery effort at the scene of the Interstate 35W bridge in Minneapolis.

Earlier Thursday, Pawlenty also said he has ordered an immediate inspection of all Minnesota bridges similar to the one that collapsed. At a Thursday afternoon press conference, Pawlenty cited three bridges in St. Cloud, Sandstone and Osceola, Minn.
more: [link to wcco.com]
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This morning, the AM news shows all indicated that the federal report gave the bridge a rating of 4 on a scale of 1-10 (40%). Now, I turn on the evening news, and suddenly, it is a 50% rating???

And the news people have STOPPED reporting the expected LIFE SPAN of the bridge as it was constructed (25-50 years, means that it was DEFINITELY nearing the end of its useful life).

Thanks for the info about the political connections. I guess we have learned that what is reported on in the very first few hours of any significant event are the most important.
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last night late they were reporting 40-50% of bridges needing repair.
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With the amount of money spent "to invesigate" this disaster they probably could of built a nice shiny new bridge.....

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