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Humans are creatures of habit. We expect things to have a certain rhythm and routine. When the unexpected interrupts that routine, it can be a traumatic experience. Yesterday, the unexpected happened as a bridge collapsed in Minneapolis.
Emergency crews are waiting for daylight to resume their recovery and clean up efforts at the scene of the Interstate 35W bridge that collapsed during rush hour Wednesday evening.

The 1,907-foot bridge fell into the Mississippi River and onto roadways below. The span was packed with rush hour traffic, and dozens of vehicles fell with the bridge leaving scores of dazed commuters scrambling for their lives.

Nine people were confirmed dead as of 4 a.m. today. Sixty were taken to hospitals and 20 people were still missing this morning. Authorities said they expected the death toll to rise.

Many are expressing their sorrow for the victims this morning. But as with these types of incidents, there are always those who hope to utilize them for their ideological agendas. Michelle Malkin is the most notorious and seemed particularly upset that authorities were too quick in dismissing this as having no apparent links to terrorism (via Crooks & Liars).
DHS issued a statement that the collapse “does not appear to be an act of terrorism.” Isn’t it too early to say anything meaningful about what it “appears” to be? Couldn’t they maybe, I dunno, say nothing until they actually know something?

It is the righties natural inclination to assume terrorism whenever accidents of this nature occur. And perhaps it is too soon to dismiss the possibility. But wouldn't it also be prudent to consider the possibility that this is a symptom of the dangers of our aging infrastructure in this country?

The righties worry about the dangers of ignoring the unpredictable, often to the point of obsession. But as this accident illustrates, ignoring the routine could be equally perilous.

Update: It’s now being reported that the bridge was given a “structurally deficient” rating back in 2005.

(Filed at State of the Day and All Spin Zone)

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