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2001-11-01 06:14:51 PM  
France surrenders.
2001-11-01 06:15:21 PM  
Wow. That blows.
2001-11-01 06:16:33 PM  
Now the Justice Dept. says that the evidence is "not credible"

Exactly what is "credible evidence?"
2001-11-01 06:17:16 PM  
For whom the bell tolls.
2001-11-01 06:18:32 PM  
2001-11-01 06:18:50 PM  
They just throw the word "credible" out there now because they want to stir up the media.

The anthrax trail is getting dry for them, and they want some fresh meat...


would make them happy and have something to do again
2001-11-01 06:19:51 PM  
However, critics were quick to note that because of Governor Davis' poor energy management, the would-be terrorists have decided against blowing up the bridges because they can't get enough electricity to stay in California long enough to plan the attack.

Hey, a Democrat actually contributed to keeping America safe from terrorists! Ann Coulter doesn't know what she's talking about!
2001-11-01 06:20:51 PM  
what can you do to prevent it? check every car for a bomb? oh boy.
2001-11-01 06:24:03 PM  
I have credible evidence that terrorists will blow up the Spaulding Turnpike in Dover, NH at exactly 7:30 tomorrow morning. Now that ought to take care of the commute.
2001-11-01 06:27:07 PM  
Bridges? BRIDGES? We don't need no steenkin bridges!
2001-11-01 06:27:26 PM  
Fark... I just misread that headline, thought it had happenned... ah well, back to the waiting game, like Mr Plow.
2001-11-01 06:27:40 PM  
Aw crap, time to get my beating stick.
2001-11-01 06:28:06 PM  
I just saw something on TV that showed the farther west you went, the less worried people were about terrorist attacks. I guess blowing up the Golden Gate would be a good way to bring them in to the fold.
2001-11-01 06:28:41 PM  
Coming from "Gray-out" Davis all I can expect is that he's whining about why he can't run his farking state....
2001-11-01 06:28:55 PM  
I'm flying to San Francisco in less than two weeks... I'll let all the farkers know if anything fishy happens while i'm there.
2001-11-01 06:29:23 PM  
I drove in and out of San Francisco for Halloween last night, using the Bay Bridge. I'm surprised and relieved that terrorists chose not to attack on that crazy night.
2001-11-01 06:31:39 PM  
This just in: don't fly, read your mail, drive your car, touch money of any kind, turn on your TV, or use a computer. Really... they'll kill you.
2001-11-01 06:32:06 PM  
back to the waiting game, like Mr Plow.

"Screw the waiting game! Who wants to play hungry, hungry hippos?"
2001-11-01 06:32:18 PM  
I LIKED Nash Bridges. They cancelled it with no warning or anything, not even a true last episode!
2001-11-01 06:32:33 PM  
I work in San Francisco, at the Pacific Stock Exchange. All I can say is security is a joke in this City. They put concrete barriers around the immense BofA building, but no form of gate in front of the entrance to the underground parking structure... They have *one* "security guard" who looks in the trunk of your car, but *never* looks under the car or anywhere else for that matter, and thats the only "good" example of security I've seen. The other buildings around here are even worse. At the Exchange, we have security guards that stand at the entrances to the building, as if that is going to stop someone hell-bent on doing a suicide bombing or using an automatic weapon to pepper people with lead. The security personel aren't armed. As for the bridges, oh boy. There is absolutely nothing stopping a truck full of fertilizer and explosives driving onto the Golden Gate bridge, stopping in the middle and blowing up. I've only seen maybe two Gate authority police cars in the countless times I've crossed that bridge, and they only carry a 9mm handgun and a shotgun. Also, whose to say that a freighter coming from the Pacific rim can't be taken over after leaving port, then ramming one of the bridges support towers. I would have to think that a (oil/goods) freighter fully loaded slamming into the tower at 12knots would do some serious damage. Anyway, I'll get out of paranoia mode now.
2001-11-01 06:32:57 PM  
Use my computer???? NOW it's gone too far! You can take my freedom.. but you can't take my computer! Or something like that.
2001-11-01 06:35:18 PM  
Hey, as a californian I'm pretty happy with what old Gray's done to keep our state out of trouble. He may not have done the best thing right away with the power, but as a state we pulled together and had almost no power outages. It wasn't exactly the "summer in the dark" as everyone is so quick to joke about.

I trust Davis' planning against terroists attacks on the bridges. He has a good defense staff and the fact that he's giving the rest of the governor's dept. budget to the defense team speaks pretty well that he's putting our safety before anything else.

Let's just pray that nothing anywhere blows up and that Californians don't have to be "brought into the fold". I for one consider myself a part of this terrorism on my country inspite being 3000 miles away.
2001-11-01 06:36:12 PM  
Man, that would kinda suck if they did do that though. And really, how can you stop them??? All they have to do is pump a car full of explosives, drive on, click the big red button, and BOOM, bye bye bridge.
2001-11-01 06:38:34 PM  
The loss of any bridge in California would be disasterous, as we are now so overburdened with such a thicket of regulations, unions and environmental whiners, we could not even RECONSTRUCT such a lost span in 100 years. FEH.
2001-11-01 06:40:52 PM  
we'll probably have a rolling blackout and everyone will freak yelling "TERRORISTS!!!"
2001-11-01 06:41:19 PM  
To all those who talked smack about Gov. Davis, shut your traps. If you don't live in CA don't make it sound like you do. The power thing is a bunch of crap created by the energy companies to milk billions from the consumer. It has nothing to do with Gov. Davis. If anything it has more to do with Dick Cheney, GWB and the old Republican Gov. who deregulated the electric companies. You try running a state that has a GDP higher than France and 30 million people. The whole power crisis was egged on by GWB to try and rid himself of a potential Democratic presidential candidate in 2004.

Sorry to be biatchy, but I need a smoke.
2001-11-01 06:41:22 PM  
I've got a funny feeling that we are going to have a major earthquake this month.
2001-11-01 06:44:01 PM  
Lordargent- Me too. Check out this page.
2001-11-01 06:48:48 PM  
I wonder if Great Whites like B-B-Q ?
2001-11-01 06:49:41 PM  
Headline: Media hypes a load of complete crap

Conspiracy Govt secretly blows Golden Gate bridge to get complacent West Coasters fully behind the warmongering

Reality: Angry white trash from trailer park in Buttfark, Idaho, loads bombs, beer, shotgun and a book by Timothy McVeigh in his trunk and starts driving towards your home town.
2001-11-01 06:52:13 PM  
He may not have done the best thing right away with the power, but as a state we pulled together and had almost no power outages. It wasn't exactly the "summer in the dark" as everyone is so quick to joke about.

That was a combination of luck and him being forced to finally raise prices. The luck was that we had one of the coolest Summers in a long time. The rolling blackouts stopped when Davis had spent most of the state budget surplus and was forced to do what he said he wouldn't: let the prices go up. As soon as people saw what they were paying, they cut usage drastically. Unfortunately, Davis negotiated some horrendously bad long-term contracts for power, so now we're going to be paying 13 cents a kwh for a decade or more. That on top of a recession is going to put the state economy in the dumper. Oh, and some of the Democrats in the legislature are lamenting how the shortfall of tax money in a recession is going to cause a cut in programs and want to jack up the state sales tax a half-cent. It's already as high as 8.25% in some counties, so some folks would end up having close to 9% extracted from them. Welcome to California. Hand over your wallet as you enter.
2001-11-01 06:55:03 PM  
The loss of any bridge in California would be disasterous, as we are now so overburdened with such a thicket of regulations, unions and environmental whiners, we could not even RECONSTRUCT such a lost span in 100 years.

I don't think that it would be that bad, stupid as some of the people in this state are. However, if someone managed to bring down the Coronado Bridge, it would trap many ships of the Pacific Fleet in San Diego harbor. Now THAT would be bad news at a time like this.
2001-11-01 06:55:45 PM  
Could it also be that people waste power?

My electric bill is a mere $25 / month. And about 1/2 of that is taxes. Yet there are folks where I work that are paying $200 - $400 / month for electricity!! I'm guessing that they turn the AC on during the day and the heater on at night. When I'm cold I just burn trees.
2001-11-01 06:57:05 PM  
Well first thing Davis should do is send a team to search UC Berkley, they are probablly housing the terrorists still on the loose in their best dorms or maybe even the deans office.
2001-11-01 06:57:16 PM  
/me Happy that i just got laid off so i can sit and home and read as opposed to going across the bay bridge everyday and get blown up...all this time at home is kinda cool, considering what's going on fact i dont have to even get up with my trusty push broom. Hee hee hee. I pity those poor suckers on the freeway. Gas break honk. Gas break honk. Honk honk punch. Gas gas gas.
2001-11-01 06:58:22 PM  
Tis true that the cost of living is high here, but it does keep the Texans out.

As for blowing the bridge, I will not hold my breath.
2001-11-01 07:01:02 PM  
but some of those texans have really nice boobies!
2001-11-01 07:06:15 PM  
Heck, here in South Carolina we have bridges you could topple if you looked at them the wrong way.
The bumpest stretch on my way to work each morning is the seven bridges I have to cross.
2001-11-01 07:06:17 PM  
Damn, the war's come home =]

I wouldn't worry too much about the Golden Gate, but the Bay Bridge is much less structurally sound (as the '89 earthquake proved). I guess I'm not taking it seriously enough, because I think it's pretty cool, and it's giving the civil engineering department I'm in lots to talk about. Lots of lectures about stuff more interesting than the usual.
2001-11-01 07:10:44 PM  
you know, I'd almost venture to guess that the terrorists keep letting their plans get "accidentally" intercepted, and are enjoying a good laugh right now in their living rooms at the 10,000,000 cops that just shut down the California traffic system.

Watch this happen for the next three months with everything from touching our mail, to using subways, to drinking the water...

I'm sadly inclined to believe they are actually succesful in their terror campaign.
2001-11-01 07:11:27 PM  
Anybody want to bet on wether or not this "creditable threat" pans out?

I would say that the odd that the next attack are completely unexpected are about 1 in 2. And the odds that this this "creditable threat" ends up being a false alarm are about 4 in 5.
2001-11-01 07:11:58 PM  
You know why California didn't spend the summer in the dark, because they bought more power from us here in Washington and Oregon causing our power bills to go up significantly.. Wasn't because all you farks banded together and only used what you needed.. So now I get to pay more because the retards planning your state don't know how to plan for growth. Seriously.. Screw terrorist attacks. When is that Socialist dream pit going to fall into the ocean?
2001-11-01 07:12:17 PM  
Fishbowl: Right-wingers talk about "unity", but they badmouth people every chance they get.
2001-11-01 07:14:52 PM  
Robober is right. I work in the "infoirmation" game (call it public relations, spin-doctoring or propoganda if you want) and it seems to me that someone, somewhere, has figured out that the most effective terror weapon to use at the moment is fear itself.

Why bother with the effort of killing people or blowing stuff up when you can just feed people's paranoia?
2001-11-01 07:15:26 PM  

Sorry about the bill increase. We just want everyone to get a taste of the good life ;-)
2001-11-01 07:17:05 PM  
Hello_Kthullu- Sorry man. I have no doubts that CA jacked you guys. Although my Edision bill jump by $100 last month. There was no noticable change in our electric use. Bastard Electric Companies...

Anyone notice that those lame radio ads talking smack about Davis ended?
2001-11-01 07:19:53 PM  
Fear, ah yes. Fear works great on Americans now. We have become the largest, most sorry assed, pit of whiners in the world.

Why do you think that America would not get freaked when you see people in the supermarkets threatening to sue because the store ran out of the fuji apples that were on sale, or having parents state the pokemon is too violent for their kids.
2001-11-01 07:20:32 PM  
<B>Feral Kiwi</B>: There is another possibility. These creditable reports maybe coming from informants within the Taliban and Al Qaida. And the false information is being disseminated one group or another to try to determine who may be feeding information to the enemy... and then either eliminate them or feed them more bad info.

If I was terrorist leader it is what I would do
2001-11-01 07:21:48 PM  
Yep, Robober is right. They ARE successful. And the sad thing is: a lot of it is WITH the help of our fellow neighbors. Case in point: I got this email warning me and my kids away from Malls on Oct 31st. It was a hoax email. I sent the email back to everyone I knew with LINKS to pages debunking the hoax and actually got the SAME email back from one person who said that a COP in her city told her to send the email to everyone she knows who has kids. Our own cops encouraging the distribution of hoax emails and the ensuing terror they cause. How nice. :o(
2001-11-01 07:21:50 PM  
let those taliban SOB's come and get some Boobs

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