Fire from crash collapses Calif. freeway

A stretch of highway near the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge collapsed Sunday after a gasoline tanker crashed and burst into flames, leaving one of the nation's busiest spans in a state of near paralysis. Officials said traffic could be disrupted for months.

Flames shot 200 feet in the air and the heat was intense enough to melt part of the freeway and cause the collapse, but the truck's driver walked away from the scene with second-degree burns. No other injuries were reported.

Witnesses reported flames rising up to 200 feet into the air. Heat exceeded 2,750 degrees and caused the steel beams holding up the interchange from eastbound I-80 to eastbound Interstate 580 above to buckle and bolts holding the structure together to melt, leading to the collapse, California Department of Transportation director Will Kempton said.

Wait, that can't be right! Burning fuel will not melt nor cause the collapse of a steel and concrete structure! Rosie said so!


Misc. Friday Ramblings...

  • One more for the good guys.
    A man who has a permit to carry a concealed gun shot and killed one of two teenage robbery suspects he encountered on his front porch, police said.
    City prosecutors decided yesterday that the 25-year-old Cleveland man was justified and would not be charged in the shooting Saturday night of 15-year-old Arthur Buford, a freshman at John F. Kennedy High School.

    Buford and another teen approached the man on his porch and one of the youths pulled a gun, prompting the resident to pull his gun and shoot Buford several times in the chest, police said.

    Toby Hoover, director of the Toledo-based Ohio Coalition Against Gun Violence, said she had not heard of any other fatal shooting involving someone who has a permit to carry a concealed gun under the state's 3-year-old law.

    About 30 youths gathered Monday at the intersection where Buford died and set up a memorial. His cousin, Tameka Foster, 21, questioned the decision against prosecuting the shooter.

    "They let that man run out freely," Foster said. "My cousin is dead."

    Buford's alleged accomplice fled after and shooting and has not been caught. Police believe a .38-caliber handgun they found in the mail chute of a nearby house belonged to Buford or the other suspect, Lt. Thomas Stacho said.

    No, my dear, your cousin was a dumb ass who pulled a gun on the wrong person.


Know your 2008 candidates.

Here are my results. Who the hell is Bill Richardson?


Captain America: Burrito Smuggler

A Brevard County doctor dressed up in a Captain America outfit was arrested with a burrito in his tights. What he allegedly did at the police station got him into more trouble.

Doctor Raymond Adamcik, 54, would probably rather forget about the weekend when he was arrested on charges of battery, disorderly conduct, drug possession and trying to destroy evidence. It's not what you would expect from a doctor or Captain America.

The Palm Bay family physician was at On Tap bar as part of a pub-crawl with other medical professionals. It was a sort of costume party on a bus that would take them around from bar to bar.

Everything was fine until, witnesses said, Captain America started getting too forward with a burrito he kept tucked inside his blue tights, a burrito that ultimately landed him in jail.

On Saturday night, when a costume party full of medical professionals stopped at On Tap Cafe, police said Adamcik had a burrito stuffed below the waistband of his costume and was asking women if they want to touch it. When one refused, he allegedly took out the burrito and groped her.

The woman called police and, when they arrived, the officers wrote in their report "there were so many cartoon characters in the bar at the time, all Captain America's were asked to go outside for a possible identification."

The woman pointed out Adamcik and the burrito was found in his boot. He was taken to the police station. There, while in a holding cell, police said, he asked to use the bathroom and tried to flush a joint, also hidden in his blue tights, down the toilet.

"The officer observed him try to flush something into the toilet. He tried to flush it. The officer was able to reach inside and grab part of what he tried to flush," said Jill Frederiksen, Melbourne Police Department.


Sheryl Crow is full of shiat

“I have spent the better part of this tour trying to come up with easy ways for us all to become a part of the solution to global warming. Although my ideas are in the earliest stages of development, they are, in my mind, worth investigating. One of my favorites is in the area of conserving trees which we heavily rely on for oxygen. I propose a limitation be put on how many sqares of toilet paper can be used in any one sitting. Now, I don’t want to rob any law-abiding American of his or her God-given rights, but I think we are an industrious enough people that we can make it work with only one square per restroom visit, except, of course, on those pesky occasions where 2 to 3 could be required.”

“I also like the idea of not using paper napkins, which happen to be made from virgin wood and represent the heighth of wastefullness. I have designed a clothing line that has what’s called a “dining sleeve”. The sleeve is detachable and can be replaced with another “dining sleeve,” after usage. The design will offer the “diner” the convenience of wiping his mouth on his sleeve rather than throwing out yet another barely used paper product.. I think this idea could also translate quite well to those suffering with an annoying head cold.”

Of course, while saving the tree, you will be wasting more water washing your ass instead of wiping it. Nice plan there.


Misc. Friday Ramblings...

  • TN moves to allow guns in public buildings.
    "I think the recent Virginia disaster — or catastrophe or nightmare or whatever you want to call it — has woken up a lot of people to the need for having guns available to law-abiding citizens," said Rep. Frank Niceley, R-Strawberry Plains. "I hope that is what this vote reflects."

    Gave disarmament a try. Didn’t work too well. Now, let’s try armament.

  • Do you know what a barrel shroud is?
    Representative government in action.

  • The Lakeside Machine LM7 belt-fed .22 AR-15 upper.
    Modifications are needed to use the LM7 feed system on your AR15/M16 lower receiver. The energies from a rimfire cartridge are tremendously different than those for a centerfire cartridge. The LM7 is a blow back operating mechanism. The limited energy of the 22 LR is used to accomplish the entire cycling process and advance the belt for each cartridge. All factory centerfire buffer assemblies in the lowers must be changed from centerfire to our LM7 buffer design. The LM7's buffer also acts as a safety feature with this unit. With the Lakeside's rimfire buffer installed you will not be able to operate any centerfire upper if attached. The LM7 is able to be installed on carbine stocked lowers and full length rifle stocked lowers.

    Each upper feeds ammunition from our woven fabric belts or our Nylon disintegrating links. A loaded belt is fed directly into the upper from the belt box. Each belt box is also designed to be a catcher if attached on the right side of the brass catcher. The fired cartridges are expelled downward though the steel empty case catcher/feed box mount. 200 empty cases can be caught in the "brass catcher" or the floor plate can be hinged open to let all brass flow right through. For users of indoor firing ranges, the LM7 is a "No-Mess" combination. You can catch your belts/links and the empty brass and never have to clean up a mess with a broom.


A killer speaks.

Sometime after he killed two people in a Virginia university dormitory but before he slaughtered 30 more in a classroom building Monday morning, Cho Seung-Hui mailed NBC News a large package, including photographs and videos, boasting that “when the time came, I did it. I had to.”

The material does not include any images of the shootings Monday, but it does contain vague references. And it mentions “martyrs like Eric and Dylan” — apparently a reference to Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, the teenagers who killed 12 students and a teacher at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colo., four years ago this coming Friday.

The material is deeply angry, crying out against unspecified wrongs done to him in a diatribe laced with profanity.

“I didn’t have to do this. I could have left. I could have fled. But no, I will no longer run. It’s not for me. For my children, for my brothers and sisters that you f---, I did it for them,” Cho says on one of the videos.

Among the materials are 27 QuickTime video files showing Cho talking directly to the camera, Capus said. He does not name anyone specifically, but he mentions “hedonism” and Christianity, and he talks at length about his hatred of the wealthy.

“You had a hundred billion chances and ways to have avoided today,” Cho says. “But you decided to spill my blood. You forced me into a corner and gave me only one option. The decision was yours. Now you have blood on your hands that will never wash off.”

And with the talk of him having been judged mentally ill, will the blame game head to the legal system?

It has to go somewhere. The guy that pulled the trigger is;
1) Dead (can't get blood out of a turnip)
2) Not a political target before the shooting
3) Not wealthy (no deep pockets to sue).
4) Can't really be used to advance their political agenda (since its anti-law abiding gun owner and not anti criminal)

What can we learn about all of this?


Cho Seung-Hui's writing could have been a hint.

Cho Seung-Hui, the 23-year-old Virginia Tech student who killed 32 people Monday in the worst mass shooting in U.S. history, was referred to counseling last year after writing an extremely graphic and violent play, entitled "Richard McBeef," for his English class.

Click here to read the play, which has been posted on The Smoking Gun Web site.

Another play purported to be written by Cho for his English class surfaced Tuesday on AOL.

Click here to read the second Cho play on the AOL News Web site.

Cho Seung-Hui exhibited warning signs long before his deadly shooting spree on the Virginia Tech campus, fellow students and professors said.

As disturbing details emerged about the resident alien from South Korea, students gathered by the thousands in the heart of their campus Tuesday night for a candlelight vigil.

Meanwhile, one professor recalled being so concerned about Cho's anger that she took him out of another instructor's creative writing class and taught him one-on-one.

The former chairwoman of Virginia Tech's English department, Lucinda Roy, said the anger Cho expressed in the fall 2005 course was palpable if not explicit.

And two of Cho's former roommates also described his behavior as unusual, saying that he had spoken of suicide and had stalked three women.

Authorities confirmed that Cho had been investigated last year for stalking a woman in person and by e-mail.

Roy, meanwhile, said the writings by Cho, an English major, were disturbing enough that she went to police and other university officials to seek help.

"The threats seemed to be underneath the surface," she said. "They were not explicit, and that was the difficulty the police had."

His instructor and fellow students also found his behavior in class "inappropriate," Roy said.

"He was taking photographs of students without their permission, especially under the desk," she said.

But without a clear threat nothing could be done, and Roy made the decision to instruct him apart from other students.

Someone (other than the gun manufacturer or gun shop) will take part the blame for this, if his writings were so disturbing that were reported to school officials and nothing was really done about it.


Shooter indentified as the blame game really gets going.

The gunman responsible for at least the second of the two Virginia Tech attacks that claimed 33 lives to become the deadliest shooting rampage in U.S. history has been identified as Cho Seung-Hui, a campus student in the United States on a permanent resident visa, Virginia Tech police said Tuesday.

But police are still searching for a motive.

"He was a loner, and we're having difficulty finding information about him," school spokesman Larry Hincker said.

Sources told ABC News that after Cho killed the one female and one male at West Ambler Johnston Monday morning, he returned to his own dorm room where he re-armed and left a "disturbing note" before entering Norris Hall on the other side of campus to continue his rampage and kill 30 more before shooting himself.

The Chicago Tribune reported that the note included a rambling list of grievances that railed against "rich kids," "debauchery" and "deceitful charlatans" on campus. The paper also reported that Cho died with the words "Ismail Ax" in red ink on the inside of one of his arms.

Quoting an "investigative source," the newspaper said Cho had shown recent signs of violent, aberrant behavior, including setting a fire in a dorm room and allegedly stalking some women, and that he was taking medication for depression. The Tribune also reported that Cho's family runs a dry cleaning business and he has a sister who atatended Princeton University. Cho and his family came to the United States in 1992, when he was 8 years old.

Law enforcement officials told ABCNews.com that Cho bought his first gun, a Glock 9mm handgun, on March 13; they say he bought his second weapon, a 22-caliber handgun, within the last week. The serial numbers on both guns had been filed off, sources said.

ABC News also reported that sections of chain similar to those used to lock the main doors at Norris Hall were also found inside a Virginia Tech dorm.

Who is at fault? Is it the president of the university for not having the gift of prophesy? Is it the police chief for not locking up 2600 acres immediately after the first killing because there were going to be more? Is it girl or RA for being in the wrong place at the wrong time? Is it the gun for leaping up into his hand and making him kill everyone? Is it the gun store/show for running his check, finding him clean, and not denying him because he could at any time in the future do something like this? Is it the place that sold him the chain for not running a background check to ensure he was legal before buying it? Is it the legislature for disarming everyone on the campus, making it totally safe for students?

Blame will fall all around, but not on the dead...any of the dead. Blame can't be placed at the feet of a dead man, because there is no sense of justice and/or retribution.

So, the only fact that innocents suffered, and because of his death, innocents in the future will suffer the outcome of his actions.


Thoughts and Prayers to VT

Students and faculty at Virginia Tech University were in shock Monday after a gunman shot and killed at least 31 people and injured 21 during the most deadly shooting spree in U.S. history.

Federal law enforcement officials told FOX News that 32 are dead, including the shooter. Police at the campus in Blacksburg, Va., said there was only one shooter responsible for the two shootings, which occurred about two hours apart from each other.

And now I await the 24 hour grace period until this turns into a political hotbed for gun control.

Edit: Nevermind, it has started already. Check out this ABC poll.

So, with that being said, here is a link to a dead Virginia campus carry bill that may have helped in todays situation.

A bill that would have given college students and employees the right to carry handguns on campus died with nary a shot being fired in the General Assembly.

House Bill 1572 didn't get through the House Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety. It died Monday in the subcommittee stage, the first of several hurdles bills must overcome before becoming laws.

The bill was proposed by Del. Todd Gilbert, R-Shenandoah County, on behalf of the Virginia Citizens Defense League. Gilbert was unavailable Monday and spokesman Gary Frink would not comment on the bill's defeat other than to say the issue was dead for this General Assembly session.

Virginia Tech spokesman Larry Hincker was happy to hear the bill was defeated. "I'm sure the university community is appreciative of the General Assembly's actions because this will help parents, students, faculty and visitors feel safe on our campus."

Top Ten Boobies in Video Games

What's better to attract men that some boobs? Well .. even more boobs! And game producers sure know that. Here's a top 10 of the best video games boobies!


Misc. Friday Ramblings...

Larry The Cable Guy: Just remember -- if the world didn't suck, we would all fall off.

  • Guns used in Self Defense.
    Have you ever defended yourself from a crime in your home, in your business, or in public by using a gun? Perhaps you warded off a potential attacker by simply showing a gun?

    40 states now allow their citizens to obtain conceal-carry permits for handguns. Some people say that's dangerous, while others say it allows them to protect themselves.

    If you have a story of self-defense involving the aid of a gun and would like to tell it to 20/20, please fill out the form below. A "20/20" producer may contact you.

    20/20 wants self-defense stories? Could it be true that armed citizens are safer than the sheeple? *Gasp* *Shock* *Horror*

  • "Best 'buck 80' I ever spent."
    Well, I guess it's time we finally put this one to rest.

    People are steadily asking me to try a load of dimes in a 12 gauge shotgun as a defense load. I guess all the westerns that use this load have created a myth that needs to be busted.

    First a little education. One of the ways old timers used to test an unmarked shotgun barrel for choke, was to try to insert a dime in the muzzle.

    If it would not go, it was a Full Choke. If it went through the choke, it was a Modified Choke or larger.

    The reason for this lesson is this… Ddo not try to shoot a load of dimes through a Full Choke or you will have a bad day.

    Or at least your shotgun will.


I'm a Ford Mustang!

You're an American classic -- fast, strong, and bold. You're not snobby or pretentious, but you have what it takes to give anyone a run for their money.

"Take the Which Sports Car Are You? quiz.


A family fun adventure at the movies.

A family-film audience was stunned to get an unintended glimpse of a horror movie, which left some parents shaken and the theater chain apologizing for the movie mix-up.

The moviegoers were expecting to see "The Last Mimzy," the PG-rated tale of a brother and sister who discover a mysterious box of toys and become endowed with superhuman powers to help preserve humanity's future.

Instead, the crowd saw the opening scene of "The Hills Have Eyes 2," the R-rated sequel to a recent remake of a 1977 horror classic by the genre's renowned Wes Craven. "The Hills Have Eyes 2," which centers on National Guard troops who stumble on a clan of mutant cannibals, starts with a chained woman giving birth to a mutant.

Another patron said the episode had left his 3-year-old son with lingering, and unsettling, questions.

"My wife is eight months pregnant, and he's been asking, 'Is that what mommy's going to have?"' said Frank Doll, 31, of Mastic.

Well, they could come out looking like Michael Berryman.