Leviathan’s Excuses: As Sorry As Its Record

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One of the Chinese students who died Monday at San Francisco’s airport after her plane crashed may have done so because a fire-truck ran her over rather than from the initial accident.

That’s horrific enough. But catch Our Rulers’ excuses for the inexcusable: though ”first responders – including … deputies – train extensively for plane crashes[,] … the scene that firefighters encountered on Runway 28 Left would have been difficult to comprehend: 307 aboard the jetliner, with about 180 of them injured.” Hmmm. Lots of folks find themselves in “difficult to comprehend” situations; that’s often what causes them to lose control of their vehicle. Yet when they run over a girl, the State isn’t interested in why: it’s sole concern is milking as much money as possible from them in fines and throwing them in a cage.

Ah, but everything changes when the manslaughterers are “first responders.” Then the negligence is perfectly understandable: all that mayhem would confuse anyone, let along the crowds milling about. “San Francisco Fire Department Chief Joanne M. Hayes-White … described the scene as ‘chaotic’ when she arrived about 20 minutes after the crash. ‘We were dealing with a fire emergency and medical emergencies, and literally hundreds and hundreds of passengers and patients,’ she said.” Poor baby.

Yo, Joanne: maybe the State oughta concede its incompetence and get out of the “first-responder” business before it kills another of the victims it’s purportedly rescuing. (Thanks to Steve Cross for the link.)

10:00 pm on July 9, 2013
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