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Wednesday, January 26, 2005

Train Wreck

For those of us who've been watching season four of 24, today's headline is a bit disconcerting. The latest report says that the commuter train crash in Glendale, CA this morning was caused by a man parking his SUV across the tracks, then getting out and watching the collision. Glendale Police Chief Randy Adams says they'll charge the guy with murder, even as he makes the defense's case for an insanity plea very easy: "This whole incident was started by a deranged individual who was suicidal."
"I think he was intent at that time of taking his own life, but changed his mind prior to the train actually striking his vehicle," Adams said.

The collision and derailment was not an act of terrorism, the police chief said.
Of course not. People who destroy gas-guzzling Hummers without killing anyone are terrorists. People who destroy efficient mass transit are not.