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Saturday, April 01, 2017

Domestic Terrorism? It may as well be, the outcome is the same.

Three people are arrested for starting the massive blaze that caused an overpass to COLLAPSE on Interstate 85 in Atlanta as authorities warn there will traffic chaos for MONTHS

  • Officials said Basil Eleby, Sophia Bruner and Barry Thomas were arrested on Friday in connection with the fire 
  • Eleby faces criminal damage to property charge and Bruner and Thomas were charged with criminal trespass
  • Police wouldn't say how the fire was started or why, saying those details would be released at a later date 
  • Following the fire, construction crews were seen Friday restoring the segment of the Atlanta highway 
  • First responders said a portion of Interstate 85 collapsed Thursday due to the fire under the bridge
  • As the bridge is repaired, traffic is expected to worsen in the city, prompting a 'travel nightmare'  
  • Aerial video showed smoke billowing from highway as firefighters extinguished blaze alongside the road
Published: 21:27 EDT, 31 March 2017 Updated: 06:20 EDT, 1 April 2017
Police arrested three people, including Basil Eleby (pictured), in connection with the massive fire under Interstate 85 in Atlanta that caused a portion of the bridge to collapse
Police arrested three people, including Basil Eleby (pictured), in connection with the massive fire under Interstate 85 in Atlanta that caused a portion of the bridge to collapse
Three people have been arrested in connection with a massive fire under Interstate 85 in Atlanta that caused a portion of the bridge to collapse on Thursday.  

Deputy Insurance Commissioner Jay Florence confirms the suspects were arrested Friday. 

He identified them as Basil Eleby, Sophia Bruner and Barry Thomas. Eleby faces a charge of criminal damage to property, while Bruner and Thomas were each charged with criminal trespass.

'We believe they were together when the fire was set and Eleby is the one who set the fire,' Florence told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Eleby appears to have a criminal past which included a cocaine arrest.  
Florence would not discuss how the fire was started or why, saying those details would be released as the investigation progresses. 

However, he said the suspects used 'available materials' at the site.
All three may have been homeless, Florence added, although it is not clear whether they had lived at the site beneath the highway, according to the AJC.
Florence did not have ages or hometowns of the three, all of whom were being held at the Fulton County Jail.

He didn't say how they ended up being suspects but noted they were interviewed throughout the day and law enforcement subsequently made the arrests.
On Friday, crews were seen working to restore the bridge after the blaze collapsed a portion of I-85.

Atlanta residents will likely face travel chaos as construction crews repair the fragmented section of the exceptionally busy motorway.

Officials have said that the reconstruction of the damaged areas could take several months - prompting a travel disaster for more than 225,000 vehicles that use the segment of the roadway daily.

The city's first responders said part of the highway collapsed due to the fire that broke out under the bridge. 

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Deputy Insurance Commissioner Jay Florence confirms the suspects, Sophia Bruner and Barry Thomas, were arrested Friday along with Eleby, who faces a charge of criminal damage to property. Bruner and Thomas were each charged with criminal trespass. Crews (pictured) began work on the severely damaged area on Friday 
Deputy Insurance Commissioner Jay Florence confirms the suspects, Sophia Bruner and Barry Thomas, were arrested Friday along with Eleby, who faces a charge of criminal damage to property. Bruner and Thomas were each charged with criminal trespass. Crews (pictured) began work on the severely damaged area on Friday 
Florence said the suspects used 'available materials' at the site. All three may have been homeless, Florence added, although it is not clear whether they had lived at the site beneath the highway (pictured)
Florence said the suspects used 'available materials' at the site. All three may have been homeless, Florence added, although it is not clear whether they had lived at the site beneath the highway (pictured)
On Friday, crews (pictured) were seen working to restore the bridge after the blaze collapsed a portion of I-85. Atlanta residents will likely face travel chaos as construction crews repair the fragmented section of the exceptionally busy motorway
On Friday, crews (pictured) were seen working to restore the bridge after the blaze collapsed a portion of I-85. Atlanta residents will likely face travel chaos as construction crews repair the fragmented section of the exceptionally busy motorway
Looking to the future, Atlanta residents may be facing a travel disaster as construction crews repair the fragmented section of the exceptionally busy motorway
Looking to the future, Atlanta residents may be facing a travel disaster as construction crews repair the fragmented section of the exceptionally busy motorway
Firefighters on the scene saved the lives of many after noticing cracks in the foundation and ordering an excavation of the area
Firefighters on the scene saved the lives of many after noticing cracks in the foundation and ordering an excavation of the area
ABC News reporter Steve Osunsami described the future for commuters in the area to be a 'traffic migraine,' and said that he expects his commute to double, as he lives just a mile from the site of the incident
ABC News reporter Steve Osunsami described the future for commuters in the area to be a 'traffic migraine,' and said that he expects his commute to double, as he lives just a mile from the site of the incident

ABC News reporter Steve Osunsami described the future for commuters in the area to be a 'traffic migraine,' and said that he expects his commute to double, as he lives just a mile from the site of the incident.
  
There were no reports of casualties in the incident and no cars fell from the motorway during the fire, which is nothing short of a miracle given the usually crowded rush hour traffic in the area. 

Firefighters on the scene saved the lives of many after noticing cracks in the foundation and ordering an excavation of the area. 

Atlanta Fire and Rescue said on Twitter at the time that all lanes were blocked and that residents should avoid the area.

Video from the fire department posted on their Instagram page showed firefighters battling the massive blaze. 

The department wrote in the video's caption: '*Major Emergency* Heavy Fire showing under Interstate 85 in Buckhead. 2nd alarm requested. Atlanta Fire on scene.' 
There were no reports of casualties in the incident and no cars fell from the motorway during the fire, which is nothing short of a miracle given the usually crowded rush hour traffic in the area
There were no reports of casualties in the incident and no cars fell from the motorway during the fire, which is nothing short of a miracle given the usually crowded rush hour traffic in the area
Firefighters said the fire burned for more than an hour under I-85 northbound near Piedmont Road. The interstate - a major artery for the US South that runs through the heart of Atlanta - is closed indefinitely
Firefighters said the fire burned for more than an hour under I-85 northbound near Piedmont Road. The interstate - a major artery for the US South that runs through the heart of Atlanta - is closed indefinitely
A number of upscale lofts are located near the area where the fire took place, which was just off of Piedmont Road 
A number of upscale lofts are located near the area where the fire took place, which was just off of Piedmont Road 
It is still not clear what was burning under the bridge or how the fire started. The Georgia Department of Transportation said inspectors are looking over the collapse, but there is no timeline on a fix. Firefighters are pictured extinguishing the fire
It is still not clear what was burning under the bridge or how the fire started. The Georgia Department of Transportation said inspectors are looking over the collapse, but there is no timeline on a fix. Firefighters are pictured extinguishing the fire
The state's top transportation official said there's no way to tell when the highway can be safely reopened to traffic in either direction 
The state's top transportation official said there's no way to tell when the highway can be safely reopened to traffic in either direction 

Firefighters said the fire burned for more than an hour under I-85 northbound near Piedmont Road, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The interstate - a major artery for the US South that runs through the heart of Atlanta - is closed indefinitely.

'This is about as serious a transportation crisis as we can imagine,' Mayor Kasim Reed said.

The Georgia Department of Transportation said inspectors are looking over the collapse, but there is no timeline on a fix. 

The state's top transportation official said there's no way to tell when the highway can be safely reopened to traffic in either direction.

'We will have to continue to evaluate the situation and adjust as we do,' Georgia Transportation Commissioner Russell McMurry said.

'This incident - make no bones about it - will have a tremendous impact on travel.' 
It is still not clear what was burning under the bridge or how the fire started. 
Massive fire in Atlanta causes section of freeway to collapse
Video from the fire department posted on their Instagram page showed firefighters battling the massive blaze
Firefighters are seen amongst the black smoke while battling the fire
Video from the fire department posted on their Instagram page showed firefighters battling the massive blaze
'*Major Emergency* Heavy Fire showing under Interstate 85 in Buckhead. 2nd alarm requested. Atlanta Fire on scene,' the department wrote in the video's caption
'*Major Emergency* Heavy Fire showing under Interstate 85 in Buckhead. 2nd alarm requested. Atlanta Fire on scene,' the department wrote in the video's caption

On Friday, McMurry said the fire originated from an area below the highway which is used 'as a storage location for construction materials, equipment and supplies'.

'The site was a secured area containing materials such as PVC piping, which is a stable, noncombustible material,' he continued. 

Atlanta Fire Department spokesman Sgt Cortez Stafford said that his officers acted efficiently and effectively.

'Our guys got here quickly and shut down the interstate and said 'No one else is driving over this bridge.'' 

Aerial video showed thick black smoke billowing into the sky above the freeway as a line of cars stood halted on either side. The aerial video showed more firefighters extinguishing the fire on one side of the highway.

A photo posted on the Twitter feed of local WSB-TV showed what appeared to be barrels and coils under the bridge. The fire broke out in an industrial area near route 400. 

Witnesses told WSB-TV that Atlanta state troopers were telling cars to turn around on the bridge minutes before it collapsed because they were concerned about its integrity. 

Atlanta's public transit system, MARTA, will provide extended service through the weekend.
Witnesses said that Atlanta state troopers were telling cars to turn around on the bridge minutes before it collapsed because they were concerned about its integrity
Witnesses said that Atlanta state troopers were telling cars to turn around on the bridge minutes before it collapsed because they were concerned about its integrity
Aerial video showed thick black smoke billowing into the sky above the freeway as a line of cars stood halted on either side. All of the firefighters were able to get out of the area prior to the collapse. By Thursday evening the fire department had the blaze under control
Aerial video showed thick black smoke billowing into the sky above the freeway as a line of cars stood halted on either side. All of the firefighters were able to get out of the area prior to the collapse. By Thursday evening the fire department had the blaze under control
The bridge collapse effectively 'puts a cork in the bottle,' Georgia State Patrol Commissioner Mark McDonough said. Atlanta's public transit system, MARTA, will provide extended service through the weekend
The bridge collapse effectively 'puts a cork in the bottle,' Georgia State Patrol Commissioner Mark McDonough said. Atlanta's public transit system, MARTA, will provide extended service through the weekend
Capt Mark Perry of the Georgia State Patrol said the agency doesn't know what started the fire beneath the bridge but that terrorism is not suspected
Capt Mark Perry of the Georgia State Patrol said the agency doesn't know what started the fire beneath the bridge but that terrorism is not suspected

The interstate is a major thoroughfare for traffic heading north and south through Atlanta. The bridge collapse effectively 'puts a cork in the bottle,' Georgia State Patrol Commissioner Mark McDonough said.

Capt Mark Perry of the Georgia State Patrol told the Journal-Constitution that the agency doesn't know what started the fire beneath the bridge but that terrorism is not suspected.

Gov Nathan Deal told reporters that some PVC plastic materials in a vehicle may have caught fire. 'I do not know why they did or what the source of their transport was,' Deal said. 'But those are questions that will hopefully be answered at least by tomorrow morning.'

Deal said inspectors were at the scene and they've contacted the original company that built the bridge to come in and assess the extent of the damage.
'We're trying to determine everything we can about how quickly can we repair it and get it back in service,' Deal said. 'I can assure you we will do everything to expedite the repair and replacement of that section of the bridge.'
Firefighters surveyed the section of the overpass that collapsed from the large fire Thursday night 
Firefighters surveyed the section of the overpass that collapsed from the large fire Thursday night 
Mayor Kasim Reed (pictured) addressed the situation Thursday evening. He said: 'This is about as serious a transportation crisis as we can imagine'
Mayor Kasim Reed (pictured) addressed the situation Thursday evening. He said: 'This is about as serious a transportation crisis as we can imagine'
Inspectors at the scene said they contacted the original company that built the bridge to come in and assess the extent of the damage
Inspectors at the scene said they contacted the original company that built the bridge to come in and assess the extent of the damage
Bystanders watched as smoke billowed from a section of the overpass that collapsed from the massive fire on I-85
Bystanders watched as smoke billowed from a section of the overpass that collapsed from the massive fire on I-85

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  1. The potential damage and disruption that can be done by foreign and domestic arsonists is incalculable.

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  2. Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed says the local FBI told him that terrorism did not appear to cause the fire that brought down an interstate bridge on Thursday. Nobody was hurt, but the city faces a transportation crisis with part of I-85 closed.

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  3. SUMMARY - CONSPIRACY OF CELLS OF FIRE:

    Conspiracy of Cells of Fire (CCF) is an anarchist organization that first surfaced in Greece in 2008 with a wave of 11 firebombings against luxury car dealerships and banks. Monthly arson attacks followed with proclamations expressing solidarity with arrested anarchists in Greece and elsewhere. They are perhaps most famous for a parcel bomb campaign that targeted European politicians in 2010. In a manifesto written in September 2016, members of CCF espoused famous anarchists Nicola Sacco and Bartholomeo Vanzetti, “No act of rebellion is useless; no act of rebellion is harmful.”Enemies and FriendsCCF strongly apposes Golden Dawn an extremist right wing group also in Greece. CCF has a chapter in Mexico please see TRAC Profile Conspiracy of Cells of Fire (CCF) - Mexico 2016.

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  4. In 2004, the FBI came upon intelligence and issued an alert to the National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC) suggesting that Al Queda had plans to start wildland fires in Montana, Wyoming, Utah and Colorado

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  5. Fire and Terrorism in Chile

    Setting churches and forests afire is the modus operandi of guerrillas in the south.

    By MARY ANASTASIA O’GRADY WSJ
    Feb. 5, 2017 6:02 p.m. ET

    More than one million acres in the center and south of Chile have gone up in flames since July 2016, with almost 70% of the destruction occurring last month. The affected area is larger than the state of Rhode Island. At least 11 people have died and more than 1,000 homes have been destroyed.

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  6. SYRIA, 28. 11. 2016:

    It seems like the terrorists in Syria have found a new target to demolish. A massive fire has destroyed hundreds of kilometers of agricultural land and forests in Al-Qardaha in the Latakia countryside and it seems like the terrorists are behind this.

    A military source spoke to Sputnik Arabic saying that the forest near the border with Turkey and in the eastern province of Latakia where the main forces of terrorists are situated is not burning.

    The cities of Al-Qardaha and Gabla are faced with a looming threat. The fire was mainly raging in the south of Latakia but a cloud of black smoke has covered almost the entire territory of the province. Dozens of families have fled their homes.

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  7. WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA MOUNTAINS BEING DEVASTATED BY FOREST FIRES SET BY DOMESTIC TERRORISTS

    Posted by Richard Thornton | Nov 6, 2016

    Domestic terrorists are setting so many fires in the North Carolina Mountains that US Forest Service firefighter crews from throughout the United States are overwhelmed. The fires are located in the exact same region, where anti-government groups hid out Olympic Games terrorist, Eric Rudolph between 1996 and 2003. Firefighter crews have arrived from as far away as Alaska. Firefighters on the ground are in extreme danger because of the steep slopes and drought conditions.

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  8. NOVEMBER 29, 2016

    Are Terrorist Behind these Fires?
    By Bob Barney

    North Carolina is in fire - arson suspected. Now fires have spread into Tennessee. California has had it share of fires, so has Colorado. Isn't it time we start thinking about the cause of these fires? World Net Daily did in the past :

    NEW AL-QAIDA PLOT TO BURN U.S. FORESTS
    ... detainee claimed to have developed a plan to start midsummer forest fires in the U.S. The terrorist ... attack" on the U.S. that included setting forest fires, according to the Northeast Intelligence Network ... and Australia last summer. In the devastating forest fires that swept through the Maures mountains

    04/08/2004
    MANY CALIFORNIA FIRESBELIEVED TO BE ARSON
    ... forest fires in the U.S. The terrorist hoped to mimic the destruction that devastated Canberra ... terrorism was behind other recent wildfires in Europe and Australia. In the devastating forest fires ... started dozens of major forest fires over the years. As far back as 1988, Israeli police caught

    10/30/2003
    AL-QAIDA PLANNED U.S. FOREST FIRES
    ... midsummer forest fires in the U.S. The terrorist hoped to mimic the destruction that devastated ... have started dozens of major forest fires over the years. And al-Qaida has been known to learn from ... . Arson cases account for one-third of Israeli forest fires. "Political" arsonists cause the most

    10/27/2003
    MORE EVIDENCEOF TERROR IN FIRES
    ... claimed to have developed a plan to start midsummer forest fires in the U.S. The terrorist hoped ... the scene. Meanwhile, in devastating forest fires that swept through the Maures mountains near ... result and once it was realized that the fires were terrorist acts, U.S. citizens would put pressure

    10/28/2003
    AL-QAIDA BLAMED FOR EUROPE-WIDE WILDFIRES
    ... (London Telegraph) Al-Qaida has been blamed for a recent series of forest fires across Europe ... planned U.S. forest fires More evidence of terror in fires 2003 Forest fires latest terror threat? ... of the group's low-cost attack strategy. "One should note that setting firesto forests in the countries

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  9. UNCLASSIFIED//FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY

    (U//FOUO) Terrorist Interest in Using Fire as a Weapon
    31 May 2012

    (U) Prepared by the DHS Office of Intelligence and Analysis (I&A), Cyber, Infrastructure, and Science Division; the Fire Department of the City of New York (FDNY); the New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services (DHSES), Office of Fire Prevention and Control; the DHSES Office of Counter Terrorism; the New York State Intelligence Center; the Los Angeles Fire Department; the Los Angeles Joint Regional Intelligence Center; the Nevada Threat Analysis Center; the Colorado Information Analysis Center; and the Northern California Regional Intelligence Center. Coordinated with the I&A Homeland Counterterrorism Division, the I&A State and Local Program Office, and the FBI Counterterrorism Analysis Section.

    (U) Scope

    (U//FOUO) This Note is intended to provide awareness of terrorist interest in the tactic of intentionally setting fires to cause casualties, economic damage, and resource depletion. It also lists indicators to watch for, as well as protective measures that can be taken. This information is provided to support the activities of fire departments and DHS, and to assist and inform federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government authorities; first responders; and the private sector on existing or emerging threats to homeland security.

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  10. I would not be too quick in ruling out some terrorist connection in Atlanta. How hard would it be to pay some drugged street trash to do your dirty work?

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  11. Not ready to name it terrorism and blame it on the muzzies yet but they are always prime suspects.

    They were raising hell in Quirk's neck of the woods just yesterday.

    Terrorists have been behind some of the fires, and in the mid-east to, in and around Israel.

    They're gonna have a hard time burning anything down around here for a while cause we is wet wet wet.

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  12. There is no obvious defense and no short solution to this.

    Long term, we need to mind our own business in the Middle East and Africa.

    Domestically, we need to strictly enforce vagrancy laws and all illicit laws dealing with immigration.

    Arson should be dealt with severely.

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  13. WHO IS BASIL ELEBY?

    Eleby appears to have a criminal history with multiple previous mugshots, according to Mugshots.com. ABC News reported that all three suspects were in the Fulton County Jail, and that they were interrogated throughout the day, although authorities have not said yet what led them to the trio.

    According to 11Alive.com, Fulton County Jail records show Basil Eleby “had been arrested 19 times before for drug, battery, assault and other charges. An April 2014 mugshot shows Eleby after he was arrested for charges related to the sale and trafficking of cocaine.”

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    1. Three generations have worked on it.

      I'm running out of time.

      For me, it's now, or.....the next generation....

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    2. Thank you. The first two banks we went to, US Bank, and Zion's, turned me down cold. Now we are with a local credit union - NOT a Federal credit union, too many regs - and these folks are gung-ho, baby.

      It should with fly or crash in about a month. Getting construction bids starting next week.

      A fellow who used to teach at the U of I Business School has been a great help, and all these folks like him.

      I'm optimistic. And glad to have the help.

      He got out of teaching bidness at the U of I Business School....'too much political talk up there' he said...a vegetarian, my niece has promised him a whopper Hindu fine cooked flaming veggie meal one of these days....:)

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      Looks like a big deal. 'If' there is demand in the area.

      Perhaps, you should try pushing the get the 2020 Summer Olympics moved to Moscow, Id. That would likely solve all your problems. See if you can talk to Butch about it.

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    4. Already talked to Burch. We're thinking World Rodeo. Butch says he's 'all for it' but doesn't have any money.

      I called United States Housing and Urban Development Agency too.

      They had no money for me either.

      Tried to get through to Ben Carson, but failed. Said he was taking a working vacation at Mar a Lago, and would get back to me if it crossed his mind.

      We have checked out the demand very thoroughly. Things are really tight. They are only 39 homes on the market there right now, unheard of, and the vacancy rate for apts. is 2% or less...

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      Said he was taking a working vacation at Mar a Lago, and would get back to me if it crossed his mind.

      Is Trump getting that operation I suggested?


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    6. Butch, not Burch, Butch.

      He hates it when people call him Burch.

      "If you were a horse, I'd shoot you for that", he says.

      Right now Butch is trying to figure out what to do with the reduction/elimination of the sales tax on food just passed by the Legislature.....

      Washington State has no sales tax on food, so everyone on the border here always drives over to Wal-Mart to stock up.

      Don't buy anything else in Washington State though. The sales tax has just been raised again, we have read, and looks to be north of 8% soon.

      For guns, ammo, silencers, brass knuckles, self defense spray of all types, knives, clothing, food, survival gear, furniture, electronics etc etc etc always make a buying trip to Missoula. Fun, and the savings can sometimes actually pay for the trip.

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      He hates it when people call him Burch.

      "If you were a horse, I'd shoot you for that", he says.


      Do they call him that because he is dumb as a stump?

      (Evidently so are they. Isn't birch spelled birch?)

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      Tell Burch...Birch...I mean Butch to forget the sales tax. You've got a major project to complete.


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    9. If it all goes south Bob will just stiff the credit union or did they demand you put up some collateral Bob?

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      Bob, has pledged his reputation.

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  15. The NY Times, in its reporting, failed to mention the career criminality of Basil Eleby.

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  16. CNN, ABC, CBS ALL REPORT:

    that Basil Eleby and two other people -- all believed by investigators to be homeless
    -- have been arrested in connection with Thursday evening's fire under Interstate 85, Jay Florence, deputy insurance and safety fire commissioner, said Friday.

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  18. They are victims, homeless victims.

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    1. Definitely not their fault.

      After all, you didn't build the condos down in Central yourself, society did that, and they didn't become bums by choice either, society did that too.

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  19. I'm sure they were just trying to heat up a rescued hot dog.

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  20. JihadWatch and Pam Geller, two of Quirk's favorite sites, will probably have some news/insights on this tonight.

    If so, I shall report.

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  21. .

    NCAA Tournament

    UCONN women's basketball now 111-1 in their last 112 games. They hope to be 1-0 after their next game.


    UCONN loses 66-64 in overtime on last minute jumper by 5'5" Mississippi State guard. MS was 21 point underdog. Some are calling this an upset.

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  22. Gotta back Oregon in the men's. It's been a long time....

    They play North Carolina later today, a toughy.

    Gonzaga has done much better than we here expected and we are still hoping they go down to ignominious defeat.

    The officiating has been terrible.

    They might as well just chuck the rule about dribbling the basketball....and I've come out for a new 4 point line, too.

    It's turned into run and shoot, run and shoot, might as well let them really haul off with some long ones....

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      I am pulling for Gonzaga. Always go for the poor little Catholic school.

      Besides Lindsay Graham is an alumni of SC.

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    2. They always play cupcake teams. Have a good record, but who wouldn't when you are playing Eastern Washington State'University' ?

      We have been amazed they have done so well.

      I wish they were playing North Carolina, and Oregon were playing South Carolina.

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    3. A final between North Carolina and South Carolina would be interesting.

      Wonder if that's ever happened before....

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    4. .

      Besides PETA (always on my charity giving list) is boycotting the SC team name.

      Gamecocks?

      Please.

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    5. .

      Gonzaga, the poor little engine that could. So far.

      Bulldogs, always the underdog.


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  23. I belong to PETA.

    People Eating Tasty Animals.

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    1. Ingrid Newkirk, the founder of PETA (the other one).

      Her mantra: a rat is a pig is a dog is a boy.

      But she is also in favor of late term abortions. You go, girl.

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    2. Later term abortions for people, or pets ?

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  24. PETA (the other one) says milk is a symbol of white supremacy.

    PETA’s shenanigans vary from the absurd to the downright offensive. From likening rape survivors to pigs and cows, to calling Pokémon a form of animal cruelty, PETA’s efforts to “save the animals” always make the headlines—and with good reason: they’re completely absurd.

    The animal rights group today released a new video to cry over milk, equating the nutritious drink with Nazism. Following the rise in Trump Derangement Syndrome and the progressive left’s hysteria over white supremacism, PETA states:

    “Did you know that milk has long been a symbol used by white supremacists?”

    It’s an alternative fact accompanied by an equally ludicrous video, which they published on social media. They call milk the neo-Nazi drink of choice, stating that it has “long been” a symbol used by white supremacist groups as a “thinly veiled allegory for racial purity.”

    I shit you not.

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  25. Monica Crowley was dismissed from the Whitehouse for less:


    DougFri Mar 31, 07:58:00 PM EDT

    UPDATE:

    State investigators arrested three people Friday in connection with a fire that caused the collapse of a heavily traveled section of I-85.

    Jay Florence, deputy commissioner of the state Department of Insurance, which includes the fire marshal’s office, identified the three as: Basil Eleby, charged with criminal damage to property; Sophia Bruner, charged with criminal trespass; and Barry Thomas, charged with criminal trespass.

    “We believe they were together when the fire was set and Eleby is the one who set the fire,” Florence said.

    Eleby, 39, has been arrested 19 times since 2000, mostly on drug offenses, according to Fulton County jail records. He was last arrested in 2014 in Fulton County for the sale and trafficking of cocaine.

    http://www.ajc.com/news/traffic/breaking-custody-connection-with-fire-bridge-collapse/jq8EM2L0D3AIzyfYNIRS3O/


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    QuirkSat Apr 01, 10:36:00 AM EDT
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    Three transients arrested in Atlanta highway bridge collapse

    Three people described as transients were in custody Friday in connection with the fiery collapse of a major interstate highway bridge running through the heart of Atlanta, as officials said it would take months to repair the damage...

    Three people were taken into custody in connection with the fire, said Glenn Allen, a spokesman for the Georgia Insurance and Safety Fire Commission. One suspect, Basil Eleby, was charged with criminal damage to property; the others, Sophia Bruner and Barry Thomas, were each charged with criminal trespass, he said...

    Reporting on-site from Idaho, EB correspondent, Bob, reports this may quite possibly be a potentially huge "Q"Nit event. More to come.

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  26. Three people have been charged in connection to a Thursday fire north of downtown Atlanta that resulted in the collapse of an elevated span of Interstate 85, a major city thoroughfare that connects five states.

    Basil Eleby is charged with first-degree arson and first-degree criminal damage to property, a felony. His bail was set at $200,000. Sophia Bruner and Barry Thomas were charged with criminal trespass, and investigators said more charges could be pending.

    The three had gathered under the bridge to smoke crack, according to an arrest affidavit obtained by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

    Eleby told investigators he regularly passes through the area on the way to his job at a nearby tire shop, according to the affidavit. Although Eleby denied setting the fire, Thomas said he watched Eleby place a chair on top of a shopping cart near fiber optic wire stored in PVC pipes under the bridge and ignite the piece of furniture. Then they scattered.

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  27. Shit, Gonzaga well ahead at the half.

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    1. They got some illegal Polish immigrant from Quirski, Poland slipped into USA from Canada, down through Detroit.

      Got a finger in the eye though, we shall see if he's back in the 2nd half.

      Ciao

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    3. "Never trust a Pole, especially after he's taken communion or gone to confession."

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    4. .

      I'm holier than thou.

      And I've got an attitude.

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    1. Shit the wafer munchers won.

      Go Oregon !

      I recall a time when I was a kid the U of Idaho was playing the Oregon Ducks in the old small Memorial gym, and on the first jump ball, a fat dead mallard duck came soaring out of the crowd and landed perfectly plop in the central court jump ball circle just as the ball was about to be tossed up !

      Brought the house down !

      Them were the days !

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    2. Snowing outside, everything would get hot and sweaty inside from the crowd, finally all the windows would be opened..

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    3. Total crowd ?

      3,500 would be pushing it.

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    4. But committed, and drinking....GO VANDALS !!

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    2. Sorry: Read "Water Munchers" and figured it was the ducks.

      Ducks look well on their way to being dead water munchers.

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    3. This was me 50 years ago:

      http://www.espn.com/video/clip?id=19054898

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    4. Nice reverse dunk, Double Zero 00 !

      Have you always been a showoff ?

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  30. This may not be all that bad -

    The kingdom of women: the Tibetan tribe where a man is never the boss

    It’s a place where women rule, marriage doesn’t exist and everything follows the maternal bloodline. But is it as good for women as it sounds – and how long can it last?

    https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2017/apr/01/the-kingdom-of-women-the-tibetan-tribe-where-a-man-is-never-the-boss

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    1. Not an uncommon setup in the ancient world until the Aryans got on the move....

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  31. Damn, the Ducks go down by one point.

    Ah, well, Gonzaga is doomed, DOOMED, I tell ya...

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  32. If you want your ex-girlfriend or ex-boyfriend to come crawling back to you on their knees (even if they're dating somebody else now) you need to watch this video
    right away...

    (VIDEO) Why your ex will NEVER come back...

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