US Coast Guard at the I-35W Bridge

A 25-foot U.S. Coast Guard small boat patrols a safety zone at the bridge collapse site in Minneapolis, Minn., Aug. 2, 2007. The Coast Guard enforced a seven-mile closure of the Mississippi River to support local efforts to search for victims and remove debris from the water. DoD photo by Lt.j.g. Anastacia Visneski, U.S. Coast Guard.


  1. Pretty sickening tragedy, huh, Murdoc? My sister was thinking of going to the Twins game, and because of a busy day, decided to stay home. I’m glad. That would have put her down around that mess somewhere around that time. It’s really amazing that more people didn’t die when that bridge collapsed.

  2. That bridge is a metaphore for this country. It doesn’t matter if you’re talking about rockets, airplanes, tanks, ships, roads, bridges, dikes, or swing sets at the local park. The whole damn country is collapsing around our ears. Everything the government touches takes longer and costs more than at any point in history. We continue to show the world how we can do less with more than at any time in history. The Republicans keep saying, ‘government is bad, government is bad’ while the Democrats say ‘government is the answer’ and both are stupid. If government is bad who should we rely on for our defense and infrastructure? If government is the answer then why the hell does it keep failing? They’re all a bunch of talking heads more interested in power and the financial rewards it can bring them than it doing the job they’re elected to do. All I can say is thank God more people weren’t killed, and may he be gracious to those who were.

  3. KB: Glad your sis wasn’t in the neighborhood. To be honest, I don’t think ‘really amazing’ even begins to describe the low number of casualties. Not only could it have been much, much worse, it probably should have been.