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Rumsfeld Steam Rollered

A 20-ton piece of road machinery mowed down a fence and a couple of trees on property belonging to Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld after the brakes apparently slipped and the machine rolled away.
Fri Aug 20, 5:18 PM ET

TAOS, N.M. - "It was a freak accident," said Michael Trujillo, director of public works for Taos County.

He said the hydraulic brake system gave way on the smooth drum roller, which was being used Tuesday to pack down the surface on a road project near property owned by Rumsfeld.

The machine took out a 10- to 15-foot section of wooden posts and wire fencing and a couple of trees as it plunged 12 feet down the side of the canyon road before getting hung up in heavy brush.

Trujillo called the damage slight, and said county officials had been in touch with Rumsfeld's caretaker to discuss reimbursement for the damage.

The accident site is a considerable distance from the house on the property.

Rumsfeld has several pieces of land in the area. Two of his properties near El Prado have been the scenes of frequent anti-Bush administration and anti-war protests.

Trujillo a member of a prominent Democratic family in a county with 13 percent Republican Party registration said he's heard plenty of jokes about the mishap.

"This was not a political statement," he said with a laugh. "Donald Rumsfeld is an OK guy as far as I'm concerned."

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Rumsfeld probably stole the land in the 20.Aug.2004 21:20

first place

given he is such an ethically-challenged old bastard...why care? Not me!

Just Because It Happened Doesn't Mean That We Know That it Happened 20.Aug.2004 21:46

chili verde

They were working on the road. Bad things happen when you work on a road!

Who is minding 20.Aug.2004 22:54

the fort?

Not only has Rumsfield lost property, so has the Bush clan lost property in Florida due to hurricane Charley. Hurricane Charley has done more to show the results of the Iraq war than almost any other natural catastrophy in recent times.

Another example are the forest fires raging in the northern Cascades of Washington state. Go out to the national forest web site and look and at the numbers of people involved in active forest fire containment work. Look at the numbers, twenty people on one fire, thirty on another. In the past, thousands of National Guard and even active duty Marines would be mobilized to fight major forest fires in western states. Now there are none. Even the governors of Washington and Oregon have complained that so many National Guard, and law enforcement reservists, have been shipped overseas that no one is left in American to provide disaster relief.

This represents the true catastrophy of the war in Iraq. Who's left to mind the home front? Who is left to help the American people in a time of need? These natural castasrophies are doing more to illustrate that government is by special interests for special interests than almost any other occurance. Sure government is good at taxing people, harrassing people, intimidating people, and arresting people. But when it comes to helping people in a time of need? What then? I think we are seeing that there will be no significant help forthcoming from government.

American people will have to help American people. This is what is happening in Florida where more than ninty percent of the relief is coming from private donors. In Florida private donors have provide everything from water trucks to heavy equipment. In fact, locals estimate that millions of dollars of aid has come from private donors. And this fact alone has been reason for encouragement.

it's terrible 21.Aug.2004 10:44

noyb

too bad he wasn't under the steamroller himself

Just desserts 21.Aug.2004 16:50

can be sweet

This may sound strange to most but there is a thing called imprecatory prayer. It is a curse in the form of a petition to God against those who do evil. Be aware of imprecatory prayer. Evil people in high places are not safe from God's vengeance.

please, please 21.Aug.2004 22:24

dear Brother

tell us more about that special kind of prayer. I'll pray it and on my knees too! Tell us more!