America as Barney Fife. Sometimes I think the world should give us just one bullet.
FREEPORT - It's usually not that hard to find a parking spot at Meadow's Shopping Center [in Freeport, Illinois]- unless you have 62 tires and a 200,000-pound Co2 tank in tow.
"This is what we do all the time," said Darryl Sharp, a foreman for the Missouri-based Specialized Hauling Company. "We haul these things from coast-to-coast, either way you go."
Sharp said the tank is empty and does not pose a threat...
"Most of the time they say 'can you get that damn thing out of here?' That's the way it is. Everybody's scared and everybody wants it out of their city," he said.
As an example, Sharp recalled an event as the crew drove through a small town in Arkansas three months after Sept. 11.
"All the sudden there was police officers everywhere around us, and we hadn't no sooner gotten out of our trucks, then they had guns pointed out.
"They thought it was a bomb. They really thought it was a bomb," Sharp said.
Friday, June 22, 2007
Americans can be frightened into almost anything (hence the reign of George W. Bush). But this is just stooopid: