New York, New York - Reminding us all of the sights and sounds on 9/11, it was the citizens of the city that does not sleep, however, that woke up to an explosion and rising cloud column as high as the nearby Chrysler building in mid-town Manhattan today, and among the most relieved to discover it was not an act of terrorism, but failing infrastructure that killed one instead.
A sign of the resent under-funding of the nation's infrastructure due to budget spending cuts in order to fund the war on terrorism and rebuild the infrastructure of Iraq instead, said one official, off the record.
It was most likely, the result of all that hot air blowing around under the streets of Manhattan suddenly coming into contact with cold water or busting on its own because it was built in the 1920s that caused the steam pipe to explode, speculated New York Mayor/Presidential candidate, Michael Bloomberg in a live telecast feed broadcast nationwide.
The mayor went on to reassure the city's residents that the city is safe from terrorism only because they have been so cooperative in sacrificing their, along with the rest of the nation, liberty for security proving Benjamin Franklin wrong in saying that if one sacrificed one for the other, one would have neither.
"You see," said New York City Mayor Bloomberg. "Benjamin Franklin was wrong. You can sacrifice your liberty for security and have both."
"It is all part of Bush's big plan to secure the nation," said a White House spokesman chiming in on the matter.
"Yeah, at this rate we won't have any [thing] left worth blowing up," said a Bush critic.