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Waiting for Ferguson grand jury, St. Louis buys guns and prepares for worst

People in St. Louis, Missouri, are preparing for the worst as they await the grand jury’s decision in the police shooting death of 300-lb. Michael Brown on August 9, 2014, in Ferguson, a suburb of St. Louis.

The shooting of the black 18-year-old by white officer Darren Wilson had sparked looting and weeks of sometimes-violent protests all through the month of August. Fearing for his life, Officer Wilson has been in hiding on paid leave ever since the shooting.

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On Monday, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon declared a state of emergency and called out the National Guard in advance of the decision by the grand jury.

Gun shops in the St. Louis area reportedly are selling everything they can get their hands on.

Metro Shooting Supplies, near the city’s main airport, is selling two to three times more weapons than usual in recent weeks — an average of 30 to 50 guns each day. Owner Steven King said, “We’re selling everything that’s not nailed down. Police aren’t going to be able to protect every single individual. If you don’t prepare yourself and get ready for the worst, you have no one to blame but yourself.”

Other gun dealers say their sales spikes are comparable to the increases seen soon after Brown’s death on Aug. 9. County Guns owner Adam Weinstein said, “I’ve probably sold more guns this past month than all of last year.” Last summer, Weinstein had fended off looters with an assault rifle and pistol at his storefront on West Florissant Avenue, the roadway that was the scene of many nightly protests.

Many commenters on the “St. Louis Coptalk” forum expressed fears that demonstrators will take to the streets regardless of the grand jury’s decision. A man who calls himself “A Concerned [Ferguson] Cop” issued a warning to the community to protect their families with firearms:

If you do not have a gun, get one and get one soon. We will not be able to protect you or your family. It will be your responsibility to protect them. Our gutless commanders and politicians have neutered us. I’m serious, get a gun, get more than one, and keep one with you at all times.”

While the commenter’s status as a police officer cannot be confirmed, his warning is neither alarmist nor preposterous. None other than the FBI had released an intelligence bulletin stating a grand jury decision “will likely be exploited by some individuals to justify threats and attacks against law enforcement and critical infrastructure.”

Indeed, the protest group RbG Black Rebels tweeted a stream of violent online posts saying “We are paying $5k cash for location of Ofc. Darren Wilson. Real $, no joke, no crime we just wana get his photo an ask him a few questions,” and boasting of “combat experience,” “stockpiling” ammunition, cleaning out gun stores and being #WarReady. 

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It doesn’t help that Muslims are exploiting the Ferguson unrest by equating Brown’s death to the death of a black radical Islamist, Detroit mosque leader Imam Luqman Ameen Abdullah, who was shot during an FBI raid in 2009.

Luqman Ameen Abdullah, b. Christopher Thomas in 1956

Luqman Ameen Abdullah, b. Christopher Thomas in 1956

Federal prosecutors say Abdullah was a separatist intent on overthrowing the U.S. government. But Dawud Walid, executive director of CAIR’s Michigan Chapter, calls Abdullah a martyr and portrays both Abdullah and Brown as victims of a national security apparatus that had “completely gone wild” and engaged in “demonizing and criminalizing Muslims.” (Michael Brown was not a Muslim. He was buried in August after a memorial service at the Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist Church in St. Louis.)

Kyle Shideler, director of the Washington-based watchdog group Center for Security Policy’s Threat Information Office, says that CAIR and other radical Muslims are “interested in building coalitions with other organizations in order to effect a legislative change to weaken anti-terrorism laws and weaken the ability of law enforcement to engage in counter terrorism.”

Sources: Bearing Arms; CBS St. Louis; New York Times, Daily Mail; Fox News

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~Eowyn

The woman who alone spoke up for Christ in Washington National Cathedral

On Nov. 14, 2014, the Washington National Cathedral in D.C. — an Episcopal Christian church that calls itself “the spiritual home for the [American] nation” — hosted a Muslim prayer service that was by invitation only. (See also “U.S. Episcopal Church is vicious toward its orthodox believers”)

The cathedral did that despite the fact that the prayer service to “Allah” (a moon deity worshipped by Arabs before Islam):

  1. Violates the Second Commandment, “Thou shalt have no other god before me”; and
  2. Enables Muslims to claim the cathedral as theirs: In Islam, physical possession of an area by Muslims is regarded as spiritual possession by Islam, and the greatest gesture of Islam’s dominance over a particular area is when Muslims pray in it, especially when they perform the obligatory Friday jummah prayers in the place. (See “The folly of Washington National Cathedral’s Muslim prayer service“)

Christine Weick

One lone, brave woman spoke up against the blasphemous Muslim prayer service. As recounted by WND:

The stage was set. The prayer rugs were neatly arranged facing Mecca. The lights shone down on the imam for his opening remarks.

Not so fast.

Christine Weick, a 50-year-old Michigan woman with flowing blonde hair. . . rose from the packed National Cathedral, the hall of halls in terms of religious prominence in America, and moved toward the front of the church.

She pointed to the cross hanging overhead.

That cross seemed to be the one thing nobody wanted to look at . . . . “Jesus Christ died on that cross. He is the reason we are to worship only Him. Jesus Christ is our Lord and Savior,” she said. “We have built …allowed you your mosques in this country. Why don’t you worship in your mosques and leave our churches alone? We are a country founded on Christian principles.”

Below is a video of Weick’s witnessing for Christ, followed by her story as told to WND.

“It was quite an overwhelming day yesterday,” [Weick] said.

And while she was lauded for her bravery, she confided she was “literally scared to death” as she waited for the right moment to stand up and proclaim the gospel message.

“They never said a word to me. Two guys came up and got me. I remember one large man in a suit taking me by the arm, very strongly but he did not hurt me,” she said.

“He just put an arm on me and said, ‘We are walking this way.’ Then comes the police officer, and I’m thinking, ‘OK I’m done.’ I’m still in the sanctuary at this point, so I put out my hands for the officer to arrest me, but he just held my hand and walked me to the back of the church.

“He handed me over to a woman officer, who takes me to the front doors of the church. She hands me to another officer, who takes me to another officer in the foyer, who takes me out to the road. Not one of them said a word. I was free to go.”

She said she told the last officer who led her to the road to have a good day, to which he gave no response. She returned to her vehicle and soon afterward drove home.

Except she doesn’t have a home. She said her husband divorced her last year “over a spiritual conflict,” and her family disowned her because she took a stand against same-sex marriage and other “moral issues.”

Weick said she learned of the Muslim prayer service two days before it was scheduled to happen through an article posted on the Drudge Report. The more she thought about it, she felt the Lord was telling her to go to Washington and say something.

“My blood began to boil as I read the comments of how this is to be such a wonderful event and how religious tolerance can, for the first time, be shown in our nation’s capital,” she said.

Still, she had nervous doubts about making the 400-mile trip from Kingsport, Tennessee.

“That article got my attention. And then I Googled the Washington National Cathedral, and I got more information about the service,” she said.

She found out from the cathedral’s website that the event was for “invited guests only.”

“That’s when I knew I had to be creative, and so did God,” she said.

She wasn’t sure what type of creativity would be required or even if she was doing the right thing as she headed out on the road to D.C. In fact, she almost turned around.

I was driving there on my way from Tennessee, and I’ve got a lot of doubts in my mind: Am I going to make a fool of myself? Am I going to be in jail for the weekend?”

But as she drove down the highway in the right lane, she passed a strange woman.

“There’s this woman stepping out of her vehicle on the side of the road, clapping and giving me two thumbs up, and I’m like, ‘That was the strangest thing,’” she said. “The first thing that went through my mind was, ‘That’s my confirmation right there.’ That’s all I needed, and from that point on I knew this was something I’m going to do; and that was the catapult that moved me to keep going towards Washington.”

She said she told only four people where she was going and what she planned to do. She asked for prayer.

“I said I need you to pray for me, this is what God has put in my bones to do,” she said. “It didn’t hit me until I got in the cathedral and saw all the people and the cameras sitting on my right, and I’m thinking, ‘This is a big deal. I am going to be put in jail!’”

She credits God for getting her into the massive church, which was guarded like Fort Knox. Everyone had to go through a checkpoint to make sure they weren’t armed or posed a threat.

“It was a God thing how I got past all that security in the beginning. They never ID’d me, and I had brought my ID with me just in case, and I thought that would be my downfall, being from Michigan, that they would say, ‘What is she doing here?” Weick said. “According to reports, this was a heavy security event. They checked every bag and every person that walked in there. I bet some security people are in big trouble today.”

She said she slipped through unnoticed, first by following a security guard and then later by engaging in conversation alongside a woman with press credentials.

“I just followed those security officers when they were going from place to place. I just followed them,” she said. “It was almost like they didn’t see me. Like I was invisible.”

Weick got through the security line about 10:15 a.m., more than an hour and a half before the prayer service started. She needed to lie low to avoid detection.

She noticed a janitor’s closet was left open near the bathroom and briefly thought about hiding in it. But a fear of being locked in persuaded her against that option.

She slipped into the bathroom instead.

“When I was in the bathroom hiding out, that’s when it hit me: I think I’m invisible, I really wondered, the way it happened, just strange, just totally strange; and someday I’m going to ask God how that all worked out,” she said.

While hiding in the bathroom and waiting for the service to start, she rehearsed over and over what she would say. She prayed constantly, with emphasis on Psalm 27.

A woman was washing her hands at the sink as Weick left the stall where she was hiding. The woman had a press tag on her blouse.

“I asked her if she knew what time the service was to start and she replied, ‘In a few minutes. Do you know where to go?’ I didn’t.”

“Follow me and I will take you to the front,” the woman said.

“I walked with her into the main foyer up to the security line. We walked right past the guards and into the sanctuary! I was invisible.”

Still, the butterflies fluttered in her stomach.

“As she took her seat she was shocked at what she saw. About a hundred people were sitting in chairs around rugs that were placed on the floor. Muslim women, separated from the men, were seated on the rugs. To her right was the news media with their cameras and recording equipment. In front of her were the prayer rugs.

“Then it hit me… I had such an angst come over me. Seeing these Muslims sitting on their rugs ready to bow to a god, causing such an abomination in the house of the Lord,” she said.

The imam said the call to prayer would begin momentarily and spoke some words in Arabic.

Weick felt her heart thumping in her chest.

“I prayed… ‘Lord! Tell me when!’ At that moment I saw a figure of Christ on the cross some distance away. I stood up.

“I was so nervous; you’ll never know how scared I was,” she said. “All I kept thinking was, ‘I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me; that’s my only strength.’ I could not do it through me. But we have an amazing God. He shows his strength in my weakness. That’s my motto.”

She started to speak, firmly and loudly but not out of control. What she said was not the same as what she had rehearsed in the bathroom stall.

“I did not plan on those exact words coming out. I was going to say it differently. I was planning to say, ‘I serve a risen Savior, and Muhammad is dead.’ But I saw the cross and it just popped out of my mouth. I was not going to say it that way. I rehearsed it the other way over and over in the bathroom, because my biggest fear was making a fool of myself; but it didn’t happen that way.”

Even if she had failed and made herself a fool, it could not be more painful than what she has already gone through over the past year, she said.

“I took a very strong stand on something last year. My husband divorced me over it. It broke my heart. I have a lot of heartache back home, a lot of hurt,” she said. “And I felt the Lord telling me, ‘You are going to go from place to place for me.’”

While she lives out of her car, she doesn’t consider herself homeless.

“Don’t be sorry for me. I have a very nice SUV. I go out to eat, I have a bank account,” she told WND. “I am just too Dutch to pay 60 or 70 bucks for a hotel every night when I can spend my nights in my car. And I travel every night from place to place, and that is what I was doing when I saw the story in the Drudge Report.” [...]

Weick said she did nothing outside of what God gave her the strength to do, and she doesn’t see herself as any hero of the faith. The weakest of Christians could easily do the same thing, she said.

“That’s why I posted on Facebook this morning. I was like, ‘Come on Christian soldiers we need to fight, and we need to fight using the gospel, the Word of God,’” she said. “There are Muslims everywhere, just walk up to them and say, ‘Jesus Christ is Lord.’ Be brave.

“I’m hearing that many Muslims are getting dreams. Maybe all it takes is one to have a dream after being told Jesus Christ is Lord, I don’t know. That is God’s deal. Let Him work it out. We just need to be bold in the Lord and we don’t need to be burning their mosques down, like they burn our churches. We have the gospel and that is our only weapon we need. Jesus is Lord, and we need to proclaim it, but how many times do we do it?

But before Weick became bold, she was humbled.

“It was a situation in my life, how God yanked every anchor in my life over the last five years, just everything that would keep a normal woman, a normal mother, at home just got yanked out from under me,” she said. “I have a son and a daughter, and they disowned me. I took a stand against gay marriage and I lost them. That is my heartache. And it hurts me so much. And I wonder what they think now when they see me on the news.”

Weick said she doesn’t know what her next “assignment” will be, but she knows now she can tackle almost anything.

“I told the Lord last night, ‘OK, you can take me now,’ but I don’t know,” she said. “I think He may have other plans for me, per Jeremiah 29:11.”

H/t FOTM’s MomOfIV and jcase

Please keep Christine Weick in your prayers!

See also “What those Muslims were chanting at Washington National Cathedral“.

~Eowyn

As America waits for Ferguson grand jury decision, Obama has secret meeting with protest leaders to “stay on course”

The grand jury’s decision on whether to prosecute white Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson for the shooting on August 9 of black 300-lb 18-year-old Michael Brown is expected sometime this week.

Michael Brown (l); Darren Wilson (r)

Michael Brown (l); Darren Wilson (r)

Demonstrators have been mobbing the St. Louis County Courthouse all last week.

Yesterday, demonstrators actually staged a die-in — laying in the middle of a street in University City, Mo., near Ferguson.

Ferguson die-in, University City, Mo

Ferguson protesters already had looted over 100 businesses in the St. Louis area, but the Justice for Mike Brown protest group released a list of new potential targets that includes not just the expected Ferguson City Hall and the County Courthouse, but also targets like Anheuser Busch and Boeing that have NOTHING to do with the Michael Brown situation.

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As the Ferguson police and police nationwide brace themselves for unrest, they should know that none other than their big boss, the president of the United States, is playing puppet master, orchestrating and planning with protest leaders.

On November 5, the day after the midterm elections that delivered him a stunning blow from the electorate, Obama met with Ferguson protest leaders to ensure that they “stay on course” — whatever that means. (See “Beware of Obama, the wounded vengeful narcissist”)

The meeting was not on Obama’s daily schedule, which means the American public aren’t supposed to know about the meeting. That, in turn, means the meeting is supposed to be a secret.

Buried in a long New York Times article on Ferguson, Nov. 16, 2014, is this fascinating piece of information (colored red below):

[Protest] leaders here [Ferguson] acknowledge that there are disagreements about what form of response is fitting and whether militant acts might spill over into violence.

At least one group has said on Twitter that it was offering a reward for information on the whereabouts of the officer, Darren Wilson, and, at another point, that it was “restocking on 7.62 & 9 mm ammo.” 

[...] About 50 organizations…have joined forces in a “Don’t Shoot Coalition,” and the level of planning is intense…. some leaders say they intend to carry out their acts of protest even if the grand jury brings charges against Officer Wilson to show that the issues raised by this case reach beyond a single shooting.

At times, there has been a split between national civil rights leaders and the younger leaders on the ground here, who see their efforts as more immediate, less passive than an older generation’s….

Some of the national leaders met with President Obama on Nov. 5 for a gathering that included a conversation about Ferguson.

According to the Rev. Al Sharpton, who has appeared frequently in St. Louis with the Brown family and delivered a speech at Mr. Brown’s funeral, Mr. Obama “was concerned about Ferguson staying on course in terms of pursuing what it was that he knew we were advocating. He said he hopes that we’re doing all we can to keep peace.”

Obama said he hopes that protest organizers are doing all they can to keep peace?

What a load of bovine excrement!

Demonstrations began immediately after Michael Brown’s death on Aug. 9, and have continued nearly every night since. Some of the protests became violent. Stores were looted. Demonstrators threw gasoline bombs and tried to set fires. The police used tear gas and rubber bullets.

That’s what Obama means by the Ferguson demonstrators “staying on course.”

H/t Gateway Pundit

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~Eowyn

86M Americans simply don’t want to work: 40% of women, 28% of men, 39% of youth

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There is a simple truth about America’s declining unemployment numbers about which the MSM don’t tell you.

Many of the unemployed — TENS OF MILLIONS of them — have simply stopped looking for work. They’ve dropped out of the U.S. labor force, and so they are not counted among the ranks of the “unemployed.”

Paul Bedard reports for Washington Examiner, Nov. 14, 2014, that a mind-boggling 92 million Americans, or nearly 4 in every 10 Americans, are not in the labor force.

That’s more than the population of entire countries. More Americans have dropped out of the labor force than the entire population of Vietnam (89.7 million) or Egypt (87.5 million) or Germany (80.7 million) or France (66 million). In fact, there are more Americans who are not working than TWICE the population of Spain.

And now we know the reason why so many Americans have dropped out of the labor force: They have simply given up and don’t want to work.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 93% (or 85.9 million adults) of the people not in the labor force are those who don’t want a job. So much for the much-touted Protestant Work Ethic that had industrialized America and transformed it into a world super power.

So who are these American ADULTS that simply don’t want to work?

According to a Pew Research Center analysis out last Friday, Nov. 14, they are:

  • 28.5% of men said they didn’t want a job in October 2014 — up from 23.9% in October 2000 and 25.2% in October 2008.
  • 40.2% of women said they didn’t want a job in October 2014 — up from 38% throughout the 2000s.
  • 39% of young adults (ages 16-24) don’t want to work, up from 29% in 2000.

Americans who don't want to work

The number of Americans who don’t work will only increase — exponentially — in coming years.

Business Standard reports, Nov. 17, 2014, that advances in technology, especially robotics, will render obsolete half of today’s occupations by 2025 — in 11 years.

According to a report titled “Fast Forward 2030: The Future of Work and the Workplace,” based on interviews with 220 experts, business leaders and young people from Asia, Europe and North America, “Nearly 50 per cent of occupations today will no longer exist in 2025.”

The upside is that new jobs will require creative intelligence, social and emotional intelligence and ability to leverage artificial intelligence, which means those new jobs will be immensely more fulfilling than today’s jobs — for the economic élite.

But what will society do with the teeming HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS of Americans who no longer work?

Answer: Expect even more distracting, sensationalist, self-indulgent, mind-rotting and soul-rotting garbage on your TV and in movies, sports, and pop “music.”

No wonder the average I.Q. of humans across the world is declining.

World IQ

H/t Vdare

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~Eowyn

Michigan school replaces Heroes mural of Einstein and Mother Teresa with Oprah and Obama

The dictionary defines a “hero” or “heroine” as “A person who is admired or idealized for courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities.”

South Arbor Charter Academy is a free public charter school serving kindergarten through 8th grade in Ypsilanti, Michigan.

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Todd Starnes reports for Fox News, Nov. 13, 2014, that for years, boys and girls at South Arbor Charter Academy have been inspired by Heroes Hall – a corridor featuring murals that honored a diverse group of national and global heroes – including Albert Einstein, Gandhi, Mother Teresa, and the astronauts who were killed when the Space Shuttle Columbia exploded over Texas.

But many parents are furious after the principal had the murals replaced with paintings of Barack Obama, Oprah, Maya Angelou, Walt Disney, and Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling. (

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Parent Craig Bergman said, “This is no longer a hall of heroes. Now we have a hall of celebrities.” Bergman said the school’s new mural really transforms the concept of what makes a person a hero: “The mere fact that you have talent doesn’t mean you are a hero. I want someone who made a life investment – perhaps they even sacrificed their life – so that our society and so our world could be a better place.”

Parent Todd Holliday said the new mural sends the wrong message to children in the K-8 school: “My biggest concern is my kid seeing these murals for the next four years – thinking they represent what a hero is. They might be successful business people but they aren’t really heroes.”

School spokesperson Jennifer Hoff said it was part of an intentional shift from “historical heroes” to “modern-day heroes” – “Heroes Hall has been a part of the school’s fabric for years. In fact, the old mural had been on the wall for at least 11 years. As with all things over time, it was showing its age from the activities of being an active school and needed some repair.”

Hoff said the new Heroes Hall is a “tangible way for students to see that despite circumstances in life, you can achieve great things through hard work, dedication, and the moral focus virtues” – virtues that emphasize “wisdom, respect, gratitude, self-control, perseverance, courage, encouragement, compassion and integrity.”

And the new heroes, she insists, embody those virtues: Rowling shows the children wisdom, Steve Jobs shows the children integrity, Oprah represents compassion, Disney represents courage, and Maya Angelou shows the children perseverance. As for Obama – well he shows the children encouragement because “Our goal all along is to encourage our students to believe in themselves, work hard and be brave enough to dream.”

Bergman said the principal appointed a blue-ribbon panel of four staffers to select who the new heroes should be: “There was no parental involvement. The principal of the school hand-picked and self-appointed (the group). Once they gave her their final decisions, she solely approved the list. Previously, it was very well-balanced and respected a lot of different thoughts. Instead, it’s become more of a political issue. There’s definitely a certain genre of pictures here.” Bergman says the celebrities who replaced the old heroes “may be some of the most influential people in American history, but they are not heroes.”

Kim Bondy, principal

Kim Bondy, principal

The principal of South Arbor Charter Academy is Kim Bondy.

  • Address: 8200 Carpenter Rd, Ypsilanti, MI 48197
  • Phone: 734-528-2821
  • Fax: 734-528-2829

~Eowyn

Pentagon pressed to change program arming police with military gear

In the six years of Obama’s presidency, America has become increasingly militarized — not our troops abroad, but right here at home — and transforming before our eyes into a police state. (See “Police State U.S.A.”)

40 civilian agencies of the federal government now have armed divisions. Those of us who are not low-information voters are familiar with the alarming purchases of guns, rifles, and lethal hollow-point bullets by the Department of Homeland Security and other agencies, including the Department of Education!

The Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution states:

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

Increasingly, however, police across America are violating the 4th Amendment by storming into homes, armed to the teeth in military gear, under the pretext of apprehending some suspected criminal. (See “Obama regime supplies military-grade arms to police”)

The most egregious example took place on April 19, 2013.

During a manhunt in the Boston suburb of Watertown, MA, for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, heavily-armed SWAT police and federal agents spent the day storming people’s homes and performing illegal searches, ripping people from their homes at gunpoint, marching the residents out with their hands raised above their heads in submission, and then storming into their homes to perform warrantless searches. (See “Boston Bombing: Getting the sheeple used to the police state”)

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Charles Hoskinson reports for the Washington Examiner that last Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014, reacting to images of heavily armed police amid the Ferguson racial protests, a House Armed Services subcommittee looked into the issue of the militarization of police.

“In light of these and other disturbing events around the country, it is incumbent on us to review this Department of Defense program,” said Rep. Niki Tsongas (D-Mass.), referring to Ferguson.

But Pentagon officials and representatives of national law enforcement groups told the committee that although the Defense Department is overhauling the program that gives surplus military equipment to local police departments, there is good reason to keep it going.

Alan Estevez (principal deputy undersecretary of defense for acquisition, logistics and technology) and Vice Adm. Mark Harnitchek (director of the Defense Logistics Agency) said that 96% of the equipment transferred under the program is non-lethal items such as commercial vehicles, office furniture and supplies, generators, tents, tarps, tool kits, first-aid kits, blankets, safety glasses and hand tools — not the small arms and armored vehicles such as the MRAPs used by troops in Afghanistan and Iraq.

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Translated, that means at least 4% of the equipment “transferred” to local police are LETHAL (see below). Don’t you feel better now? /sarc

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Harnitchek said that the program does not include items that have only offensive military value, such as belt-fed machine guns. “None of those are authorized for transfer.” He said Pentagon officials have removed some items that were previously provided after determining they were not appropriate for police use, such as military helmets, body armor and camouflage uniforms currently used by U.S. troops.

I don’t like seeing any of the police agencies in my state in military-style uniforms. I think that’s un-American,” responded Rep. Austin Scott (R-Ga).

But the program remains controversial, and lawmakers have been putting pressure on the Pentagon for further changes and stricter accountability of how the equipment is used. Some want the program eliminated outright, a proposal that drew pushback from representatives of national police groups.

1. Mark Lomax, executive director of the National Tactical Officers Association, said, “The 1033 program has provided the necessary equipment to protect our brave officers and provide security and effective response to our communities.”

2. Jim Bueermann, president of the Police Foundation and the retired chief of the Redlands, Calif., police department, said, “Completely eliminating it could have substantial impact on public safety and local budgets.” Bueermann proposed a number of reforms that would make the program more accountable to local communities, including:

  • Public input and approval of a local governing body before police receive any surplus military equipment.
  • Public disclosure of how and how often the equipment is to be used.
  • Requiring police officers be trained on the proper use of the equipment.

Though the Pentagon requires police departments to demonstrate eligibility for transfers and to maintain control of inventory, the program as it is today does not include local oversight, and the Defense Department does not dictate the ways in which they are used by local police.

~Eowyn

Washington National Cathedral in D.C. to host Muslim prayer service

National Cathedral

The National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., an Episcopal church known for presidential funerals, describes itself as not just a place of worship, but “a national treasure” and “the spiritual home for the [American] nation.”

As “the spiritual home” for the American people, it is of no small import that the National Cathedral will host a Muslim prayer service for the first time tomorrow — all in the interest of promoting “religious freedom.”

The cathedral is partnering with ADAMS mosque in Sterling, Va. and other U.S. Muslim groups to, in the words of mosque spokesman Rizwan Jaka, show the world that “the Christian community is partnering with us and is supporting our religious freedom in the same way we are calling for religious freedom for all minorities in Muslim countries. Let this be a lesson to the world.”

Gina Campbell

Gina Campbell

The unusual partnership developed out of a relationship between the cathedral’s director of liturgy Rev. Gina Campbell, and the South African ambassador to the United States, Ebrahim Rasool, who is Muslim, when the two worked together on a memorial service for Nelson Mandela.

Rasool said in a prepared statement, ““This is a dramatic moment in the world and in Muslim-Christian relations. This needs to be a world in which all are free to believe and practice and in which we avoid bigotry, Islamaphobia, racism, anti-Semitism, and anti-Christianity and to embrace our humanity and to embrace faith.” Blah, blah, blah.

The cathedral’s significance is fully recognized by Gina Campbell. She said that while many other non-Muslim places of worship around the country host Muslim services, the cathedral is different because “This is the place where we bury our presidents, where we bury our national heroes. Deep relationships come out of prayer. Different connections come out of being in prayer — beyond the political or academic.”

The prayer service will begin around 12:20 pm tomorrow and is for invited guests only. About 100 people will be at the service, which will be spoken and chanted without music. Muslim leaders will bring prayer carpets. Rasool will deliver the khutbah or sermon at the service, which will be held in a part of the massive cathedral “with arches and limited iconography, almost mosque-like,” a statement from the cathedral said.

The event is being co-sponsored by the cathedral, Rasool and several Muslim religious and advocacy groups:

  • ADAMS (All Dulles Area Muslim Society): three of ADAMS’s 22 weekly services are held at two synagogues and a church. ADAMS is hosting a fundraiser for Christian religious freedom in Pakistan, and it regularly hosts non-Muslim speakers.
  • CAIR (Council on American Islamic Relations)
  • Islamic Society of North America
  • Muslim Public Affairs Council
  • Masjid Muhammad mosque in Northwest Washington

The service will be streamed live at the Cathedral’s Web site.

Source: The Washington Post

Below are choice commentaries by three Washington Post readers:

historystudent1:

I wonder if the following will be recited,
لَا إِلٰهَ إِلَّا الله مُحَمَّدٌ رَسُولُ اللهlā ʾilāha ʾillā-llāh, muhammadun rasūlu-llāh “There is no god but God, Muhammad is the messenger of God”. If so, I wonder if the Cathedral’s rector will be aware of its significance.

Well, perhaps CAIR will tell us when the Jewish Seder will be celebrated at a prominent mosque in the US, or its lobbying efforts to return Istanbul’s Hagia Sophia (Wisdom of God) to the Orthodox Church. The local threatened to riot during Pope Benedict XVI’s visit if he so much as pronounced a blessing.

mikeku:

Does this mean that there soon will be a church built in Mecca? That the slaughter of Christians in the Moslem world will come to an end? What is the quid pro quo here?

rhcrest:

To the Washington Post – please list ANY mosque ANYWHERE in the world which will invite a priest, a rabbi, a pastor, a Buddhist monk or ANY other faith to hold services in its mosque. Tolerance is a one way street with these muslims. I am sick of these people and them forcing their culture and laws and ideology on the rest of us.

Contact info for Washington National Cathedral:

The Very Rev. Gary Hall
10th Dean of Washington National Cathedral
3101 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC 20016
Telephone: (202) 537-6200
Fax: (202) 364-6600
E-mail: dean@cathedral.org

Rev. Canon Jan Naylor Cope
Vicar of the Cathedral
jcope@cathedral.org

~Eowyn