DC to conduct streetcar emergency drill Sunday on H St NE

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From a DC Alerts email:

On Sunday, August 24, 2014, the District Department of Transportation (DDOT), along with District first responders, will conduct a DC Streetcar Emergency Drill on H Street NE to prepare for real-world streetcar operations on the H Street/Benning Road corridor.

The purpose of the exercise is to test operational coordination and preparedness of DC Streetcar and first responder personnel in the event of an incident involving a streetcar. The exercise will simulate a streetcar derailment caused by a collision between a DC Streetcar vehicle with passengers and an automobile on H Street NE. DC Streetcar personnel along with Metropolitan Police Department and DC Fire and EMS will coordinate and practice their evacuation and emergency protocols for dealing with such an incident.

The exercise will take place on the 1200 block of H Street NE and requires a temporary closure of H Street NE between 12th Street and 13th Street in both directions, between 6 a.m. and 11 a.m.  In addition, there will be parking restrictions on 12th Street and H Street (see temporary closure map below).

During the drill, there will be significant emergency personnel on-site on the H Street corridor and residents are advised that this is only a drill and to use caution when traveling along the vicinity of the drill.

X2 bus stops in the 1200 block of H Street will be closed as well.

Here are detours:

  • Westbound traffic on H Street NE will be detoured south at 13th Street, then west at G Street.
  • Eastbound traffic on H Street NE will be detoured north at 12th Street, then east at I Street.
  • 12th Street NE traffic will be directed to I Street to travel east.
  • 13th Street NE traffic will be directed to G Street to travel west.

Union thugs threatened Top Chef’s Padma Lakshmi with violence

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A RedState post by Labor Union Report has the details:

Some things never change. After nearly 15 years of trying to clean up a reputation marred with corruption, shake-downs of the film industry, as well as violence, Boston’s famous Teamsters Local 25′s public face turned very ugly earlier this summer when the popular Bravo network show Top Chef rolled into Beantown using non-union production assistants and drivers.

More from RedState:

In summary, when Bravo’s Top Chef began taping at Boston’s Steel & Rye in June, Teamster members from Local 25 greeted the crew and stars with picket signs, verbal abuse, alleged vandalism and even death threats.

Deadline.com fills in some more of the details:

The Teamsters picketers were already mad. By the time Top Chef host Padma Lakshmi’s car pulled up to the Steel & Rye restaurant in the picturesque New England town of Milton just outside Boston, one of them ran up to her car and screamed, “We’re gonna bash that pretty face in, you f*cking whore!”

[...]

Jenn Levy, Bravo’s SVP Production, wasn’t spared. Arriving at the restaurant in her black SUV, she soon found herself running a gauntlet of vitriol. “She got of her car in front of the location and quickly ran through the picket line,” a source said. “They were yelling, ‘You bitch! You slut! We’re gonna get you!’ It went on like that all day.”

[...]

There was a large film crew at Steel & Rye today filming a television program. During the course of the taping union picketers arrived and hassled members of the crew, pedestrians and a police officer who had been hired as safety detail. One passer by said the picketers were “aggressive”. Deputy Chief King stated that just under a dozen cars had their tires slashed at some point.

The RedState post notes that union shakedowns of film productions in Boston have been so bad in the past that many productions have avoided doing business in the city.

Nanny State: NYC might ban free Happy Meal toys

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Think Progress reports:

On the heels of former Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s (I) infamous failed attempt to ban large sodas, New York City officials are trying their hand at nutrition policy again. This time, they’ve set their sights on a more specific target: the free toys that come with high-calorie kids’ meals at fast food restaurants.

New York City Councilman Ben Kallos (D) has introduced a “Health Happy Meals” measure that would ban toys in kids’ meals that fall short of strict dietary guidelines. In order for restaurants to give away free toys with kids’ food, they’ll have to offer meals that don’t contain more than 500 calories and 600 milligrams of sodium.

“It is difficult enough for parents to give their children healthy food without the fast food industry spending hundreds of million dollars per year advertising to children, and nearly half of that on toys,” Kallos said in a statement announcing his new bill. “If restaurants are going to incentivize children, they should incentivize them to eat healthy.”

Kallos also pointed out that an estimated one fourth of U.S. children’s meals come from restaurants or fast food places, and “those calories could be healthy calories.” Under his measure, restaurants that fail to comply with the toy ban would be fined.

A previous attempt in New York didn’t pass. Even if this were to pass, it has been noted that McDonald’s got around a similar ban in San Francisco by charging ten cents for the toys.

Georgetown prof, son of terrorist, compares Israel to ISIS

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Adam Kredo of Washington Free Beacon has the details:

A Georgetown University professor whose father pled guilty to terrorism charges is facing criticism for comparing Israel to the terror group Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL or ISIS) on Twitter.

Georgetown University History Professor Abdullah Al-Arian, the son of Sami Al-Arian, a controversial Israel critic who pled guilty to conspiring with a terror group, tweeted out his take on a common nursery rhyme by comparing Israel to the terror group ISIL, which recently beheaded an American journalist on film

Al-Arian quickly deleted the tweet, but not before a screenshot was taken and retweeted by the Washington Free BeaconCritics immediately deemed the tweet offensive, inaccurate, and over the line for a professor at Georgetown, which itself has come under fire for hosting a 9/11 Truther and a member of Egypt’s Nazi Party.

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Kredo got no response to request for comment from Al-Arian or from Georgetown. Al-Arian is a professor at the Georgetown School of Foreign Service on the Qatar campus. As Kredo notes, Qatar has been the principle source of funding for Hamas.

Police union steering donations to Darren Wilson legal defense fund #ferguson

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To sum things up, a FOP lodge in Anne Arundel County, Maryland wanted to send donations to provide food for police officers working long hours in Ferguson, Missouri due to the protests, rioting, and looting. However, the national FOP asked them to send the money to a legal defense fund for Darren Wilson instead.

Baltimore Sun has details:

The Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 70, the union that represents officers in Anne Arundel, has donated $1,070 to an online defense fund for Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson. That’s the largest donation listed for the campaign on the website gofundme.com.

O’Brien Atkinson, an Anne Arundel County police officer and president of the lodge, said his members wanted to send money to help feed police officers working long shifts during the protests and unrest that have erupted since Wilson shot Brown on Aug. 9. But the national FOP suggested contributing to the legal defense fund instead.

Atkinson said the donation is intended to make sure Wilson has adequate legal representation as the shooting is investigated.

“It’s not about anything more than making sure that our fellow officer has due process, which sometimes is hard to come by when you have a media stir and a lot of political attention,” Atkinson said.

15,000 voters registered in both MD and Fairfax County, VA

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Watchdog.org

An election-integrity group is challenging the status of nearly 15,000 voters reportedly registered in both Fairfax County and Maryland.

Virginia Voters Alliance on Wednesdayurged Fairfax’s electoral board to do what state officials have so far not done across the commonwealth: Purge those duplicate voters.

VVA President Reagan George complained the state Department of Elections is classifying all duplicate registrations as “inactive voters.”

That means 43,896 voters alleged to be registered in both Virginia and Maryland would stay in Virginia’s statewide database — and remain eligible to vote — until 2019.

Election fraud is a felony in Virginia, but only a misdemeanor in Maryland according to the article.

Pro-Abort: “I Want You to Eat a Taco, Drink a Beer, and Fund Abortion”

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Andrea Grimes of RH Reality Check admits she started the challenge as a Twitter joke in response to the Ice Bucket Challenge that is ubiquitous right now. She should have left it as one.

Grimes summarizes it:

The Taco or Beer Challenge couldn’t be simpler: You eat a taco and/or drink a beer, and you donate to an abortion fund. The only ice you’ll need for this challenge is the ice in your cooler, or maybe the ice in your water if you get a particularly spicy taco.

Everybody stays dry—ideally—and somebody gets help paying for a legal abortion.

Then she goes into further detail:

What do ice buckets have to do with ALS? I don’t know. What do tacos and beer have to do with abortion? I don’t know that either.

What I do know is that eating tacos and drinking beer is more pleasurable than getting doused with ice water, and that lawmakers around the country are passing increasingly restrictive anti-abortion access laws. Which means abortion funds are now more necessary than ever as legal abortion becomes harder than ever to access—especially for those of us who don’t live in major urban centers.

Tacos and beer, of course, remain as vital to our human happiness as they ever were. The solution is clear: Eat tacos, drink beer, and donate to abortion funds.

She admits abortion is “common” and “normal” but then talks about how you need to participate in the challenge and then closes with this:

The only way to fail the Taco or Beer Challenge is to not donate to an abortion fund. I believe in tacos, I believe in beer, and I believe in you.

I’ll gladly fail. I’ll drink beer (good craft beer – I bet Grimes drinks Coronas with her tacos), eat tacos, and pray the rosary for the innocent unborn that Grimes makes jokes about the killing of.

Mass in Baltimore Friday will honor St. Padre Pio

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On Friday August 22, 2014, there will be a Holy Mass in honor of Saint Padre Pio at the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen in Baltimore. The guest celebrant will be Fr. Dominic Bump, OP.

Holy Rosary will be prayed at 6:30 p.m. and Mass will start at 6:45 in Our Lady’s Chapel at the Cathedral. After Mass, a relic of St. Padre Pio will be venerated.

Padre Pio was born in 1887 in Pietrelcina, Italy. His birth name was Francesco Forgione. He was given the name Pio (Pius) when he became a Capuchin.  Padre Pio died in 1968. He was beatified in 1999 and Pope JohnPaul II canonized him in 2002.

Padre Pio was most known for occurrences of the stigmata he experienced:

On 20 September 1918, while hearing confessions, Padre Pio had his first occurrence of the stigmata: bodily marks, pain, and bleeding in locations corresponding to the crucifixion wounds of Jesus Christ. This phenomenon continued for fifty years, until the end of his life. The blood flowing from the stigmata smelled of perfume or flowers, a phenomenon mentioned in stories of the lives of several saints and often referred to as the odour of sanctity.

In 2002, there were reports of a statue of St. Pio shedding tears of blood in Messina, Italy.

Saint Padre Pio is the patron saint of civil defense volunteers.

Prayer for the Intercession of St. Pio of Pietrelcina

Dear God, You generously blessed Your servant,
St. Pio of Pietrelcina,
with the gifts of the Spirit.
You marked his body with the five wounds
of Christ Crucified, as a powerful witness
to the saving Passion and Death of Your Son.
Endowed with the gift of discernment,
St. Pio labored endlessly in the confessional
for the salvation of souls.
With reverence and intense devotion
in the celebration of Mass,
he invited countless men and women
to a greater union with Jesus Christ
in the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist.

Through the intercession of St. Pio of Pietrelcina,
I confidently beseech You to grant me
the grace of (here state your petition).

Glory be to the Father… (three times). Amen.

 

 

Exclusive: Read the DHS bulletin on Thursday’s “Nationwide Day of Rage” #ferguson

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I have obtained an Information Bulletin that originated in the Threat Management Division (TMD) of the Federal Protective Service (FPS) at the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS.) I have posted the whole bulletin online here and also embedded it at the bottom of this post. The bulletin is unclassified but For Official Use Only (FOUO.)

The information bulletin number is FPS HQ IB-006-2014.

Here’s the overview section:

Anonymous is calling for a “Nationwide Day of Rage” on Thursday, August 21. The demonstrations are
purported to protest the death of Mike Brown in Ferguson, MO, and subsequent police actions. Currently, there
is no information to indicate there will be civil disobedience at these protests.

From the details section:

Information has been received from various law enforcement sources, other federal agencies as well as open
source outlets indicating Anonymous has issued a call to action, calling for a “Nationwide Day of Rage” on
Thursday, August 21.

Anonymous is an asymmetric associated international network of hacktivist and activists entities known for a series of distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks on government, religious and corporate websites as well
as with individuals associated with the group wearing Guy Fawkes masks. Anonymous members have
garnered law enforcement attention for activities targeted against US government agencies, media, military
contractors, military personnel and police officers.

The demonstrations are purported to protest the death of Mike Brown in Ferguson, MO, the subsequent police
actions against protesters in the city as well as in support of the demonstrators demanding the prosecution of the
identified police officer.

Currently there is no indication that protests are expected to become violent. However, recent protests in
Ferguson have resulted in violence, property damage and subsequent arrests.

The details then list event locations and times for events in Ann Arbor, Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Boston, Carson City, Chicago, Columbus (OH), Denver, Des Moines, Detroit, Durham, Lansing, Little Rock, Los Angeles, Memphis, Milwaukee, Miami, Minneapolis, Nashville, New Orleans, New York City (Manhattan),  Newark, Oakland, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Portland (OR), Salt Lake City, San Francisco, Seattle, St. Louis, Tampa, Tucson, and Washington, DC.

More on the bulletin can be found below.

Read More…

ISIS video shows beheading of reporter James Wright Foley

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I am not showing or linking to the video of the beheading of American reporter James Wright Foley here. He was beheaded by ISIS, who also threatened another American journalist in a statement on the video.

More from ABC News:

A disturbing video posted online appears to show the beheading of American journalist James Foley, who was kidnapped while covering the Syrian conflict in 2012.

In the video a man who appears to be Foley, dressed in orange, kneels beside an armed man clad in black. Foley delivers a statement condemning U.S. action in Iraq and says that the U.S. government is his “real killers.”

“For what will happen to me is only a result of their complacency and criminality,” Foley says in halting speech. “I wish I had more time. I wish I could have the hope of freedom of seeing my family once again, but that ship has sailed. I guess all in all, I wish I wasn’t American.”

Seconds later, the figure dressed in black brandishes a knife and identifies himself as with the Islamic State, the name the brutal terror group Islamic State of Iraq and Syria took on after its leader declared himself the leader of all Muslims.

“Today your military air force has attacked us daily… Your strikes have caused casualties amongst Muslims,” the figure in black says. He then addresses President Obama directly, saying “any attempt… to deny the Muslims their right to live in safety under the Islamic caliphate will result in the bloodshed of your people.”

Foley is then killed. The video continues, showing American Steven Sotloff, who has written for national publications like Time, also dressed in orange and on his knees.