Earthquake in Washington Area, Felt on East Coast


AP is reporting:

A 5.9 magnitude earthquake centered northwest of Richmond, Va., shook much of Washington, D.C., and was felt as far north as Rhode Island, New York City and Martha’s Vineyard, Mass., where President Barack Obama is vacationing.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the earthquake was half a mile deep. Shaking was felt at the White House and all over the East Coast, as far south as Chapel Hill, N.C. Parts of the Pentagon, White House and Capitol were evacuated. There were no immediate reports of injuries.

It was centered near Louisa, Va., which is northwest of Richmond and south of Washington.

Obama and many of the nation’s leaders were out of town on August vacation when the quake struck at 1:51 p.m. EDT. The shaking was felt on the Martha’s Vineyard golf course as Obama was just starting a round.

The East Coast gets earthquakes, but usually smaller ones and is less prepared than California or Alaska for shaking…

More here.

CNN also has the breaking news and video here.


Go See as Much of Europe… While you Still Can!

Islamic extremists are stepping up the creation of “no-go” areas in European cities that are off-limits to non-Muslims.

Many of the “no-go” zones function as microstates governed by Islamic Sharia law. Host-country authorities effectively have lost control in these areas and in many instances are unable to provide even basic public aid such as police, fire fighting and ambulance services.

The “no-go” areas are the by-product of decades of multicultural policies that have encouraged Muslim immigrants to create parallel societies and remain segregated rather than become integrated into their European host nations…

From the many examples further cited here, I’m afraid it may already be too late in parts…


Child Forced to Wear ‘Thief’ Sign by Mother

“Do not trust me.   I will steal from you as I am a thief.”

Taking punishment too far:

A seaside town in Australia is in uproar over the punishment a mother has handed out to her young son, making him wear a sign in public labelling him a thief.

‘Do not trust me. I will steal from you as I am a thief,’ the sign around his neck read as he stood in a park in Townsville in Queensland.

The boy, aged about 10, remained standing with his head lowered in shame while his family ate lunch nearby.

But his humiliation did not end there – he was made to wear Shrek ears and was also seen writing lines, believed to say repeatedly that he would not steal.

While his family may have deemed the public humiliation applicable, parents who saw the boy wearing the sign were

One woman, Diane Mayers, said she was so ‘horrified’ that she contacted the local child safety services.

She told the Townsville Bulletin newspaper: ‘The boy just kept his head down and was staring at the ground.

‘A lot of people walked past and were laughing at him.’

The punishment was also condemned by child psychologist Nicole Pierotti – herself a mother – who said she was shocked that
this treatment was used…

The rest here.


Lay Woman Named to Lead Catholic Parish with Three Priests on Staff

‘Some priests may choose not to become pastors.’

Via the California Catholic Daily:

San Jose Bishop Patrick McGrath has named a lay “minister of parish life” to administer a large Santa Clara parish instead of appointing a new pastor — even though three priests are listed in the parish’s online staff directory.

Bishop McGrath, according to the diocesan website, named Dorothy Carlson to run St. Justin Parish in Santa Clara, which this year celebrates its 60th anniversary. The parish website lists the following priests associated with the parish: Fr. George Mancha, parochial vicar; Fr. Edsil Ortiz, OFM, parochial vicar, Ministry to the Sick, the Dying and the Grieving; and Fr. Joseph Pendergast, CPPs, “In Residence.”

According to the diocesan website, Carlson had previously served as pastoral associate, business manager and director of liturgy at St. Justin’s before being installed as minister of parish life on July 24.

“In November 2005, Bishop McGrath named Elizabeth Lilly the first Minister of Parish Life, serving Sacred Heart Parish, Saratoga through June 30, 2006,” explained the entry about Carlson’s appointment on the diocesan website. “Lilly, an experienced pastoral minister, now retired, had served several parishes in a variety of roles over 25 years and at the time was serving at Sacred Heart Parish as Pastoral Associate and twice served as Administrator pro tem there. Lilly said then that she viewed her role as a work in collaboration with those who are ordained.”

“This is another example of the variety of gifts,” Lilly was quoted as saying on the diocesan website. “We have to work together to use all the gifts available among all people in the parish community.”

The decision to use ministers of parish life instead of priest-pastors in the San Jose diocese dates back to 1995, when the diocesan Council of Priests urged then-Bishop Pierre DuMaine to pursue the idea of using lay people instead of priests to lead parishes. Before his retirement in 1999, Bishop DuMaine approved of the concept…

There’s more here.

It seems a tad bit like the shirking of responsibility if you ask me. Could it be the start of an iffy trend? Why not simply appoint her to assist in the administration of the Parish if the priests struggle in that area? A Priest should lead, assisted by the laity – that should be the order.

But I’m actually wondering, why do such innovations always seem to start in America?


You Just Can’t Make This Kind of Stuff Up!

Terrified airline passengers panicked when two hives of bees smuggled onto a plane for a flight across Russia escaped in mid-air and began swarming around the cabin.

‘Smuggled onto a plane’?! The Telegraph reports:

The bees – sneaked on board in cardboard boxes – are understood to have become agitated in the pressurised cabin during the 10-hour Yakutia Airline flight to Moscow from Blagoveshchensk near Russia’s border with China.

The trafficker – who has not been named by the airline – claims an airport official at Blagoveshchensk had asked him to carry the boxes to Moscow where he would be met at the airport.

Official airport documents quoted a passenger as saying that the trafficker was “slightly drunk.”

Air hostesses eventually managed to seal the bees inside the wardrobe in the flight’s business section by sealing it with sticky tape.

But when the plane arrived at its next destination, Barcelona, a new crew discovered that the fumigation had not been completely successful with five bees still on the plane, Russian newspapers reported.

Now the carrier could be stung with a massive £100,000 bill for having the fumigate the Boeing 757 jet and to compensate for the delays caused to the plane’s ongoing journey to Spain.

The incident raises concerns about flight safety on Russian internal flights as well as the impunity of airport officials.

Baggage handlers in Blagoveshchensk told a Russian newspaper that a senior airport official could “carry on board anything he likes.”…



Ban Churches on Streets with Islamic Names

That’s what they want to do Indonesian.

Critics say the decree, proposed by Bogor mayor Diani Budiarto, is another example of growing religious intolerance in the world’s most populous Muslim country.

The move is the latest attempt to block construction of a new church in Indonesia…

Give it a read here.

Shocking intolerance!

And real persecution.