Posted by Bill (not IB) | Thursday, December 15th, 2016 | Prayer Requests | 22 Comments
My Mom, who turned 89 back in September, fell and broke her hip today.
Long and grievous experience has shown that for someone in her age group, a broken hip is a death sentence in about 2/3 of all cases.
Please, please pray for her – Grace. For a long time, she and I had been at odds with one another; praise be to God, we reconciled and have had a wonderful relationship for the past few years; one which sets both my mind and heart at peace.
But – that means all the more that I don’t want to lose her. And, we had a special Christmas get-together planned.
Posted by Christopher Johnson | Sunday, November 13th, 2016 | Prayer Requests | 29 Comments
Are you and your family and friends okay? We’re all praying for you and everyone else there:
A severe earthquake has hit New Zealand’s South Island in the early hours of Monday morning.
The initial, largest quake was magnitude 7.5 and 15km deep, according to monitor Geonet. Its epicentre was 15 km north-east of Culverden, close to Hanmer Springs, at 12.02am local time (New Zealand is 13 hours ahead of GMT).
Tsunamis have been created by the quake, and people on the east coast of both South and North Islands have been told by civil defence and via emergency sirens to leave immediately for high ground.
New Zealand civil defence says the first waves have arrived, but more – and larger – are expected in the coming hours.
Posted by Christopher Johnson | Sunday, July 17th, 2016 | Prayer Requests | 21 Comments
So I’m out early this afternoon hauling some stuff over to my storage facility so my load tomorrow will be a little easier and because I’ve got nothing else to do. I’m driving north on Rock Hill Road through my soon-to-be-former hometown toward Kirkham Avenue.
Or Brentwood Boulevard, depending on the direction you’re traveling; I’m not completely sure about this but I’m fairly confident that St. Louis and St. Louis Country lead the nation if not the world in the number of roads with multiple names.
Anyhoo, I get to the train tracks just south of Kirkham. A train was passing so I had to stop for a bit which allowed me to enjoy some unique entertainment. An actual Black Lives Matter event.
The forty to fifty, give or take, assembled protesters that I saw were white Hillary-voters with pre-made BLM signs or signs that they made themselves. Some brought their children, the Webster Groves police were there, looking kind of bored, and I didn’t see a black face anywhere in that crowd.
Which I guess is a good thing.
Even though I flipped them off when I drove past them, I thought that the protest was actually kind of charming. That is, until I turned on the radio and heard about this:
Three law enforcement officers were fatally shot and three others wounded on Sunday in Baton Rouge, La., the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office said, less than two weeks after a black man was killed by the police here, sparking nightly protests.
A suspect had been killed, most likely by police gunfire, said a police spokesman, Cpl. L’Jean McKneely. Two officers from the Baton Rouge police and an East Baton Rouge sheriff’s deputy were killed. One sheriff’s deputy remained in critical condition while two officers were in stable condition.
Police said initially that they were looking for other possible suspects, but the superintendent of the Louisiana State Police, Col. Michael Edmonson, said at a news conference that the person who shot and killed the officers had been shot and killed at the scene.
“There is not at active shooter scenario in Baton Rouge,” said Colonel Edmonson, whose agency was taking the lead on the investigation, assisted by local and federal law enforcement officials.
The officials also did not address whether the police were targeted specifically or whether they were shot trying to intervene during a crime. However, they acknowledged the tensions in the country this month surrounding the killings of black men by police officers, and the retaliatory violence directed at law enforcement.
The good news for President Ladies’ Tee is that if there’s some kind of memorial in the Red Stick and he attends, he can deliver pretty much the same “Sucks for the dead guys but RACISM!! and GUN CONTROL!!” speech that he delivered in Dallas.
Posted by Christopher Johnson | Friday, July 8th, 2016 | Prayer Requests | 17 Comments
For the police officers and people of the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area, for obvious reasons.
And if you’ve got any to spare, send some up for the police and people of Ballwin, Missouri, a far-western St. Louis suburb, and for the rest of us around here. This morning, a Ballwin police officer was shot multiple times during a routine traffic stop. I don’t know any more than what’s at the link but if the following is accurate, this sounds like a deliberate hit:
The officer had stopped the car for speeding on northbound New Ballwin Road about 11 a.m., police said. As the officer went back to his car, the driver got out, “advanced quickly” and fired three shots at the officer, police said.
A semiautomatic handgun was recovered, according to St. Louis County Police, who are taking over the investigation.
The suspect, 32, had a weapons violation out of St. Louis, for which he was put on probation. he was given probation for a stolen vehicle charge in Oklahoma in 2011. He was picked up as a felon in possession of a firearm in California and paroled in March 2015. His name will be released once warrants are issued, police said.
Police had no information about motive.
Last I heard, the officer was in critical but stable condition.