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The Democrats moved “forward” during their Charlotte convention by removing a key member of their party from its past platforms. There is no room for God in Mr. Obama’s coronation party. In fact, the Democrats removed any reference to God from their platform as approved by Newark, N.J. Mayor Cory Booker, according to an ABC report. Gone with God, is Jerusalem, another word not mentioned in the Democrat’s political arrangement. God appeared in the Democrat’s platform verbiage as late as the 2008 convention, where the apparently divisive, in the view of Democrats, phrase “God-given potential” appeared/Examiner.com. More here. (AP convention photo)
Question: Does this mean that the GOP is more godly than the Democrats?
A pro football player who claims God told him to start a fire at his apartment complex in Liberty Lake will remain in jail amid concerns about his mental health.
Kevin Marcus Ellison, 25, who was dismissed from the Spokane Shock arena football team after his arrest June 14, repeatedly claimed to be Jesus Christ, including to an elderly woman who was at the hospital when Ellison was treated for smoke inhalation, said Assistant U.S. Attorney Aine Ahmed.
"He may have some mental issues," Ahmed said.
Ellison also told Shock general manager Ryan Rigmaiden "that he was Jesus Christ, and that he was part of the rapture, and that God told him to start the fire," Ahmed said. "He did not believe it (the fire) was going to harm him because God told him he'd protect him."
Ellison told Rigmaiden he started the fire with a marijuana blunt.
Ellison, a former standout defense back for the University of Southern California Trojans, pleaded not guilty Tuesday to a grand jury indictment charging him with malicious use of fire to damage commercial property. He faces five to 20 years in prison if convicted.
His public defender, Kim Deater, asked for Ellison to be allowed to leave jail and live with his mother and brother in Los Angeles, though she said they wants him to undergo mental health treatment.
"They think that might be an issue," Deater said.
Deater described Ellison as "a good friend, a good teammate, a good son, a good player."
She said his success in football shows he can work toward a goal with a large group of people.
"That takes cooperation, that takes a bond, and that takes character," Deater said.
She also said Ellison did not tell the elderly woman at the hospital that he was Jesus - he simply grasped her hand and prayed with her.
But Imbrogno ordered Ellison to stay in the Spokane County Jail after Ahmed described a series of bizarre behavior that included statements from a Shock dancer who said she fears Ellison.
"She became afraid of Mr. Ellison after he texted her specifically that he was Jesus Christ," Ahmed said.
The woman, who was not identified, also said Ellison asked her to marry him just moments after meeting her.
He said Ellison's roommate, Chris Tucker, told investigators that Ellison told him he'd been Baptized just a few days before the fire. Tucker also said Ellison had offered him Vicodin to ease his pain while at an away game in Chicago recently.
It was Tucker who first realized there was a fire in the apartment he shared with Ellison.
The defensive lineman for the Shock told investigators he first thought the smoke was from burning food. He even took the batteries out of the smoke detector in his bedroom before he realized the fire was coming from Ellison's room, Ahmed said. He alerted Ellison to the fire, but Ellison told him "I'm good." and didn't leave.
Ellison escaped the fire by jumping from a window of the third-floor apartment. The fire caused about $100,000 in damage. Ahmed emphasized that children live next door to Ellison's apartment.
Ellison was drafted in the sixth round by the San Diego Chargers in 2009. He was released by the team following a May 2010 arrest in San Diego on a controlled-substance charge after police reportedly found 100 Vicodin tablets in his car without a prescription. The charges was dropped.
Ellison joined the Seattle Seahawks but was released shortly before the 2010 season opener.
A pro football player who leapt from his burning third-floor apartment in Liberty Lake Thursday said he started the blaze with a marijuana blunt because God told him to, authorities say. Kevin Marcus Ellison, 25, a starting linebacker/defensive back for the Spokane Shock arena football team, initially told firefighters that he’d been smoking in bed, but evidence collected at the scene didn’t match that explanation, said Spokane Valley Fire Marshal Kevin Miller. Ellison was arrested during a follow-up interview at Deaconess Medical Center where he was being treated for smoke inhalation. “We were looking for smoking materials,” Miller said. “We ruled out any accidental cause”/Nina Culver, Meghann Cuniff & Jim Meehan, SR. More here. (SR photo)
Question: Do you believe Ellison that God told him to start the apartment fire with a marijuana blunt?
A pro football player who leapt from his burning third-floor apartment in Liberty Lake Thursday said he started the blaze with a marijuana blunt because God told him to, authorities say.
Kevin Marcus Ellison, 25, a starting linebacker/defensive back for the Spokane Shock arena football team, initially told firefighters that he’d been smoking in bed, but evidence collected at the scene didn’t match that explanation, said Spokane Valley Fire Marshal Kevin Miller.
- Monday Poll: 112 of 148 respondents (75.68%) said that God doesn't send earthquakes, hurricanes, & other natural disasters to chastize politicians & countries for improper behavior. Presidential candidate Michele Bachmann had joked that God sent an earthquake and Hurricane Irene to East Coast to wake up the country's politicians. 32 of 148 respondents (21.62%) said God does use natural disaster to wak people up. 4 (2.7%) were undecided.
- Today's Poll: Would you be willing to pay $110 for your student athlete to help pay for his/her high school's sports programs?
"…the region north of Tokyo where officials say at least 10,000 people were killed…whole villages and towns have been wiped off the map…at least 1.5 million households lack running water…Japan is facing its worst crisis since World War Two."
In the 1977 film, "Oh, God!" God (George Burns) tells Jerry (John Denver) that God is not responsible for the world's suffering; that we are given everything we need: "I gave you each other!…It can work. Don't hurt each other. If it's hard to have faith in me, maybe it will help to know that I have faith in you."
Let's hope to God we are enough:
"Lady Gaga has raised more than $250,000 for victims of the Japanese earthquake and tsunami…World Vision will provide children's cold-weather jackets, diapers, powdered milk and blankets, and it plans to establish child-friendly spaces where kids can resume normal activities and find security….Mercy Corps'partner, Peace Winds, on Monday helicoptered emergency supplies — including tents, blankets, cooking fuel, tarps, rice and bread — to families evacuated from the tsunami-devastated city of Kesennuma…"
Here's a news release from Sgt. Dave Reagan:
A thief broke into a Spokane Valley church sometime between Wednesday night and 5 p.m. Saturday and stole several thousand dollars worth of electronic equipment.
The pastor at Valley Landmark Mission, 9021 E. Boone, told Officer Mark Benner that the congregation held a service Wednesday night and that all of the stolen property was stored in the electronic storage room that night.
When a cleaning crew arrived about 5 p.m. Saturday, they discovered the room pillaged and several items missing. The stolen property included a Canon HD camcorder, an Acer laptop computer and two Phillips portable DVD players.
Benner found that the point of entry appeared to be a narrow window. Anyone with information regarding the break-in is encouraged to call Crime Check at (509) 456-2233.
A man who killed his cellmate at the Spokane County Jail in 2004 attacked his cellmate at Airway Heights Corrections Center after the man refused to bow before him and worship him as God, according to newly filed court documents.
Convicted killer and assault suspect Michael L. West, 34, (right) appeared in Superior Court via video feed from the jail Wednesday as several sheriff's deputies stood guard. He was handcuffed for hearing, unlike other inmates.
West is charged with first- and second-degree assault for an alleged attack on Airway Heights cellmates Chad E. Bolstad (bottom left) and Gary L. Welch (bottom right) in which he gouged out Bolstad's left eye, according to police.
West had been at the medium-security prison about two weeks before the Oct. 10 attack.
According to a probable cause affidavit, West screamed and chanted that he was Lucifer and all shall praise him after he was arrested.
When a detective introduced himself, West "began to tell him he was going to murder him and his family as well as 144,000 others who do not follow his word."
Police said West was handcuffed without incident after they discovered what the chief described as a "very intense crime scene."
At one point, West said "I just killed my chimo celly and pulled his f—-ing eyes out," according to the affidavit.
Later, video records West laughing while discussing the attack.
"I put my thumbs in his brain man popped his eyes out what he deserves he got," West said, according to the affidavit.
Bolstad, who's to be released in 2015 for a 2007 beer robbery that involved stabbing, suffered a broken cheek bone and lost vision in the attack.
Welch, who's due out in August for forgery, theft and drug convictions and was only slightly injured, told police, West "was acting all crazy and making statements that he was God and the Son of Christ" prior to the attack, according to an affidavit.
"West was pacing around and also saying he was the Devil and both he and Bolstad had to worship him because the end times were coming," Welch reportedly told police. West chanted "Give me the apple" as he attacked Bolstad, Welch said.
West's bond was set at $150,000 during his first appearance Wednesday. Kari Reardon is his public defender; Larry Steinmtez is prosecuting the case. His arraignment is set for Feb. 1.
In today’s SR letters page, Rich Yokel/Spokane Valley penned the following complaint re: the Wiley Miller Non Sequitur cartoon above: “I did not find the Non-Sequitur comic funny in the Tuesday (July 13) issue of the newspaper. I found it an offensive blasphemy. God does not have a wife, and when He rested, He saw all that He had made was very good, and it is blasphemous to make a joke that anyone criticize His work. The author should apologize to the Christians who normally enjoy The Spokesman-Review and refrain from creating cartoons of this nature.” (Click on cartoon to enlarge it.)
Question: What do you make of the cartoon?