March 14, 2018 at 9:37 pm Commentator Wise is correct in the narrow sense that Bp. Stokes was in error when he said “This is the only nation in the world that has a gun death problem at the rate we do,” According to the wiki article cited by Mr. Harford, there are other nations that kill people with guns at greater rates than we do. What these commentators neglect to mention is that these nations are all nations at war, either the nauseating political conflicts of strongmen against their own people or drug-related violence. This is the ‘pack’ that we are at the center of, not the group of nations which respect the rule of law and run their countries by means other than state terrorism and sheer violence. ‘No matter how you slice the data (either mass shootings or total homicides per capita)’, what is true is that we are no longer members of the class of nations which we ought to be aspiring to rejoin. Instead we have chosen to institutionalise the sacrifice of our children to the dark gods, even as the most misguided and violent elements in our society continue to claim that we are a ‘Christian’ nation. May God have mercy on our idolatrous souls. . New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Susan Douglas says: Press Release Service Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA William Stokes says: March 16, 2018 at 1:19 pm For anyone who thinks this is just about kids skipping class, I assure you for most it is not. I work with high school students who are profoundly upset about the deaths of school children and believe the only voice they have is one of peaceful protest. Every lock-down drill we do, and there are many, these young people know that it could as easily be us as it was Parkland or Columbine. Texas has a gun culture and we all know that many of our students have access to these weapons. When I was their age, we protested too and it did some good. I hope they make a difference. And I am glad the Church is calling out our society for allowing an unacceptable situation to continue. There are things that can be done if people of good will have the courage to sit down and reason together. It is unethical not to at least try. Bishops United Against Gun Violence, Pierre Whalon says: Rector Washington, DC Rector Bath, NC B.D. Howes says: March 14, 2018 at 12:46 pm I don’t question good intentions but this is yet another wonderful example of demonstrations which will accomplish absolutely nothing beyond making the demonstrators feel good and a bit holier-than-thou. Even if every gun manufacturer in the world went out of business tomorrow there are so many guns around that anyone who really wants one for any purpose can get one with minimal difficulty. 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Howes says: mfschjonberg says: March 14, 2018 at 5:21 pm “This is the only nation in the world that has a gun death problem at the rate we do,” New Jersey Bishop Chip Stokes said in his sermon at Eucharist held at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Trenton. “Those of us who oppose it need to get in the face of the problem and cry out in the name of the Lord.”This statement has been proven false over and over. The USA is in the middle of the pack as far as gun deaths per capita. You can check out the facts at the website: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_firearm-related_death_rate Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH March 16, 2018 at 12:17 am Im sorry one more addendum. Writing on a phone while waiting in the auto shop is not the best way to pull thoughts together. Given that I was cutting and pasting relevant parts of the cited studies on a regular-sized phone, I’m not particularly surprised to discover on review several typos and that I left out the following from the BU study cited and quoted above.“We examined the relationship between levels of household firearm ownership, as measured directly and by a proxy—the percentage of suicides committed with a firearm—and age-adjusted firearm homicide rates at the state level.”“Because of our use of a proxy measure for gun ownership, WE COULD NOT CONCLUDE THAT THE MAGNITUDE OF THE ASSOCIATION BETWEEN ACTUAL HOUSEHOLD GUN OWNERSHIP RATES AND HOMICIDE RATES WAS THE SAME.” [EMPHASIS added]“A reverse causal association was also possible. For example, increases in firearm homicide rates could have led to efforts by state residents to acquire guns, thus increasing gun ownership levels. We addressed this question with a lagged variable and found that gun ownership, lagged by either 1 or 2 years, was still a significant predictor of firearm homicide rates. This is consistent with, BUT DOES NOT PROVE, the hypothesis that changes in gun ownership rates affect subsequent firearm homicide rates.” [Emphasis added] Rector Martinsville, VA PJ Cabbiness says: B.D. Howes says: Gun Violence March 2018 Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Featured Events March 14, 2018 at 8:07 pm “This is the only nation in the world that has a gun death problem at the rate we do,” New Jersey Bishop Chip Stokes said in his sermon at Eucharist held at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Trenton.—-No matter how you slice the data (either mass shootings or total homicides per capita), that’s just untrue. Clergy should educate themselves before they make easily refutable factual claims. It’s easier than ever to check oneself for accuracy. I can understand the well-meaning but ignorant protests of the younger crowd, but really, trained and educated adult clergy should know and do better. Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Tags Revd Sarah V.Lewis says: March 14, 2018 at 9:04 pm For the record. I was misquoted. I actually said, of any developed nation in the world.” This a fact verified by Wikipedia and confirmed by the chart referenced in an earlier post. It is also a fact verified by multiple other sources. Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Curate Diocese of Nebraska Rector Knoxville, TN An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET March 14, 2018 at 8:07 pm Everyone knows kids would march against the right to assemble if it got them out of school. So let’s quit the charade. There is nothing organic about these protests. I don’t own a gun. I’ve never owned a gun. I have no intention to ever own a gun! For me, this is not about guns, it’s about integrity.For those who were marching and missed class. There is a way to amend the Constitution. Look it up! March 14, 2018 at 10:12 pm Rev. Nelson,U.S.-wide statistics mask the fact that if you look at a state-by-state basis, many states have rates that are unremarkable compared to European gun violence rates. There very much are localities of the U.S. that resemble “nations at war, either…strongmen against their own people or drug-related violence.” Nation-level statistics mask these important details in the data. I will leave it to your research and/or imagination to figure out where those places are and what is going on there. Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem March 15, 2018 at 6:34 pm I am responding to Bishop Pierre Whalon incorrectly asserting I linked gun ownership with gun homicides. This is the Bishop’s construct. The point I was making in the CDC statistics above is that leaders from the left and their laws have not been effective in mitigating gun violence.Given your comment about the 6 countries where we have congregations, we should be able to stipulate the gun laws, there and here, haven’t worked; for, if they had, we wouldn’t be having this discussion. I don’t know if the Bishop intentionally changed the subject but, left to my druthers, I’d rather focus on why the laws aren’t achieving what we want. I am sympathetic to issues in Europe but politically, historically, and demographically, the US has little in common with our European siblings. Mais revenons à nos moutons.I’d rather not waste much time to pivot from a constructive conversation to your ownership equates to gun homicides narrative; however, I didn’t want to ignore you either. So here goes, a shallow dive into the links you provided.Melinda Wenner Moyer is a blogger, not a researcher, and the Scientific American is not a peer reviewed scientific journal. On her blog, Ms Moyer’s bio says, “Recently I’ve been writing for Scientific American, Nature Medicine, Slate, Popular Science, Glamour, Redbook, and Men’s Journal.” She also boasts that she won an award for a story she wrote for Mother Jones. She definitely has a liberal .As we would expect from one who is paid by click bait, Ms Moyer fills her story with fantastic anecdotes, citations from advocacy research, and cherry-picked data from the research of others. Again, I don’t want to jump down the rabbit hole so I am reluctantly giving only one example (yes, I realize I am cherry picking but forgive me as this is a comment not a story) from one of the studies she mentions, National Research Council (NRC) Firearms and Violence: A Critical Review National Academies Press (2004):“Lott argued that MURDER RATES DECLINE AFTER THE ADOPTION OF RTC laws even after allowing for the effect of other variables that affect crime rates. THE COMMITTEE HAS CONFIRMED THIS FINDING as is evident in its Tables 6-1, 6-2, 6-5 (first row), 6-6 (first row), and 6-7 (first two rows). This confirmation includes both the original data period (1977-1992) used by Lott and data that run through 2000… “In sum, I find that the evidence presented by Lott and his supporters suggests that RTC LAWS DO IN FACT HELP DRIVE DOWN THE MURDER RATE, though their effect on other crimes is ambiguous.” [EMPHASIS added]As to the Bishop’s links thereafter, I found them even less helpful to your premise.The CDC Mortality Dashboard offers nothing to this discussion. There is no data there linking gun ownership and gun homicides. So let’s see if we can make this relevant. The CDC reported 7 firearm homicides per 100,000 people in 1993 and 4 firearm homicides per 100,000 in 2015 (the most recent year I could find). Now what was gun ownership over the same period? It’s nearly impossible to come up with an exact number but I found 185 million in 1993 and 357 million in 2013. But, to prove the point, we don’t really need to know the exact number just to agree that there are more guns now than in 1993.The inexorable conclusion is GUN HOMICIDES DECREASED concurrently with an INCREASE IN GUN OWNERSHIP!I’m not going to was time with your links at http://www.gunviolencearchive.org I saw nothing there to support your notion.The vox.com link provided by the Bishop actually supports a conclusion that an increase in gun ownership DOES NOT EQUATE with an increase in gun homicide. To the contrary, quoting from the webpage you sent me to:“A more recent study from 2013, led by a Boston University School of Public Health researcher, reached similar conclusions: After controlling for multiple variables, the study found that a 1 PERCENT INCREASE IN GUN OWNERSHIP CORRELATED WITH A ROUGHLY 0.9 PERCENT RISE IN FIREARM HOMICIDE rate at the state level.” [EMPHASIS added]I’m sorry Bishop, 1 is less than 0.9.In closing, I want to stress that I am not a gun guy. I don’t wish to engage on that level. I have no issue with background checks or bans on military weapons. If someone wants to discuss solutions, I’m all in; otherwise, I’m not engaging on this issue any further. Students at Grace Church School participate in a demonstration outside the school in New York on March 14 as part of a nationwide day of student-led activities calling for action against gun violence. The flowers are in memory of a school aide who was shot and killed near the school last year. Photo: Art Chang, Chang.NYC[Episcopal News Service] Episcopalians gathered in Springfield, Massachusetts, outside the headquarters of Smith & Wesson Corp. to rally behind protest signs that asked the gun manufacturer to “Stop Selling Assault Weapons.” Episcopalians in Trenton, New Jersey, participated in a 12-hour “Day of Lamentation” over gun violence. Students of Episcopal schools from New York to Florida walked out of class to participate in a nationwide call to action.Student-led demonstrations around the country and the dozens of separate events at Episcopal cathedrals and churches coincided March 14 to mark one month since the deadly high school shooting in Parkland, Florida. Though independently organized, the variety of events – on what was billed by youth organizers as National Walkout Day – served to underscore a common push for political action to address the seemingly relentless outbreak of mass shootings in the U.S.“This is the only developed nation in the world that has a gun death problem at the rate we do,” New Jersey Bishop Chip Stokes said in his sermon at Eucharist held at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Trenton. “Those of us who oppose it need to get in the face of the problem and cry out in the name of the Lord.”Such calls have been growing since 17 students and educators were shot and killed Feb. 14 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. A 19-year-old former student has been charged in the massacre.Episcopalians join a interfaith group of demonstrators outside a Smith & Wesson facility in Springfield, Massachusetts, on March 14. Photo: Victoria Ix/Diocese of Western MassachusettsThe series of Episcopal events on March 14, coordinated by Bishops United Against Gun Violence, included services, prayers, the tolling of bells and, in some cases, a more direct form of advocacy.An estimated 100 or more demonstrators, led by young people and interfaith leaders, including the bishops of the Diocese of Western Massachusetts and the Diocese of Massachusetts, stood for an hour outside the Smith & Wesson facility in Springfield drew “Protect Children Not Guns,” read one protest sign.Smith & Wesson made the guns used in the mass shootings in Parkland, in Aurora, Colorado, and in San Bernardino, California.At the end of the hour, the student leaders delivered three demands to the guards at the Smith & Wesson visitor center. They hope for a meeting with company leaders within the next 30 days. They are asking the manufacturer to stop selling military-grade weapons to the civilian population and to create a community compensation fund to help bear the costs related to gun violence.Such events shared the spotlight with the day’s widespread classroom walkouts and student-led demonstrations against gun violence. At the Episcopal-rooted Grace Church School in New York, students in grades 4 through 12 linked hands to surround the school, and they placed flowers in memory of a school aide who was shot and killed near the school Nov. 1 of last year. PJ Cabbiness says: Rector Smithfield, NC Tony Oberdorfer says: Rector Tampa, FL Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab March 14, 2018 at 6:01 pm Abraham Lincoln is quoted as having said, “To sin by silence when they should protest makes cowards of men.” How can one not speak up against actions that demean, degrade, or destroy creatures made in the image of our Creator? It’s too soon to judge the outcome of such witness against violence or to know the number of lives that may be strengthened for good. Gun Violence, Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Submit a Job Listing Episcopalians gather for Day of Lamentation amid calls for action against gun violence Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Rector Belleville, IL March 15, 2018 at 7:13 am The liberal/conservative city divide (lower vs. higher gun ownership, presumably) won’t wash.In point of fact, gun ownership coincides with higher rates of gun homicide everywhere in the US. Here from the not-liberal Scientific American:https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/more-guns-do-not-stop-more-crimes-evidence-shows/And government statistics from the Center for Disease Control and the FBI:https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nvss/vsrr/mortality-dashboard.htm#http://www.gunviolencearchive.orgAnd check this report, as well: https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2015/12/8/9870240/gun-ownership-deaths-homicidesAs the Bishop in Europe, the reason I belong to Bishops United Against Gun Violence is because even in developed countries with much lower rates of gun violence than the United States, it is still a problem in the 6 countries where we have congregations. And as an American, I am devastated by the constant drumbeat of mass shootings, and embarrassed that we seem unable to do a single thing to stem the rising tide. Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Joe Prasad says: Rector Pittsburgh, PA Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL B.D. Howes says: Comments (22) B.D. Howes says: #marchforourlives starts by remembering beloved member of @GCSchoolNYC gunned down in front on the school on Nov 1 2017. #remember pic.twitter.com/EEJX8swa3Z— Art Chang (@achangnyc) March 14, 2018Students at Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy in Melbourne, Florida, gathered in the morning at the school’s flagpole to pray for gun violence victims and sign a banner of support for Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.A student demonstration also was held at Palmer Trinity School in Miami, Florida.Our students joined thousands of other kids around the nation today to protest gun violence in #NationalWalkOutDay, a movement sparked after the recent shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. pic.twitter.com/R1h2XAlgFS— Palmer Trinity (@palmertrinity) March 14, 2018The events at Episcopal cathedrals and churches range from gatherings for silent reflection to full-day activities underscoring the call to action. Here are some examples:Bell tolls: St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Grinnell, Iowa; Grace Church in Sheldon, Vermont, and Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Portland, Oregon, were among the churches tolling their bells 17 times, one toll for each of the Parkland victims.The bells toll 17 times on the one month anniversary of the school shooting at #StonemanDouglasHighSchool in #Parkland. #MarchForOurLives #EndGunViolence @TheCrossLobby pic.twitter.com/PHdo2M1pEL— Trinity Cathedral PDX (@trinitycath) March 14, 2018Services of Lamentation: These services, encouraged by Bishops United, have been scheduled in numerous dioceses throughout the day, both at cathedrals and in individual congregations. Bishops United Against Gun Violence has posted information about some of the services. Participants include St. James Cathedral in Chicago; the Cathedral Church of St. Paul in Des Moines, Iowa; St. Luke’s Cathedral in Portland, Maine; Trinity Cathedral in Sacramento, California; Christ Church Cathedral, Springfield, Massachusetts; and All Saints’ Cathedral in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.Day of Lamentation: The Diocese of New Jersey’s Day of Prayer, Lamentation, Fasting and Silence began at 6:30 a.m. at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Trenton and lasted until 6:30 p.m. The service including reading the names of gunshot fatalities. The Diocese of Vermont began at 9 a.m. at the Cathedral Church of St. Paul in Burlington with a full schedule of activities, including music and readings, as well as public prayers offered each hour on the hour.This was my opening reflection for our Day of Lamentation at @EpiscopalVT Cathedral Church of Saint Paul, Burlington. Snow and ice on the roads, but still people are gathering throughout the day for prayer and contemplation. #EndGunViolence #EnoughIsEnough #prayerandpolicy https://t.co/GbzBw20GOd— Thomas Ely (@BishopVT10) March 14, 2018The Diocese of Connecticut’s schedule included Eucharist at noon at Christ Church Cathedral in Hartford followed by a lunch where community leaders were to lead conversations about gun violence. A vigil is scheduled for 7 p.m.– The Rev. Mary Frances Schjonberg is interim managing editor of the Episcopal News Service. David Paulsen is an editor and reporter for the Episcopal News Service. He can be reached at [email protected] Featured Jobs & Calls March 17, 2018 at 11:25 am Susan Douglas sounds as though she herself is a person of good will but I suggest she read (or reread) my own brief comment and that just submitted by PJ Cabbiness. Long experience should tell us that further gun controls will do virtually nothing to reduce serious gun “violence” such as the Florida school shootings. I believe that the powers-that-be in the Episcopal Church have been seriously derelict in focusing on guns and pretty much ignoring the impact on our society of such horrors as the existence of round-the-clock violence and pornography of the worst sort which is now available to almost everybody via “smart” phones and such. Normal people may .be immune to much of this but can there really be any doubt that the brains of potential perpetrators of violent acts with guns or any other weapon are not? And are not such acts inevitably encouraged by the prevailing “liberal” philosophy of the day (evidently shared, sadly, by many modern Episcopalians) that traditional behavioral standards mean nothing any more and that every individual should have the constitutional right to do anything he (or she!) wants as long as a skilled lawyer can keep him or her out of jail or the execution chamber? Think about it.There are plenty of things (including parental attention) that can indeed influence children at a very early age in the right direction short of encouraging them to build fancy signs and facilitating their ability to participate in school “walkouts” and street demonstrations. (Please do not allow kindergarteners and first graders to be referred to as “student activists”!) But so long as for the time being anyway there remain plenty of evil people floating around eager to kill school security should obviously be tightened and that would certainly involve encouraging pupils at whatever age to report suspicious people including classmates who have repeatedly acted strangely such as the Florida shooter. A bit of common sense would be in order. In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Youth Minister Lorton, VA Rector Hopkinsville, KY Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest March 17, 2018 at 2:08 pm PJ – I guess the term “gun violence” is used because guns are involved in injury or death. It is true that human beings are ultimately responsible for their actions but there are certain environments/laws that make it easier for them to act responsibly or irresponsibly. For a harmonious society, laws are put in place to restrict/ban drugs, pornography, violence, etc.What is leftist or Marxist about this? M. J. Wise says: Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ March 18, 2018 at 9:57 pm It seems to me that Episcopalians are of three minds on this issue. There are those who think we need more gun laws, there are those who think we need fewer gun laws, and there are those who think that our existing laws are adequate as is. I think that we can hold any of those positions and still be good Christians. We cease to be good Christians when we start to think that we are morally superior to those who don’t share our opinion. Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR March 14, 2018 at 11:49 pm As any good virtue signaling Bishop knows, the truth be damned. But, for the rest of us, lets take a look at data compiled by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.If it were a country, New Orleans (with a rate 62.1 gun murders per 100,000 people) would rank second in the world!Detroit’s gun homicide rate (35.9) is just a bit less than El Salvador (39.9).Baltimore’s rate (29.7) is not too far off that of Guatemala (34.8).Gun murder in Newark (25.4) and Miami (23.7) is comparable to Colombia (27.1).Washington D.C. (19) has a higher rate of gun homicide than Brazil (18.1).Atlanta’s rate (17.2) is about the same as South Africa (17).Cleveland (17.4) has a higher rate than the Dominican Republic (16.3).Gun murder in Buffalo (16.5) is similar to Panama (16.2).Houston’s rate (12.9) is slightly higher than Ecuador’s (12.7).Gun homicide in Chicago (11.6) is similar to Guyana (11.5).Phoenix’s rate (10.6) is slightly higher than Mexico (10).Los Angeles (9.2) is comparable to the Philippines (8.9).Boston rate (6.2) is higher than Nicaragua (5.9).New York, where gun murders have declined to just four per 100,000, is still higher than Argentina (3).Now, can you tell me something these cities have in common besides, of course, high gun homicide rates?Anyone? Anyone?Now, for homework, compare violence in the 15 most liberal cities with violence in the 15 most conservative cities (as defined by the Bay Area Center For Voting Research). I’ll give you a hint about what you’ll find: It’s not something you’ll see on a Bishop’s bumper sticker. March 15, 2018 at 11:33 am Dear Bishop,I have to apologize for not having time to respond right now. Nonetheless, I do want to address your confutation when I have time. For now, all I can ask is that you open your mind to a factual discussion. Ross Hartford says: March 14, 2018 at 9:51 pm And, we will correct our summary in the story above. rev. carol carlson says: B.D. Howes says: M. J. Wise says: Tony Oberdorfer says: Rector Collierville, TN Rector Shreveport, LA Advocacy Peace & Justice, March 17, 2018 at 5:37 pm Joe. In this context we are dealing with an aggressive, reactionary, organized attack on a clear, fully adjudicated constitutional amendment. The purpose of the left regarding this matter is to incrementally eliminate the freedoms and protections afforded to us by the second amendment which will weaken our ability to resist tyranny and to protect our persons and property. Despite the emotional arguments presented in this article; thoughtful, reasonable, constitutionally informed minds must prevail. This is not to say that changes and adjustments are not in order. However, the gun component is only a part of the problem and we must tread carefully in this area. Director of Music Morristown, NJ Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Comments are closed. mike geibel says: Kenneth Knapp says: By David Paulsen and Mary Frances SchjonbergPosted Mar 14, 2018 March 15, 2018 at 6:36 pm Oops 1 is NOT less than 0.9! March 16, 2018 at 7:42 pm The term “gun violence” as it is used by the left presupposes the ability of inanimate objects to somehow conspire to cause injury or death. This is ridiculous. Violence is created by the thought, will and action of malicious, disturbed and deranged human beings. The physical instrumentality used in the violent acts in question are only, in the case of firearms, a secondary issue. The primary matter is of causality and this is truly grounded in evil. No legislative act that further impairs the rights of law abiding citizens to own and use firearms will have any measurable effect on “gun violence”. However, additional restrictions will continue to degrade our constitutional rights and freedoms and will promote the Marxist narrative that seeks to ban all firearms and therefore any meaningful resistance to totalitarianism. Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Associate Rector Columbus, GA The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group March 19, 2018 at 10:26 pm As a gun owner at risk of being accused of blasphemy by my 2nd Amendment friends, I support severe restrictions on the sale or transfer of military assault “style” weapons. However, I also recognize that banning the sale of assault style weapons will not render schools or public places, “safe.” Prohibiting the sale of high capacity, military assault style weapons would pass Constitutional muster as a reasonable regulation of firearms given the limited utility of such firearms balanced against the risk to the public that the availability of such weapons to religious fanatics, Marxist anarchists, anti-social extremists, and the mentally deranged Frankenstein monsters in our society, not because we will be “safe,” but because such laws would make schools and public places “safer.” The same rationale was used in the prohibition against private ownership of machine guns, bazookas, cannons and flame throwers. These laws were enacted not based upon statistics either for or against gun ownership; they were enacted based upon common sense. Assault style weapons in the hands of the wrong people are simply too dangerous. But please recognize that restrictions upon their sale or transfer will do nothing to remove the over 3 million assault style weapons already owned by private citizens.That said, if making public places “safer” is the slogan for supporting a ban, then the same logic and argument supports enforcing “extreme vetting” on travel and immigration from Islamic countries. During the September 11 attacks, 2,996 people were killed and more than 6,000 others wounded—airplanes, not guns were used. On April 15, 2013, two homemade bombs were detonated near the finish line of the annual Boston Marathon, killing three people and injuring several hundred others, including 16 who lost limbs—again, no guns were used. On July 14, 2016 at a Bastille Day fireworks display in Nice, France, an Islamic fanatic drove a 20-ton rental truck into the crowd, striking and killing 86 people—private gun ownership is severely restricted in France. On November 1, 2017, a pickup truck rampage left at least eight people dead in lower Manhattan. Unquestionably, less than 1% of Muslims are fanatical murderers. But the same is true of gun owners—less than 1% of those who own semi-automatic rifles use those weapons to commit murder and mayhem. A daily reminder of the lethality of the extremist and depraved minds in our open society, is the “tamper-proof” sealed containers on products found at the grocery story—all the result of some sociopaths’ desire for murder and chaos by contaminating everyday products with arsenic (rat poison) and other commercially available, lethal chemicals. Nuclear “suitcase” bombs and “dirty bombs” designed to spread nuclear contamination or biological mayhem are technologically feasible and are a predicted reality facing society, especially those with open borders. In the popular zeal to encourage protests and marches against “gun violence,” no attention is paid to the mind-altering influence of “media violence” in movies and computer games where mass murder, killings, and zombie massacres are featured in blood-curdling detail. I’ve seen nothing from the TEC on the importance of parental supervision and monitoring of what our children watch on TV or on their computers. The plans for building home-made bombs are readily accessible on the internet. Certainly, curtailing “internet violence” triggers 1st Amendment concerns. But if the true purpose of a ban on assault weapons is to be part of comprehensive actions that will make our public places “safer”, then extreme vetting on immigrants from societies which have declared Jihad against America and hate Christians, and reasonable restrictions and penalties, including civil liability, on the purveyors of “media violence” should be part of the discussion.It may make for good Press, but little is to be accomplished by demonizing the NRA, or gun owners, unless the ulterior purpose is to to divide and polarize the nation. The NRA is too easy a target—demonizing the NRA triggers none of the troubling Biblical conflicts that supporting immigration restrictions on refugees from Islamic countries would entail. The NRA is paid by its members to be an advocate for gun owning citizens who “legally” own guns. Undoubtedly the recent media attacks have galvanized its 5 million+ members, and many millions more of non-members but who own guns, into funding an action campaign to preserve what they perceive is a threat to 2nd Amendment rights. National Rental Cars, Delta and United Airlines (now there is a joke) distancing themselves from the NRA by ending discounts to NRA members is a laughable publicity stunt that more probably will result in millions of gun owners refusing to patronize these companies. The actions by these companies is tantamount to the Episcopal Church passing a resolution that parishioners who own guns cannot participate in the Eucharist. The backlash would be swift and economically punitive.Bishop Brian Cole of Tennessee recently said: “Voices that call for common ground are drowned out by louder cries to divide and to demonize and to degrade. So all the more important is our witness to be a place for connection and communion where division and differences can be reconciled in Christ.” Hyperbolic fallacy is the tool of politicians and hate mongers seeking to motivate by exaggeration rather than through fact or common sense –it is the enemy of compromise solutions. The Bishops would be better served by appealing to common sense and the better hearts of gun owners rather than blaming the NRA for the acts of maniacs.
to go further News September 7, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Policeman and two other suspects arrested for attempted murder of tabloid reporter Help by sharing this information PhilippinesAsia – Pacific Receive email alerts ——14.08.06 – One journalist badly injured, another threatened as two-week-old police offensive yields scant resultsReporters Without Borders condemned the ongoing violence against journalists in the Philippines today as newspaper reporter Roger Panizal was seriously injured in a shooting attack in Valenzuela (near Manila) and Hazel Gup-ay, a local public radio station presenter in the northern city of Tabuk, continued to receive death threats.“President Gloria Arroyo’s announcement of an offensive by police and judicial authorities raised hopes of a decline in attacks on journalists and human rights activists, but this has not happened,” the press freedom organisation said.“Two weeks have gone by since the president’s announcement, but only one case of violence against a journalist seems to have been solved and it was not linked to the victim’s work,” Reporters Without Borders continued. “It is high time the police and judicial authorities worked together to solve crimes and stop the violence.”The police announced on 4 August that they had arrested four suspects, including two corrupt police officers, for the murder of cameraman Ralph Runez of the public TV station RPN, who was shot while being robbed in Manila on 28 July.“It is essential that the police establish the motives for today’s attempted murder of Panizal,” Reporters Without Borders added. “The mounting violence in Valenzuela area should prompt the police to step up its capacity to combat the criminal gangs there that are threatening journalists. In the case of Gup-ay, the authorities should give her protection and identify the source of the threats against her.”A reporter for the tabloid newspaper Tiktik, Panizal was on his way to work today in Valenzuela when a gunman stopped his taxi and made him get out. After being joined by two accomplices, the gunman shot Panizal three times. According to the GMANews.tv website, he was hit in the throat and hand. Interviewed by colleagues on his hospital, he managed to identify “George Demonyo” (George the Devil) as the person responsible.Two other journalists, Albert Orsolino and Prudencio Melendres, have been killed this year in the Valenzuela region. The motives for their murders are not thought to have been linked to their work.Meanwhile Gup-ay, 36, the host of the daily programme “Kabarangay” (Town Mates) on public radio station Radyo ng Bayan dzRK in Tabuk (in the northern province Kalinga), has been receiving SMS death threats on her mobile phone since 1 August.According to the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines, Gup-ay has been afraid for her life ever since she reported an ambush against left-wing activist Constancio Claver on the air. Sent from the phone number 09104394913, the messages accuse her of bias in her coverage of this incident and, in general, of being too critical of the local authorities. An SMS message sent on 6 August from 09207028180 said: “I hope you are going to die soon.” Mass international solidarity campaign launched in support of Maria Ressa June 1, 2021 Find out more News The police announced today that three people have been arrested for the attempted murder of reporter Roger Panizal of the tabloid newspaper Tiktik on 14 August in Valenzuela, near Manila. One of the detainees is a police officer. Another is suspected of being the mastermind.Panizal was shot in the neck and hand and spent several days close to death before beginning to recover. Nonetheless he was able, from his hospital bed, to identify some known as George Demonyo (“George the Devil”) as his assailant.At the start of August, President Gloria Arroyo gave the police and justice department a 10-week deadline to solve ten cases of journalists and left-wing activists who have been murdered, but few arrests have so far been made.Reporters Without Borders calls on the security forces to redouble their efforts in order to put an end to the climate of violence that has made the Philippines the second-most dangerous country in the world for journalists, after Iraq. Organisation February 16, 2021 Find out more RSF_en Filipina journalist still held although court dismissed case eleven days ago Philippines: RSF and the #HoldTheLine Coalition welcome reprieve for Maria Ressa, demand all other charges and cases be dropped PhilippinesAsia – Pacific News News Follow the news on Philippines May 3, 2021 Find out more
January 30, 2018 Blocking of leading Belarusian news website seen as test for EU BelarusEurope – Central Asia Condemning abusesOnline freedoms Exiled mediaFreedom of expressionInternet Russian media boss drops the pretence and defends Belarus crackdown News Help by sharing this information News BelarusEurope – Central Asia Condemning abusesOnline freedoms Exiled mediaFreedom of expressionInternet Organisation RSF at the Belarusian border: “The terrorist is the one who jails journalists and intimidates the public” Follow the news on Belarus to go further News News June 2, 2021 Find out more As European commissioner Johannes Hahn visits Minsk, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns the blocking of Belarus’s most popular news website, Charter97, for the past six days, regarding it as yet another act of censorship that directly contradicts the Belarusian government’s blandishments towards the European Union.Despite its desire for a thaw with the EU, the government is intensifying its crackdown on its remaining online critics. Just over a month after the regime began blocking the Belaruski Partyzan website, Charter97 became inaccessible on 24 January. The information ministry acknowledged that it was responsible for the blocking the next day.An information ministry communiqué accused Charter97 of posting reports “liable to harm Belarus’s national interests,” mentioning unauthorized demonstrations and carrying “extremist” content. But the authorities did not specify what content they regarded as illegal and why.“This is one of the country’s leading independent media outlets that President Alexander Lukashenko’s regime is trying to silence,” said Johann Bihr, the head of RSF’s Eastern Europe and Central Asia desk. “The European Union must make it clear to Minsk that the unblocking of the Charter97 website and respect for media freedom are non-negotiable conditions for a rapprochement with Brussels.”Created in 1998 by the well-known journalist Oleg Bebenin, Charter97 gets its name from a 1997 call for democracy in Belarus that was backed by opposition and human rights groups. Aligned with the opposition, the website has always been persecuted and has been blocked in the past for periods ranging from a few days to several months. Because of mounting harassment, Charter97’s headquarters have been located in Poland since 2011.“The blocking of Belarus’s most visited website is a new blow to freedom of expression,” Charter97 editor Natallia Radzina told RSF. “For the past 20 years, the authorities have been using all possible means of pressure to combat us, ranging from blocking to arrests and murders of journalists.”Today will see a visit by Johannes Hahn, the European commissioner for enlargement and European neighbourhood policy, to Minsk, where the Lukashenko regime has been seeking a rapprochement with the EU in recent years because of economic difficulties and because it wants to loosen the Russian embrace.Brussels settled for the release of leading political prisoners in 2015 as grounds for lifting the targeted sanctions that it had imposed on regime officials four years before.However, despite a slight let-up in 2016, the authorities did not loosen their grip on the media and 2017 saw more than 100 arrests of journalists and around 60 cases of journalists being fined. Control has become even more zealous since Ales Karliukevich’s appointment as information minister last September. Belarus is ranked 153rd out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2017 World Press Freedom Index. May 28, 2021 Find out more “We welcome opening of criminal investigation in Lithuania in response to our complaint against Lukashenko” RSF says RSF_en Receive email alerts May 27, 2021 Find out more
IraqMiddle East – North Africa Help by sharing this information IraqMiddle East – North Africa News News RSF’s 2020 Round-up: 50 journalists killed, two-thirds in countries “at peace” News Organisation December 16, 2020 Find out more Follow the news on Iraq Receive email alerts Reporters Without Borders calls on the authorities to establish effective measures to protect journalists. Events of the past few days have shown that the security forces lack resources and sometimes the will to react quickly to armed attacks on the media. February 15, 2021 Find out more News Three jailed reporters charged with “undermining national security” Iraq : Wave of arrests of journalists covering protests in Iraqi Kurdistan to go further May 7, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Police passivity condemned after two armed attacks in one day on radio station December 28, 2020 Find out more RSF_en Reporters Without Borders voiced deep concern today about two armed attacks on privately-owned Radio Dijla in Baghdad on 3 May that left one person dead and two wounded. The organisation also condemned the death of Russian freelance photographer Dmitry Chebotayev yesterday in a bombing targeted at the US military unit with which he was embedded. He was on assignment for the Russian edition of Newsweek magazine.“The two attacks on Radio Dijla, one after the other, were like military raids,” Reporters Without Borders said. “This independent station was assaulted by an organised military force equipped with heavy artillery. The attack took place in central Baghdad without any intervention from police units patrolling nearby. The Iraqi authorities must shoulder some of the blame for this latest episode in the cycle of violence against journalists and the media.”The press freedom organisation added: “Chebotayev’s death highlights the risks that foreign journalists continue to take in order to cover Iraq, whether or not they are embedded with any military force. We offer our condolences to his family and to Newsweek’s management.”About 10 gunmen launched the first of the two attacks on Radio Dijla in the west Baghdad neighbourhood of Al Jami’a at around 9 am. The employees were able to hold them off using firearms previously provided by the management as security precaution. At the same time, four employees eluded a kidnap attempt by fleeing into the stations’s premises.The station appealed to the police and military authorities for help, but no help was sent during the attack, which lasted half an hour. The gunmen shot security guard Adel Al-Badri dead and wounded two other employees. The second attack took place several hours later, after all the employees had abandoned the building, and was presumably carried out by the same group. They set explosive charges in the building’s first floor and started a fire, destroying the station’s transmitter and causing a lot of other damage. Radio Dijla nonetheless hoped to resume broadcasting within 72 hours.Chebotayev was fatally injured by a roadside bomb in Diyala province, north of Baghdad, which killed six members of the US Task Force “Lightning” unit with which he was embedded. He was the first foreign journalist to be killed in Iraq since the start of the year.
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* Will you have a Ph.D. in hand by the date of appointment oran advanced ABD by the date of the appointment?YesNo Posting Open Date05/29/2020 RankAssistant/Associate Professor Duties and Responsibilities The selected candidate will be primarily responsible for teachingprogram curriculum in the area of Prelaw/Legal Studies, as well asupdating the program by creating new courses. In addition, theposition includes a responsibility to teach various courses in thelarger area of Political Science. The Faculty contractual dutiesinclude, but are not limited to conducting scholarly activities inhis/her particular field; developing and supervising interns andfield experiences in the judicial field; developing classroomsimulations such as Moot Court & Mock Trials; directing studentresearch, field projects, professional papers, and theses;demonstrating proficiency in various modes of distance education;advising discipline majors/minors, and performing other relatedduties as required. The successful candidate must have a strong academic background,which includes teaching law-related courses at the universitylevel; experience in teaching legal reasoning, written and oralarguments, and formal logic; an ability to do scholarly researchand proof of that ability with Peer-reviewed scholarlypublications. Classification TitleTenure Track The ideal candidate will have strengths in one or more of thefollowing areas: Tribal Governance/Law, Constitutional Law, TortLaw, Environmental & Natural Resources Law, or Civil RightsLaw. * How did you hear about this employment opportunity?Public Job PostingInternal Job PostingAgency ReferralAdvertisement/PublicationPersonal ReferralWebsiteOther Documents Needed To ApplyRequired DocumentsCover Letter/ Letter of InterestCurriculum VitaeUnofficial Transcripts Conferring Required DegreeEvidence of Teaching and Research ExcellenceLetter(s) of RecommendationOptional DocumentsList of Three Professional References with Name, Address andE-Mail What is your Philosophy for serving students?(Open Ended Question)Please describe the attributes that will make you a strongcandidate for this position(Open Ended Question)Briefly list your area(s) of research or teachingexpertise.(Open Ended Question) Minimum Qualifications Posting Close Date Special Instructions to Applicants Open Until FilledYes Posting NumberF180P Work LocationLas Vegas, NM Campus Quick Linkhttps://nmhu.peopleadmin.com/postings/5741 Assistant/Associate Professor of Political Science or LegalStudies. The Department of History & Political Science offers aB.A. in Political Science with a concentration in Prelaw/LegalStudies and Liberal Arts, and a M.A. graduate program with aconcentration in Political & Governmental Processes. TheDepartment invites applicants passionate about teaching, research,and service to fill a nine-month, tenure-track Assistant/AssociateProfessor position beginning in Spring 2021. Posting Details Supplemental QuestionsRequired fields are indicated with an asterisk (*). A complete application will include: 1) Letter of interestdescribing teaching, research and service, 2) University employmentapplication, 3) Curriculum Vitae, 4) Official copies of advanceddegree transcript, 5) Three letters of recommendation, and 6)official teaching evaluations for the previous academic year. Formore information please contact Dr. Elaine Rodriquez, [email protected] For disabled access or services, call (505)454-3224. International applicants must be in legal status to workin the United States. NMHU is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Position Summary Job TitleAssistant/Associate Professor of Political Science or LegalStudies Preferred Qualifications A Ph.D. in Political Science or Legal Studies. Advanced ABD’swithin six months of completion of all Ph.D. requirements will beconsidered.
THE STORY of last season’s college rugby campaign was undoubtedly the unstoppable rise of Keble from nobodies to undisputed champions of the university. After claiming both the Third and Second Division titles in 2005-06, Peter Bolton’s side saw off all comers to win both the Michaelmas and Hilary First Division crowns before seeing off Teddy Hall in the Cuppers final to cap a remarkable year.What is certain is that the likes of Hall will not want to see another college dominate in the same way this season. Although they tasted victory in the Sevens tournament, the Teddies will be hurting from last year’s trophy drought and looking to make an immediate impact this time around. Whether they will have sufficient strength in depth to compensate for the loss of Blues and 21s players this term is another question.Also trying to make amends for the previous season will be St. Peter’s who find themselves promoted back to the First Division after being comprehensively relegated last Michaelmas. An epic Cuppers victory over St. Catherine’s last year will have given them the belief that they can dominate the top flight again, but they’ll have to wait until third week for what will surely be a hard-fought encounter against arch-rivals Hall. Catz have the ability to cause anyone problems and will hope that their never-ending injury crisis of last year isn’t repeated. St. Hugh’s and Magdalen will start as relegation favourites, but expectations are more than likely to be overturned in what is sure to be an especially competitive division this Michaelmas. Division Two promises to be equally tight, with four out of the six sides having played top flight rugby in recent seasons. Newly promoted Christ Church are the side to watch, however, riding the crest of a double promotion wave that has given them belief in their ability to reach the First Division this time around. “Our aim is to reach the top division if not this term, then in Hilary” said club secretary Jack Marsh. “We’re a strong, powerful side that builds our game around the forwards and solidity at the set play.“The season opener against Exeter should be a real crunch game, as they just pipped us to the Third Division championship in a tight game last Hilary. With experienced players like Chris Perfect, Duncan Chiah and Chris Hughes in the ranks, we’re determined to get promotion at some stage this year.”To achieve that goal Christ Church will have to make their way past Worcester and LMH/Trinity, both of who will have felt aggrieved at having been relegated last season. The Tigers in particular have become something of a yo-yo club, and the smart money is on them repeating the trend by returning to the top flight. Similarly, Worcester handled themselves well in their brief flirtation with Division One rugby, and will rightly be looking to bounce straight back.The Michaelmas season of college rugby always throws up its fair share of surprises and if the less-fancied sides can capitalise on others’ missing Blues or 21s players, then both the First and Second Divisions could be blown wide open. But don’t write off the possibility of Keble crushing all before them for a second successive year.
A new careers advisory company has arrived in Oxford and is set to compete with the University’s own careers service.In the past week, ‘Career Matters’ has begun to attempt to build a customer base within the University, becoming a potential rival for Oxford University’s Careers Service.‘Career Matters’ is a private company which, for a variety of set fees, offers a number of services to students to help them with their career choice. Their initial offer has been to give two students from a college a free careers consultation before introducing their lowest priced package, £197 plus VAT, to the rest of the student body. Offering three kinds of services from a basic test and feedback session to assess your strengths and weaknesses, through to CV and interview advice, the service’s prices range from £197 to £397 plus VAT.These prices are in stark contrast to the University’s careers service which provides a range of facilities and assistance free of charge. Director Jonathan Black told Cherwell, “We are aware of this organisation and the offer they have tried to make to students. We recognise that there are many such firms offering these paid-for services and have no intention of restraining their trade; however, we are unclear why any student would spend significant funds on a commercial service that they can access for free as part of the services they are entitled to at Oxford.” With services such as unlimited 1:1 guidance meetings with experienced careers advisers, training events in CV writing and interviews and a whole number of events and career fairs, some people have questioned the need for outside competition.Helen Robb, a 3rd year PPEist, argued, “Our careers service is an invaluable resource for everyone who is studying at Oxford. I can’t see why anyone would go anywhere else.”OUSU president David Townsend echoed this sentiment, commenting, “Students should be wary of expensive private providers, especially where there’s a much more comprehensive, free service provided by the University. ‘The University careers service is regularly utilised by the student body and its results paint a seemingly successful picture. One JCR Careers representative said, “Oxford already has a truly fantastic careers service. It’s a service that has proved invaluable to the 90% of Oxford grads who get into employment or further study within six months of completing their degree. With the legacy of recession, that’s a good statistic,’The service is not without its flaws however, as the Careers representative added, “The problem that needs to be addressed isn’t the volume of Careers advice, but the accessibility between colleges and their utilization of the wider University service.”A new careers advisory company has arrived in Oxford and is set to compete with the University’s own careers service.In the past week, ‘Career Matters’ has begun to attempt to build a customer base within the University, becoming a potential rival for Oxford University’s Careers Service.‘Career Matters’ is a private company which, for a variety of set fees, offers a number of services to students to help them with their career choice. Their initial offer has been to give two students from a college a free careers consultation before introducing their lowest priced package, £197 plus VAT, to the rest of the student body. Offering three kinds of services from a basic test and feedback session to assess your strengths and weaknesses, through to CV and interview advice, the service’s prices range from £197 to £397 plus VAT.These prices are in stark contrast to the University’s careers service which provides a range of facilities and assistance free of charge. Director Jonathan Black told Cherwell, “We are aware of this organisation and the offer they have tried to make to students. We recognise that there are many such firms offering these paid-for services and have no intention of restraining their trade; however, we are unclear why any student would spend significant funds on a commercial service that they can access for free as part of the services they are entitled to at Oxford.” With services such as unlimited 1:1 guidance meetings with experienced careers advisers, training events in CV writing and interviews and a whole number of events and career fairs, some people have questioned the need for outside competition.Helen Robb, a 3rd year PPEist, argued, “Our careers service is an invaluable resource for everyone who is studying at Oxford. I can’t see why anyone would go anywhere else.”OUSU president David Townsend echoed this sentiment, commenting, “Students should be wary of expensive private providers, especially where there’s a much more comprehensive, free service provided by the University.‘The University careers service is regularly utilised by the student body and its results paint a seemingly successful picture. One JCR Careers representative said, “Oxford already has a truly fantastic careers service. It’s a service that has proved invaluable to the 90% of Oxford grads who get into employment or further study within six months of completing their degree. With the legacy of recession, that’s a good statistic.’The service is not without its flaws however, as the Careers representative added, “The problem that needs to be addressed isn’t the volume of Careers advice, but the accessibility between colleges and their utilization of the wider University service.”
Once again, The String Cheese Incident took the jam band custom of donning “Musical costumes” for Halloween to new heights during their Suwannee Hulaween Saturday night themed set, bringing together a bevvy of legendary voices for “Women of the Galaxy.” With a selection of cover tunes by icons like Tina Turner, Aretha Franklin, Pat Benatar, Heart, Cream and more with special guests Jen Hartswick, Rhonda Thomas, Lisa Fischer and, amazingly, the original singer of a couple of the featured tunes, Heart’s Ann Wilson. All this came before an epic mash-up encore featuring a reworked “Rollover” which served as the musical spine to a wild assortment of space movie themes stretching from Close Encounters to the dueling Star Wars and Star Trek franchisees before finally mixing in iconic scores from Stanley Kubrick‘s 2001: A Space Odyssey.In what is usually one of the most anticipated nights of their yearly performance schedule, Cheese had the difficulty of trying to outdo their past Hulaween Incidents. The little band that could from Colorado has set the musical bar so high in the past that just watching them try and clear it is breathtaking in its own right. But before they took on their amazing cover set, they had two rock-solid chunks of new and classic Cheese goodness to serve the jam-starved crowd.Crowd-pleasers and jams were the order of the day for the first two sets, with a “Birdland” kickoff that was spurred to dizzying heights by the pent-up anticipation running electric through the crowd. The first set flowed together through a breezy “Sweet Spot” on through a segue-filled “Sing A New Song” into “These Waves” before a jubilant “Colorado Bluebird Sky” closed out the first musical stanza.The second set, the one most likely to suffer most from being overlooked as anticipation for the Halloween set grew, managed to grab the attention of the crowdwith a ripping version of newer tune “The Big Reveal” before closing with the irresistible String Cheese classics “Jellyfish” and “Rosie”.The stage was set, the energy in the crowd was peaking, and the lights went dim at the end of the set as the band and the crowd prepared for what was in store. When The String Cheese Incident next appeared, they were dressed as stylish, though somehow ghoulish gentlemen, with an arsenal of ladies ready to take the party into the stratosphere and beyond. Not content to simply reproduce the songs, Cheese procured the services of some regular collaborators with their targeted cover acts. To lay down the set’s gauntlet, they opened with the Rolling Stones classic “Gimmie Shelter” featuring frequent Stones guest vocalist Lisa Fischer, whose powerful pipes gave the song about the dangers of war a menacing edge in today’s heated political climate.The late Aretha Franklin got her respect paid with “Rock Steady” and “Respect” itself featuring Jennifer Hartswick and Rhonda Thomas, who each took a crack at honoring the Queen of Soul. Thomas, who promptly shined on Tina Turner’s “Proud Mary” along with Amy Winehouse‘s “Valerie”, showed the same poise and power she has on her previous guest slots as part of the beefed-up String Cheese Incident covers band alongside her frequent partner-in-crime, Tony White. Hartswick blew her trumpet alongside the special guest horn section from Mofro, delivering a wild, passionate cover of Pat Benatar’s “Heart Breaker” that threatened to end the battle of sexes once and for all.With Heart on the crowds mind, Ann Wilson of Heart herself took the stage and instantly shook it to its core with a ripping rendition of Cream’s “Politician” before delivering what was, for this reviewer at least, the high point of the night: a “Barracuda” so dangerous even the Mayor of Amityville would close the beaches if it came any nearer!With that much power onstage, the combined wattage could have started some sort of perpetual motion machine, but String Cheese wisely chose to funnel it into an all-for-one sing-along of Bob Marley‘s “Get Up, Stand Up”. That power united the audience and the musicians in a free-flowing give-and-take of love and energy that is as impossible to capture in words—as any truly singular moment can be. With the engine of love fired up, there was only one direction left for Cheese to go: out into the deepest recesses of space and time.The String Cheese Incident w/ Special Guests – “Get Up, Stand Up” [Bob Marley cover][Video: EpicSchwinn]I’m sure we will eventually find out whose idea it was to combine the snippets of some of Sci-Fi’s greatest themes, but the thrill that ran through the crowd when pieces of the title sequences from Star Wars, Star Trek, Close Encounters and 2001 was palpable. These were the only sounds with enough cache to have even a chance of edging their way into the ranks of the jams String Cheese had already laid down.Watching String Cheese clear higher and higher heights year after year does more for fans than just let them know the band has it in them to continue to grow. It reminds the jam community at large that though we may exist off in our own corner of the music, world we can, and often do, make music in ways and with intentions that far outstrip the mainstream. It’s not that other bands and styles aren’t capable of reproducing these classics, but it is undeniable that what bands like The String Cheese Incident do on nights like these is remind the world that not only can bands jam, they can synergize their sounds with anything and make magic right before our eyes…and our ears of course! Oh…and they manage to look good doing it too!Setlist: The String Cheese Incident | 10/27/18 | Suwannee Hulaween | Live Oak, FloridaSet I: Birdland, Sweet Spot, Sing A New Song > These Waves > Djibouti Bump > You’ve Got The World, Colorado Bluebird SkySet II: Desert Dawn, Get To You^, Hi Ho No Show, The Big Reveal, Jellyfish, RosieSet III: Women of the Galaxy: Gimme Shelter (1), Rock Steady (2), Proud Mary (3), Killing Me Softly With His Song (4), Respect (5), Valerie (6), Heartbreaker (7), Politician (8), Baracuda (9), Get Up Stand Up (10)E: Rollover > Close Encounters Jam > Star Wars Jam > Cantina Jam > Imperial March > Star Trek Next Generation Jam > Original Star Trek Jam > 2001 > Rollover^- w/ Rhonda & Tony on vocals1- Rolling Stones cover, Lisa Fischer on vocals2- Aretha Franklin cover, Jen Hartswick on vocals and trumpet3- Tina Turner cover, Rhonda Thomas on vocals4- Roberta Flack cover, Lisa Fischer on vocals5- Aretha Franklin cover, Rhonda Thomas on vocals6- Amy Winehouse cover, Rhonda Thomas on vocals7- Pat Benatar cover, Jen Hartswick on vocals and trumpet8- Cream cover, Ann Wilson on vocals9- Heart cover, Ann Wilson on vocals10- Bob Marley, cover featuring everyoneFeaturing the Mofro Horns, Rhonda Thomas & Tony White,Jen Hartswick, Lisa Fischer, & Ann Wilson