UPDATE: The 3 police were freed after hundreds of police deployed in force at the mosque. This clearly demonstrates the cowardice of theÂ mullahs at Lal Masjid; without the crow’s skirts of Jamia Hafsa to hide behind they would never be so brazen. Story at ADN Kronos
The town of Greensburg Kansas that was destroyed nearly completely by a tornado three weeks ago has been evacuated again. High winds, rain and thunderstorms are moving into the area, and authorities made the call because of all the loose debris in the area and the lack of secure shelter.
GREENSBURG, Kan. (AP) – Residents and workers cleaning up since this town was nearly flattened by a tornado this month were asked to evacuate Monday as severe wind, rain and hail were forecast to move into the area. Sharon Watson, spokeswoman for the adjutant general, said the lack of shelter and the piles of debris left after the May 4 tornado have officials concerned about what would happen if severe weather were to strike again. Residents were asked to seek shelter outside of Greensburg, and out-of-town volunteers will not be allowed into the town on Tuesday.“There’s not enough basement space in Greensburg to protect the number of people we have thereâ€”residents and workers,” Watson said. “After all the destruction that town has seen, we certainly don’t want to have any more injuries or loss of life.”The National Weather Service said thunderstorms could move across Kiowa County late Monday afternoon and evening, producing winds of 40 to 50 mph and some small hail.The chance for severe storms is greater Tuesday, the weather service said, with large hail and wind gusts over 60 mph in the forecast. Heavy rainfall also is expected.The evacuation is not mandatory at this point but become so in the event of severe weather, Watson said.“The health and safety of the public is our primary concern right now,” said Maj. Gen. Tod Bunting, the adjutant general. “We know that everyone would like to continue with the cleanup so Greensburg can start the rebuilding process. But if severe weather seems imminent, the prudent thing to do is stay out of Greensburg and seek shelter until it’s safe to return.”The May 4 tornado killed 12 people in south-central Kansas and destroyed more than 90 percent of the buildings in Greensburg, a town of 1,400 residents.
Kansans: Please look for plexiglas donation booths at Costco next time you are there, I dropped $50.00 in one yesterday & we all need to help our fellow Kansans in their time of need. They are from our proud state and they aren’t the type of folks who are going to ask a lotÂ for help, but they need every bit of aid they can get.
Other ways to Donate or Help:Rebecca’s Pocket has some links and suggestions
The Kansas National Education Association has some suggestions and links, one note do not send school supplies yet, they don’t know what they need at this time.
Also if you are a legitimate charity organization actively helping Greensburg, please leave a comment with a link and I will add you to the list, I plan to compile a semi-permanent page of links to organizations helping.
In a sign that their strategy might be refocusing, Al Qaida is shifting funds and JihadisÂ from Iraq to the North West Frontier Province in Pakistan. While this might indicate good things for Iraq, it creates a dire future for Pakistan.Â
The strategy shiftÂ coupled with other efforts to destabilize Pakistan comes at a time when the country is in crisis. There are several things going on at once, and they all seem to have arisen just as the Pakistan Government was meeting with some success earlier in the year. Continue reading “Al Qaeda Shifts Funds From Iraq to Pakistan’s NWFP”
The studentsÂ atÂ Lal Masjid kidnapped four PolicemenÂ in Islamabad last week, which hasÂ escalated to a tense stand-off.Â TheÂ government has finally reached the point where they are acting. To date the government has remained very passive against Lal Masjid, Jamia Hafsa, and AbdulÂ AzizÂ because there are female students at the madrassa, and some speculate that it’s like Tianamen in China during the 80’s. InÂ Tianamen, like JamiaÂ Hafsa / Lal Masjid there are sonsÂ and daughtersÂ of some prominent Pakistanis, just as there were children of Party Elites demonstrating in the hunger-strike at Tianamen Square in China. Reports differ on the number of police, rangers, and Islamabad police in the area from 8,000 to 10,000. Meanwhile the mosque is playing Jihadi songs from the loud speakers and announcing to the students to get ready to become martyred. The clerics show their NWFP ties by announcing actions in the frontier, so it’s possible they are united with the Pakistani Taliban or remaining AQ in that area.